Top 100 WWE Wrestlers Of All-Time: 70-61
So many wrestlers have graced a WWE ring.
Some, we barely remember. Others, we think about every single day.
If you could break every WWE wrestler down and put them in a top 100, who would you list and how would you rank them?
I will try to attempt this over the next month, taking a page out of NFL Network's book.
Recently, the NFL Network had a series of shows highlighting the top 100 NFL players of all time, listing just 10 players a week until they got to the final 10.
Once a week, I will post a slideshow of 10 wrestlers, starting at 100.
I want to be clear that I am only considering time with CWC (Capitol Wrestling Corp.), WWWF, WWF and WWE.
Time spent with other organizations, even if they were an affiliate of the WWE, is not being considered on my list.
Wrestlers will be ranked on championships won, charisma, skills, popularity and their overall impact on the WWE landscape.
I know I will take a lot of heat for some of my picks, and maybe a lot of respect for some of my picks. This is an opinion article, and I am entitled to who I think belongs where. I am looking forward to all of your comments and where you would rank these wrestlers.
Also, if I miss out on anybody, let me hear about it.
100. Hillbilly Jim
99. Big Boss Man
97. Killer Kowalski
96. Pat Patterson
95. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
94. Bubba Ray Dudley
93. William Regal
92. Big John Studd
91. CM Punk
90. Ken Patera
89. Kerry Von Erich
88. Trish Stratus
86. "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel
84. Tito Santana
83. "The Model" Rick Martel
81. Booker T
80. Barry Darsow "Smash"
79. Junkyard Dog
78. King Kong Bundy
77. Big Show
76. Jesse "The Body" Ventura
74. Brock Lesnar
73. Rob Van Dam
72. Nikolai Volkoff
Now, let's continue the countdown, with No. 70 on the list...
70. Billy Gunn
In over 10 years with the WWE, Billy Gunn was a very successful and talented wrestler.
As a singles competitor, Gunn didn't do much. He was the 1999 King Of The Ring and took home the Intercontinental Championship once, along with the Hardcore Championship twice.
It was in the tag team division, with several different partners, where Gunn would excel.
In his early years in the WWE, he was one half of The Smoking Gunns with Bart Gunn. They would win the Tag Team Championship three times.
Inside of the stable D-Generation X, Gunn would team with Road Dogg to form the New Age Outlaws.
The rude and crude outlaws of the WWE would win tag team gold on five different occasions, one of the greatest WWE tag teams of all-time.
To close out his career in the WWE, he would wrestle with Chuck Polumbo and would win the Tag Team Championship two more times, a total of ten times in his career.
Gunn will never be remembered as a singles competitor, but his time spent inside the tag team division will cement his legacy in the WWE forever.
69. Wendi Richter
"Girls just want to have fun!" That is exactly what Wendi Richter did during her time in the WWE, is have fun.
Richter changed women wrestling forever when she defeated Fabulous Moolah for the WWE Womens Championship in 1984, ending the longest title reign in history.
After losing the title to Leilani Kai in 1985, she would get it back a month later, at the very first WrestleMania.
Richter also had musical artist Cyndi Lauper in her corner to get the job done.
Richter didn't wrestle inside of the WWE long due to contract disputes with Vince McMahon, however, her short time spent inside of the womens division in the WWE is one to remember.
She broke a lot of ground for women inside of wrestling today, letting them know that the spotlight can be yours if you want it bad enough.
Her title match with Kai at WrestleMania was the second to last match of the night.
Richter finally solved her differences with McMahon and was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2010.
Chyna only spent a little under five years inside of the WWE, but is one of the most interesting characters to ever grace a WWE ring.
Standing at 5'8'' and weighing nearly 180 pounds, Chyna could take on some of the men inside of the WWE as well as the women. If I were to stand toe to toe with Chyna, I am proud to say, that I wouldn't stand a chance.
Taking on the men head on is exactly what Chyna did. She is the first and only woman to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, defeating Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy in 1999 to accomplish the feat.
She was also co-champions with Chris Jericho in her second Intercontinental reign, and once again, pinning Trish Stratus in a match that involved current champion Val Venis, which rewarded her the belt for a third time.
Chyna was a bit held down by her character inside of D-Generation X, as a quiet follower of leader Triple H.
When given the chance and the ball, Chyna ran faster with it then any other woman inside the WWE that I've seen.
Unfortunately, Chyna would only win the Womens Championship one time, just before she left the WWE in 2001, retiring as champion, and going out on top.
Chyna will always be remembered for how big she was and the strength she had for a woman inside of the ring, her special career will not be forgotten.
Chyna is one of the most important female wrestlers to ever grace a WWE ring and is future Hall Of Fame material.
67. Bobo Brazil
At my young age, I didn't know Bobo Brazil.
From the homework I've done on him, and from the stories I've heard, he was a very likable guy.
The late Brazil was a four-time WWWF United States Champion and was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 1994.
Brazil had a lot going for him when he was wrestling in the WWE, but one thing he didn't have, was the media that existed in the 80's, and more then ever, today's technology.
Another thing Brazil didn't have, and didn't get, was a push to the top.
Hulk Hogan came up in such a time in the WWE, where stardom wasn't as hard to come by. Thanks to television commercials and movie roles, Hogan was a star overnight.
I am not saying that Hogan didn't work hard to get to the legend status he has today, but Brazil worked hard too.
As one of the top babyface characters in the WWE, Brazil would challenge Bruno Sammartino for his WWE Championship, but would never win it.
