Shawn Michaels is simply one of the best workers to ever grace the sqaured circle. Being involved in PWI's Match of the Year 11 times and Wrestling Observer MotY 4 times he has shown that he can maintain an extremely high level of wrestling over an 18 year in-ring WWF career. Not only can he put on great matches against the best, he's also proven that he can get great matches out of guys who were otherwise complete garbage. That's another valuable tool in this format where no one federation is going to end up with a plethora of huge stars of main event talent. It means that we will be able to get extra main event value out of some picks in later rounds than others will be because of Michaels' ability to carry them to great matches. He can excel in any capacity we choose to use him in and the long peak that he had is an even greater benefit in a career draft.
Thing is, Austin's pre-WWF days were full of good matches too. He was a better technical wrestler then, with a gimmick that was conducive to doing mat stuff. If I was the one who got Austin I'd hate to discard all the good years of Stunning Steve.
There's another undrafted available who I might have otherwise gone with, but dammit I was stuck centering my company around him last time and I wanted this to be a Flair-centric company instead.
Flair provides me with literally decades of amazing ringwork, amazing mic work, the ability to be a top face or a top heel with incredible effectiveness...the man who truly could have a good match with a broomstick rather than just delusionally saying so, the foundation of my company is solid for a whole generation with this man as the face of my company.
Flair was #1 on my draft board. Again, influenced strongly by the fact that I like him way better than undrafted and I already had to spend the whole last draft pimping out undrafted as the center of my company. I had Michaels as my #5, though upon further reflection he's probably a top four given the longevity thing.
I will be taking Ric Flair circa 1981, when he first won the world title. Definitely putting him into the main event right away.
I honestly think id have chosen undrafted over all of these. I dunno if its cos im insane or not though. Edit, and not even the undrafted people are probably thinking but an undrafted that may end up falling for me in 9th, lol.
To clarify, if you drafted a wrestler called Jim and his gimmick is good but not quite right can you tweak it slightly or are you forced to use him as he was written by whoever in whatever company? Like say Jim had a gimmick that he was a Navy veteran can you tweak that so he was a soldier? So not entirely huge changes but just little things around the edges?
I had Michaels at 4 but would have traded down instead of drafting him. I know the forum loves him but no way I could have brought myself to pick him over the dozens and dozens of guys that drew AND talked better than he did.