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The thrilling world of professional wrestling has been an integral part of American culture spanning decades. Packed with high-stakes drama, jaw-dropping stunts, and a roster of charismatic athletes, professional wrestling has commandeered the attention of millions of viewers worldwide.
This article outlines ten greatest WWE wrestlers of all time, each an emblem of the prowess, charm, and raw power characteristic of this beloved sport.
Ric Flair (GOAT)
Richard Morgan Fliehr, known as “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, was a mainstay of professional wrestling for over three decades. His flamboyant style, complete with signature robes and charismatic personality, captivated fans around the world.
Flair managed to become a sixteen-time (actually 21x) World Champion earning him the title of the greatest ever, there is no close second. As many of his peers have called him the last true world champion in the history of the business. He is and always will be, THE MAN!
Born Terry Eugene Bollea, Hulk Hogan is one of professional wrestling’s most famous faces. Hogan dominated the ring in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF/WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), highlighting his peculiar ability to captivate audiences with his larger-than-life persona.
Hogan was synonymous with charisma and helped propel professional wrestling towards mainstream viewership, becoming an enduring symbol of the sport. To me he is the biggest star in the history of the world of professional wrestling. He turned WWE and Hogan WCW into profiting companies, and it goes unnoticed and unmentioned all the time.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Steven Austin, famously known as Stone Cold Steve Austin, was a crowd favorite in the ‘90s. With his irreverent, anti-hero image and potent athletic prowess, Austin regularly stole the show and left a significant mark on wrestling history. His notable rivalries, especially with Vince McMahon, gave fans unforgettable moments creating an enormous impact on the storyline-oriented nature of wrestling.
His promo skills, hard hitting wrestling style and unmatched intensity set him above and beyond any wrestler after him. The roars, the pops in the crowds, the anticipation will arguably never be seen or heard again by a fan as the attitude will never be replicated in WWE. It was a special time to be alive.
“Macho Man” Randy Savage was well-known for his hyperactive, flamboyant style coupled with his powerful athletic ability. Savage’s contributions to wrestling include unforgettable promos filled with passion and energy, fierce in-ring ability, and high-flying moves.
He was Mr. WrestleMania before there was a Mr. WrestleMania putting on clinic after clinic each and every night especially at the biggest events in the business whether it be SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Saturday Nights main event or WrestleMania.
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart
Bret Hart, widely known as the ‘Hitman,’ was renowned for his technical skills and ability to tell compelling stories through his matches. His bone-crunching, submission-based wrestling style was a contrast to the brawling style common during his era, cementing his reputation as one of the best technical wrestlers.
“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels is one of the most enduring performers in wrestling history, known for his superb in-ring storytelling and charismatic personality. Michaels had legendary matches that are talked about even today, his ability to perform in high-stakes, emotional battles making him unforgettable.
According to Jim Ross, “there is no professional wrestler in the history of professional wrestling who could match Michael’s in ring skill night in or night out.”
Mark Calaway, or The Undertaker, is a legendary figure in professional wrestling, with his dark mystique, entertainingly sinister storyline, and excellent in-ring skills. The Undertaker’s character demonstrated the theatrical part of wrestling, and his numerous victories proved his dexterity in the ring.
John Cena, frequently hailed as the face of 21st-century wrestling, remains an all-time great due to his wrestling abilities, charisma, and longevity. His record-tying sixteen World Title reigns showcase his skills and dedication to the sport.
Andre the Giant
Born Andre Roussimoff, “The 8th Wonder of the World” Andre the Giant was a legend in his time. Standing at 7 foot 4 inches and weighing between 500 and 550 lbs, Andre was a true giant of the ring, as his nickname suggests.
His fame was cemented by his feud with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Andre’s overwhelming presence made him an icon of professional wrestling.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who, with his quick wit and catchphrase “Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?” caught the audience’s attention. His ability to relate to the crowd, his arrogance and prestined swag paired with his powerful physique and relentless energy in the ring, made him one of the sport’s pivotal performers.
Professional wrestling has been graced with an impressive line-up of accomplished athletes who’ve left indelible impacts on the sport and its millions of fans across the world. These ten wrestlers have brought athleticism, charisma, and raw emotion to the ring, changing the professional wrestling industry forever with their electrifying contributions.
They are not only the greatest wrestlers due to their in-ring capabilities but for their overall contribution to popularizing and transforming the wrestling industry. They have been the pillars on whose strength professional wrestling’s cathedral rests.