Some of WWE's most famous stars built their careers on their brute strength or on the vivid characters they played. Others mastered the craft of true wrestling.
These are the men who turned the suplex and the chinlock into elements of their own symphony.
In the patchwork of violence, acrobatics, soap opera and sport that is WWE, these ring tacticians used grappling to garner our attention.
Determining the best among the technical wrestlers is a difficult task.
There are no points to tally, no ERAs to compare. Ranking WWE's best mat workers is mostly the act of judging whose physical artistry is more exquisite than the next.
Taking into account the variety of moves that they mastered, how smoothly they transitioned from hold to hold and how well they composed a story with wrestling, here are WWE's best grapplers.