355. Mark "Rollerball" Rocco

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When you think of great Light Heavyweight wrestlers from England, the Dynamite Kid is usually the first one thought of.  Prior to the former member of the British Bulldogs, the best Light Heavyweight wrestler from the United Kingdom was Mark “Rollerball” Rocco, who was not only talented but was a decent draw in his native country.  His best work (as was the case for many in his weight class) was in Japan as the masked “Black Tiger” where his matches with the legendary Tiger Mask are still considered classics today.  With a brief stint the WWF competing for the Junior Heavyweight title, he is not completely anonymous to the folks in Stamford, but we doubt that the talented Brit is on their radar for the Hall.



Should Mark Rollerball Rocko be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 31.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 50%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Black Tiger
  • Billed From: Manchester, England
  • Key Championships Held: UK All Star Heavy Middle
    UK British Heavy Middle
    WWF Junior Heavyweight
  • Why they will get in: As mentioned with others….could a pure British star get in?
  • Why they won't get in: If that does happen, it won’t be him.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1.  Won the British Heavy Middleweight Title for the first time (6/11/77)
    2.  Won the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title over Gran Hamada (5/6/82)
    3.  Wrestled Tiger Mask to a Draw at the Sumo Hall (8/21/82)
    4.  Lost to Tiger Mask in an excellent high profile match (2/7/83)
    5.  Defended his UK British Heavy Middle Title in a Ladder Match against The Dynamite Kid (May/1983)

Should Mark Rollerball Rocko be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 31.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 50%

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0 #2 Paul Grady 2019-02-08 03:21
When I remember all the wrestling stars of my chikdhood in the seventies and eighties, it's Mark Rocco who comes to mind first. Fast as a cat and hard as nails, his matches with Marty Jones were unsurpassed. Of course he played the villain, but won respect everywhere for his skills and toughness. If he's not in the Hall of Fame, you might as well tear it down.
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+2 #1 Half Nelson 2014-04-07 06:42
Rollerball Rocco is a true legend of the very highest order, a pioneer of what wrestling is today, he was doing things in the 80s that had never been seen before and is the norm now,


IMO the single greatest wrestler ever anywhere in the World.
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