If you're a baseball fan, you've probably heard of the five-tool player. It's a player who can hit for power and average, has speed, a strong arm and a good glove.
If you were to apply the same concept to a professional wrestler, what would the five tools be?
During SummerSlam weekend, I had an opportunity to ask this question to three of the WWE's biggest stars.
In the video above, John Cena, Daniel Bryan and Damien Sandow all chime in on the subject.
Coming into the conversation, I had my own concepts:
- Athleticism and/or Technical Wrestling Ability
- The Look (being a physical specimen)
- Mic Skills
- In-ring Selling
- A Dynamic Finisher
What current WWE Superstar is the closest thing to a 5-Tool Performer?
Now obviously, in the history of professional wrestling, some of the biggest stars have lacked in some of these areas.
Hulk Hogan was never a spectacular athlete, and the Big Leg was never a dynamic finisher. That said, The Hulkster was able to compensate for those deficiencies by being exceptionally proficient in the other areas.
He certainly had the look, and his mic skills were among the best of all time.
Ric Flair was similar. He was not an extraordinary athlete, and he didn't really have a striking look.
However, his mic skills are legendary, his in-ring selling was phenomenal and his figure-four leg lock was classic.
A wrestler like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin had every tool except the athleticism, but he was one heck of a technical wrestler when he needed to be. If you doubt it, check out some of his matches with Bret Hart.
If we're judging based on this criteria alone, there's perhaps just two men who would truly qualify as five-tool wrestlers.
Those would be The Rock and Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Both men rate nearly off the charts in each of the five categories. Obviously, this is a debatable concept.
It was interesting to hear what three men in the business thought about this question. Take a look and listen to the video. The background noise was pretty heavy, but the answers are noteworthy.
What past or present wrestler would you consider a five-tool performer? What criteria would you use to describe the ideal WWE Superstar?
Be sure to make yourselves heard in the comments section.
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