Lacing SCOTT STEINER's boots
Join Date: Apr 2013
Re: Top 10 Wrestlers with "Crossover Appeal" of all time.
Yes, Randy Savage was so over. He's one of the first guys I remember getting mentioned in rap songs. People would imitate his voice soooo much.
I'm shocked no one has mentioned the Ultimate Warrior. His time in the sun was short, but he was legit a superstar. To the point where he was referenced a lot on entertainment shows and the like. He didn't do the Hollywood thing so much, but I remember him being a big cultural reference. A lot of people who didn't watch wrestling, like my older relatives, knew who he was, just due to buzz at work and stuff.
I wonder, did SNL ever parody him? He seemed so ripe for that thing.
My favorite "WTF was that?!?!" promo from him was this one:
I love Bret Hart, but I think that the Ultimate Warrior is one of those big guys who actually got over for very legitimate reasons. His promos and approach were so different in their sheer insanity, and Ultimate Warrior was pitch perfect in them.
I gained a new respect for him when he talked about how he'd have to get into a whole mindset before going out there (talking to himself; being left alone; etc.), and the thought he put into his presentation and entrances and everything. The fact that he could go into the ring and look like a legitimate equal to Hulk, to the point where he had the crowd more in his hands than Hulk did...that's a testament to his insane charisma, and cultivating of that character.
Btw, I agree with the Youtube comments that him without the facepaint here gives him a different vibe. Slightly darker, less cartoonish. I wish they did this more, though I understand why they didn't (I remember dying to see what he looked like without the facepaint as a kid):
I pretty much always prefer the technical matches, but this still holds up as one of the best WWF/WWE matches ever to me, just because the theater and drama of it was so great:
Guys who only see it as Warrior getting pushed because he was a big meathead, miss the point. The dude was CRAZY OVER!
The fact that he's still so remembered today, as one of the preeminent faces in wrestling, even though his run was relatively short, is a testament to how popular he was. I mean the WWF put out a DVD to try to destroy him, ten years after he had already left! His impact was definitely felt.
Last edited by LilOlMe; 04-08-2013 at 07:30 PM.