"Stone Cold" Steve Austin may call him the Toughest SOB in the WWE but trust me, there are much more tough badass guys than Stone Cold and you're going to find them out here!
Without further ado, MWC presents the Top 15 Toughest SOB's in Professional Wrestling History!
The Great Gama
The Great Gama (aka Ghulam Muhammad) was a popular wrestler way back in the 1910's and you gotta remember that back in those days, almost everything about wrestling was legit! No storylines,no promos,just plain pro wrestling!
Now what makes The Great Gama tough than a lot of people from back in his day? Well I just wanna say that the man has been undefeated for 50 years of his career! That's right, 50 years being undefeated! Now that's a real streak for you.
He is best known for his matches against the likes of Stanislaus Zbyszko and Frank Gotch who are both tough men on their own but The Great Gama is indeed the toughest of his time.
We all know Mick Foley is one hell of a tough SOB. The most famous moment he got was when he got thrown off on top of a cage by The Undertaker, straight to a table! Even Terry Funk told in his HOF speech that he thought Foley died from the incident!
More notable moments were; Foley losing his left ear in a match against Vader,getting speared by Edge straight to a flaming table,and getting multiple chairshots by The Rock straight to his head! The man is crazy, but that's what he does best and what got him to superstardom.
Foley loves the wrestling business and like I said he is willing to do anything just for our entertainment!
Andre the Giant
Andre has been dubbed as a "Gentle Giant" for a lot of times but just don't mess up with him and you'll be fine. If you're on Andre's "bad list" then prepare yourself for some trouble! He can kick ass and won't back down to any fight or challenge (except to the next guy.)
Bad News Brown
While in a bus tour on Japan, Andre has been pulling out some racial slurs on Bad News. Of course Bad News got pissed and told the driver to stop the bus, went outside and challenged Andre to a fight! The Giant refused.
Now the reason why Andre refused wasn't clear yet. It could've been that he's just lazy or too drunk to fight or maybe he could be scared to what Bad News could've done to him.
But if you're still not convinced that Bad News is a legit tough SOB then let me tell you that he was a judo player before becoming a pro wrestler. He also participated in the Olympics a couple of times and even won some medals so he is 100% legit!
Gotch was already a successful amateur wrestler before becoming professional, in fact he participated in the 1948 Olympics both in freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman Wrestling. He is also the main inspiration for Antonio Inoki.
Gotch is also a well-renowned trainer, some of his students would go on to become legends themselves such as; Satoru Sayama (aka Original Tiger Mask),Hiro Matsuda,Yoshiaki Fujiwara,and Barry Darsow (aka Demolition Smash.)
Dan "The Beast" Severn
Severn had a successful career both as a wrestler and MMA Fighter. In his MMA career, he won various tournaments in UFC and still holds the record of being the only Triple Crown Champion for said company. He had memorable fights with the likes of Royce Gracie,Ken Shamrock,and Tank Abbott just to name a few.
Severn's MMA record is 101-19-7 and you're lying if you will say that's not impressive!
Severn was also an amateur wrestler before turning pro. He joined the Olympics a couple of times and won medals. Severn also had a great career in different promotions such as NWA and WWF.
Hansen is well known for his stiff style of wrestling, he mainly did this because of his bad eyesight. Hansen also pretty much lived up his gimmick as a crazy cowboy. No one messes with Hansen, in fact back then some wrestlers just refused to wrestle against him for how tough he is!
He is also well known for breaking the neck of Bruno Sammartino (legitimately) in a match for the WWWF Title! Despite being one of the best brawlers in wrestling though, he can still deliver great matches.
Stu Hart was trained by the late great Toots Mondt and was trained in a shoot style of wrestling, basically he does a lot of his moves to his opponents legitimately! Most of his submission maneuvers do hurt also.
But despite having a reputation of being a tough guy, Stu Hart is one of the nicest people, he has helped numerous charities in Calgary and has been respected by many fans in Canada, especially in Calgary.
Robinson is one of the best known shoot wrestlers of all time! He trained under Billy Riley in the "Snake Pit" school where everything is really rough but Robinson managed to stay there for 8 years!
Later in his career, Robinson did not only trained wrestlers but MMA fighters as well, who would become successful later in big MMA promotions such as the UFC. Robinson was a success everywhere he went, he also wrestled to many parts of the world such as in; Europe,North America,Asia,and Oceania. He also won belts in all of those continents!
Hodge was both trained by legends Leroy McGuirk and Ed "Strangler" Lewis. He is best known for his rivalry against Angelo Savoldi, they both fought through wrestling and even boxing!
