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  • ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

    Thanks to [MENTION=498]PI[/MENTION] [MENTION=133]UT[/MENTION] [MENTION=6065]nazzer[/MENTION] [MENTION=12271]TheIcon[/MENTION] [MENTION=108397]Fezz[/MENTION] [MENTION=103897]ShinobiMusashi[/MENTION] [MENTION=21289]Big Pete[/MENTION] [MENTION=107558]Sea Slug[/MENTION] [MENTION=105216]Kilgore[/MENTION] & [MENTION=79]SM?[/MENTION] for voting. With myself that makes 11 ballots.

    Here are a few of the more notable names to receive no votes.....

    Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko as a tag team
    Chris Chetti
    Big Dick Dudley
    EZ Money
    Pitbull #1
    Doug Furnas
    Nova & Blue Meanie as a tag team
    Little Guido & Tony Mamaluke as a tag team
    Bobby Eaton*
    Arn Anderson*
    El Puerto Ricano

    *Several wrestlers who competed in one match, or a handful of matches, received votes, including a few in the Top 50.

    The List

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    Supplemental Countdown Results

    Thread http://forums.prowrestling.com/showthread.php?t=134455

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    Last edited by Baker; 05-11-2017, 08:52 AM.

  • #2
    Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results



    #76-#101

    #101 (tie) (1 Vote-1 Point)
    Bill Alfonso
    Kevin Sullivan


    #99 (tie) (1 Vote- 2 Points)
    Little Guido & Tracey Smothers
    King Kong Bundy


    #97 (tie) (1 Vote- 3 Points)
    Jerry Lawler
    Johnny Grunge


    #96 (2 Votes- 3 Points)
    Beulah McGillicutty

    #95 (1 Vote- 4 Points)
    Francine

    #93 (tie) (1 Vote- 5 Points)
    Chris Candido & Lance Storm
    Sid


    #92 (1 Vote- 6 Points)
    Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten

    #90 (tie) (1 Vote- 8 Points)
    Louie Spicolli
    The Sheik


    #88 (tie) (2 Votes- 8 Points)
    JT Smith
    Tracey Smothers


    #85 (tie) (1 Vote- 9 Points)
    Rocco Rock
    Badd Company
    Super Calo


    #84 (1 Vote- 10 Points)
    Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri

    #82 (tie) (1 Vote- 11 Points)
    Dusty Rhodes
    Dan Kroffat


    #81 (2 Votes- 12 Points)
    Simon Diamond

    #80 (1 Vote- 15 Points)
    Rick Rude

    #79 (1 Vote- 16 Points)
    John Kronus

    #77 (1 Vote- 18 Points)
    Mustafa
    Hayabusa


    #76 (2 Votes- 18 Points)
    Jason
    Last edited by Baker; 04-18-2017, 12:24 AM.

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    • #3
      Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results



      #76-#101

      #101 (tie) (1 Vote-1 Point)
      Bill Alfonso
      Kevin Sullivan


      #99 (tie) (1 Vote- 2 Points)
      Little Guido & Tracey Smothers
      King Kong Bundy


      #97 (tie) (1 Vote- 3 Points)
      Jerry Lawler
      Johnny Grunge


      #96 (2 Votes- 3 Points)
      Beulah McGillicutty

      #95 (1 Vote- 4 Points)
      Francine

      #93 (tie) (1 Vote- 5 Points)
      Chris Candido & Lance Storm
      Sid


      #92 (1 Vote- 6 Points)
      Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten

      #90 (tie) (1 Vote- 8 Points)
      Louie Spicolli
      The Sheik


      #88 (tie) (2 Votes- 8 Points)
      JT Smith
      Tracey Smothers


      #85 (tie) (1 Vote- 9 Points)
      Rocco Rock
      Badd Company
      Super Calo


      #84 (1 Vote- 10 Points)
      Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri

      #82 (tie) (1 Vote- 11 Points)
      Dusty Rhodes
      Dan Kroffat


      #81 (2 Votes- 12 Points)
      Simon Diamond

      #80 (1 Vote- 15 Points)
      Rick Rude

      #79 (1 Vote- 16 Points)
      John Kronus

      #77 (1 Vote- 18 Points)
      Mustafa
      Hayabusa


      #76 (2 Votes- 18 Points)
      Jason

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      • #4
        Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

        I expected Louie Spicolli to finish higher.

