Featuring The Phenom,The Icon,and many more of the best wrestlers that stepped foot in the squared circle!
*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 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.
Another thing I wanna point is that this list is 100% MY OWN OPINION, I know a lot of you will disagree with the rankings but hey, we all got our own opinions on who's who should be in a certain spot so if you like, then tell me in the comments below about your own thoughts & opinions!
Weight: 265 lbs
If you're wondering on who the greatest World Champion is in WWE history then look no further than the living legend: Bruno Sammartino!
After escaping the nazis with his mother & family (which in itself is a pretty interesting story) Bruno Sammartino did multiple odd jobs before becoming a pro wrestler in 1959.
Bruno has worked for multiple territories during his early years mainly in Toronto & New York where he was always a top draw. It wasn't until in 1963 when he wrestled full time for the WWWF and became their World Champion defeating Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds!
He began his long legendary reign as WWWF World Heavyweight Champion that lasted for 2,803 days which still holds the record for longest World Title reign in the history of wrestling! Bruno defeated multiple big names in his 8 year reign as champion like Killer Kowalski,Gorilla Monsoon,Tiger Jeet Singh,Prof. Toru Tanaka,George Steel,and so much more.
Before Hulk Hogan came into the picture, Bruno was the top babyface of the WWWF and drew crowds wherever he wrestles. In 1971 however his reign was ended by Ivan Koloff silencing the whole crowd in Madison Square Garden, leaving them in awe and shock!
He took a short break in wrestling for a while after his first reign to spend some more time with his family. Bruno returned and had a second reign with the WWWF World Title in 1973 beating Stan Stasiak to begin another long reign but this time it's only 1,237 days which is still longer than usual title reigns. Bruno loss the title in 1977 to one of his long time rivals: "Superstar" Billy Graham.
While his career with the WWE is without a doubt his best, he also competed on other promotions as well most notably in AJPW,AWA,and WWA. He also had a short run in WWC where he continued his feud with another one of his rivals: Gorilla Monsoon.
He continued wrestling until the late 80's. He managed to wrestle with a lot of the newer generation at the time such as Randy Savage,Roddy Piper,Paul Orndorff,etc. He was even a frequent challenger to Honky Tonk Man's Intercontinental Championship but never got a hold of the belt!
Bruno's final match took place in a house show on 1987 where he teamed up with Hulk Hogan to defeat the team of King Kong Bundy & One Man Gang. He also acted as a manager/mentor to his son David but he never really took off in the business the same way his father did and only had a short career.
After his run with the WWF, Bruno has been critical of the company's product especially with the whole drugs and steroids fiasco WWE dealt with, after all Bruno is one of the few who never took steroids in his entire career and has mantained a healthy lifestyle to this day.
Anyways thanks to Triple H, the WWE and Bruno after decades in the making buried the hatchet in 2013 and Bruno finally got inducted in his rightful spot on the WWE HOF!
Bruno had a legendary career and there will never be another one like him! He is not only one of the best World Champions ever, but one of the all time greats in the history of professional wrestling!
Fun Fact: In his interview with JBL, Bruno told a story of him wrestling an orangutan for 15 minutes in a cage and he didn't even get paid!
Weight: 254 lbs
With all due respect to Flair & Wahoo but the man with the greatest and sickest chops in all of wrestling is Kenta Kobashi!
Kenta Kobashi began his wrestling career in 1988 for AJPW and wrestled there until 2000. Kobashi became a 3x Triple Crown Champion with his longest reign lasted for 180 days.
He is also a 6x AJPW World Tag-Team Champion and 4x All Asia Tag-Team Champion, capturing those belts with different partners but most notable of them all is Mitsuharu Misawa who is also his rival all throughout their careers!
Kobashi & Misawa had many bouts together, most of them resulting in 5-Star Matches and being Match of the Year candidates. They were also a formidable tag-team being the longest reigning AJPW World Tag-Team Champions in 351 days!
In my opinion one of the greatest (if not the greatest) tag-team match in wrestling history was Kobashi & Misawa vs Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out here! They definitely set the bar for tag-team wrestling.
After the passing of Giant Baba, in 2000 Mitsuharu Misawa founded Pro Wrestling NOAH where Kobashi wrestled for until the end of his career. Him & Misawa continued their storied rivalry in the promotion and were the top draws for a very long time.
Kobashi captured the GHC Heavyweight Championship and held it for 735 days making history once again by becoming the longest reigning champion of said belt! He also had a decent tag-team run there with Tamon Honda, capturing the GHC Tag-Team Championships twice!
Some of my favorite matches of Kobashi in NOAH besides of course the ones he had with Misawa were against KENTA Kobayashi (aka Hideo Itami) sort of like "passing of the torch" to the newer generation.
Another one is when NOAH had a partnership deal with ROH and Kobashi wrestled for the first time outside of Japan and had a 5-Star Match with Samoa Joe! The two tore the house down in New York, definitely a must watch!
As I said earlier, Kenta Kobashi had the sickest chops in wrestling and the best way to really see that is his match against Kensuke Sasaki in 2005 where both men just chopped the living shit outta each other!
In the latter part of his career Kobashi took many hiatuses due to injuries he suffered throughout his career. He ultimately retired in 2013 and wrestled his final match on a NOAH PPV in an 8 Man Tag-Team match with Keiji Mutoh,Kensuke Sasaki,and Jun Akiyama which they won.
Kenta Kobashi is one of the all time greats in Puroresu, some even consider him the best not only in Puro but in the whole world which just goes to show you how great he really is! He has the second most 5-Star matches in wrestling which is 23!
Fun Fact: Kobashi started promoting his own independent wrestling events in 2014 entitled "Fortune Dream" where multiple stars from AJPW,BJW,ZERO1,and KAIENTAI Dojo competed at.
Death: November 13,2005
From: El Paso,Texas
Weight: 220 lbs
During the Ruthless Aggression Era, in my opinion Eddie Guerrero was the greatest performer during that time period!
Eddie as we all know was a 2nd Generation Wrestler, a part of the biggest Mexican wrestling family: The Guerreros. His father Gory was a huge legend and his brothers and other relatives had decent careers of their own but I believe he had the best out of them all!
He had his first runs during the late 80's and early 90's competing for CMLL,AAA,and NJPW. Eddie was mainly a tag specialist at this point of his career, most notably with Art Barr together as "La Pareja del Terror" where they became AAA World Tag-Team Champions.
Eddie also had a tag-team run with El Hijo del Santo as sort of a tribute to their fathers: El Santo & Gory who had a tag-team run of their own in their careers. He would have a short stint in ECW and managed to become 2x ECW World Television Champion, notable matches he had there were against Dean Malenko & 2 Cold Scorpio.
His career really got on the next level though when he finally started wrestling for WCW. There Eddie was a staple of the Cruiserweight division and became 2x WCW Cruiserweight Champion and had so many amazing matches there especially the ones with Rey!
In the latter part of his career in WCW he was a member of two significant stables such as the Latino World Order (LWO) which he created and also The Filthy Animals.
He would jump ship in 2000 though when he and the other members of The Radicalz (Benoit,Malenko,& Perry) made their debut on an episode of RAW making an appearance in the crowd and later on attacking the New Age Outlaws while having their match.
Later on Eddie would be involved in a program with Chyna whom he later defeated for the Intercontinental Championship, a title which he held twice! In 2001 he was arrested for drunk driving and was released by the WWE forcing him to wrestle in the indies.
While in the indies, a lot of people might not know this but Eddie competed for Ring of Honor during the promotion's infancy stages. He had a match with Super Crazy to crown the first ever IWA Intercontinental Championship which he loss, he then competed for WWA as well and held some belts there before returning to the WWE in 2002.
Upon his return to the WWE, Eddie had a much more successful career and had his best tag-team run in my opinion with his nephew Chavo Guerrero Jr. as "Los Guerreros" where they captured the WWE Tag-Team Championships two times! Then in 2003 he became the inaugural WWE United States Champion defeating Benoit for the vacant belt.
Speaking of Benoit, the two close friends had so many great matches together throughout their careers! They can put these two in a match together for how many times and I'll never get bored! The two wrestlers I can compare them with now is Owens and Zayn.
In No Way Out 2004 though Eddie had the biggest highlight of his career by overcoming the odds and defeating Brock Lesnar to become WWE Champion! After 133 day reign he would drop the belt to JBL whom he had one of the bloodiest matches in wrestling at Judgment Day 2004! They really tipped the Muta scale on that one!