Yep, Danny Hodge was also a semi-successful boxer. He was undefeated in his amateur boxing career. Although younger fans these days may know Hodge as the man who can crush an apple with only one hand! And that itself is amazing. He can still do that at his present age.
Angelo Mosca Sr.
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Larry "The Axe" Hennig
"Polish Power" Ivan Putski
The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal)
Whether it's on WWE or UFC, Lesnar dominated! Even though he only had a short run with UFC, Lesnar is still one of the most famous fighters to come out on said company! Both of his first and second runs in WWE were also great. The man is ALMOST unstoppable, he broke the goddamn streak of The Undertaker for crying out loud!
Even on shoot interviews (especially on Kayfabe Commentaries) I always laugh when wrestlers as much as possible try to avoid talking about Lesnar or even his wife; Sable because they don't wanna get their ass kicked.
A real ass kicker and probably the best Tough SOB in the business today!
Possibly the most well known involving Harley Race is at one time, when WWF took over the wrestling business already, they went to Kansas City for an event. Kansas at the time is one of the biggest NWA Territories and Race showed up backstage to Hulk Hogan's locker room and punched Hogan, having the Hulkster fly away from his seat!
Hogan then jokingly said that Harley appears to not have his gun around and low and behold; Race pointed a gun at him having Hogan run away! No one was shot luckily but it was still one of the most badass moments in wrestling!
After retiring from wrestling, Race has become an active trainer in which he still does until today!
Fun Fact: Harley Race didn't start his wrestling career by being a wrestler oddly enough. He was once a chauffeur for the heaviest wrestler ever; Happy Humphrey.
There are two memorable moments for me showing how tough of a man Inoki is; first is his infamous match against a man named The Great Antonio. Great Antonio isn't really a wrestler but was booked to be one in Japan after getting his fame on The Guinness Book of World Records.
The Great Antonio wasn't selling a lot of Inoki's moves and then started hitting Inoki legitimately in the back, this got the Japanese legend pissed and started kicking Great Antonio to the face! The referee stopped the match and if not then worst things could've happened.
Another one is Antonio Inoki face-off against boxing legend; Muhammad Ali. While I'll be honest that the match we got was terrible because of the set rules, it still takes balls to face-off against a great boxer like Muhammad Ali! Inoki broke one of Ali's legs after numerous amounts of kicks. The two started off with a legit heated rivalry but would later reconcile and become friends!
Fun Fact: Antonio Inoki is the first and only title holder of the short lived; WWF Martial Arts Championship.
LeBell wasn't just a successful professional wrestler, but martial artist as well! He is a two-time grand champion in Amateur Judo Tournaments.
One of the most well known moments of Gene LeBell is a match against boxer Milo Savage. Promoter Jim Beck challenged any judoka that can defeat Savage and Gene LeBell accepted the challenge with some set rules. Within minutes, LeBell started choking Savage and making him give up! The crowd weren't expecting said result and started throwing stuff in the ring as if LeBell was a massive heel!
LeBell is also good friends with Bruce Lee on whom they shared fighting styles with each other according to the man himself. LeBell is also a successful trainer and possibly his most well known student is the man,the myth,the legend that is; Chuck Norris! Not even kidding.
Nowadays LeBell is one of the sidemen of the top UFC star today; Ronda Rousey. According to JR, he is the toughest man in professional wrestling!
I mean what else is there to say? Most of you have heard a lot of Haku's infamous stories already. Such as removing the eye of a wrestler who used to bully one of his peers,biting the nose off one fan after screaming to his face that wrestling fake and it literally took 10-12 cops to arrest him!
Also according to Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, there are only two men in the wrestling world that Andre the Giant feared; Harley Race and of course Haku!
Pretty much a lot of Haku stories were told already at this point so here are some quotes from other pro wrestlers describing how tough of a man Haku is:
"If I had a gun and was sitting inside a tank with one shell left and Meng is 300 yards away, he's mine, right? Well the first thing I'm going to do is jump out of the tank and shoot myself because I don't want to wound that son of a bitch and have him pissed off at me." -Jake "The Snake" Roberts.
"Tonga. Nobody else would stand a chance. Not even a question. He could kill everyone without blinking and there is nothing anyone could do about it." -Perry Saturn
"one of the toughest men in the world." -The Rock
"Bar none, the toughest wrestler I ever faced was Meng." -Arn Anderson
"Brock is tough but Meng is crazy tough!" -Rikishi
"Don’t ever think that anybody would mess with Haku. If he was a young guy and he got into MMA, my god — he’d have done everything! He was the toughest son of a bitch I’ve ever met in my whole life. No lie, take my word for it." -Ric Flair
So yes, if you ever saw Haku in a convention or signing event just stay "Hi" or be nice or else you'll just be added in another infamous Haku story!
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