        Pretty cool that Little Guido partners JT Smith & Tracey Smothers ended up tied.

        JT Smith is the only wrestler from my ballot to show up so far. I had him at #48. Easily my favorite member of the FBI and one of the best cult favorite ECW guys. He was a hoot both in the ring and as a sports entertainer.

        I'm glad Jerry Lawler made the countdown. Considered voting for The King based on one epic appearance where he didn't even wrestle but couldn't bring myself to do it.

        Before somebody asks, Rick Rude did officially have one match in ECW. Francine also competed in a few matches.

        #51-#75 coming soon.

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        • #5
          Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

          I expected Louie Spicolli to finish higher.

          Pretty cool that Little Guido partners JT Smith & Tracey Smothers ended up tied.

          JT Smith is the only wrestler from my ballot to show up so far. I had him at #48. Easily my favorite member of the FBI and one of the best cult favorite ECW guys. He was a hoot both in the ring and as a sports entertainer.

          I'm glad Jerry Lawler made the countdown. Considered voting for The King based on one epic appearance where he didn't even wrestle but couldn't bring myself to do it.

          Before somebody asks, Rick Rude did officially have one match in ECW. Francine also competed in a few matches.

          #51-#75 coming soon.

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          • #6
            Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

            Awesome to see this up and going. So much to say about all of these guys, starting with the guys that didn't get a vote. Chris Chetti never amounted to much but was in a few decent matches here and there, never really got over even after rocking the Emenim gimmick in 2000. Was probably at his best in the tag team with Nova. Speaking of Nova, he and the Blue Meanie were also a decent tag team that I at least thought about putting on my list.

            I loved Big Dick. ... the wrestler. To me the Dudley Boys were just not the same without Big Dick, Gertner, Sign Guy. Seeing them in WWF without those guys just felt like something was missing. Big Dick was at least considered for my list, if only for the fucking table bump of all table bumps he took at Barely Legal 20 years ago this week! Easily one of my favorite spots in ECW history. Big dude fucking murdered those tables. Glorious.

            El Puerto Ricano also was strongly considered for my list, it's one thing being a jobber in pro wrestling, it's another thing being a jobber in ECW, this dude took some of the sickest bumps I've ever seen. I think I remember one spot where one of the Bruise brothers or somebody just threw the guy over the top rope flat back onto the concrete. Also took Tazplexes better than anybody else.

            Bunch of guys on this first cut that made my non-wrestler top 10, Fonzie, Beulah, Francine, etc. Surprised to see King Kong Bundy on there, I actually always kinda liked KKB a little.

            Balls and Axl I liked a lot back in the day, they were like real headbangers where as the WWF tag team Headbangers were like a couple of goofs pretending to be headbangers. Balls and Axl tag team should have made my list, for some reason I decided to just go with them as singles guys, I just can't remember any real good matches where they teamed together.

            Really dug Candido and Storm tag team but they didn't make my list, one of the best things about ECW in 1998, the mixed partner tag team match where they mix with Van Dam and Sabu that year is one of the best tag matches you are going to find in ECW, probably one of the best ECW matches period.

            Found it interesting how the ECW fans took a liking to Louie when he first went to ECW in 1996, he was adopted as one of their guys. He was booked really well and was really over up until he dyed his hair blonde and started changing his character, then shortly after that he turned heel and started feuding with Tommy and he just kinda got lost in the shuffle up until he left for WCW. I liked how he had this legit amateur wrestling bad ass type of thing going on early on in his run, the Death Valley Driver has got to be one of the best finishers also.

            I left out some big names from my original list. I had JT Smith at like #49 but had to cut him to make room for the guys I left off. JT was funny, he was a pure old school ECW guy that went back to the Tri States era. JT also was the man that drew the very first ever "HOLY SHIT" chant in the history of the biz when he got thrown off of the Eagles Nest at an ECW show in 92 or 93(I forget), then can't forget the scaffold match bump he took. His finest moment I don't think was ever captured on film, his surprise return in the dark match of Barely Legal I read the crowd popped super huge for him.

