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Chain of Wrestling: 69 Great Names and How They Link Together!

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IIDecember 19, 2016

Chain of Wrestling: 69 Great Names and How They Link Together!

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    Simple slideshow, just a bit of fun.

    I decided to chose some of the greatest names from each decade, from the 50's all the way to 2010.

    The goal is to start with any wrestler from any time period, then link him with any wrestler from the other categories, a link can be anything from a match to a classic promo that changed wrestling forever. 

    So why these wrestlers? Can't anyone just pick random 75 wrestlers, and then tie them altogether? Well, yes you can, but this list is going to include wrestlers from every organization, i.e. AWA, WWE, WCW, ECW, NJPW, and even TNA. 

    A quick example using low status wrestlers.

    We will start of with at random...Godfather, so...

    The Godfather was part of Right To Censor, which included many heel wrestlers such as Val Venis, who was involved in a controversial feud with Taienkai which saw his penis getting castrated. Taienkai leader Taka Michinoku was the first ever WWE Lightweight Champion, and he lost the belt to Christian.

    Christian is also a former IC champion, and he defeated Booker T for the title, who faced The Rock at Summerslam for the WCW title in his first ever WWE PPV. The Rock was part of the Nation of Domination, which inclded fellow wrestlers DLO, Mark Henry, and Godfather.

    That's the idea. I hope this slideshow was not a waste of your valuable time, so please enjoy and take it with a light heart. 

    Thank you for reading.

Buddy Rogers

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    Buddy Rogers, or the Original Nature Boy, was the first man to ever hold the WWWF Championship. He accomplished this extraordinary feat in 1963 and ever since that day the company and the glorious WWE Championship has been passed on to many great wrestlers, including The Rock, Bret Hart, HBK, and others.

    Rogers was a great inspiration to a host of wrestlers who were being brought up in this era. The most notable name has to be Ric Flair, who adopted most of Buddy Rogers' image such as his finishing move, The Figure Four leg lock, and of course his robe and nickname The Nature Boy.

    However due to personal real life health issues, Buddy was forced to relinquish his championship to power house Bruno Sammartino...

Bruno Sammartino

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    Bruno Sammartino was one of those wrestlers who you could simply not beat, not because he was given a Super Man like gimmick, but because he was genuinly unstoppable in the ring to a point where even if Buddy never suffer a heart scare, he would most likely lost to Bruno anyway.

    Bruno has the record for holding the WWE championship for the longest time in the history of this great organization. He also holds the record for the most headlined Main Events at the Garden.

    At one point Bruno was so incredibly over with the fans that the NWA decided to give Bruno the NWA title, and this made him the first ever man to hold both the WWWF and the NWA world championships at the same time. The person of whom he took the NWA title from was of course the legendary Lou Thesz....

Lou Thesz

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    Lou Thesz is one of the biggest names in professional wrestling. As well as being one of the greatest champion in wrestling, Lou will always be remembered as a pioneer and an innovator of the sport of professional wrestling. He had held the NWA Heavyweight Championship longer then anybody in the organisations great history.

    He is credited for inventing several major moves which superstars today use, such as the belly to back suplex, powerbomb, STF, and of course the Lou Thesz press which was made famous by wrestling icon Stone Cold Steve Austin...

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    The legend that is The Rattlesnake.

    Austin has had a very dubious career, while he was the WWE's greatest superstar who took the product to different heights and eventually helping them defeat WCW in the local Monday Night Wars. Some would argue that Austin's career was not always as luxurious as one would of hoped.

    He was of course part of WCW in the early 90's, but he was fired by Eric Bischoff. He then went into ECW where he had a short-lived career feuding with then ECW champion Mikey Whipwreck.

    Besides his great singles career, which has seen him win six WWE championships, three Royal Rumbles, the C championship, and the KOTR, Austin was also known as a tag team specialist. He was one half of the successful tag team entitled Hollywood Blondes with tag partner Brian Pillman.....

