Sunday July 26th, 1998 3:05 pm
results of the poll kept coming in, I ended up being
constantly surprised. Many of the picks I felt were
right on; many of the picks made no sense to me.
You, the readers, were asked to send in your top 5
draft picks if you were placed in charge of a
wrestling promotion. Criteria was based on drawing
power, workrate, charisma, age, injuries,
my personal picks:
Austin is the biggest drawing
card to hit the United States in years. He is tops
in just about every category. He is the best draw in
the US w/ merchandise, house show sales, and
television ratings. His workrate is terrific;
arguably one of the ten best in the American
wrestling scene. Austin is a strong enough presence
to anchor any promotion; he was an easy first
choice. His injuries are scary, but its still a
gamble worth taking.
Not yet a draw; Benoit has
never been placed in a position where he could be a
big money player. That's unfortunate, since Benoit
gets strong enough reactions to warrant a super
push. His interviews have improved enough to where
they are solid; he is arguably the best wrestler in
the world. Benoit can adapt to any style in the
ring; it would be interesting to see how someone
like Paul Heyman could book Benoit to super stardom.
HBK could be a strong #1
choice; super charismatic, good interviews, maybe
the most spectacular worker in the country. Then you
examine the other side; will rarely do jobs, is
flaky, in questionable physical and mental
condition. If HBK is into it, a definite franchise
player. If he's upset, a high salaried ego who will
sit at home. Tough call.
Mick Foley/Cactus Jack
If finally booked correctly, a
possible franchise player. Incredible interviews;
can do more than just pull off high spots that would
leave most crippled. Foley is much more than just
that. He can develop angles and characters with
layers, layers that a great booker could develop.
This fifth spot was the
hardest to fill. Booker T has the makings to be a
superstar, and has already proven he could be
carried to a great match when matched with the right
worker. Like Benoit, he hasn't reached the level yet
where he would be considered a draw; given time, I
feel this will change. Booker T gets great
reactions, and once he is placed in storylines
against more of the top dogs he will get more of
chance to break out. The fact that not one voter
chose Booker T surprised me; he was expected to
finish high in the balloting.
There were several candidates
for the fifth spot. Both Chris Jericho & Rocky
Maivia were high on my list. Rey Mysterio Jr. can
anchor a light heavyweight division, and Dean
Malenko is one of my favorites. Ric Flair was almost
chosen; his age was the disqualifiying factor. While
a year ago both Vader & Bret Hart would have been on
my list, their stock has fallen so far that it
wasn't even an issue.
Let's wrap up today's issue
with a plan for the reformation of the Horseman, in
the WWF. Remember, be sure to send in your own
plans; I publish as many of them as I can.
Here is my idea to get some
WWF newcomers over. As usual, the easiest way to get
a guy over is to have him join a respected stable.
Why not the Four Horsemen? The WWF acquires Flair,
who, until he gets the new Horsemen over, will have
The fans will welcome Flair
back to the WWF with a standing ovation at
SummerSlam. After the first two matches, in an
in-ring interview, conducted by Jim Ross, Flair will
say "its great to style and profile here in the WWF!
I can't wait to walk that isle WHOO! with that
beautiful 24 karat WWF championship belt. HehHeh.
All I need is a few good men to watch my back.
WHOO!" After this he struts his stuff, as usual.
Ross explodes. He looks overwhelmed. "Do you mean
you are reforming the Horsemen here in the WWF?!?"
With a nod from Flair the crowd erupts.
Flair is later seen ringside
checking out prospects for the new Horsemen. He is
seen watching the LOD 2000 take on the DOA with Paul
Ellering. During the match he is seen talking to
Paul Ellering, but no mics pick up what is being
said. He joins the broadcast team during the Ken
Shamrock vs. Dan Severn match. Ross asks Flair "Will
you announce the new Horsemen tonight?" "Soon
enough." replies Flair. "Tomorrow." Ross erupts
again. "Ric Flair will announce the line up of the
new Horsemen in the WWF tomorrow night on Raw!!!"
Flair stays with the team and comments during the
matches and watches intently during this match, but
doesn't hint at who he's looking at for possible
During the bonus match of
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada for the
All-Japan Triple Crown Championship, Flair is
noticeably quiet. Ross points this out, the King
says "Why are you paying attention to these losers!
What about me?" Flair ignores him. Misawa is rumored
to have a stint in the WWF in exchange for Vader, a
deal Vince is more than willing to make.
