IC25's "Four to Watch For" 2011 Edition

Discussion in 'General Wrestlezone Tournament Discussion' started by IrishCanadian25, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. IrishCanadian25

    IrishCanadian25 Going on 10 years with WrestleZone

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    What I want to do is take a look at four participants in this thing - 1 per region - seeded outside of the top 8 and why they deserve a closer look in this tournament than they may get.

    Calgary Region - Arn Anderson

    Not a huge stretch here, but Arn absolutely deserves a look. He has two MAJOR career hindrances. 1) he never won a major world title, and 2) he was always the Kato to Flairs' Green Hornet. Double-A is one of the toughest, smartest, and most consistent workers in the history of the business. He is under rated for his size - he was "The Enforcer" of the Horsemen, afterall, and for his technical prowess. He held the WCW TV Title in the early 90's when it was the true "workers title" along side guys like Regal.

    Above all else, Arn has the size, the strength, and the endurance to hang in a major tournament. He'll beat Chavo Guerrero handilly, and should give Piper or Khali a major run for their money in round two. He'll then likely get Hogan, who will go over on popular vote, though Arn would give the Hulkster a bigger run for his money than you think.

    Houston Region - Mike Awesome

    Somehow, this guy who was once considered a prototype for professional wrestlers in terms of look and agility for big men is a #27 seed. Now I recently wrote a thread - half satire to try to draw some posts in - panning and criticising Mike Awesome. Facts are facts, though - the man took ECW by storm out of nowhere, was noticed on a national scale because of his out-of-this-world athleticism, only to go to WCW to be victimized by their god-awful booking schemes. Had he made the smarter move to WWE rather than WCW at that time, he may have a totally different legacy.

    Awesome draws Terry Funk in round one. Funk is a legend, no doubt about it, but he's a legend best known for his Hardcore reputation. Awesome is ALSO known for being hardcord, but also for being technically sound, big, strong, agile, etc. He can take a beating - his ECW feud with Masato Tanaka proved that - and fans may strike out both Funk and Awesome's hardcore offense and toughness and look at the fact that Awesome is bigger, stronger, and faster.

    From there he gets either Muta or Gagne. That's a crap shoot, but if Awesome makes the 3rd round, I'd not be shocked.

    New York Region - Bam Bam Bigelow

    I was tempted to pick Ultimate Warrior here, because Warrior is somehow a #10 seed despite the fact that he'd beat or at least challenge most of the 9 guys listed ahead of him (Styles, Flair, van Dam, for example). But Bigelow gets my support here not just because he's a Super Heavyweight, but because he is a #22 seed and I need a bigger challenge than Warrior.

    I've backed Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow for a few years now because of his role as one of the prototype super heavyweight wrestlers with brutality, size, agility, speed, and a technical background. Bam Bam is a 2-time state high school wrestling champion in my home state of NJ, and NJ is known as one of the toughest wrestling states in the US. Though rarely a "#1 guy," Bam Bam was a mainstay in WWF, WCW, and ECW, and won titles in nearly all. Though he was never a WWF Champion to the level of many others, he was the man entrusted with Lawrence Taylor at Wrestlemania 12. We all know - that match was brutal because of Taylor, not Bigelow, and yet Bam Bam still got something out of the guy in the main event of the biggest PPV of the year.

    Phoenix Region - JBL

    This was the toughest region to call, because to me, it has the least depth. You have a very heavy top level - Michaels, Andre, and Triple H all are solid draw with the main challenges being from Lesnar and Benoit.

    JBL is a guy whom people I think are starting to remember favorably. He was a big guy, a strong guy, a tough guy. Though he was known for much of his career as a tag team competitor, his singles run towards the end of his career - including a successful series with John Cena - sort of solidify him as a guy with a decent enough history to go over a few people. He could absolutely beat Ted DiBiase Sr., a guy who often relied on others for his success in the ring.

    JBL is the 10th WWE Grand Slam Champion. No small feat.
     
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  2. Uncle Sam

    Uncle Sam Rear Naked Bloke

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    I am deathly, deathly disappointed - on behalf of Coco - that Rey Mysterio is not on that list. I thought perhaps his stellar performance last night might have been enough to win you over.

    Why people would remember JBL favorably is beyond me, he was awful, but I'm indifferent to him going over DiBiase.
     
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  3. IrishCanadian25

    IrishCanadian25 Going on 10 years with WrestleZone

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    That's the challenge for me, Sam. To get JBL over despite that sentiment. But of the four I picked as dark horses, JBL is the one I care least about. If I could get Arn and Awesome a little ways in this thing, I'd be thrilled.

    I already stated that I would not support Rey more than normal for any reason. I've never been a fan. I respect the guy, I just don't like him. I don't know why. He has vehemently overacheived, despite being one of the better sellers in the business. He did put over Edge AND del Rio - basically the entire WHC Match @ Mania has heat because of him!
     
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  4. nightmare

    nightmare ...7, 8, Better stay up late...

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    Great pics.


    Arn is fantastic but does have the handicap of not winning a major world title. This unfortunately has happened to a few of the greats, but shouldnt diminish the ability of AA. He is as tough as they come.


    Im definately going with JBL over Ted Sr., based simply on the fact that JBL took out godzilla- whereas the million dollar man hasnt. lol



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  5. shattered dreams

    shattered dreams Hexagonal Hedonist

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    In the IWC AA gets plenty of love, probably too much actually. He isn't, and shouldn't, go over Hogan though. Most anyone that would actually consider voting for Arn there has enough knowledge of Hogan to make the obviously correct choice in such a match. I see nothing that would lead me to believe this bigger run for his money junk except blind smarkdom.
     
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  6. Hollywood Naitch

    Hollywood Naitch The current reigning and defending

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    I am a BIG Mike Awesome fan, it is a shame that he had to draw Terry Funk in the 1st round. I am expecting The Funker to go through, and probably deservedly so.....but I am thinking I may have to throw my vote behind the master of the Powerbomb, and a man who deserved so much better than he got in both WCW and WWE....Mike Awesome.

    A man with huge potential to be something special, and was never given the chance to fulful it.
     
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