Top 100 WWE Wrestlers Of All-Time: 30-21
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 highlighting 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, even if they were an affiliate of WWE, is not being considered on 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 an opinion article, and I am entitled to who I think belongs where. 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.
100. Hillbilly Jim
99. Big Boss Man
97. Killer Kowalski
96. Pat Patterson
95. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
94. Bubba Ray Dudley
93. William Regal
92. Big John Studd
91. CM Punk
90. Ken Patera
89. Kerry Von Erich
88. Trish Stratus
86. "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel
84. Tito Santana
83. "The Model" Rick Martel
81. Booker T
80. Barry Darsow "Smash"
79. Junkyard Dog
78. King Kong Bundy
77. Big Show
76. Jesse "The Body" Ventura
74. Brock Lesnar
73. Rob Van Dam
72. Nikolai Volkoff
70. Billy Gunn
69. Wendi Richter
67. Bobo Brazil
66. Iron Sheik
65. Lex Luger
64. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
63. Ernie Ladd
62. Matt Hardy
61. Jeff Hardy
60. Stan Stasiak
58. Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
57. Ravishing Rick Rude
56. Fabulous Moolah
55. Adrian Adonis
54. Gorilla Monsoon
53. Rocky Johnson
52. Stan Hansen
51. Professor Toru Tanaka
50. Sycho Sid
49. George "The Animal" Steele
48. Larry Zbyszko
47. Honky Tonk Man
46. Paul Orndorff
45. The Shiek
44. Spiros Arion
43. Ted DiBiase
42. Dusty Rhodes
41. Cowboy Bob Orton
40. Rey Mysterio Jr.
38. Chief Jay Strongbow
37. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith
36. Dynamite Kid
35. Mr. Perfect
33. Chris Benoit
32. Sgt. Slaughter
31. Pedro Morales
Now, let's continue the countdown, with No. 30 on the list...
30. Razor Ramon
In the 90's, the WWE was "oozing with machismo".
Scott Hall was known as "The Bad Guy" Razor Ramon, and he comes in on the Top 100 at No. 30.
Razor Ramon was a four-time Intercontinental Champion in the WWE, and his gimmick worked.
In singles competition, Hall was 3-0 at WrestleMania, winning matches against Bob Backlund, Shawn Michaels, and Jeff Jarrett.
He returned to WrestleMania X8 as Scott Hall of the nWo and lost a match to Steve Austin. However, his Razor Ramon character is still undefeated in singles competition at WrestleMania, only losing to The Bodydonnas at WrestleMania 12 in the second round of a tag team tournament with Savio Vega as his partner.
Hall's biggest match came at WrestleMania X in Madison Square Garden. A returning Shawn Michaels, claiming he was still the Intercontinental Champion and had his own belt, set up for a classic.
With two belts suspended in the air, Hall and Michaels traded blows and bounced off the ladder like they were flung from a car crash.
The match ended when Michaels got tangled up in the ropes and allowed Hall enough time to grab both belts and fall to the canvas.
This match is one of my favorites of all-time and could take place at a WrestleMania today, and still be the talk of the event.
The only bad part about Hall's Razor Ramon gimmick, is that it didn't last long enough, when they placed him in a tag team tournament at WrestleMania 12, I think that was the last straw for Hall to jump ship to WCW.
29. Jimmy Snuka
Next on the Top 100, is Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
Snuka has to be considered as one of the biggest snubs in history to never receive a title belt inside of the WWE.
However, his moment at Madison Square Garden in 1983 in a match with Don Muraco, is still one of the single greatest moments, not only in the WWE, but professional wrestling as a whole.
"Superfly perched...fifteen feet high!", Gorilla Monsoon shouted from the announce table, as Snuka jumped from the top of a steel cage, onto his opponent Muraco.
However, it was after the fact that he already lost the Intercontinental Championship match that he drug Muraco back into the ring to perform this move.
The high flyer from the Fiji Islands is still one of the greatest superstars in WWE history, even without the hardware to prove it.
28. Don Muraco
The two-time Intercontinental Champion "Magnificent" Don Muraco, is only second to Pedro Morales for number of days with that title.
He was also the first ever WWE King Of The Ring in 1985, defeating Iron Sheik in the finals.
Muraco was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2004.
He spent seven years inside of the WWE, managed by The Grand Wizard and Captain Lou Albano respectively.
He had memorable feuds with the likes of Morales, Bob Backlund, Tony Atlas, and Rocky Johnson.
27. Ivan Koloff
Though "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff was a flash in the pan inside of the WWE and only held the WWWF Championship for less then a month, he still holds one of the most shocking wins in WWE history.
Koloff will be remembered by me as the most famous transitional champion in WWE history, as then champion Bruno Sammartino lost the title to Koloff at Madison Square Garden in 1971, after holding the belst for nearly eight years.
Pedro Morales picked up the belt off of Koloff shortly afterwards, making it easy to tell that Sammartino wasn't comfortable with losing the belt to Morales.
Regardless, Koloff is still the man who took down Sammartino. The big victory that caused Sammartino to lose his championship. Sammartino's reign will never be duplicated, and Koloff was the man to finally break it.
In my book, for that very reason, he belongs on this list, even this high.
