WWE Impact Superstars of the year: 1990
by, 01-12-2013 at 12:54 PM (6525 Views)
Hello fellow internet dwellers, my name is Earthquake (or David lol) and I am going to (try) get a little blof published on Breakthrough Superstars of the year from 1990 until present day. So that is 23 years of personal opinion that I don't think most people will be able to argue with but of course if you read this put forward your opinions cause this is a blog and it really feeds on your opinions, otherwise it's just me spouting (obvious) nonsense. I am going to write all of these one after the other so the initial aim is to get 1 published per day but I've gut nothing else to do so hopefully I will get a few out at a time.
Every year I will pick ONE superstar that I feel made the big breakthrough of the year. In the interest of fairness once somebody has won the breakthrough "award" he can never win one of them ever again.
I will pick a runner up, because again in the interest of fairness some people need to get their due. People who are runners up can at one point before, or in the future, receive the breakthrough award themselves, as this represents a significant step in the right direction or a brilliant re-emergence that made the world take notice of them again and solidified their status that may at once have been in doubt.
I will also pick 3 "also-rans", again in the interest of fairness. These 3 can win the award again before or after and again just signified a step in the right direction from the superstar.
Many things can achieve the award. A simple gimmick change that works brilliantly, a solid run in the main event, or the first steps that lead to a run of momentum to the main event scene. Most likely winning a championship for the first time will achieve this but not necessarily that.
There will be some controversial picks, and I'll admit there will probably be some guys I didn't like, people who didn't deserve a push, but in the interest of fairness I can't let personal bias cloud how prevalent they were in the year selected.
I hope you enjoy my blogs. I will enjoy writing them thats for sure.
So without further adieu.
Impact of the Year: Ultimate Warrior
Was there really any doubt? 1990 was the year of the Warrior. After having debuted in 1988 (maybe 87) the Warrior rode a huge tidal wave of momentum were by the time of the 1990 Royal Rumble it was in major doubt whether Hulk Hogan was still in fact the single major star in the company. They were completely even it seemed, Warrior with his rocking mullet (twas the style of the time), frenetic energy and phenomenal physique and strength was a HUGE fan favourite.
When he won the main title at WrestleMania VI he never looked back. In the first ever face vs. face WrestleMania main event he was given the nod and was allowed to run with the ball. From then on, he was a major presence in wrestling for the next number of years.
Some people call Warriors run a flop, but I don't know. He held the title for about 10 months (not as long as Hulks previous reigns or Macho's reign) but business was still good. It could only be considered a flop because it was still Hulk Hogan's show at the end of the day, but it can't be denied, Warrior was definitely in the top 2 of the company and thats nothing to be scoffed at.
Runner Up: Mr. Perfect
Mr. Perfect made his debut about a year prior to this and went on one of the customary undefeated runs WWE loves to give. He got over gradually but when Warrior vacated the intercontinental title in 1990 thats when Mr. Perfect really started to run with his gimmick. He grated fans with his "perfect" routine but he was probably the very best worker in the company, and was probably (besides Macho Man) the first man to solidify the ic belt as the "workers championship" on a run of worthy champions that would continue for the next few years. After dropping the belt to rising star Texas Tornado Kerry Von Erich, he caught it back before the year ended and went on a long run that was his definitive reign with the belt. Arguably was the biggest heel in the entire company alongside with the definitive heel manager in the company Bobby Heenan, a dream team if there ever was one. Alongside Piper and Ted Di Biase, he stands far above others who would have been worthy of championship runs among fans.
Earthquake burst onto the scene as a huge heel this year when he "injured" Hulk Hogan in an angle with the Earthquake splash. Alongside Perfect and Million Dollar Man, he was the biggest heel in the company at this time. He would go on a run until 1994 where he was loved by all fans and wholeheartedly accepted as a face when he did eventually make the turn. He really played the gimmick to perfection, making the ring "quake" upon entrance.
Legion of Doom
Demolition had been the badass team in the 80's, but Vince finally got the real thing in 1990. As soon as LOD debuted they were one's to watch out for, and I watched a match of theirs a few days ago shortly after their debut and they were much better moving in the ring than they were in their later wwe run in the late 90's. With their awesome music, physiques, spike shoulder pads, personality and ring skills they were the total package and the universe took to them right away. Arguably the greatest tag team in the history of the business.
Big Boss Man
This might be a controversial pick, but when Boss Man turned face he became a completely over personality, a household name, as the resident "law enforcer" in this great era of gimmicks. From this point on as a face though, he was a major fan favourite, and a personal favourite of mine as a kiddo.