Brian Pillman

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    Brian Pillman was one of the greatest light heavyweight wrestlers of his generation, hence the nickname High Flying Brian Pillman.

    He had great feuds with a host of talented and athletic wrestlers such as Jushin Liger, Ultimo Dragon, etc. Before his tragic death in the mid 90's, Brian was part of the legendary stable The Hart Foundation, which included wrestlers such as the British Bulldog, Owen Hart, and of course Bret the Hitman Hart...

Bret Hart

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    Bret Hart played a massive role in the WWE, after the departures of Diesel, Hogan, Hall, Savage, and others. Bret managed to grab the brassed ring and with Vince in his corner he was only going to achieve great things. He has become a natural icon in Canada and is listed in Canada's Top 100 Greatest Canadians.

    Bret took wrestling to new heights during the Attitude era and in the early 90's he showed the world that you don't have to have the biggest arms in the world to be a wrestler. As long as you can entertain a crowd the sky is the limit.

    Bret Hart was involved in one of the most controversial moments in the WWE, when Vince McMahon cheated the Hitman out of his WWE championship, a.k.a the Montreal Screwjob. Bret Hart lost the title unwillingly to Ladies Man HBK....

HBK

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    Shawn Michaels will be remembered for a lot of these things. He was the first man to take part and win an Elimination Chamber and Hell in a Cell Match, screwing Bret, the Shawn Michaels rule at the Royal Rumble, and Curtain Call. None will be remembered more than HBK's creation of the outrageous stable D-X.

    D-X was most likely the greatest creation in the WWE. They were the answer to WCW's NWO and consisted of several members, but the founding members are HBK, Rick Rude, Chyna, and HHH....

HHH

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    HHH has been part of the WWE since 1995. In this time he has transcended from blue collar wrestler to global superstar. He is arguably one of the biggest names to ever come out of the business. He has won the WWE championship more times then any other superstar.

    HHH is also part of the McMahon family. He married Stephanie McMahon in 2003, meaning his father-in-law is Vince and his brother-in-law is Shane McMahon...

Shane McMahon

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    Shane O Mac, heir to the once infamous throne, was one of the most exciting wrestlers to watch. His agility and aerial ability was truly spectacular.

    He was able to perform such bouts as corner to corner, where he would jump from one end of the ring to the other and in turn deliver a fatal drop kick to his opponent. However his most incredible stunt is known as the Leap of Faith.

    This is when Shane climbs to the top of the highest point in the arena, and then out of nowhere delivers a 50 foot+ elbow drop. His first victim was of course The Big Show...

Big Show

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    Big Show is the first man to win the WCW, ECW, and WWE Championships. He is regarded as the greatest athlete for his size in the whole world.

    He debuted in the WCW in 1995 where he was billed as Andre the Giant's son....

Andre The Giant

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    Andre may have had the longest undefeated streak in the business, 15 years, but he also holds the record for the shortest reign as WWE Champion.

    Although a man of his caliber could never lose a belt so easily, he can be persuaded by money, so Rich Man Ted DiBiase bought the WWE championship from Andre...

Ted DiBiase

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    While the WWE does not recognize Ted as an official WWE Champion, that has not stopped the Million Dollar man from creating his own prestigious championship, the Million Dollar championship.

    Many great names have held this championship such as Austin, Virgil, and of course his son Ted DiBiase Jr...

Ted DiBiase Jr.

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    While Ted may only be new to the game, he is already achieved a lot, but is it because he is the son of a WWE HOF or because he is simply the TTP?

    Ted joined the company a few years ago when he debuted as a wrestler who was after the WWE tag team championships, which at the time was held by Cody Rhodes and Hardcore Holly. During the PPV, Ted revealed that his mystery partner was current tag team champion Cody Rhodes. They defeated Hardcore and became the newly crowned Tag Team champions.

