Originally Posted by Brewski
I hope I never ever see Lex Luger even be considered for the hall of fame. What a talentless joke. He proved that anybody could be on top of the wrestling world in that era if they just had giant roided out muscles. It boggles my mind that he was one of the most popular wrestlers at the time for driving around in a bus and hitting people with his forearm, which btw is one of the top 5 worst finishers ever. His claim to fame was body slamming yokozuna, a ripoff of Hogan slamming Andre. I'll admit that picking up a 600lb guy is pretty impressive, but thats his one special achievement for his entire career. He didn't even win the belt after that, Yoko got counted out in their match. I've never seen a good Luger match, I've never watched the guy and thought he was special. ANY body body builder could have been Lex Luger. Factor in the domestic abuse and he's even worse.
I'll admit he did have a pretty cool name though.
I know you are honest when you say you've never seen a good Luger match because you said his claim to fame was slamming Yokozuna. That right there tells me you haven't seen anything but a small segment of Lex Luger's career.
Luger had great matches against Ric Flair in the late 80s into the early 90s. He had great matches against and teaming with Sting. He had good matches with Bret Hart and him racking the Giant was a highlight of WCW in 1996. The highlight of his career was probably winning the WCW title on Nitro by forcing Hollywood Hogan to submit. He won a PWI wrestler of the year award and a most popular wrestler award as well as twice being in the feud of the year for PWI and having a PWI match of the year.
Luger's run in the WWF sucked. There's no denying that. He was lazy in the ring because, well, WWF fans at the time didn't care to see anything better than that. He got a mega push that was forced. It worked until terrible booking of his Summerslam match completely fizzled his character out. Then when he was set for a feud with Hennig that would have been good, Curt disappeared with back problems again, leaving Luger with no direction.
But just because Luger's run in the WWF sucked doesn't mean he sucked. He was an average in ring worker to be sure who got significantly worse after his arm injury in 1998, but he had a lot of good moments. There's no doubt in my mind that Lex Luger belongs in a HOF dedicated to professional wrestling. Whether he belongs in the WWE HOF depends on whether you think of it as a pro wrestling HOF or as a WWE gimmick.