            Dusty Rhodes little run in ECW in 2000 was really fun, some excellent moments. Interesting looking back how the washed up old legends like Dusty would come to ECW and get treated with a lot of respect by the fans like a legend should. ECW fans were the real pro wrestling fans that seemed to respect the history of it and where these guys like Dusty came from. It's too bad Terry Funk was doing jobs for Norman Smiley in WCW in 2000, would have loved to have seen him and Dusty lock horns in ECW, even in their older saggy titty states that they were in in 2000.

            Mikey Whipreck and Tajiri were the only ones from my list. Absolutely loved that tag team while it lasted. Mikey's character was pretty nicely repackaged to work with Tajiri and the Minister as their manager and it just worked so well, they had some good chemistry and were in some good tag matches and great promos together. Mikey's career stalled out in ECW, then he had that shitty run in WCW. Shortly after he came back he changed his look and changed his wrestling style to better work with Tajiri, fairly underrated tag team. One of Heyman's last great ideas as ECW bookerman(if it even was his idea).

            I'll have to check but man, I should have put Rick Rude in my non-wrestler top 10. Absolutely loved his run in ECW in 97, so hilarious on commentary with Joey, some outrageous moments with Franny, he was at his best as a personality in ECW.

            Kronus was another favorite of mine back in the day that I only recently realized wasn't all that great. Dude had the potential to be a top guy in ECW but for whatever reasons he always tried to be a goofball character and just came off as weird. Even in the Eliminators, whenever Saturn would cut a cool promo or do something awesome in a match Kronus would usually always ruin the moment with something stupid. He could do some great shit in the ring for a guy his size, had he applied himself to being a serious character and better actual pro wrestler and streamlined his physique he could have been ECW World Champ material and maybe a good regular guy in the WCW/WWF hardcore divisions.

            And wow, somebody actually voted for Mustafa? Nice.
            Last edited by ShinobiMusashi; 04-16-2017, 02:05 AM.

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            • #7
              Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

              Awesome to see this up and going. So much to say about all of these guys, starting with the guys that didn't get a vote. Chris Chetti never amounted to much but was in a few decent matches here and there, never really got over even after rocking the Emenim gimmick in 2000. Was probably at his best in the tag team with Nova. Speaking of Nova, he and the Blue Meanie were also a decent tag team that I at least thought about putting on my list.

              I loved Big Dick. ... the wrestler. To me the Dudley Boys were just not the same without Big Dick, Gertner, Sign Guy. Seeing them in WWF without those guys just felt like something was missing. Big Dick was at least considered for my list, if only for the fucking table bump of all table bumps he took at Barely Legal 20 years ago this week! Easily one of my favorite spots in ECW history. Big dude fucking murdered those tables. Glorious.

              El Puerto Ricano also was strongly considered for my list, it's one thing being a jobber in pro wrestling, it's another thing being a jobber in ECW, this dude took some of the sickest bumps I've ever seen. I think I remember one spot where one of the Bruise brothers or somebody just threw the guy over the top rope flat back onto the concrete. Also took Tazplexes better than anybody else.

              Bunch of guys on this first cut that made my non-wrestler top 10, Fonzie, Beulah, Francine, etc. Surprised to see King Kong Bundy on there, I actually always kinda liked KKB a little.

              Balls and Axl I liked a lot back in the day, they were like real headbangers where as the WWF tag team Headbangers were like a couple of goofs pretending to be headbangers. Balls and Axl tag team should have made my list, for some reason I decided to just go with them as singles guys, I just can't remember any real good matches where they teamed together.

              Really dug Candido and Storm tag team but they didn't make my list, one of the best things about ECW in 1998, the mixed partner tag team match where they mix with Van Dam and Sabu that year is one of the best tag matches you are going to find in ECW, probably one of the best ECW matches period.

              Found it interesting how the ECW fans took a liking to Louie when he first went to ECW in 1996, he was adopted as one of their guys. He was booked really well and was really over up until he dyed his hair blonde and started changing his character, then shortly after that he turned heel and started feuding with Tommy and he just kinda got lost in the shuffle up until he left for WCW. I liked how he had this legit amateur wrestling bad ass type of thing going on early on in his run, the Death Valley Driver has got to be one of the best finishers also.

              I left out some big names from my original list. I had JT Smith at like #49 but had to cut him to make room for the guys I left off. JT was funny, he was a pure old school ECW guy that went back to the Tri States era. JT also was the man that drew the very first ever "HOLY SHIT" chant in the history of the biz when he got thrown off of the Eagles Nest at an ECW show in 92 or 93(I forget), then can't forget the scaffold match bump he took. His finest moment I don't think was ever captured on film, his surprise return in the dark match of Barely Legal I read the crowd popped super huge for him.

