Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mt. Rushmore of WWE

At some point since I started visiting WCMB Mt. Rushmore threads started popping up for a period of time.  Thankfully that trend died down, but it was recently brought back up when sports talk started covering this in the NFL due to the offseason.  For the record my Mt. Rushmore of Atlanta Falcons was Deion Sanders, Tommy Nobis, Steve Bartkowski and Jessie Tuggle.  That is obviously beside the point though.

This morning I went to Twitter and started a discussion about what WWE's Mt. Rushmore would look like.  From the feedback I got there are three "definites" and then a bunch of guys in the discussion for the fourth spot.  This list only includes wrestlers so Vince McMahon does not qualify.  If he did the fourth spot wouldn't even be up for debate.

Here are the definites:
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Bruno Sammartino
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
It should really go without saying why each of those individuals gets the nod.  What gets more interesting is trying to assign that last spot to someone.  For example, my first instinct was The Rock.  TH (@tholzerman) of The Wrestling Blog suggested swapping John Cena and The Rock out.  Jason Mann (@wrestlespective) of Wrestlespective made the comment that the Undertaker had a strong case while also acknowledging that The Rock should be in the discussion.

Here is a list of the most deserving individuals for that fourth spot:
  • The Rock
  • John Cena
  • Undertaker
  • Bob Backlund
  • Bret "The Hitman" Hart
  • "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels
  • Andre the Giant 
  • Triple H
Looking at that list it still seems to me that you are left with The Rock vs John Cena.  The "knock" on The Rock would be that he's arguably a bigger star outside of wrestling than in it.  The fact that he transcended wrestling only helps him in my opinion, but I certainly understand that perspective put forth by TH.  On the other hand, you have John Cena who is unquestionably "the guy" for this generation.  Honestly, by the time he retires it will probably be inarguable that he deserves the fourth spot.  It seems odd to leave The Rock off of this imaginary thing, but after more reflection it seems to me that John Cena is the correct answer.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.  If you don't want to use the sidebar to contact me via Facebook or Twitter, email me at FreebirdSTF@hotmail.com.

1 comment:

  1. Jack Tunney, Dave Hebner, Hillbilly Jim, and the word "DAMN".

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