26. Mick Foley
Mrs. Foley's baby boy has made the Top 100, coming in at No. 26.
Foley is famous for his three faces, which is the characters he used while he was in the WWE.
Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and the most famous, his debut character in the WWE, Mankind.
Foley's dreams came true as he defeated The Rock for his first WWE Championship on an episode of Monday Night Raw on January 4, 1999. The only bad part about it, the Raw wasn't live and a lot of people knew that it happened six days prior, and took away a lot of the excitement of him winning the title.
Foley dropped the belt shortly after in an "I Quit" match at the Royal Rumble.
He did pick up the belt on two more occasions, making him a three-time WWE Champion.
Foley is also an eight-time WWE Tag Team Champion, and ironically, the Hardcore Belt that he introduced, he only held once, and the belt changed hands on a frequent basis.
Foley's Mankind character went from a freak to a fun loving guy later in his career, as he has a lot of memorable moments with his hand puppet Mr. Socko, stuffing it down his opponents throats.
Foley is a lock for the WWE Hall of Fame, as long as he keeps a good relationship with the WWE and doesn't burn any bridges.
Have a nice day!
25. "Classy" Freddie Blassie
Listen up you pencil neck geeks, "Classy" Freddie Blassie is No. 25 in the Top 100 WWE Superstars of All-Time.
Blassie entered the WWE Hall Of Fame in it's first class in 1994, after Andre The Giant started the elite club in 1993.
While the late Blassie was remembered for his management career in the WWE, he entered the WWE in 1964, holding the Pacific World Championship.
He feuded with WWE Champion Bruno Sammartino, in hopes to win the WWE Championship and unify the titles, but it never happened.
He also challenged Pedro Morales for the WWE Championship in his second stint with the company in 1971, but was also unsuccessful.
Blassie was 46 years old when he finally got his shot in the WWE, which played a big role in the reason he wasn't given the title.
Blassie would make several appearances in the WWE after his retirement in 1984, remained on the WWE roster until the day he died in 2003, a true testament to how great of a guy he was to have around.
24. Owen Hart
The late Owen Hart is next on the list and he needs no introduction.
Let me first say, that the only thing his death has to do with this list, is the fact that he isn't higher. I didn't put him this high just because of his tragic accident, he deserves this spot.
Owen was the younger brother of WWE Hall Of Famer, Bret "Hitman" Hart, and he often lived in his brother's shadow. WWE would play off of this in a storyline, but he truly did, live in his brother's shadow.
It is really tough to follow up the Hitman's work, but Owen did.
I've always said that Owen was a lot better on the mic than Bret was, and his charisma and work as a heel could be the greatest in WWE history.
Hart was a European Champion in the WWE, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and a four-time WWE Tag Team Champion.
He also was the 1994 King Of The Ring winner.
There is little doubt in my mind that Hart wouldn't have been a major champion by now, but I guess we will never know.
One thing we do know, his Raw Is Owen tribute show on the Monday Night Raw following his death, is still the highest rated Raw in WWE history.
23. Ricky Steamboat
WWE Hall Of Famer Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated "Macho Man" Randy Savage at WrestleMania III to become the WWE Intercontinental Champion.
This match, to this day, is arguably one of the greatest matches in WWE history, and the single greatest match in WrestleMania history.
They had a chance to rehash this classic at WrestleMania IV in a WWE Championship tournament, but Steamboat lost in the first round to Greg Valentine. A big reason for this is asking for time off earlier in the prior year to be with his family.
Steamboat's dedication in the WWE will be his undoing, but he is still worthy for this list and had a great career. His son Richie Steamboat is currently in WWE developmental territory in Florida Championship Wrestling and will continue the blood lines in the WWE soon.
22. Superstar Billy Graham
At No. 22 on the countdown, is Superstar Billy Graham.
Graham won his first and only WWE Championship in 1977, defeating Bruno Sammartino during his second title stint.
Sammartino carried the belt for nearly four years when Graham beat him in Baltimore.
Graham defended his championship proudly across the US and Japan, against all comers. He had matches with the likes of Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Jack Brisco, Dusty Rhodes, Pedro Morales, and Don Muraco.
Graham held the title for nearly a year before dropping it to Backlund. This was Backlund's first WWE Championship.
It wasn't easy to take Edge seriously when he made his WWE debut in 1998 as a member of Gangrel's Brood.
Once a blood hungry vampire, Edge is now a ten-time Champion in the WWE. (6-time World Champion, 4-time WWE Champion)
Edge has also held the Tag Team Championship more than any other wrestler in WWE history, pairing with five different partners, and winning the belts an astounding twelve times.
Edge's most famous partner, would be that of Christian, who he came up in the WWE with. Together, they would win the Tag Team Championship's on seven occasions, which is only second to The Dudley Boyz eight reigns.
To go along with all of that gold, the "Rated R Superstar" also is a two-time winner of Money In The Bank (2005, 2007), and won the 2010 Royal Rumble. His first Money In The Bank victory in 2005, was the Inaugural MITB match at WrestleMania 21.
The greatest thing about Edge's thirteen year career in the WWE, is the fact that it is still going. He just recently captured the World Heavyweight Championship at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs last December.