              Dusty Rhodes little run in ECW in 2000 was really fun, some excellent moments. Interesting looking back how the washed up old legends like Dusty would come to ECW and get treated with a lot of respect by the fans like a legend should. ECW fans were the real pro wrestling fans that seemed to respect the history of it and where these guys like Dusty came from. It's too bad Terry Funk was doing jobs for Norman Smiley in WCW in 2000, would have loved to have seen him and Dusty lock horns in ECW, even in their older saggy titty states that they were in in 2000.

              Mikey Whipreck and Tajiri were the only ones from my list. Absolutely loved that tag team while it lasted. Mikey's character was pretty nicely repackaged to work with Tajiri and the Minister as their manager and it just worked so well, they had some good chemistry and were in some good tag matches and great promos together. Mikey's career stalled out in ECW, then he had that shitty run in WCW. Shortly after he came back he changed his look and changed his wrestling style to better work with Tajiri, fairly underrated tag team. One of Heyman's last great ideas as ECW bookerman(if it even was his idea).

              I'll have to check but man, I should have put Rick Rude in my non-wrestler top 10. Absolutely loved his run in ECW in 97, so hilarious on commentary with Joey, some outrageous moments with Franny, he was at his best as a personality in ECW.

              Kronus was another favorite of mine back in the day that I only recently realized wasn't all that great. Dude had the potential to be a top guy in ECW but for whatever reasons he always tried to be a goofball character and just came off as weird. Even in the Eliminators, whenever Saturn would cut a cool promo or do something awesome in a match Kronus would usually always ruin the moment with something stupid. He could do some great shit in the ring for a guy his size, had he applied himself to being a serious character and better actual pro wrestler and streamlined his physique he could have been ECW World Champ material and maybe a good regular guy in the WCW/WWF hardcore divisions.

              And wow, somebody actually voted for Mustafa? Nice.

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              • #8
                Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                So many of the names on this batch were "almosts" on my own. ECW's depth of memorable characters is extraordinary when you think about the relatively short run they had. The movie Drive to today is the same amount of time as ECW's entire run as "Extreme" Championship Wrestling. The Social Network is older. The fact that I was annoyed that I couldn't fit Sid, Louie Spicolli and JT Smith off my list, and them being in 80's and 90's is about right is pretty remarkable.

                Bill Alfonso: I think Fonzie is a Top 5 non-wrestler, but he belongs on the bottom of this list for the epic match against Beulah McGillicuty in one of the greatest ECW Home Video releases (As Good As It Gets).

                Kevin Sullivan: I might get repetitive with exclaiming joy for the Eastern Championship Alumni, but they're often a forgotten part of the legacy and were wholly necessary. If you think about where pro wrestling was in 1993, Kevin Sullivan was a perfect match for the heir to the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance.

                Little Guido & Tracey Smothers: I might like them more now, but I wasn't the biggest fan in real time.

                King Kong Bundy: Bundy wrestled at the first Wrestlemania and the first November to Remember. Only man in history that can say that. Headlined at both flagship shows too (although he had to wait a year to do it at Wrestlemania 2).

                Jerry Lawler: Lawler was part of the greatest booked hour in wrestling history (Wrestlepalooza '97) as non-wrestler, and then did the job to Dreamer on the second pay per view. Nice that the King got a shoutout.

                Johnny Grunge: I didn't separate tag members in my own rankings and I never thought to do it with The Public Enemy. If ever there were a package duo.

                Beulah McGillicutty: Her and Fonzie are practically side-by-side, which would be perfect.

                Francine: I love Franny, who was quite a bump machine before that was fashionable for ladies, but I would have liked Beulah ahead of her as a wrestler.

                Chris Candido & Lance Storm: A good workrate tag team on the card who did the uneasy partnership great with Tammy in the middle.

                Sid: Seeing Sid kill people live at Hardcore Heaven '99 was one of the highlights of my ECW fandom.

                Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten: The Hardcore Chair Swinging Freaks! It was a great team in the sense of them also being stand ins as sort of ECW Mascots too.

