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2000 R.S.P-W Awards

Most Deteriorated Wrestler

Most Deteriorated Wrestler              

Award Description:

To be given to the person whose skill has deteriorated the most over the
past year. This person should be a shadow of his/her former self.  

Previous Winners:

  1990: Dusty Rhodes 
  1991: Hulk Hogan 
  1992: Hulk Hogan 
  1993: Hulk Hogan 
  1994: Hulk Hogan 
  1995: Hulk Hogan
  1996: Hulk Hogan
  1997: Roddy Piper
  1998: British Bulldog
  1999: Hulk Hogan

**2000**: Undertaker

538 first place votes
522 second place votes
509 third place votes

 69 51 46  590   Undertaker
 69 50 40  575   British Bulldog
 55 26 23  399   Hulk Hogan
 46 41 23  399   Kevin Nash
 26 26 32  272   X-Pac
 23 23 24  232   Scott Steiner
 23 26 19  231   Jake Roberts
 28 17 16  223   Bret Hart
 21 21 25  218   Great Muta
 14 23 30  199   Tommy Dreamer
 20 13 24  187   Scott Hall
 17 19 18  178   Rey Mysterio Jr.
  7 19 12  116   Sting
  7 15 16  112   Franchise
  8 12 15  106   Raven
  7 12 17  105   Hacksaw Jim Duggan
 10 10  8   96   Steve Austin
  7 10  5   75   Ric Flair
  9  5  4   68   Lex Luger
  7  8  3   65   Chris Jericho
  5  7  5   56   Big Show
  5  3  3   40   Mick Foley
  3  5  5   40   Juventud Guerrera
  1  7  7   40   Kane
  3  4  6   39   Perry Saturn
  2  5  6   37   Sabu
  5  0  5   35   Dusty Rhodes
  2  2  9   34   Kidman
  3  2  4   29   Goldberg
  3  3  2   28   Road Dogg
  2  3  3   25   Rock
  2  4  1   24   Big Boss Man
  2  4  0   22   Terry Funk
  0  2  7   20   Jerry Lawler
  1  4  1   19   Rikishi
  2  2  1   18   Billy Kidman
  1  3  2   18   Eddie Guerrero
  1  3  1   16   Tazz
  1  3  1   16   Stevie Ray
  2  1  1   15   Alex Wright
  2  0  2   14   Mr. Ass
  1  3  0   14   Sandman
  1  1  2   12   Buff Bagwell
  0  3  1   11   Sid Vicious
  2  0  0   10   Keiji Mutoh
  2  0  0   10   Diamond Dallas Page
  1  1  1   10   Dynamite Kansai
  1  1  1   10   Chris Benoit
  1  1  1   10   Al Snow
  1  0  2    9   Test
  0  2  1    8   Great Sasuke
  0  2  1    8   Gran Hamada
  1  0  1    7   Roddy Piper
  1  0  1    7   Rick Steiner
  1  0  1    7   Pat Patterson
  0  1  2    7   Fit Finlay
  0  1  2    7   D'Lo Brown
  0  2  0    6   Randy Savage
  0  2  0    6   Dustin Rhodes
  1  0  0    5   Sgt. A-Wall
  1  0  0    5   Paul Orndorff
  1  0  0    5   Mitsuharu Misawa
  1  0  0    5   George Steele
  1  0  0    5   Brian Adams
  0  1  1    5   Jushin Liger
  0  1  1    5   Bam Bam Bigelow
  0  1  0    3   Vampiro
  0  1  0    3   Jeff Jarrett
  0  1  0    3   Gerry Brisco
  0  1  0    3   Funaki
  0  1  0    3   D-Von Dudley
  0  1  0    3   Buddy Landell
  0  1  0    3   Bryan Clark
  0  1  0    3   Big T
  0  0  1    2   Yokozuna
  0  0  1    2   Stan Hansen
  0  0  1    2   Robert Fuller
  0  0  1    2   Rob Van Dam
  0  0  1    2   Mike Awesome
  0  0  1    2   Mae Young
  0  0  1    2   Hayabusa
  0  0  1    2   Hardcore Holly
  0  0  1    2   Goodfather
  0  0  1    2   Gangrel
  0  0  1    2   Faarooq
  0  0  1    2   Buh Buh Ray Dudley
  0  0  1    2   Atsushi Onita


  1  0  1        Owen Hart
  0  0  1        Mae Young & Fabulous Moolah

BRAD LYLE: Shouldn't this be called the "Hulk Hogan Memorial Award"

C. JOSEPH HOFFMAN: Juvi will not be forgiven anytime soon in my book.  
Anyone who goes overseas to get high and make an ass of himself (whether
he remembers or not) has self-destructed.

