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Joined: 9/18/2005
Msg: 51
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For the record, I always thought the Wall had a lot of potential, especially for his size. He could move, and considering he was trained by the Power Plant, which had to be the most useless school in existance, he wasn't bad in there.

Unfortunately, he never got to see that potential, as he passed away a couple of years ago.

Now, I'm going to break down several wrestlers that have been mentioned in this thread... not just on their work, but also on their interviews, historical signifigance, and their impact on the business, positive or negative, mainly because I am so nuts about wrestling I want to make it my career, but also because it's 1 AM and there's no one to talk to :)

Ric Flair
-Pros: Was incredibly effective in a top spot for 25 years. That kind of longevity is amazing. Put together some of the most memorable matches of that time frame.. in his prime, it was said he could carry a broomstick to a **** match. One of the best interviews ever.
-Cons: Could be argued that he worked the same match for much of those 25 years. Alienated a lot of workers in his creative power. Should've retired 10 years ago.
-Overall, he's up there. Definitely. He should really walk away while he CAN walk away.

Ricky Steamboat
-Pros: Was perhaps the most fluid wrestler that ever worked. Had some damn memorable matches, and was effective in many different roles throughout his career. Put anybody over, was always a team player.
-Cons: Never worked heel. Wasn't particularly charismatic, and never was a great interview. Outside of his programs with Flair and Savage, wasn't in many particularly memorable angles. Most of his strikes were overly contrived looking and very, very fake looking.
-I'd put him near the top peg of workers, but I'd have some reservations about making him a top guy.

Bret Hart
-Pros: Had a lot of great matches. Incredibly influential in that he was one of the first smaller heavyweights to make it in a top spot in the "age of big men". Maybe the best "storyteller" in the ring.
-Cons: Was only TRULY effective on the mic as a heel. Bought his own BS. Five. Moves. of. Doom.
-I'd put him in that top echelon.

Shawn Michaels
-Pros: The most exciting wrestler to make it in a top spot. Could work any style of match. Incredibly charismatic, could work at any spot in the card, and was equally as effective as a baby or a heel. Influential in initiating the "attitude" era.
-Cons: Unprofessional little f_ck. Abused his power, and from all accounts, his "religion" hasn't change any of that.
-I honestly think that Shawn was the complete package in the ring, as much as his antics disgust me. I'd put him as my #1, more than likely.

Chris Benoit
-Pros: Overall, the best worker to ever live. Could brawl, go to the air, or mat-wrestle as well as anyone in the business... maybe ever.
-Cons: Not a lot of memorable storylines. Was a horrible interview for much of his career.
-In the ring, just amazing, but wasn't enough of a complete package to be placed on that upper elechelon, but he's close. Probably along the same level as Steamboat.

Hulk Hogan
-Pros: Amazing interview, had a strong knowledge of psychology. Had a strong run on top for well over 15 years.
-Cons: Was a primary factor in the "big man era". Was at best lazy, at worst rather deteriorated in the ring. Used his influence and power to push his friends and screw over more deserving workers. Won't stay away.
-Important, but belonging on a best of all time list? No way.

I'll do more tomorrow.
Joined: 8/10/2005
Msg: 52
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/21/2005 6:14:01 PM

there i said my piece.
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 53
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/21/2005 11:25:58 PM
Rowdy Roddy Piper.....definately one of the greatest wrestling entertainers of all time, and he laid the foundation for on camera interviews. Wrestlers still try to imitate him....but he is the original and best interviewee of all time...with only Ric Flair coming close. Don't know if I would put Brutus or Snooka at the same level through. IMHO there are very few wrestlers that can even be mentioned in the same sentence as: Piper, Flair, or Bret Hart. They are the Babe Ruths of wrestling. Currently I dont see any of todays wrestlers having the impact on the sport that the 80's wrestlers had. Perhaps the closest would be The Rock since he effectively reached and succeeded on the big screen.
Joined: 3/31/2004
Msg: 54
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/22/2005 8:04:17 AM
it's kinda hard to catrgorize who is the Ultimate wrestler of all time, If you really think about it, there are many wrestlers who are at the top of each category.
So heres my picks...