                Louie Spicolli: "LOUIE!" There was no such thing as a Death Valley Driver in ECW. It was the Spicolli Driver during his life and after his death. Louie was really over. It was a shame he wasn't in a better place mentally or I think he could have had an even more memorable run in ECW.

                The Sheik: With the man doing Hardcore Wrestling in the goddamn 1950's, it was only fitting that he helped christen a young ECW.

                JT Smith: My favorite paisan! The FBI had quite a few a fake Italians during its run. JT was, by far, my favorite.

                Tracey Smothers: He was no JT Smith.

                Rocco Rock: Even though I don't really believe in splitting up PE, Rocco was clearly the better one, so good job by whoever did.

                Badd Company: This came from my list. Badd Company vs. The Public Enemy was a money feud in the earliest days of ECW, and with Badd Company being a bit of an Indy Darling tag team before you'd ever call them such a thing, helped establish PE for an eventual feud with the Funk Brothers.

                Super Calo: Had a cup of coffee in ECW. Don't remember much about it. I always liked Super Calo, though.

                Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri: There was no reason for this to work as well as it did. One of my favorite parts of a not so favorite period of ECW.

                Dusty Rhodes: Kind of like The Sheik, it was only fitting The Dream bled in an ECW ring one time. The feud he had with Corino was a great time. It made me get Dusty a little better, where most of my prior experience of the man was with polka dots and nonsensical commentary in WCW. This was the Dusty that bled all over the south in the 70's and 80's.

                Dan Kroffat: This was The Icon, right? If we're splitting tag teams, I like Furnas' singles match against RVD more than anything Lafon did there.

                Simon Diamond: Kilgore says Simon Diamond was only in ECW riding Dawn Marie's tight, firm, coattails.

                Rick Rude: With all due respect to Rey Mysterio, Psicosis, Juventud Guerrera and Super Crazy, the greatest Luchador in ECW history.

                John Kronus: Fat guy 450 Splash, over and over again. The Eliminators in 1997 were the greatest tag team in America.

                Mustafa: This batch has really developing into the "Jannetty Bracket" or "Anvil All Stars" as far as ECW Tag Teams go, which is why it's now a minor crime Lafon, Kronus and Mustafa are ahead of Rocco Rock.

                Hayabusa: A full blown Sabu-Hayabusa feud was one of my dreams as an ECW fan. Hayabusa certainly made his mark in his brief ECW appearances.

                Originally posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
                I left out some big names from my original list. I had JT Smith at like #49 but had to cut him to make room for the guys I left off. JT was funny, he was a pure old school ECW guy that went back to the Tri States era. JT also was the man that drew the very first ever "HOLY SHIT" chant in the history of the biz when he got thrown off of the Eagles Nest at an ECW show in 92 or 93(I forget), then can't forget the scaffold match bump he took. His finest moment I don't think was ever captured on film, his surprise return in the dark match of Barely Legal I read the crowd popped super huge for him.
                Also, according to Joey Styles, the first "Oh My God" came in earnest when he saw Mike Awesome fold JT Smith backwards on the guardrail from a suicide dive. Joey thought he fucked up, but Paul E. told him run with it and the rest is history.
                Last edited by Kilgore; 04-16-2017, 02:05 AM.

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                • #9
                  Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                  So many of the names on this batch were "almosts" on my own. ECW's depth of memorable characters is extraordinary when you think about the relatively short run they had. The movie Drive to today is the same amount of time as ECW's entire run as "Extreme" Championship Wrestling. The Social Network is older. The fact that I was annoyed that I couldn't fit Sid, Louie Spicolli and JT Smith off my list, and them being in 80's and 90's is about right is pretty remarkable.

                  Bill Alfonso: I think Fonzie is a Top 5 non-wrestler, but he belongs on the bottom of this list for the epic match against Beulah McGillicuty in one of the greatest ECW Home Video releases (As Good As It Gets).

                  Kevin Sullivan: I might get repetitive with exclaiming joy for the Eastern Championship Alumni, but they're often a forgotten part of the legacy and were wholly necessary. If you think about where pro wrestling was in 1993, Kevin Sullivan was a perfect match for the heir to the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance.

                  Little Guido & Tracey Smothers: I might like them more now, but I wasn't the biggest fan in real time.

                  King Kong Bundy: Bundy wrestled at the first Wrestlemania and the first November to Remember. Only man in history that can say that. Headlined at both flagship shows too (although he had to wait a year to do it at Wrestlemania 2).

