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Top rivals of some of the classic stars

I was thinking today that I really would enjoy banter on this...

I will post some and you guys comment, add ommisions, and disagree.
Feel free to add your own wrestlers and list

Ric Flair
1. Dusty Rhodes: The rivalry that defined the NWA during the 80's
2. Ricky Steamboat: Just a classic set of matches that took both of them to a new level
3. Terry Funk: They had multiple runs in three different decades, my favorite was their early 90's WCW fued. But they were rivals for decades and always compared.
4. Harly Race: Thier matches over the NWA title were legendary, Race probably was more responsible than anyone for Flair's success (aside from Flair himself)
5. Hulk Hogan: although their fued was almost 10 years too late they were constantly compared against each other.
HM: Magnum TA, Jack Brisco, Sting, Kerry Von Erich


Hulk Hogan
1. Roddy Piper: The fued that launched WM, and the entire Rock and Wrestling era
2. Andre: To that point in history the defining moment of Hulkamania, and one of the top five moments in wrestling history.
3. Randy Savage: Their rivalry was classic for that era. I only wish they had given Savage more wins.
4. Paul Orndorff: Hogan's biggest threat for years, and big time rival
5. WCW: His NWO was huge as we all know
HM: Sgt. Slaughter, King Kong Bundy, Ultimate Warrior, Sting


Andre
1. Hulk Hogan: above
2. Big John Studd: Andre did not fued often before Hogan, he was more of a traveling act loaned out by the WWF, but this was one of his first real fueds
3. Killer Kahn: Kahn was given credit for breaking Andre's leg, this was a big deal in the late 70's. The revenge match was epic.
4. Jake Roberts: Like I said Andre did not have a lot of real fueds until Hogan so even though this one was probably just a blip on a great career it was a top five rivalry for Andre
5. Ken Patera: Patera played a large role in the Studd fued
HM: Don Leo Jonathon, Ernie Ladd

and two of my favs....

Jerry Lawler
1. Bill Dundee: The classic rivalry that spanned three decades
2. Jimmy Hart: No one brought out the best in Lawler than Hart and his revolving door of first family members.
3. Andy Kauffman:
4. Dutch Mantell: Like Dundee, he and Lawler swpped back and forth from heel/face another long standing rival
5. Jackie Fargo: The fued that gave Lawler the title "King of wrestling".
HM: Jimmy Valiant, Nick Bockwinkle, Austin Idol, Rocky Johnson

Sgt Slaughter
1. Iron Sheik: Probably one of the greatest rivalries of all time
2. Hulk Hogan: It was not just their fued but the backstage rivalry that denied Slaughter the top spot in the WWF in 84. Slaughter has been on record saying he was promised the belt but Vince backed out when Hulamania was born, which contributed to his leaving.
3. Pat Patterson: A classic WWF fued, Patterson's last
4. Ricky Steamboat: Not given enough credit, their fued along with Kernodle and Youngblood was probably the hottest angle in Mid Atlantic history.
5. Wahoo McDaniel; They fueded over the US Title for years.
HM: Bob Backlund, Jay Youngblood, Ray Stevens

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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

I would like to add Sting to Flair and Iron Sheik to Hogan. Sting-Flair was huge that it was the one last time match between them before WCW closure and without Iron Sheik, Hulk-a-mania is born statement would have been meaningless for he garnered so much hate which got converted to love for the man who could beat him.

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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

Sting

1. Ric Flair---I'm sure many will agree that the feud with Flair is really what put Sting on the map. One of my favorite feuds/rivalries, as took place in 3 different decades and was the perfect way to close the chapter of WCW, it's 2 original and biggest stars working 1 final match, finishing off a rivalry that lasted nearly 13 years.

2. Vader---Became WCW's big attraction after the departure of Flair. Some of the better matches in WCW in 92-93 but also provided those horrendous beach skits with Sid & Davey Boy.

3. Rick Rude---Started originally from Sting's feud with the Dangerous Alliance. Provided the last rivalry for Rude, who shortly retired after winning the belt from Sting in Japan.

4. Great Muta---Planted the seeds for Sting joining the Horsemen and his eventual main event push.

5. Hulk Hogan---Became WCW's savior during the rise of the NWO. Short feud that was teased in 1995, which was the precursor to the Hollywood character Hogan would debut in 1996.

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Stone Cold

1) The Rock
2) Mr. Mcmahon
3) The Undertaker

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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

Stone Cold:
) Vince McMahon
) The Rock
) Triple H

Undertaker:
) Kane
) Shawn Michaels
) There's too many to think of

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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

Nice to see you guys add to the discussion but please pay attention. We're talking about classic stars, meaning guys who you don't see threads made on in other sections.


Damn, can't never have an old school conversation without somebody bringing up Austin or Rock.
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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

Terry Funk

Jack Brisco -heated, intense bloody rivalry
Dusty Rhodes- legendery arm-break angle
Jerry Lawler-"mah eye you bastard!!"
Ric Flair - one of my top 5 feuds ever
Cactus Jack- so much blood, all over the world

and thats not even mentioning battles in Japan with the likes of Abbie, or many more brutal ECW feuds (Raven, Sabu etc)

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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

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Sting

1. Ric Flair---I'm sure many will agree that the feud with Flair is really what put Sting on the map. One of my favorite feuds/rivalries, as took place in 3 different decades and was the perfect way to close the chapter of WCW, it's 2 original and biggest stars working 1 final match, finishing off a rivalry that lasted nearly 13 years.

2. Vader---Became WCW's big attraction after the departure of Flair. Some of the better matches in WCW in 92-93 but also provided those horrendous beach skits with Sid & Davey Boy.

3. Rick Rude---Started originally from Sting's feud with the Dangerous Alliance. Provided the last rivalry for Rude, who shortly retired after winning the belt from Sting in Japan.

4. Great Muta---Planted the seeds for Sting joining the Horsemen and his eventual main event push.

5. Hulk Hogan---Became WCW's savior during the rise of the NWO. Short feud that was teased in 1995, which was the precursor to the Hollywood character Hogan would debut in 1996.

HM: Lex Luger, 4 Horsemen, Cactus Jack
Good list, maybe could have added Eddie Gilbert during his initial face turn
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Re: Top rivals of some of the classic stars

I'm kind of out of the loop on Eddie Gilbert, as I didn't get to watch UWF, although I've seen some of his work from ECW in 1993.


On the topic of Eddie Gilbert, do you think he could have made an impact on the wrestling scene had he not passed away young? From what I understand, he had an intelligent mind for wrestling.
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I'm kind of out of the loop on Eddie Gilbert, as I didn't get to watch UWF, although I've seen some of his work from ECW in 1993.


On the topic of Eddie Gilbert, do you think he could have made an impact on the wrestling scene had he not passed away young? From what I understand, he had an intelligent mind for wrestling.
His best work was probably in UWF but i will never forget him running over Lawler with his car.

Yes Gilbert was a wrestling prodigy his dad Tommy was a southern territory mainstay and Gilbert spent his childhood writing notebook after notebook of angles and storylines. He was certainly an influence on some of the great and not so great bookers of the era; Heyman, Watts, Mantell etc.. I think he probably would be booking TNA right now if he had lived.
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