The 10 Greatest WWE Legends of All Time
With the 'biggest Wrestlemania of all time' less than three weeks away, many people are wondering which WWE legends will be appearing at The Showcase Of The Immortals this year.
I was speculating as well, and thought I would give my perspective as to who are the 10 greatest WWE Legends of all-time (these are in no particular order).
10. Hulk Hogan- Hogan is arguably the most charismatic wrestler in the history of the sport. His entrance theme brought fans young and old to their feet every time, and his classic 'Hulk-Up' routine was a real crowd pleaser too.
Now, it was obvious that Hogan was not the most gifted wrestler, but he still managed to keep the crowds behind him night in and night out.
The Hulkster was the face of the WWF from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, and almost every fan young and old cared about this legend. Hogan ended up winning six World Titles and one World Tag Team Title in the WWF/E, thus solidifying his rightful place as a WWE Legend and Hall-Of-Famer.
9. Shawn Michaels- The Heartbreak Kid has been around for many years now, and has seen and done it all in the WWE. He has won four World Titles, four Tag Titles, and three Intercontinental Titles.
Along with that, he was part of one of the most popular tag teams of the late '80s and early '90s in The Rockers, and was part of the most famous stable in Professional Wrestling history, D-Generation X.
Along with Shawn's great success though, he was involved in the Montreal Screwjob (arguably the most controversial night in WWE history), and he also missed four years of action after crushing two discs in his back in early 1998.
Through that all though, HBK is still main-eventing to date, and is as popular as ever. It also doesn't hurt him to be known as Mr. Wrestlemania, and he will undoubtedly be entered into the WWE Hall Of Fame in the near future.
8. Bruno Sammartino- 'The Living Legend' had a career that spanned 28 years. Of those 28 years, Bruno spent 4040 days as WWWF Champion, or approximately 12 years, thus garnering the nickname 'The Living Legend'.
With the direction the WWE is heading nowadays, 95 percent of the fans will not know who Bruno Sammartino is, and they would associate the name 'Living Legend' to an overrated wrestler like John Cena.
Bruno won his first Title from 'Nature Boy' Buddy Rogers on May 17, 1963, and he held that Title until Jan. 18, 1971 when he lost it to Ivan Koloff. He would win it again in 1973 from Stan Stasiak, and went on to hold it for four more years. He lost it to 'Superstar' Billy Graham in 1977.
Sammartino wrestled into the '80s, when he picked up the nickname 'The Living Legend.' Surprisingly enough, he is not in the WWE Hall of Fame and is one of two former WWF Stars (the other being Bob Backlund) who rightfully deserve to be inducted.
He is still, in the mind of the old-school wrestling fans, a true legend of the industry though.
7. Steve Austin- Once that glass shattered, everyone in the arena knew it was time to rise to their feet and watch in awe as the most popular WWF performer of the '90s was about to enter.
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is one of, if not the most, popular performers of all-time. He was a six time World Champion, a four-time Tag Champion, a two time Intercontinental Champion, won three Royal Rumbles, and won King Of The Ring in 1996.
He also helped usher in the Attitude Era back in the late '90s, and his constant feuding with Vince McMahon helped Raw win the ratings wars with Nitro in the late '90s. Like Hogan, Austin was not the most gifted performer, but fans always rallied behind him.
As soon as Austin hit the kick in the gut, the roof of the building would blow off as people knew that the Stunner was imminent. Stone Cold will finally be immortalized in the Hall Of Fame this year, thus putting an official end to this legend's wrestling career.
6. The Rock- From 1996 on, people smelled what The Rock was cookin'. After Rocky Maivia was the Sole Survivor at the 1996 Survivor Series, fans knew that they were seeing the birth of a future legend.
Three months after that, he won the Intercontinental Title from Hunter Hearst Helmsley, thus starting his rise towards superstardom.
In The Rock's seven year WWF/E career, he won nine World Titles, two Intercontinental Titles, five Tag Titles, and the 2000 Royal Rumble. Before he became the mega-star of the late '90s though, he was in two very famous stables: Vince McMahon's Corporate Foundation, and The Nation of Domination.
After those couple of years though, The Rock never looked back as he was now at the top of the ladder in the company. His last match occurred at Wrestlemania XX, where The Rock 'n Sock Connection lost to Evolution.
