Who is the greatest pro wrestler of all time?

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#1 Posted by PS4hasNOgames (2299 posts) -

Yea I know wrestling sucks now, especially with Punk leaving (who could blame him?)

I rarely ever watch it anymore, and when I do stumble across it on TV I just laugh at what its become, but as a kid I loved it and studied the history of it. Hulk Hogan probably had the biggest impact on it, maybe Stone Cold. But after thinking about it I feel that the most talented in-ring performer, the guy who had persona, character, who made you believe his pain was real, and who had the most epic matches of all time was none other than The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.

I saw a list of the top voted best matches of all time and Shawn Michaels was in many of them. I think he was in 4 of the 10 voted.

#2 Posted by alim298 (1907 posts) -

Shuhei Yoshida:

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#3 Edited by Iszdope (10851 posts) -

Jake the Snake.

#4 Posted by thehig1 (3171 posts) -

Best in ring wrestler - AJ Styles - he was amazing to watch in ring during his tna spell.

Best wrestler at mic work - bully ray - he was such a good heel andcould generate heat just through talking.

Best looks the part wrestler - lashley

Most extreme wrestler - sabu - old ecw days

Best overall wrestler taking into account everything- STING

Had to stick to TNA and sabu from ECW I don't really acknowledge wwe exists.

#5 Posted by plageus900 (1231 posts) -

Whichever one they decide is going to win this time.

#6 Posted by Nuck81 (5943 posts) -

Too broad of a question.

Best at what?

#7 Edited by Korvus (7276 posts) -

@Nuck81 said:

Too broad of a question.

Best at what?

This. Best persona? Best performance? The most skilled?

It's not fair to rate persona since they don't always choose what persona they'll be playing. Performance is also impacted by script. As for skill, to me it has to be one of the high-fliers...they were the only reason I used to watch wrestling...nowadays it's all punch, punch, trash talk, pin...not interested.

#8 Edited by delete-EasyComeEasyGo (382 posts) -

Well I can tell you who was the best Hardcore Wrestler his name is: Mick Foley. Mick was sooo Entertaining when WWF/E was all about Hardcore and the Hardcore Championship belt was a thing. Mick survive most of everything including falling from the top of Hell in a Cell when Undertaker toss him off and boy, that was epic.

Mick Foley the greatest Hardcore Wrestler of all times. There won't be another like him cause WWE does not like Hardcore matches anymore :-(

Mick Foley, Mankind, Cactus Jack.

#9 Posted by sukraj (23818 posts) -

king kong bundy

hulk hogan

andre the giant

#10 Posted by Nuck81 (5943 posts) -

@korvus said:

@Nuck81 said:

Too broad of a question.

Best at what?

This. Best persona? Best performance? The most skilled?

It's not fair to rate persona since they don't always choose what persona they'll be playing. Performance is also impacted by script. As for skill, to me it has to be one of the high-fliers...they were the only reason I used to watch wrestling...nowadays it's all punch, punch, trash talk, pin...not interested.

See, I prefer the Technical guys.

That's why questions like this are bullshit. Not to mention there are INCREDIBLY talented guys in Japan and Mexico that America has never seen.

Most people would probably say Lex Luger was a better wrestler than Lance Storm. Simply because of the push he got. But a Push doesn't equal talent or greatness. There is no objective criteria were Lance Storm is not significantly better than Lex Luger, except maybe Size.

Then you have guys that were popular in the 40's and 50's back when people thought that Pro Wrestling was legit. Guys like Boris Malenko, Buddy Rich, Harley Race, and Gorgeous George. Those guys were pretty limited in what they could do since it was more important that it look legit. The guys today have a lot more freedom, since the majority is in on the fact that the business is a work. But that doesn't take away from the old school guys talent or ability.

#11 Edited by bforrester420 (1984 posts) -

LOL, wrasslin'

Kazushi Sakuraba or Josh Barnett. They are actual catch wrestlers on top of being good pro wrasslers.

#12 Edited by bforrester420 (1984 posts) -

kazushi sakuraba

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#14 Edited by whipassmt (14399 posts) -

I don't know about the best, but I'd say my favorites are Stone Cold and Shawn Michaels. The Rock and Triple H are pretty cool too.