Another great rival of Eddie was Rey Mysterio. I still remember that storyline he had with Rey's son about his custody, seems ridiculous but they made it very enjoyable! He would also have a tag-team run with Rey and they got the tag-team belts twice! They always had good matches together that stems back from there days in WCW.
Unfortunately as he was just about to enter another chapter of his career by winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Eddie unexpectedly passed away in 2005 which was one of the most shocking and saddest deaths ever in wrestling. It's disgusting that to this day WWE still milks in on Eddie's death. I get Sasha was a fan of his but goddamn, you don't have to tell us that in every single promo!
Anyway before I get on a ranting spree, I think we should all remember Eddie for what he truly was. A great athlete, probably the best Mexican wrestler ever! He was gone too soon but will never be forgotten by wrestling fans.
Fun Fact: His eldest daughter: Shaul used to wrestle in FCW as "Raquel Diaz" and is now engaged to WWE superstar: Aiden English!
Birthday: November 9,1970
Weight: 227 lbs
Chris Jericho, YOU JUST MADE THE LIST! The list of the greatest wrestlers of all time that is!
Jericho is the master of making anything get over! For over two decades now in the wrestling business he has made whatever gimmick he's given to him work and has re-invented himself over the years, never once losing an ounce of charisma!
Y2J began his wrestling career in the 90's wrestling and at the early stages of his career has wrestled around the world to improve his skills. He wrestled for ECW,CMLL,WAR,UWA,NJPW,Stampede,etc. winning titles in some of those promotions.
It wasn't until his run on WCW in 1996 and beyond where he really started to become a huge star in the wrestling world. He first had a successful run in the Cruiserweight division having fantastic matches with other workers and becoming 5x WCW Cruiserweight Champion!
He also held the WCW Television Championship later on in his career. My personal favorite highlight of Y2J's run in WCW was having Ralphus as his bodyguard! For those who don't know, Ralphus was a truck driver for WCW and they decided to put him with Jericho as sort of a comedic version of HBK and Diesel which I found hilarious! I wonder where Ralphus is now?
In 1999 Jericho jumped ship to the WWF in one of the greatest debuts ever in wrestling history! Only a few people can go one on one with The Rock on the mic and Y2J is one of those guys!
The same year he won his first Intercontinental Championship over Chyna and we know later on he would held the belt 8 more times to become a record 9 time Intercontinental Champion! He continued to flounder in the mid-card scene and had a great feud with fellow Canadian and good friend: Chris Benoit.
Then in 2001 one of the biggest highlights of his career, at Vengeance Y2J defeated The Rock for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and Stone Cold for the WWF Championship at the same night becoming the first ever Undisputed Champion in WWE's history! While his reign was far from best, it's still a great milestone of his career.
From 2002 until 2005 Jericho continued competing for the WWE having stellar matches with Shawn Michaels,Christian,and John Cena just to name a few. He had a hiatus competing in the ring afterwards and continued his music career with his band: Fozzy before making a comeback in 2007.
In 2008 Y2J held the World Heavyweight Championship (aka The Big Gold) twice although he only had short reigns, the longest lasting only for 49 days. In 2009 he had a tag-team run with Big Show and they were known as "Jeri-Show" and held both the World and WWE Tag-Team Championships together! In 2010 he won the Big Gold again ending Undertaker's 143 day reign before dropping it weeks later to Jack Swagger.
He left the company again after that and since 2011 wrestled full-time back with the company. Now in 2016 The Ayatolla of Rock and Rolla has one of the most popular gimmicks in wrestling, tagging along with his "best friend" Kevin Owens.
Chris Jericho is one of those wrestlers "that will never get old." He is a seasoned veteran and even at this point of his career, he can still go with the much younger talents and put on a good match.
He is another complete package with having an all-around arsenal of moves from technical to highflying,one of the best talkers of the modern generation,oozes charisma,and whether as a babyface or heel he can play it really well! Also when he says "RAW IS JERICHO" he means it because now he is only one of the few good things going on that show!
All you have to do now is accept THE GIFT OF JERICHO... Drink It Maaaaan!
Fun Fact: Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy sang the theme song for TNA Bound for Glory 2006 "Enemy."
Death: June 13,2009
Weight: 260 lbs
In my opinion the greatest Japanese wrestler to never hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship is the late great Mitsuharu Misawa!
Misawa began his wrestling career in 1981 after being trained by Giant Baba. In his early runs on AJPW, he got the "Tiger Mask" character, suceeding Satoru Sayama after AJPW bought the rights to the character from NJPW.
For six years Misawa mainly wrestled under the Tiger Mask gimmick until being unmasked by Toshiaki Kawada during their feud. When Genichiro Tenryu left AJPW, Baba decided that Misawa would be his new top guy and he wasn't wrong about that decision!
He held the Triple Crown Championship 5 times and has feuded with a lot of big names for said belt notably Jumbo Tsuruta,Stan Hansen,Toshiaki Kawada,Big Van Vader,and of course his greatest rival in his whole career: Kenta Kobashi! Misawa still holds the record for longest reigning Triple Crown Champion as in his first run he held the belt for 705 days!
Misawa did not only suceed in singles competition, but in tag-team as well! His duo with Kenta Kobashi is often known to some as the best Japanese tag-team ever! They held the AJPW World Tag-Team Championships twice. He also won the All Asia Tag-Team Championships with Toshiaki Kawada. It's interesting that he had great tag-team runs with his rivals.
After the death of Giant Baba, AJPW's quality signifcantly went down. In 2000 Misawa created his own promotion: Pro Wrestling NOAH which at one point was the best Puroresu company in terms of match quality! He was the top guy of NOAH for a long time and continued his feud with Kobashi there, gaining more 5-Star matches in the process!
He was the inaugural GHC Heavyweight Champion a title which he held 3 times! Later on he would also become GHC Tag-Team Champions twice with Yoshinari Ogawa. At this point Misawa was also the chairman of Global Professional Wrestling Alliance (GWA) which was an organization compromised of different wrestling promotions where they can do collab events and share workers, similar to the NWA.
Because of this Misawa got to wrestle for other promotions besides NOAH such as ROH! Even though he was already at his late 40's at this point, Misawa still performs great and had many great matches with the next generation of superstars such as Samoa Joe and KENTA Kobayashi.
In terms of his wrestling skills, Misawa has an all-around style of wrestling. Whether it's technical,highflying,or even brawling. He has the best elbow shots and forearms in wrestling, nobody did it better than him for sure!
Things ended in an unfortunate way though when Mitsuharu Misawa passed away while competing in the ring on June 2009. It was one of the darkest days not only for us wrestling fans but for the whole country of Japan. Misawa was a loved competitor by all of his countrymen and it was sad to see him go the way he did.
He had a great career though and in my opinion he wasn't just the greatest Japanese wrestler who never held the IWGP Title, but the greatest Japanese wrestler in general in Puroresu and wrestling history! Misawa's legacy will live on forever!
Fun Fact: Misawa still holds the record to this day for most 5-Star rated matches by Dave Meltzer which is 24! He was also crowned "Wrestler of the Year" three times.
Birthday: October 12,1945
Death: June 11,2015
Weight: 303 lbs
The American Dream dances his way to the greatest ranks of wrestlers at the No. 15 spot!
NWA had so many great names that wrestled for them in the decades that they've been around and for me Dusty Rhodes is clearly at the top of that!
Dusty was trained by Joe Blanchard, one of the most renowned trainers in wrestling. Ever since he began wrestling for multiple territories of the NWA in the late 60's, he has won a plethora of championships which is way too many for me to even list here!
As we all know he was one of the biggest babyfaces of the territory days often challenging top heels like Harley Race,Superstar Billy Graham,Terry Funk,Abdullah the Butcher,Blackjack Mulligan,and Pak Song. But perhaps his greatest rival of all time is Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen!
It was such a great rivalry because here you got Flair who is a flamboyant rich guy,rolex wearing,jet flying,you know the deal while Dusty is a son of a plumber,a common man if you will as the man would say himself. Wrestling is kinda poetic sometimes isn't it? This feud shows us a reality in life about rich vs poor essentially, or am I just overthinking that? Probably the latter...
