A Villain Needs A Hero

I love rankings.  I love watching shows that rank things.  So when I got the WWE Network, I was going to watch WWE Countdown.  The one I want to talk about is the “Greatest Villains” episode.  What makes a great villain?  That’s a hard question to answer.  But I think the most important thing is a great Hero.   Would the Joker be a great comic book villain if he was a nemisis of Arm-Fall-Off-Boy (yes that is a real DC character)?  Would Darth Vader be a great movie villain if his main nemisis in Star Wars was Jar Jar Binks?  It goes both ways to, Batman, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo are great with the Joker or Darth Vader.  So I will look at who is the ultimate hero in the greatest villain list. If you watch the WWE Countdown on the WWE Network and haven’t seen the Greatest Villain episode yet, than spoiler alert.

10. Rick Rude – I could go with Jake Roberts, who Rick Rude tried to kiss his wife and wore her face on her tights.  But I’m going to go with the Ultimate Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior feud started at 1989 Royal Rumble.  Rick Rude and Ultimate Warrior had a posedown.  When Warrior won, Rick Rude atttacked him with metal pose bar.  They would face off at Wrestlemania, where Rick Rude would take the Intercontinental Championship from Ultimate Warrior.  Ultimate Warrior would take the title back from Rick Rude at Summer Slam. The following year, they’d face off at Summer Slam again, with Ultimate Warrior’s WWF Championship on the line. Warrior would retain.  While Jake Roberts may have been a more personal feud, I’d give his Ultimate Hero to the Ultimate Warrior.
9. JBL – While Eddie Guerrero could be consideration, The rich white man vs. the Mexican every man, I think it’s John Cena.  JBL was the WWE Champion for over 9 months.  He would use his “money” or his resources to make sure he stayed on top.  Everybody he defended his title against, he do whatever he could to keep it. John Cena was the Doctor of Thugonomics.  Who better to rival him than a Rich guy who looks down on people not of his standing.  John Cena is the biggest star in the WWE since The Rock and Stone Cold.  He needed a villain to get him started and JBL was that man.

8. Iron Sheik – This one to me is a no brainer.  The Hero to Iron Sheik’s villain is Sgt. Slaughter.  Iron Sheik was the foreign superstar who would insult the USA and tell you that Iran was number one.  Sgt. Slaughter was the American hero standing up for his country.  So no real other choice, Sgt. Slaughter is Iron Sheik’s hero.
7. Million Dollar Man – Do I go with Hulk Hogan, the guy he tried to buy the WWF Championship off of?  Do I go with Macho Man Randy Savage, who was Savage’s main rival in his first run as WWF Champion?  My answer is both.  The Mega Powers ruled the WWF in 1988.  There main villains were the Mega Bucks.  While Andre the Giant was the size.  It was Million Dollar Man who was the one to hate.  He was the one who you wanted to see the Mega Powers beat up.  

6. Roddy Piper – While Mr. T could be a consideration, he’s not a great wrestling hero.  The answer is Hulk Hogan.  The first Wrestlemania and the Rock n Wrestling Era started because of the rivalry of Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper.  While the fans loved Hulk Hogan.  They also wanted to see Roddy Piper get beat.  Hulkamania wouldn’t have run wild without the villain, Roddy Piper.

5. Hollywood Hulk Hogan – I could go with WCW or maybe Goldberg. But to me the hero to Hollywood Hogan’s villain is Sting.  To the fans, Sting was the guy who represented WCW.  He was the one guy who could put an end to Hollywood Hogan’s reign.  He was the one who the crowd wanted to beat Hogan.  While it didn’t actually go down like that, Sting is the answer.

4. Triple H – Triple H has had a long career.  He’s had alot of heroes, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, Cactus Jack, Randy Orton or even Daniel Bryan.  But to me his greatest hero is the Rock.   Ironically, there rival started when Rock was the villain and Triple H was the hero.  But when Triple H married Stephanie McMahon and started the McMahon-Helmsley regime, it was the Rock who was their biggest threat.  The Rock wouldn’t be one of most popular wrestler of all time without a guy to hate, and Triple H was that man.

3. CM Punk – This one has to be John Cena.  I know I already gave John Cena to JBL, but I’m giving him to CM Punk, too.  JBL would be his Doctor of Thugonomic’s villain.  While CM Punk is his Hustle, Loyalty and Respect’s villain.  You could also considered Edge, but since Edge wasn’t on the list, I’ll go with CM Punk.  John Cena was the guy, the one WWE want to represent them.  CM Punk did not look like a typical WWE wrestler.  CM Punk was the villain to John Cena’s hero.

2. Randy Orton – I have to go with either Triple H or John Cena.  I almost want to go with Mick Foley but Foley was a semi-retired when Randy Orton feuded with him.  WWE will tell you Randy Orton vs. John Cena is one of the greatest rivals of all time. But I would say CM Punk and Edge were better rivals.  So I will go with Triple H.  His kissing of Triple H’s wife and Randy Orton mad that Triple H kicked him out of Evolution.  In his days as villain, Randy Orton’s main hero is Triple H.

1. Mr. McMahon – Ok, this one is obvious.  Vince McMahon is the evil boss who uses his power to abuse those who work for him.  The hero to that villain is the every man.  That is of course the beer drinking, foul mouth, finger raising, Texas Rattlesnake.  Mr. McMahon is the greatest villain of all time and Stone Cold Steve Austin is the greatest (anti-) hero.  While this is also the greatest rival in WWE history.

A Great Hero needs a Great Villain.

Someone to get under his skin.

Without someone to hate.

A Hero can’t be great.

So if you want to be a hero.

You need a villain or your a zero.

  • Adam Eaton

    The thing that pissed me off most about this episode was piper was 6? Piper 6?! Really? Piper should be ranked better than that. Especially above Orton.

    • David Jr.

      I totally agree, I said the same thing when I watched the episode.

    • Zeppelin-Kyle Mayers

      I think the major problem with the Countdown is that it is based on who modern audiences know, and not who is a true great villain.

      • David Jr.

        I agree, I think some people vote for who current and they don’t look at history which is why CM Punk and Randy Orton were 3rd and 2nd respectively.

  • Zeppelin-Kyle Mayers

    I really enjoyed your article and I hope we see a countdown of the greatest villains so I can see a squeal to this article.

    • David Jr.

      I don’t Understand, they did have a countdown for the greatest villains. Are you saying you want a sequel?