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    WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    2020 version

    A tournament for the best North American wrestler ever!

    PREMISE


    - We are voting on in-ring performance here - debates about who was a bigger draw should be left at the door. If you do not like this, do not participate

    - Wrestlers eligible: those who spent the majority of their careers, or atleast a significant portion of it, working for a NA promotion as their main fed. Workers can come from outside the States but must meet this. i.e. William Regal is eligible, Nigel McGuinness is eligible, etc.

    - We must have enough footage available of wrestlers for them to be eligible. I have no doubts Lou Thesz was incredible but unless we can find more than a couple clipped matches of him, him going to the finals on reputation alone isn't very fun. If you feel there is enough available footage of someone for them to be eligible, make the case, but this is at my discretion.

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    We are in for a long haul with the lockdown, so I am aiming for a field of 128

    NOMINATIONS

    - Members can nominate up to 25 workers per post, for a maximum of 3 posts between now and Sunday evening. No more than one nominations post per day. i.e. you can nominate up to 25 workers now, then another 25 tomorrow. Therefore all members can nominate a maximum of 75 workers.

    - Do no feel obliged to max out these nominations if you cannot think of them, no one wants to see Tommy Dreamer here because you felt you had to pad out a list

    - Top 128 workers qualify for the tournament and number of nominations affects seeding



    Nominated workers:

    Samoa Joe

    Daniel Bryan
    Cesaro
    Eddie Guerrero
    Finlay
    John Cena
    Mick Foley
    Rey Mysterio
    Ric Flair

    AJ Styles
    Arn Anderson
    Bret Hart
    Chris Benoit
    Chris Jericho
    Christian
    CM Punk
    Dustin Rhodes
    Low Ki
    Ricky Steamboat
    Sami Zayn
    Steve Austin
    Terry Funk
    William Regal

    Chris Hero
    Curt Hennig
    Kurt Angle
    Ricky Morton
    The Rock
    Roderick Strong
    Tito Santana

    Austin Aries
    Barry Windham
    Bob Backlund
    Brock Lesnar
    Greg Valentine
    Jay Briscoe
    Nigel McGuinness
    Owen Hart
    Ric Martel
    Shawn Michaels
    Sheamus
    Sting
    Tajiri
    Vader

    Bobby Eaton
    Christoper Daniels
    Dean Malenko
    Jon Moxley
    Kevin Owens
    Matt Hardy
    Randy Savage
    Rick Rude
    Stan Hansen
    Too Cold Scorpio
    Tully Blanchard

    Asuka
    Bill Dundee
    Brian Pillman
    Chris Sabin
    Davey Boy Smith
    Jeff Hardy
    Jerry Lawler
    Jerry Lynn
    Kyle O'Reilly
    Mark Briscoe
    Nick Bockwinkel
    Randy Orton
    Sgt. Slaughter
    Ted DiBiase
    The Undertaker

    Bobby Fish
    Dick Murdoch
    Drew Gulak
    Eddie Kingston
    Harley Race
    Mike Quackenbush
    PAC
    Paul London
    Rob Van Dam
    Roddy Piper
    Ron Garvin
    Stan Lane

    Amazing Red
    Billy Robinson
    Billy Kidman
    Buddy Rose
    Charlotte Flair
    Chavo Guerrero
    Cody Rhodes
    David Starr
    Dennis Condrey
    Dory Funk Jr
    Dutch Mantell
    Dynamite Kid
    Homicide
    Hulk Hogan
    Jack Brisco
    Jake Roberts
    James Storm
    Jey Uso
    Jimmy Rave
    Jimmy Uso
    Jonathan Gresham
    Lance Storm
    Larry Zbyszko
    Matt Jackson
    Matt Riddle
    Matt Sydal
    Necro Butcher
    Nick Jackson
    Pat O'Connor
    Roman Reigns
    Sami Callihan
    Sean Waltman
    Seth Rollins
    Shelton Benjamin
    Steve Williams
    Terry Gordy
    Timothy Thatcher

    Alex Shelley
    Bandido
    Bayley
    Becky Lynch
    Bianca Belair
    Bob Orton Jr.
    Bobby Fulton
    Booker T
    Brad Armstrong
    Brodie Lee
    Bruiser Brody
    Buddy Murphy
    Bully Ray/Bubba Ray Dudley
    Cedric Alexander
    Charlie Haas
    Daniel Makabe
    Diamond Dallas Page
    Doug Williams
    Dusty Rhodes
    Eric Embry
    Gail Kim
    Haku
    Hallowickid
    James Gibson a.k.a. Jamie Noble
    Jay Lethal
    Jeff Jarrett
    Jigsaw
    Jimmy Jacobs
    John Walters
    Kalisto
    Keith Lee
    Kenny Omega
    Lex Luger
    Marty Jannetty
    Michael Elgin
    Mike Awesome
    The Miz
    Mustafa Ali
    Pete Dunne
    Psicosis
    Rhea Ripley
    Robert Gibson
    Robert Roode
    Rusev
    Sabu
    Sasha Banks
    Scott Hall
    Scott Steiner
    Super Dragon
    Tracy Williams
    Triple H
    Tyson Kidd
    Will Ospreay
    Zack Sabre Jr.
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    My day 1 nominations:

