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Old 10-24-2012, 05:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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lol for a second, I thought someone resurrected one of my old threads. Last year I started an "Analyze this:" series of threads just like this.

To the actual topic. I think that the Cindy Lauper/Roddy Piper feud helped put WWE on the map more than anything. If it wasn't for the Rock & Wrestling connection, Wrestlemania likely would've failed.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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lol for a second, I thought someone resurrected one of my old threads. Last year I started an "Analyze this:" series of threads just like this.

To the actual topic. I think that the Cindy Lauper/Roddy Piper feud helped put WWE on the map more than anything. If it wasn't for the Rock & Wrestling connection, Wrestlemania likely would've failed.
Ageed I think Piper/Hogan was more important to the WWF than Hogan/Andre. Of course Hogan/Andre took the business up a level but it was already hot becuase of Hogan/Piper.

AWA: Gagne/ Vachon
NWA: Flair/ Rhodes
WWF: Hogan/ Piper, Austin/ McMahon
Memphis: Dundee/ Lawler
WCCW: Von Erichs/ Freebirds
WCW: NWO/WCW
Florida: Rhodes/ Sullivan
Mexico: Blue Demon/ El Santo
Mid Atlantic: Slaughter and Kernodle/ Steamboat and Youngblood

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Old 10-24-2012, 11:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have to give a shoutout to Taz/Sabu in ECW. IMO, this rivalry (which stemmed from real life heat) gave ECW that much needed push into being arguably on the level of WCW & WWE. At a time where ECW would lose guys like Raven, who remained a focal point of the company since his debut, it allowed ECW to focus elsewhere and was the initial seed that grew into the Jerry Lawler/ECW feud. This rivalry lasted for nearly 4 years, until Taz signed with WWE and Sabu took another hiatus.

Another one from ECW is RVD/Jerry Lynn. IMO, this rivalry put RVD on the map but also created a buzz for Jerry Lynn. Entire basis for this feud was going out and stealing the show, which these guys did at 2 consecutive PPV's and countless episodes of Hardcore TV. It made RVD somewhat of a household name and arguably the only ECW guy to debut in WWE and receive ovations on par with some of WWE's top names. Also, it broke ECW away from the stigma of being labeled a "blood & guts" promotion.

Shawn Michaels/Bret Hart took wrestling in a different direction and made one question what was a work or shoot. Started off as just a simple, competitive rivalry that turned into a real life beef between the 2 men. It was that big win at WM 12 that put HBK at the top of the company and made him into 1 of the top performers of all time and giving him the nickname of Mr. Wrestlemania. It also had a few spinoffs develop that changed the face of wrestling as we would know it, with Bret/Austin, HBK/Undertaker, HBK/Austin and Vince/Austin. Looking back, you can argue that the previously mentioned 4 feuds all stemmed from the HBK/Bret rivalry.

Last but not least, Sting/Hogan. Hogan, arguably the biggest WWE star of all time, signed with WCW in 1994. Sting, who was WCW's franchise since 1991, soon saw the spotlight more devoted to Hogan. Now, that has nothing to do with the rivalry but the idea to turn Hogan heel was instrumental in giving both men a change of character to fit with the times. Another perfect way to build up to a big match (eventhough the actual match was a letdown). Shortly after the formation of the NWO, Sting took a hiatus, followed by making early appearances, in which he showed no allegiance to either WCW or NWO. And through out all that, from the time Nash/Hall debuted, to even before that when Sting was always WCW's top guy, fans maintained the hope that Sting would be the guy to dethrone Hogan. All of this together provided dominant ratings wins for WCW, which later largely thrived off the impending Sting/Hogan showdown.
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Default Re: Analyze this: Rivalries that built wrestling

Here's a few important ones.

Taz vs Sabu - ECW
Bockwinkel vs Gagne - AWA
Dreamer vs Raven - ECW
Liger vs Pillman - WCW
Santo vs Blue Demon
Santo vs Negro Casas
Mysterio Jr. vs Guerrera
Mysterio Jr. vs Psicosis
Misawa vs Kobashi
Mankind vs Undertaker - WWE


I could probably think of some more.
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I'd also like to add Dean Malenko/Rey Mysterio. That seemed to be the first bit of mainstream exposure that either man got and brought light to the cruiserweight division, which due to the early WCW battles between the 2, led to the large surge of smaller wrestlers being hired and stealing the show.
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Default Re: Analyze this: Rivalries that built wrestling

AS long as were adding how about....

Slaughter vs Sheik: I know I have waxed on and on about this one but I don't think a lot of posters are giving this fued enough credit. While Hogan/Piper made the WWF a houshold name. Slaughter vs Sheik built the fanbase, even casual fans wanted to see Sarge kick the Sheik's tail. It really helped get the WWF the exposure it needed. It also was the main fued going on when the WWF hit cable television. Shiek and Slaughter were selling out buildings healining cards that Hogan was not even on.

Hart vs Lawler: For about a four year period this was the stuff of legend as Hart brought in everyone from The Shiek, the Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan, Bugsy McGraw etc....to take out Lawler. It made Memphis a must watch. You never new what Jimmy was going to do, and how Lawler would retaliate. Hart was so much better in Memphis than WWF.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I always liked the Flair/Rhodes feud.
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