Wednesday, July 4, 2012


Just a few patriots of the ring
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Since it's Independence Day here in the United States, I've decided to let the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook friends write today's post.  Our question of the day was "Which wrestler best embodies the spirit of America?"  We got a lot of great choices, and many of the names that appeared are on my personal list too.  You've got the flag waving, America loving heroes like Hulk Hogan, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Sgt. Slaughter to the guys who literally climbed the ranks and made a name for themselves like Dusty Rhodes, John Cena, and Booker T.  There were no bad choices, so here are some of the stars our readers picked.

Kurt Angle
Chosen by: Justin Potter
Mr. America
Chosen by: Kareem Cooper
Sgt. Slaughter
Chosen by: Tommy Blane
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Chosen by: Jason Hagler
The Patriot
Chosen by: Andy Peck
Hulk Hogan
Chosen by: Tim Lee

Lex Luger (circa 1993)
Chosen by: Jeremy Kroot
Dusty Rhodes
Chosen by: Adam Hackbarth
"American Dragon" Bryan Danielson
Chosen by: Tom Kwiat

Booker T
Chosen by: Robert Schwent, Jr.
Robert Schwent, Jr.:
Dusty Rhodes & Ric Flair embodied both the working class man and the spirit of greed in America.

Hulk Hogan because he was on top while telling people all you need is hard work and dedication to achieve your goals. He did this while simultaneously holding people down and rewarding those who did not deserve it. This is the embodiment of the American dream and what it has become.

Booker T. He started out in WCW with his brother playing a slave to a plantation owner. That is often times hidden by wrestling historians and ignored as is slavery in the real America. He came to the ring in chains led by a manager that looked like a Southern plantation over. He rose above diversity and became both literally and figuratively the king of the wrestling world... at least in America.

Stone Cold Steve Austin for his rebellion in the face of tyranny, being who he wants to be regardless of crowd reaction.

John Cena
Chosen by: Jade Lowe
Photo by
Jade Lowe:
I know people love to hate him, but you have to consider John Cena. He visits the troops over sears every chance he gets, he salutes every time he approaches the ring, he set a record for most donations to make-a-wish, he keeps his word, he fights to the end for what he believes in, his slogans are hustle loyalty respect and never give up. He's someone kids can look up to. He SCREAMS America, whether you like him or not.

Thank you to all who participated.  If you're not a "friend" on Facebook, please head on over and like it now.  Just click this link.

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