Top 100 WWE Wrestlers of All Time: 100-91

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IINovember 8, 2010

Top 100 WWE Wrestlers Of All Time: 100-91

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    So many wrestlers have graced a WWE ring.

    Some, we barely remember.  Others, we think about every single day.

    If you could break every WWE wrestler down and put them in a top 100, who would you list and how would you rank them?

    I will try to attempt this over the next month, taking a page out of NFL Network's book.

    Recently, the NFL Network had a series of shows of the top 100 NFL players of all-time, listing just 10 players a week, until they got to the final 10.

    Once a week, I will post a slideshow of 10 wrestlers, starting at 100.

    I want to be clear that I am only considering time with CWC (Capitol Wrestling Corp.), WWWF, WWF and WWE.

    Time spent with other organizations, rather they were an affiliate of WWE or not is not being considered in my list.

    Wrestlers will be ranked on championships won, charisma, skills, popularity and their overall impact on the WWE landscape. 

    I know I will take a lot of heat for some of my picks, and maybe a lot of respect for some of my picks. This is nothing more then an opinion article and I am entitled to who I think belongs where, and I am looking forward to all of your comments and where you would rank these wrestlers.

    Also, if I miss out on anybody, let me hear about it.

    Let's turn back the clock and get this list started with numbers 100-91, first we have a hillbilly and then someone is about to "serve some hard time." 

100. Hillbilly Jim

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    Due to his lack-luster fun character, Hillbilly Jim would never be considered for any major storylines or win any Championships.

    Jim would feud with the likes of Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy and would often team with Andre The Giant before Giant's heel turn.

    In his early years in the WWE, Jim would team up with his friend, Hulk Hogan.

    Hillbilly's biggest win would come at a house show at Madison Square Garden, where he would defeat Rene Goulet.

    However, injuries sidelined Jim a few days later and this was a huge hamper on his career just as he was receiving a push.

    Jim will never be remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE, but he was a fan favorite and a lot of people will never forget him.

99. Big Bossman

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    "Nobody tells the Big Bossman what to do, nobody."

    Big Bossman was a cop from Cobb County corrections facility in Georgia that didn't take any crap off of anyone.

    He served in WWE from 1988-1993 and from 1998-2003.

    In his early years with WWE, he would beat up his opponents after the match by handcuffing them to the ropes and hitting them with his nightstick.

    During his years as a heel, he challenged "Macho Man" Randy Savage for the World Heavyweight Championship and also teamed with Akeem as the Twin Towers.

    The Twin Towers would feud with the Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Macho Man), but wouldn't win tag team gold.  They did, however, defeat The Rockers at WrestleMania V.

    Feuding with Hulk Hogan, he wrestled one of his most memorable matches on a May 27, 1989 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, where he was defeated by Hulk Hogan and superplexed off the top of the cage. 

    Bossman shocked the WWE universe on an edition of the Brother Love Show in the early 90's as he became a good guy, refusing to be bought by the "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, then helping former foe Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

    As a face in WWE, Bossman feuded with the likes of Mountie, Mr. Perfect, nearly winning the Intercontinental Championship against Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania VII, winning by disqualification. 

    Bossman would leave WWE in 1993 for WCW, but would return to the company in 1998.

    In his return to WWE, The Bossman would become a heel again and would win the Hardcore Championship four times.

    Teaming with Ken Shamrock, Bossman would also win the Tag Team Championship in 1998, defeating the New Age Outlaws on an episode of Monday Night Raw on Dec. 14, 1998.

    Though not with us anymore today, Bossman was a force in WWE and was a hero to many young kids in the 1990's and will never be forgotten.  

    Plenty of "punks" served "hard time" over the years that Bossman wrestled in WWE. 

98. Vader

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    Although he didn't spend much time with WWE in his wrestling career, Vader was a monster and competed with some of the best.

    At WrestleMania XII, Vader pinned Jake "The Snake" Roberts in a six-man tag match to give his team the victory.

    At In Your House 9, he pinned WWE Champion Shawn Michaels during another six-man tag team match, earning the win for his team.

    Vader also challenged Michaels at Summerslam 96, losing the match via pinfall to Michaels after scoring two victories in the match where the belt didn't change hands, a countout and a disqualification.

    In 1997, The Undertaker and Vader had a feud that would commence at the 1997 Royal Rumble, where Paul Bearer attacked The Undertaker, helping Vader beat The Undertaker.

    At Royal Rumble 1998, Vader defeated Goldust in single competition.

    Though he never won any major championships with WWE, he won a lot of big matches and was one of the most intimidating wrestlers in WWE history.  

    It's Vader Time!

97. Killer Kowalski

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    The simple fact that this man trained Triple H make his a memorable figure in the WWE landscape, but he also competed in WWE once.

    Killer Kowalski never won Bruno Sammartino's WWE Championship, but he would be a thorn in Sammartino's side of many years in the 1960's.

    Kowalski would win United States Tag Team Championship with Gorilla Monsoon and the World Tag Team Championship with Big John Studd.

    He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996, inducted by the man he trained, Triple H.

    Kowalski passed in 2008 at the age of 83, but lived a long life and made a huge impact on the wrestling industry.

    The Kowalski Claw will live on.

96. Pat Patterson

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    In 1979, Patterson debuted as a heel in the WWE.