HIRO: UT definitely needs to hang up his wrestling boots soon.  I hear
Davey Boy Smith still has a contract with WWF, even with his problems and
all. This was the guy that was number one contender for the WWF
Championship one year ago. Lastly, Raven has somehow greatly deteriorated
ever since his return to TV.

CHRIS BIRD: Kevin Nash can't walk. Undertaker rightfully draws comparisons
to Kevin Nash regularly. British Bulldog has actually gotten worse. Man,
this is depressing...

JASON:  It's almost hard to say that Nash has deteriorated.  He never did
much in the first place.

MARK POLISHUK: Q: What happens to one's workrate when they spend a year
putting in time in ECW?  A: Gets a snotrag taken to it.

ADAM FROM TORONTO: Roberts is a breathing example of the perils of crack.
Raving like a lunatic on your website isn't the best way to prove you're
clean, Jake-o.

MATTHEW HEMING:  I don't know if he has really deteriorated (he never was
a workrate machine), but Nash has only wrestled once in the last couple of
months, and he was winded in less than a minute.

LAGMONSTR: No Austin? My mother, upon watching him hobble to his SS match
Sunday night, said that he looked like a Polio Victim, with the braces and

J3R CR0WE: What happened to these three?! I can understand the Undertaker,
but what about the other two? Jesus...

ROBERT STRUPP: Kevin Nash again. Wow, the bottom half of this ballot just
screams his name out. Undertaker is a shadow of his former self, but in
his defense, I wouldn't want to be wrestling with a groin pull, much less
a tear. I bet Tommy Dreamer's spine looks like a pretzel twist.

BEN WEINER: A wise man noted that Hogan doesn't deteriorate because he
possibly couldn't get very worse.

MICHAEL STAKELY: I'm not really sure why I bothered, Hogan will win this
one along with every other negative category as always.

CHRIS OSTER: How does Raven still have a job at this point?  He's gotten
obviously sloppy and lazy.  Same with Big Show - best thing McMahon
could've done was send him to Ohio.  Sting needs to hang 'em up if he's
getting injured so often.

SCOTT W.: Bulldog has really gone to shit.  MAN!!! Hart and Muta have that
problem that other old people get.  It's called "getting old."

MARCUS SPARKS: I hope neither Hulk Hogan or Kevin Nash win this award,
because they couldn't have detriorated that far down from nothing.  
Goldberg's a shell of what he was for a while.  He's back into
spear-jackhammer mode.  No buildup, no nothing.  Two moves and done.  I
remember Muta when he first came over from Japan... I was amazed by what
he could do.  Now he's just depressing to see.  Tommy Dreamer's injuries
are really a problem... he seriously needs to consider a lengthy vacation.

PETE GOODRICH: Davey..he used to be cool.  I blame the Warrior.

BEANS: I just want to comment on how sad it is that Rey Mysterio Jr.'s
injury has destroyed his workrate.  There was a point when I thought of
him as my favorite wrestler, and I would go well out of my way to catch
him.  Now he's a slightly above average cruiserweight.

JOHN C.: Scott Hall had so much potential to be the best wrestler in the
entire business but he ruined all that because of his behaviour behind the
scenes.  The things that made Raven so good in the mid-90s disappeared
during his year with ECW although his career could be resurrected with a
fresh start in the WWF. Two years ago Billy Kidman had so much potential
but now he's just become a sloppy worker with absolutely no motivation.

DAVEN HOWARD: There are worse wrestlers than some of these guys, but how
can you be most deteriorated when you didn't have much to begin with?

STEVE SHIVES: Shitty workrate, shitty gimmick, shitty theme music, over on
the memory of how cool he used to be alone, his mere presence holding back
younger, more talented workers--the Undertaker should retire, like,
yesterday.  Soon ain't soon enough as far as I'm concerned.

