Saturday, April 13

10 WCW Wrestlers Whose Time On Top Lasted Way Too Long

It’s been over two decades since WCW has closed their doors for good. Having lost the war to the WWE and Vince McMahon’s empire, it’s been over 20 years for fans to assess the damage, and how we got to that point. There are a lot of reasons why WCW failed, but a lot of it had to do with the type of talent that was on the roster.

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WCW famously held down a lot of younger talent, such as Chris Jericho, in favor of older legends, such as Hulk Hogan. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that these ten wrestlers were on top in the company for longer than they should’ve.

10 Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper WCW United States Champion Cropped

It’s a bit of a stretch to say that Roddy Piper was ‘on top’ of WCW for too long. The Hot Rod only had a few runs with the United States Heavyweight Title, as well as the TV Championship, and that’s it. Still, Piper was a relevant player in the main event scene for longer than he should’ve been.

In fact, Piper was involved in high-profile WCW storylines leading all the way into mid 2000. While he was an all-time talent, he didn’t need to be as used as much as he was in the final years of the company.

9 Randy Savage

Randy Savage flexing his biceps on his way to a WCW ring

Speaking of legends who were used more than they should’ve been, there’s Macho Man Randy Savage. Famously, the WWE and Vince McMahon thought that the aging legend should retire, which is why he left for WCW in 1994.

Savage did have some great moments in WCW, and McMahon was wrong, but he took it too far. He didn’t need to be a full-time wrestler by late 1999, let alone winning the World Title, which was what happened.

8 Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett WCW Champion

Jeff Jarrett famously headed to WCW in 1999 and allegedly held Vince McMahon up for money on his final night in the WWE. Still, his debut was a big deal, and they wanted to get the most out of their investment.

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Jarrett wasn’t champion full-time during his WCW tenure, far from it. Still, he was a part of nearly every major angle from 2000 to 2001 and helped lead stables such as The Magnificant Seven. Jarrett wasn’t bad in WCW, but massively overexposed.

7 Kevin Nash

Kevin Nash WCW Champion 4th Reign

Kevin Nash was near his best throughout a lot of his time in WCW. That being said, the big man still was on top for much longer than he should’ve been. That’s partially due to the fact that Nash was one of the few major stars who stuck around until the end.

That being said, Nash didn’t need to be on-screen as much as he was. Already declining by the late 90s, he had multiple world title reigns that he didn’t really need. Furthermore, he was even dominating in the tag team division for a bit near the end with the Insiders.

6 Goldberg

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It’s funny because this doesn’t even just apply to Goldberg’s WCW career. As many fans know, the former world champion returned to the WWE in 2016 and got more than a few undeserved victories and title reigns.

It was fitting though, because he was on top for too long in WCW as well. Obviously, he had his incredible winning streak, but Goldberg was just everywhere in the company from 1997 to 2001.

5 Lex Luger

Lex Luger Wins WCW Championship

Lex Luger was one of the first big signings that led to the Monday Night War. In 1995, the big man was signed by Eric Bischoff and attracted away from the WWE. He got a big payday and also got to add to his legacy in the form of a few title reigns.

That being said, many of those reigns weren’t entirely deserved. Furthermore, the aging Luger was in many high-profile storylines that he really didn’t need to, especially as he began to wind down his in-ring career.

4 Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner Spring Stampede Cropped

Scott Steiner originally came to WCW in 1996 as a destroyer in the tag team division alongside his brother, Rick. However, it wasn’t long before the higher-ups realized that the muscle-bound monster had main event potential. From late 1999 onwards, that’s exactly where he was.

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Also, Steiner didn’t leave that position until the company ended. While the big man no doubt was one of their best stars, he was still over-pushed for large stretches of his tenure. That’s doubly true for the final years of WCW.

3 Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious WWE

Sid Vicious was one of the names that benefitted most from WCW’s tendency to push established stars. The former WWE Champion signed with the company in 1999, and was one of their last major signings.

They decided to get the most out of Sid, winning the World and United States Championships several times. Ultimately, he only had his push and time in the company cut due to his horrific leg injury in 2001.

2 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan WCW Champion Cropped-2

Hulk Hogan is generally seen as the face of a lot of WCW’s problems. The Hulkster had a lot of great matches and big moments, especially early on. However, Hogan’s creative control resulted in the legend remaining in the main event scene, and never leaving.

It was Hogan who helped push away several younger talents for years. While he left due to the controversy of Bash at the Beach 2000, the damage was already done.

1 Ric Flair

Ric Flair having the WCW World Title placed around his waist

While Hulk Hogan was seen as the face of a lot of WCW’s problems, Ric Flair is generally seen as the heart of the company. The Nature Boy had multiple stints with the promotion, putting on five-star classics with the likes of Ricky Steamboat.

That being said, Flair was on top for far longer than he should’ve been in WCW. It’s worth noting that the Nature Boy himself admitted that he wasn’t having fun anymore by the time the company went out of business.

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