                  Jerry Lawler: Lawler was part of the greatest booked hour in wrestling history (Wrestlepalooza '97) as non-wrestler, and then did the job to Dreamer on the second pay per view. Nice that the King got a shoutout.

                  Johnny Grunge: I didn't separate tag members in my own rankings and I never thought to do it with The Public Enemy. If ever there were a package duo.

                  Beulah McGillicutty: Her and Fonzie are practically side-by-side, which would be perfect.

                  Francine: I love Franny, who was quite a bump machine before that was fashionable for ladies, but I would have liked Beulah ahead of her as a wrestler.

                  Chris Candido & Lance Storm: A good workrate tag team on the card who did the uneasy partnership great with Tammy in the middle.

                  Sid: Seeing Sid kill people live at Hardcore Heaven '99 was one of the highlights of my ECW fandom.

                  Balls Mahoney & Axl Rotten: The Hardcore Chair Swinging Freaks! It was a great team in the sense of them also being stand ins as sort of ECW Mascots too.

                  Louie Spicolli: "LOUIE!" There was no such thing as a Death Valley Driver in ECW. It was the Spicolli Driver during his life and after his death. Louie was really over. It was a shame he wasn't in a better place mentally or I think he could have had an even more memorable run in ECW.

                  The Sheik: With the man doing Hardcore Wrestling in the goddamn 1950's, it was only fitting that he helped christen a young ECW.

                  JT Smith: My favorite paisan! The FBI had quite a few a fake Italians during its run. JT was, by far, my favorite.

                  Tracey Smothers: He was no JT Smith.

                  Rocco Rock: Even though I don't really believe in splitting up PE, Rocco was clearly the better one, so good job by whoever did.

                  Badd Company: This came from my list. Badd Company vs. The Public Enemy was a money feud in the earliest days of ECW, and with Badd Company being a bit of an Indy Darling tag team before you'd ever call them such a thing, helped establish PE for an eventual feud with the Funk Brothers.

                  Super Calo: Had a cup of coffee in ECW. Don't remember much about it. I always liked Super Calo, though.

                  Mikey Whipwreck & Tajiri: There was no reason for this to work as well as it did. One of my favorite parts of a not so favorite period of ECW.

                  Dusty Rhodes: Kind of like The Sheik, it was only fitting The Dream bled in an ECW ring one time. The feud he had with Corino was a great time. It made me get Dusty a little better, where most of my prior experience of the man was with polka dots and nonsensical commentary in WCW. This was the Dusty that bled all over the south in the 70's and 80's.

                  Dan Kroffat: This was The Icon, right? If we're splitting tag teams, I like Furnas' singles match against RVD more than anything Lafon did there.

                  Simon Diamond: Kilgore says Simon Diamond was only in ECW riding Dawn Marie's tight, firm, coattails.

                  Rick Rude: With all due respect to Rey Mysterio, Psicosis, Juventud Guerrera and Super Crazy, the greatest Luchador in ECW history.

                  John Kronus: Fat guy 450 Splash, over and over again. The Eliminators in 1997 were the greatest tag team in America.

                  Mustafa: This batch has really developing into the "Jannetty Bracket" or "Anvil All Stars" as far as ECW Tag Teams go, which is why it's now a minor crime Lafon, Kronus and Mustafa are ahead of Rocco Rock.

                  Hayabusa: A full blown Sabu-Hayabusa feud was one of my dreams as an ECW fan. Hayabusa certainly made his mark in his brief ECW appearances.

                  Originally posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
                  I left out some big names from my original list. I had JT Smith at like #49 but had to cut him to make room for the guys I left off. JT was funny, he was a pure old school ECW guy that went back to the Tri States era. JT also was the man that drew the very first ever "HOLY SHIT" chant in the history of the biz when he got thrown off of the Eagles Nest at an ECW show in 92 or 93(I forget), then can't forget the scaffold match bump he took. His finest moment I don't think was ever captured on film, his surprise return in the dark match of Barely Legal I read the crowd popped super huge for him.
                  Also, according to Joey Styles, the first "Oh My God" came in earnest when he saw Mike Awesome fold JT Smith backwards on the guardrail from a suicide dive. Joey thought he fucked up, but Paul E. told him run with it and the rest is history.

