Originally Posted by JigsawKrueger
WCW had a ridiculously strong roster that year.
Complete waste. Never a good wrestler but a Sandman/Raven revival feud could have been fun even in ultra PG WCW.
They did nothing with him. Nash didn't even know who he was according to legend.
Russo killing the cruiserweight division finished him off. If there is one reason to dislike him, it is letting this guy get released.
Any of these guys could have moved into the main event in '99, but Nash, Hogan and co wouldn't have it:
Big Poppa Pump
Rey Mysterio Jr. - losing his mask was a mistake)
That brings me to Steven Regal.
He got a great push '93 to '97 under a character which was too restrictive for headlining. When he returned in 1999 they did nothing with him. We knew how talented he was though, evidence in WWE 15 months later under his Goodwill Ambassador gimmick.
Disagree with Eddie. He was in a really serious car accident on New Year's Day 1999 and even upon returning in June, I read somewhere that Eddie himself even admitted that his body wasn't ready to get back into the ring and start working a full schedule. So I'd have said that 1999 probably wasn't his time, basically due to his injuries.
Booker and Steiner ended up getting to the main event a year later in 2000, which is rather interesting, actually. They'd brought in a ton of new talent around April to start their turn around, so there was more competition (in addition to the previous ones, such as Nash) like Jarrett, Mike Awesome (never made it to the main event but had the potential), The Wall and whatnot.
And as we all know, Benoit won the World Title the day before he quit and went to the Fed, which was early 2000, so at least he got there as well.
Raven and Jericho...no excuses there. I always felt Rey was a bit too unbelievable for the main event. Hell of a worker, but seeing him try to realistically compete with the guys who were considered average size for the World Title, guys such as Jarrett, Sting, Bret, DDP, etc...I could never suspend my disbelief that much. I couldn't when he was contending for the title against Angle and Orton, either.