10 Most Iconic Wrestlers in the Last 25 Years

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IOctober 12, 2011

10 Most Iconic Wrestlers in the Last 25 Years

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    The word icon refers to a person or thing that is regarded as a representative as something.

    In the pro wrestling world, it means so much more than just that simple definition.

    It's someone that you look up to as a kid, someone that you idolize and want to emulate, and also love as well.

    Here is my version of the 10 most iconic pro wrestlers in the last 25 years in no particular order.

Honorable Mention

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    Bret Hart

    The Big Show

    Rey Mysterio Jr.

    Shawn Michaels

    Triple H

Randy Savage

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    Savage is known by many as one of the greatest wrestlers ever.

    He also became famous for his frequent "Slim Jim" commercials and his "Oh yea" catchphrase after he would bite into one.

    His wrestling career spanned for 32 long years before he finally hung it up in 2005.

    When he died of a heart attack in May of 2010, the world lost one of the most iconic wrestlers in history.

John Cena

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    John Cena is arguably the most iconic wrestler over the last decade.

    He has won a total of 19 different championships, including 10 WWE titles to his name.

    Like many others on this list, he has also had some success as an actor, starring in the 2006 film The Marine.

    At just 34 years old, Cena still has many more years to become an even bigger icon in this business.

Eddie Guerrero

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    Eddie Guerrero was the most famous Mexican professional wrestler ever, and it's not even close.

    His "Latino Heat" slogan became very popular among wrestling fans of all ages in the late 1990s.

    Guerrero was one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the business and could also get up and fly with the best of them.

    Since his sudden death in 2005, the WWE just hasn't been the same without him.

Mick Foley

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    The man that has been known for his multiple characters/personalities in and out of the ring is a huge wrestling icon in the hearts of many fans who love the sport.

    He's been around the business since 1983, and has never missed a step during that time.

    Foley has also written many books about his experiences inside the ring and continues to be an inspiration to others.

    It's hard to say the name Mick Foley without thinking of the word icon.

Ric Flair

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    This guy seems like he has been around forever, doesn't he?

    It seems like he has been around for a long time, because in all honesty, he has.

    Debuting in 1972, Flair is still involved in TNA wrestling at the time that this article is being written.

    "The Nature Boy" might be getting close to the end of his wrestling career, but he has already enjoyed one of the most iconic careers that this sport has ever seen.

Andre the Giant

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    Andre the Giant was nicknamed "The Eighth Wonder of the World" for a reason.

    He was around 7'0" tall, weighed over 400 lbs and was dominating in the wrestling ring.

    He also acted in several movies, including the comedy The Princess Bride in 1987.

    Andre only won one title before his sudden death in 1993 at the age of 46 years old.

Stone Cold Steve Austin

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    He would have told you that he is one of the toughest SOBs that you will ever meet.

    Former WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin created a large following with his beer-drinking, curse-happy rants each night that he would bring to the ring.

    Austin had so much respect for the WWE that he decided to come back and host the TV reality series Tough Enough earlier this year.

    It became very evident how much respect that the competitors had for Mr. Austin and how much of a wrestling icon he really was after watching this show.

The Undertaker

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    The Undertaker is easily one of the most iconic wrestlers in WWE history.

    He is well known for his creepy, dark entrance to the ring while using this to intimidate his many opponents over the years.

    His character also helped create Kane, who was traded off between his brother and enemy at times.

    With 27-plus years in the business, he is already a wrestling legend, and one of the best to ever come out of the WWE.

Hulk Hogan

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    Hulk, also known as Terry Bollea, has had one of the longest careers out of any professional wrestler that has ever stepped foot in the ring.

    His career spans over 30 years, dating all the way back to his debut in 1977.

    During his prime, many wrestlers feared him while others wanted to be like him.

    Six WWE titles later, he has become one of the most prolific and iconic wrestlers of his time.

The Rock

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    He is better known as the most electrifying man in all of sports entertainment.

    The former University of Miami football star has been a fixture in the ring ever since his debut in 1996.

    As a third-generation wrestler, Johnson has used his talents to help generate an entire fanbase that chants his name when he enters the ring each night.

    "The Rock" is easily one of the biggest wrestling icons of all time.