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    Factoring in both kayfabe and non-kayfabe accomplishment, is Flair's 89 the best year for a wrestler in history?

    Steve Austin's 2001 is another one on the short list IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Show View Post
    Factoring in both kayfabe and non-kayfabe accomplishment, is Flair's 89 the best year for a wrestler in history?

    Steve Austin's 2001 is another one on the short list IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker
    20. Salman Hashimikov- This Russian shooter held the IWGP title for over a month.
    *Shin, Strobe, tell me more about this guy. I've seen the name over the years but that's about it.
    With the Cold War thawing, Inoki brought in legit Soviet athletes and that was a short-lived story within the promotion. Hashimikov was an amateur wrestler and beat Bam Bam Bigelow on the April Tokyo Dome Show, won the IWGP Title from Vader on the May Osaka Dome Show and dropped it to Choshu in the July.

    You could argue Shota Chochishvili, a judoka, should be ranked higher, considering he ended Inoki's 11-year Martial Arts Title reign by dominating him on the April Tokyo Dome Show, before losing it back to him on the May Osaka Dome Show. Both matches main evented their respective shows. Beating Inoki clean and becoming the only other man to hold that championship means more than beating Vader for the IWGP Title.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Show View Post
    Factoring in both kayfabe and non-kayfabe accomplishment, is Flair's 89 the best year for a wrestler in history?

    Steve Austin's 2001 is another one on the short list IMO.
    This is where kayfabe arguments can get interesting. I think cheating to win means more in kayfabe, since it is your own cunning, than someone else interfering on your behalf or getting intentionally DQed say. Austin won the title due to Vince interference, only kept it against Benoit due to Vince meddling and had to get himself DQed as he couldn't beat Angle. In kayfabe, that isn't that strong really.

    If we count house shows, then Flair lost the belt to Steamboat, failed to beat him in 20 straight attempts to get the title back, and then won the final one. So he was 1-21 against Steamboat in Feb - May 1989. Not exactly strong. Of course we know what the purpose of house shows are outwith kayfabe, but this is where Japanese promotions having few title matches (4-5 per year) makes more sense in kayfabe terms. The fact that titles very rarely change hands on house shows but change hands on TV/PPV far more regularly is almost kayfabe-breaking itself.

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    Started working on 1988 & 2000 a week or so back. Got bored. So now it's time to do some math and determine who is the wrestler of the 90s.

    *There ended up being many surprises.

    Formula: 15 points for a 1st place finish. 14 points for 2nd place. Etc. Until 1 point for a 15th place finish.

    Ranking/Name/Years in Top 15/Point Total/(Best Finish)

    1. Hulk Hogan: 7-89 (#1 in 1991)
    2. Mitsuharu Misawa(!): 8-84 (#1 in 1997)
    3. Bret Hart: 8-82 (#1 in 1992 & 1994)
    4. Ric Flair: 7-78 (#3 in 1990, 1991, 1992 & 1994)
    5. Sting: 9-71 (#2 in 1990 & 1992)
    6. Shawn Michaels: 5-52 (#1 in 1996)
    7. Vader: 6-47 (#1 in 1993)
    8. Lex Luger(!): 5-45 (#2 in 1991)
    9. Steve Austin: 4-42 (#1 in 1998)
    10. Undertaker: 6-41 (#2 in 1997)
    11. Shinya Hashimoto: 5-41 (#4 in 1997)
    12. Great Muta/Keiji Mutoh: 4-37 (#3 in 1999)
    13. Diesel/Kevin Nash: 4-36 (#1 in 1995)
    14. Randy Savage: 4-28 (#4 in 1992)
    15. Razor Ramon/Scott Hall: 5-26 (#5 in 1994)
    16. Ultimate Warrior: 3-22 (#1 in 1990)
    17. Yokozuna: 2-21 (#2 in 1993)
    18. The Rock: 2-20 (#5 in 1998)
    18. Rob Van Dam: 2-20 (#1 in 1999)
    18. Kenta Kobashi: 2-20 (#4 in 1998)
    21. Giant/Big Show: 3-18 (#2 in 1996)
    22. Jumbo Tsuruta: 2-18 (#5 in 1991)
    23. Dustin Rhodes/Goldust: 2-17 (#7 in 1996)
    24. Tatsumi Fujinami: 2-16 (#4 in 1991)
    25. Stan Hansen: 2-15 (#5 in 1990)

