Building a Dynasty: The Top 20 Pro Wrestling Champions (Part 2)
PART 2 OF BUILDING A DYNASTY.
15. THE FABULOUS MOOLAH
If you think of the Women’s Title, one name should come up: "Fabulous" Moolah; if not, it should.
Moolah is the first WWF/E Women’s Champion ever; Moolah claimed that right to that title when she won the belt in the 1956 tournament when she defeated Judy Grable.
She cemented her legacy and claimed her right as possibly the first women’s ICON in Pro Wrestling when she held the belt for nearly 30 years.
Yes, nearly 30 years.
But still to this day, women wrestlers still don't receive the respect they should.
Even though great women wrestlers like Moolah and others busted their ass, the WWE still decides to do things their way.
I think WWE needs a little dose of Aretha Franklin and find out what "RESPECT" means to the WWE Divas.
But although there is a lack of respect there is no doubt Moolah is one of the best not only in women’s wrestling but in Pro Wrestling itself.
FABULOUS MOOLAH'S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
· NWA WORLD WOMENS CHAMPION
· NWA WORLD WOMENS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
· WWF WOMENS CHAMPION (HELD THE BELT FOR NEARLY 30 YEARS)
· WWF HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 95
14. CURT HENNIG
There are many words to describe Curt Hennig but there is simple one word that trumps all the others and is the best fit for the great athlete: "PERFECT."
Hennig made his arrival into the Pro Wrestling world in the early 80’s; Hennig didn't waste any time to start racking up titles.
He made an impact where his father, Larry "The Axe" Hennig, started his own career in the AWA.
Hennig went on to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship with Scott Hall and eventually would start his solo career, where he picked up the AWA World Heavyweight Championship.
Soon after his accomplishments in the AWA, Curt Hennig would transform to "PERFECTION."
Right off the bat, he started a successful winning streak, Mr. Perfect seemed to be untouchable.
He went on to have a variety of great feuds where his streak continued until he met up with Hulk Hogan.
Mr. Perfect stapled himself as one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions and was one of the reasons some people questioned what title is more prestigious between the IC and the WWF Title.
Mr. Perfect would drop the name but still resembled perfection in the WCW ring.
Curt Hennig would also become a great champion and added himself to one of the biggest stables/longest storylines in Pro Wrestling history (nWo).
Even though he is no longer with us, we can still reminisce by watching some of his greatest matches and relive his "PERFECTION."
CURT HENNIG’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- AWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- AWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- FOW (FUTURE OF WRESTLING) HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- NWA PACIFIC NORTHWEST HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- NWA PACIFIC NORTHWEST TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WWC UNIVERSAL HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WWF INTERCONTENTAL CHAMPION
- WWF/E HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2007
If you want more info on Mr. Perfect take a look at this great article by Matthew Hester: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/210889-mr-perfect-a-tribute-to-the-life-of-curt-hennig.
13. PEDRO MORALES
Not too many people know of this great WWE Hall of Famer.
Well let me tell you this if you don’t know about the great champ you should get to know him.
I myself didn’t know too much about this great champ. But after looking further into Morales' rich history in Pro Wrestling which he started in his teen years I knew he belonged on my DYNASTY LIST.
Pedro Morales was the first to start the Triple Crown Champion phrase, as he was the first to claim all three major WWF/E Titles (Intercontinental, Tag Team and World Championship).
Morales became a fan favorite around the world and he did not disappoint when performing.
Morales decided to pack his bags and pick up gold elsewhere so he ventured off to NWA region promotions and other Independent organizations in Puerto Rico.
He made a return to WWF in the early 80’s and would get back to his winning ways and championship quest.
PEDRO MORALES MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- NWA FLORIDA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- NWA FLORIDA TELEVISION CHAMPION
- NWA SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- NWA HAWAII TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- NWA NORTH AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WWC NORTH AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WWC WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WWF HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1995
- WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION
- WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WWWF UNITED STATES CHAMPION
- WWWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- FIRST WWF/E TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION
12. RICKY “THE DRAGON” STEAMBOAT
Man, did Ricky put on some great matches in his prime or what?
Yes and he proved he hasn’t lost one step when he recently tangled up with Chris Jericho.
The guy was fit to wear a title as he always delivered with a performance.
I remember the great battles he would have with “The Macho Man” Randy Savage; they brought the house down.
You know you have talent when the fans never get tired seeing you as a babyface now that is a hard task that some of today’s greats can’t do. While staying face his whole career, he took a step further and won some belts along the way and eventually became a WWE Hall of Famer in 2009.
Although “The Dragon” performed in other organizations like WCW and NWA he will probably be best known for his achievements and great matches in the WWF/E.
RICK “THE DRAGON” STEAMBOAT’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- NWA MID-ATLANTIC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- NWA MID ATLANTIC TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- NWA TELEVISION CHAMPION
- NWA UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WCW TELEVISION CHAMPION
11. KURT ANGLE
Yeah it’s real; its damn real. Mr. Angle has made it on to my very own WRESTLING DYNASTY LIST.
Although the guy can’t shut up as of late and has been officially labeled "WACK," I still can’t deny his overall accomplishments.
Before Kurt Angle started racking up titles in the squared circle or TNA’s six-sided ring, he was winning medals.
Angle won two gold medals in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympic Games.
That’s an accomplishment that no other Pro Wrestler can claim, so it would seem Angle would have the right to call himself the best Pro Wrestler in the world.
The first offer that WWF/E made to bring in Kurt Angle was shot down but finally the Olympic Gold Medalist signed on the dotted line in 1998 to wrestle in the WWF/E.
Angle led an impressive streak and was showing glimpses of his greatness that would soon come.
Before going after the big one (WWF World Title), Angle started a title collection.
He made an historic rookie debut by winning title after title; his first belt he claimed was the European belt, when he beat Val Venis on Smackdown.
Kurt Angle would win basically every title that WWF/E had to offer.
But soon after, the traveling, injuries, and simply just wrestling started to take effect on Angle's body.
Angle needed a rest, so he was released from his contract with the WWE.
Many thought Angle would take the time off to rest and get his mind right but we were all shocked to find out Angle was hungry for more competition and gold.
Angle was the first major star to make the splash from WWE to TNA (nothing against Christian or anything).
Angle went onto hold every belt in TNA and would become TNA’s second Triple Crown Champion (AJ Styles being the first)
With TNA’s unique contract structure which allows their wrestlers to perform with other independent organizations or in Japanese organizations, Angle was able to capture the IWGP Third World Championship.
So with that, Angle has become one of Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Champions.
KURT ANGLE’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN PRO WRESTLING
- IWGP THIRD BELT CHAMPION
- TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION
- TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPION
- TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPION
- KING OF THE MOUNTAIN (2007, 2009)
- TNA’S SECOND TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION
- UNDER WWE/F: WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPION
- UNDER WWE/F: WCW WORLD CHAMPION
- WWF/E WORLD CHAMPION
- WWF/E EUROPEAN CHAMPION
- WWF/E HARDCORE CHAMPION
- WWF/E INTERCONTENTAL CHAMPION
- WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
- WWE’S TENTH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION
- FIFTH GRAND SLAM CHAMPION
- KING OF THE RING (2000)
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