A total of 27 readers responded to the poll. Each respondant selected four men from each team, although a few readers only gave picks for one of the two teams. Without further ado, the results:
"The Canadian Crippler" Chris Benoit
"The Man of 1,000 Holds" Dean Malenko
Marcus "Buff" Bagwell
"Lionhart" Chris Jericho
Rey Mysterio, Jr.
Seven people tied with...
As you can see, the youth squad, which would probably be the face team, would consist of Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Buff Bagwell and Raven. This is somewhat of an interesting team, as Raven has had issues with Chris Benoit since 1997 and more recently with Dean Malenko. (Malenko did make a run-in save for Benoit, battling Raven's Flock during Souled Out '98, however.) Bagwell has no real history with the other three teammates.
Saturn and Kidman barely missed out on joining their former Flock leader in battle. Goldberg and Jericho got a surprisingly good amount of votes considering their M.I.A. status from WCW television as of late. Disco and Mysterio also had a small showing of fans, as did Sting, who cannot really qualify as young at his stage of the game, but hey. Sting's the proverbial fan favorite, so why shouldn't he get votes?
Among other nominees: Kevin Nash, Blitzkrieg, Kanyon, Konnan, Lodi, Scott Norton and The Cat. It would be interesting to see Norton and Miller get along. I'd also love to see Malenko give Konnan an ice-cold stare as he runs through his catchphrases.
"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair
"The Macho Man" Randy Savage
"Diamond Dallas" Page
"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan
Bam Bam Bigelow
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper
"Big Sexy" Kevin Nash
Six people tied with...
If the young guys are the faces, then the veterans would be heels. As far as voting goes, there were no real surprises here. The majority of you went with Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Diamond Dallas Page, and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. All four of these men have a history with each other, so it would be interesting to see how they would cooperate. Fun fact: Of these four, Page is the only wrestler that did not actually wrestle in the WWF. I read somewhere on the 'net that Page did make a non-wrestling appearance on an older WWF pay-per-view, but I cannot confirm.
The voting for the veterans was not nearly as spread out as it was with the youngsters, as fifth-place Bam Bam Bigelow missed out by five votes. Roddy Piper got his share, but thankfully will not be unveiling a new catch phrase this September. Kevin Nash made a better showing here than in the youth department, but keep in mind he can play a face and a heel well, so it would be hard to tell what side he would be on. Had Curt Hennig and Scott Hall acquired more votes, they could have done a reprise of their tag-team days in the AWA.
The following received one vote: Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Asya, Bret Hart, David Flair and Kanyon. I could honestly see young Davey fumble the blade after getting rammed into the cage, pick it up and blade ON CAMERA... cutting his shoulder. Heck, Asya could win WarGames herself by looking at people and turning them to stone. I mean, we've had two guys go over eight sometime in '95, why not a chick over seven guys?
Keep in mind, this is just a scientific survey of what several DDT Digest readers think would happen if the Young-Against-Old feud really took off and involved a WarGames match-up. There is no real way to tell what can happen with exception to waiting until the actual WarGames occurs. We can be assured of two things, however:
Mike I. from Syracuse sends the following arena report:
There was a tremendous pop when they announced the tag title switch. We were not told this was a legitimate match for the belts, but when it ended...WOW. This was my first live event and by far the loudest pop I've heard.
Benoit was actually pretty good on the mic. He stumbled on a "bitch" but I've done that a couple of times myself. (That didn't come out quite right.)
It seems Syracuse likes country music, but they like rap more (you'll find out next week)
DDP called Syracuse a dump... can't argue with him there really, but he's a heel, so BOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!
We couldn't hear the Nash phone call.
Booker T will make his return next week
Before the event started, people still filtering in, some guy held up a "WWF Sent Me" sign, tore off his WCW shirt and dropped it, and then proceeded to take off about 10 WWF shirts and toss them to the crowd. Then he wrote "WWF" on his chest, and started to throw what appeared to be money into the crowd, which went a wee bit nuts.
I saw many an anti-WCW sign, and never saw any of them taken away, so I guess they are getting more lenient.
As the wrestlers were leaving, a kid yelled, "You suck" after Arn Anderson's car. I explained to him how Arn doesn't suck. He understands now.
I had no idea what was going on with the whole Malenko-Arn thing until I watched the replay. I kind of wish Benoit and Malenko would split so Benoit can use his old music again, but I'm glad Dean has his back.
All in all, a good show. A little long with all of the extra matches taped for next week, but entertaining. I don't know if my "Stone Cold listens to John Tesh" sign made it onto TV, but I can dare to dream. (Subtitled: Live At Red Rocks 3:16)