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    I'm more shocked with Hogan as #1, Misawa at #2 though is pretty cool. Luger always grades out high on kayfabe rankings, I'm surprised Shawn and Vader finished ahead of him tbh.

    I've actually started my own lists comprising the top 10 of every year based on the PWI monthly top 10 (10 points for 1, 9 points for 2 etc.) which started for the ranking period of July 1983. I'm up to 1997 right now. I might post it here or make a new thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Icon View Post
    I'm more shocked with Hogan as #1, Misawa at #2 though is pretty cool. Luger always grades out high on kayfabe rankings, I'm surprised Shawn and Vader finished ahead of him tbh.

    I've actually started my own lists comprising the top 10 of every year based on the PWI monthly top 10 (10 points for 1, 9 points for 2 etc.) which started for the ranking period of July 1983. I'm up to 1997 right now. I might post it here or make a new thread.
    You need to post after going through all that work.

    The system I devised wasn't very midcarder/cruiserweight/ECW friendly. The list of people who didn't crack the Top 25 kind of reads like a who's who of 90s wrestling-Foley(!), Owen, Bulldog, Arn, Rude, Windham, Perfect, DDP, Kawada, Regal, Eddie, Benoit, Malenko, Rey, Jericho, Liger(!), Jarrett, ECW in general.

    I'll probably come back to this at some point. 1988 was giving me problems. No AJPW Triple Crown made things difficult on that front. Plus Honkytonk Man is tough to rate. WCW was such a mess in 2000. I got tired of trying to sort that out. I did learn Eddie Guerrero had a sneakily successful 2000. He had two long (by 2000 standards) title reigns I had no memory of whatsoever.

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    Ooh, I have a request. So these are based on the calendar year grading periods not the cover date of the magazine. The September rankings wouldn't be revealed until the January issue for example.

    1983
    1. Harley Race- 58
    2. Andre The Giant- 54
    3. Dusty Rhodes- 43
    4. Nick Bockwinkel- 42
    5. Hulk Hogan- 25
    6. David Von Erich- 23
    7. Larry Zbyszko- 18
    8. Barry Windham- 15
    9. Bob Backlund- 14
    10. Ric Flair- 10


    1984
    1. Ric Flair- 130
    2. Andre The Giant- 103
    3. Dusty Rhodes- 81
    4. Hulk Hogan- 80
    5. Rick Martel- 70
    6. Harley Race- 62
    7. Kerry Von Erich- 49
    8. Wahoo McDaniel- 22
    9. Jumbo Tsuruta- 19
    10. Nick Bockwinkel- 14

    1985
    1. Ric Flair- 140
    2. Rick Martel- 114
    3. Hulk Hogan- 113
    4. Dusty Rhodes- 83
    5. Magnum TA- 55
    6. Kerry Von Erich- 52
    7. Tito Santana- 32
    8. Sgt. Slaughter- 29
    9. Tully Blanchard- 26
    10. Nikita Koloff- 21

    1986
    1. Ric Flair- 130
    2. Hulk Hogan- 117
    3. Randy Savage- 81
    4. Magnum TA- 57
    5. Dusty Rhodes- 55
    6. Nikita Koloff- 52
    7. Stan Hansen- 40
    8. Nick Bockwinkel- 27
    9. Kerry Von Erich- 25
    10. Rick Rude- 18

