Underrated: Superstars without their due

Bam Bam Bigelow, by Howard Finkel

During WWE Classics' roundtable discussion of underrated performers, we conferred with our frequent WWE Hall of Famer collaborator, Howard Finkel. The Fink has seen it all in the world of sports-entertainment. Here's how he weighed in on behalf of the WWE Classics team.

He was the exact antithesis of the phraseology that “good things come in small packages." And Bam Bam Bigelow definitely made his mark in WWE rings with a persona and style that in our estimation makes him the most underrated performer in WWE history.

When you got your first glimpse of the Asbury Park, N.J. native, the first thing that stood out was his unique look: an outfit that depicted flames, and a flame tattoo that adorned his head. His size and more than 350-pound body made you wonder if his looks alone were going to get him to where he wanted to be. Well looks were definitely deceiving in this case. From bell to bell, Bigelow showed amazing agility for a man of his size and stature, and he won the plaudits from both his fellow brethren and the WWE Universe. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his appearance in one of the main events at WrestleMania XI in 1995, as he faced New York Giants legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor.

Bam Bam Bigelow was always on his game inside the squared circle, and certainly proved his mettle night after night as a performer who gave the word underrated new meaning!