Anyways Flair & Dusty had many memorable matches together, a lot of them are even bloody! They tore the house down multiple times and has sold out numerous arenas in their bouts. While he can certainly go at it with anyone in the ring, Dusty wasn't really a technical wizard per se like Ric Flair. He was more on the entertainment side of things which really got him over him since he was really charismatic to begin with!
He also had a decorated career as I already established earlier, winning championship after championship in multiple territories but the most notable title he held was of course the NWA World Heavyweight Championship which he held three times. Although he only had short reign with the belt, the longest being 88 days. He still had a lot of memorable matches involving the NWA Title.
After a long two decade run in the territories, Dusty finally made his debut in the WWF and this is where the "yellow polka dot" gimmick was born. Some hated it, while some loved it. I personally didn't mind the gimmick at all since Dusty portrayed it great plus with the lovable Sapphire being his valet, what's not to love right?
Two of the biggest feuds Dusty had in his WWF run was "Macho Man" Randy Savage and "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. He had a three year run with the WWF before leaving the company for WCW. It's kind of a shocking fact to know that he actually never once won a belt in his WWF/E career!
Anyways his return to NWA now known as WCW wasn't really that notable. He was a member of the biggest wrestling stable ever: nWo but just felt out of place. He also had a short run in ECW after his WCW run ended.
Since 2001 Dusty has been wrestling in the indies, he had a huge role in the infancy stages of TNA where he had an authority figure role. He later ran his own short lived promotion as well: Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling. In 2005 he returned to the WWE and got inducted into their Hall of Fame, he wrestled his last match under the WWE umbrella in 2007 where he got defeated by Randy Orton in a Texas Bullrope match.
Dusty continued working for the WWE as a coach,mentor,and trainer to the wrestlers at developmental territory, which is why a lot of the NXT wrestlers owe their careers to Dusty and had such a huge respect for him. His sons: Cody and Dustin (aka Goldust) would go on to have great careers of their own as well, making their father proud!
Sadly the wrestling world mourned the passing of Dusty in June 11,2015. We loss a great legend and trail blazer on that day.
He may not be a big of a name like Hulk Hogan or The Rock, but Dusty Rhodes is still a respected legend of the business and will always remain as one of the all time greats!
Fun Fact: Japanese pro wrestler: Gedo (now a booker for NJPW) at some point during his career modeled himself after Dusty and was often billed as "The Japanese American Dream."
Andre the Giant
Birthday: May 19,1946
Death: January 27,1993
Weight: 520 lbs
For the longest time the biggest attraction in all of wrestling wasn't Hulk Hogan or Stone Cold, but Andre the Giant!
The Eight Wonder of the World was trained by Frank Valois a Canadian wrestler who was a top draw in Europe around the 50's and 60's.
Andre began his wrestling career in the 60's and due to his huge size it wasn't so long before he became a top draw and attraction for so many promotions around the world! During his early years he has already wrestled not only in Europe but also in USA,Canada,Japan,Mexico,Puerto Rico,Australia,and Africa!
He went through different names at the time such as "Monster Roussimoff" "Jean Ferre" and "Monster Eiffel Tower." It wasn't until in 1973 where he began wrestling full-time for WWWF and later on WWF.
Andre was one of the most popular babyfaces in the 70's and 80's and was often mentioned to be undefeated before his match against Hogan in WrestleMania 3 but this wasn't true of course as he was already defeated by El Canek in Mexico and Antonio Inoki in Japan. Andre also had time limit draw matches with NWA Champion: Harley Race & AWA Champion: Nick Bockwinkel prior to his huge run in the WWF.
As we know he has been involved in a lot of gimmick and attraction matches, a notable example is when Andre fought boxing legend Chuck Wepner in a unscripted "boxer vs wrestler" match which was in the undercard for the Ali vs Inoki fight. The match ended when Andre threw Wepner outside of the ring.
Before his huge feud with Hogan later in '87, Andre had memorable feuds with other wrestlers as well, usually against fellow big men. In the early 80's he had a huge feud (no pun intended) with "The Mongolian Giant" Killer Khan who was in fact the very first wrestler to bodyslam him! They sold out matches all over the USA,Canada,and Japan!
Andre also feuded with Big John Studd, who was his rival both in and out of the ring. Their feud culminated in the first ever WrestleMania in a "bodyslam challenge" which Andre won and got $15,000 price which he threw away some in the crowd!
Around 1986 Andre wrestled in Japan again this time with a new gimmick as 1/3 of "The Super Machines" with Bill Eadie and Blackjack Mulligan. In this gimmick Andre took on the role of a masked wrestler and he was billed as "Giant Machine" which really got over with the Japanese fans and which to this day is a popular gimmick used by a lot of wrestlers there.
1987 was Andre's hottest year as he turned heel and alligned himself with Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and rekindled his feud with Hulk Hogan! Yes, the two have indeed feuded a little bit before in the early 80's, selling out Shea Stadium but this time it's on a much bigger spotlight.
The most iconic match in all of WrestleMania history in my opinion is without a doubt Hogan vs Andre at WrestleMania 3 in front of a sold out crowd in Pontiac Silverdome! Yeah the match itself was far from a 5-Star but the moment itself is what's amazing. Whenever I hear or think of WrestleMania, the moment when Hogan and Andre stares at each other always comes to mind first.
Their match defined and set the bar for what WrestleMania is supposed to be which is memorable! After all, in the end WWE isn't about the great matches, it's about the moments! And those two men on that event made a moment that will forever be enshrined into the minds of every wrestling fan in the world.
Anyway enough about me getting nostalgic here, throughout the late 80's and early 90's while also having tours in Japan and Mexico, Andre continued competing for the WWF. He won the WWF Championship in 1988 after beating The Hulkster in an episode of WWF Main Event. Although after winning the belt he immediately "sold" it to Ted DiBiase, thus having the shortest WWE Championship reign in history!
Later on he would have a successful tag-team run with Haku as "The Colossal Connection" managed by Bobby Heenan. They defeated Demolition in 1989 for the World Tag-Team Championships and held them for 109 days before dropping it back to Demolition. After losing the titles to Ax & Smash, Heenan furiously slapped Andre and The Big Man didn't have any of that shit and attacked Heenan, turning him face. He ended his in-ring career with the WWF the way it should be, getting cheered one last time.
He wrestled his final matches in AJPW and UWA, often teaming up with his good friend: Giant Baba in tag-team matches. Andre & Baba were an unstoppable duo in Japan! He wrestled his final match in 1992 on a 6 Man Tag where him,Baba,and Rusher Kimura defeated Masanobu Fuchi and two other Japanese wrestlers. Afterwards Andre retired in the ring for good after a career that spanned for four decades!
Besides wrestling, he also had a decent film career most notably for his role in The Princess Bride as "Fezzik." Sadly Andre passed away in his sleep on January 1993. Many promotions around the world held tribute shows for him and he was later on inducted the same year at the WWE HOF, he was the inaugural inductee of said Hall of Fame!
Andre the Giant wasn't a technical wrestler or anything of that kind, but he did one thing and the most important thing in wrestling: drew money. In his prime Andre was the largest draw in the whole world! Everybody wanted to see him from the kids to adults! He was very passionate about wrestling even to when it came to the point where he was having a hard time to walk, he still wrestled and never failed the fans. He wasn't just a legend, but an icon.
Fun Fact: As mentioned earlier, Andre still holds the record for shortest WWE Championship reign! He only held the belt for 30 seconds! He never needed a belt though as Andre was always over anyway.
Weight: 246 lbs
Up next we got "Mr. Middle Aged and Crazy" himself Amarillo's own: Terry Funk!
The term "legend" gets thrown around so easily these days but no other man fits that title but Terry Funk whose career spanned for over 50 years and has wrestled for every promotion you can possibly think of!
Trained by his father Dory Funk Sr. Terry had a great career both in singles and tag-team competitions. In his early years during the heyday of the NWA, Terry was in fact a versatile technician like his brother!
He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1975 defeating Jack Brisco, and would hold onto the belt for 424 days before dropping the belt to Harley Race. In the mid 80's he wrestled for the WWF and had a rivalry with Junkyard Dog which saw them competing in a tag-team match at WrestleMania 2 with The Funks beating JYD & Tito Santana.
During those years, Terry was also a frequent challenger to Hulk Hogan's WWF Championship. Throughout the 90's Terry wrestled in what we now know him best for as a hardcore legend! He help popularised death matches and hardcore style matches in Japan in IWA and FMW often having matches with Atsushi Onita and his greatest rival and friend: Cactus Jack!
