Now just like last year on the 1st Anniversary, I made a Top 100 Countdown consisting of the greatest wrestlers ever, and looking back now I think that list should get a good ol' RE-RANKING!
I'm going to be ranking the wrestlers with the following criteria:
*Wrestling Skills/Abilities - This is a huge part of the judging here, of course it's just common sense really. A wrestler must do his job well at wrestling in his appropriate/preferred style or role. Whether as a technician,brawler,highflyer,etc.
*Accolades/Accomplishments - The more prestige championship belts they have won, the better! We're also taking a look on other accomplishments such as yearly awards from PWI,inductions in Hall of Fames,and the like.
*Charisma - Whether as a babyface or a heel, the wrestler should be able to get the crowd riled up and get them to watch in the match. I included "mic skills" under this category.
*Drawing Ability - One of the biggest jobs of a pro wrestler is filling up the seats and have as much as eyeballs to watch your show on TV. Selling out arenas & PPV's,drawing thousands of people to tune in, it's all part of the judging!
*Longevity - As long as a wrestler had a good career for over at least 10 years will be included here.
*Overall Impact - These includes their legacy in the business and impact as a whole to their countries or even to the entire world! Becoming a "household name" if you will.
Also please take note that I'm solely judging them as WRESTLERS and not as members of our society. Hope that is well and clear.
Birthday: June 29,1941
Weight: 154 lbs
Starting off our list we got the Original Master of a Thousand Holds: Johnny Saint!
No other man has done the British technical wrestling style the best than Mr. Saint! Sure he's not a flashy wrestler like a Gorgeous George but he can deliver a great match to pretty much anyone with his way of wrestling.
Saint has wrestled all over big promotions in Europe. He is one of the biggest stars in the "World of Sport" era in the UK, he once held the World Lightweight Championship for 20 years which is one of the most (if not the) longest title reign in wrestling history!
In the 2000's he made his wrestling debut in the US and mainly wrestling for CHIKARA in which he had matches against the likes of Daniel Bryan,Cesaro,and Mike Quackenbush which are all great matches even though Saint is already wrestling at his 70's. Even to this day he still ocassionally wrestles and does a good job at it!
When talking about influential wrestlers, Saint is one of the top in my book. He has inspired numerous wrestlers over the years from William Regal to Johnny Gargano. He's not called the "Lou Thesz of the UK" for nothing!
Fun Fact: He has held the World Lightweight Championship a total of 10 times which is the most reigns for said title belt.
Weight: 150 lbs
The only woman in our list and desservingly so, it's none other than Manami Toyota!
I've already talked about Manami Toyota before in my Top 20 Women's Wrestlers, where she is of course the No. 1 so I'll just keep this short but meaningful.
There is no doubt that Toyota is one of the best wrestlers of all time both men & women, hell she's a better wrestler than some male wrestlers plus has top a lot of other wrestlers in terms of accolades and awards!
First off she has held every Joshi title in Japan imaginable both singles and tag-team from AJW to WWWA to Oz Academy, you name it Toyota has won them! In terms of awards she was named the 1990's Women's Wrestler of the Decade. She also holds the record for most 5 star matches out of any women's wrestler!
Now if we're talking about rivalries and matches my personal favorite ones she had was against my favorite women's wrestler: Aja Kong! But she also had other great matches with the likes of Bull Nakano,Akira Hokuto,and Kyoko Inoue.
For almost 3 decades, The Flying Fairy has been kicking ass in the ring and doesn't intend to stop anytime soon! Manami Toyota is the GOAT of Women's Wrestling.
Fun Fact: The only American promotion she has wrestled so far is only CHIKARA in 2010,2011,and 2012 competing for their King of Trios event. She has never competed for the WWE!
Weight: 227 lbs
Ricky Morton is best known for being the 1/2 of The Rock N' Roll Express with his partner Robert Gibson where together they have held multiple tag-team titles all over the United States!
But besides being a tag-team specialist, Morton also had a successful singles career. He was able to get hold of multiple Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Championships in various promotions including the NWA,EWA,and CWA in his ongoing 4 decade career!
