The Weekly Top Ten: The Greatest Managers Of All-Time
I'm back again this week with another weekly top 10 list. With any list, questions will form about why a person made the list and why another person did not.
If you have any questions or feel I might have left some one out let me know in the comment section. This week will feature the top 10 managers.
Behind every great wrestler who is sub-par on the mic, is usually a good talking head backing them up and doing the dirty work. This is a tribute to the ones who help their wrestlers acheive greatness, through politics, schemes, and mic work so good it turned borderline acts into the main event and made great wrestlers turn into legends.
He came on the scene in 1986 becoming the first African American manager in the WWE. The Doctor of Style went on to manager The Iron Sheik and NiKolai Volkoff and he will later manage The Twin Towers: Akeem and the Big Boss Man.
His smooth style and charismatic ways always seem to help put his guys over the top even in the most dire situations.
9. J.J Dillion
Where would peanut butter be without jelly and where would the Four Horsemen be without J.J Dillion.
Building his repuatation as the man who did the dirty work, he achieved many feats and made sure Flair,Tully, and Ole and Arn Anderson always got their way more times than not.
During his three years at the helm of the Horses, Flair and company usually always set on top of the WCW and the wrestling world.
8. Mr. Fugi
As dangerous in the ring as he was outside it, Mr Fugi help teams such as Demolition, Powers of Pain, and The Orient Express; reach the top of the tag team ladder.
He also managered the likes of Don Muraco, Owen Hart, and Yokozuna.
It was Yokozuna, who prehaps gave Mr. Fuji his biggest success. Mr. Fugi help lead the giant to a win in the 1993 Royal Rumble and later that year to a win at Wrestlemania IX over Bret Hart.
7. Sherri Martel
Better known as the Sensational Sherri, she was a former women's champion as well as a great manger.
The list of Superstars she manager include names like Shawn Michaels, Ted Dibiase, Ric Flair, The Honky Tonk Man, and Randy Savage.
Her most notable manager role involved Ted Dibiase in which lasted for two years.
She has manager in serval different companies including the WWE, AWA, TNA, OVW, ECW, and WCW.
6. Miss Elizabeth
A calm and relaxing voice to the rather wild and chaotic Macho Man Randy Savage, she became his valet and help push him to new heights becoming
the first woman to lead a wrestler to the WWE Championship.
Although she accompanied the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Lex Luger to the ring; she will be forever remember with her role with Randy Savage.
Miss Elizabeth was also involved in many memorable feuds with Savage that saw the two leap from the WWE to WCW and the NWO faction.
Sadly Miss Elizabeth died from a alcohol and pills overdose in 2003.
5. The Grand Wizard- Ernie Roth
One of the most underated heel managers of all-time, his carreer started in the late 1960s and continued until his death in 1983.
He made his first big splash as a manager for Stan Stasiak whom he led to championship gold. He later helped WWE Hall of Famer, the Superstar Billy Graham to the title.
On the list of his accomplishment include managing the first Intercontinental Champion, Pat Patterson, as well as other Intercontinental Champions like Ken Patera and Don Muraco.
4. Paul Bearer
He took over the role of manager of the Undertaker from Brother Love, and never looked back. Paul Bearer played a major role in the Undertaker's career, helping the superstar for nearly 13 years.
After helping Undertaker reach the top of the company, he then introduce the world to the monster Kane. This lead to a feud among the three, that revealed that Kane was the Undertaker's kayfabe half brother.
Before his manager career took off, Paul accompanied Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Mark Calaway to the ring in FCW and WCCW in Texas.
3. The Mouth of The South- Jimmy Hart
The megaphone along with annoying voice would help drive him to fame. He helped managered Greg Valentine, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Ted Dibiase, Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, and the Hart Foundation.
Jimmy Hart was known for sitting in the corners of his wrestlers and barking down orders through the always loud megaphone, while at the same time yelling and earning the ire of the annoucers like Gorilla Monsoon.
He help Honky Tonk Man have the longest Intercontental Championship title reign and at the same time managered the Glamour girls to the Women's Tag Team Championship earning him the Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year in 1987. He later won the honor again in 1994.
He has been apart of wrestling biggest stages and perhaps no manager recieved more reaction from a crowd than JImmy Hart.
2. Capatain Lou Albano
With a larger than life personality and mic skills to boot, Lou Albano took a record 15 teams to Tag Team gold. Along they way he took even the most baby face tag teams and term them into villians with one cut of a promo.
Along with his tag team success, he also help lead another four competiors to singles gold including names like Pat Patterson and Greg Valentine.
Lou Albano can also be credited as one of the leading forces behind wrestling crossover role into mainstream society with his collaborations with Cyndi Lauper. This resulted in him being featured in a couple of her music videos and other pop culture events.
Sadly the capatain died this past October at the age of 76. Long live the Rock n Wrestling Connection.
1. Bobby " The Brain" Heenan
With his smooth mic skills and serving as the number one mouth piece of his era, Bobby Heenan managered some of the most successful wrestlers to glory.
The names includes King Kong Bundy, Harley Race, Rick Rude, The Lslanders, Mr. Perfect, Ken Patera, and the list goes on and on. He aslo managed Haku and Andre the Giant to the World Tag Team Titles.
In a shot span in the 1980s, The Brain went from having no champions under his management, to having two tag team champions as well as having a Mr. Perfect compete for the Intercontental title on three occasion.
He will be remember for his feuds with Hulk Hogan, his great managing skills, and his constant back and forth with Gorilla Monsoon at the annouce table.
Just Missed The Cut
- Teddy Long
- Teri Runnels
- Freddie Blassie
- Arnold Skaaland
- Gary Hart
- James Dudley
- Michael Hayes