Later on Terry would also be wrestling for ECW and became one of the biggest names for the promotion! He is a 2x ECW World Heavyweight Champion and ECW Television Champion. Terry also headlined multiple ECW shows and events, most notably headlining November to Remember PPV's three times!
In the 2000's while also wrestling and gaining championships in the indie circuit, he made multiple returns for the WWE most notably wrestling as his alter ego: Chainsaw Charlie having a tag-team run with Cactus Jack! Speaking of Cactus Jack, Terry had a lot of feuds and rivalries over the years but his matches with Mick Foley will always be the best for me. They are like the Michael Jordan & Larry Bird of Hardcore Wrestling!
Besides being a great wrestler, Terry is also fantastic on the mic! He always puts emotions during his promos which makes a lot of them so memorable!
After five decades of in-ring experience and 27 different championships later, Terry Funk has officially retired in pro wrestling in September 2016. How many retirement matches did he had beforehand? Too many to count! Will he return in the ring again? I wouldn't doubt it.
The Funks, especially Terry lives and breaths professional wrestling. This man, just like Mick Foley has put his body on the line so many times it's not even funny! He loves the fans, he loves professional wrestling, which is why we respect him so much!
Thank you Terry for the years of entertainment and your legacy will always be remembered FOREVEEEEER!!!!
Fun Fact: He released a music album during his time in Japan on 1984 titled "Great Texan" my personal favorite song there is "We Like To Rock." Give it a listen folks!
Jerry "The King" Lawler
Weight: 243 lbs
For decades we have seen many wrestlers name themselves "King" but one man did it the best and it's none other than Jerry "The King" Lawler!
A lot of the fans these days mainly the younger generation probably only know Jerry Lawler as the corny color commentator but there was a time kids where Jerry Lawler is the biggest deal in the territory days of wrestling!
Lawler was trained by The Fabulous One: Jackie Fargo. For the longest time Jackie Fargo was the biggest deal in all of Memhpis until Jerry Lawler came along. In the end Jackie passed the torch to Jerry and became the No. 1 wrestler in Memphis.
Before his run with the WWF, Lawler had a successful career in so many promotions and earning championships in the process such as AWA,CWA,USWA,SMW,and multiple territories under the NWA.
During those years Lawler has been involved in a lot of feuds and rivalries, but the most high profile one out of them all which really brought him to superstardom was his rivalry with the late Andy Kaufman! The two had unforgetable segments and matches together through the years and could very well be one of the all time greatest rivalries in wrestling!
In the 90's The King made his way to the WWF and became one of the most memorable personas during the New Generation and Attitude Eras both as a wrestler and color commentator. Despite having a long and memorable career in the WWF/E though, he actually never won a belt there!
Speaking of belts, he has won plenty of them (by plenty I mean oh so many!) He has won a total of 36 different championships all throughout the 70's until 2000's! Most notably being the AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion, a title he held 35 TIMES! In total Lawler is a 110x Champion in his ongoing 5 decade career!
His feud with Andy Kaufman is in fact legendary but another notable rival of Lawler is "Superstar" Bill Dundee. In their primes, they have sold out many territories and headlined different shows, to this day they still wrestle each other! But they were formidable partners as well similar to Misawa and Kobashi.
He also had a great career as the color commentator for the WWE. While his work in the last couple of years was to be honest bad, we cannot forget his pairing with JR on the commentary table. In my opinion JR & King are still the greatest commentary duo ever!
Despite suffering a heart attack on-air in 2012, Jerry Lawler is still competing in various indie promotions (mainly Memphis) to this day! While of course he can't wrestle the same pace and doesn't have the agility he had in his prime, he still isn't that bad at all for man who's 67 years old.
Jerry Lawler had a great career in wrestling, possibly the most decorated champion ever! He is the greatest wrestler in Memphis history and will always be remembered as one and only King of professional wrestling.
Fun Fact: In the late 70's, Jerry almost managed to have Elvis Presley get involved in Memphis wrestling but the deal was never made as we know Elvis wasn't in the best of shape at the time and would passed away just weeks after Lawler made a phone call to Elvis' father.
Birthday: May 2,1972
Weight: 260 lbs
FINALLY! The Rock has comeback to MWC and take his spot on this countdown just outside the Top 10!
The only 3rd Generation Wrestler on this countdown (SPOILER: Curtis Axel will not be in the list!) Dwayne Johnson was trained by his father Rocky and as we know is a part of the biggest wrestling family: Anoa'i family.
In his rookie years, he wrestled for Jerry Lawler's USWA under the name "Flex Kavana" and won the USWA Tag-Team Titles with Bart Sawyer twice. Then in 1996 he made his debut at WWF as "Rocky Maivia" combining the names of his dad & grandfather and as they say the rest is history.
He had feuds with many of the top names in the company over the years such as Triple H,Brock Lesnar,Hulk Hogan,Mankind,John Cena,and CM Punk just to name a few. But the biggest one of all and in my opinion the greatest rivalry in the history of pro wrestling: The Rock vs Stone Cold!
Rock & Austin have headlined many PPV's including 2 WrestleManias throughout the 90's and early 2000's and were two of the biggest names and draws in the WWE history!
He wouldn't be called "The People's Champion" for nothing as The Rock is a 15x Champion in the WWE, notably being an 8x WWE Champion,2x World Heavyweight Champion,and 2x Intercontinental Champion. Besides having a great singles career, he also had a good run in tag-team competition becoming 5x World Tag-Team Champions and three of those reigns were with Mick Foley as the "Rock N' Sock Connection."
What about his promo skills? Without question, he is one of the top talkers in the history of this business spawning numerous catchphrases over the years and just overall being a charismatic wrestler. There is no other talker like The Rock is!
His in-ring skills aren't bad either. He's more of a "entertainer" type of wrestler kind of like a Hulk Hogan or Dusty Rhodes but can get technical if he wants to. Although to be honest, he has the worst Sharpshooter ever! I think he should go and ask Bret how to do it properly.
Anyways ever since he got big into Hollywood, The Rock as we know hasn't wrestled as much as he used to in the 90's. Whenever he makes his return though, it's always unforgetable (whether good or bad) and will always remain like that for the rest of his career.
Just recently who could forget his crazy match with Erick Rowan at WrestleMania 32 right?!
Okay all kidding aside, The Rock is a one of a kind talent. Even though he's probably the most famous person in the world today, he has still never forgotten his roots in pro wrestling which makes him even more great!
What else is there to say about The Most Electrifying Man in wrestling?
Fun Fact: "The Rock" was actually Don Muraco's epithet back in the early 80's!
Death: April 28,2002
Weight: 225 lbs
Kicking off the Top 10 we got the late great Lou Thesz. In the era where wrestlers were just simply no-nonsense straight up wrestlers, no other man did it better than The Hooker!
Lou Thesz was trained by another equally great legend: Ed "Strangler" Lewis. Thanks to his great untouchable technical abilities in the ring, Thesz quickly became the biggest name of his era and made him a 6x World Champion!
He won the original World Heavyweight Championship (the one held by Frank Gotch & George Hackenschmidt) twice and he was also the last champion of said belt before it transitioned onto the NWA World Heavyweight Championship which he twon three times!
Thesz still holds the record for the longest combined day reigns as NWA World Champion with 3,749 days total! I'm sure that's a record nobody is beating soon, especially when you got Tim Storm as the current champion, but I digress.
He also held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, NOT Verne Gagne's AWA but Paul Bower's AWA. A title also held by Gorgeous George,Don Eagle,and The French Angel just to name a few.
Also besides being a 6x World Champion, Lou Thesz also held a plethora of other belts in multiple territories he wrestled for. Most notably being the inaugural UWA World Heavyweight Champion in Mexico before dropping the belt to El Canek.
Let's talk about his in-ring skills, I don't think there's anyone that can top him back in the day! Lou Thesz set the bar for what wrestling should really be ever since he started competing in the squared circle. His technical skills are unlike any other!
He was also the master of innovation as he invented many of the wrestling moves commonly used to day such as The Lou Thesz Press (used a lot by Stone Cold back in the day),the original Powerbomb,belly to back waistlock suplex which would later be known as the German Suplex,and the STF submission hold.