    1987
    1. Hulk Hogan- 114
    2. Ric Flair- 112
    3. Nikita Koloff- 77
    4. Randy Savage- 60
    5. Lex Luger- 58
    6. Barry Windham- 58
    7. Steve Williams- 41
    8. Rick Steamboat- 29
    9. Curt Hennig- 23
    10. Nick Bockwinkel- 22

    1988
    1. Ric Flair- 114
    2. Randy Savage- 103
    3. Lex Luger- 74
    4. Jerry Lawler- 62
    5. Ted DiBiase- 47
    6. Sting- 46
    7. Hulk Hogan- 44
    8. Curt Hennig- 33
    9. Barry Windham- 29
    10. Dusty Rhodes- 24

    1989
    1. Hulk Hogan- 108
    2. Lex Luger- 81
    3. Ric Flair- 81
    4. Randy Savage- 72
    5. Sting- 57
    6. Rick Steamboat- 47
    7. Jerry Lawler- 43
    8. Ultimate Warrior- 42
    9. Larry Zbyszko- 32
    10. Rick Rude- 26

    1990
    1. Ultimate Warrior- 109
    2. Lex Luger- 84
    3. Ric Flair- 76
    4. Sting- 63
    5. Curt Hennig- 60
    6. Hulk Hogan- 53
    7. Kerry Von Erich- 48
    8. Jerry Lawler- 31
    9. Larry Zbyszko- 26
    10. Rick Rude- 22

    1991
    1. Lex Luger- 108
    2. Hulk Hogan- 103
    3. Ric Flair- 71
    4. Sting- 64
    5. Curt Hennig- 53
    6. Bret Hart- 34
    7. Jerry Lawler- 26
    8. Sgt. Slaughter- 23
    9. Steve Austin- 23
    10. Tatsumi Fujinami- 19

    1992
    1. Rick Rude (!)- 94
    2. Randy Savage- 70
    3. Ric Flair- 69
    4. Bret Hart- 58
    5. Sting- 58
    6. Ron Simmons- 38
    7. Eddie Gilbert- 27
    8. Ultimate Warrior- 23
    9. Roddy Piper- 22
    10. Shawn Michaels- 21

    1993
    1. Vader- 109
    2. Bret Hart- 86
    3. Yokozuna- 66
    4. Dustin Rhodes- 50
    5. Sting- 46
    6. Shawn Michaels- 45
    7. Lex Luger- 34
    8. Ric Flair- 34
    9. Razor Ramon- 30
    10. Undertaker- 22

    1994
    1. Bret Hart- 106
    2. Razor Ramon- 86
    3. Ric Flair- 86
    4. Sting- 63
    5. Hulk Hogan- 53
    6. Steve Austin- 39
    7. Lex Luger- 36
    8. Diesel- 30
    9. Yokozuna- 27
    10. Undertaker- 27

    1995
    1. Diesel- 106
    2. Sting- 93
    3. Hulk Hogan- 81
    4. Razor Ramon- 76
    5. Bret Hart- 64
    6. Randy Savage- 51
    7. Undertaker- 38
    8. Shawn Michaels- 38
    9. Vader- 37
    10. Jeff Jarrett- 34

    1996
    1. Shawn Michaels- 112
    2. The Giant- 61
    3. Undertaker- 57
    4. Lex Luger- 55
    5. Sting- 52
    6. Ric Flair- 45
    7. Bret Hart- 43
    8. Hulk Hogan- 37
    9. Goldust- 30
    10. Randy Savage- 27

    whew.... I'll do the rest in separate posts when I get around to it, these go to June 2012.

    When I initially did 1983 it was a guesstimate for the whole year. Adjusted now to use only the actual rankings starting in July 1983.
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    At quick glance, it looks safe to say Flair was the wrestler of the 80s. With Hogan turning out to be the wrestler of the 90s, it's kind of a shame in a way that we didn't get a series of Hogan/Flair clashes throughout 1990 to bridge the transition. Would've had to have been better than Warrior's lackluster reign and title programs, right?

