once again, Bill Simmons proves why he's the best MSM columnist out there.... his latest is a recap of his night watching Wrestlemania 26. He recounts it from his perspective, adds lots of humor in the form of mocking, but ultimately his respect for pro wrestling shines through. I'll admit I'm a 32 yr old man who grew up during the classic 80's era of pro wrestling, re-introduced himself to the sport in the late 90's / early 2000's era of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mick Foley, etc. I haven't followed it for a couple years now, but reading Simmons's column and about Shawn Michaels retirement makes me want to throw on Monday Night Raw next week.
Quick list-- best wrestlers of the late 90's era:
1) Shawn Michaels
2) Kevin Nash (early NWO Kevin Nash)
3) Stone Cold Steve Austin
4) The Rock
5) Mick Foley / Dude Love / Mankind / Cactus Jack
Sorry, I like Triple H, but I just thought that 1-5 were a better combo of ring skills and mic skills. Undertaker was always TOO dominant for my taste, but his steel cage match against Mick Foley where he threw Foley off the top of the cage through the announcer table is still the best match I've ever seen. Mad props to UM alum Big Poppa Pump.