On Wednesday, March 6, both Matt and Jimmy drafted five wrestlers to add to their personal fantasy WWE team. Jimmy won the first pick following a best-of-three rock, paper, scissor contest. The draft will continue with five rounds every week until each team has 25 wrestlers per squad. You can hear the draft live on Episode 4 here. The draft begins at the 1:00:20 second mark!
Round 1, Pick 1 (1st overall) – Stone Cold Steve Austin
Quite possibly the most popular superstar in the history of the WWE. Stone Cold Steve Austin was the brightest star during the most revered era in professional wrestling. His angles with Mr. McMahon and The Rock made him an easy choice for the WWE Hall of Fame. It has been 10 years since we have last seen him in a match but fans are still clamoring to see one more round from the Texas Rattlesnake.
Career accomplishments: Six-time WWF Champion. 1997, 98, and 2001 Royal Rumble winner. 1996 King of the Ring. 2009 WWE Hall of Famer.
Round 2, Pick 1 (3rd overall) – The Rock
Alongside Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock was one of the top-two stars of the attitude era. Following a successful run as one of the top wrestlers in the WWE he left for Hollywood where he has become an A-list star. Eight years after conquering Hollywood the Rock returned during the Road to WrestleMania XXVII and has been a mainstay at the major pay-per-views ever since. He recently became the WWE Champion by ending CM Punk’s 434 day reign at the Royal Rumble and will face John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXIX on April 7.
Career accomplishments: Eight-time WWE/F Champion. Two-Time World Heavyweight Champion. 2000 Royal Rumble winner.
Round 3, Pick 1 (5th overall) – CM Punk
The only current full-time wrestler to be picked in week one, CM Punk has broken through despite his diminutive stature. His performances in the ring and his uncanny ability on the mic has made him a top star in the current WWE. His “pipe bomb” promo and angle with CM Punk leading to his first WWE Championship at the 2011 Money in the Bank pay-per-view is a modern classic. CM Punk is the first of a wave of independent wrestlers to break into the WWE recently and has paved a path to the top of the company. Punk will face the Undertaker and his streak at WrestleMania this year.
Career accomplishments: Modern-era record 434 day WWE Championship reign. Two-time WWE Champion. Three-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Round 4, Pick 1 (7th overall) – Hulk Hogan
Hulkamania ran wild on the world during the 80’s and early 90’s. The red and yellow could be seen in every WWF crowd. Hogan was in a main event of the first nine WrestleMania’s and then two more nearly a decade later. His run in WCW saw him turn heel at the 1996 Bash at the Beach that formed the nWo and ushered in a new era of professional wrestling. He was able to be the ultimate face and the ultimate heel in the business and his legend is secured as possibly the greatest wrestler of all time.
Career accomplishments: Six-time WWE/F Champion. Six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Winner of the 1990 and 91 Royal Rumbles. WWE Hall of Famer – Class of 2005.
Round 5, Pick 1 (9th overall) – Macho Man Randy Savage
Like Jimmy’s fourth pick, Macho Man Randy Savage was a huge persona in the 80’s and early 90’s in the WWF. Savage was not only an over the top personality, but he could bring it in the ring as well. His match with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat at WrestleMania III is still considered amongst the greatest of all time. He shipped out of the WWF and had a very strong second act in the WCW, joining the black and white of the nWo. Certainly an all time legend worthy of the pick here by Jimmy.
Career accomplishments: Two-time WWF Champion. Four-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. 1987 King of the Ring.
Round 1, Pick 2 (2nd overall) – The Undertaker
Since his debut in 1990, The Undertaker has been one of the most dominant superstars in the WWE. He has continually progressed his character from the Dead Man, to the American Badass, to the head of the Ministry of Darkness. His matches at WrestleMania have become more important than most title matches. Even at the age of 47 he has shown the ability to put on five-star quality matches. The Undertaker is scheduled to take on CM Punk at this year’s WrestleMania as he looks to go 21-0 at the event.
Career accomplishments: Four-time WWE/F Champion, Three-time World Heavyweight Champion. 20-0 record at WrestleMania. 2007 Royal Rumble winner.
Round 2, Pick 2 (4th overall) – Shawn Michaels
Michaels started in the WWF as part of a legendary tag-team – The Rockers. As a singles wrestler in the mid-90’s Shawn Michaels was at the top of his game. He was feuding with the likes of Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship. A back injury took away five years of HBK’s career following WrestleMania XIV, but he was able to return at top form and had a career renaissance with a new image and outlook on life. Michaels is known as “Mr. WrestleMania”, a monicker earned by consistently having the best matches on the biggest stage.
Career accomplishments: Three-time WWF Champion, One-time World Heavyweight Champion. 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumble winner. 11-time PWI match of the year winner. First WWF Grand Slam Champion.
Round 3, Pick 2 (6th overall) – Goldberg
Bill Goldberg took the WCW by storm in 1997. He started his career with a winning streak unmatched in the sport by winning his first 173 matches. During this streak he took out legends such as Raven, The Big Show, Scott Hall and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. He would win the World Heavyweight Championship from Hogan during the streak as well. He stayed with WCW till its end in 2001 and finally debuted in the WWE in 2003. During his one year in WWE he recorded wins over The Rock, Chris Jericho, Triple H and Brock Lesnar. Goldberg is one of the most physically dominating performers in wrestling history.
Career accomplishments: Two-time World Heavyweight Champion. 173-0 streak. First undefeated World Champion in history.
Round 4, Pick 2 (8th overall) – The Ultimate Warrior
In the early-90’s only one name could hold a candle to Hulk Hogan, that of the Ultimate Warrior. This all lead to one of the most memorable matches of WrestleMania history when Intercontinental Champion Warrior took on WWF Champion Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI. Warrior would win the match in the PWI match of the year winner. Warrior is one of the most intense and physically intimidating performers in wrestling history and has a place in any fan’s heart.
Career accomplishments: One-time WWF Champion. Two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion. 1990 PWI match of the year.
Round 5, pick 2 (10th overall) – Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho is one of the best personalities in wrestling history. He can make you love him or hate him depending on how he wants you to react. He is also one of the best in-ring workers of all time. After jumping around the globe wrestling he signed with WCW where he was a star in the cruiserweight division. After jumping to WWF he began a main event quality star and eventually beat both The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin to become the first undisputed champion of all time. He has continued to excel in the WWE and recently returned to a massive pop at the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Career accomplishments: First undisputed WWF Champion. One-time WWF Champion. Five-time World Heavyweight Champion. Record nine-time intercontinental champion. Grand Slam winner.