    God, now I'm starting to fantasize about how epic a WWF vs. WCW WM6 card could've been... Hogan vs. Flair on top for the undisputed title, Warrior vs. Sting in a face-painted clash of former Bladerunners, Savage vs. Steamboat in a WMIII return match, Lex Luger vs. Rick Rude in a battle of the bodies (bonus points for each having double initials)... Maybe RNRX vs. The Rockers? Road Warriors, Steiners, the Skyscrapers, and Doom vs. Demolition, the Hart Foundation, the Twin Towers, and Powers of Pain in respective tag team showdowns?
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Icon View Post
    Ooh, I have a request. So these are based on the calendar year grading periods not the cover date of the magazine. The September rankings wouldn't be revealed until the January issue for example.

    whew.... I'll do the rest in separate posts when I get around to it, these go to June 2012.
    The Icon earning his name with all this work. I'll add my rankings to what he came up with.

    1983
    1. Nick Bockwinkel
    2. Harley Race
    3. Ric Flair
    4. Andre The Giant
    5. Bob Backlund
    6. Hulk Hogan
    7. Dusty Rhodes
    8. Greg Valentine
    9. David Von Erich
    10. Don Muraco

    1984
    1. Ric Flair
    2. Andre The Giant
    3. Hulk Hogan
    4. Dusty Rhodes
    5. Harley Race
    6. Rick Martel
    7. Kerry Von Erich
    8. Jumbo Tsuruta
    9. Wahoo McDaniel
    10. Nick Bockwinkel

    1985
    1. Ric Flair
    2. Rick Martel
    3. Hulk Hogan
    4. Dusty Rhodes
    5. Magnum TA
    6. Kerry Von Erich
    7. Tito Santana
    8. Tully Blanchard
    9. Nikita Koloff
    10. Sgt. Slaughter

    1986
    1. Ric Flair
    2. Hulk Hogan
    3. Randy Savage
    4. Magnum TA
    5. Dusty Rhodes
    6. Stan Hansen
    7. Nikita Koloff
    8. Kerry Von Erich
    9. Rick Rude
    10. Nick Bockwinkel

    1987
    1. Hulk Hogan
    2. Ric Flair
    3. Nikita Koloff
    4. Randy Savage
    5. Lex Luger
    6. Barry Windham
    7. Steve Williams
    8. Rick Steamboat
    9. Curt Hennig
    10. Nick Bockwinkel

    1988
    1. Ric Flair
    2. Randy Savage
    3. Lex Luger
    4. Jerry Lawler
    5. Sting
    6. Ted DiBiase
    7. Hulk Hogan
    8. Curt Hennig
    9. Barry Windham
    10. Dusty Rhodes

    1989
    1. Hulk Hogan (2)
    2. Lex Luger [6]
    3. Ric Flair (1)
    4. Randy Savage (3)
    5. Sting (10)
    6. Ultimate Warrior (5)
    7. Jerry Lawler (8)
    8. Rick Steamboat (4)
    9. Great Muta (11)
    10. Larry Zbyszko (7)

    1990
    1. Ultimate Warrior (1)
    2. Lex Luger [6]
    3. Ric Flair (3)
    4. Curt Hennig (10)
    5. Sting (2)
    6. Hulk Hogan (4)
    7. Kerry Von Erich (16)
    8. Jerry Lawler (14)
    9. Rick Rude
    10. Randy Savage

    1991
    1. Lex Luger (2)
    2. Hulk Hogan(1)
    3. Ric Flair (3)
    4. Sting [6]
    5. Curt Hennig (11)
    6. Bret Hart (8)
    7. Jerry Lawler (10)
    8. Sgt. Slaughter (13)
    9. Steve Austin
    10. Tatsumi Fujinami (4)

    1992
    1. Rick Rude (!) [6]
    2. Ric Flair (3)
    3. Randy Savage (4)
    4. Bret Hart (1)
    5. Sting (2)
    6. Ron Simmons (5)
    7. Eddie Gilbert
    8. Roddy Piper
    9. Shawn Michaels (8)
    10. Ultimate Warrior (15)

    *I'm more surprised by Gilbert at #7 than Rude at #1. Had to look him on Cagematch just to make sure I had his 1992 right. Yep. He competed in USWA & GWF. A few title reigns but Top 10 seems like a major stretch.

