Bonjour! This is week 3 of my new hopefully long term series Wrestlers of the Week, Where I will be very bias every week and use these biases to decide who the best wrestler of 15 years ago were!
The Rules are simple
– The evaluation period start and ends on Monday every week (in 2007)
– The higher you rank the more points you get
– You must have won a match this week to be considered for the list.
–Tag teams are typically bunched together unless one is significantly more notable than the other
– The time period is 15 years ago to the day.
People who show up on this list spread across 6 different shows with only one of them being on multiple and they will be ranked on my personal enjoyment of the match (70%) and the significance of their victories (30%).
-Mean Mitch Page
Just a reminder our current top 10 is
1) Kurt Angle, Yuji Nagata, KENTA & Taiji Ishimori 10
5) CIMA, Daisuke Sekimoto, Katsumasa Inoue, Mammoth Sasaki & Joker 9
10) Shingo Takagi, Brother Devon, Brother Ray, Billy Ken Kid & Tigers Mask 8
Now let’s get on to the list!
10) The Great Khali (Smackdown)
The Great Khali earned a spot on this weeks list by winning the vacant World Heavyweight Championship and successfully defending it against Kane & Batista at Great American Bash in a subpar match. The accomplishment of winning and defending a world title on TV is enough to make it on this weeks list.
Total Points: 1
9) John Morrison (ECW)
John Morrison the former Johnny Nitro earned a spot on this list by successfully defending his title against CM Punk at Great American Bash in a fun bout. Was knocked down a few pegs by delivering one of the worst promos I have ever heard on this weeks episode of ECW.
Total Points: 7
8) Ikuto Hidaka, Naoki Tanizaki & THE ZEST (ZERO1)
Ikuto Hidaka, Naoki Tanizaki & THE ZEST earned a spot on this list by defeating Minoru Fujita, Osamu Namiguchi & Takuya Sugawara in a very very fun 6 man tag at a Zero1-Max show this week. Where ZEST (Who would move on to become SUGI) put on an amazing performance and everyone else in the team held their own with fun spots.
Total Points: 3
7) John Cena (RAW)
John Cena earned a spot on this weeks list by successfully defending his WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley at Great American Bash in a fun match that made Lashley look very good and Cena looked awesome as well.
Total Points: 6
6) Bryan Danielson (ROH)
Bryan Danielson go a spot on this list by having a Really good but slightly overhyped match against Go Shiozaki. Don’t let the overhyped comment cloud your judgement though because this match ruled and Bryan Danielson got the win over the future multi time GHC heavyweight champion.
Total Points: 5
5) Eddie Kingston (Chikara)
Eddie Kingston earned a spot on this list by having an amazing match against Tim Donst in a star making match for Donst. Honestly this match was the best way to keep Eddie Kingston strong but also to make TIm Donst look like the toughest motherfucker o this planet. I cannot do this justice please watch this.
Total Points: 6
4) Takeshi Morishima (ROH)
Takeshi Morishima earned a spot on this list by defeating Nigel McGuinness to retain his ROH World Championship in an awesome match in Tokyo Japan. A hard hitting main event that was a believable coin toss at any moment, Morishima shows up on this list for the first time in this series.
Total Points: 7
3) Takashi Sasaki (BJW/Apache Pro)
Takashi Sasaki earned a spot on this weeks list by having the best match of the week against Ryuji Ito in a 300 lighttube Deathmatch that was fucking insane and was enough to put Sasaki at number 1 but then he lost a match at Apache Pro against GENTARO in a good but not good enough to get GENTARO on the list match. The BJW Deathmatch champion gets 8 points and moves into first place overall in the rankings
Total Points: 15
2) Yoshihito Sasaki (ZERO1)
Yoshihito Sasaki earned a spot on this list by having a surprisingly amazing match against Takao Omori at a ZERO1-MAX show that saw Sasaki get the upset win over Omori in a 8 minute sprint that was fucking amazing.
Total Points: 9
1) Tetsuhiro Kuroda (Apache Pro)
Tetsuhiro Kuroda earned a spot on this list by having the 2nd best match of the week against Don Fuji in a huge crowd brawl that was right up my alley when it comes to wrestling. Incredibly fun stuff that pretty much encapsulates what Apache Pro was all about in it’s existence
Total Points: 10