To fans who say the tradition of great pro wrestling managers is dead, I offer two words: Paul Heyman.
The '70s and '80s brimmed with unforgettable characters guiding and often cheating for the wrestlers inside the ring. Heyman carries on that tradition today, leading Brock Lesnar and Curtis Axel into battle.
Weasels, wizards, captains and playboys have long enhanced the theater of wrestling. The greatest managers of all time is a list of Hall of Fame entrants who were integral parts of WWE, WCW, World Class Championship Wrestling, American Wrestling Association and the territories.
The 15 best are ranked here based on the number of champions and high-profile stars they managed, how much they elevated their clientele, and how much these men and women were compelling characters of their own.
Sinister Minister and Larry Sweeney, for example, excelled at the character portion of the criteria, but their client list is not as impressive as the managers ranked above them.