The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#20 Brian Pillman

Brian Pillman was special. Arguably one of the greatest overachievers in the genre, he had an insatiable desire to be a wrestling star. Fate and injuries prevented that from occurring over the long haul for “Flyin’” Brian, but while his star did shine, it was brilliant.

I helped bring the undersized All American defensive lineman to WCW in 1989 from Calgary. During the “Loose Cannon’s” time in Atlanta, he turned heads athletically and with some of the era’s most riveting and compelling promos. Brian’s bouts with Jushin “Thunder” Liger were extraordinary as was his tag team with Steve Austin. Brian Pillman had one of the highest IQ’s I’ve ever encountered and was a creative genius. For those of us that loved Brian, he will never be forgotten. And if fate had dealt him a different hand, more of today’s fans would realize just how great Brian Pillman truly was. — J.R.