The return of The Rock has lit a fire under the WWE that hadn't been lit in a long time. It is to his credit that he was able to return to WWE after being gone for so long and prove to everyone why we missed him so much to begin with.
The Rock has always had a hold on the WWE audience like no other. Would anybody else be able to return after being gone for so long and garner the reactions The Rock has in recent weeks? I'm not sure but that question has prompted me to see where the Rock ranks amongst the best WWE superstars of all time.
Even though Mr. McMahon was not a regular competitor in WWE, few superstars have made the same impact as the Chairman of WWE.
After screwing Bret Hart of out of the WWE championship in the infamous Survivor Series ’97, Vince McMahon used the real life hatred directed his way to create arguably one of the greatest heel characters, Mr. McMahon.
The power-hungry Mr. McMahon never wasted an opportunity to make life hell for the top babyfaces from The Rock, Undertaker, Triple H and of course, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. His rivalry with Austin was a big reason why WWE put WCW out of business.
Best Moment- Winning the WWE championship against Triple H.
Worst moment-The Rock closing this infamous club.
Randy Savage was undoubtedly one of the more eccentric superstars ever to step foot in the WWE. His raspy voice, hand gestures and his alternating high and low pitch made all of his promos must-see TV.
Randy Savage was great in the ring also and his WrestleMania III match against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is considered one of the best matches ever, if not the best. Also, his introduction of the beautiful Miss Elizabeth to the world injected some much needed eye-candy to professional wrestling—a trend that continues today.
It’s time for Vince McMahon to do the right thing and put the “Macho Man” in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Best Moment- Randy Savage turning on Hulk Hogan
Worst Moment- Allowing Miss Elizabeth to get slapped by Jake “the Snake” Roberts.
The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Bret Hart had a unique ability like few others—the skills to make anyone look like a million dollars that was in the ring with him.
Far too much attention is given to the Montreal Screwjob and not to the wonderful career he had before that life altering event. Bret Hart inspired a generation of Canadian Superstars after his arrival in WWE and was the last of the “pure” face characters we have seen. Of all the what-if moments in WWE, I always wondered what if Bret Hart had faced Austin at WrestleMania 14. It would have been great for Austin to pay Bret back for WrestleMania 13.
Best Moment- Finally putting Survivor Series ’97 behind him and forgiving Shawn Michaels.
Worst Moment- His mother throwing in the towel during his WWE championship match against Bob Backlund.
Debuting as a snobbish “blue-blood”, the Game didn’t begin to reach his full potential until he formed D-X with HBK. From there, his career really took off. Once he became the official leader of D-X, Triple H showed the guile, skill and ruthlessness to always stay a step ahead of the competition. He always showed the ability to form stables and make stars, helping to form D-X and Evolution.
Triple H was one of the few competitors that was able to play heel and face characters that were distinctly different.
Plus Triple H showed all of us how to be a playa when he married the boss’ daughter, Stephanie McMahon.
Best Moment- Stealing Stephanie from Test and marrying Stephanie.
Worst Moment- Randy Orton kissing Stephanie McMahon.
The Dr. of Thug-onomics is long gone and the polarizing SuperCena is here to stay. But whether you love Cena or hate him, it’s impossible to ignore the great career he’s had. His work ethic and love for the business is legendary.
There are only a handful of superstars that can truly say that they were the face of the company and John Cena is one of those superstars. Being a great showman and far more criticized in the ring than he deserves, John Cena picked up the torch that was dropped by Austin and Rocky and has never looked back.
Love him or hate him, John Cena isn’t going anywhere for a long time.
Best Moment- John Cena rapping about The Rock.
Worst Moment- The entire match against RVD at ECW one-night stand.
There has never been a WWE superstar quite like HBK. He also had the ability to have a five-star match with anyone he was in the ring with. Simply put, he was the best wrestler in the history of WWE.
We all thought his career was over after suffering a horrific back injury in 1997, but Shawn Michaels showed all of us the meaning of tenacity and fearlessness when he returned in 2002, at SummerSlam against Triple H.
Shawn Michaels also deserves all the credit in the world for dedicating his life to Christ and more importantly, changing his behavior and becoming a great person as well as a competitor.
Best Moment- His farewell speech on Raw, after his match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania 26.
Worst Moment- When he lost to Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam.
The Rock is my own personal favorite and the reason for this slideshow in the first place. I would have had him higher but Rocky didn’t stick around as long as other elite superstars.
Still, no one can deny the impact The Rock has had in the WWE. He is the best ever on the microphone, period. His matches were always entertaining and he held the crowd in the palm of his hands every time he was in the ring, or conducting one of his backstage promos.
The Rock has also had the most successful acting career of any WWE superstar and has opened doors for many wrestlers to obtain Hollywood roles.
Best Moment- Maybe not his best moment but this promo personifies why he was the greatest talker in the history of WWE. Why? Because, IT DIDN’T MATTER who he cut a promo with.
Worst Moment- The whole Rocky Maivia thing.
The Undertaker burst onto the scene in 1990 and has been the most dominant superstar ever since. The undefeated streak at WrestleMania is but a portion of everything the Undertaker has done in his great career. He is one of the few big men who are great in the ring, having so many great matches over the years.
The Undertaker also has the greatest gimmick in the history of WWE. The dead-man has stayed relevant during multiple eras over his career and is the greatest WrestleMania competitor in history.
Best Moment- The last four WrestleMania matches against Edge, HBK and Triple H. I think his match against Triple H is the best match in history.
Worst Moment- “Killing” Paul Bearer.
The “Texas Rattlesnake” comes in at No.2 on the list. Austin is mostly responsible for the greatest era in WWE history, the Attitude Era. Everything about Austin is gold—the beer celebrations, the liberal use of profanity, his aggression, even his music.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is arguably the most popular superstar in the history of WWE and his feud with Mr. McMahon help take control of the ratings war with WCW.
Best Moment- Driving the zamboni to the ring to attack Mr. McMahon
Worst Moment- Hugging Mr. McMahon