    1993
    1. Vader (1)
    2. Bret Hart (4)
    3. Yokozuna (2)
    4. Dustin Rhodes (8)
    5. Sting (5)
    6. Shawn Michaels (7)
    7. Lex Luger [6]
    8. Ric Flair (9)
    9. Razor Ramon (13)
    10. Undertaker (15)

    1994
    1. Bret Hart (1)
    2. Razor Ramon (5)
    3. Ric Flair (3)
    4. Sting (13)
    5. Hulk Hogan (2)
    6. Steve Austin (7)
    7. Lex Luger
    8. Diesel (4)
    9. Yokozuna (10)
    10. Undertaker

    1995
    1. Diesel (1)
    2. Sting (10)
    3. Hulk Hogan (2)
    4. Razor Ramon (7)
    5. Bret Hart (3)
    6. Randy Savage (8)
    7. Shawn Michaels [6]
    8. Undertaker
    9. Vader (12)
    10. Jeff Jarrett (11)

    1996
    1. Shawn Michaels (1)
    2. The Giant (2)
    3. Undertaker (26)
    4. Lex Luger (13)
    5. Sting (14)
    6. Ric Flair (4)
    7. Bret Hart (12)
    8. Hulk Hogan (3)
    9. Goldust (7)
    10. Randy Savage (10)

    *I had Undertaker relatively low this year because, for the first time ever, he actually lost a good amount of matches (to Mankind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PI View Post
    At quick glance, it looks safe to say Flair was the wrestler of the 80s. With Hogan turning out to be the wrestler of the 90s, it's kind of a shame in a way that we didn't get a series of Hogan/Flair clashes throughout 1990 to bridge the transition. Would've had to have been better than Warrior's lackluster reign and title programs, right?

    God, now I'm starting to fantasize about how epic a WWF vs. WCW WM6 card could've been... Hogan vs. Flair on top for the undisputed title, Warrior vs. Sting in a face-painted clash of former Bladerunners, Savage vs. Steamboat in a WMIII return match, Lex Luger vs. Rick Rude in a battle of the bodies (bonus points for each having double initials)... Maybe RNRX vs. The Rockers? Road Warriors, Steiners, the Skyscrapers, and Doom vs. Demolition, the Hart Foundation, the Twin Towers, and Powers of Pain in respective tag team showdowns?
    I like this idea. Only drawback is Sting was injured in real life but I'll play along anyway....

    10. Hogan vs. Flair
    9. Warrior vs. Sting
    8. Demolition vs. Road Warriors
    7. Rude vs. Luger (coming soon to a fanfic draft near you!)
    6. Hart Foundation vs. Steiners
    5. Twin Towers vs. Rock 'N Roll Express
    4. Randy Savage vs....Arn Anderson? (Steamboat wasn't in WCW at the time)
    3. Rockers vs. Midnight Express
    2. Mr. Perfect vs. Brian Pillman
    1. Doom vs...Powers of Pain?

    Hot Takes: Tag team wrestling was still going strong. Both promotions were a little light on upper card babyfaces.
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    Gilbert was actually hovering between 5 and 6 on the top ten for over half of 1992 (ahead of the likes of Flair, Sting and Warrior) while simultaneously holding the GWF and USWA titles.

    Undertaker was just consistent in '96 placing in the top 10 for the whole year on the strength of being top 3 in the WWF for the first half and placing no lower than 7th in the fed for the remainder.

