Top 5 Pro Wrestlers

Best Of The Best
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April 07, 2008
Ranging from fifth favorite to first favorite I am going to write about my favorite wrestlers of all time. I do this now because sadly I believe wrestling in present times is poor at best. We have WWE doing whatever lackluster stories they want and can get by with because theyre number one. And we have TNA trying their best to grow and expand, but with a limited reserve of talent on their roster. Two of which make their money impersonating former WWE talent. So I am weighing in on who my top five wrestlers of all time are.

At number five, I give much admiration and respect to The Nature Boy Ric Flair.
The essential thinking mans wrestler the man faced opponents twice his size and he defeated them, at least in plot; with his wit and underhanded tactics. He knew how to play the referees, the crowd, and his opponents. He also knew that in order to level the playing field he would need a finisher that was frightening to opponents even if he was not, the Figure Four Leg Lock. I love watching David Vs Goliath matches. I also enjoy watching brains versus brawns matches, and most times Ric Flairs matches never disappointed me. The way he would struggle his way to survival just long enough to get his finishing move off was very entertaining. He had many Rivals and he helped push those rivalries into the spotlight. Rivalries with such icons as Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Terry Funk and Sting. Most of the fights he had with these men ended bloody. Later down the road in his career he would find himself contending with Hulk Hogan over who the best wrestler of all time was. The two would cross paths numerous times in the following years, including in situations where the Four Horseman faced off against the New World Order. My guess is that Ric is set to retire this year at Wrestlemania and honestly it is long past time for it. But I will miss Ric Flair. He is one of the wrestling gods on high.

At number four, I give a howl to the man known as big sexy, the diesel Kevin Nash. This was a man who knew how to impress upon the audience his large stature. He didnt have to know a lot of moves, he just had to appear devastating and he accomplished that. With his jackknife power bomb, his sidewalk slam, his foot chokes and knee lifts and elbows, he convinced me that his strikes sapped the life out of opponents. One of my favorite matches was watching Kevin Nash end Bill Goldbergs winning streak at Starrcade 1998. Even though there were interruptions in the match, Nash convincingly matched Goldbergs power. But my favorite feud of Nashs was when he faced off against The Giant Paul Wight to see who the baddest big man was. The Giant ended up in a neck brace after suffering from a Jack knife power bomb. At present and despite 17 knee surgeries, Kevin Nash is battling it out in the six sided ring of TNA. As well as his appearance in the ring, Kevin Nash has always had a unique sense of humor which I enjoyed very much. I was saddened to learn that Vince McMahon intentionally silenced Nashs humor during his NWO debut in the WWF in 2002.

At number three I give you the excellence of execution Brett Hart. In many ways he was the torch carrier after Hogans departure from the WWF in the early 90s. Brett Hart like Flair was not a power wrestler, although he could display some power. Brett was a tactician. He was a thinking wrestlers thinker. He knew every move in the book and the reversal for every move in the book. He was also sported an amazing endurance to pain which helped him to last in the ring against some devastating foes. I fondly remember Brett Harts match against Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Title at Summer Slam 1991. It was a long and thrilling match. It displayed both Bret Harts and Curt Hennigs amazing in ring ability that would etch both of them in stone among the upper echelon of wrestlings greatest athletes. In the end Bret Hart won the Intercontinental Title in front of his mother and father. Little did I know that it was only the spark to a fire. Brett has since accomplished great things in his wrestling career. Memorable matches include his making Stone Cold pass out from pain at Wrestlemania, and his defeating of Bill Goldberg at Starrcade 1999. But that match against Bill Goldberg would send Bret Hart into eventual retirement from a reckless mule kick to the neck. Hart has also suffered heartbreak and disappointment. In 1997 his curtain call in the WWF against Shawn Michaels was mottled by a screw job from Vince McMahon. In 1998 Bret Harts brother Owen died from a harness malfunction as he attempted to drop from the rafters on a bungee cord much in the way Sting used to, but dropped to the ring snapping his neck on a turnbuckle. Bret Hart's brother in law Davey Boy Smith passed away years later, and his long time friend Chris Benoit would snap and allegedly kill his family before committing suicide.

