Wrestlers who should have been world champion

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  1. Death

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    Great point. If you think of it that way, you can come up with guys who never needed the belt. What about guys who needed the belt?
     
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    Damn beat me to it. It amazes me that he never held the title. Great personality and more importantly excellent worker. Had a great balance of building his own character while putting others over.

    Maybe not world title level wrestler, but Shane Douglas never seemed to reach his full potential. Although I think that was due to pissing off a lot if people in the business.
     
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    A face beating a belt or the belt is the classic wrestling story. Only WWE had a face champion dynamic and it didn’t win the world using it.
     
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    Bee= heel.

    Don’t Lakersfan me, I drink beer at 8pm, not 8am.
     
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    Answer: None of the wrestlers any of you listed.

    There was a reason why they were not selected by the promotion to be in a trusted spot.
     
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    You can't deny backstage politics played a role in some of these wrestlers that are definitely deserving of a world title run.
     
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  9. Death

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    But some of those decisions were poor. You can’t deny that.
     
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    It would have been great to see guys like Brad Armstrong or Arn Anderson get a run with the NWA belt.
     
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    Alot of the wrestlers named don't belong in the "should have been world champion". Jake Roberts is the prime example

    - He claims that he should've gotten a run with Hogan in late 86 early 87. This was when Roberts had just gotten into the WWE and he was making a name for himself but Hogan was Vince's golden goose. They had a few matches in December of 86 and then in their first Snake Pit segment, Roberts DDTs Hogan and splits his head open legitimately. Sorry, you split open the top guy's head and you're less than a year into your tenure with a new company, good luck. I'm sure Hogan, as was the case back in the day, saw it as a guy trying to hurt Hogan legitimately to take his spot so Hogan never allowed Roberts close to the title while Hogan was with the company. Never a fan of Hogan's backstage antics but if the same had happened to Flair while he was the NWA champ, rest assured Flair wouldn't have worked nor put him over either.

    - Then he had his chance when he came back again in '96 and was not the same Jake physically. The WWE was really pushing him but he just wasn't as over as they thought he would be and he was gone within 13 months.

    A guy like Scott Hall was never going to be the WWE or WCW world champion because he never wanted nor desired to be the champ. He didn't want the responsibility and has admitted that much.

    Lastly, most of the guys we commonly list are guys from the 80s and early 90s but we have to take into consideration that this was from a time when the title really meant something and it wasn't passed around like a toy. It wasn't until the hotshotting and last minute booking for ratings of the Attitude Era did we see World Title change hands numerous times a year. Things simply didn't work that way
     
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    Jake Roberts
    Scott Hall - A sober Hall could have been top face in 1999 WCW and kept them alive but still way behind WWF
    Arn Anderson
    Ted DiBiase
    Jenna Morasca
     
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    I’ve said it before but I think the original Goldust run in WWF, circa mid 90s, would have been an excellent heel champ.
     
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    Agree 100%
     
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    Bo Dallas.. IC.

    I know this is about world champs, but the misuse of that character was obscene.
     
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    The reason so many come from the Hogan era is that the company still acted as a territory when it was the nationwide title. The NWA title changed all the time because they had so many worthy talents, and by that point the WWF had even more yet still was stuck in a rut. This is why the company does the heel loses the title to the babyface story almost every year now, it is just better.

    Take the Silverdome. Andre decides to betray Hogan and demands a title shot. The cross and shirt scene all plays out as normal. Now a month before or so on SNME Hogan is approached by Andre who apologizes and says the Heenan thing is a mistake. They do a tag match and Andre punches Hogan going for a tag. Hogan gets hurt and is stretchered out. Since he'll be out for 30 days the top two contenders wrestle and the Giant takes the title. His giant hands hold the belt while being driven to the ring.
     
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    Nikita Koloff, curious to see if anyone agrees with me on that one
     
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