It’s a known fact that wrestling is scripted. The result of all in-ring matches are pre-decided. But, we still love watching it. WWE always succeeds in entertaining us by providing great storylines, interesting wrestling characters, and exciting in-ring matches. It’s a timeless debate- who is the greatest wrestler of all time? But before that, what makes a good wrestler? Let’s see- charisma, mic skills, and the most important- ability to deliver a great in-ring performance. We’ve jotted down a ‘top ten greatest WWE wrestlers of all time’ list based on WWE’s official 50 greatest Superstars list. Check it out-
10. Roddy Piper
During the 1980s when only ‘champions’ were expected to talk on the mic, Roddy became the most charismatic heel. His mic skills were exceptional, as he did a great job in making the fans hate him. The way Roddy turned even a small talk into a fight on ‘piper’s pit’ was a delight for the fans. As a wrestler, he had many great in-ring matches with wrestlers such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Ted Dibiase. He is regarded as one of the greatest WWE Superstars of all time.
9. Rey Mysterio
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest high-flyers of all time. Rey Myterio has succeeded in being a suucessful WWE Superstar. He has competed in some great matches with Kurt Angle, Edge, Randy Ortan, Eddie Gurerro and many more. Rey has spent most of his career as a fan favorite. His exhilarating ring-performances makes him one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
8. Andre the Giant
Unarguably, one of the greatest giants in WWE history. His rivalry with Hulk Hogan is one of the most celebrated rivalries of all time. His matches in WrestleMania are considered as classics. He had an illustrious career with the WWE and was never pinned or submitted for 15 years. Andre the Giant was the prime face of the WWE in its initial days. He is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
7. Ricky Steamboat
Ricky Steamboat is a legend in every sense. He was undoubtedly a great in-ring performer. Ricky has had a legendary wrestling career with appearances in AWA, NWA, WCW, and WWE. Even in 2010, his in-ring performance was so good that the crowd began chanting, ‘You’ve still got it’. He was inducted in the WWE Hall of fame. He has competed in many legendary matches worth Ric Flair. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest wrestler of all time.
6. Harley Race
Harley Race is a legendary wrestler who has worked for NWA, AWA, WWF AND WCW. In his period in WWE, he competed in many great matches including the one with Hulk Hogan. A great in-ring performer, Race is a WWE Hall of Fame Inductee. Though he never won the WWE championship, Race was still able to give the WWE Universe some legendary matches. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest WWE wrestlers off all time.
5. The Rock
Nothing can match up with the charisma of The Rock. Dwayne Johnson could make the crowd erupt. His mic skills were exceptional. Talking about in-ring performances- he was much better than he needed to be. His fan base hit a huge spurt as he turned into a face. The first ever ‘people’s champion’, The Rock was a prime face of WWE in the attitude era. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time.
4. Bret Hart
One of the best technical wrestlers of all time, Bret Hart is a legend in every sense. He showed what in-ring perfection was. His rivalry with Shawn Michaels is one of the most celebrated ones of all time. That WrestleMania Iron man match is one of the best matches of all time. Bret was ‘the excellence of execution’. He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. With average mic skills, Bret’s in ring skills always made up to that. The look of the ‘Hit man’ was very interesting.
3. Stone Cold
Stone Cold Steve Austin, the most exuberant superstar of all time. His mic skills were beyond excellent. He always had a way to keep the crowd going. His charisma was amazing. No superstar has sold more merchandises as Stone Cold. His in-ring performances was superb. Every one loved the stone cold stunner coming out of the blue. Undoubtedly, one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time.
2. The Undertaker
The Phenom. The Dead Man. That WrestleMania 21-0 streak is biggest one in the history of sports entertainment. He has been giving great performances since the 1990s. The character of the Dead Man has been a hit among the fans. Despite being a big man, his agility is amazing. He can still perfectly execute ‘Old school’. His rivalry with Kane is one of the most interesting storylines of WWE.
1. Shawn Michaels
Yes, he is the best of all time. When we talk about mic skills- Shawn Michaels was amazing. Talk about charisma- nothing beats that the Heart Break Kid from the 1990s. And in-ring performances– Shawn Michaels has been giving great matches since 20 years. He, undoubtedly, is Mr. WrestleMania. Talk about his Iron man match with Bret Hart. Talk about his WrestleMania watch with Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair. He pioneered the ladder and Hell in a cell match. From 1990-2010, Shawn Michaels has had an illustrious career. No wrestler has given more legendary matches than Shawn Michaels. He can wrestle with anyone- a giant, a technical wrestler, a power wrestler or a speed wrestler. His WrestleMania 25 match with the Undertaker is undoubtedly the best WrestleMania match of all time. Shawn Michaels is our number 1 spot in the list of top ten greatest WWE wrestlers of all time.
1. Ric Flair– WWE surprisingly did not include Ric Flair in its top ten. It may be because he spent most of his peak days in WCW. Undoubtedly, Ric Flair is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
2. Hulk Hogan– Yes, an all time great. WWE placed him at the number 23 spot. Despite being a legend, many fans called Hogan’s in-ring skills as average. That could have been the reason.