"Nobody EVER accused Lex Luger of being a good wrestler. His decent matches with Flair and Sting were because those guys carried Luger to decent matches.
Flair, in his prime, could carry a broomstick to a *** match. Luger was a body, that is all."
From some of your terminology, it looks like you read either the Observer or a lot of Scott keith's reviews. If so, its their opinion as well as mine that Luger early on was a really good wrestler. I really don't think its even in question. He was coordinated, sold well, made great comebacks, and was really comfortable in the ring. Really solid in ring psychology as well. Combine that with his look , his decent charisma (which top guys always have) and the huge pops he was getting in late 80s early 90s, and he really should have been much much better than he ended up being. At least equal w/ Sting.
Want proof of great matches? FInd some matches w/ him and Sting vs the Steiners awa vs some Japanese teams when they wrestled overseas. One in particular was against Muta and someone else, and I think Keith gave it ****.5 or *****stars.
"As for the Brody incident, Luger ran like a bitch because Brody worked too stiff against him on purpose. Seems Brody resented the push Luger's no talent ass was getting."
Yup, and Brody was a guy who had his own agenda and listened to nobody. Couple of weeks ago-though you prob know this- Harley Race said Brody would still be alive today if he had behaved better in the locker room. THat is flat-out vicious and brutal honesty. Brody made life tougher for everybody.
Galvatron: Re Bigger guys in the 80s, I agree that Warlord was one of the most massive "not fat" guys ever. I think Batista and Luger in 2000-01 are right up there as well. Jeep Swenson was huge but fat and a hideous wrestler, as was (JU)Ice Train, who wrestled on and off for WCW in the 90s.