Originally Posted by Y2eh 2.0
You are remembering DDP far too fondly. DDP was at best a mid card guy who got title runs because of the lack of options. I put DDP in the same category as Booker and Steiner. DDP had a really good feud with Savage, I'll give him that, but come on, it was with Savage. I could have been in a feud with Savage and would have been made to seem credible. DDP, Booker and Steiner all got pushed to the moon at a time where WCW needed to put the belt on someone. It really wasn't because they SHOULD HAVE HAD the belt.
I actually agree with you about Booker T. To me he was always a guy who was good in the ring and fun to watch, but only as a mid-carder. I never bought him as a main eventer.
However, you are dead wrong about DDP. DDP did get his push largely because of his friendship with Bischoff, but there was nothing forced about the way the crowds embraced him. Beginning with his Diamond Cutter on Scott Hall when they wanted him to join the nWo, he went on a wild ride until the end of 1998 where he was one of the three or four most popular men in the company with Goldberg, Sting and Hogan. There was a reason they wanted DDP involved in the Leno/Rodman/Malone stuff. DDP had become a HUGE hit with the crowds. He was so over that when he faced Goldberg at Halloween Havoc I was SURE he was going to win the belt. (And didn't want it to happen!) I was there live and remember the crowd being very pro-DDP (there was also an "I BANGed Kimberly" sign that I will never forget!).
Steiner, same way. Steiner was a legit main eventer. His heel heat got off the charts after becoming Big Poppa Pump. Had he been in the WWF there is no doubt he would have been pushed as a main eventer as well. It just came too later. His ring work was falling apart because of the roids and then he got seriously injured when he was brought into the WWF and made to look a fool.