    I'll finish off the nineties this weekend then finish the rest probably never.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PI View Post
    God, now I'm starting to fantasize about how epic a WWF vs. WCW WM6 card could've been... Hogan vs. Flair on top for the undisputed title, Warrior vs. Sting in a face-painted clash of former Bladerunners, Savage vs. Steamboat in a WMIII return match, Lex Luger vs. Rick Rude in a battle of the bodies (bonus points for each having double initials)... Maybe RNRX vs. The Rockers? Road Warriors, Steiners, the Skyscrapers, and Doom vs. Demolition, the Hart Foundation, the Twin Towers, and Powers of Pain in respective tag team showdowns?
    Quote Originally Posted by Baker View Post
    I like this idea. Only drawback is Sting was injured in real life but I'll play along anyway....

    10. Hogan vs. Flair
    9. Warrior vs. Sting
    8. Demolition vs. Road Warriors
    7. Rude vs. Luger (coming soon to a fanfic draft near you!)
    6. Hart Foundation vs. Steiners
    5. Twin Towers vs. Rock 'N Roll Express
    4. Randy Savage vs....Arn Anderson? (Steamboat wasn't in WCW at the time)
    3. Rockers vs. Midnight Express
    2. Mr. Perfect vs. Brian Pillman
    1. Doom vs...Powers of Pain?

    Hot Takes: Tag team wrestling was still going strong. Both promotions were a little light on upper card babyfaces.
    This will be a lot of fun.

    Wrestlemania VI had a bloated 15 matches. So Starrmania '90 or Wrestlecade '90 will too (injuries don't exit)!

    Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair

    Randy "Macho King" Savage vs. Sting

    The Ultimate Warrior vs. Sid Vicious

    "Ravishing" Rick Rude vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

    Demolition vs. Road Warriors

    Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson

    The Hart Foundation vs. The Steiner Bros.

    Mr. Perfect vs. The Great Muta

    "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes vs. Barry Windham

    The Rockers vs. The Midnight Express

    "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan vs. "Doctor Death" Steve Williams

    "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase vs. "Flyin'" Brian Pillman

    The Twin Towers vs. The Skyskrapers

    Bad News Brown vs. Cactus Jack

    The Orient Express vs. Rock 'n' Roll Express


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    Fuck yeah, @Baker & @Kilgore! I'm friggin' McLovin those cards!

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    Here are the rankings based on cumulative points from the monthly top 10 for 1997

    1. Undertaker- 92
    2. Lex Luger- 69
    3. Bret Hart- 56
    4. Steve Austin- 52
    5. Shawn Michaels- 43
    6. Diamond Dallas Page- 40*
    7. Owen Hart- 40*
    8. Eddie Guerrero- 38
    9. Dean Malenko- 37
    10. The Giant- 34

    1998, 1999 and an overall 90's countdown to come! I will also add yearly point totals to each of the other lists, don't know why I didn't do that before.

    *Tie breaker is appearances on the top ten, if still tied then actual PWI 500 ranking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Icon View Post
    Here are the rankings based on cumulative points from the monthly top 10 for 1997

    1. Undertaker- 92 (2)
    2. Lex Luger- 69 (8)
    3. Bret Hart- 56 (3)
    4. Steve Austin- 52 (7)
    5. Shawn Michaels- 43 [6]
    6. Diamond Dallas Page- 40* (19)
    7. Owen Hart- 40* (12)
    8. Eddie Guerrero- 38 (23)
    9. Dean Malenko- 37 (24)
    10. The Giant- 34 (15)

    1998, 1999 and an overall 90's countdown to come! I will also add yearly point totals to each of the other lists, don't know why I didn't do that before.

    *Tie breaker is appearances on the top ten, if still tied then actual PWI 500 ranking.
    Great work. I added in my 1997 rankings.

    I noticed Rude didn't just win in 1992. He won rather bigly.

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    Great work. I added in my 1997 rankings.