At the main event between the
Undertaker and Stone Cold, Flair says "I've got
sweaty palms guys, this is what wrestling's all
about." There is a quiver in his voice. Ross
questions him "Do you have a jonesin' for the WWF
championship?" "That belt means that you are the
best in the business and I've worked my butt off for
years and years. If I don't have that title by the
Royal Rumble, I just might retire." "What?!?" the
King screams. "Ric Flair, do you mean this?" asks
Jim. "Absolutely, I'm going to give my all between
now and then to prove to myself and all of the fans
that I truly am the Nature Boy." responds Flair. The
T.V. production crew cut to a shot of the shocked
announcers and Flair, who is rising from his seat.
The Undertaker whips Stone
Cold against the turnbuckle. The ref admonishes UT
for using a closed fist, before he whipped Stone
Cold into the corner. Flair reaches in his pocket
and pulls out some brass knucks. He climbs up onto
the apron and nails Stone Cold right in the back of
the skull. Stone Cold collapses. The Undertaker
recognizes that this may be his opportunity to win
the belt. He quickly capitalizes with a choke slam
and two tombstones, to be safe. 1-2-3!!! UT is the
new WWF champion! The lights dim and UT's music
plays as Flair struts all the way back to the
dressing room. When Stone Cold wakes up, the glass
breaks and he angrily marches to the dressing room.
The next night, speculations
abound as everyone is abuzz over the reformation of
the Horsemen, in the WWF! Raw kicks off with
breaking glass and Stone Cold marching out with a
mic. The music cuts quickly and Stone Cold yells
"I've had just about enough of dinosaurs invadin' my
turf! Flair, your a** is mine!" All of a sudden,
"2001, A Space Oddesy" starts playing. BUM BUM BUM
BUM Flair walks out below the TitanTron with a mic
and says "I've got no time for little boys and their
problems. I'm here for just one thing. And to help
me do it I've got..." BONG BONG BONG UT's music
starts playing, Flair runs down to where the ramp
and the floor meet.
UT walks toward Flair, who
quickly walks away. UT persues and grabs a mic.
"Nature Boy. You have aided me in my quest to be the
greatest WWF champion of all time. In return for
your help you will get what you deserve." Flair
walks proudly up to the UT, who chokeslams him
through the ramp! Flair is left for dead as UT's
music starts up and he leaves. Flair, the ever
crafty veteran, grabs his mic and says "Now Steve,
I've done wrong, and in hindsight I'm sorry. But,
together we can form a new stronger Horsemen to get
that title back!" Austin looks pensive for a moment.
He mulls around the ring with his hand stroking his
chin. He turns to grab the mic from Flair when he
kicks him in the gut and stuns him. The glass breaks
and Austin marches off.
Flair gets up during the
commercial break and storms off into the dressing
room. Upon coming back from commercial, we are
treated to Flair and McMahon talking, but the mics
don't pick it up. Ross constantly hypes the fact
that Flair will announce the new Horsemen tonight.
At the end of Raw, Flair is seen coming down to the
ring. Commercial break.
Flair is now standing in the
ring when Warzone starts. He says "Steve,
Undertaker; you both have made the worst mistakes of
your lives. With the new Horsemen backing me up,
you, Undertaker have plenty to worry about. Next
week, barring another incident, I will announce the
new Horsemen." "Wait a second! I thought he said he
was going to say who it was this week!" cries Ross.
"You heard the man, Ross. Barring incident. If it
weren't for those idiots The Undertaker and Steve
Austin, we'd have found out who the new Horsemen
were! Blame those mental midgets! Not the Nature
Boy!", snaps the King. Later during "Dr. Death"
Steve Williams match against Jeff Jarrett. Severn
runs in to save the good doctor from the Figure
Four. After the match they walk out together.
During the main event on Raw,
the Undertaker and Kane vs. Stone Cold and Mankind,
Flair makes his presence felt. He comes down to
ringside to watch the match from the floor. He
whistles towards the locker room when it looks like
UT is going to chokeslam Mankind for the win. Three
men run into the ring, Dr. Death, Dan Severn and the
newly crowned Triple Crown Champion, Mitsuaharu
Misawa. They clean house along with Flair, after all
of the previous occupants leave the ring. They all
give the four fingers in the air. The crowd erupts
with boos. This gets Dr. Death, Severn and Misawa
all over and as major heels.
Over the next months they
harass UT on behalf of Flair. They each acquire
titles along the line. European Champ, Dr. Death.
Intercontinental Champ, Misawa. Severn and Williams
have won the WWF Tag Titles. They are all way over
as heels, the way the Horsemen should be. When HBK
returns he wants the WWF title back and Flair's got
it; DX and the Horsemen feud in one of the best
since the Freebirds and Von Erichs. In conclusion,
the reformation of the Horsemen would get all of
these guys way over as heels. Even if Misawa dosen't
come the WWF, you can just plug anyone you want in
that slot. I just looked at the WWF roster and
didn't really see any names that might interest me
if they were in the Horsemen.
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