Best Submissionist: Brett Hart
Best Fanbase: Hulk Hogan
Best Speed: Shawn Michaels
Strongest: Aundre The Giant
Best High Flyer: Jimmy Superfly Snooka
Best Move Improvisor: Chris Benoit
Best Persona: The Undertaker
Best Storyline: Stone Cold
Most Overrated: The Rock/HHH
Toughest: a toss up between several wrestlers
Most annoying: Kurt Angle
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 56
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/22/2005 1:21:19 PM
Greatest Underdog Wrestler.....Mick Foley/Cactus Jack/Mankind.....we'll forgive him for the Dude Love blunder.
Greatest High Flier: Toss up between Snooka and Sabu
Greatest Small Wrestler: Rey Mysterio hands down. However X-Pac was very good before he became a head case.
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 57
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/22/2005 3:03:10 PM
I would agree that Hall and Nash were the stuff when they were a team. One of the greatest teams. Flair was also on top of the "Cool meter" when he was in his prime...whoooo.
I would have to argue with the greatest moral wrestler being Hogan. Preached a lot of eating your vitamins and saying your prayers, then would go in the back and shoot up. hmmmmm. Kinda like Madona telling girls to not have sex, then hooking up with Dennis Rodman...dont ya think?
Joined: 6/6/2005
Msg: 58
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/22/2005 5:28:53 PM
Some of my favourites:

(Keep in mind it's entertainment first, wrestling second)

- Hulk hogan (best ever)
- Andre the giant
- King kong bundy
- Randy macho man savage
- The million dollar man Ted Dibiase
- Jake the snake roberts
- Brutus the barber beefcake
- Razor ramone
- The Rock
- Steve Austin
- Vince McManon
- Shane McManon
- Ric Flair
- Undertaker
- Edge & Christian
- The Hardy Boys
- Demolition
- Rowdy Roddy Piper
- Honkey Tonk man
- Kurt Angle

For a variety of reasons, those are some of the most entertaining wrestlers I've ever seen in my time. And I know I missed some.

Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 60
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/23/2005 10:32:06 AM
Greatest submissionist as well as most underrated: Dean Melinko
Greatest Upset: Mulkies over Midnight Express
Joined: 4/29/2005
Msg: 61
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/23/2005 1:06:57 PM
Greatest wrestler of all time?......The Great Gama(original)
Joined: 3/31/2004
Msg: 63
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/23/2005 2:20:36 PM
strange, no one has mentioned the Iron Shiek or Micalai Volcov yet.
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 65
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/23/2005 4:36:45 PM
That is because they were standard bad guys, with nothing real special about them other than their matches with Hulk Hogan. It is real easy to play a bad guy character because all you have to do is insult people. Playing a good guy is much much more difficult. The most difficult is to pull off what is a heal character but have him come across as a face, such as the Rock, Stone Cold, Undertaker. That is one of the things that makes those characters so great...they have so much diversity because they can be either the heal or face, or both, in matches. Right now I would say the best characters that rides the gray very well is Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. They are both fantastic at pulling switches. Even when acting in the heal character, they play a great comedic role.
Joined: 6/6/2005
Msg: 66
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/25/2005 3:25:14 PM
I'm surprised that nobody is talking about guys like Million Dollar Man or Shane McMahon.
Million dollar man was the ultimate heel for a number of years back during the heyday of wrestling. His role was so popular that Vince himself took it over to make the whole Austin vs McMahon thing.

And Shane had some of the most memorable matches in wrestling history in his very brief time in the ring. His match against Kurt Angle, the match where he jumped off the Jumbotron to elbow Big Show. Unreal.

And how about The Rock???
Joined: 4/29/2005
Msg: 67
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/25/2005 3:59:51 PM
No question..the Great Gama...look him up
Joined: 3/29/2003
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Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/25/2005 4:39:49 PM
Andre the Giant
The Rock
Shawn Michaels
Bret Hart
Kevin Nash
Joined: 4/16/2004
Msg: 69
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/27/2005 10:41:03 PM
Ric Flair... Rey Mysterio...The Outsiders
Joined: 1/13/2005
Msg: 70
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/28/2005 5:47:45 AM
My Top 10 goes like this....

