Inspired by a tweet from the Boot 2 The Face podcast, they are doing an episode this Thanksgiving week, based on their Top 10 wrestlers of all time. They asked listeners to submit there own list, so I had to make own list. Some of my choices aren’t going to be your obvious picks, so decided to give an explanation on why I chose my wrestlers for my list.
Quick side note, I missed most of the 90’s due to wrestling becoming to “cartoonish” and boring, and converting over to cable TV (which I didn’t have). So to me, Stone Cold was still Stunning Steve Austin, HBK was still a Midnight Rocker, and I still didn’t care for Hulk Hogan.
But here’s my list. There is a top 3 that won’t ever change, but choices 4 – 10 are in no particular order.
10. Triple H – Triple H was ok doing his DX thing, but really more of a fan when he went solo as The Game. Great heel, good mic skills, and great wrestler. Probably would have been higher on the list if I didn’t keep hearing about his backstage politics, but for what he does with NXT, the good will outweigh the bad. (Sorry Rucker)
9. Curt Hennig – Easily could have been one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Got stuck in the U.S. Champion and Intercontinental Championship programs, and the only World Championship he ever held was for the AWA. Curt could have easily been World Champion in every federation, several times, but never got his due.
8. CM Punk – Punk was the indie darling, but he jumped the ranks for me after the Pipebomb promo. Not knowing if the promo was real or scripted, what the hell just happened? Punk made me tune in every week, because I wanted more. Some of it got longwinded, but a lot of times it was great TV. Love him or hate him, he made wrestling fun for me.
7 and 6. – Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson – There the MF’in Horseman. There was no faction greater in all of wrestling. Tully and Arn were a legit tag team, in both NWA and WWF. They talked the talk, and walked the walk, and they beat the living shit of people. That’s my kind of crew. All my life, I wanted to be a Horseman. Side note, Tully makes some fine ass daughters.
5. Terry Gordy – The Freebirds were alright, but they were nothing without Bam Bam. He didn’t say anything, and didn’t need too. His fists did the talking. He was the second best brawler in the business behind Bruiser Brody, but I didn’t get to see enough of Bruiser to rank him. Terry Gordy was the best. And I’m confident enough to say, if Gordy fought Brock Lesnar in his prime, Gordy would make Brock his bitch.
4. Dynamite Kid – The British Bulldogs were one the first wrestlers I liked in the WWF, when I really got into wrestling. They were a good combo of size and speed. I liked Dynamite Kid more, because I thought he had more technical skills than Davey Boy Smith. Than I saw Kid’s matches with Tiger Mask, and they were nothing compared to what he was doing in the WWF. This helped me get hooked, and Kid made me want more.
3. Rick Rude – “What I’d like to have right now, is for all you……” I absolutely love wrestlers who can talk shit and kick ass. For all the girls in school who wouldn’t give me the time of day, I want to swivel my hips at them, then fling my sweat at them, while Bobby Heenan stood behind and laughed. But even after the great promos, he put on a fight. From the Von Erichs to the Ultimate Warrior, he was the 3rd greatest heel of all time.
2. Randy Savage – Freak out, freak out. The baddest dude on the planet. The Macho Man was a beast. Everyone wanted to be him, and couldn’t even compare. He wanted nothing short of excellence, and than you hear the stories of how he prepared for matches, and all you can do is applaud him for always wanting to give his best. Than he defended Elizabeth’s honor, after Hogan tried to take her away from Randy, and Hogan got what was coming to him. Best build ever.
1. Ric Flair – After trying to watch wrestling and getting nothing out of AWA or WWF, i stumbled across NWA wrestling. While I thought this was another hour of my morning wasted, this guy in a suit comes out, talks like he owns the place, kisses all the girls, and wants to know what’s causing all this, Ric Flair hooked me into wrestling. It wasn’t the wrestling I was interested in, it was the promos. Ric Flair comes out every week, talks shit to EVERYONE on the roster, than talks about looking like a million bucks. That’s what I want to do. Than he brings his friends Tully and Arn over to serve up an ass kicking to EVERYONE on the roster? Absolutely loved it. Diamonds are forever, and so is Ric Flair and the Horseman. I miss those days.