Top Ten Greatest Pro Wrestling Bookers of All TimeOctober 3, 2009
RTop Ten Greatest Pro Wrestling Bookers of All Time:
10. Ric Flair
People remember Ric Flair, as one of the best wresters of all time, but not only was he a great worker; he was a great booker too.Ric Flair was a true genius for the business. Flair created his feuds with Steamboat and Funk, which are considered the some of greatest matches of all time.
Much like Flair, he is remembered for his wrestling, and not his booking. Dundee was another genius booker who booked for legendary companies such as Lousiana, Georgia, Mid:South, and Memphis. Dundee came up with some compelling angles that have been recycled and reused in today's decade of wrestling.
8. Jim Cornette
Jim Cornette was known for being a great mouthpiece, but what people did not know about Cornette was that he was a borderline genius.
Jim Cornette joined the WCW creative control in 1989, which is considered the best promotion ever in North American history.
He would later leave in 1990 because of backstage problems with goofball Jim Herd. Jim Cornette in 1991, created Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Smoky Mountain Wrestling only lasted a few years, but it is still remembered to this day.
People loved the style of SMW. Some people call it the best wrestling they have ever seen.
Cornette would later on go to WWF and help there only to butt heads with his archrival, Vince Russo. In 2003, Cornette’s great booking did not stop. He was given the job of the head booker of OWV.
He was a pure genius in that role, and people even said he was just as good as Heyman. Cornette would later give input to TNA’s creative control, but never really got enough power backstage. He booked some of the best things in TNA, though he had very little power.
Cornette created the MCMG vs. Beer Money feud, which was enjoyed because people thought MCMG were underused in the company. He also created the big brawl on an Impact not to long ago, which was considered one of the realistic/best brawls in recent memory.
7. Dusty Rhodes
A well-known and very controversial booker that has been known for created some of the worst finishes in wrestling history and booking his sons unfairly, but despite Dusty’s flaws, he was an excellent booker.
Many bookers over a five-year period get stale and lose their mind, but Dusty is different. Dusty has been successfully booking for many years, and has never reach staleness.
Rhodes became a booker for Jim Crockett Promotions while they were competing with the World Wrestling Federation. Rhodes has created many of the WCW’s pay-per-view names and gimmicks, such as War Games, BattleBowl, and Lethal Lottery.
6. Gabe Sapolsky
I feel the ROHbots' love already. All jokes aside, Gabe is one of the best bookers ever. Gabe wrote ROH from 2002-2008 and FIP, which is like ROH’s brother.
Gabe has created some of the biggest stars in Indy wrestling history and some of the well-known feuds. Gabe’s talent was that he cared mostly about work-rate, something that has been missing in America for decades.
People can say what they want about ROH, but I do not know how a true wrestling fan could not admit it was not a blast in its prime. Now, Gabe is the head writer for DGUSA, and people are already talking about it.
They just recently had their first PPV, and people are actually comparing it to WM-17. That is how great of a genius this man is, and I hope one day that he will be a writer for some mainstream company, giving all audiences what they want to see: great wrestling.
5. Paul Heyman
Heyman is much known for his success in ECW where he turned a typical Indy show, into something professional wrestling has never seen before by using controversial violence, characters, and storylines.
Heyman also had a great mind for getting people over. No matter how ugly, fat, short, skinny, or terrible in the ring they were; Heyman knew how to get them over.
Heyman just did not book ECW; he also booked Smackdown in 2002, which is considered the best time in Smackdown ever. Heyman also helped the OVW talent get over, and he was considered the best OWV booker of all time. Heyman will always be considered one of the smartest men in wrestling history.
A lot of wrestling fans probably never heard this name before, but this person was a good wrestler and one of the best bookers ever. If you love NJPW, give this man the credit he deserves.
If I had to name all the achievements this person has done, I would not have enough room. In addition, just for the record, if you think Bret Hart created the sharpshooter, well, you are dead wrong, because Riki Choushu was the first person to popularize the sharpshooter.
3. Shohei Baba
Baba was the Co. founder of AJPW, and booked mostly all of it. Baba has booked some of the greatest Japanese matches ever in the history of the sport. There is so many great compelling angles, feuds, and wrestlers he created; it would be nearly impossible to list all of them.
Baba’s popularity in Japan was just as big as Hogan’s in America. This man is a true legend to the sport.
2. Cowboy Bill Watts
Bill Watts is famous for being the promoter of Mid-South Wrestling. Watts was the first man to create the current and popular "episodic" style of TV wrestling. He did it by building creative storylines week-on-week. In addition to that, Bill virtually created wrestlers as Steve Williams, The Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase and Jim Duggan.
Watts was all about kayfabe and making wrestling look as real as possible. He would not want faces and heels together ever because he wanted his product to look as real as possible. Watts was the first real booker to push African American talent to the top of the card. In WCW circa 1992, Watts created controversy for his banning of the top rope and creating face and heel separation because the committee in WCW felt that stuff was out of date.
Watts not only was a great booker in many minds, but he was also an equal booker. He did not discriminate against anyone because in his eyes everyone was equal.
1. Vince McMahon
If you mention top bookers, how could you not mention Vince as No. 1? Vince is without any doubt the smartest man ever in the business of professional wrestling.
This man turned a small territory, past down from his Dad, to a corporate billions dollar company.
Vince has created the most well-known stars in wrestling, such as Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, HBK, HHH, Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, John Cena and the list just goes on.
Hate him or love him, Vince McMahon is the most successful booker ever in wrestling history.