I plan to create a series of threads for some of the match-ups I will be watching to help define what I consider to be each wrestler's "prime." While many people will certainly vote based on a wrestlers body of work (certainly to the benefit of guys like Flair and detriment of guys like Lesnar), this tournament has always operated under the premise that the men would be wrestling each other in their primes. I will start with Andre the Giant vs Paul Wight. Andre the Giant's prime started in 1975 and lasted through roughly 1985. During this period, Andre was pro wrestling's highest paid athlete, thanks in part to the fact that he was pro wrestling's biggest draw along side guys like Sammartino. Andre wrestled world-wide, in the WWWF, Japan, Mexico, and Austraillia. On August 2nd of 1980, he wrestled Hulk Hogan to a draw, and one week later, beat Hogan in under 10 minutes in from of tens of thousands of fans at Shea Stadium. In September of 1981, Andre also wrestled an epic draw with Stan Hansen. Andre's only two major losses in his prime were to Canek in Mexico (Canek bodyslammed Andre then, long before Hogan did it, though at the time Andre was a leaner 475 instead of the 500+ he was when Hogan turned the trick) and Inoki in Japan. Aside from the Wrestlemania 2 Battle Royal, his last great performance before his body started breaking down to the Acromegaly was in winning the IWGP League Tournament, defeating legend Tatsumi Fujinami in the finals. Andre won Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Awards for Match of the Year in 1981 and 1988, and Most Popular Wrestler in 1977 and 1982. [youtube]ozRTSSaP6p4[/youtube] [youtube]3gA_U3NIs24[youtube] Paul Wight's prime started in 1995 and lasted through roughly 1996. Kidding, it was more like 1997. During Paul's prime, he entered WCW as "The Giant" and was billed as the son of Andre the Giant. No, the irony isn't lost on me. He won the WCW World Title from Hulk Hogan in his DEBUT MATCH. He was the only thing that gave the Dungeon of Doom any teeth. He was a huge man, in terrific shape, able to slam larger foes and drop kick at will. Wight won World War 3 in 1996, and was also named Wrestler of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 1996 as well. Runner up that year was some guy named Rocky Maivia. Whatever. Wight remains - and always will remain - the only man in history to be WWF, WCW, and ECW World Champion. He should not be remembered as "The Big Show" or "Big Nasty Bastard" or any of his other WWF incarnations. He was a dominant force in WCW from his debut to his stint in the nWo. [youtube]6rEtgZ5fdwg[/youtube] [youtube]EDTlLWdfaio[/youtube] There you have it. Two men in their PRIMES. Let's not make this Wrestlemania 6 Andre vs Wrestlemania 2000 Show. They deserve better than that.