ANDY P. GOSS: Jake Roberts will win this category until the day he dies, I
fear, but he deserves it at least for this year.  The film Beyond the Mat
exposed him as a complete washup, a shell of his former self.  Note to
Tommy Dreamer in 2nd: get surgery and leave the list.  I mean it.  And as
for the King, he should stay behind the mic, where nothing has
deteriorated.  Hint: when your SON is wrestling, it's time to call it a

STEPHEN TISZENKEL: I admire the Hitman for knowing when to pack it in.
Some might say he stayed a little too long, but I can think of more than
one wrestler who'd still be around five years from now in Bret's

JON WALTON: Man I loved Great Muta in the late 80s and early 90s.  But I
really hated that guy who looked like his father on WCW TV this year.  

LANE DENSON: My choices for 22 weren't there - Buff Bagwell and The Big

JONAH ROSCH: I always hate when Hogan gets this award. You have to have
skills for them to deteriorate, folks! Anyway, this was a tough pick. The
Great Muta looked so pathetic earlier this year, a shell of his former
self that it was almost sad to see him, but I didn't go there. Everytime I
see Scott Steiner, I remember how good he once was and how ridiculous he
now is, but I didn't go there. I had to go to The Undertaker, who came
back to the WWF adding at least 30 pounds of fat to his stomach. I mean
the workrate of the Undertaker was never one to rave about, but he at
least remained thin enough to go with some of the faster guys. He's just
so out of shape, it's ridiculous.

EDDIE BURKETT: Watch any match from 97 or earlier with these guys in it,
and it will be amazing to see how far they have fallen.  Even Mick at the
end of his career is a shadow of what he could do.  Remember his botched
jump off the apron to a table at WM???

JUST JEFF: I didn't include him on my list, but I don't believe it's fair
to include Jerry Lawler in ths list of Most Deteriorated.  He's still a
good worker for a man of his age, and he certainly has more moves than
Hulk Hogan, the Wall, or the Road Dogg.  Besides, isn't he semi-retired?

GEORGE JOHNSON: Rey's still better than most, but man, it's sad to see
what injuries can do to a man.  Either that , or he just doesn't care

TERRY ANDERTON: 1st - Booya!

TERRY ANDERTON: 2nd - He needs a motorcycle to get down the ramp, for
fuck's sake!

PETER HAZLETT: I would have said Undertaker, but he seems to have refound
his skills lately.  Did we not used to like Goldberg????

JOE GAGNE: Rey Mysterio Jr. used to be one of the best wrestlers in the
world, but injuries and a terrible gimmick change (what?s with the horns?)
have made him a chore to watch.  It?s hard watching Tommy Dreamer nearly
pass out from pain anytime he was in the ring.  Davey Boy Smith joins his
former partner as a sad casualty of the sport.

BOB MORRIS: Undertaker clearly showed the effects of old age when he made
his return to WWF TV. I can't fault the man for trying to give his best
effort, but he's not the same wrestler he was before. The groin injury
played in a big part in his condition deteriorating, and forced him to
take time off just a few months after he made his return. Undertaker would
probably be wise to give serious consideration to stepping out of the
wrestling ring, and contributing as an agent or booker for the WWF.

SCOTT ZUCKER: It's sad to see how knee injuries have held back Rey
Misterio Jr. It also hurts to see Davey Boy Smith's current condition,
considering what he did 8 years ago at Summerslam 92.

RICK SCAIA: The British Bulldog wrestled in some of the 80's and 90's best
matches... and while our sample size of his work in 2000 was very limited,
he never really showed that same spark this year.  Obviously, injuries and
other outside factors are to blame, but it was hard not to notice that
this was a different Bulldog.  How did it happen that Paul Wight went from
promising Giant (rumored to be working on a moonsault while training at
the Power Plant) to unmotivated Big Show (whose in-ring work is so lacking
he's currently wrestling in high school gyms on a developmental
assignment) in so short a time?

TROY OLSON: I used to like to watch all three guys, now I just turn the
channel when they are on.  At least Undertaker has injuries as an excuse.  
And at least he's still over.