    I noticed Rude didn't just win in 1992. He won rather bigly.
    You'll also notice I had some screwy math with some of the years so the rankings you copied from me are a bit different now. Everything should be correct now.

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    Top 10 for 1998
    1. Steve Austin- 116
    2. Goldberg- 79
    3. Sting- 65
    4. Undertaker-57
    5. Diamond Dallas Page- 52
    6. The Rock- 48
    7. Bret Hart- 43
    8. Ken Shamrock- 38
    9. Hulk Hogan- 23
    10. Owen Hart- 22

    Austin crushed it with the strongest year seen since Flair's dominance in the 80's. Hulk Hogan and Sting return to the top 10 while Ken Shamrock had a particularly strong year.

    1999
    1. Steve Austin- 78
    2. The Rock- 71
    3. Goldberg- 54
    4. Sting- 54
    5. Triple H- 37
    6. Hulk Hogan- 36
    7. Mitsuharu Misawa- 34
    8. Keiji Muto- 33
    9. Undertaker- 32
    10. Mick Foley- 31

    1999 on the other hand was a real year of parody even more so than '97. Austin this time has by far the lowest point total for a number 1. The Japanese aces started get recognition while 5-10 are really bunched.

    1990's (for wrestlers with at least 10 points)

    1. Sting- 558


    2. Bret Hart- 504


    3. Lex Luger- 436


    4. Ric Flair- 396


    5. Hulk Hogan- 392


    6. Steve Austin- 336


    7. Undertaker- 326


    8. Shawn Michaels- 290


    9. Vader- 222


    10. Scott Hall- 193


    11. Kevin Nash- 181
    12. Randy Savage- 181
    13. Curt Hennig- 166
    14. Ultimate Warrior- 156
    15. Rick Rude- 155
    16. Goldberg- 133
    17. The Rock- 120
    18. Diamond Dallas Page- 114
    19. Big Show- 109
    20. Jerry Lawler- 107
    21. Yokozuna- 99
    22. Sid- 85
    23. Goldust- 84
    24. Jeff Jarrett- 77
    25. Owen Hart- 73
    26. Triple H- 71
    27. Mitsuharu Misawa- 64
    28. Ron Simmons- 57
    29. Davey Boy Smith- 51
    30. Kerry Von Erich- 50
    31. Eddie Guerrero- 46
    32. Ken Shamrock- 46
    33. Dean Malenko- 45
    34. Mick Foley- 43
    35. Barry Windham- 43
    36. Roddy Piper- 37
    37. Taz- 35
    38. Tony Anthony- 34
    39. Keiji Muto- 33
    40. Eddie Gilbert- 28
    41. Kane- 28
    42. Larry Zbyszko- 26
    43. Marc Mero- 26
    44. Kensuke Sasaki- 25
    45. Arn Anderson- 24
    46. Sgt. Slaughter- 23
    47. Tatsumi Fujinami- 23
    48. The Patriot- 21
    49. Bam Bam Bigelow- 20
    50. Nikita Koloff- 20
    51. Rey Mysterio- 19
    52. Rick Steamboat- 19
    53. Konnan- 18
    54. Kenta Kobashi- 18
    55. Steven Regal- 17
    56. Bob Backlund- 17
    57. Rob Van Dam- 16
    58. Chris Jericho- 16
    59. Scott Steiner- 15
    60. Jim Duggan- 15
    61. Raven- 14
    62. Chris Benoit- 14
    63. X-Pac- 12
    64. Booker T- 12
    65. Brian Christopher- 11
    66. Stan Hansen- 11
    67. Shane Douglas- 10
    68. Terry Funk- 10

    Sting takes the top spot despite missing the entirety of 1997. Flair and Hogan still had very strong decades after dominating the 80's. Sid, while not featured during any particular year made a big impact when he was active still cracking the top 25. This was a very interesting and involved month of work. profightdb.com was a huge help along with filing in some of the blanks with my own back issues.
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