Monday, May 02, 2011

The Top 50 Wrestling Stars

These are Kevin Eck's picks for the top 50 (and more) wrestling stars of all time

Countdown

41-50

31-40

21-30

11-20

1-10

Best of the Rest

***

And here's dvdtalk's review of the WWE DVD

*** [2/15/14]

WatchMojo's list of Top 10 Wrestlers

*** [6/18/16]

Wrestlinginc.com (Jesse Collings) presents his 50 greatest wrestlers of the last 50 years.  So who isn't on the list?

 While creating the list and debating names, the two biggest reasons I noticed for keeping talents off of the list was that either they missed the cutoff date or their careers as a top talent were not long enough, either due to injuries, personal reasons, or just a lack of faith from a promoter. I will include their names below, along with a list of wrestlers who just missed the cutoff for no other reason than just I thought they were a shade below the Top 50, consider them the honorable mention.

Wrestlers Who Missed the Cutoff Date: Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers, Gorgeous George, Rikidozan, Killer Kowalski, Johnny Valentine, El Santo, Freddie Blassie, Danny Hodge, Blue Demon, Whipper Billy Watson, Ray Stevens

Wrestlers Who's Careers Were Too Short: Tiger Mask, Goldberg, The Ultimate Warrior, Curt Hennig, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Rick Rude

Honorable Mention: Randy Orton, Jerry Lawler, Konnan, Akira Taue, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Shinsuke Nakamura, Eddie Guerrero, Pedro Morales, Paul Orndorff, Dick the Bruiser, Mad Dog Vachon, Kensuke Sasaki, Billy Robinson, The Crusher, The Destroyer Dick Beyer, Ernie Ladd.

[So already it's controversial.]

The list starts with #50: Ted DiBiase.  That's controversial since he was never a world champion.  DiBiase over Goldberg, The Ultimate Warrior, Brock Lesnar?  All headliners.  #49 was a superstar who was a world champion: Superstar Billy Graham. Another long-time champion is only #46: Gene Kiniski.  So far is about halfway done with The Great Muta at #27.

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