Also when talking about great sellers in the business people usually talk about the likes of Mr. Perfect and Dolph Ziggler but Ricky Morton is also one of the top sellers in the business, as mentioned by multiple legends that he has faced over the years.
Him and Gibson were one of the most famous babyfaces in the 80's, they would always sell out arenas and all you can hear when they make their entrance are the screams of ladies! If only that happened to me eh?
A lot of people don't know this too that Ricky is a 2nd Generation wrestler his father being "Bald Eagle" Paul Morton a former wrestler and referee.
Nowadays Morton is still actively wrestling but at the same time training wrestlers of the future in his training facility: "School of Morton."
Fun Fact: Ricky Morton has held a total of 79 different championships in his career!
Weight: 291 lbs
Just like Ricky Morton, Bill Eadie is not only a well known tag-team specialist but is a well renowned singles competitor as well!
He's a man of many names in the world of wrestling. He started out as "Bolo Mongol" 1/2 of The Mongols with Geeto Mongol, he would later on pursue a singles career and had a successful gimmick on The Masked Superstar which he won titles with and still actively portrays to this day.
As The Masked Superstar he had a great rivalry with Blackjack Mulligan. The two set a record for having the first ever one hour cage match and had 12 more 90 minute cage matches since, a feat no other wrestlers have beaten. Masked Superstar is also one of the first wrestlers to bodyslam Andre the Giant!
Later on he would wrestle for the WWWF and even fought Bob Backlund and Hulk Hogan for the WWF Title and other top babyfaces at the time such as Sgt. Slaughter and Jimmy Snuka.
In the 80's he would later portray a different masked character as "The Super Machine" 1/3 of The Machines with Giant Machine (Andre) and Big Machine (Mulligan) a dominating trio managed by Bobby Heenan. This gimmick would later be portrayed by Japanese wrestler Junji Hirata and would become a famous wrestler in NJPW.
1987 is where Eadie portrayed his most well known gimmick as Ax 1/2 of the legendary tag-team: Demolition! Together with Smash (Barry Darsow) they dominated the tag-team division of the WWF throughout the late 80's until early 90's and became the longest reigning WWF Tag-Team Champions (a record that remains unbeaten to this day!)
Demolition would wrestle not only in the WWF but all over the world and to this day are still wrestling on different promotions, making them one of the longest running tag-teams in all of wrestling!
Whether it's in US,Canada,Europe,or Japan: Bill Eadie has competed there. Not only is he a great in-ring competitor, but one of the few who can always put over a gimmick he is given. A legend that doesn't get much credit that he truly deserves!
Fun Fact: Hulk Hogan's first ever WWF Title defense was against Eadie as The Masked Superstar!
Davey Boy Smith
Death: May 18,2002
Weight: 268 lbs
At the age of 15, Davey Boy already started wrestling. He started off his career with his cousin Tom Billington (aka Dynamite Kid.) In his early years Bulldog would wrestle for ITV's World of Sport but would later on join in Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling.
In Stampede, Bulldog won multiple championships and would have a notable feud with Dynamite. He would also later on wrestle for NJPW where he feuded with his cousin and The Cobra for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title.
It was in 1985 where he got his first big run at the WWF, where him and Dynamite formed "The British Bulldogs." They would become one of the top tag-teams in the company during the 80's and were able to become 2x Tag-Team Champs!
In the 90's after having a short stint with AJPW, he went back to the WWF as a singles competitor where he was often billed as "The British Bulldog." Probably the most notable match/moment of Bulldog's career in the early 90's was against Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship. Those two had one helluva match at the Wembley Stadium!
He had a short run in WCW that ended after suffering an injury. He returned to the WWF in '94 and would work under the company till his death in 2000.
Bulldog is definitely not your typical "big jacked guy" in wrestling, he sure was a big dude but he can wrestle in an all-around style. He had great matches with multiple wrestlers over the years and has definitely proved to be one of the best during the 80's and 90's! Besides the Tag-Team & IC Title, he has also held the European and Hardcore Titles, both twice.
He was sadly taken away from us too early. His son Davey Boy Smith Jr. (fka David Hart Smith) followed his footsteps and is doing well right now in the independent circuit.
