Who needs America when you are the greatest Gaijin Japan has ever seen. The man is like a god in that country. But I do find it crazy that he is not in the WWE Hall of Fame yet.
Thanks Dusty, and yeah, JBL had most of his personality initially based on Stan Hansen. I started digging about how wrestling was before and much before our times and stuck gold when I found most of the stuff we love have been done already. Gorgeous George is my next legend in the series and whatever the guys do now are merely some percentage of his personality and quotes.@OP
I love these forgotten legends threads!
Anyway Stan Hansen is awesome. I only have seen some of his matches against Vader. Legendary stuff.
He gave us the definition of the lariat. JBL can suck on that.
Hansen's handling of the AWA World title is reason why Vince wouldn't work with him long-term. Hansen drove bookers in the United States crazy, he hopped from one territory to the other and just couldn't be controlled.He was used sparingly in WWWF/WWF and WCW, so its really not all that surprising that he hasn't been inducted to the WWE Hall -- yet. But yeah, an amazing performer with just about as many classic matches as anyone else in his day. Top 25 worker, most likely.
Personal favorites include his showdowns with Andre, Vader, Backlund, and the Hulkster. Although there are probably a dozen matches against AJPW favorites like Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi, etc. that stand out as better performances, I prefer seeing him mix it up with the names that were big in the States at the time.
Was he not a fan of Vince or vise-versa? Seems weird they would never work together when McMahon is such a fan of ******* gimmicks and whatnot.
Hansen gouged Vader's eye loose, didn't he? Or just knocked it out I think ... tough bastard regardless , but even he was a politicker ....