    Ted and Cody were known as Priceless, a pair of young wrestlers who come from great families. They defeated Batista and John Cena on numerous occasions, but their main job was to make sure that the boss of the newly found stable Legacy, Randy Orton, kept his WWE title at all costs...

Randy Orton

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    Randy Orton is the son of the WWE HOF Cowboy Bob Orton, and has already become a seven-time World Champion. His first reign came in 2004, when he defeated Chris Benoit for the WHC, becoming the youngest wrestler to accomplish this feat.

Chris Benoit

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    Benoit was known around the world for his amazing 5-star matches that he manages to put on week in week out. Some of his greatest feuds were with Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Booker T, HHH, and Chris Jericho.

    However, according to Benoit, his greatest matches and feuds were with his best friend, for whom he wrestled for over 20 years, Eddie Guerrero...

Eddie Guerrero

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    Eddie Guerrero made a real name for himself in NJPW, where he faced several wrestlers who today are big names on a global scale. His first real feud was against Benoit, but a real feud that lasted over 15 years was against Chris Jericho....

Chris Jericho

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    Jericho is recognized by the IWC as the single greatest wrestler. His most memorable moment was his debut for the WWE, where he called out several wrestlers.

    However, none were more memorable than his feud with the People's Champ, the Rock, who Jericho defeated for his first ever World championship...

The Rock

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    The Rock in my books is the greatest entertainer the business has ever come across since its inception in the early 50's. We have seen many greats in our time such as Andy Kauffman, Ric Flair, Jericho, Austin, HBK etc, yet no one has managed to create such an electric atmosphere than the People's Champ himself.

    What made him stand out out was his impressive verbal communication/chemistry he had with his opponents and the crowds. He was able to make an arena duplicate his every word with a single gesture or taunt.  

    The Rock was part of the Legendary tag team with Mick Foley entitled The Rock and Sock connection, whom the Rock won the WWE Tag Championships with on two occasions.

Mick Foley

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    Mankind is known for taking some bumps and knocks to his body every now and then, but he made it such a reputation for himself after his matches in ECW and the WWE that he gained the nickname, the Hardcore Legend. He was also the first ever Hardcore Champion.

    However that name was already been used by ECW legend Terry Funk, who Foley teamed with to win the WWE Tag Team Championships....

Terry Funk

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    Terry Funk was used mainly as a jobber during his career as a wrestler, but he felt that this was a great way to push younger talent, thus giving the business a new lease of life.

    It was due to his willingness and determination that Terry Funk, along with his brother Dory Funk, got inducted into the WWE HOF two years ago....

Dory Funk

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    Dory is listed in the history books as the fourth-greatest NWA Champion in the history of that title.

    However like his father and brother, Dory decided to help younger talent grow in the business, he trained many wrestlers such as Kurt Angle, Matt Hardy, Edge, Test, and of course Jeff Hardy...

Jeff Hardy

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    Jeff Hardy, the more talented of the two brother,  certainly has a way of getting his point across. With his good looks and amazing devil antics, Jeff has managed to win several major honors throughout his Wrestling career.

    He won the WWE Championship on two occasions before leaving the WWE last year. CM Punk was the last wrestler he ever faced in the business....

CM Punk

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    CM Punk is noted as the most successful competitor to ever grace the MITB tournament. He was won the competition on two occasions, both of which aired at WrestleMania.

    The first person of whom he cashed his contract with was the injured and beat down Edge...

Edge

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    Edge has been with the company since 1998, and in that time we have watched him achieve some amazing honors and accomplishments.

    Outside all the WWE and WHC reigns, I feel Edge's biggest achievement without a doubt is winning the WWE tag team championships with his mentor and idol Hulk Hogan...

Hulk Hogan

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    Hogan may have been the biggest face in the WWE, but his time in WCW allowed us witness the darker side of the Immortal one as he managed to form an alliance known as The N.W.O with fellow wrestlers Scott Hall and Kevin Nash...

