Monday, December 4, 2017

Most Popular '77-'84

Previously on the MLW Site , reposted here 

Most Popular '77-'84

There is little doubt in a fan poll that the most popular wrestler in Toronto between 1977 - 1984 would be Ric Flair

In polls on the MLWP site he won in categories including Favorite Move- Figure Four.....Best Feud-vs Piper.......Pick A Dream Match Flair- vs Bockwinkel

If we were to look at some stats to support this, would Flair still come out on top?
who's next? who is in third?

One indication of popularity is getting on the cover of the Toronto Program for each card

Most times on the Program cover
Out of 66 (available) covers 1977-1984 -includes shared covers

Ric Flair - 14
Angelo Mosca - 7
Roddy Piper - 7
Jimmy Valiant - 6
Jay Youngblood - 4
Jimmy Snuka - 4
Sgt Slaughter - 3
Greg Valentine - 3
Andre The Giant - 3
Ricky Steamboat - 3
Harley Race - 3
Hossein The Arab - 2
Blackjack Mulligan - 2
Sir Oliver Humperdink - 2
Austin Idol - 2
Bob Backlund - 2
Ivan Koloff - 2
1 Time each
Kimala...Dick Slater...Buzz Sawyer...
Mike Rotundo...Jos Leduc...Kabuki...
One Man Gang...Don KernodleAngelo Mosca Jr...Ron Bass...John Studd...
Dusty Rhodes...Wahoo McDaniel...Buddy Rose...Leroy Brown...Ray Stevens

If we were to look at Main Events during this same time frame, the champs of the day would all rank high but Flair cedes top spot to the Canadian Champ through some of the years - Angelo Mosca

Main Events at MLG

Angelo Mosca - 32
Ric Flair - 21
Bob Backlund - 19
Greg Valentine - 14
Harley Race - 12
Ricky Steamboat - 11
Jimmy Snuka - 10
Roddy Piper - 10
John Studd - 10
Hossein The Arab - 7
Nick Bockwinkel - 6
Sgt Slaughter - 6
Ray Stevens -5
Ivan Koloff - 4
Jay Youngblood - 4
Andre The Giant - 4
Blackjack Mulligan - 3

Scientifically speaking for main events you would have to consider factors such as Mosca being a local guy while Flair was defending his NWA belt around the world for many of these years, or that Backlund & Race would rank high as they came in as World Champs and be at the top of the cards but.... if we were to just add those 2 tallies together

to decide the Most Popular - or successful of the 1977-1984 era.....

Total - Program Covers & Main Events

Angelo Mosca - 39

Ric Flair - 35
Bob Backlund - 21
Greg Valentine - 17
Roddy Piper - 17
Harley Race - 15
Jimmy Snuka - 14
Sgt Slaughter - 9
Hossein The Arab - 9
Andre The Giant - 7

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