Ranking the top 20 wrestlers of all time is a tough job. After all, how does one compare a star of the ’50s (Lou Thesz) to a star of the ’80s (Ric Flair) to a star of today (John Cena)? We took survey from audience and expert sportsmen. We hope you agree with the choices. If not, let us know
Here are 11 Greatest Professional Wrestler of All Time
1.Randy Savage (852 votes)
As the years go by, wrestling is leaving us big wrestlers that all of us as fans idolize to death, or just enjoy what they give us in the ring. Many fail, others succeed, but they are always appearing more and more, men who mark us for life, or who simply do not provoke us anything, men who come to be considered icons and legends for us. That’s why I want to talk about a man, one that for many is considered a legend, an icon and a fundamental pillar for the Golden Era: nothing more and nothing less than “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
Savage was the complete package, displayed charisma for heaps, had an incredible facility to make himself loved or hated when he wanted, and while he was not a “super technician” like Malenko, Benoit or Danielson, something that was difficult to see in That era since the vision of wrestling was completely different, it had a very broad repertoire, so in-ring was quite good, considering that at that time most wrestlers had as finisher the piledriver, and the more moves Recurrent was the suplex vertical and the sleeperhold, so I would dare say that Savage was a “superclass”. This man not only had charisma , or beautiful movements, also had some brilliant micskills, and the best of the Golden Era, something that is already considered a major achievement,
Randy Savage is an icon for wrestling, and the word legend is small for this man, he could talk and talk about his achievements, his stage as Macho King, and his way through WCW, but that would be to go further. But there is something I can not leave out and it is his legacy, on how this change the perspective and the way to see WrestleMania.And without disparaging another big business like Shawn Michaels, let alone his fans, there was a Mr. WrestleMania much earlier.
2.Edge (910 votes)
Undoubtedly, if a top 50 on superstars in the history of wrestling is missing Edge, that top is not valid. Another thing is that we speak purely of the in-ring ability in that listing. But if we go to what would be important in the company, its character and all its merits as Superstar, he has to be there.
Although often Edge has always been used as a transition champion, we can not ignore the fact that he has managed to deepen the depths of several of us, being one of the most charismatic Superstars of recent years. Who was not thrilled by listening to their entry theme, or when they gathered their hair waiting to apply their ‘Spear’? Edge is definitely a wrestler worthy of mention.
True, it was not the best in a ring. But he compensated for that by being a charismatic man with a microphone, offering great fights and rivalries, making himself loved and hated in equal parts as the script demanded, leaving us spots for the memory, making a Money In The Bank redemption cataloged as one of the Best of all time, facing a long number of legends, forming tag teams for the memory, creating together with Christian moments that will be remembered forever, winning a Royal Rumble, and a long etcetera. We can come to appreciate that all his titles are equally excessive, we can debate if he did not deserve to give so much shadow to Christian in his day. But we can not debate that Edge is one of the greats of this industry, and he must have the recognition he deserves.
3.Kenta Kobashi (911 votes)
Kobashi was a magician in the ring. In the pure fightin spirit is very common , that attitude to fight, to fight and to fight, to face face, to endure the pain and to continue attacking; Kobashi took him further and became involved in the burning spirit , and based on that character and that own stamp delivered many of the best matches in history. It did not matter that his rival was a big-time big guy like Stan Hansen, Steve Williams or Vader, or wrestlers in a style as well as Minoru Suzuki, or another of the legendary AJPW’s “Four Pillars of Paradise” such as Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue Or his eternal friend and rival, Mitsuharu Misawa, did not care if they were singles, tags or multitags, or even wrestlers he had never faced like Samoa Joe. It is that finally Kobashi never left a bad fight, In fact he never left one that descended from the remarkable. Being one of the ” toughest SOB “, Kobashi had no problem getting hit as hard as possible and of course he did the same, all in favor of giving as much psychology as possible, greater realism. Adapted his moveset and his offensive according to the rival, finishers included; In fact after overcoming a serious operation had to radically change his style, regardless of the more technical part and staying with the chops and other moves more typical of a brawler. Kobashi, like a chameleon, knew how to adapt his style to circumstances like no one, and that is a very difficult and meritorious thing. Faithful to storytelling, he often played the role of the underdog and always, always, made him think he was going to win. Although it was not really the most common:
4.Brock Lesnar (1024 votes)
Few can boast of having such a solid essence. Few can say that they have dominated the business from the start. Few are the beasts that have endured and marked history as Brock Lesnar. Yes, as I have said: Brock Lesnar, the greatest beast in the industry.
His star aura, and his innate talent make him the company’s Final Boss. Who can say that he defeated a legend like The Rock in the biggest event of the summer taking less than 6 months in the company? Simple, Brock. As I said, Lesnar from the first minute struck by his presence. Lesnar is not someone who gives you 30 minute promos, does not tell you jokes, or anything of those traditional things, the only one with his presence and a pair of looks gives you to understand that he is dangerous. In his first run as solitary in the company he gives us to understand that he will go with everything. Not only stands out for its presence, but also for its in-ring ability, where it boasts one of the best offensive views. Every movement you apply feels like devastating.
After his return we are enjoying the biggest beast that has trod the business. Many may say that he does not do it out of love, or that he is only a mercenary, that he only makes supple … Let me tell you that Lenard does not give a damn * what they say about him. It is the biggest attraction that the company has today and that nobody can deny it.
5.Chris Jericho (1098 votes)
But how, should not Rockstar defend Jericho?”
Surely several users of the page should be asking that, surprised by the absence of the fan of Summer Rae. Well, first you’ll see it below, and second, why do you think I’m called Shut the hell up?
