Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #47
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). I
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.
#47: The Big Boss Man
Hailing From: Cobb County, GA
Finisher: The Boss Man Slam
Ray Traylor, aka: The Big Boss Man, was a corrections officer in his life before the squared circle, but life imitated art in the WWF. Boss Man was only a heel for the first two months of 1990, but turned babyface at the end of February to align with the likes of Hulk Hogan (who he feuded with in 1989) and Hacksaw Jim Duggan ("HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"), but what a difference a decade makes.
When Boss Man left the WWF in 1993 and eventually (due to stoopid legal shit) his prison guard gimmick stayed back too. He floated around WCW's midcard for several years until he returned to the WWF as a security guard for Vince McMahon's new stable of evil, The Corporation. A former legit prison guard once told me that the only difference between some guards and prisoners were the bars; Boss Man proved to be one of similar ilk. One of his story lines included "cooking and feeding Al Snow's pet chihuahua" to him in a real knee slapper of a prank (don't worry PETA, it's in quotes if you couldn't make sense that wrestling is scripted).
That wasn't the end of Boss Man's ill repute, though. No one was safe from his malice, not even The Big Show's "dead father", whom he callously interrupted the funeral of to chain the casket up to the back of his Crown Vic and drag it off Jake & Elwood style.
Just one pure despicable bastard this Boss Man was. He even got the Big Show's own mother to admit that her son was illegitimate. That's right, folks: he's a bastard. The scales of justice wavered quite unsteady in Boss Man's conscious courtroom, but despite such transgressions he ended the decade with a world title shot against the Big Show. Thankfully, justice did prevail as he lost to "Jon Snow" Show, capping off a significant 10 years of making many opponents walk the line.