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 Posted: Tue Apr 8th, 2008 11:39 pm
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An interesting story and a big roller coaster ride.

Breaks into Florida and is an immediate contender. Has a great look. His nickname was great too by the way ~ "The Total Package".

Joins the Horsemen and has some good feuds (Dusty, Nikita) Then the big turn against The Horsemen. The feud with Flair was good - Luger more or less portrayed as the better man but unlucky/can't deliver the final blow to Flair to win the belt. he did finally win the WCW belt in cage match win over Barry Windham at the infamous 1991 Great American Bash and then drops the title to Sting on his way out the door.

Off to the WWF and who can forget "The World Bodybuilding Federation" or "The Narcisist" or "The Lex Express". Bodyslamming Yokozuna but never getting the WWF belt. Shows up out of the blue on the first Nitro to the surprise of Vince McMahon.

Got a second WCW championship win via a win over Hollywood Hogan but lost the belt right back.

Another stage of his career is entered when he picks up Elizabeth as his valet. He really doesn't do much impact-wise at this point in his career and after WCW folds he has some shots with the WWA but nothing of real importance.

Of course there is the fateful night where Elizabeth passes on and every fan has their opinion on how much or little Lex is to blame.

 

 

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 Posted: Tue Apr 8th, 2008 11:44 pm
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He was adequate enough up to 1990.  Then he hit the 'roids more and bulked up to ridiculous proportions and became just absolutely horrible.  He had the good fortune of being carried by great workers like Flair, Windham, and even Dusty for years so that certainly made him look better than he was at the time.  His WWF run was nothing short of an unmitigated disaster and when he returned to WCW I felt like he was just treated like a star without ever being one.  Out of all the guys to get the clean win over NWO Hogan and make him submit, Luger was the last guy they should've chosen.



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 Posted: Tue Apr 8th, 2008 11:48 pm
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Great athlete, but way too clumsy in the ring. I think his 88/89 run was the best he had since he had great wrestlers to carry him. Other than that, he should have really stuck with football. I've met him a few times and he seemed like a really nice guy. Dude was freakish looking in person.



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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 02:20 am
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This is another guy that I met at Gold's Gym in Springfield, PA around 90 or 91.   He had to be juiced.  The guy was huge and cut.  It was not a lifitng day for him though.  He rode the stationary bike for an hour.

I was never a fan of his work in the ring or on the mike.   He had a 5 year period where he was pushed to the hilt but never seemed to totally connect.    Having him as a 4 horseman was bs.

 

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 04:18 am
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Not a fan or anything, but he was carried to good matches against Flair and Steamboat.

He knows what Elizabeth was like in bed before he basically killed her too.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 08:06 am
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I like Luger more than the average wrestling fan.  There were times before 1992 or so that he showed fire in the belly.  His babyface run from late 1987 to (IIRC) the summer of 1989 was good.  Other than that I don't really care for.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 08:34 am
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Ricky Steamboat said in his shoot interview that he had to teach him how to work heel and get heat during their matches. So when it came time for Bash '89 Luger was asked how their match should be he said whatever Steamboat wants to do.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 01:16 pm
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Bum. Horrible bum.



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Noone in wrestling was ever given more in exchange for less.

There are about 3 useful points for Luger for me.  One is when he was tagging with Sting in '91 or so.  One is the Allied Powers tag team with DB Smith.  The other is earlier when he first became a Horseman.  The rest of the time - he's bad in the ring, bad on interviews, his physique while muscular looked strange - he's just a waste of space.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 06:23 pm
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I thought that babyface run was probably the best in-ring work he would ever do.  But he was beyond terrible on the mic.  His interviews were just cringeworthy.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 10:42 pm
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I think the guy is terrible in all aspects.  Another one of those guys that I read alot about as he was promoted in the Apter mags, and then when I finally got to watch him in action...absolutely horrible.



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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2008 12:23 am
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I'll agree that he was actually fairly entertaining in the late 1980s, early 1990s and to be honest, I enjoyed his singles matches at that time with Flair, Sting, Nikita, Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham and Michael Hayes. I also liked his teams with Sting and Barry Windham, although the one with Windham was short-lived. To be honest, I liked him as an Horseman too. He was a good fit as the muscle of the team in 1987 IMO. But I agree that everything after he left WCW and went to WWF was pretty much forgettable, aside from that brief WCW title win.



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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2008 03:57 pm
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Luger was teh suc k.

 

 

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 Posted: Thu Apr 10th, 2008 04:08 pm
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When he came to the WWF as the Narcissist, those mirror posing routines/sketches had Terry Garvin, etc....all over them.:D



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 Posted: Fri Apr 11th, 2008 12:39 am
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I really liked him as the young lion in Florida and as a Horseman.  I enjoyed his face run right after turning on the Horsemen.   His WWF stuff was teh suck, but I'm not sure it was completely his fault.  He was given some shit gimmicks and the huge Lex Express run only to have it fizzle.

After that I thought he was just OK.  When a guy starts wrestling in his jeans, and it isn't a biker or cowboy gimmick, then you know he just doesn't give a shit.

He was the victim of the main event log jam in WCW.  He had always been a main eventer, and now there were about 30 main eventers.  He was never going to be more than a mid carder, and he knew it.  I think he just gave up and phoned it in.



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