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When they got a "world title shot" (WWWF, AWA, NWA) there was always that "he could win it" feeling

I'll give you my "top 5" and let everybody else chime in with theirs

1. Andre. Somehow you "knew" he wasn't getting the belt but then again you couldn't picture him losing so he had the "aura" about him.

2. Ivan Koloff. The win over Bruno made you take him seriously.

3. Stan Hansen. The whole "broken neck" win over Bruno gave him credibility.

4. Mil Mascaras. Mascaras was another guy you couldn't picture "losing"

5. Jerry Lawler. His title quests were always framed as "near misses" in the Apter mags.


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Dusty Rhodes takes this hands down. 

I realize that he won 3 NWA World Titles, but for a time in the late 1970's he was getting shots at ALL THREE company's champions.  He was taking on Graham, Race, and Bockwinkel all in the same time period!  How could he NOT win was my thought.

Ken Patera is another guy who I thought always had a chance.

Don Leo Jonathan is a third.

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1. Andre
2. Hansen
3. Greg Valentine
4. Patera
5. Ernie Ladd

All my answers are from the WWWF since that is all I saw until about late 78.

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Andre should have been but in reality was never getting any belt.

Dusty Rhodes, as Harry said, comes to mind.

Ken Patera is another good one.

You have to count any of the NWA belt holders-Brisco, Funk(s), Race in this group depending on who held the strap.

Bruiser Brody

Mil Mascaras would be Bill Apters pick.

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Billy Robinson was always a threat against both Bockwinkel and Gagne in the AWA.

 

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khawk wrote: Billy Robinson was always a threat against both Bockwinkel and Gagne in the AWA.

 

I was convinced Billy was going to beat Verne at the Comiskey Park card in 1974. I was wrong.

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Why did they never give Robinson a run with the belt?

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clawmaster wrote: khawk wrote: Billy Robinson was always a threat against both Bockwinkel and Gagne in the AWA.

 

I was convinced Billy was going to beat Verne at the Comiskey Park card in 1974. I was wrong.

So was I. They built Robinson up so much you couldn't believe anything else.

Dick the Bruiser was a guy I knew wasn't going to win any of the major titles even though he received several shots at the AWA and NWA titles. Even a WWF challenge against Graham in St. Louis.

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HBF wrote: Why did they never give Robinson a run with the belt?
Cos Verne wouldn't have been able to get it off him.

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Ernie Ladd
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Blackjack Mulligan
Billy Robinson
Johnny Valentine(I know for only half the decade)
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Between the magazines and what I saw on television:

Mil Mascaras

Superstar Graham

Billy Robinson

Danny Littlebear

Wilbur Snyder



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Andre
Eduardo Miguel Perez
Rhodes

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beejmi wrote:
When they got a "world title shot" (WWWF, AWA, NWA) there was always that "he could win it" feeling




Great topic, Beej. I turned 5 in 1980, so my knowledge of 70s wrestling all comes well after the fact, but I'm enjoying reading the responses.

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Paul Jones
Ray Stevens
Waldo Von Erich
Cowboy Bill Watts

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Surprised Robinson never got the AWA belt. Bockwinkle had such a stranglehold on it at one point you would think they would have broken it up a little bit.

Funny how the AWA went under financially but it's their title lineage that took the least beating in the end.



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