If you wanna talk about rivalries, I think the biggest one back in the day was without a doubt Lou Thesz vs Buddy Rogers. These two had an intense feud both in and out of the ring but can settle their differences when it's time for a match and boy can they deliver! A lot of the matches these two had will always be some of the greatest wrestling matches ever in history.
In terms of longevity Lou Thesz pretty much is the King of that as well. He had a career that spanned for over 8 decades although he did take a huge hiatus in the late 80's. His first and only match for the WWF/E was in 1987 winning a Legends Battle Royal.
He wrestled his final match on 1990 at NJPW where he loss to his student: Masahiro Chono. There's only one word to describe Lou Thesz and his career: LEGENDARY.
If you wanna know what a truly a "wrestler" is and should be, look no further than Lou Thesz. A champion in any shape or form, and a legend that set the bar and blazed the trail for the future generation of professional wrestlers.
Fun Fact: When Lou Thesz didn't agree to lose the World Title to Verne Gagne, Gagne left the NWA and formed the AWA.
Birthday: March 20,1959
From: Venice Beach,California
Weight: 250 lbs
In my opinion, with all due respect to Ric Flair the man who embodied and is the face of WCW ever since the company was around is none other than "The Icon" Sting!
Sting was trained by Red Bastien, who was a respected veteran in the 60's and 70's. Anyway after his bodybuilding career, Sting joined by Jim Hellwig (aka Ultimate Warrior) decided to become pro wrestlers.
They initially had a tag-team run as "The Blade Runners" with Sting as "Blade Runner Flash" and Warrior as "Blade Runner Rock." They didn't win tag-team titles or anything like that but it's still an interesting trivia knowing that the two started with each other before rising to become big stars on their own later on.
After wrestling for a couple of promotions here and there such as the UWF, it wasn't until in 1987 when Sting made his debut for Jim Crockett Promotions and really took off his career! He challenged Ric Flair for the first time at Clash of Champions 1988 for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship which ended in a 45 minute draw.
As we know later on Sting & Flair would have many more memorable battles against one another and solidifying their feud as one of the greatest rivalries in wrestling history! On July 1990 Sting won his first ever World Title by becoming NWA World Champion, defeating Flair! He held onto it for 188 days before dropping it back to Flair.
Later on in 2006, Sting would held the NWA World Championship once more this time under TNA where he defeated Jeff Jarrett whom he had also quite the rivalry with. Sting's reign this time only lasted for 28 days though before losing the belt to Abyss.
Before we get way too ahead of Sting's career, let's go back a little in 1996 when he changed his character from the bleach blonde "surfer" Sting to what we now know as the "Crow" Sting, this was when WCW parted ways with the NWA and was it's own brand. Anyway as we know Sting had a legendary rivalry with Hollywood Hogan and the rest of the nWo, whom he would later join with The Wolfpack!
During this time period, Sting managed to get a hold of many championships most notably being a 6x WCW World Heavyweight Champion! He has the second most reigns with said belt, only behind Flair. He also held the WCW World Tag-Team,United States,and International Heavyweight Championships all twice.
Sting wrestled for WCW until the company's last show. He competed in the final episode of Nitro of course against Ric Flair, who else could it be right? It was rumored many times after the closure of WCW that Sting would go to the WWF but we wouldn't see that happen until years later.
He wrestled for WWA for a short time after WCW folded and held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating another notable rival of his: Lex Luger. Then TNA was formed he came to the company in 2003 and wrestled there for 11 years!
Sting is a 4x TNA World Heavyweight Champion and TNA World Tag-Team Champion. He pretty much is one of the biggest names in TNA's history and they honored that by making him the inaugural inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012.
After his TNA contract expired in 2014, the moment we never thought would happen actually became true and that is Sting going to the WWE! He made his debut on Survivor Series 2014 and feuded with Triple H which culminated into Sting's first and sadly only WrestleMania match at WM 31 where he got defeated by HHH much to the disappointment of many fans.
The good thing about that match though is we got to see on what could have been if the nWo and DX feuded back in the day! At that point they were all already old as hell but it's still a wonderful moment nonetheless. Sting continued wrestling for WWE in big matches until in 2015 while in a match with Seth Rollins, suffered a career-ending injury.
He officially announced in his WWE Hall of Fame speech in 2016 after a 3 decade career, he has officially retired from in-ring competition. Now what I like about this instead of the fans giving him shit, they actually gave him a deserving standing ovation so good on you Dallas fans!
It was also one of the saddest feelings ever as we know his dream match with The Undertaker will forever just stay a dream...
Anyway Sting similar to Chris Jericho is a master of re-inventing himself! Only he can transform a muscular blonde character into an eerie,mysterious character who would later join in with the Wolfpack and spoke for the first time,and at his TNA run at one point became The Joker Sting which I actually enjoyed!
Sting is truly an ICON in every sense of the word.
Fun Fact: Virgil of all wrestlers has a better WrestleMania record than Sting! Let that sink in...
Weight: 220 lbs
Kurt Angle is the best pure athlete ever in the history of pro wrestling! Oh it's true, it's damn true!
After a successful career in amateur wrestling and becoming a gold medalist in the 1996 Olympics (with a broken freaking neck!) Kurt Angle went to the WWE in 1998 and in a short amount of time quickly became one of the biggest names in the company's history!
As we all know Angle had a successful career in WWE becoming 6x World Champion in his stay there, getting a hold of the WWE Championship four times and both the World Heavyweight and WCW World Heavyweight (under WWE banner) once.
He also held the Intercontinental,European,and Hardcore Championships. His team with Chris Benoit are the inaugural WWE Tag-Team Champions. With all of this accolades, Kurt is the 10th Triple Crown Champion and 5th Grand Slam Champion in WWE history! Quite an amazing feat if I do say so myself.
We also saw many memorable matches and moments with Kurt Angle during his WWE run through the years from matches with Stone Cold,The Rock,Triple H,John Cena,Brock Lesnar,Randy Orton,Rey Mysterio,Booker T,Eddie Guerrero,Chris Benoit,the list goes on!
Growing up watching the Ruthless Aggression era, Angle became one of my personal favorites even to this day. I always thought he has the best moveset out of any wrestler at the time with his amazing suplexes and of course the signature Ankle Lock.
After a 9 year run with the WWE, he moved on and wrestled for TNA. He also had a successful run in TNA becoming a record 6x TNA World Heavyweight Champion! He also held the X-Division,Tag-Team,and King of the Mountain Championships. He is the only wrestler to become both WWE King of the Ring and TNA King of the Mountain.
While Kurt did have a good run in TNA, eventually becoming a Hall of Famer even, I think his WWE career is still much better and memorable. Don't get me wrong, he did have many memorable matches and moments in TNA as well but I just always liked his WWE work better, to each their own as they say.
Besides having a great career in his home country, Angle also had a decent career in Japan where he became IWGP Heavyweight Champion! But this title reign is not officially recognised by New Japan since he won the title under Inoki Genome Federation, not NJPW. Still, to this day he is the only one to become WWE,TNA,and IWGP Champion!
Now that we've established he had a decorated career, let's talk about his wrestling skills shall we? In my opinion Kurt Angle is the best technical wrestler in the world over the past 10 years! Yes there are many other greats but no one can top the technical and all-around ability of Kurt Angle! He's just that damn good!
His mic skills aren't that bad either, had some pretty memorable promos in WWE. A very charismatic wrestler as well, I'm sure everyone knows about the "YOU SUCK!" chants, it's ironic that this is mostly chanted nowadays by fans mainly as a "sign of respect" if you believe it or not.
He still continues wrestling for the indie circuit today such as WCPW and ICW. Only time will tell on when will Kurt go back home to WWE!
Fun Fact: Before working for WWE, Angle had plans to wrestle for ECW but after seeing the infamous "Crucifixition of Sandman" incident, he was disgusted by the act and left the company. If that didn't happen, imagine if Kurt Angle were to stay with ECW at the time?!
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
Birthday: November 15,1952
Death: May 20,2011
Weight: 237 lbs
Ooooh Yeah! The Cream of the Crop takes his rightful spot on the list of greatest wrestlers of all time!
"Macho Man" Randy Savage was a 2nd Generation Wrestler, his father being Angelo Poffo who was also the one who trained him and his brother Lanny aka The Genius.
After leaving the baseball world, Savage became a pro wrestler in 1973 and got his first big push at the Memphis territories and on his father's promotion: International Championship Wrestling. It wasn't until in 1985 when he debuted for the WWF and became one of their top stars!
