PREVIOUSLY ON BATTLEDRAFT!
Drew’s spiteful pick of Bret Hart drove Ben insane, and he ALSO picked Bret Hart! CARDINAL SIN, BEARDY BOI. Kevin spent more time on his insults than his research! Grant chose one of the worst wrestlers of all time! WHAT ELSE CAN GO WRONG?!
4.1: Ben - The only thing missing from this team consisting of the Mega Powers and Yokozuna is one of the most underrated performers of all time. The King of Harts -- Owen Hart. Drew might've stolen Bret unbeknownst to me, mostly because Microsoft Outlook sucks and is confusing, but I'm not letting Owen Hart slip.
It actually plays to the theme of me picking successful, super teams as Owen and Yokozuna held the tag titles twice together in the 1990s. While Owen might be the younger brother of Bret, but that doesn't mean he was riding on any coattails. A five-star match against his brother inside a steel cage at SummerSlam, an all-time classic against Bret at WrestleMania X and a feud with Stone Cold that still can be felt in the industry today.
The high-flyer, insane athlete of the Hart Foundation is a two-time IC champ, former King of the Ring winner, one-time European champ and four-time tag team champ is an absolute home run pick this late in the draft. Someone that can work with anyone in any spot on the card is someone you want to pair with the inflated egos of a Hulk and Savage, and the mysteriously terrifying Yokozuna. Owen could work any style, even against toe-stepping buffoons like Warrior and Goldberg. Feud of the year, match of the year, the guy who made stables cool again and was part of one of the strangest angles of all time in the US vs Canada.
4.2: Grant - Part of my favorite things about Battle Drafts is seeing the teams start to really come together. You can see it with Ben's team, the seeds of it in Drew's, and it's evidently missing in Kevin's fever dream of a group. As for my stable, holy shit, loogit who's coming down the ramp!
The man from the Mean Streets of Motor City! The man who co-founded the nWo! The Big Sexy himself!
6 foot 10 inches of basketball-playing athleticism, Nash tore a bloody swath through the WWF alongside Shawn Michaels (2-time Tag Team Champions), ended Goldberg's undefeated streak, and held the WWF Championship for 358 days (the longest of the 90's). Hell, in 1994 he won the WWF Triple Crown (WWE Championship, Intercontinental Championship, Tag Team Championship). He was just as effective outside the WWF, winning championships in the WCW, TNA, and was a 10-time tag champion between the two organizations. As both Diesel and Kevin Nash, he was pure domination and was quite simply one of the best wrestlers of the 90's.
I guess it's Drew's turn to draft Gangrel or something.
4.3: Drew - Grant drafting Kevin Nash just made Kevin Nash tear his quad.
Wait....he just tore it again.
So while Grant's entire team is busy recovering from injury, my ELECTRIFYING stable is going for what we like to call a "high value" pick. What else would you call it when you get 3 of WWE's best personalities all wrapped into 1 terrifying human being?
YOU CALL IT MRS. FOLEY'S BABY BOY, DUDE LOVE, CACTUS JACK, MANKIND! THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE YOU NUMPTIES, MICK FOLEY!
He delivered hardcore to the masses and kicked all their asses. A tag team champ alongside his new stable mate Stone Cold, Mick is also the king of the gimmick match. He has delivered the best Hell in a Cell matches of all time. A king of character work, he also formed the ROCK N SOCK CONNECTION!! A bit of a late addition in the overall scope of the game, but call this one picking with feeling. I loved Mankind.
Can't wait for Ben to smack me with his dick of knowledge.
4.4: Kevin - So for my final two picks I’m going to take the most reviled and most contrived of wrestlers.
First, we go with the heel.
Paul Michael Levesque better known by the ring name Triple H (an abbreviation of his original WWE ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley).
Levesque, under the ring name Terra Ryzing, began his professional wrestling career in the International Wrestling Federation (IWF) in 1992. In 1994, he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he was soon repackaged as a French-Canadian aristocrat named Jean-Paul Lévesque. In 1995, Levesque moved to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where he became Hunter Hearst Helmsley and later Triple H. In 1997, he co-founded the influential D-Generation X stable, which became a major element of the WWF's "Attitude Era". After winning his first WWF Championship and beginning a storyline marriage with Stephanie McMahon in 1999, Triple H became a fixture of the company's main event scene. But it seems that money is a hard thing to ignore. He legitimately married Stephanie McMahon in 2003, and Levesque became a member of the McMahon family, which maintains majority ownership of WWE and a close pact with Satan and the GOP.
Since 2011, he has curtailed his in-ring appearances as he has taken on a greater behind-the-scenes role within WWE. Over the course of his career, Levesque has held a total of 25 championships including nine reigns as WWF/WWE Champion and five as WWE's World Heavyweight Champion. In addition, he was also the winner of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 and 2016 Royal Rumbles. His total of 14 world championships is the third-most all-time (recognized by WWE) behind only Ric Flair and John Cena. He has headlined WrestleMania, WWE's flagship pay-per-view, seven times.
Grant: I....I'm actually...impressed? and quite jealous of the Triple H pick. i feel like HHH gets overlooked in the attitude era - he was always in the background to Rock, Austin, Foley, etc.
Drew: Truth, excellent mixing in of a guy who rose through the 90s and a vet who means a ton to the business. HHH got shit on for a long time for something…
Ben: MSG moment. Him and Shawn hugging it out with Nash and Hall in center of ring on their last day in WWF. hhh went to bottom, hbk stayed in main event.
Hmm. Not a lot of chirping this round. A quick look at the stables before we head into the last two rounds:
The Power Bottoms: Andre the Giant, Goldberg, Sting, Triple H
Legacy: Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Nature Boy Ric Flair, Mick Foley
The Bulgy Bois: the Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, the Ultimate Warrior, Kevin Nash
The Mega Fucks: Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Yokozuna, Owen Hart
That’ll do it for our Turkey Day edition of Round 4! Check back tomorrow for Round 5 and a special BONUS round, or flip back to Rounds 1 & 2 as well as Round 3 to see the earlier mockery and judgment!