Nigel McGuinnes was at one point, one of the top two or three best wrestlers on the indie circuit. Having recently watched McGuinness’ self-released doc “The Last Of McGuinness”, I had originally planned to write up a full review. As I started typing however, my mind began to wonder just how the fiery Brit’s career would have gone had he landed his dream job in the WWE. Being that Nigel is one of my top 20 favorite wrestlers ever, I couldn’t help but dream of the truly legendary rivalries he would’ve had in the big leagues. You see where I’m going with this now? My guess is you’re as excited as I am then? You’re not even reading this intro anymore are you? Not cool! I had planned on over-hyping the hell out of this thing. Fine then Captain Impatient, enjoy.
Could you imagine a grumpy old Regal getting his hands on someone like Nigel? Regal has always been one of Nigel’s supporters within the company and he has been no doubt an inspiration to him. Just imagine all of that respect thrown right into one ferocious lariat. I mean c’mon, Regal would have it no other way.
Ideal Match – Submission match
You could damn near stick Jericho in there with a spider monkey (hell the monkey would at least pull off a better match than Mason Ryan) and he would still knock it out of the park. Put him in there with a skilled technician like McGuinness and it’ll be pure gold. Think Nigel’s matches with Kurt Angle, but with much more pizazz.
Ideal Match – PPV Singles match
Ziggler is a reliable showman with a larger than life persona. His matches with McGuinness would likely resemble the great clashes Nigel’s had with another man who fits the same description, Austin Aries. Needless to say, put these two on any card they’d steal the show.
Ideal Match – Ironman match
If I could pick any opponent for Nigel to have made his debut against, it would have been Kofi Kingston. Kingston’s physical, yet flashy offense would bounce nicely off of Nigel’s intense & theatrical persona. This one would probably have had the best finishing stretch of any match on this list.
Ideal Match – TV Singles match
These two have rubbed elbows in the past, but a big time match in the WWE would be the best place to exhibit just how special their chemistry really is. Both men have grown tremendously as performers and even though I see them both playing the heel role for a long, long time, a well built one-off contender’s match could be an all time classic.
Ideal Match – PPV #1 Contender’s match
This one is hard to determine in terms of how great it would be. One can’t really be sure how their styles would mesh and if the chemistry would be there. That being said, you haven’t truly arrived in the WWE today unless you’ve tested your mettle against their top dog.
Ideal Match – PPV Main Event match
Let these two loose on eachother with no holds barred and magic will happen. Sheamus has become in many ways, the Nigel McGuinnes of the current WWE. He’s a brawler with a surprising technical adaptability who shines when being pushed to his physical limits.
Ideal Match – Extreme Rules match
C’mon….do I really need to explain to you why this would be awesome? It’s Nigel vs. Punk!!! Let Punk play the tweener role avoiding and outsmarting the larger and more aggressive McGuinness until tempers flare and bodies start flying.
Ideal Match – 2 out of 3 Falls match
As shown in his matches with Samoa Joe & Takeshi Morishima, Nigel can produce very well against much larger opponents. I think that he and Henry could be beyond special. In fact, Henry would be the perfect opponent for Nigel to win his first major title from.
Ideal Match – Hell In A Cell match
For McGuinness’ first major program, there’s perhaps no better place to start then near the very top. Orton and Nigel would no doubt have outstanding chemistry and just the mouthwatering thought of a prolonged series of epics is enough to make me want to spend the cash.
Ideal Matches – PPV Singles, Falls Count Anywhere, TLC, Steel Cage & Last Man Standing match
The goal here would be to first present the two as a tag team. After a noteworthy run with the WWE Tag Team Championships, the WWE would do what they always do and more than likely split these two up just as they were getting hot. The good news is, it’d be one hell of a fight.
Ideal Match – I Quit match
One of the most famous rivalries in the history of the independent scene would finally get it’s just do one the main stage. If you’ve seen any Danielson/McGuinness match, than you know why this one would be amazing. Let these two recreate some of the magic they did at ROH Unified with a WWE Championship main event match at Wrestlemania and they’ll take the athletic bar set by Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels and shove it straight up Vince McMahon’s ass. Seriously, this would rule.
Ideal Match – First Ever WWE Pure Rules match
Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me on twitter (@g9zwrestling) to give your thoughts on what matches/feuds you’d want to see.
This had me thinking…I want a Vader/Ziggler match! The Ziggler selling…it makes me feel good inside.
I don’t know if Nigel would have been used a lot in WWE. Daniel Bryan hasn’t feuded with Orton or Cena yet so I doubt Nigel would have.
True, but a man can dream.
Who do you compare Nigel to? I have a couple of his matches on DVD, but I don’t really know a lot about him.
Hard to say, really. His gimmick is sort of a play on the Vinnie Jones type of Guy Ritchie mobster. Sort of something out of one of those films. He’s brash, arrogant, and a very physical wrestler. His style is a blend of brawler & technician. Sort of a more badass version of Wade Barrett with much more skill. He uses a wide variety of stiff lariats and unique submissions as well. Quite simply, one of the more special talents to never make it to the WWE. Best match to start with would be any of his classics with Bryan Danielson (particularly the one from ROH Unified) or his match with Austin Aries from ROH Rising Above 2007. Seek those out & you won’t regret it. Hope this helps…
I have the ROH Unified match and I haven’t watched it yet. The other match I have is Takeshi Morishima vs. Nigel McGuinness (ROH Fighting Spirit 2007).
Nigel has had better matches with Takeshi, so if you’re planning on viewing both, I’d watch that one first, Otherwise it wont be able to live up to the quality of the Danielson match lol. The Danielson match is a world title match under pure rules & it’s in England so the atmosphere is just insane. An amazing spectacle. One of the best matches I’ve ever seen.
I see Wade as a Guy Ritchie type as well. I kinda want him to get a 1980’s New Wave gimmick.
I agree. I think Barrett’s initial “fight club” vignettes were awesome and that they should have ran with that. Made him a bit more rough of a character. He doesn’t seem to really have much character direction right now…
Yes! Plus, if he ever turned face, he could become…fighter for the people(against the rule of a power-mad Johnny Ace).
Interesting post. I guess any wrestler that can tell stories in the ring without needing storylines etc.. can have a good match with anybody. I see McGuinness having great matches with all these wrestlers.
Very good point, Ray. Nigel could work with any of these guys and tear the house down. It’s awesome to know that he read & appreciated this article. He gave very nice reply on twitter. Very humbling..
Yeah no doubt.
William Regal has read on the site too. He Favorited a tweet linking a column on him one time.