Who Decides Who's an "All-Time Great" and Who Isn't?

Patrick HallContributor IJune 27, 2009

Hello fine readers! I hope this article does better than my last one which only got three comments... I don't want to start arguments, just a spirited debate.

"Heroes get remembered, but legends never die". These are the words Babe Ruth said to Bennt Rodriguez in the film The Sandlot. When I heard that statement recently, the first thing that popped into my head were all of the great legends that professional wrestling has produced.

From the greats like Andre the Giant and Bret "Hitman" Hart, to the future Hall of Famers of today such as Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. Wrestling has produced some of the most unforgettable characters ever seen on a television screen. 

Many people on the B/R community say pro wrestling isn't a sport and should be banned. Maybe it isn't an actual sport, maybe it is. It all depends on that person's opinion on the subject.

Now many will argue as to who can be considered an "all-time great" and who isn't, but that too depends on the person's personal opinion on that wrestler.

I'm not trying to take away from the true wrestling legends such as Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, etc. I'm just wondering why can't modern greats like Chris Jericho be thought of in that same light.

I realize that he hasn't been in the game as long as others, but his accomplishments speak for themselves.

I mean, Chris Jericho is the first ever Undisputed Champion, and has held the IC title more than anybody. Even J.R. said those were "Hall of Fame credentials" which is the way you call a heel a future hall of famer.

I apologize if you disagree, maybe its because Y2J's one of my all-time favorites, and probably THE most popular wrestler on the Bleacher Report Wrestling section.

So who really decides who we can say are "all-time greats" or not. If I could name one person who might get to decide, its Vince. At the 2009 HOF ceremony, he said Stone Cold was "the greatest WWE superstar of all time."

That surprised me because I'd never heard Vinnie Mac say something close to that. He's VINCE MCMAHON! So if anybody is allowed to choose, it's him.

So all-in-all I hope this article sparkes some sort of debate. I understand it's short, but  I'm under time constraints. Please comment below and I hope you enjoyed.