Like in any major sport, fans relish in the argument over who is the best ever. While I am in the belief that these arguments are usually riddled with favoritism towards one guy or another. It is safe to say that there are guys who were better than others.
So, I decided I would put together a list of what I consider (key word I feel) the best 100 pro wrestlers the business has ever seen. I listed my top 100 not only on wrestling ability, but also the impact they had on pro wrestling. If you disagree please feel free to let me know.
I hope to please, surprise, and educate some people. Please note this list is not in any order as to avoid who should be over who. After all, who am I to say who is better then who anyway. Your feedback is critical; as I will keep pushing this list forward if the support merits it.
So without any further ado I give you "Matt's Top 100 Grapplers of all Time."
"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers
This clean cut grappler started his career in the 1950s. He had a natural build and look for the world of professional wrestling.
He was one of the main pioneers during the beginning of the television era. Buddy Rogers feuded with other greats like Lou Thesz, Killer Kowalski, and Ed "The Strangler" Lewis.
Besides helping wrestling become big on television, he went on to be NWA champion for some time. He also was WWWFs first heavyweight champ.
The Fabulous Moolah
One of wrestling's queen of the rings. Moolah started her career in the late 1940s.
She not only went on to become the women's NWA champ in1956, but Moolah also held NWA tag team gold.
At one point Moolah was the ladies NWA champion for eight years.
Moolah also went on to break sex barriers by becoming the first women allowed to wrestle at MSG.
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
Bobby Heenan's in ring career was nothing to write on about. However, there is no doubt in any one's mind the impact he made in wrestling.
Heenan broke into wrestling in the 60s. He didn't really make a name for himself until he joined the AWA though. He later went to the WWF where he only grew bigger.
He has managed such greats as Andre the Giant, Nick Bockwinkel, and Big John Studd just to name a few.
He is also famous for his announcing work, as he and his long time friend Gorilla Monsoon went on to form a unforgettable duo.
Whether you prefer him as Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love, or Mick Foley. This hardcore legend went on to pave the way for hardcore standards today.
He began his career in the early 1980s but didn't make a name for himself until the 90s. His work in Japan and WWF is world renown.
Foley has taken bumps and stunts that many wrestlers today wouldn't dare think of doing. Some of his most brutal matches came against another hardcore legend in Terry Funk.
He went on to feud with the likes of the Rock, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and many other greats. Foley is still going on strong.
Chyna trained at Killer Kowalski's school with Triple H. She made her debut in the WWF in 1997. She started off at first as a valet for Triple H.
She soon made the transition as a wrestler. She made history in many ways in her short time in the WWF.
Not only was Chyna a women's champion, but she was also the first women to be in a Royal Rumble.
Chyna also did something that no other woman has done in wrestling - she beat Jeff Jarrett to become the Intercontinental champion, and became the first and only women to hold men's gold.
The Fabulous Freebirds
In 1979 Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts formed high flying group known as the Fabulous Freebirds.
They paved the way for the future of tag teams. While in the process capturing lots of tag team gold, the Freebirds wrestled in many different federations including the NWA, WWF, and WCW. They have held gold everywhere they went besides the WWF.
Their most notable feuds were with the Road Warriors and the Von Erichs. They are still today considered one of the best tag teams ever.
Mascaras made his ring debut in the 60s. Noted for being a good high flyer at such a large size at the time. In fact many believed it is him that brought high flying to lucha libre.
In the late 60s he became a international star. He went on to feud with other greats like Ernie Ladd, the Destroyer, Superstar Billy Graham and Cactus Jack.
He has appeared all over the world, and has wrestled in many different companies such as AJPW, WWF, and WCW.
He didn't win any gold until 1991 in the WWA, but he went on to hold that title for 3 years before retiring.
"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd
This former Football standout did a few things in his career. He is one of the few to succeed in football and wrestling, and he was also one of the first black heels in pro wrestling.
This pioneer for the modern black wrestler feuded with some of wrestling's best. He went on to fight the likes of Andre the Giant, Pedro Morales, and Bruno Sammartino.
Ladd has held many titles mostly from the NWA, and Mid-South, but the influence he has had in the wrestling world cant be measured.
He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1995.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage
A second Generation star from the Poffo family. Randy Savage hurt is arm in baseball ending his baseball career.
The obvious choice after that was wrestling and it was a good one.
Randy Savage started wrestling in 1973. He went to many different federations and feuded with the likes of Jerry Lawler among others.
Where he really made a name for himself was in the WWF where he became one of WWFs top heels, and feuded with all the top names at the time.
His match with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat is still considered one of the best ever. He reached the top of his career when he became the WWF champ at WrestleMania IV.
He held that title for over a year. He also held heavyweight gold in WCW while in the NWO.
His flashy style, and heel tactics are still remembered today as some of the best in the business.
Jake"The Snake" Roberts
Roberts started his career in the 70s where he was mainly in the south going from territory to territory. While there, he had some decent feuds with Dick Slater and Ronnie Garvin.
Jake also made a move today known as the DDT. He came to the WWF in 1986 and was a instant hit. His gritty style of offense and dark character made him one of WWF's top heels.
He has feuded with everyone under the sun including The Undertaker, Andre the Giant, and Honky Tonk Man just to name a few.
Though he has not been showered with a lot of gold he has won some. This guy has been everywhere and feuded with the best of them.
Well folks that's my first ten on the list I hope you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for part two where I give my next ten greatest to ever step in a squared circle.