Many of the WWE’s greatest eras have developed by way of a few experienced wrestlers losing to—or “putting over”—younger talent, who then went on to become megastars.
Often, the biggest names in the wrestling industry struggle to let go of their position and want to be on top forever. This holds up-and-coming performers back.
The fallout to such a situation is only felt a few years later when there is a distinct lack of main event talent. This was the case in the WWE during the mid-1990s and late 2000s.
Athletes who help the next generation by putting others over often become highly respected in the wrestling community for their consideration. Those who fail to do so and try to cling onto their former glory can be slowly forgotten.
This list is comprised of seven wrestlers who have particularly excelled at putting over others.
The variety of ways and the times they have done this makes ranking them impossible, but inclusion means they have gone the extra mile to push those under them. Each has thus allowed the WWE—or the companies that came before—to have some of the most successful times in history.