Savage was dubbed as the "top free agent in wrestling" when he made his debut for the WWF. His first big role was feuding with Tito Santana for the Intercontinental Championship, which he won and had a legendary reign of 414 days. WWE has acknowledged Savage before as the greatest IC Champion in history, although Honky Tonk Man might disagree!
He was eventually defeated for the Intercontinental title by Ricky Steamboat in their match at WrestleMania 3 which still remains as not only one of the best Mania matches ever, but one of the greatest wrestling matches in history!
Savage would then move on to a storyline with perhaps his greatest rival yet in wrestling: Hulk Hogan. When the belt was vacated by Andre the Giant in 1988, a tournament was held on WrestleMania 4 for the WWF Championship. Savage ended up winning the tournament, beating Ted DiBiase.
Later on Savage would form an alliance with Hogan as "The Mega Powers" quite possibly the greatest pairing of any babyfaces in history! In the end though Macho Man would turn on The Hulkster after Hogan was being a little "too friendly" with Ms. Elizabeth. Their feud would culminate in WrestleMania V with Hogan beating Savage for the WWF Championship!
In 1992 Savage won the WWF Championship for the second and final time this time in his feud against Ric Flair! He held it for 149 days, much shorter than his first reign being 371 days. Savage dropped the title back to Flair and in 1994 would jump ship to WCW.
At WCW Savage had a decorated career as well becoming 4x WCW World Heavyweight Champion, although his reigns aren't that impressive with the longest lasting only for 31 days. His most memorable run in WCW was being one of the most notable members of nWo.
He wrestled for WCW until 2000. Afterwards Savage had a very brief stint in TNA during their early years, he had his final match with TNA on a 6 Man Tag-Team match where he teamed up with AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy to defeat Nash,Hall,and Jarrett. He retired from in-ring competition since then.
In terms of his work rate, many of his fellow colleagues have mentioned that Savage is one of the easiest wrestlers to work with! Also his level of charisma was just through the roof, easily in the Top 5 most charismatic wrestlers, his mic skills were amazing as well leaving us with so many memorable promos through the years!
Throughout his wrestling career that spanned for over 32 years, The Macho Man has main evented multiple PPV's such as WrestleMania,SummerSlam,and Starrcade. He has also won a total of 29 championships in different promotions he competed in.
Savage was a huge household name gaining fame not only in wrestling but in other forms of media as well most notably his commercials and endorsements for Slim Jim and his role at the first Spider-Man movie as Bonesaw! He also had a rapping career , and to be honest I'd rather just forget about it entirely...
Sadly Macho Man passed away in May 2011 after suffering a heart attack while driving. He will never be forgotten though that's for sure, he has left a mark in pro wrestling that only few can do. Long Live The Macho King!
Fun Fact: His wedding with Ms. Elizabeth at SummerSlam 1991 was staged as they were already married 7 years prior to that event!
Weight: 235 lbs
The Best There Is. The Best There Was. The Best There Ever Will Be.
Not a lot of people know this but Bret transitioned from amateur to pro wrestling. Of course he is a member of the Hart wrestling family, trained by his father Stu and the most successful member of the family in the wrestling scene.
I've made a countdown long time ago about the greatest 2nd generation wrestlers and Bret ranked No. 1 on that list and I'm sure most of you will agree with me on that as well!
Before his huge career in the WWE took off, Bret first wrestled at his family's promotion: Stampede wrestling. He became a 6x Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion and 5x Stampede International Champion. He had some memorable bouts with Dynamite Kid during those years.
In 1985 Bret along with his brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart made their debut in the WWF as The Hart Foundation. Together they won the World Tag-Team Championships twice! First in 1987 where they defeated The British Bulldogs and held the belts for 274 days and the second in 1990 where they defeated Demolition and held them for 209 days with a total combined reign of 483 days!
Around the early 90's, both The Hitman and The Anvil would go on to have their solo careers and obviously we know who had the more success. Both in 1991 and 1992 Bret held the Intercontinental Championship. He had some intense and memorable matches with Roddy Piper,British Bulldog,and Mr. Perfect for said belt!
When Hulk Hogan was starting to become less involved with the WWF, it was Bret who took over in the main event scene. He won his first WWF Championship on October 1992 defeating Ric Flair! He would win the title 4 more times later on in his career with his second reign being the longest at 248 days.
The biggest rivalry of Bret without a doubt was his arch nemesis both in and out of the ring: Shawn Michaels. Similar to Thesz & Rogers, the two can settle their differences when it comes to a match. They've always delivered quality and memorable matches over the years! In fact the match where the Screwjob took place wasn't even bad, it was just overshadowed by the happenings afterwards.
Speaking of the screwjob, as sad as it is, it probably what defined Bret's career both for the good and bad. After this incident he moved to WCW in hopes of having another successful career and while he did become a 2x WCW World Champion and 4x WCW US Champion, his run there was underwhelming to say the least mainly thanks to the awful booking.
His career ended prematurely after that botched incident with Goldberg and took a long hiatus from wrestling afterwards. In 2006 he made his first appearance for the WWE since the screwjob, getting inducted into the WWE HOF. Then in 2009 he had an in-ring comeback where he had a match with Mr. McMahon at WrestleMania 26 and in 2010 he even won the WWE US Championship for a short time but he was already way past his prime at this point so the matches were lackluster as expected.
Let's just forget about his final in-ring run because in his prime Bret is probably the best technical wrestler in the world during those days! He brags that no one can lace up a pair of boots like he did and to be honest, he wasn't lying. In my opinion he is the greatest technical wrestler in the history of pro wrestling! His mic skills on the other hand.... it's decent at best some times.
He had many memorable feuds and matches over the years, of course the ones he had with HBK were top notch but another personal favorite feud of mine he had was with Owen! The two always had amazing matches together and it's honestly the best sibling rivalry in pro wrestling! The Bella Twins and Hardy Boyz should've taken notes on how to do a proper sibling rivalry from The Harts.
While I may not agree with a lot of his opinions nowadays and overall I just don't like the old senile Bret we see nowadays, I still respect his legacy and body of work no question.
Fun Fact: He had a podcast which ran for only 10 episodes: Bret Hart Radio.
Birthday: August 11,1953
From: Venice Beach,California
Weight: 303 lbs
Say what you want about Hulk Hogan, whether you love or hate the man you can't deny that The Hulkster is the most popular wrestler of any generation and will remain as that for the rest of eternity! He is what Michael Jordan is to basketball, what Babe Ruth is to baseball, and what Muhammad Ali was to boxing.
Trained by Hiro Matsuda, Hogan got his big start at AWA and CWA. He then grew in popularity after being involved in the Rocky III movie with Sylvester Stallone! At his early years he also challenged for the NWA World Championship against Harley Race but was unsuccessful.
He made his WWF debut in 1979 and in fact first started as a heel managed by "Classy" Freddie Blassie and even challenged Bob Backlund early on for the WWF Championship. It wasn't until in 1983 when Hulkamania started becoming bigger and Hogan became the biggest name in wrestling!
In 1984 he defeated The Iron Sheik to gain his first WWF Championship which he would held for 1,474 days which is the third longest reign of the belt only behind Backlund & Bruno's record! Hogan would win the belt 4 more times in the span of the late 80's until early 90's having feuds with the likes of Ultimate Warrior,Randy Savage,Undertaker,and Sgt. Slaughter.
Hogan main evented the first 7 WrestleManias (excluding 4) but the biggest one of all of course is without a doubt his match with Andre the Giant in WrestleMania 3 which set the bar for what WrestleMania is and that is: long lasting unforgettable moments!
In 1994 after a long run with the WWF, Hogan jumped ship to WCW and became one of the top stars of the company! He is a 6x WCW World Heavyweight Champion but that's all overshadowed by the biggest highlight of his career in WCW: creating the nWo with Kevin Nash & Scott Hall in 1996 which would become the biggest and hottest stable in wrestling history!
After WCW folded out he ran his own promotion along with Jimmy Hart & The Nasty Boys: XWF which was short lived. He only had one match there against Curt Hennig before returning to the WWE in 2002. Hogan had another big WrestleMania match this time at WrestleMania X8 where he battled The Rock. It was definitely a "dream match" where two of the biggest names in wrestling of two different generations facing off against each other, just a wonderful moment!
