WWE: The Top 10 Managers in WrestleMania History
Whether it has been in-person, through closed circuit television or the current method of pay-per-view, I have had the privilege to witness all 26 previous WrestleMania events. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to make my list of top 10 managers in WrestleMania history, I really had to look at the list.
I will say that there was quite a list to consider. I had a certain criteria that I wanted to go by, and of course, my criteria will be greatly different from that of someone, so it would be foolish of me to think that everyone would agree with my list. That being said, here is my list of top 10 managers in the history of WrestleMania.
No. 10: Slick (The Doctor of Style)
Being the first African-American manager in WWE history, Slick managed such men as the Big Boss Man and One Man Gang (also known as Akeem). There's certainly plenty of debate as to who should be No. 10. If this was a beauty contest, Slick surely wouldn't be here.
No. 9: Harvey Wippleman
Some people may be surprised to see this one on the list. However, being a manager of such guys as Kamala and Sid Justice, I don't think that I could have left him off.
No. 8: Johnny Valiant
In terms of WrestleMania, Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine were a couple of Valiant's protegees, not to mention Dino Bravo. I went back and forth between him and Chyna, but I think JV had a better WrestleMania history.
No. 7: Fred Blassie
Infamous for his cane, among other things, the Classy one had the distinction of managing The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff to tag team gold as one of the top acheivements in his legendary career..
No. 6: Mr. Fuji
If you're a wrestling historian over 30, you will certainly remember the man who never had a first name, Mr. Fuji. He managed multiple tag team champions in the World Wrestling Federation as well as the late Yokozuna. In case you're wondering, Mr. Fuji's first name is Harry.
No. 5: "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart
Remember those ice cream bars?
Mr. Hart managed one of the greatest tag teams of all time in the Hart Foundation. You can throw in other guys like The Honkytonk Man, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, King Kong Bundy and Adrian Adonis—among countless others.
No. 4: Miss Elizabeth
Even though she really only managed one wrestler, in terms of WrestleMania—and I don't count the Mega Powers in this instance—the late Elizabeth was fortunate to manage one of the all-time WrestleMania greats in “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
No. 3: Paul Bearer
A face that only a mother could love. Between The Undertaker and Kane, he has managed two all-timers. Even if he didn't lift another finger before or after, it's still good enough to make this list.
No. 2: Captain Lou Albano
Captain Lou Alabano was the founding father of the Rock N' Wreslting Conntection
When you think of the Magnificent Muraco or George “The Animal” Steele, I have to think of the Captain. He helped kick of the WrestleMania with the Rock N' Wrestling Connection, circa WrestleMania I.
No. 1: Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Along with his slapstick humor, Bobby Heenan has a list of wrestlers that do not have to take a back seat to anyone—Ravishing Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Andre the Giant, among others. Even though he never got to manage a WWF champion, I had to put him at the top. Why? In his era, he was certainly at the top of everyone's mind when watching a World Wrestling Federation event.
While I did consider some of the more recent managers—such as Jim Cornette or Jacqueline—I felt that the 10 people on the list most epitomized what a manager truly was. As I said, everyone's list will be different, but when I think of managers in WrestleMania history, it was good to flash back and think of those pioneers.