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Edge and the Former Wrestlers I Would Pay to See Again

Seeing the 15 minutes that Edge was on Monday Night Raw was enough to whet my whistle.

Adam Copeland still has it. And it was a joy to watch.

[adinserter block=”1″]The former WWE great whose career was cut short because of a neck injury looked the part and played the part better than expected. And while many weren’t that excited about Edge being on Raw for a variety of reasons, which all made a lot of sense, the fact he was over the top great was just tremendous.

The fact we saw more emotion and more “truth” out of Edge in his few minutes on television than we have seen in a few weeks with many of the WWE wrestlers, just proves the generation that preceded this one just got it and sold it better than the one we are witnessing now.

It also makes me think about Edge and his career (which I discussed yesterday) and how unheralded he was and how dynamic he was. He may have been a Top 5 wrestler at one point in his career, but I will leave to you guys to debate.

And since we are on the subject of Edge and watching WWE superstars of the past, here are a few I would not mind seeing again in their prime.

Owen Hart

I know this is not a possibility for obvious reasons, but he may have been the best pure wrestler of his generation had he had a longer career.

Hart was a one-time world champion: a one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion during the USWA’s partnership with the WWF; a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion; one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion; one-time WWF European Champion and four-time WWF World Tag Team Champion.

He was also the winner of the 1994 WWF King of the Ring. Although he never won the WWF Championship, Hart challenged for the title and headlined multiple pay-per-views for the company during the 1990s.

What was great about Hart was the ability to compete with anyone on any level and yes, I believed in time he would surpass his brother, Bret, as the best there ever was.

Barry Windham

If I had ever been a professional wrestler, I would have wanted to be Barry Windham.

In NWA/WCW, he was a one-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a one-time United States Heavyweight Champion, a one-time Television Champion a one-time Western States Heritage Champion, a four-time NWA (Mid Atlantic)/WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA United States Tag Team Champion with Ron Garvin.

In WWF, he was a two-time World Tag Team Champion with his brother-in-law, Mike Rotunda.On March 31, 2012, Windham was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen.

Windham, Sting and Lex Lugar were the lead pack to offset the Four Horsemen until he turned heel and joined them and became one of the greatest heels of all time.

Eddie Gilbert

Before there was Eddie Guerrero and before there was Chris Benoit, there was Eddie Gilbert. He was small in stature and big on production.

Gilbert made his career in the southern part of the United States, mainly in Jerry Lawler’s CWF promotion.

Eddie Gilbert in CWA in Memphis, Tennessee. He teamed with his father and Ricky Morton in those years. In addition, he formed a team with Tommy Rich as “Fargo’s Fabulous Ones”, an attempt by Mid-Southern (Memphis) to bury and still cash in on the fame attained by the previous incarnation of the Fabulous Ones, Steve Keirn and Stan Lane.

They held the AWA Southern Tag Team titles in 1984 until dropping them to Phil Hickerson and the Spoiler (Frank Morrell). The duo would break up soon after, with Gilbert turning heel.

When Gilbert made his way to the UWF and Bill Watts’ outfit, he formed a stable of soon to be prominent wrestlers in Rick Steiner, Sting and The Ultimate Warrior.

Stunning Steve Austin

Not the Stone Cold you all remember, but rather the man in WCW, whom Ric Flair stated once, that, “One of the biggest mistakes WCW made was getting rid of Steve Austin.”

Ric Flair knew something we all never knew.

Austin performed for several wrestling promotions such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He was the “poster boy for the WWF’s Attitude Era.”

But it is his time in WCW that allowed us to see some of his greatness.

The former United States Champion, In January 1993, Austin formed a tag team known as The Hollywood Blonds with Brian Pillman. They won the WCW World Tag Team Championship on March 3, defeating Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas.

[adinserter block=”2″]The Hollywood Blonds held the title for five months.At Clash of the Champions XXIII the Blonds faced Ric Flair and Arn Anderson in a two-out-of-three-falls tag Team title match. Flair and Anderson defeated the Blonds, but were not awarded the title as one fall had been determined by a disqualification.

He had flare, he had charisma and he even had hair. There was a snap to his work and he sold like few others. If he had stayed with WCW before he was let go and traveled north to see Vince McMahon, I believe he could have been a world champion.

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