In 2002 he had his 6th and final reign with the WWE Championship defeating Triple H but would only held the belt for 28 days before dropping it to Undertaker. He would get inducted into the WWE HOF in 2005 and in 2006 wrestled his final match for the company at SummerSlam 2006 beating Randy Orton.
Then Hogan went to TNA and we all know what kind of a shitstorm that was... He wrestled his last match under TNA where he teamed up with his old rival Sting and James Storm to beat Kurt Angle,Bobby Roode,and Bully Ray.
Besides having a big impact on the US, Hogan also had quite a decent career in Japan and Mexico. He wrestled for the NJPW numerous times often being pitted against Antonio Inoki. In Mexico he had a short run in UWA during the promotion's heyday usually competing against El Canek.
In 2014 he made his return to the WWE and left another unforgettable moment where at WrestleMania 30 him,Stone Cold,and The Rock were in the same ring together at the opening segment! That gave me goosebumps alright! Then in 2015 the audio tapes of his racist tirade went around the internet which ended his run with the WWE on a sour note.
Yeah that racist scandal really ruined Hogan's career but I believe he's not racist, more on being stupid at the time, his mouth was doing the thinking and not his brain let's just put it that way. He has recovered a little bit though after winning the lawsuit and is rumored on making a WWE return soon at the writing of this blog.
Due to that scandal the WWE tried to erase Hogan for a period of time, gave him the "Benoit treatment" almost but you really cannot hide the man who transformed your regional promotion into a global phenomena! Hogan will forever be the face of the WWE, without his success I think the WWE wouldn't be where it is at today.
Also he gets shit a lot of times for his in-ring style but Hogan isn't actually that bad especially if you watch his matches in Japan! He knows his crowds very well, what I mean by that usually the American audience (at the time) is more into the entertainment stuff so we see less moves from him and more on playing with the crowd. But with his matches on Japan, he knows the Japanese crowd especially an NJPW audience isn't gonna stand for that shit so he can wrestle a fast pace match against someone like Great Muta or Inoki!
His charisma is undeniable,his legacy is forever cemented,and a lot of the moments he left us whether good or bad will forever be ingrained into the minds of every wrestling fan in the world.
Fun Fact: In his AWA run he had a tag-team run with Brutus Beefcake as "The Unrelated Brothers" where Hogan was called Terry Boulder while Beefcake was Ed Boulder.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Weight: 252 lbs
Bruno Sammartino ruled the 70's,Hulk Hogan rocked the 80's,and the 90's was dominated by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin!
How over was Stone Cold you ask? Well not only he has the best selling t-shirt in wrestling history! Oh and he always had the loudest pop imaginable every time he makes an entrance, even puts The Road Warriors to shame!
Steve Austin was trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams, one of the most popular wrestlers at WCCW where he first competed at around the late 80's before moving to WCW in the early 90's as "Stunning" Steve Austin.
His first run on WCW was being a part of Paul E's stable "The Dangerous Alliance" and under that stable he became WCW Television Champion. Later on he would have a successful tag-team run with Flyin' Brian Pillman as "The Hollywood Blondes" and became 2x Tag-Team Champions. He also held the WCW US Championship twice.
In 1995 Austin went to ECW for a short run and this is where he started to develop his solid mic skills, he ditched the "Stunning Steve" character and was now "Superstar" Steve Austin. It's sort of the prototype of the Stone Cold character if you will.
He headlined ECW's December to Dismember in 1995 where he battled The Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship but he loss. According to Heyman he originally wanted Austin to become the champion but he refused and liked the role better of being the "hunter rather than the haunted!"
That was Austin's last match with ECW though as he left the extreme company for WWF in 1996 this time taking the role of The Ringmaster managed by Ted DiBiase. He would win the Million Dollar Championship and later on he won the King of the Ring tournament and told the promo that is forever in the minds of every wrestling fan: Austin 3:16!
Starting from 1997 "Stone Cold" Steve Austin grew in popularity! He feuded with Bret Hart with the two having one of the most iconic matches of their careers which ended in a double turn Austin becoming a face while Hart turned heel! He also feuded with Owen Hart for the Intercontinental Championship (a title he won twice.)
His two biggest feuds in his career though was with Mr. McMahon and The Rock. Both of those feuds helped the WWF rise up and become the top promotion in the world, beating WCW at the Monday Night Wars in the process!
Stone Cold helped big time in the success of the WWE, if it wasn't for him and a few other wrestlers & workers, the Attitude Era wouldn't be possible! He sold out multiple shows,PPV's,merchandise,you name it! While Hogan is still the biggest draw ever, Austin I think is just right behind him!
In terms of his wrestling skills, he was definitely one of the most entertaining performers at the time! In his Stunning Steve and Ringmaster days, Austin proved that he can be technical if he wants. But of course his Stone Cold character fits more the brawling aspect of wrestling rather than being a technical wizard. He knows what type of wrestling fits in the gimmicks he is playing! Also The Stunner is still the best finisher in my opinion!
He has headlined multiple shows and PPV's of the WWE through the years, his last match was at WrestleMania 19 being defeated by The Rock. After that he has retired from active competition but still makes appearances for the WWE to this day. In 2009 he was rightfully inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Definitely a household name of the industry, Stone Cold's legacy and success in wrestling is unparalleled!
Fun Fact: Stone Cold shares the same birthday with Trish Stratus & RVD!
Birthday: March 24,1965
Weight: 309 lbs
Hogan was the face of the Golden Era,Austin to the Attitude Era,Cena to the PG Era,while The Undertaker is the cornerstone of each of those eras!
Who would've thought that a dead person zombie-esque man would become the most iconic character/gimmick in all of professional wrestling? Mark Callaway took chicken shit and turned it into chicken salad!
Before becoming the legend that he is today, Taker first wrestled under multiple names in his early years from 1984 until 1990 such as "Mean Mark Callous" "Texas Red" "Master of Pain" and "Punisher Dice Morgan."
In fact he had a short tag-team run with Dan Spivey and Teddy Long managing them as "The Skyscrapers" in WCW when they were still under the control of the NWA! Pretty interesting tidbit for you there.
It wasn't until in November 1990 when he made his debut at Survivor Series as a part of Ted DiBiase's "Million Dolalr Team" and as they say the rest is history! He won his first World Title, the WWF Championship in 1991 defeating Hulk Hogan and ending his 248 day reign!
Taker only held his first WWF Championship though for about a week before dropping it back to The Hulkster. He would win the WWF Championship again 6 years later in 1997 and once again in 1999. His last reign with the belt was in 2002. His total combined day reign with the WWE Championship is 238 days.
I think Taker's most notable accolade was his run with the big gold: World Heavyweight Championship, a title he held three times in the late 2000's spawning memorable feuds and matches with many superstars like Edge & Batista.
Besides having a successful singles run, Taker also did well in tag-team competition most notably being a 6x World Tag-Team Champion with different partners such as Stone Cold,The Rock,and Big Show. But we all know his best tag-team run was with his "brother" Kane!
Together as The Brothers of Destruction, Taker & Kane dominated the tag-team scene of the Attitude Era and whenever they reunite, they are unstoppable! Speaking of Kane, he is one of the many rivals Undertaker had over the years and in my opinion his best rival!
But beyond all the accolades,awards,and championships the biggest legacy of The Undertaker is WrestleMania. As much as Shawn Michaels calls himself "Mr. WrestleMania" I think that title rightfully belongs to The Undertaker!
In my opinion Taker is the biggest attraction in WrestleMania since the first day he made his debut, people are always so eager for his matches! The Streak is one of the most impactful things ever not only in WWE but in wrestling as a whole.
He has defeated numerous big names in Mania starting from Jimmy Snuka to CM Punk but sadly the day we never thought would happen, the streak getting conquered at WrestleMania 30 by Brock Lesnar! It wasn't just the "shock of the year" but perhaps the "shock of the decade."
Undertaker's influence did not only reach around the wrestlers but to the fans especially to me. He is the reason why I am a wrestling fan in the first place. I still remember that day when I visited my grandfather's house and I watched wrestling there for the first time and guess who's on the TV? Undertaker.
I was so scared yet amazed at the same time to him. His entrance gave me goosebumps, and whenever I hear that gong it still sends chills down my spine. No other wrestler has captivated me like that than The Undertaker. He introduced me to this wonderful and crazy world of professional wrestling.
