This column isn't about those guys, it is about guys that I personally feel were very good at what they did, but are rarely talked about now a days as being excellent. Take it as a collection of guys that were underrated amongst guys that were underrated.
If the Undertaker had never came along, how would we remember Kane? He certainly would never have been placed in as high-profile of a gimmick, but he also would never constantly be in the shadow of one of the all-time greats. Kane's combination of size, quickness and technical ability are really only comparable to the Undertaker, and if the Undertaker never made his way to the WWE, wouldn't we all value Kane's abilities just a little bit more?
Kane's versatility as a performer over the past 10 years are what really stick out to me about him. He is capable of working as a heel or a face, as a legitimate title contender or as a fearsome opponent to put another guy over, Kane has really done it all for the WWE.
Kane is 46 years old, and from what we have seen, he is as good as he ever as. Name another big guy that was as good at 46 as he was at 30. Not even the Undertaker can say that, which truly makes Kane one of a kind.
Windham tends to be looked upon as the 4th Four Horsemen. He certainly wasn't Ric Flair, and he wasn't a part of the dominant tag team of Anderson and Blanchard. Maybe Windham wasn't quite on the other guys level, but that shouldn't prevent someone as talented as Windham from being properly appreciated.
Obviously he has great genetics, being the son of the legendary Black Jack Mulligan. Because of his pedigree and technical savvy, Windham started off in the NWA as a face. His heel turn, when he turned on babyface Lex Luger and joined the Horsemen was a tremendous moment at the time, and really helped set the table for Luger's feud with the Horsemen. Windham went on to hold the US Title for an impressive nine months before dropping it to Luger.
After an awkward run in the WWF, Windham returned to WCW and rejoined the Horsemen. After Flair departed from the company, Windham became the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Windham lost, but was apart of a famed double turn, where Luger turned heel and Windham face. He then went on to have one of the most underappreciated tag teams with a young Dustin Rhodes, culminating in some memorable feuds with the Enforcers and the Dangerous Alliance.
Windham would continue to be a factor in both the WWF and WCW until the end of the decade. Despite not achieving the acclaim of his Horsemen cohorts, Windham certainly deserves to be recognized for his considerable accomplishments.
When Shamrock first came to the WWF, he was much like the way Brock Lesnar is now. Someone that legitimately was a dominant force in mixed martial arts. Shamrock already was an accomplished wrester before his debut in the 1997, with considerable experience on the indy circuit and in Japan. Shamrocks legitimate background, intensity, and ankle lock submission hold really make him a predecessor to Kurt Angle's success a few years later.
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