In terms of big men, Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow was a total package. Not only was he intimidating with his size and unique look, but was agile, athletic, and could work a hell of a match with workers both large and small. Modern day talented hosses such as Keith Lee, Donovan Dijak, and WALTER owe a great deal to the trails Bam Bam blazed.
Bigelow would only work three WrestleManias, one of which (IV) was before 'Taker's time. He returned in 1992, but wasn't even featured at WrestleMania IX, and at 'Manias X and XI, he had the honor(?) of doing the jobs to the team Doink and Dink and then Lawrence Taylor. By the end of 1995, Bigelow was out of the company.
Can you imagine if instead of programming 'Taker with talentless husks like King Kong Bundy or Giant González, he got to have a WrestleMania match with Bam Bam Bigelow? Perhaps the early years of the streak wouldn't be looked on with such revulsion. I mean, any alternate timeline sans Giant González is an improvement, yes?