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                  • #10
                    Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                    Loved this video Kilgore uploaded to Youtube:



                    Couple of other PE videos I just watched are so fucking great. I need to get a set of ECW 94 Hardcore TV's, the real shit with these music videos.

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                    • #11
                      Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                      Loved this video Kilgore uploaded to Youtube:



                      Couple of other PE videos I just watched are so fucking great. I need to get a set of ECW 94 Hardcore TV's, the real shit with these music videos.

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                      • #12
                        Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                        Recognized more names than I expected to. I occasionally watched in between WWF and WCW in the late '90's. Didn't know Dusty Rhodes had a run there.
                        First set of inductees for Titans: Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Undertaker

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                        • #13
                          Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                          Recognized more names than I expected to. I occasionally watched in between WWF and WCW in the late '90's. Didn't know Dusty Rhodes had a run there.
                          First set of inductees for Titans: Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Undertaker

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                          • #14
                            Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                            Bill Alfonso- I did consider him because he did bleed buckets in his match with Beulah but it was a one-off so he didn't make it. This is why Pillman, Arn, Eaton, Sid etc. also didn't make my list.

                            Kevin Sullivan- I had him on the first top 50 I made but had to drop him for some other names. I'm still glad he did get some recognition as he was instrumental in both Taz's and Sabu's early ECW run. In the same vein as Terry Funk he went out of his way to make the new faces look good.

                            Little Guido and Tracy Smothers- They made it to number 49 on my list. I have to give credit to the ex-Young Pistol Smothers for being able to adapt and become a solid part of ECW's undercard and not feeling really out of place. I just had to get the FBI on my list in some form or fashion just for the brilliant absurdity of the gimmick.

                            King Kong Bundy- Again nice to see some of the 80's retreads get a nod for helping raise awareness of the ECW brand even though he only had 1 match.

                            Jerry Lawler- Nice to see Lawler on here as well as he still set aside his personal differences with Paul E to help the "little guy" out. Possibly the most hated man in ECW history as his WWF heel persona was tailor made for the Philly crowd.

                            I couldn't separate guys like Johhny Grunge, Mustafa, Kronus, Kroffat etc. from the more famous duos. Sorry [MENTION=105216]Kilgore[/MENTION] but Furnas and Lafon were also a last second cut.

                            Beulah McGillicutty- She really exceeded expectations in her match with Fonzie. I think with more experience she could have been a great addition to the divas division after ECW folded. Beulah-ca-ranas for everyone!

                            Francine- I have to give her credit for setting the trend for female table bumps. It still wasn't enough to make my top 50 though.

                            Chris Candido and Lance Storm- They made it to number 46 as their odd couple schtick was done really well with Tammy stirring things up. Despite all of that they did work well together and were fun to watch in the ring as well.

                            The Chair Swingin' Freaks was basically my excuse to get Axl Rotten on my list twice since he played a huge part of forming the initial impression that ECW gave me. It was also a nod to his longevity in the company as he really shouldn't have recovered his notoriety after the end of his feud with Ian. Fortunately he found a kindred spirit in Balls and they were one of the most over duos in the later portion of ECW which got them to 45 on my list.

                            Louie Spicolli- I'm with Shin on this one. I liked his early character but he regressed as time went on. His Spicolli Driver wasn't enough to make my list.

                            The Sheik-If it weren't for him a lot of ECW's identity would be missing both with his own work and a certain relative's work.

                            JT Smith- One of the few to be on the first Eastern Championship Wrestling show and Barely Legal while spending all of that time as a curtain jerker or the midcard, much respect. He was also a painful last omission from my list.

                            Badd Company- Even AWA guys got into the act of helping out the misfits in ECW. I haven't seen their work in ECW so I couldn't put them on my list, they are so underrated even by me.

                            Super Calo- I had forgotten he was in ECW, he was always an afterthought since so many others stole his thunder simply by displaying the Lucha style first.

                            Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri- I was falling out of touch with ECW by 2000 so I don't really remember much of their work together. Reading Shin and Kilgore's write-ups makes want to check out more footage.

                            Dusty Rhodes- On the other hand the Dusty/Corino feud was one of the few things that kept me from completely falling out of the loop. Dusty showed he had one last great run left in him and I'm sure he gave some old ECW fans flashbacks of his legendary matches with Superstar Graham in the Northeast.