    Managed by The Grand Wizard, as a villain, Patterson's primary feuds were with North American Champion Ted DiBiase and WWE Champion Bob Backlund.

    Patterson defeated DiBiase for the WWF North American Championship by using a pair of brass knuckles to knock out DiBiase.

    Patterson never won the WWE Championship from Bob Backlund.

    However, what made Patterson famous, was the fact that he was the first-ever WWE Intercontinental Champion.

    In September 1979, Patterson allegedly won a tournament held in Rio de Janeiro, unifying the WWE North American Championship with the South American Championship to create the WWE Intercontinental Championship. 

    Patterson held the Intercontinental Championship until April 21, 1980 when he was defeated by Ken Patera. 

    In 1981, Patterson fought one of his most memorable matches outside of Madison Square Garden, in an "Alley Fight" with Sgt. Slaughter.

95. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan

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    "HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

    Carrying his trusty wooden plank, the man who always represented the good in WWE and the red, white, and blue, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.

    In 1998, Duggan was the winner of the first-ever Royal Rumble match, entering as No. 13 and last eliminating One Man Gang for the victory.  

    Instead of the regular 30 entrants in the Rumble today, there was only 20 in this match. 

    Although he never won a major championship in WWE, winning the first-ever Royal Rumble match is a major accomplishment. 

94. Buh-Buh Ray Dudley

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    "Buh-Buh!...get the tables!!!"

    Though only with WWE for six years, one half of the Dudley Boyz, Buh-Buh Ray Dudley was a very successful wrestler in WWE.

    Together, with his partner D-Von as The Dudley Boyz, they would win eight World Tag Team Championships in WWE.

    They rank first all-time for number of reigns with the tag team gold, only one more then Edge and Christian with seven.

    However, what makes Buh-Buh unique apart from his tag team partner, he went on to win eight Hardcore Championships.

    However, the funny thing about the Hardcore Championship is how much it changed hands, even with the eight reigns with the title, Buh-Buh only held the belt for 27 days.

     

93. William Regal

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    William Regal is a multi-champion in WWE.

    Regal won two Tag Team Championships with Lance Storm, one with Eugene and another with Tajiri.

    He won the Hardcore Championship three times as well.

    Regal also won a belt that doesn't exist anymore in WWE, the European Championship, won by Regal four times, which is tied with D'Lo Brown for most European Championship wins all-time.

    Regal's most prized WWE possession has to be his two Intercontinental Championship reigns and being crowned the 2008 King Of The Ring.

    Regal is the last man to ever win King Of The Ring and I am sure he lets everyone in the back know that he is the "king" in WWE.

92. Big John Studd

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    Like Triple H, Big John Studd was also trained by WWE legend Killer Kowalski.

    With Kowalski as The Executioners, they would win the World Tag Team Championship in 1976.

    Studd eliminated Ted DiBiase to win the second annual Royal Rumble in 1989.

    Inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2004, Studd would bring a stretcher to the ring during his matches, beating his opponents so badly, they would need it to leave the ring.

    Studd offered $15,000 for any wrestler who could bodyslam him.  Hulk Hogan was unsuccessful on many occasions, but Andre The Giant did so, in the first ever WrestleMania.

    A major heel in WWE, and a part of the Heenan Family, Studd would team with King Kong Bundy before leaving WWE in 1988.

    Returning in 1989 on the Brother Love show, Studd would be a face for his final year in the WWE, rejecting Bobby Heenan's invitation to rejoin the Heenan Family.

     

91. CM Punk

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    Our savior CM Punk comes in at No. 91 on my list of Greatest WWE Wrestlers of All-Time.

    Still in the prime of his career, Punk will likely climb this list in the future, but has already accomplished so much in the company.

    Punk has won two Money In The Bank contests at WrestleMania, both being back-to-back.

    Winning the ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, he would go on to cash it in a few months later after being drafted to Raw, defeating an unsuspecting Edge for his first-ever World Heavyweight Championship.

    The following year, he would compete in the Money In The Bank match at WrestleMania 25, and would win that match as well.

    After attempting to cash in his briefcase a few times due to the late Umaga interfering, Punk would finally cash in on Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules.

    Hardy had just competed in a ladder match to defeat Edge for the championship and Punk took advantage of the situation as Hardy was defenseless.

    Punk went on to win his third World Heavyweight Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match at Summerslam 2009, defeating Jeff Hardy.

    Punk has also won other numerous titles in WWE: the ECW Championship, the World Tag Team Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.

    Punk has been known as "straight-edge", never drinking or smoking.  Some believe this could be a work, and some believe that it is true.

    However, the tattoo on his knuckles that read "Drug Free", can only help further indicate that he is legitimately straight edge.

    Using the straight edge moniker, CM Punk formed the "Straight Edge Society" in 2009 with Luke Gallows as the first member.

    The theory behind the group was that Punk would be your savior and take you away from all of the wrong doings in your previous life, shaving your hair would be the cleansing to erase all of the bad memories upon joining the SES.

    Serena, no longer with WWE, shaved her head and joined along with Punk and Gallows.

    The only other member was Joey Mercury before the group disbanded after being together for nearly a year.

    At age 32, Punk can still accomplish a lot more in WWE, but it is safe to say that he has done a lot already. 

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