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1996 SLAM! Wrestling Reader Poll Results




Stone Cold Steve Austin. Hulk Hogan. Sting. Bret The Hitman Hart. Old favorites and the upstart "new bloods" complimented each other in our first annual SLAM! Wrestling poll. The winners (selected by you the die hard grapplin' fans!) blur the lines of WCW or the WWF. What is clear is that fans love their mat action regardless of who presents it. In a year dominated by stunning turns, new alliances and a kaleidoscope of fresh faces; one thing remained constant - wrestling fans are as devoted as ever giving adulation to the dedicated "workers" and flogging the layabouts.

The big winners (Steve Austin, Ahmed Johnson, Bret The Hitman Hart and Shawn Michaels) share one thing in common - they are workhorses through and through. Their consistent effort (regardless of the outcome of a given match) is appreciated by the fan and respect in the highest order is achieved.

Without further ado, here are this year's winners..according to the most important part in the wrestling equation - you the fans.

SLAM! appreciates you taking the time to vote. As a professional courtesy, the results of the poll have been sent along to the federations.


The SLAM! Wrestler Of 1996

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin - 80 Votes

Shawn Michaels 64
Bret Hart 33
Other 26
Sycho Sid 25
The Undertaker 22
Sting 15
Lex Luger 14
Diamond Dallas Page / Rey Mysterio Jr. 12
Hulk Hogan / Chris Benoit 11
Dean Malenko 8
Ric Flair 6
Arn Anderson 4
Lord Steven Regal / Vader 2
Owen Hart 1


The SLAM! Tag Team Of 1996

The Outsiders - 108 Votes

The British Bulldog and Owen Hart 50
Harlem Heat 48
Doug Furnas / Philip Lafon 37
Sting and Lex Luger 33
Other 26
"Razor Ramon" and "Diesel" 12
Public Enemy 7
The Smoking Gunns / The Nasty Boys / The Amazing French Canadians / 5
The Godwinns / The New Rockers 4
The Faces Of Fear / The American Males 1


The SLAM! Canadian Wrestler Of 1996

Bret "The Hitman" Hart - 162 Votes

Roddy Piper 78
Chris Beniot 66
Owen Hart 24
The Amazing French Canadians / Chris Jericho 9


The SLAM! Best New Wrestler Of 1996

Ahmed Johnson - 126

Rey Mysterio Jr. 70
Chris Benoit 69
Dean Malenko / Rocky Maivia 25
Other 12
Eddie Guerrero 8
Glacier 5
Justin Bradshaw 4
Chris Jericho 3


The SLAM! Manager Of 1996

Sunny - 182

Ted Dibiase 54
Sable 32
Jim Cornette 16
Woman 15
Other 14
Clarence Mason 13
Sherri 11
The Iron Shiek 4
Paul Bearer / Sonny Ono 3
Col. Robert Parker 1


The SLAM! Best Feud Of 1996

The nWo vs the entire WCW - 151

Mankind vs The Undertaker 72
Bret Hitman Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin 55
Chris Benoit vs Kevin Sullivan 32
Dean Malenko vs Rey Mysterio Jr. 15
Hulk Hogan vs Macho Man 13
Nasty Boys vs Public Enemy 3


The SLAM! Best Federation Of 1996

The WWF - 175

The WCW 128
The ECW 41
The AWF 4


The SLAM! Worst Wrestler Of 1996

"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan - 89


Jerry The King Lawler 63
Renegade 48
The Executioner (Terry Gordy) 30
Marc Henry 26
Syxx 24
Other 17
The Godwinns 14
The Stalker 13
Kevin Sullivan 11
Faarooq 8
Scott Norton 5
The Giant 2


The SLAM! Worst Tag Team Of 1996

The New Rockers - 79

The Godwinns 68
"Razor Ramon" and "Diesel" 64
The Smoking Gunns 33
The American Males 26
The Amazing French Canadians 20
Public Enemy 13
The British Bulldog and Owen Hart / The Nasty Boys 10
The Faces Of Fear 8
Other / The Outsiders 5
Doug Furnas / Philip Lafon 3
Sting and Lex Luger 2
Harlem Heat 1


The SLAM! Uncrowned WWF Champion Of 1996

Bret The Hitman Hart / Stone Cold Steve Austin - 94

The Undertaker 75
Shawn Michaels 38
Vader 30
Other 9
Hunter Hearst-Helmsley 5


The SLAM! Uncrowned WCW Champion Of 1996

Sting - 114

The Giant 79
Lex Luger 63
Ric Flair 48
Other 41


The SLAM! Best "Gang" Or "Family" of 1996

The New World Order - 200

The Four Horsemen 72
The Nation Of Domination 32
Other 19
Cornette's Camp 6


The SLAM! Best Re-tooled Wrestler of 1996

Stone Cold Steve Austin - 166

Hulk Hogan 49
Sting 42
Goldust 33
Mankind 24
Other 12
Faarooq 10
Konnan 7
Crush 5


The SLAM! Best Monday Night Show of 1996

Monday Night Raw - 135

Both 116
Monday Night Nitro 97


Opinion Of Hogan Now?

No change at all - 140

Like him less 106
Like him more 104


The New Razor Ramon And Diesel?

They suck - 208

Don't care 107
They rock 33


Amount Of Pay-Per-Views?

Less Pay-Per-Views - 168

The same 113
More Pay-Per-Views 67


The Introduction Of The nWo?

The nWo are cool..keep them around. - 139

Enough already with these punks, disband them now. 116
Whatever 88


Who Won In The WCW vs WWF Mud-slinging Match?

Nobody - 144

The WCW 125
The WWF 77


Older Wrestlers Should..

As they are effective in the ring, they should stick around. - 261

Pack it up, retire and make room for the "young blood". 51
No opinion 34


I Call The Pay Wrestling Hotlines...

Never - 305

Once in a blue moon 32
Pretty often 11




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