1. Ric Flair
2. Hulk Hogan
3. Mick Foley...Momma Foley's boy is coming home October 3rd....WOOOOOOOOOO!
4. Undertaker
5. HBK
6. Rock
7. Stone Cold
8. Brock Lesnar
9. Kurt Angle/ Eddie Guerrero
10. Rey Mysterio

Honorable Mentions: Chris Benoit.. Booker T.. Harley Race...AJ Styles...Edge...John Cena...
Trish Stratus...Chyna Doll...HHH...Dusty Rhodes...Robert Gibson...Sabu...Bret Hart...Owen Hart...Mil Mascaras...The Valentines...Rick Steamboat...Jimmy Snuka...Road Warriors
P.S> The older stars get honorable mention becuz i never have seen them Live but have heard good things about them...
Joined: 7/28/2005
Msg: 71
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 9/28/2005 1:33:22 PM
Go to any video store that carries VHS tapes. You are likely to find some old NWA or AWA tapes to watch some of the older wrestlers. Don't expect all of the pyro and theatrics that you see these days...but as far as individual performances, they put on quite a show. You gotta check out Sting before he went all Crow on us. He and Flair had some truly classic matches. And the Legion of Doom....if you liked them with the WWE...they are ten times better when they were in their prime. Also suggested...Hall and Nash put on a great show as the Outsiders. I enjoyed the whole NWO angle until they split into Red and White.
Joined: 9/28/2005
Msg: 72
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Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 10/11/2005 10:45:52 AM
What about jake the snake and mad, man that brings back allot of memories :)
Joined: 3/23/2005
Msg: 73
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Posted: 11/10/2005 10:40:52 PM
Did the most for the sport:Hulk Hogan
Best Interview:The Rock
Best Storyline:N.W.O.
Best Wrestler:Bret Hart
Worst Wrestler:Doink the Clown
Best Beard:Jim Neidhart(followed close by Jessie Ventura)
Best Manager:Paul Bearer
Best Host:Mr.Love
Most Unbelvieable move:Undertaker throwing Mick Foley off the top of the steel cage through Spanish TV table
Best Feat:Shawn Michaels winning a Royal Rumble starting first.
Best Catch Phrase:Bret Hart "I'm the best there is,there was,and there ever will be."
Best Girl:Ms. Elizabeth
Best Prop:Mr.Socko
Best Wrestler You Never Heard Of:Eric Embry.He used to wrestle in some Southern Organization that was on ESPN everyday.I was about 10 when he turned heel.I may have cried.Paul Bearer was actually his manager under a different name I cannot remember.
Coolest Popualr Wrestler:The Rock.Honorable Thoughts:Stone Cold,Bret Hart,Sting
Overall Coolest:I go back and forth all the time with this one,but right now,I'm going with "Ravishing"Rick Rude.Honorable Thoughts:Honkey Tonk Man,Chris Jericho,Doom(not Legion of Doom)just Doom,and anyone who was ever in the 4 Horsemen not named Ric Flair
Joined: 9/23/2005
Msg: 74
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 11/11/2005 6:52:51 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen - The Shiek and Bobo Brazil had to be 2 of the greatest ever. Their matches are legendary. Shiek became the only wrestler to wrestle in 7 different decades and finally retired at age 72. I don;t think anyone today could match up to either one of those 2.
Joined: 11/4/2005
Msg: 75
Best Pro Wrestler of all time
Posted: 11/12/2005 9:56:51 AM
Far and away the best pure wrestler of all time was: Paper Gomays...

Other categories:

Best blond bomber (tie): Buddy Rogers, Freddie Blassie and of course, Hulk Hogan

Best terrorist: The Sheik

Best Latino:.... 2nd only to Paper (above): Antonino Rocca, who also started female calisthenics with the abdominal stretch hold.

Best Asian Villain: Kinji Shabuya

Best Boxer who ever ended his career in a wrestling ring: Muhammad Ali, who attended a wrestling match in Chicago, started shouting and threatening and putting on a show and got thrown out of the ring and landed on his head... was taken away in a stretcher and was never the same. The cause of his condition was said to have been an accumulation of punches to the head taken over the years in boxing, but whoever's seen the tape of this knows better...
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