Kevin Nash

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    Kevin Nash was such a big name in the WWE that when he left the WWE never knew what to do, but they decided to use his image and persona to mock his betrayal.

    They created Fake Diesel, which was actually current WHC Kane.....

Kane

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    Kane debuted in the WWE in 1997 during a Hell in a Cell match between his brother Undertaker and HBK. After costing his brother the match, the two would go onto become mortal enemies...

Undertaker

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    After his gut wrenching feud with Kane, the Undertaker took a step back from the WWE to allow his wound and ego to heel.

    Upon his return the Undertaker created a super stable consisting of wrestlers whom he has sacrificed and allured to the Dark Side, the Ministry of Darkness.

    Members included the Brood, Viscera, Ron Simmons, and JBL.....

JBL

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    JBL may be a rich Texan, but before the days of limo drivers and the Acolytes, JBL was part of the wrestling tag team consisting of himself and Barry Windham...

Barry Windham

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    Barry Windham was remembered for a controversial moment that saw him win the WHC from Sid Vicious, however he was dressed up as Sting...

Sting

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    Sting 's greatest advisory in the NWA was Ric Flair, whom he battled for the NWA title on several occasions.

Ric Flair

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    During his HOF speech in 2009, everyone was waiting in anticipation to hear just which match the iconic Ric Flair deemed to be his greatest match in his tenure as a wrestler.

    Matches he had with Sting, Hogan, and Harley Race were just jumping out of people's mouths, but it was revealed that his greatest match was against none other than Ricky the Dragon Steamboat....

Ricky The Dragon Steamboat

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    On the contrary it is believed to many that Ricky the Dragon Steamboat's greatest match was in fact his bout with Macho Man at Wrestlemania 3. This match was rewarded a 5-star rating by Dave Meltzelder.

Macho Man Randy Savage

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    Macho Man had several major feuds in his career with the likes of Andre and Hogan, but none were more surreal and intense than those he had with Luger, of whom he had real life altercations with involving Macho Man's ex-wife Miss Elizabeth...

Lex Luger

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    Lex Luger's biggest moment in the WWE came when he managed to powerslam the 600lbs Yokozuna. He would then go onto win the Royal Rumble in 1994 with Bret Hart. The two men then challenged Yokozuna for his WWE championship....

Yokozuna

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    Yokozuna is part of the legendary Anoai family.

    The Anoai Family Tree is one of the greatest in the business of professional wrestling. With many great families such as the Harts, McMahon's, Orton's etc, none scream out more talent then the Anoai Family. 

    The following link highlights all the wrestlers to come out of the Anoai Family.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anoa'i_family

    Yokozuna became the first Samoan to win a World Championship.

    The Rock became the First African American to win the WWE Championship.

    The Wild Samoans became the first Samoans to win the WWE Tag team Championships.

    Rocky Johnson Became the first African American to hold the WWE Tag Team titles alongside partner Tony Atlas.

    Other names include Jimmy Snuka, Rosey, Umaga, and Rikishi....

Rikishi

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    Rikishi was been a veteran for WWE for over 15 years as part of the legendary Anoai family; his brother was the late great Umaga. 

    Rikishi helped WWE out in one of their most successful years. In 2000, Rikishi played Super Villain as we found out that it was Kish who in fact ran over Austin.

    Ever since then, Rikishi has turned out to be a phenomenal wrestler and one who made the mid card entertaining with the likes of Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay....

Brian Christopher

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    Grand Master Sexay is the son of the legendary color commentator and AWA Legend Jerry The King Lawler....

Jerry The King Lawler

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    Lawler has won over 140 championships during the course of his illustrious wrestling career.  He is a 52-time AWA Southern Champion, a great feat in any organization.

    Records come natural to the Lawler Family as with with Jerry's cousin The Honky Tonk Man.

