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I'm sure this has been hit on boards many times, but with the recent passing of the "all-time greatest manager (until the next manager dies)," I'm wondering who is number one in other people's minds.

 

Of course, you can use different criteria to determine "best ever," based on things like longevity, exposure, great wrestling cards and angles, etc, etc.  So this one is just about who is your favorite and why?



I enjoy a lot of managers,but my favorite then, is still my favorite now:  James E. Cornette. 

He made me always stop the channel and tune in back when he came to Mid-South. I was only a casual viewer at that time (everyone was then), but something about him made me glued to the set when he was on. A year or so later, as I graduated into a fanatic, it was still Cornette who kept me glued to the set, or into the live match as much or more than anyone. Cornette gets my nod as much for being my favorite while I was a wrestling jumkie, AND beign my favorite looking back, AND for being the most interesting character (probably even more than wrestlers like JYD, Andre, Kabuki, R'n'R, Stardust, etc) I'd see on wrestling programs when I was much more casual (and ignorant) about rasslin.

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The Grand Wizard (RIP) tops the list for me. As far as guys that are living I totally enjoyed Lou Albano, Bobby Heenan and JJ Dillon.

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Heenan, Heenan, and Heenan.

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Grand Wizard for me.

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Bobby Heenan.

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Grand Wizard for me.

I think Heenan is one of those who has transcended into over-hype. 

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Jim Cornette

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Papa Voo wrote: Grand Wizard for me.

I think Heenan is one of those who has transcended into over-hype. 


I stand corrected about my post.

The topic is Favorite Manager, and I thought it was Great manager.

Wit this topic being Favorite Manager, I believe it really isn't arguable, since it could be anybody depending on who you thought was good.

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I say Heenan, and by a huge margin at that.

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Bobby Heenan by far. He was just about the only manager in late 80's-early 90's WWF that was not portrayed as a clown.

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Cornette...and actually, Ellering..as a I always loved the fact that Ellering was PERFECT as the Roadies manager..he himself looked like a total badass, and he had just an "air" about him when he talked..

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thunderbolt wrote: I say Heenan, and by a huge margin at that.


Yes.

Those that grew up watching him only in the WWF missed tons of his really great stuff from the AWA and WWA. As good as he was in the WWF, he was ten times better before he got there.

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Heenan & Cornette


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Freddie Blassie with a nod to Jim Cornette

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Heenan & Cornette


Watching the old NWA's WCW on 24/7...seeing him at his prime show how good Cornette was

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I would have to say Captain Lou...he had some monster heels and HE was scary and unpredictable...one minute he'd be calm, lucid and even intelligent, then he would go off the deep end...he reminded me of a crazy uncle you couldn't trust...plus he wrestled all the time at MSG and would cut himself to ribbons

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retroken wrote: I would have to say Captain Lou...he had some monster heels and HE was scary and unpredictable...one minute he'd be calm, lucid and even intelligent, then he would go off the deep end...he reminded me of a crazy uncle you couldn't trust...plus he wrestled all the time at MSG and would cut himself to ribbons
I liked the calm demeanor and then the freak out as well.  His work in 1979 with the Valiants was just hilarious.

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retroken wrote:
I would have to say Captain Lou...he had some monster heels and HE was scary and unpredictable...one minute he'd be calm, lucid and even intelligent, then he would go off the deep end...
'70s to '83 Lou was definitely one of my favorites. One of the reason he went from calm to crazy on the local Tv promos was because they would tape those spots for hours, and Lou would start drinking and be drunk by the end.

retroken wrote:
...he reminded me of a crazy uncle you couldn't trust...
Imagine if the Captain was your Uncle, that would have been great ! :D:D

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Heenan.

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Heenan, Cornette and J.J. Dillon were my faves...pretty much in that order too.

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Wild Red Berry......His speaking style,outfit,cane and ability to bump.Whether he was managing Monsoon or Mortier,the Kangaroos or Monsoon and Tanaka ,having his men go for Bruno's belt throughout the WWWF territory,he was always entertaining.

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heenan closely followed by Cornette for me

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