SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Fri, March 24, 2006



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Miami


Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions


WWE Battleground


ROH in Detroit


Smackdown & Main Event in Ottawa


Raw in Montreal


WWE in Kingston







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





SLAM! Speaks: The best of WCW's alumni
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


Five years ago this Sunday, World Championship Wrestling officially came to an end.

The Atlanta-based company’s end was not surprising to any observer. Reports of a $75 million loss the previous year sent Internet writers into a frenzy.

The already heated fire became an all out blaze when it was announced that an Eric-Bischoff-lead group, that looked to purchase the struggling wrestling league, had backed out and the new owner would be none other than Vincent Kennedy McMahon, a name quite familiar to just about everyone, wrestling fan or not, as the owner of the World Wrestling Federation.

While we could sit back and analyze the WCW purchase, that has been done to death over the past half a decade. Instead, we at SLAM! have chosen to look at the talent that has come to the Fed and shined.

Here are our picks for the best talent acquired by WWF/E since the purchase of WCW.

Jon Waldman
In my mind, there are only a couple wrestlers that have been successful in WWE, and on that short list, Rey Mysterio Jr. stands above all others. Yes, Booker T, Ric Flair, Eric Biscoff, Goldberg and others have had successful runs in the Fed, but can any of them truly say they’re better in WWE than they were in WCW? No. In most of these cases, the WCW guys were made to look like fools at one point or another in their WWE run. Mysterio, however, was given carte blanche because McMahon et.al saw that he was a valuable commodity and used him wisely.

Bob Kapur
My vote goes to Booker T. He's won several titles, had high profile feuds with all of the company's top names like Steve Austin (who can forget the hilarious supermarket brawl?), the Rock, the Undertaker, Triple H, Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and even headlined a WrestleMania. Outside of the ring, he is consistently one of the most entertaining guys in the company. His vignettes with Goldust were hilarious and his recent interplay with Teddy Long and the BoogeyMan have been recent Smackdown highlights. Plus, he has the best pyro in the business today. Hopefully he'll get a WWE championship run before he finally packs it in.

Greg Oliver
It pains me to write this, but it doesn't surprise me. The two people who gained the most from the sale of WCW to WWE were "divas" Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler. Though both were in many, many silly storylines on WWE TV, they managed to use their new-found exposure in the big company to gain greater fame with the general public. Torrie, of course, posed in Playboy a couple of times, and Stacy, well, she took longer but is now destined for an acting career after her performance on Dancing With The Stars.

Chris Sokol
While it is arguable that Ric Flair has been the most successful out of all the WCW stars that were acquired, I am going to have to lean towards Rey Mysterio. Since joining WWE from WCW, Mysterio has held Cruiserweight and Tag Team gold on several occasions, not to mention the countless main events and angles that put him over to the crowd in a big way. There really hasn't been a dull point in his WWE career.

Brian Elliot
Whilst arguments could also be made for both Booker and Flair, my top pick as a WWE success is Rey Mysterio. I understand that some will see this choice as being directly related to his current position on the card, but this is not simply the case. The fact of the matter is that Mysterio has brought something very different to WWE, the likes of which they had never had previously. Mysterio is a true junior heavyweight, unlike the wealth of bigger guys they've had in the past, who were also good in the air. He has also had too many good matches to mention here - my personal favourites being against Kurt Angle - and has been one of the major reasons why Smackdown is considered a better wrestling show than RAW.

Now it’s your turn. SLAM! will be running reader responses not only on who has been the best WCW performer since the purchase, but also we will be talking about what our readers think were the best moments in WCW history. Send your comments on either one or both of these topics to Jon Waldman at jonathanwaldman@hotmail.com by March 31.


RELATED LINK
  • SLAM! Wrestling's coverage of the WCW sale

    -- compiled by Jon Waldman