At number two I give the enigmatic Sting. Sting is one wrestler who has built a legend for himself while at the same time refusing to wrestle for Vince McMahon. Sting was always the wild man of the wrestling ring, sporting a style that was rapid fire and capable of fending off mobs. Sting has fought against many rivals like Ric Flair, Big Van Vader, Sid Vicious and Hollywood Hogan. Sting began his career wresting with The Dingo Warrior, later the Ultimate Warrior in a tag team named The Blade Runners. In singles competition sting sported a short blonde flat top, colorful face paint and matching ring gear. Sting began in the NWA, later WCW by being a banner carrier for the underdog federation at a time when Hulkamania was at its apex in the WWF. Later when Ted Turner would bring in the Hulkster to WCW, Sting welcomed him instead of letting his ego get in the way. Eventually one of the greatest and longest running feuds between Sting and the evil Hollywood Hogan would lead to the greatest Starrcade ever, Starrcade 1997. During this period Sting stopped dressing is colorful duds and borrowed the look from Brandon Lees The Crow. A look which he sports to this day. Much like in the beginning of his career, Sting is helping to push an underdog company TNA before he retires.

Coming in at number one is the Immortal One Hollywood Hulk Hogan. This is where you will think me unoriginal. But what can I say? I have followed the man ever since he and Andre set the way for Wrestlemania III. Hogan never had a large repertoire of wrestling moves. Few times I have seen him break out some impressive submission moves undoubtedly learned from Antoni Inoki. But Hogan never had any troubles communicating his energy and perseverance in the ring. He could sell a match whether winning or losing. His wide open eyes and wagging finger ensured Hulkamaniacs abroad that no matter how scary the enemy, he would not take any duff from him. He was an electric figure for the side of good. He was the Giant Slayer. The battler of monsters. In an age when wrestling was still mainly geared for the youth of America, Hogan was the superhero in red and yellow. He convinced young boys that it never paid to be evil and that you should never back down from your fears, but always face them. No body sold good guy like Hulk Hogan, at least not in wrestling. Because as fierce as his opponents would be, they never had his wild eyes when he would mount a comeback. Then one year in my late teens, it happened. The Leg Drop heard round the world. Hulk Hogan arrived at WCW Bash At The Beach 1996 seemingly to come to the rescue of his friends Lex Luger, Sting and Randy Savage. He was supposed to fight off the outsiders Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. Instead he turned his red and yellow for black with lightning trim. Hulk Hogan, wrestling's most monumental hero, had turned villain. He was a bad guy. Who could believe it? Not me at first, but in the months to follow I went from being a Hulkamaniac to an NWOite. And when the NWO Wolf Pack branched off from the NWO Hollywood, I stayed with Hollywood. Because even when bad, he was cool. He was still Hogan. And he proved he could play the villain very well. In following years WCW would be sold off by Ted Turner as per an agreement with mergered Time Warner, and Vince would be the buyer. A fans nightmare comes true. WCW was belittled in WWF storylines and eventually it faded away altogether. But when Hogan returned to WWF then later WWE, fans still launched to their feet and cheered for the fifty year old super legend. To this very day if Hulk Hogan enters a ring, fans will stand to their feet. He is an amazing person. And I will always be a fan.

Now in my early thirties, obviously wrestling only has all the impact of another TV show. But I hang on. I watch on. And even though I have stopped recording WWE on my DVR a thread of my fanfare hangs on to watch TNA Impact. My fanfare for wrestling has one foot in the grave because of its piss poor product these days. But still, I hang on and hope.
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10 years, 9 months ago
Can't go wrong with Hulk at number one, but my top 5 is as follows. 1. Shawn Michaels 2. Hulk Hogan. 3. Ultimate Warrior. 4. Andre the Giant. 5. Randy Savage.

As for the rest of your top 5 I rank them. Flair at #11 all time. Nash at #19. Bret at #15. And Sting at #10.