I know it's a long stretch but one of my dreams before I leave this world is to meet The Undertaker in personal. Don't know how, don't know when but it would surely be a lifetime achievement for me. It may sound crazy to a lot of other people but hey we're free to dream can't we?
So yeah enough fanboying from me. Undertaker has done pretty much everything he is able to, he left a huge mark (no pun intended) in the business that nobody else will. His name and character will be remembered by wrestling fans of many generations forever. He has built a long lasting legacy that will never rest in peace!
Fun Fact: He first wrestled in the WWE as "Kane the Undertaker" but they felt the name was too long so they cut the "Kane" part out and gave it to Glenn Jacobs later on!
Birthday: July 22,1965
From: San Antonio,Texas
Weight: 225 lbs
In my opinion and I'm sure most of you will agree to me on this, Shawn Michaels is the greatest in-ring performer in WWE history! He has really set the bar for match quality in WWE and no one else has come close to what The Heartbreak Kid was able to do in the squared circle!
Shawn Michaels was trained by Mexican wrestling legend: Jose Lothario. He wrestled in the territories during his early years and in the AWA got connected with Marty Jannety and they became The Midnight Rockers. They held the AWA World Tag-Team Championships twice before making their way to the WWF in 1988.
This time they were just simply known as The Rockers. They quickly became popular with the fans especially the women thanks to their looks and their in-ring talent was just an added bonus to it! They would eventually win the WWF World Tag-Team Championships from The Hart Foundation but their reign is considered unofficial.
Anyway The Rockers continued teaming up until 1992 during Brutus Beefcake's The Barber Shop segment, it happened... Marty Jannety tried to escape through the window as Bobby Heenan would say! Okay all kidding aside, Michaels betrayed Jannety after their long partnership and kicked off his singles career while Marty... well he just became obscure the poor fella!
Now known as "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels became the top heel of the WWF and has found a new partner/bodyguard in the form of Diesel! He won his first singles title by defeating The British Bulldog for the Intercontinental Championship, he would held onto the belt for 202 days before being dethroned by Jannety but just 20 days later he got the belt back.
Due to some steroid issues HBK was suspended for a while thus leaving the Intercontinental Championship vacant. Razor Ramon ended up winning the belt and later on when HBK returned he feuded with Razor for the "title he never loss" and even brought his own version of the IC Title.
This all culminated as we know in one of the greatest ladder matches in history at WrestleMania 10 which saw Razor winning in the end! This match was given a 5-Star rating by Meltzer and was named "Match of the Year" by PWI. 1996 was one of HBK's banner years, the infamous "Curtain Call" took place at this point and he would rekindle his feud with Bret Hart, this time for the WWF Championship!
HBK won the WWF Championship for the first time in March 1996 beating Bret. Since then the two had a heated rivalry both in and out of the ring, although they did deliver on the ring with a lot of great and memorable matches! HBK would win the belt two more times afterwards the last one being in the infamous Montreal Screwjob. I'm sure you all know already what happened so I won't elaborate anymore.
Michaels along with Triple H also formed the biggest stable in WWE history: D-Generation X and it started off with Chyna and Rick Rude, later on Road Dogg,Billy Gunn,and X-Pac would join in the bunch as well! This was WWF's answer to WCW's nWo and marked the start of the Attitude Era!
Unfortunately for Shawn in 1998 he suffered a back injury during his casket match with The Undertaker. He was forced to take a 4 year hiatus and during that time he took on the role of an on-air commisioner and also ran his own training school in the early 2000's. Of course the most successful alumnus of said school is Daniel Bryan!
He returned in the ring full time in 2002 and had many memorable feuds and moments since. Most notably feuding and later on reuniting with Triple H,having solid feuds with Y2J,John Cena,and Randy Orton. Making Ric Flair "retire" in WrestleMania 24. But perhaps the biggest one of all is his altercations with The Undertaker.
WrestleMania 25: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker. To this day is still seen by many as not only the greatest WrestleMania match in history, but the greatest match ever in professional wrestling! He wrestled his final match at WrestleMania 26 against Taker once again but this time in a "Streak vs Career" match which HBK loss forcing him to retire. And surprisingly he did retire as on RAW afterwards he had an emotional retirement speech!
A year later in 2011 HBK was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He would still make appearances on WWE programming since then and is now a coach at the NXT performance center so those guys and gals are very lucky to be learning from such a talented wrestler!
Of course Shawn Michaels isn't a perfect human being (after all besides Curt Hennig, who is Perfect right?) But he did had a lot of faults back then with backstage politics and all that bullshit but the great thing is, he turned his life around and reconciled with the people he made enemies with back then such as Bret Hart.
He has done it all in the WWE, a 4x World Champion,3x Intercontinental Champion,4x World Tag-Team Champion,European Champion,two-time winner of the Royal Rumble,the 5th Triple Crown Champion,and the first ever Grand Slam Champion in WWE History!
Over the years we see many fans have said to many wrestlers like Dolph Ziggler as "the next Shawn Michaels" but there will never be another Shawn Michaels. No one else in this world can top what this man did in the wrestling business (except of course the man ranked no. 1 in this countdown.)
P.S. To the Young Bucks, your Superkick Party is nothing in comparison to The Sweet Chin Music!
Fun Fact: His iconic theme song "Sexy Boy" was written by "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart!
Birthday: February 25,1949
From: Charlotte,North Carolina
Weight: 243 lbs
Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the Greatest of them all? Why it's of course "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair! WOOOOOO!
Many wrestling legends including Shawn Michaels himself and millions of wrestling fans (including yours truly) have stated that the greatest wrestler of all time is none other than the 16x World Champion himself!
A year has passed since the last Top 100 countdown and yes my opinion has still not change and will forever claim that Ric Flair is the G.O.A.T of wrestling. There is no one else that can come close to the greatness of The Nature Boy!
If there would be a "Mt. Rushmore of Wrestling" clearly Flair would be the George Washington! The man has literally done it all in pro wrestling, every generation has seen the greatness of Ric Flair thanks to the longevity of his career.
After being trained by Verne Gagne, Flair began his wrestling career in the early 70's. He first wrestled as an ordinary bland wrestler before in 1974 he became the rolex-wearing,limousine riding,jet flying,kiss stealing son of a gun!
Since then his career skyrocketed and easily became the top superstar for the NWA becoming it's World Champion 10 times! (unrecognised reigns not included.) Later on Flair would also become an 8x WCW World Heavyweight Champion and 2x WWF Champion.
Among his other accolades are 5x NWA United States,3x NWA World Tag-Team,2x NWA Television,WCW United States,2x WWE World Tag-Team,and WWE Intercontinental Championships. Winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble. He was also named "Wrestler of the Year" 6 times by PWI and a record 9 time by the Wrestling Observer!
He has also main evented multiple PPV's over the years including Starrcade many times as well as becoming the first and only 2 time WWE Hall of Famer! First in 2008 as a singles and on 2012 as a part of The Four Horsemen.
Speaking of The Horsemen, Flair has had his fair share of tag-teams and stables such as Evolution in WWE and Fortune in TNA but nothing tops his work with The Four Horsemen! With all due respect to the other members, but if Flair isn't in the Horsemen I don't think the stable would took off like it did.
In his career that spanned for over 4 decades Flair has pretty much faced off and defended his titles against multiple wrestlers all over the world! He is a "World Champion" in every sense of the word. He had many high profile feuds such as Dusty,Harley,Funk,Steamboat,Piper,Wahoo,Hogan,Kerry,Taker but the biggest one of them all is his rivalry with Sting!
Also in my opinion Flair is not only the greatest wrestler of all time but also the best in the mic! I don't ever recall a bad Ric Flair promo in my life. His charisma is off the charts too! He can play a role of a babyface or heel pretty well. A versatile performer if you will! Often imitated never duplicated!
No other man has had the level of championship success in the wrestling business other than Flair, a record 16 time World Champion (some even say 25, who knows) He is top notch at everything he does (especially selling!)
Ric Flair is not only the greatest talker in the business,he's not only the greatest World Champion,he's not only a household name,but by god he is the GREATEST OF ALL TIME!!! And you know it!
Fun Fact: One of his earliest ring names was "Rambling" Ricky Rhodes sometimes billed as Dusty Rhodes' brother. It's ironic he would be one of his greatest rivals later on!
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"THE WHOLE EFFING LIST" where all the ranks will be compiled in one huge blog post/article will be coming soon sometime in January 2017 RIGHT HERE in MWC!
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