    Daniel Bryan
    Ric Flair
    Samoa Joe
    Low Ki
    Chris Benoit
    Chris Hero
    AJ Styles
    Rey Mysterio
    CM Punk
    Austin Aries
    Homicide
    Nigel McGuinness
    Stan Hansen
    Ricky Steamboat
    Steve Williams
    Cesaro
    Eddie Guerrero
    Terry Funk
    Vader
    Necro Butcher
    Jay Briscoe
    Jerry Lawler
    Dustin Rhodes
    Arn Anderson
    Barry Windham

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Chris Benoit
    Bret Hart
    Eddie Guerrero
    Rey Mysterio
    Roderick Strong
    Daniel Bryan
    William Regal
    Dean Malenko
    Tajiri
    Pac
    Ricky Steamboat
    Ric Flair
    Barry Windham
    Cesaro
    Greg Valentine
    HBK
    Kurt Angle
    Timothy Thatcher
    Jonathan Gresham
    Will Ospreay
    Zack Sabre jr
    AJ Styles
    Owen Hart
    Austin Aries
    Jay Lethal


    were they suppose to be in an order? if so ill edit
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    order of nominations makes no difference

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Ric Flair
    Tito Santana
    Bret Hart
    Stan Hansen
    Ricky Steamboat
    Arn Anderson
    Barry Windham
    Bobby Eaton
    Stan Lane
    Daniel Bryan
    AJ Styles
    Cesaro
    Terry Funk
    Chris Benoit
    Austin Aries
    Samoa Joe
    William Regal
    Rick Rude
    Eddie Guerrero
    Greg valentine
    Randy Savage
    2 Cold Scorpio
    Dean Malenko
    Bob Orton Jr.
    Ted Dibiase


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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Yikes, I better finish my dissertation before match ups begin and I get super invested in this.

    (Also, this might help fill the gap in doing our usual Summer best wrestler tournament given how shitty 2020 wrestling has been)

    Day 1 Nominations:

    Daniel Bryan
    Ric Flair
    AJ Styles
    Bret Hart
    Rey Mysterio
    Eddie Guerrero
    Shawn Michaels
    Chris Hero
    Sami Zayn/El Generico
    Chris Jericho
    Chris Benoit (feels like he's going to push the 'judge on in-ring' part of this tournament to the limit)
    Stone Cold
    Brock Lesnar
    Roddy Strong
    Austin Aries
    Samoa Joe
    Terry Funk
    Vader
    Stan Hansen
    Randy Savage
    Jay Briscoe
    Mark Briscoe
    Cesaro
    Kurt Angle
    David Starr
    and Zero's favourite, CM Punk
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Question before I send in my next batch - Are women allowed to be nom'd? I assume they are. I wouldn't say there's many given how only recently womens wrestling has been taken seriously, but I would have a couple in my personal top 100 American wrestlers
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Chris Benoit
    Daniel Bryan
    Eddie Guerrero
    Rey Mysterio
    Kurt Angle
    Cesaro
    Brock Lesnar
    Kyle O’ Reilly
    Roderick Strong
    Jon Moxley
    Bret Hart
    Rick Rude
    Tito Santana
    Randy Savage
    Ricky Steamboat
    Steve Austin
    The Rock
    Chris Jericho
    Roddy Piper
    AJ Styles
    Vader
    Mick Foley
    Ric Flair
    Samoa Joe
    CM Punk


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    Nick Bockwinkle
    Randy Orton
    Bill Dundee
    John Cena
    Daniel Bryan
    Ric Flair
    Bret Hart
    Rey Mysterio
    Eddie Guerrero
    Sami Callihan
    Curt Hennig/Mr Perfect
    Hulk Hogan
    Stone Cold Steve Austin
    Undertaker
    Sami Zayn
    Dick Murdoch
    Bob Backlund
    Stan Hansen
    Ricky Steamboat
    Samoa Joe
    CM Punk
    Tito Santana
    Sheamus

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Yes women are eligible

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    AJ Styles
    Arn Anderson
    Austin Aries
    Barry Windham
    Bobby Eaton
    Bret Hart
    Brock Lesnar
    Bryan Danielson
    Cesaro
    Chris Benoit
    Chris Jericho
    Christian
    Eddie Guerrero
    James Storm
    Jay Briscoe
    Jerry Lawler
    Owen Hart
    Randy Savage
    Rey Mysterio
    Ric Flair
    Ricky Steamboat
    Sami Zayn
    Stone Cold
    Terry Funk
    Vader

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    1. AJ Styles
    2. Austin Aries
    3. Bret Hart
    4. Brock Lesnar
    5. Cesaro
    6. Chris Benoit
    7. Chris Jericho
    8. Christian
    9. Christopher Daniels
    10. CM Punk
    11. Daniel Bryan
    12. Eddie Guerrero
    13. Fit Finlay
    14. Jon Moxley
    15. Kevin Owens
    16. Kurt Angle
    17. Mick Foley
    18. Rey Mysterio
    19. Ric Flair
    20. Roderick Strong
    21. Sami Zayn
    22. Samoa Joe
    23. Shawn Michaels
    24. Steve Austin
    25. The Undertaker


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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Fuji Santana but no Martel.