Also I hate how Flair now refers to himself as God. Ugh. Didn't like when Hollywood Hogan did it either. Only God is God. lol
    13 years, 2 months ago
    your fuckin dumb. anyone who ever had hogan in the top 1000 would be a moron and a noob. number 1 is Shawn Michaels ans everybody else in the wrestling business knows that and will tell you if you ask them. Ric flair, HHH, Undertaker, Steve Austin comes next. Bret Hart doesn't come close. I'm Canadain but just cuz someons's from canada don't make them the best. HBK was the total package. hogan was only good at mik skills and bret was only good at technical wrestling.
      13 years, 4 months ago
      my thee favorite will be 3 mr t i know he is a actor but he did wresle for a bit and i was lucky to see him in action and i pity the fool who vs him.2 rey mysterio i have 10 rey masks and nuber 1 is hulk hogan FIGHT LIKE A AMERICAN!!!!!! nuff said
        13 years, 5 months ago
        this is exactly the order i would have ratd them great job
          13 years, 5 months ago
          I really liked Kane until the fateful match that forced him to remove his mask for good. After that happened, the mystery was gone and I lost a lot of interest. The Rock was pretty cool, but his endurance was never very good. Triple H was an enjoyable badass and Steve Austin was amusing. Batista and the A.P.A. were cool and the TLC matches between the Dudley Brothers, the Hardey Boys, and Edge and Christian were awesome. The only wrestlers that seemed to have staying power were the Undertaker and Hulk Hogan. Hogan has always been my favorite.
            13 years, 6 months ago
            Anyone that had Goldberg their favorite wrestle is a fruit cake. FACT
              13 years, 7 months ago
              I was never allowed to watch or play anything that concerns wrestling when I was a kid, I'm 18 now and I probably still can't. But even If I can It would probably be lame now.
                13 years, 7 months ago
                OMG! I loved wrestling as a kid!! Goldberg was always my #1 fave wrestler! But, I also loved the Undertaker, Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, and ,for some strange reason (maybe cause he was just so damn short), me and my sister liked Ray Mysterio.. :P
                  13 years, 7 months ago
                  Umm yeah...where's HBK and ric flair should be number 1. Nash shouldn't even be on this list. In fact neither should hogan the guy has an ego the size of the empire state building but it is your list. I'll have to do one..
                    13 years, 7 months ago
                    what about mankind? the guy with the sock puppet and the muzzle
                      13 years, 7 months ago
                      Red Roster = Terry Taylor, who is better left in booking than in the ring... Onto the list: I don't think Flair should have been #5 at all. Maybe 2, if not top dog. I have to say Hogan has done more fore the sport since the 80's, however if there wasn't a Ric Flair, there there wouldn't of been a Hogan, and without a Flair, there wouldn't of been the 4 Horsemen, no 'WHOO!!" and no Jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, son of a gun who kissed all the girls and made them cry!! WHOO!!" and of course there wouldn't of been anyone to call Gene Okerlund "MENE BY-GAWD GENE!" In all honesty, I doubt I would of put Sting in the top 5 and leave out Undertaker or Shawn Michaels.
                        13 years, 7 months ago
                        Wheres Stone Cold Steve Austin?
                          13 years, 7 months ago
                          in my opinion the undertaker should take Kevin Nash's spot.

                          But everything else is just how it should be. In real life Vince McMahon is such a fucking asshole I can't stand him, and screwing over Brett Hart out of a good "aight guys, I'm outtie!" was just fucked up. Such a shitty ending for such a star... still pisses me off thinking about it lol. I remember seeing that on TV. Brett for real punched Vince in the back but ey, it didn't break, so I'd still say he owes him one. Thumbs up buddy :)
                            13 years, 7 months ago
                            damn good list there :)
                              13 years, 7 months ago
                              i'm enjoying this forum cuz i don't watch a ton of wrestling nowadays but have the greatest of memories watching all the different promotions as a kid. everything from wwf to wcw to the regionals like awa, nwa, etc. and i have to plug wwe 24/7 on cable which shows alot of great old shows (including my first memories of watching wrestling with wwf's tnt - tuesday night titans - from the early 80s), and has a kickass show called legends (i think) that is basically a bunch of old wrestling guys sitting around talking about the biz (mick foley, michael hayes, pat patterson, jr, among others). i just dig hearing names thrown out that make me say 'holy shit, i forgot about that guy!'
                                13 years, 7 months ago
                                Look I apologize for going off. I just don't agree with your article when you say wrestling for the most part sucks. End of story. I just get sick and tired of people saying wrestling sucks now, so I went off based on that. I'm man enough to admit that I was wrong. You do have the right to have your favorites and when I looked at my comment after I typed it I felt the need to apologize. And ozma76 Red Rooster's real name is Terry Taylor. He works backstage at TNA now.
                                  13 years, 7 months ago
                                  In no particular order:
                                  -Hulk Hogan
                                  -Macho Man
                                  -Ultimate Warrior
                                  -Papa Shango
                                  -The Million Dollar Man
                                    13 years, 7 months ago
                                    Wooooooo...
                                      13 years, 7 months ago
                                      lol Kevin Nash in the Top 5?


