Ten memorable moments that highlight Raven’s career. Are these moments you found memorable, too?
Debut As Raven In ECW:
In January 1995, the man formerly known as Johnny Polo in the WWF made his debut in Extreme Championship Wrestling sporting a new look. It’s a look that he would have for the rest of his career. Raven arrived in ECW forming an alliance with Stevie Richards. Raven played a character where he was a loner and was out for revenge towards Tommy Dreamer for stealing the hot girl from a camp they went to when they were older. Paul Heyman really made Raven a huge part of ECW from 1995 to the summer of 1997.
On RAW, Crush is a guest on the Kings Court. Plus, IRS meets the Undertaker. On Superstars, WWF World Tag Team Champion Scott Steiner squares off against Earthquake. Lastly, Randy Savage wrestles Diesel on Wrestling Challenge!
By the fall of 1999 World Championship Wrestling was struggling along looking for anything to spark interest in their product. In the summer, Sid Vicious made his return to the company after being gone for six years after a incident with Arn Anderson. Sid would align himself with Randy Savage, but that wouldn’t last too long as Savage would be gone from WCW, again, by July.
As most of you know Goldberg had a lengthy undefeated streak from 1997 to 1998 in WCW. After a couple of months in WCW, Sid became obsessed with breaking Goldberg’s streak. Most of Sid’s “victories” were when he would get involved in a match and attack the contestants before pinning them. He would have Charles Robinson hold up a sign with the amount of victories he had. During this streak, Sid won the WCW United States Championship from Chris Benoit at Fall Brawl on September 12th.
Shortly afterward, Sid’s feud with Goldberg began. Sid was obsessed with breaking Goldberg’s streak while Goldberg was focused on regaining the WCW United States Championship, which he held in 1998. During the September 23rd edition of Thunder it was revealed that Sid got a restraining order against Goldberg saying that he can’t touch him prior to Halloween Havoc.
I originally made a list of ten wrestlers that I considered to be really underrated, but that grew to fifteen with five getting the honorable mention status. However, I’m sure there are countless others that I simply can’t put on the list. These guys quickly came to mind and thus, here we go. By the way, this isn’t in any specific order.
Lynn recently retired from the wrestling industry but he is one guy who without never got the recognition on a national stage that he should have gotten. Yes, he had a run in ECW and in TNA. His matches with Rob Van Dam starting in mid-1998 to the end of the companies run have to go down as some of the best matches in Extreme Championship Wrestling history.
Some people may not remember his feud with AJ Styles early on in TNA, though. It’s probably one of the better angles that Vince Russo booked at the time for the company. A cocky young guy like Styles taking on a veteran who demanded respect in Jerry Lynn. The matches were great. Lynn worked great with Amazing Red and Chris Sabin in the company as well.
He had a brief run in WWE, but didn’t last long. Lynn had one last run with ROH where he even won the ROH World Championship from Nigel McGuiness. Lynn is without a doubt one guy who got better with age and didn’t lose a step.
The first annual King of the Ring is upon is in the Rebooking. WWF World Champion Bret Hart defends the championship against Bam Bam Bigelow. The Steiner Brothers challenge Money Inc. for the WWF World Tag Team Championships in a no disqualification contest. Plus, who wins the King of the Ring tournament to get a title shot at SummerSlam? Find out here!
Do you remember Mike Awesome?
It would seem like a lot of American fans remember Mike Awesome as the comedic relief that he became in World Championship Wrestling instead of the bad ass fighter that he was in Extreme Championship Wrestling. Awesome was a victim of what Vince Russo thought was entertaining instead of playing Awesome’s strengths.
Tonight, ROH returns to internet pay per view with their 11th Anniversary Show. Here is the card along with my predictions for the event.
Six Man Mayhem:
QT Marshall vs. ACH vs. Silas Young vs. Mike Sydal vs. Adam Page vs Tadarius Thomas
All these men were involved in the tournament to determine a number one contender for the ROH Television Championship and all came up short, obviously. I’m a fan of Silas Young who has had several memorable matches with ROH guys in other independent promotions (AAW). However, I’m thinking that they will push ACH on this show. He just signed a contract with the promotion and is quite popular among the fans. So, he gets the win here.