Fun Fact: Davey Boy was the first and longest reigning WWE European Champion!
Weight: 169 lbs
Next up we got the most well known death match wrestler in all of Japan: Atsushi Onita! Onita did not invent hardcore wrestling in Japan but he sure as hell popularized it with his unique style.
"Exploding Barbed Wire Match" "Exploding Cage Barbed Wire Match" these are just some of the few crazy matchups that Onita has been involved over the years in his old promotion of FMW where he was the biggest draw and star.
Onita's best rival is against a fellow death match wrestler: Mr. Pogo. Both men had bloody and gory matches for years which obviously entertained so many fans!
He has held multiple titles in FMW, the most is the FMW Double Championship which he held 7 times. He also won titles in NWA and AWA.
Onita still wrestles to this day but not as active as he used to be. He mainly wrestles for ZERO1.
Whether you're a fan of his style or not, you can't deny Onita's contributions to the pro wrestling scene in Japan. Definitely an innovator for sure!
Fun Fact: He has a game based off his career in politics called "Atsushi Onita's Political Quiz" available in the Nintendo DS! Metal Jesus, there's a hidden gem for ya!
The Iron Sheik
Birthday: March 15,1942
From: Provinz Semnan,Iran
Weight: 257 lbs
I've said it before, I'll say it again: The Iron Sheik is the greatest evil foreigner heel of all time in pro wrestling and generally one of the best heel characters!
Before adapting a pro wrestling career, he first started as an amateur in Greco-Roman wrestling style. He has won a Gold Medal representing his country of Iran in the National AAU Championships in 1971.
A year later he would transition into pro wrestling where he wrestled under multiple "Middle Eastern gimmicks" but the most notable was around in the late 70's where he started using the name The Iron Sheik.
Sheik made his WWF debut in 1979 and would later beat Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship, a title Backlund held for 6 years! Sheik would only held the belt for 28 days before losing it to Hulk Hogan. He also held the WWF Tag-Team Championships with Nikolai Volkoff where they won it from The British Bulldogs in the first ever WrestleMania!
He would compete in the WWF both in the 80's and early 90's, mainly feuding with the likes of Sgt. Slaughter and Chief Jay Strongbow. Another famous stint of his was under the name "Colonel Mustafa" where he alligned with a heel Sgt. Slaughter and General Adnan.
The so-called "Triangle of Terror" would lead to Slaughter becoming a WWF Champion and feuded with Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior. It was one of the most controversial gimmicks in wrestling history due to the actual war going on between the US and the Middle East.
Sheik would actively wrestle until 1996, he would sporadically make appearances for WWE and other indy promotions from time to time. But nowadays he is probably best known for his crazy rants on Twitter!
We all loved to hate The Iron Sheik but I know lots of us respect him for being so dedicated in his work at pro wrestling!
Fun Fact: Sheiky Baby is the first and only Iranian wrestler to become WWE World Champion!
From: San Antonio,Texas
Weight: 240 lbs
Tully Blanchard, a 2nd Generation Wrestler (son of Joe Blanchard) is in my opinion one of the best tag-team specialists in the world of pro wrestling!
After being trained by his father, Tully quickly became a successful star in wrestling due to his lineage. But unlike most 2nd Generation Wrestlers in his time, Tully played a heel character. A good one at that!
He held multiple titles in the NWA including the National Heavyweight Championship,World Television Championship (3x),and the World Tag-Team Championship (3x.)
But perhaps the most well known stint of Tully is him being a part of the original Four Horsemen! The Horsemen are definitely one of (if not the) best wrestling stable that was ever formed! The guys hated them, but the ladies love them! The Horsemen had successful runs all over the United States and they really set the bar for future stables.
Tully also had a decent tag-team career with the WWF, when him and Arn Anderson won the company's tag titles as "The Brain Busters" with Bobby Heenan.
Tully was also involved in one of the greatest rivalries of all time against Magnum T.A. those two always had fantastic and classic matches against each other!
Later on, for an almost 3 decade career Tully decided to retire in 2005. He was later inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012 as a part of The Four Horsemen. His daughter: Tessa Blanchard, is following his footsteps as a pro wrestler.