My nickname is a tribute to my favorite fighter of all time, the one who in the middle of his fief with Chyna when some guys wrote Y2Gay in his posters began to conquer. After turning the face and winning a couple of times the Intercontinental, that conquest passed to absolute love.
Does Jericho deserve to be part of a top 50? Although with him I lose all objectivity, objectively I think he deserves it, and more. In-ring has nothing to envy to the big ones of WWE or WCW, always showing a quite remarkable level with a wide universe of wrestlers. As for charisma, micro and it factor not to mention, one of the best in its kind, but the best. A phenomenal promos counter, both face and heel.
Versatile, easy to adapt, Jericho managed to reinvest himself in a stratospheric way in 2008, creating what for me is the best WWE heel in its history. His run between 2008 and 2010 is wonderful, level above the ring and out of it. In a business where there are so few showmen, we must be grateful for the existence of Mr. Chris Jericho. Right, Stupid Idiots?
6.CM Punk (1230 votes)
“Out of phase with the world” , so was born and raised Phillip Brooks, so from an early age found a refuge in wrestling , where he finally managed to feel like the Mole of “The Fantastic Four” or another favorite comic book, under the alias CM Punk .
“What the fuck are you fighting for ?” . Punk understood that besides having a good time in the ring was good at what he did, so he always tried to perfect it. His whole history (and way) of life was reflected in the quadrilateral , where he always gave the best of himself, which finally ended by passing the bill to his body.
“I am a person, like you, but I have better things to do . ” Punk’s top critics question him for personal decisions and probably think he does not deserve a place among the best in history. But the truth is that his quality in the ring was enough to keep to the top of the charts in the main companies and also show different facets of a character who met as face or heel, who sold merchandise and tickets, which dazzled with relentless security In the microphone and for some it was even the main reason to see long programs in what would probably appear.
CM Punk opened the way , allowing Vince McMahon to consider the fighters coming from the independent circuit, who did not fit the traditional mold of the bodybuilder or the NFL player, got the WWE to bet on others like him. With talent and desire, Punk always left a mark, wherever he was.
7.Chris Benoit (1280 votes)
In rankings like this, it is impossible not to place a guy like Chris Benoit if we base ourselves (among others) on the ability in the ring. One of the most disciplined and consistent fighters that have ever been, a master of the claveo, suplexes (especially German) and submissions like his great Crossface; And a god of psychology in the ring, besides knowing how to fight according to the rival.
Although he did not have a great character or management of promos, he knew how to connect with the audience using exclusively his talent to fight , being the ovations that he received after his fights the great proof of it. The amount of quality fights that Chris has is impressive, few fighters can boast of it, even in events of little importance used to give great combats and his work has served as inspiration for many current workers.
8.Mitsuharu Misawa (1311 votes)
Honestly, the phrase that sums up the reason why Misawa appears so high would be: “I thought I knew what a coma was about *****, until I saw a Misawa match . ” Although I am even more sincere, the first time I thought of this was when I saw Tanahashi vs Okada in Invasion Attack, which I entered in the pure and later in many more wrestling companies, In which I said to myself: “I’ve been wasting my time for years when I should have seen this before.”
From here it was when I began to pry and I came across what I consider the best wrestling company in history: All Japan Pro Wrestling. When I started with this company, I was soon hooked with the battles of its biggest stars (I started watching Kobashi, Misawa, Kawada, Steve Williams, Jun Akiyama, Vader or Stan Hansen). They seemed much more realistic, much more intense and much more exciting than anything I had seen before (not for this I am discrediting WWE matches like Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels or Steve Austin vs Bret Hart).
9.The Rock (1322 votes)
The Rock in ring is versatile, if someone says that he did not have moves, or that he always applied the same 5 moves, or that he did not have moves, he is telling a lie about the charisma of the “Brahma Bull” or simply never saw him fight .
Why do I say that The Rock is versatile ?, because depending on its rival, especially if it is a heel, it will steal a taunt, and imitate some move or finisher, from something basic like chops, to something more complex like a Crippler Crosfface, a Stunner, going through an Angle Lock and a Chokeslam. That’s The Rock, a showman in the full extent of the word.
Let’s see other aspects, the structure, The Rock will never give you a spotfest in a single match, for the simple reason that your moveset does not give for that, its structure is classic of WWE, exchanges of blows, dominate, dominated, comeback, finishers. Typical top face, correct. It is not too bad to say that he is a wrestler who knows how to fight, even if it is not his tonic, but he does not have to take anything, it is a good complement, look at Benoit in Fully Loaded, the domain is practically 50 and 50 and The Rock is So believable, that you will never criticize the way in which the match is being developed.
Selling, out of any joke about how the Stunner sells (The Rock himself said he wanted to leave his stamp on Austin’s finisher, and he succeeded, but that’s not the point), it’s good, The Rock will always sell fatigue, and No, not for the bad cardio in its last run from 2011 to date. It is a good seller, perhaps its strong point is not to sell during all the combat a submission or a limbwork, but if in stretches, it is correct in that sense.
The psychology in ring for me is perfect, is a wrestler who knows how to hook a match, his gestures and theatrical performance is impeccable, gives you drama, or whose emotion requests the match.
If you smell what Rock is cooking? Yes, they can smell it, The Rock has been on the list of 50 best fighters of all time, is one of the GOAT, for Vince, for the users of Solowrestling and for me, one of millions and millions of fans of The Rock.
10.John Cena (1347 votes)
With 39 years recently, although he has moved away from the world championships, he is in one of his best moments of his career, having in 2015 one of his best years in the in ring level. Criticized by many as evil wrestler for his lack of moves or his victories to “Superman.” While the latter is sometimes true, the former is very far from reality. The number of great combats John Cena has given in his 14-year career is countless.
In short, a tireless worker, a world icon and one of the wrestlers with several of the best matches in WWE history.