    My noms:

    1. AJ Styles
    2. Arn Anderson
    3. Bob Backlund
    4. Bobby Eaton
    5. Bret Hart
    6. Cesaro
    7. Chris Benoit
    8. Christian
    9. Daniel Bryan
    10. Eddie Guerrero
    11. Jerry Lawler
    12. Matt Hardy
    13. Owen Hart
    14. Randy Savage
    15. Rey Mysterio
    16. Ric Flair
    17. Rick Martel
    18. Ricky Morton
    19. Ricky Steamboat
    20. Roderick Strong
    21. Ted Dibiase
    22. Terry Funk
    23. Tito Santana
    24. Vader
    25. William Regal

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Eh, sure. I'll toss some noms down.

    Austin Aries
    Brock Lesnar
    Charlotte
    CM Punk
    Chris Jericho
    Chris Sabin
    Christian
    Daniel Bryan
    Eddie Guerrero
    Jay Lethal
    Jerry Lynn
    Kurt Angle
    Lance Storm
    Michael Elgin
    Mike Awesome
    Nigel McGuinness
    Randy Orton
    Rey Mysterio
    Ric Flair
    Roderick Strong
    Sami Zayn
    Samoa Joe
    Seth Rollins
    Steve Austin
    Terry Funk

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    When we're voting on guys are we only considering their NA work? Guys like Hansen and Steve Williams seem problematic because I think everyone would agree their best work came outside the US.

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    I don't want to get too drawn into that, I would say that's a debate for the polls. My stance is if someone was great, they were great wherever it was and their whole career should be considered. Both Hansen and Doc after known for their Japan work but both have plenty of stuff in the States which justifies them being in. Someone like The Destroyer is a different story but he'd potentially fall into the "lack of US footage" category.


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    Kevin Owens
    Matt Hardy
    Ricky Morton
    The Rock
    Sting
    Jamie Noble/James Gibson
    Terry Gordy
    Eddie Kingston
    Tully Blanchard
    Sgt. Slaughter
    Jeff Hardy
    Mike Quackenbush
    Rick Rude
    Bob Backlund
    Jon Moxley
    Mick Foley
    Greg Valentine
    Randy Orton
    The Undertaker
    Jimmy Jacobs
    Bill Dundee
    William Regal
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    heres my day 2

    Tracey Williams
    Bob Backlund
    Sami Zayn
    Cedric Alexander
    Mustafa Ali
    Terry Funk
    Rick Martel
    Tito Santana
    Ron Garvin
    Nigel Mcguiness
    Finlay
    CM Punk
    Jay Briscoe
    Terry Funk
    Kyle Oreily
    Christopher Daniels
    Ricky Morton
    Rob Van Dam
    Jerry Lynn
    Chris Jericho
    2 Cold Scorpio
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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Day 2:

    2 Cold Scorpio
    Brian Pillman
    British Bulldog
    Chris Hero
    Chris Sabin
    CM Punk
    Curt Hennig
    Dustin Rhodes
    Finlay
    Jeff Hardy
    John Cena
    Lex Luger
    Low Ki
    Matt Hardy
    Mick Foley
    Nigel McGuiness
    Rick Martel
    Ricky Morton
    Scott Steiner
    Sgt Slaughter
    Shawn Michaels
    Sheamus
    Stan Lane
    Ted DiBiase
    The Rock
    Tito Santana

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Here's my day 2

    Asuka
    Booker T
    Bret Hart
    Brian Pillman
    Chris Benoit
    Chris Hero
    Christopher Daniels
    Cody Rhodes
    Dean Malenko
    Dustin Rhodes
    Finlay
    Jonathan Gresham
    Kenny Omega
    Low Ki
    PAC
    Rick Rude
    Ricky Steamboat
    Sheamus
    Sting
    The Miz
    The Rock
    Tully Blanchard
    Tyson Kidd
    William Regal
    X-Pac

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    Re: WC's Best NA in-ring worker of all time lockdown boredom killing Tournament!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    Fuji Santana but no Martel.
    Not sure how I missed him but I'll rectify that now...

    Rick Martel
    John Cena
    Finlay
    Vader
    Jigsaw
    Hallowicked
    Mike Quackenbush
    Steve Austin
    Brian Pillman
    Dick Murdoch
    Rey Mysterio
    Harley Race
    Kurt Angle
    Roderick Strong
    Mick Foley
    Chris Jericho
    Owen Hart
    Ricky Morton
    Jerry Lawler
    Bruiser Brody
    Jake Roberts
    Christian
    Christopher Daniels
    Dustin Rhodes
    Bob Backlund


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