Call me crazy, but I think this nice man, was a victim to the time he came up inside of wrestling. I don't want to dive too deep into that, because that is an entirely different subject, for an entirely different article.
Brazil not getting the credit he deserves did not stop me from ranking him number 67 on my list, he deserves it.
66. Iron Sheik
One of the most disliked wrestlers in WWE history, the Iron Sheik was the ultimate villain.
When the fans boo'd him, he knew he was doing a good job.
In December of 1983, just a few months after yours truly was born, Sheik would do what no other wrestler could do for many years, defeat Bob Backlund for the WWE Championship.
Sheik would only hold the title for a month, and lose it to some guy named Hulk Hogan, which was Hogan's first WWE Championship as well.
Sheik also won the WWE Tag Team Championship with his partner Nikolai Volkoff, defeating the U.S. Express in 1985.
Despite how sour his career ended, due to a traffic stop with Hacksaw Jim Duggan where the police found drugs, Sheik was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005.
65. Lex Luger
I remember when I was a kid and I looked for that "Lex Express" bus to come to my town.
Lex Luger's career in the WWE can all be summed up by having one really good year.
In 1993, after the departure of Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart was the man in the WWE and it was hard to get fans to turn their attention to any other wrestler in the company.
Luger did just that.
Luger was originally brought to the WWE as a hell character by Bobby "The Brain" Heenen. He was introduced as "The Narcissist" at the 1993 Royal Rumble, but turned all-american during the summer to replace the all-american Hulk Hogan.
On July 4, Luger arrived via helicopter aboard the USS Intrepid and body slammed a 600 pound Yokozuna, which began the Lex Express Tour.
He would campaign around the United States in a red, white, and blue bus, to rally his chances of getting a shot at Yokozuna's WWE Championship that was won from Hulk Hogan at King Of The Ring.
He got his shot at SummerSlam 1993, but the stipulation was, that it would be his only shot at the title.
Luger would win the match, with a forearm to Yokozuna, but the giant champion would fall to the outside of the ring, causing Lugar to win via countout, in which the belt stayed with Yokozuna.
However, by being a co-winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble, Luger would receive a shot at the title again at WrestleMania X, but lost via disqualification.
In my opinion, Luger should be considered a heavy favorite to join the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia, where he currently resides.
He isn't capable of headlining a Hall Of Fame event, but I think he deserves a spot for his work inside of the company. He never filled Hogan's shoes, but he did wear them for a year.
64. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake "The Snake" Roberts, was famous for carrying his snake Damien to the ring with him.
After defeating opponents, Roberts would bring Damien into the ring, to intimidate his competitors.
Roberts never won a major title during his time with the WWE, but is famously known for his finisher, the DDT, which he claims he invented.
Roberts would fued with the likes of Randy Savage and The Undertaker as well.
He would leave the WWE due to a dispute with Vince McMahon, but would return during the Attitude Era as well as spot appearances later on.
Roberts isn't in the WWE Hall Of Fame yet, but he could be considered a future member.
Hearing Roberts music still gives me chills to this day, I don't like snakes.
63. Ernie Ladd
"The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd was a professional football player turned wrestler.
During his time with the WWE, he was managed by The Grand Wizard and was one of the most hated heels in history, but was a huge draw.
Ladd was a big guy and became a sensation overnight. In what was supposed to be a publicity stunt, Ladd started to wrestle part-time during the off season of football, and then full-time after football.
He challenged the likes of Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales, and Bob Backlund for the WWE Championship, but would never win it.
Ladd was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 1995.
62. Matt Hardy
Starting in 1998, Matt Hardy entered into a full-time position in the WWE with his brother Jeff Hardy as The Hardy Boyz.
Before then, Hardy served as a jobber in the WWE, losing matches to WWE legends and superstars.
When Matt finally got his shot, he didn't disappoint.
As one-half of The Hardy Boyz, Matt and Jeff would win the WWE Tag Team Championship six times, and after the WCW Invasion, the would win the WCW Tag Team Championships once, which happened inside of a WWE ring.
During their trend setting Tables, Ladders, and Chairs matches, Matt and Jeff would defy odds, and drop jaws every night.
Their feuds with Edge & Christian and The Dudley Boyz will never be forgotten, and those years inside of the WWE tag team division will never be duplicated.
Later in his career, Hardy would win the tag team titles again, this time, teaming with MVP.
Hardy would never reach the heights his brother Jeff did in the WWE, and somewhat, lived in his brothers shadows.
61. Jeff Hardy
Unlike the previous mentioned Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy would have a successful singles career in the WWE as well.
Despite all of his championships with his brother Matt, and his other singles championships, which included four reigns as Intercontinental Champion, Jeff's career would come full circle in December of 2008.
At Armageddon, Hardy defeated Edge and Triple H in a Triple Threat match, to win his first and only WWE Championship inside of the WWE.
However, he would quickly lose the title back to Edge at the 2009 Royal Rumble.
Hardy would leave the WWE for TNA twice, once in 2004 for a couple of years, and again in 2010.
His time with the WWE is going to be remembered. His high flying, dare devil like acts off the tops of extra tall ladders won't soon be forgotten.
Hardy was a fan favorite in the WWE for many years and had a huge following.
Jeff, along with his brother Matt, despite some of their differences with the WWE, should both enter the Hall Of Fame together sometime in the future, it is the right thing to do.
I am pro WWE, so I am upset that Jeff, along with his brother, couldn't stay in the WWE longer, but things happen.
I'll cherish the time they both spent inside of a WWE ring for a long time, so many moments and memories from these two.