Honky Tonk Man

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    Jericho maybe regarded as the greatest IC Champion, but even Jericho has never accomplished what Honky Tonk has, He held onto the title for a impressive 454 days, before dropping the belt to the Warrior...

Ultimate Warrior

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    The Ultimate Warrior's greatest feud over the IC came against Rick Rude, who he eventual lost the Championship to...

Rick Rude

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    Rick Rude's most famous feud in the WWE was with Jake The Snake Roberts; however before this feud it was in fact his starting of a feud with Paul Orndorff that kick-started the Ravishing One's WWE campaign.

Paul Orndorff

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    Paul Orndorff became one of the first men to challenge Hulk Hogan for his first WWE championship. After several matches resulting in Paul coming up short, the feud would finally be resolved at the first ever WrestleMania, where Hogan teamed up with Mr. T to take on Orndorff and his partner Hot Rod Rowdy Piper...

Rowdy Piper

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    Piper is regarded as the greatest heel in wrestling. His antics and character has demonstrated to the world  that if you act like an idiot you will get handsomely rewarded.  

    Piper, although Canadian, was portrayed as a rough Scotsman who hated everything and everyone in his path.

    During a time when everyone was a face, the company needed a villain, and Vince decided he needed Piper.

    Piper created such moments as Piper's Pit where he would bring on guests such Snuka and Andre, only to have them beaten to a bloody pulp. Well not Andre, but you get the picture...

Jimmy Snuka

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    During his cage match with Don Muraco, Snuka did the unthinkable at the time.

    He jumped of the 15-foot Steel Cage and frog splashed his way to stardom. Many cite this day as a true turning point in their lives, i.e., Mick Foley, who stated after he saw Jimmy fly he knew then that he wanted to become a professional wrestler.

Don Muraco

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    Muraco won his first singles gold for the WWE after he defeated the great Pedro Morales for his IC Championship.

Pedro Morales

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    Pedro Morales is credited as the first ever WWE Triple Crown Champion. He accomplished this feat when he defeated Ivan Koloff for the WWE Championship.

Ivan Koloff

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    Ivan or the Russian Bear is responsible for ending the great reign of Bruno Sammartino. However many suggest that he was used as a transitional champion, so that they would not have two faces in Pedro and Bruno battle it out in the same match.

    The WWE witnessed how well this was pulled of so they decided to have Iron Sheik become a transitional champion so that Bob Backlund and Hogan would not have to face one another, two of the biggest faces at the time.

Iron Sheik

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    Iron Sheik became the first ever Iranian WWE Champion when he defeated Bob Backlund for the Gold.

Bob Backlund

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    Although Bob was a massive face for the WWWF during the 70's, he would later play super heel as he managed up and coming talent Kurt Angle.

Kurt Angle

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    Kurt Angle became the first man to win the WWE, TNA, WCW, WHC, and the IWGF championships when he defeated Brock Lesnar in Japan for the gold.

Brock Lesnar

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    Brock Lesnar wrestled his last match for the WWE at WrestleMania 20 where he faced Goldberg in a match that many felt was a huge letdown given the hype surrounding it.

Goldberg

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    Goldberg was undefeated for over 100 matches during his time in WCW, but Scott Hall made sure that Kevin Nash would walk out of Starcade as the victor as he zapped his friend to victory, resulting in Goldberg's first ever loss in the WCW.

Razor Ramon

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    Razor Ramon's first ever singles professional feud was against Dusty Rhodes in the NWA promotion in the mid 80's.

Dusty Rhodes

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    Dusty Rhodes is the father of WWE wrestlers Cody Rhodes and Goldust.

Goldust

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    Goldust won his first ever Singles championship when he defeated Scott Hall for the IC Championship due to outside interference from X-Pac.

X-Pac

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    X-Pac became the first ever duel Light Heavyweight champion when he defeated Tajiri for the WWE Light Heavyweight Championship at Summerslam 2001 and Billy Kidman for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship at Invasion 2001.

