Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #27 - Bam Bam Bigelow
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990, factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#27: Bam Bam Bigelow
Hailing From: Asbury Park, NJ
Finisher: Greetings From Asbury Park
What a wild wrestling decade it was for “The Beast From The East”. Aside from a cup of coffee with WCW, Bam Bam started off his 1990s run in Japan, winning the New Japan Tag Team Titles with fellow American monster, Big Van Vader in 1992.
It was in October of that year where he went to WWF. He started off on fire, beating Big Bossman at Royal Rumble 1993, then eventually having memorable matches with Bret Hart. Enter 1994 however and you saw him helping to build acts like Tatanka and being utilized as the heavy in mid-card comedy stints with Doink The Clown.
It wasn’t until got into a shoving match with New York Giants’ Lawrence Taylor is when things began to get interesting for him. Being an excellent worker with the unique look, Bam Bam was the perfect counterpart to compliment a non-wrestler like LT. While Diesel & Shawn Michaels were the official main event for WrestleMania XI, Bam Bam and LT were undoubtedly the true headline.
After a babyface run, Bam Bam eventually left WWF in 1995 to enter the hardcore halls of ECW in Philly. Much like Terry Funk before him, Bam Bam was a big name act that helped to cultivate ECW as a notable brand. Led by Shane Douglas, he and Chris Candido were apart of the heelish Triple Threat faction. Bam Bam eventually broke away from the group to start a brief World Championship reign that had him feuding with Douglas. From there, Bam Bam begun to battle guys like Taz, Sabu, Sandman and Rob Van Dam. Having particularly memorable showdowns with Taz & RVD, Bam Bam elevated their acts that further put the two into wrestling stardom.
In 1998, Bigelow found his was back to World Championship Wrestling where he was immediately thrown into a feud with Goldberg. Eventually he forgettably helped “establish” WCW’s Hardcore division before shacking up with DDP & Kanyon in the heelish New Jersey Triad.
Aside from ECW, Bam Bam was never a consistent top act in WWF or WCW, but he would have his moments in the main events. In a decade that was rife with characters, Bam Bam Bigelow was absolutely one of the biggest, baddest and noteworthy.