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1997 SLAM! Wrestling Reader Poll Results




 He boldly proclaims to be...the best there is...the best there was...the best there ever will be. Well, if Bret Hart is speaking about the past year then heís right on the money. This according to SLAM! Wrestling fans who overwhelming voted the most well-known survivor of the Hart family "dungeon" as their favorite overall wrestler and best Canadian grappler of '97. The Hit Man beat out 1996 winner and this year's runner-up WWF rattlesnake - 'Stone Cold'Steve Austin - by a convincing total of 642 votes. Calgaryís wrestling family also dominated the tag team ranks as the honors went to The Hit Manís own brother and brother-in-law: Owen Hart and The British Bulldog trouncing the favored Outsiders.
 For the second year in a row, Hollywood Hogan was chosen as the worst combatant shoulder to shoulder with other such notable fan disappointments as the wacked-out Goldust, the lethargic Sultan, the aging Roddy Piper and the monarch of a motormouth: Jerry Lawler. Let the drum roll begin! As SLAM! Wrestling presents the best and worst of 1997 as selected by the REAL icons of pro-wrestling: you the devoted 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 official choices of SLAM! Wrestling's Online Editors

QuestionGreg Oliver John Powell
Wrestler Of The YearBret Hart. Bret Hart.
Worst Wrestler...Jesse Jaames. Goldust.
Best Cdn. Wrestler...Bret Hart. Bret Hart.
Tag Team Of The YearHarlem Heat. The Outsiders.
Worst Tag Team...The Faces Of Fear. The Godwinns.
Best Fresh Face(s)...Ken Shamrock. Raven's Nest.
Match Of The YearSting Vs Hogan. (Starrcade). Hart Vs Austin (WM13).
Feud Of The YearAustin Vs Hart. nWo Vs WCW.
Gang Of The YearHart Foundation. Hart Foundation.
Worst Gang...Los Boriques. D-Generation X.
Manager Of The YearPaul Bearer. Woman.
Worst Manager...Luna Vachon. Luna Vachon.
Best FedWCW. WCW.
Best Monday ShowNitro. Nitro.
Uncrowned WCW ChampChris Benoit. Macho Man.
Uncrowned WWF ChampOwen Hart. Steve Austin.
Best PPVINYH: Cdn Stampede. WrestleMania 13.
Worst PPVnWo Souled Out. INYH: D-Gen X.
Sexiest FemaleSunny. Miss Elizabeth.
Sexiest MaleBuff Bagwell. Sting.





SLAM'S 1997 Wrestler Of The Year

Bret "Hit Man" Hart

HIT MAN

(1558 Votes)

Steve Austin - 916
Diamond Dallas Page - 878
Shawn Michaels - 164
Chris Benoit - 146


SLAM'S 1997 Worst Wrestler Of The Year

"Hollywood" Hogan

(1035 Votes)

Goldust - 543
The Sultan - 529
Roddy Piper - 295
Jerry Lawler - 294

SLAM'S 1997 Best Cdn Wrestler Of The Year

Bret "Hit Man" Hart

(2198 Votes)

Chris Benoit - 1241
Owen Hart - 346
Chris Jericho - 103
Roddy Piper - 47


SLAM'S 1997 Tag Team Of The Year

Owen Hart / British Bulldog

(920 Votes)

Harlem Heat - 889
The Outsiders - 779
The Steiner Brothers - 580
The Road Warriors - 503


SLAM'S 1997 Worst Tag Team Of The Year

The Godwinns

(733 Votes)

The New Age Outlaws - 730
The Head Bangers - 466
The New BlackJacks - 463
The Outsiders - 414


SLAM'S 1997 Fresh Face(s) Of The Year

Ken Shamrock

(1101 Votes)

Bill Goldberg - 704
Dude Love - 406
Taka Michinoku - 339
Kane - 297


SLAM'S 1997 Match Of The Year

Bret Hart Vs Steve Austin (WM 13)

(1182 Votes)

HBK Vs Undertaker (Hell In A Cell) - 928
Hogan Vs Sting (Starrcade) - 463
Bret Hart Vs Undertaker (SummerSlam) - 221
DDP Vs Macho Man (Spring Stampede) - 204


SLAM'S 1997 Feud Of The Year

Bret Hart Vs HBK

(1005 Votes)

WCW Vs nWo - 782
Steve Austin Vs Bret Hart - 585
Canada (Hart Foundation) Vs USA - 351
Sting Vs Hollywood Hogan - 301


SLAM'S 1997 Gang Of The Year

The nWo

HOGAN

(1555 Votes)

The Hart Foundation - 1217
D-Generation X - 670
The Four Horsemen - 145
Raven's Nest - 140


SLAM'S 1997 Worst Gang Of The Year

Los Boriques

(1284 Votes)

D-Generation X - 899
The Truth Commission - 729
The nWo - 403
Raven's Nest - 251


SLAM'S 1997 Manager Of The Year

Sable

(1076 Votes)

Miss Elizabeth - 918
Chyna - 766
Ted Dibiase - 521
Kimberly - 258


SLAM'S 1997 Worst Manager Of The Year

The Honky Tonk Man

(666 Votes)

The Iron Sheik - 436
Luna Vachon, The Jackal, Queen Debra - 421
Sable - 362
Paul Bearer - 268


SLAM'S 1997 Best Fed Of The Year

WCW

(2570 Votes)

WWF - 1418


SLAM'S 1997 Best Monday Show Of The Year

Nitro

(2452 Votes)

Raw Is War / The War Zone - 1520


SLAM'S 1997 Uncrowned WCW Champ

Chris Benoit

(1194 Votes)

Kevin Nash - 479
Diamond Dallas Page - 457
The Giant - 303
Lex Luger - 282


SLAM'S 1997 Uncrowned WWF Champ

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

AUSTIN

(1559 Votes)

Owen Hart - 911
The Undertaker - 470
Ken Shamrock - 390
Vader - 194


SLAM'S 1997 Best PPV Of The Year

WCW Starrcade

(992 Votes)

WrestleMania 13 - 668
INYH: Badd Blood - 518
INYH: Canadian Stampede - 218
WWF Royal Rumble - 214


SLAM'S 1997 Worst PPV Of The Year

nWo Souled Out

(1020 Votes)

Survivor Series - 689
Starrcade - 369
INYH: D-Generation X - 351
Road Wild - 113


SLAM'S 1997 Sexiest Female Star

Sunny

(1690 Votes)

Sable - 1051
Miss Elizabeth - 805
Kimberly - 276
Any of the Nitro Girls - 163


SLAM'S 1997 Sexiest Male Star

Sting

(689 Votes)

Buff Bagwell - 501
Shawn Michaels - 472
Bret Hart - 439
Steve Austin - 210




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