Tajiri

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    Tajiri is called the Japanese Buzzsaw because he wins the majority of his matches with his sharp kicks.

    However after imitating his idol the Great Muta, Tajiri decided to blind his opponents with the Mist before taking off their heads with his deadly kicks.

Great Muta

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    Mutoh is one of two wrestlers to hold the NWA Heavyweight Championship, the AJPW Triple Crown Championship, and the IWGP Championship. 

    The other being old foe Shinya Hashimoto.

Shinya Hashimoto

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    Shinya is the Hulk Hogan of NJPW. He is regarded by many as one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation. His matches with Kawada are stuff of legends, and both men were over with the crowds and two of the most popular and exciting wrestlers to watch in the modern era.

Toshiaki Kawada

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    Before becoming the legend that is Kawada, a man who has appeared more times than any other superstar in the PWI ranking.

    Kawada had to home his skills and abilities to become the very best at what he does, and he accomplished this by training under the guidance of legendary trainer and wrestler Stu Hart.

Stu Hart

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    Stu Hart is considered as one of the greatest trainers in the business. He trained the like of Jericho, Bret Hart, Benoit, Mark Henry, Jushin Liger, and a host of other amazing talents.

    He is also patriarch of the infamous Hart Family, where his sons Bret, Keith, and Owen created shockwaves of stardom wherever they went. 

Owen Hart

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    Owen Hart was everything that you wanted in a wrestler, he was agile, quick, and talented and one of the most energetic guys you could ever find in the ring.

    I feel that if Bret was not so popular then perhaps Owen would have been given more opportunities to succeed at the top. Even Bret said that Owen could do more in the ring than any of his brothers including him. Owen should have been given the title during one of his many feuds with Bret, and this would have created a much more exacting and emotional feud somewhat like Undertaker and Kane’s now.

    Owen was also a exceptional tag team performer having won the championships on several occasions each with different partners such as Jeff Jarrett, Yokozuna, and brother-in-law The British Bulldog.

British Bulldog

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    You don't get any bigger then Davey Boy Smith or The British Bulldog.

    One of the most talented and powerful men to ever grace the sport of professional wrestling. He was adored by many and hated by most, due to his ties with the Hart Foundation.

    He is a former IC, Tag, and Hardcore Champion. He had one of the most emotional 5-star matches in the history of WWE, when he took on Bret Hart for the IC Championship in Wembley, England, in which he defeated Bret to win his first ever singles title.

    Although he was never really given the opportunity to reach his full potential, Davey will always be remembered.

    Davey made a name for himself when he and his cousin the Dynamite Kid joined Stu Hart's promotion Stampede Wrestling in the 80's.

Dynamite Kid

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    Dynamite was regarded by many, including Bret Hart, as the greatest singles wrestler ever to grace the squared circle.

    That, coming from the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, surely must mean a great deal.

    The late Chris Benoit and Owen Hart molded their wrestling abilities from The Kid, as they cited him as a true inspiration to their wrestling lives.

    With such a reputation, I only hope that Davey along with The Kid get inducted in the Hall of Fame in the future as true icons and pioneers of the sport.

    One of Kid's great North American Feuds was against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Greg Valentine

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    Greg is the son of legendary wrestler and booker Johnny Valentine.

Johnny Valentine

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    Johnny Valentine's most memorable outlasting feuds was against Bobo Brazil. Both men battled it out to determine the No. 1 contender for the NWA championship on several occasions with Bobo usually getting the upper hand.

Bobo Brazil

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    On October 18, 1962, Bobo Brazil made history by becoming the first Black-American to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title by defeating...

Buddy Rogers

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    Thank you for reading my slide show. Obviously I could not mention all the great names such as Rey Mysterio, Harley Race, etc., whilst I believe I could have accomplished it, I just feel that it would take forever.

    Sorry to those who felt that this was a huge waste of their time.

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