Fun Fact: He held the Southwest Heavyweight Championship a total of 10 times, the most reigns for said championship belt!
Perro Aguayo Sr.
Birthday: January 18,1946
Weight: 209 lbs
When people talk about the origins of Lucha Libre the "Big 3" usually comes first to mind: Santo,Demon,and Mascaras. But another pioneer that some people seem to forget is Perro Aguayo Sr.
Perro Sr. is one of the most famous luchadors in the 70's until the 90's. He has wrestled in all of the major wrestling companies in Mexico including CMLL,AAA,and UWF garnering multiple championship belts in the process!
He also wrestled all over the world, even having a decent career in the WWF where he became the company's inaugural Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the belt 7 times (the most reigns for said title.)
His biggest rivalry of all time is against El Santo, the two had a long feud that sold out arenas multiple times! Perro Sr's style is also quite unique at his time. They said he combined the hardcore style of Terry Funk and the brawling prowess of Bruno Sammartino.
A pioneer for the "Cruiserweights" he also had great matches against Gran Hamada and Tiger Mask in Japan. Perro Sr. had a long career that lasted for 3 decades, his son Perro Aguayo Jr. would follow his footsteps in the squared circle.
Perro Sr. is now retired and was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Fun Fact: He was featured in two Mexican movies in 1971 and 2004.
Birthday: December 5,1951
Weight: 249 lbs
When talking about great all-around performers in wrestling, Larry Zbyszko always comes first to mind! Whether as a singles,tag-team,babyface,or heel he can do the role perfectly!
We all know that Zbyszko's career started off as a "protege" to the biggest star in wrestling at the time: Bruno Sammartino. The two seemed like they had a great teacher-student relationship and had a formidable tag-team!
It was until in January 22,1980 where Zbyszko while having a exhibition match with Sammartino, turned on his teacher and kept on hitting him with a chair until he left him with a pool of his own blood! Thus, the most hated villain in wrestling at the time was born!
Throughout 1980, Zbyszko & Sammartino would continue their feud. It all culminated in August 1980 where Bruno defeated Zbyszko in a cage match at a sold out Shea Stadium! It was truly one of the all time greatest rivalries in wrestling.
After a solid run with the WWF, he wrestled for other promotions such as the NWA and AWA. Zbyszko is a 2x AWA World Champion having a total combined reign of 616 days and he also held the NWA National Heavyweight Championship 3 times.
Zbyszko then joined WCW in the 90's until 2000. He worked both as a wrestler and commentator, he was able to get hold of the WCW Tag-Team and Television Championships during his run there. He would continue to wrestle in the indies until 2012 where he finally decided to retire. Zbyszko was then inducted into the WWE HOF in 2015.
Fun Fact: He is the final title holder of the AWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Weight: 235 lbs
There's a few people that can be genuinely called "good guys" in the world of wrestling and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton is one of them! Many of his peers have said this about him over the years.
But not only Bobby Eaton is a great guy, but a great wrestler as well! He is probably best known as 1/2 of The Midnight Express with "Sweet" Stan Lane and together they've held multiple tag-team championships all over different territories along with their manager: Jim Cornette.
Overall Eaton has won 10 different major tag-team championships mainly with Lane and Dennis Condrey. He wasn't only a tag specialist though, as he is also a renowned singles wrestler.
While he was never to get hold of a World Title in his career, he has won a number of Heavyweight and Television Championships in his near 4 decade career, most prominently the EWA Georgia Heavyweight Title which he held for 604 days, the longest reign for said belt!
He has also wrestled for almost every major wrestling promotion in America: NWA,WCW,JCP,WCCW,CWA,SMW,Mid-South,and even ECW! The only place he has never worked for was WWF/E. I consider him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time to never wrestle for the WWE.
After his lengthy and decorated career, Bobby Eaton had his last match against arch-rival Ricky Morton in October 23,2015 which is the culmination of the 3 decade feud of The Midnight and Rock N'Roll Express.
Fun Fact: Bobby Eaton's debut match was against Bearcat Wright.