                            Simon Diamond- Eh, C.W. Anderson was my favorite part of the mock Triple Threat with Diamond and Swinger.

                            Rick Rude- I too forgot to vote for him on the non-wrestler ballot. ECW was just another avenue to showcase Rude's greatness.

                            Hayabusa- He will always be an FMW guy to me even though his one match in ECW was so memorable.
                            Last edited by The Icon; 04-16-2017, 04:41 AM.

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                              Re: ECW Greatest Wrestler Countdown Results

                              Bill Alfonso- I did consider him because he did bleed buckets in his match with Beulah but it was a one-off so he didn't make it. This is why Pillman, Arn, Eaton, Sid etc. also didn't make my list.

                              Kevin Sullivan- I had him on the first top 50 I made but had to drop him for some other names. I'm still glad he did get some recognition as he was instrumental in both Taz's and Sabu's early ECW run. In the same vein as Terry Funk he went out of his way to make the new faces look good.

                              Little Guido and Tracy Smothers- They made it to number 49 on my list. I have to give credit to the ex-Young Pistol Smothers for being able to adapt and become a solid part of ECW's undercard and not feeling really out of place. I just had to get the FBI on my list in some form or fashion just for the brilliant absurdity of the gimmick.

                              King Kong Bundy- Again nice to see some of the 80's retreads get a nod for helping raise awareness of the ECW brand even though he only had 1 match.

                              Jerry Lawler- Nice to see Lawler on here as well as he still set aside his personal differences with Paul E to help the "little guy" out. Possibly the most hated man in ECW history as his WWF heel persona was tailor made for the Philly crowd.

                              I couldn't separate guys like Johhny Grunge, Mustafa, Kronus, Kroffat etc. from the more famous duos. Sorry [MENTION=105216]Kilgore[/MENTION] but Furnas and Lafon were also a last second cut.

                              Beulah McGillicutty- She really exceeded expectations in her match with Fonzie. I think with more experience she could have been a great addition to the divas division after ECW folded. Beulah-ca-ranas for everyone!

                              Francine- I have to give her credit for setting the trend for female table bumps. It still wasn't enough to make my top 50 though.

                              Chris Candido and Lance Storm- They made it to number 46 as their odd couple schtick was done really well with Tammy stirring things up. Despite all of that they did work well together and were fun to watch in the ring as well.

                              The Chair Swingin' Freaks was basically my excuse to get Axl Rotten on my list twice since he played a huge part of forming the initial impression that ECW gave me. It was also a nod to his longevity in the company as he really shouldn't have recovered his notoriety after the end of his feud with Ian. Fortunately he found a kindred spirit in Balls and they were one of the most over duos in the later portion of ECW which got them to 45 on my list.

                              Louie Spicolli- I'm with Shin on this one. I liked his early character but he regressed as time went on. His Spicolli Driver wasn't enough to make my list.

                              The Sheik-If it weren't for him a lot of ECW's identity would be missing both with his own work and a certain relative's work.

                              JT Smith- One of the few to be on the first Eastern Championship Wrestling show and Barely Legal while spending all of that time as a curtain jerker or the midcard, much respect. He was also a painful last omission from my list.

                              Badd Company- Even AWA guys got into the act of helping out the misfits in ECW. I haven't seen their work in ECW so I couldn't put them on my list, they are so underrated even by me.

                              Super Calo- I had forgotten he was in ECW, he was always an afterthought since so many others stole his thunder simply by displaying the Lucha style first.

                              Mikey Whipwreck and Tajiri- I was falling out of touch with ECW by 2000 so I don't really remember much of their work together. Reading Shin and Kilgore's write-ups makes want to check out more footage.

                              Dusty Rhodes- On the other hand the Dusty/Corino feud was one of the few things that kept me from completely falling out of the loop. Dusty showed he had one last great run left in him and I'm sure he gave some old ECW fans flashbacks of his legendary matches with Superstar Graham in the Northeast.

                              Simon Diamond- Eh, C.W. Anderson was my favorite part of the mock Triple Threat with Diamond and Swinger.

                              Rick Rude- I too forgot to vote for him on the non-wrestler ballot. ECW was just another avenue to showcase Rude's greatness.

                              Hayabusa- He will always be an FMW guy to me even though his one match in ECW was so memorable.

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