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 MidnightChild
Joined: 6/16/2004
Msg: 1
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At one time, I was a huge fan of pro wrestling, especially the old NWA and AWA. At lunch today, the guys at work starting talking about wrestlers they've met and who their favorites have been over the years. I thought it would make an interesting thread. So tell me...
who are your favorite wrestlers of all time?

Mine, hands down, would have to be Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. The 2 out of 3 falls match where he beat Flair for the NWA world championship is the best in recent history.
 tampablu
Joined: 4/22/2005
Msg: 2
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Posted: 7/5/2005 1:31:18 PM
Bret Heart Best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be...
the Sharp Shooter kicked A$$
 tampablu
Joined: 4/22/2005
Msg: 3
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Posted: 7/5/2005 1:35:44 PM
I met The Giant at a car show here in Tampa. He told me I had a cool car.. When he shook my hand, his hand engulfed mine. And I'm 6'3.. People walk away and usually fade away in the croud.. Not him
 skorpion
Joined: 1/12/2005
Msg: 4
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Posted: 7/5/2005 1:41:11 PM
I have to agree, Bret Hart...after that, it's a tie between Shawn Michaels and Doink the clown!!
 goldenember
Joined: 6/16/2005
Msg: 5
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 7/6/2005 11:58:53 PM
Paul "Mr. Wonderful' Orndorff, baybeee, yeah!!
 goldenember
Joined: 6/16/2005
Msg: 6
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Posted: 7/6/2005 11:59:58 PM
big john stud and hillbillie jim = tied for seccond
 2Good2Be
Joined: 4/14/2005
Msg: 7
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Posted: 7/7/2005 7:13:24 AM
Kevin Nash.
 twinsfan4life
Joined: 4/22/2005
Msg: 8
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Posted: 7/7/2005 7:24:17 AM
Tito Santana
 Klo
Joined: 5/2/2004
Msg: 9
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 7/7/2005 7:27:49 AM
Hands down Bret Hart. No one will ever be as great of a wrestler as he was.

Other Honorable Mentions:
Beniot, Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, Virgil, Tito Santana, Rick Martel, Rick Rude, Sting, Thunder Liger
 cody_coyote
Joined: 6/27/2005
Msg: 10
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Posted: 7/7/2005 2:13:28 PM
Hacksaw Jim Duggan....people still watch wraslin'?
 Spoiled Princess
Joined: 11/17/2004
Msg: 11
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 7/7/2005 2:14:53 PM
hey my biotch klo is gonna be a wrestler one day....and I know that she's sure to be the best!!!!
 Near Fantastica
Joined: 4/28/2005
Msg: 12
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 7/7/2005 4:02:10 PM
It'd be damn hard for me to name the best wrestler of all time.
My all time favourites however, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Toshiaki Kawada & Sabu. 3 of the 4 being absolutely fantastic wrestlers.
 HOTPINKANGEL
Joined: 6/4/2005
Msg: 13
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Posted: 7/7/2005 11:36:16 PM
....I say HULK HOGAN......
 PatsFan69
Joined: 6/15/2005
Msg: 14
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Posted: 7/8/2005 11:08:22 AM
Best of all time- The Ultimate Warrior

closed seconds- Sabu, Cactus Jack, Brett Hart, The Sandman
 LoneWolf_LV
Joined: 5/22/2005
Msg: 15
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Posted: 7/9/2005 2:47:13 AM
The best "Pro" of all time has to be Hulk Hogan - He carried wrestling for 20+ years.

Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Harley Race, Mick Foley, Sting, Ric Flair are all amazing also.
 integra99rs
Joined: 6/19/2005
Msg: 16
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Posted: 7/9/2005 1:14:36 PM
Doink the Clown Hands down
 phatadam
Joined: 2/5/2005
Msg: 17
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 7/13/2005 1:01:07 AM
Since I am a huge wrestling nerd (and because it's almost 3 a.m. and I'm bored), I'm gonna break it down into three categories: ability, drawing power, and persona. This should be interesting...


Ability - Dynamite Kid, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Ric Flair

Drawing - Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Rock, Ric Flair

Persona - Steve Austin, The Rock, Ric Flair


Everyone obviously has their own opinions, and wrestling fans will always argue with eachother over who's "the best," but that is what makes these forums so much fun. Overall, I'd have to go with Ric Flair as the greatest of all time.

By the way, if you haven't read Flair's book... shame on you. Pick it up. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Definitely check it out.
 bchd
Joined: 6/10/2005
Msg: 18
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Posted: 7/13/2005 2:24:34 AM
Jerry the King Lawler. Clearly the greatest wrestling mind of all time... and yet he always seems to be surprised at what happens. Simply brilliant.
 NiceGuyFunToBeWith
Joined: 5/15/2005
Msg: 19
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Posted: 7/15/2005 3:39:44 AM
Rowdy Roddy Piper....around the time of the first Wrestlemania. He had charisma
 darkhorse723
Joined: 6/3/2005
Msg: 20
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Posted: 7/15/2005 8:58:07 AM
Man, this is like asking who the best broadway actor is of all time. I mean, if the "performer; wrestler" gets a bad script or role to work with, the resulting performance is gonna reflect that.
 web crawler
Joined: 11/27/2004
Msg: 21
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Posted: 7/15/2005 1:32:58 PM
Hello Darkhorse723,

I disagree to some extent. I believe that each wrestler might be given the opportunity to jointly create or create a persona, albeit owned by the wrestling organization. So there is some control as to who they are after all they can't all be the same otherwise wrestling would be boring. Quite frankly, after reading about some of the favorite wrestlers, I'm surprised the Undertaker never came to mind. I think his character when he first came was quite interesting and to some degree still is. I didn't like his American Bad Ass incarnation however. Anyway, there are tons of great wrestlers and yes it can be endlessly debated and talked about.

Funny enough, I have to agree with Darkhorse in regards to the scripting, but take it for what it is, I think that wrestling continues to be hugely successful because the scripts and the characterization are things that the fans quickly become familiar with. For example when Curt Angle became bad the chants of you suck to his music fast emerged. So you know when someone enters to a theme song an identifying chant may come,as well as people learning and appreciating all the patented moves like the tombstone, ddt, sharpshooter etc. and all the wrestlers who use them. But yeah, Ric Flare has left a woooooooing impact on the wrestling audience as each wrestler chops the other with open hand across the chest.

With best regards.
 boxman
Joined: 4/14/2005
Msg: 22
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Posted: 7/16/2005 10:17:03 AM
I'd have to go with the McIntyre brothers, Don and Red, Or the Blassie cousins, Freddie and Mickey. But then again, I'm old.
 GoldenLad
Joined: 6/14/2005
Msg: 23
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Posted: 7/16/2005 12:27:54 PM
Although he is recent, you have to go with Kurt Angle. Even ahead of the Harts, Michaels, Benoit etc. The man just has it all. He tops everybody.
 SportsDude
Joined: 6/6/2005
Msg: 24
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Posted: 8/6/2005 7:10:54 AM
Ric Flair
Bret Hart
Owen hart may he continue to rest in peace
 darkhorse723
Joined: 6/3/2005
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Posted: 8/6/2005 11:21:21 PM
How about Rulon Gardner, he's the only real pro wrestler.
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