But let it be known that the millions and millions still remember The Rock as one of the greatest legends of all-time.
5. 'The Macho Man' Randy Savage- Ohhhhhh Yeahhhhhh!!!!! The Macho Man was the man in the '80s and '90s. He was a two time World Champion and one time Intercontinental Champion, and also won the 1987 King Of The Ring Tournament, thus making him 'The Macho King.'
Randy Savage, though, is known for his charismatic personality whether he was playing the face or heel. He is also the first wrestler who brought an attractive female manager to the ring with him, thus starting that tradition which still continues to date.
His most memorable highlight would have to be at Wrestlemania III, where he lost the Intercontinental Title to Ricky Steamboat in what is called the greatest match of all time.
Unfortunately, due to personal issues with Vince McMahon, we may never see this legend entered into the Hall Of Fame, but he will forever be seen in everybody's eyes as a true legend of the business.
4. Bret Hart- 'The Hitman' is arguably the best wrestler to ever come from Canada. He had a technical ability that wrestlers today are still trying to match, and he had the charisma as well to back him up.
Bret rose through the ranks over a period of 12 years with the WWF. He started as a Tag Team with Jim Neidhart (Hart Foundation), winning two Titles. After abandoning the Tag scene, he moved onto success as Intercontinenal Champion, a title he won twice as well.
After that, Bret became the main eventer which he had always deserved to be. Before the 'Screwjob' in 1997, Bret had won five World Titles, won the 1991 and 1993 King Of The Ring, and the 1994 Royal Rumble.
It is a true shame that his WWF career ended the way it did, as Bret was the kind of 'heel draw' that the company could have used in the late '90s and early 2000s. Bret was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2006, and rightfully so.
He is a true legend of the WWE.
3. Triple H- Even though his father-in-law owns the company, Triple H is still one hell of a wrestler. He started with the company in the mid-'90s as Hunter Hearst Helmsley, which was later shortened to the well-known Triple H.
He was the leader of the two most popular stables of all-time, D-Generation X and Evolution. Along with that, he has won an impressive 13 World Titles, five Intercontinental Titles, one Tag Title, the 1997 King Of The Ring, and the 2002 Royal Rumble.
Helmsley is excellent in his portrayal as both the face and the heel, and both roles have benefited him throughout his career. Two quadriceps injuries have forced him to miss some time, but he never missed a beat in the ring, as he is a very charismatic and talented performer.
There should be no doubt in anybody's mind that he will be a first-ballot hall of famer sooner than later, and even after retiring, no one will ever forget the legend that is The Game.
2. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper- The Hot Rod was as popular a star as you will ever see in a WWE ring. From his signature bagpipe entrance music to his signature kilt, Roddy Piper was as noticeable and as popular as anyone.
Unfortunately, Piper was never pushed as a World Champion, but he engaged in one of the better feuds of the '80s with 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka. The commencement of this feud was also a great moment in Piper's career, as he famously smashed a coconut over Snuka's head on the set of Piper's Pit.
Piper ended up winning the Intercontinental and World Tag Title once, and was inducted to the hall of fame in 2005. Piper could have been a great World Champion, and unfortunately we won't ever see it, but he will still always be seen as a true legend.
1. The Undertaker- It was the 1990 Survivor Series, and Ted Dibiase's team needed one more member. From that moment on, the WWF/E has never been the same. The Undertaker has dominated for 19 years now, and it doesn't seem as if he will be stopping anytime soon.
He has won six World Titles and seven Tag Titles. He was part of one of the most popular and dominating Tag Teams with Kane as The Brothers Of Destruction, and he won the 2007 Royal Rumble.
One can't say enough about what this man brings to the WWE, as he is the total package. He's big, talented, versatile, and very popular.
From the moment the gong is struck signifying his entrance to the three count is made after the Tombstone, fans are in awe of the Phenom. Undertaker's greatest and most well-known accomplishment though, is his 16-0 record at Wrestlemania.
He has defeated the biggest names in the company past and present (Jake Roberts, Triple H, Ric Flair), and through this, his status was elevated to legend.
Along with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker is a sure-fire first-ballot hall of famer in the coming years, and will forever be immortalized due to his popularity.
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