                                      Yeeeeahh..
                                        13 years, 7 months ago
                                        Kevin Nash's part in the remake of the longest yard was funny as hell.

                                        If you want to cry it's okay i'll cry with you. funny stuff.
                                          13 years, 7 months ago
                                          Interesting article man, I grew up with wrestling. I can't watch it anymore cause it's garbage in my opinion, or maybe I just lost that part of my imagination, but theres nothing like oldschool wrestling. When WWF became WWE it was game over...
                                            13 years, 7 months ago
                                            As much as I like the old Hulkster he's not my favorite.Ohhh he was back in the day when I was a kid.But later as an adult I had thought I'd outgrown wrestling and stopped watching it for years.But one day while flipping channels I came across The Rock doing an interview.I never laughed so hard in my life while watching the WWF.I'd actually tune it to watch the Rock be interviewed and NEVER watch a match.So in the end I'm going to have to go with the Rock as my number one.But don't worry i know this is a personal list which means your top ones....good article by the way.
                                              13 years, 7 months ago
                                              Undertaker, Stone Cold, The Rock?
                                                13 years, 7 months ago
                                                Good article, list is a bit predictable, it's nearly my exact top five. With the exception of Kevin Nash (Chris Benoit is #4 for me). I have Bret Over Sting, and yeah Hulk Hogan's always gonna be #1.
                                                  13 years, 7 months ago
                                                  Wow-pretty lousy list

                                                  Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan are the only two I agree with
                                                    13 years, 7 months ago
                                                    heres my top 5

                                                    5. Sting
                                                    4. Stone Cold
                                                    3. Ric Flair
                                                    2. Kane
                                                    1. Undertaker
                                                      13 years, 7 months ago
                                                      ..and my top 5

                                                      5. Million Dollar Man
                                                      4. Randy Savage
                                                      3. Kane (masked)
                                                      2. Rob Van Dam (real ECW days)
                                                      1. Ultimate Warrior
                                                        13 years, 7 months ago
                                                        NOT A TOP 5 LIST BUT JUST A FEW THAT SHOULD RECEIVE CONSIDERATION - OUTSIDE THE ARTICLE'S ORIGINAL 5 - RANDY SAVAGE, RICKY STEAMBOAT (SAVAGE/STEAMBOAT AT WRESTLEMANIA3 - BEST MATCH OF ALL TIME), THE ROAD WARRIORS, RODDY PIPER, REY MISTERIO, GOLDBERG, KURT ANGLE (I KNOW THE LAST 3 ARE MORE RECENT BUT ALWAYS WERE EXCITING TO WATCH)
                                                          13 years, 7 months ago
                                                          ONE OTHER THING, THIS IS A FUN FORUM (OR SO I THOUGHT) AND VIEWING A COUPLE COMMENTS HERE I WONDER WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE NEED TO CRITIQUE THE WRITER SO MUCH. I THINK ITS GREAT THAT PEOPLE HAVE THE DESIRE TO WRITE AN ARTICLE IN THE FIRST PLACE. SO, FRIDAY THE 13TH, I HAVE DIFFERENT FAVES BUT I'LL GIVE YOU PROPS FOR THE ARTICLES. WITHOUT EM WE WOULDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO COMMENT ON.
                                                            13 years, 7 months ago
                                                            No way should Kevin Nash be sexy. That would be like me saying The Rock (my favorite of 3 wrestlers,) should be in the top 5.
                                                            My 5 in no particular order
                                                            Sting
                                                            Bret Hart
                                                            Undertaker
                                                            Hogan
                                                            and my 5 would be a tie, with guys who helped pave the way, ie
                                                            Savage
                                                            Warrior
                                                            Steamboat
                                                            Snuka
                                                            Dibase*
                                                            Piper etc.
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