WCW is the greatest rival WWE has ever faced. The Monday Night War is one of the most pivotal battles in the history of sports-entertainment. WCW’s success rested on the shoulders of experienced competitors and high-flying young ring warriors. With WWE’s new show The Monday Night War heating up on WWE Network, WWE.com lists the Top 50 WCW Superstars of all time.
But before you pose quesitons like “What about Tully Blanchard???,” take a moment to read the guidelines the WWE.com team followed when compiling this list.
1. Eligibility begins with Ted Turner’s purchase of WCW in 1988. Anything from Jim Crockett Promotions and NWA predating this is ineligible. We think Magnum T.A. is a boss, but he was never part of WCW from 1988-2001.
2. Competitors were rated only on their accomplishments while in WCW, so the achievements of Bret “Hit Man” Hart in WWE, for example, had no bearing on his placement.
3. Rankings were based on everything from longevity to cultural impact. Personal biases may have also crept in, as witnessed by a heated discussion over the significance of Glacier.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, here are the 50 greatest Superstars in WCW history as decided by a team of editors, a WWE Hall of Famer and the simple, widely-known fact that Sid is the ruler of the world.
#50 Jeff Jarrett:
During his first tenure with WCW from 1996 to ’97, “Double J” was a member of The Four Horsemen and a United States Champion. But it was when he returned to Atlanta in ’99 that he made his biggest impact. Proclaiming himself “The Chosen One,” Jeff Jarrett bashed countless guitars over opponents heads on his way to becoming a four-time WCW Champion.
Although accomplished, Jarrett is certainly one of the most polarizing figures in WCW history. In 1999, he led the formation of the nWo 2000 — a watered-down version of the original. The following year, he got in the middle of a rivalry between Hulk Hogan and WCW Executive Vince Russo and laid down in the ring for Hogan. Few moments in sports-entertainment were as disgraceful. When WWE purchased WCW in 2001, Mr. McMahon showed how he felt about Double J by publically firing him on Raw. — KEVIN POWERS