WWE's Top 10 Greatest Technical Wrestlers
There are many styles that can create an exciting match.
You have high flyers, you have your flashy wrestlers and you have dominating forces.
The list goes on and on but a personal favorite of mine is the technical wrestlers.
Technical wrestlers are so entertaining to watch; every match that they’re in, they show passion and they give their all no matter what.
A lot of great technical wrestlers have crafted and honed their skills over years of training and traveling.
These guys always look to get better and always look to be at their best every time they step in the “squared circle.”
This is why technical wrestlers make sports entertainment great!
But one question still remains: Who is the greatest technical wrestler of all time in the WWE?
Before I continue, this is based on my opinion; this is not an end-all list, so don’t get too upset if one of your favorites did not make my list.
Before Dolph Ziggler started to claim perfection, there was Mr. Perfect.
Curt Henning aka Mr. Perfect was truly “perfection” when he stepped in the ring.
His cockiness, aggression and technique created classic matches with almost anyone he stepped in the ring with.
Let’s just put it this way: Curt Henning had swagger way before the word became overly popular.
His matches were exceptional; you appreciated Henning’s technique as he looked to capitalize on every maneuver.
To think that this incredible talent never held the two major titles in the WWE and WCW is just crazy.
Although he never won the big one in the WWE, we can still look back and appreciate his work, as it was "perfection."
We also have Michael McGillicutty to look forward to (Henning's son).
The Man of 1,000 Holds
Although Dean Malenko did not have much success in the WWE, he still was a force in the ring.
Malenko was a true student of the wrestling world, especially since he was born into a wrestling family.
Dean had a cold and calculating demeanor; you never really saw this man smile—no wonder why one of his nicknames was "The Iceman."
When he stepped in the ring he meant business, and if you were not serious or did not respect his skill and craft, you would be punished.
Malenko was also known as “The Man of 1,000 Holds," which was not just a nickname, as he could submit you in various ways.
Dean Malenko is one of the best technicians to ever grace the ring; this is why he went from student of the game to teacher.
It is sad to see the way Chris Benoit’s career had ended.
Although Chris Benoit’s life had a sad, dark ending, he left behind an incredible legacy with his skill, devotion and dedication to pro wrestling.
In New Japan Pro Wrestling, Chris Benoit crafted his aggressive, rough-and-tough wrestling style while portraying The Pegasus Kid.
He would have historic matches with acts Justin Liger, Shinjiro Otani, Black Tiger and El Samurai.
Like many other technical wrestlers, Benoit wanted to learn every aspect of the game of pro wrestling to craft his skills.
Good thing he did, because every time Benoit entered the ring, he did not disappoint.
Although Benoit won major gold in WCW, it was not till he entered the WWE where he would truly shine.
It was like Benoit had new life and was more aggressive and determined to be a top star.
What made Benoit’s matches even greater is that he showed true emotion.
Still do not agree with what he did on his last day on earth, but I do appreciate his craft.
King of Harts
The self-proclaimed “King of Harts” was an extraordinary talent whose life was cut way too short.
Owen Hart was one of those talents that could make the worst wrestler look exceptional.
Owen knew how to control the match and knew when to shake things up at the right moments.
And to think wrestling was not his first career choice.
That would have been a big setback, as Owen produced some of the greatest matches in the WWE.
Owen had wrestling in his blood though, and it was what he knew best from high school to being a pro. He always looked to have a great match.
Growing up as a Hart helped as well, as he had Bret Hart as his older brother to push him.
Owen is another great performer who never won the big one in the WWE but he performed like a winner in every single match.
The Nature Boy
Ric Flair has basically done it all in the world of pro wrestling.
The Nature Boy created classic matches before I was born and looks to continue that trend.
The 16-time world heavyweight champion added style to technical wrestling; from his strut to charisma, Ric Flair was gold.
Flair knew how to build up a mega feud and he knew how to deliver in the ring for an epic and climactic battle.
Flair has been a top draw/star in every organization he has wrestled for, as he knew how to produce quality matches and promos.
Nature Boy put on classic matches with performers like Randy Savage and Ricky "The Dragon” Steamboat.
Say what you want about Flair, but at the end of the day, you have to applaud the incredible matches he has left behind along the years.
WWE Is Jericho
The “Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla," Chris Jericho has it all from charisma, microphone skills and best of all, incredible in-ring skills.
No wonder he was the first undisputed champion in the WWE.
Jericho was another talent that did not just craft his skills in one organization; Jericho traveled all over the world to perfect his skills.
This is why Jericho is a fan favorite; he gives his all with his microphone skills and his in-ring ability.
Jericho always looks to reinvent himself upon his return to the WWE ring.
Jericho is a top-notch performer, who I hope to see in the “squared circle” very soon.
The Show Stopper
How many five-star matches can a performer have?
I guess when you’re Shawn Michaels, as many as he wants.
Michaels is one of those wrestlers that can make you feel like you’re watching a movie.
Michaels leaves it all out in the ring till there is nothing left.
His in-ring technique is so graceful and so on point, other performers study, watch and hope to one day produce a high-quality match like HBK.
HBK has more five-star matches in his library than just the two classic WrestleMania matches with the Undertaker.
If Shawn wanted to, he probably could go for hours in a grueling match, then go run mile.
Okay, I got carried away there!
Michaels is a true artist that paints a beautiful picture when he performs. His incredible aerial attacks add to his stylistic arsenal.
When other pro wrestlers stepped in the ring with the WWE, they looked to perform at a high level, as it should be a honor to wrestle the great HBK.
Eddie Guerrero had wrestling running wild through his veins; both sides of his family were deep into the wrestling business.
Eddie was born to be a major star in the pro wrestling world as he was brought up under the wings of his father Gory Guerrero.
Eddie had many demons to battle as he dealt with struggles and addiction.
This did not stop Eddie from working hard and becoming one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history.
Eddie is another performer whose career ended too early due to a heart attack.
Just like Benoit, Eddie Guerrero had the emotion factor.
It was like Eddie grabbed your full attention and took you into a trance when he performed.
From training in his parent’s backyard in El Paso, Texas to winning the WWE Championship against Brock Lesnar, Eddie always knew that hard work would pay off.
Eddie is a talent that can never be duplicated or matched.
Latino Heat was one of my favorite wrestlers. R.I.P.
We are at a crossroads folks!
We are down to the final two selections.
Now, when I put this list together I based it off of my preference and actual skill.
I went back and watched as many classic matches I could get my hands on; after a few hours of watching videos and making selections, my list started to take shape.
I knew picking the greatest technical wrestler of all time in the WWE would be a hard task but did not expect it to be this hard.
I am down to just two selections, and those two being none other than Bret Hart and Ricky "The Dragon” Steamboat.
Both men are well deserving of the title but only one can take the claim.
This is why I decided to leave the last two spots up to you, the readers!
First comment on the entire list and share your thoughts on my selections; next pick who you think should take claim as the greatest technical wrestler.
The two selections once again are Ricky "The Dragon” Steamboat and Bret Hart.
The winner will be announced in my next article!
Sources: WWE.com, Wikipedia.com