What you loved:
- Torture Rack - Probably the most underrated finish of all time.
- Early Career - During his NWA/WCW days, he had a lot of solid matches, most notably with Ric Flair.
- 80's Wrestler - He's the prototype of this time period, more about physique than depth.
- Metal Forearm - Thanks to that metal plate, he would knock seemingly everyone out with this move.
- Yokozuna - Body slamming the big man was probably the pinnacle of his WWE run.
Best comment comes via beckett929:
"I’m overrating him and I just do not care, I freaking loved the guy! For the entirety of his NWA/WCW career – HE WAS ALWAYS OVER. He was a great heel or face. Had a ridiculous look. Had an in-ring persona to match. Who didn’t love his matches with Flair?! Was the biggest babyface threat to the nWo while Sting was doing his rafter thing, and man did he fit that role. World War 3 when he was standing off with Nash, Hall, Syxx, and the Giant and went on a tear and eliminated the first 3 – that crowd was one of the hottest I can ever remember, I still mark out watching it."
What you loathed:
- Substance Issues - Addiction is a tough thing to overcome, hurting not only himself but others around him.
- Mic - Very flat on the mic; inspiring promos were far and few between.
- In-Ring - Limited move-set, could go if he had elite partners, but you couldn't plan on Luger carrying too many matches.
- Late Career Work - This varied a bit, but anything from his WWE run and on was thumbs down.
- 80s Wrestler - It was great in the 80s, didn't evolve much afterwards.
Best comment comes via D.E.O.:
"Meeting Him In Person – I grew up in Marietta, Georgia, which was probably the most densely pro wrestler populated city in America at the time. I met everyone at some point. Flair, Arn, Sting, The Steiners, DDP (and Kimberly) and so many others that I’ve forgotten. But Lex was the only one that let me down, hard. I was about 13 or 14 years old and was waiting for my mom to pick something up at CVS. I was meandering around the aisle to pass time and then I saw someone that looked familiar. I looked closer and realized that it was him. No where near his billed height, shrunken, shop-worn face, and wearing an over-sized blue FUBU jersey. They say you should never meet your heroes, and in this instance it was true. Mind you this was when he was in his downward spiral, but it didn’t make the dagger to the heart hurt any less."
On to the poll! With 175 votes, Lex Luger's average score is 3.2.
Thanks, Cagesiders! Tomorrow's pick always brought a weapon to the ring.