JEREMY DELINE: Bret Hart being forced to retire is about as deteriorated
as it gets. the British Bulldog's WWF run was painful to watch for anyone
who had been following his career, as recently as his 97 WWF run... Sting
just doesn't care anymore and it shows in his work.

NATHAN LONEY: Scott Steiner makes me cry when I think back to how good he
was.  Sad.  Bret Hart is just a shadow of his former self, and I hope that
he enjoys his retirement, because he's earned it.  Hacksaw Jim Duggan (and
I'm not talking about his battle with cancer) is also a shell of his
former self.  Believe it or not, I think he actually did some wrestling
moves in the mid 80's.

BILL LEHECKA: Jake Roberts has taken a tumble, but I have to put Muta in
the number one category.  I remember watching Muta in the late 80's early
90s, and he was awe inspiring.  Now, he's this chunky guy who still busts
out the moonsault, but is a shadow of his former self.

MATT SPAULDING: Raven just doesn't look like he can go anymore.  Dreamer
is Dreamer.  But what's happened to Kidman?  He's nowhere near as exciting
to watch as he was last year.

BLAZEJ SZPAKOWICZ: Sean Waltman is a shadow of what he was in 93-94.
Shame, really. He used to be *soooo* talented, and now look at him. He can
still pull out a good match, every once in a while, but most of the time
he doesn't even seem to be trying anymore. Davey Boy Smith has also
deteriorated greatly over the years, and in more than just ringwork. And
is it just me, or was Raven really quite good in mid-90s ECW? Well, he
isn't now.

ERIC STRAGAND: I hated to do this, but putting Rey on my list was
justified. I've been a big Rey fan since Nash "darted" him into the
trailer in 1996! However, ever since he lost his mask, his carreer has
been going downhill. Now, seeing him wearing ridiculous devl horns and
acting like a dork.. .well,it's very disappointing to me.

LAWRENCE BENEDETTO: UT: More tatoos than moves.

TANVIR RAQUIB: Undertaker got him injured a whole lot. I blame his
association to Kid Rock and the late, great Joe C. as reasons for his
deterioriation in mind, body and spirit. Whatever and ever amen.

RAVI MISRA:  It really is a shame that Scott Hall is even wanted back in
WCW right now, but it's an even bigger surprise that Scott Hall is not in
the afterlife right now.

MIKE PLYLEY: Watching the Undertaker now is just plain sad.  S L OWLY
walk, punch, walk some more, punch, walk some more, gasp for air, punch.  
If that's not bad enough, he gets injured again after only a couple
months.  2nd place goes to Big T Tony Norris, who made me spit out my
beverage the first time I saw his huge, pregnant gut.  THIS fat blob was
Ahmed Johnson?  And The Great Muta seriously needs to retire, now.

JOHN DONALDSON:  One of my favorite categories on the ballot:  I had the
displeasure of seeing Dusty Rhodes getting whipped with a bullrope by
Steve Corino at Living Dangerously 2000, that guy needs to lay off the
ribs and invest in the George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine.  
Hacksaw Duggan has taken the formation of a rotten pear for 20 years now.  
British Bulldog gets a vote because the guy used to be an amazing physical
specimen, but the drug problem has had an effect on his massive frame.

NICK RANGEL: Isn't it odd that Malenko's push seems to almost grind to a
halt after his spectacular PPV match with Scott Taylor? Was McMahon

JEFF "FRO" WAHLMAN: Remember when Rey was lightning-like quick?  Remember
when Bulldog was good?  Remember when Muta was unreal?  Those days are

PHIL PRZYBYLO: Mick Foley gets the nod for this one just for his last
match at WM 2000.  I had no idea he was on his last legs until that match.  
He left his heart at No Way Out.  Sting was once an automatic two or three
star match wrestler.  He's lucky if he can pull a postive rating these
days.  Hogan gets an honorable mention out of tradition.

JBELL55146: It's a shame to see how far gone The Undertaker has gone. That
pectoral injury must of really messed him up cuz now he's having trouble
just getting around in the ring let alone doing half of the kick-ass moves
he did in the past. And considering Sting was my favorite wrestler for the
better part of 10 years, it pains me to see him wrestle now without almost
no enthusiasam at all.

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