Re: Biggest On-the-Cusp Star That Vince Missed Out On
I wasn't alive during the 80s and I started watching during the Monday Night War era, but Jake the Snake, Dibiase, Mr. Perfect, Rude, Vader, Luger, Scott Hall, and even King Kong Bundy were all stars of the era. They might not have won the WWF championship, and they definitely should or could have and even as a kid growing up in the 90s, I knew who they were. They're all legends.
Rob Van Dam IS a star and ranks as a wrestling legend in my mind too, especially as I grew up watching the original ECW. In fact, I'd even say that he's the wrestler thats synonymous with ECW for me. In WWE, however? They dropped the ball on him.
In the current era, I'd definitely say that Rhodes and Ziggler are two huge on-the-cusp stars. I'm not talking Rock/Austin/Hogan level here, obviously, but if creative struck while the iron was hot after Ziggler won Survivor Series or when Cody returned after his firing to face the Authority, they could've become much bigger players. Punk, Bryan, Ziggler, Rhodes, Cesaro, Barrett, Sandow, Rusev...these were the guys that, along with Ambrose, Rollins, and the Wyatt family, could've ushered in a new era, but instead...