#1 Was great: Steve Blackman
Steve Blackman was a competitive bodybuilder and weight lifter who received his first try out with the WWE in 1988. Though Blackman was not a martial artist yet, his athleticism and build impressed WWE and they offered him a contract.
However, fate intervened, and Blackman would contract malaria in South Africa. Blackman nearly died and took two years to recover from the virus.
After his recovery, Blackman studied Tae Kwan Do and the art of Escrima. He did this to make up for the fact that he could no longer put on the kind of mass he once had before contracting malaria.
Blackman would be a mid-card mainstay of WWE's Attitude Era. His commitment to fitness and training gave him arguably the best body in WWE during this time as well. Blackman is mainly famous for his Hardcore Title reign but spent some time in the tag team division as well with partner Al Snow.Published 13 Jul 2019, 05:12 IST