^Are you implying Konnan was good?
Originally Posted by the modern myth
What exactly was awesome about him? I found him really boring. He was too lumbering and cumbersome an opponent for most wrestlers to work a decent match with and his gimmick was so one dimensional that they had to rely on outlandish and improbable booking to make him even vaguely memorable or interesting (the Hogan fireball to the face was the only talking point of that dreadful Hogan/Yokozuna KOTR match; the booking and aftermatch Undertaker paranormal stuff was the highlight of their Royal Rumble yawnfest) ... Beyond the spectacle of seeing a man that size in a WWF ring, he had very little going for him. Even so, there have been far better 'big men' wrestlers (Bam Bam Bigelow and Vader spring immediately to mind) who outshined him on every level. His matches were usually the dullest thing on the card, and I can't recall ever enjoying any of them. In fact, I would rather have seen Lex Luger as champion in 1993 - and that's saying something. Teaming with Owen Hart was vaguely interesting, only because of their shared history against Bret Hart, but beyond that little foot note, he never did anything else that caught my attention. I'm guessing that they put the title on him as a way of getting the 'All American' Lex Luger over in a patriotic battle for the title, but the fact that nobody really cared about either men meant that the main event scene in 1993 and early 1994 was just horrible, plain horrible.
Yoko was a great big man wrestler and whether or not there were many other better big men in wrestling (which there were), it doesn't change what I like about him. He was an awesome squash wrestler and everything he did looked brutal, like it could actually end a career if hit right (or wrong, I guess. He was a heel, though, so.....hit right, then?). He used simple moves that any average wrestler could use, but because of his size they felt like so much of a bigger deal. Owen Hart hits a leg drop it's just a leg drop. Yoko hits a leg drop and it's a thousand kilos of beef squashing a dude on the head and the face can sell it like so much more than a mere leg drop.
He was also really great at selling. For a guy so big to take the tumbling through the ropes bump, he did it super. He bumped around more than someone of that immense obesity should be able to. His weeble-wobble selling whenever the face is trying to knock him down is probably my favourite thing about the guy. Feels like a huge moment when he's actually taken down.
I can totally understand why people don;t think much of Yoko and it took me a while to come around on him, but I just don't possibly see any reasonable argument for him being one of the worst ever.
And the fireball to Hogan's face was pretty obviously Hogan not wanting to drop the Title clean. And Taker was taking time off because his wife was having a baby. Methinks.