Welcome to today's results of "IWC Votes."
This article deals with wrestling managers.
For as long as there have been wrestlers, there has been a manager to help them get to the next level.
Traditionally, managers have been used for wrestlers who have great potential get to the main-event level, but these wrestlers lack the mic skills to get there on their own.
Managers typically are excellent at talking on the microphone and posses the ability to draw massive heat or pops from the crowd for their client.
Unfortunately in today's wrestling world, the art of manager isn't what it use to be. They're few and far between now, but when one comes along, they usually are here to stay and they make an impact.
Most of the greats have had a manager at one time, including Stone Cold, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Randy Savage, Road Warriors, Andre The Giant, Bret Hart and Sting.
Each manager usually had their own unique characteristic (Paul Bearer played a creepy mortician, Jimmy Hart was over the top with a bullhorn and Bobby Heenan was insane).
Without further ado, let's get to the results!
Out of 49 votes...the winner is.....
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan! (26 Votes)
Bobby Heenan was truly a fan of professional wrestling. He was actively involved in various promotions for over 40 years before officially retiring at the beginning of 2000.
He is best known for his stints with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) where he excelled at both managing and commentary.
His list of clients are as legendary as the man himself. Andre The Giant, Rick Rude, Paul Orndorff, Mr. Perfect, Ric Flair and Lex Luger have all been managed by Mr. Heenan at one point or another.
He is a 4-time PWI "Manager of the Year" award winner (1972, 1976, 1989, 1991) and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.
"Heenan was a bit nuts, however, he was intelligent and crafty. He knew when was the best time to interfere in a match, without hurting neither the quality of the match nor the credibility of the wrestler in the match. In addition to this, he also was one of the few managers to actually take bumps from people a foot or so taller than him." - James Chiofalo
"Everything he did cracked me up. I remember him from the old AWA days. Total stooge. He was great." - Chris Cap
"Easily Bobby Heenan, he sold his wrestlers like no other and was by far the most entertaining to watch." - Jack Baxter
Paul Bearer (7 Votes)
I was born right around the time Bobby Heenan began to focus on commentary so I always have a soft spot for Paul Bearer when it comes towards managers. The man is so creepy, but you can't help but laugh when you speaks because he's just so over the top, but it's not to the point where he's unbearable.
Bearer is of course best known as the manager of the legendary Undertaker, but throughout his career he's also managed Kane, Mankind, Vader and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Bearer won the PWI "Manager of the Year" award in 1998 and it could be assumed he is a shoo-in for the WWE Hall of Fame once Undertaker is inducted.
"I think Paul Bearer, because he made Undertaker what The Undertaker is today." - Killer Shah
Sensational Sherri (3 Votes)
Paul Heyman (3 Votes)
Jimmy Hart (2 Votes)
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