Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #46 - The Sandman
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 in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than a 1994 white Ford Bronco containing an ex-football star (okay, slight exaggeration, the whole O.J. thing did get an FX series after all).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All", 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.
#46: The Sandman
Hailing From: Philadelphia, PA
Finisher(s): DDT (On A Damn Chair), Russian Leg Sweep (With A Damn Kendo Stick)
Sandman was in ECW way back when ECW was Eastern Championship Wrestling, winning the promotion's world title all the way back in 1992. Something special about The Sandman wasn't his moveset (which absolutely isn't the most versatile of movesets), but it the dude's persona that made him stand out. He drank beer in the stands with south Philly fans, ripped cigs as often as Bret Hart would do a collar and elbow tie up and had his valet hit his opponents with kendo sticks.
Needless to say, he added to Extreme Championship Wrestling's edginess. Some people credit Sandman for a loose framework of Steve Austin's "blue-collar ass-kicker" persona and whether that's true or not, Sandman helped define the wrestling era of the mid-to-late 90s. Also, there's probably no professional wrestler in the history of time to benefit more from copyrighted music.