What makes a great professional wrestler?
What distinguishes the Hulk Hogans from the Great Khalis?
It is clear that wrestling talent is not enough to cement your legacy or Shelton Benjamin would be one of the top WWE superstars.
To be a successful professional wrestler, you have to possess the complete package of necessary talents to have a career that people will talk about years after.
As this list has been attempted a thousand times before, I have decided to rank the best of all time in a slightly different fashion awarding each wrestler a mark out of 50.
This mark out of 50 is divided into five marks out of 10 which comprise the five attributes necessary to being remembered as one of the greats.
The five subcategories are as follows:
Career: What a wrestler accomplished in their career is always the first point of reference and although professional wrestling is a work, championship accolades and main event matches need to be taken into account.
Look: A pro wrestler needs to look impressive and to look the part otherwise the audience will not believe in the role that they are playing.
In-ring ability: The ability to work a 5-star match should never be underestimated as it often has been by Vince McMahon and the WWE. Two examples in 2011 of a wrestler being pushed based on look rather than wrestling ability are Ezekiel Jackson and Mason Ryan.
Mic Skills: Charisma is vitally important in the wrestling business and if you cannot add something to your feuds and storylines with words, then the chances are, you will not be elevated to super-stardom.
Marketability: A top star needs to be able to draw the crowds and sell tickets. It is very difficult to market someone without a good look or charisma to burn so that is why these three are linked.
Where the overall scores were tied, I made the decision based on personal opinion.