Your all time Fave 5
This is just like a fave 5 I made awhile ago but this is just your all time fave 5 it can include legends, our wrestlers of today from any organizations. Heres mine:
Mick Foley- Growing up Mick Foley was always my favorite wrestler, his promos as mankind gave me goosebumps, and when he is cactus jack or mick foley you can feel the conviction he gives and each promo and its almost as if he believed it. He even made me laugh when he was Dude Love. It remains the day Mick Foley won the WWE title as my favorite moment in wrestling history, I thought wow he made it, and deserved it. His hardcore matches will never be topped and he has put his body on the line for the fans each and every night he stepped between the ropes.
Raven- Raven is another favorite of mine. I feel Raven is gravely underrated by many, his character was excellent and he played it perfectly. His promos were always great and intelligent, and he has been part of some of the greatest rivalries in ECW history with the likes of Tommy Dreamer, and Sandman. Even in TNA he was still one of the darkest characters in the company, and his promos were always different and unique (check out the one called Raven promo on DDP) and I felt his quote "Quoth The Raven, 'Nevermore" will forever be my favorite quote used in wrestling history.
Diamond Dallas Page- BANG! Diamond Dallas Page my favorite wrestler in WCW history with one of the coolest finishers ever. His diamond cutter could be hit at any angle, and I always marked out whenever he hit it. DDP was so cool, that was the reason I bought Ready to Rumble in the first place. Know one marked out as much as I did when he made a return to the company against Heath Slater and nailed his Diamond Cutter one last time. DDP is a great wrestler, and a great person helping various people with his yoga, and inspirational speeches such as Scott Hall.
Chris Jericho- Y2J Chris Jericho is to me the best all-round wrestler in WWE history. He can play the top heel and the top face. His debut in the WWF is probably the greatest one in history, and he has put many classic matches from his days at ECW with guys like Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Malenko. All the way to WWE when he has put on some will say 5 star matches with Shawn Michaels (multiple times), Rey Mysterio, and CM Punk. Chris Jericho is one of the best talkers in the business, and as a heel (especially around 2009-2010) would probably get the most heat night in and night out. He will always be one of my favorite wrestlers because I always love seeing him in the ring, on the mic, and I always love his epic returns which are always highly anticipated especially by me.
AJ Styles- Yep. AJ Styles the guy that to me, helped put TNA on the map. I remember watching AJ Styles for the first time and thinking this guy was just great, and each week I would tune in to see what incredible move would Styles do next. His ability to have great matches with almost everyone in the company giving us incredible moment after incredible moment. Whether it be wrestling the 300 pound abyss and lifting him up for his styles clash, our Kurt Angle putting on some of the best technical matches we have seen in the last 10 years, or in the X-Division putting on some of the best high-flying matches with Samoa Joe and Daniels. AJ Styles is one of my all-time favs because he is the sole reason I started watching TNA, I loved his entrance, I loved his matches, and I truly feel to me he will always be the true Mr.TNA.
Hmm... I like that we are doing a "Top 5" list in the forums instead of every other blog I read. Good idea!
No particular order:
Kurt Angle - So much was made about Brock Lesnar and "legitimizing" the sport of professional wrestling. I think people like Kurt are the ones who have done this. When you see collegiate wrestlers becoming successes in the field of Pro Wrestling, it brings a bit of realism to the sport. I remember hearing about the likes of Danny Hodge who could crush your hand when they shook it and these kinds of people help to give that "realism" factor that the moves and holds they use legitimately "hurt" you when applied. Kurt being an Olympic gold medalist in the field of wrestling gives that ultimate feel of a "legit wrestler" stepping inside the "scripted" world. His personal life might be something of a lifetime movie from time to time, but when Kurt is in the ring, I always know I am in for a good match.
Chris Benoit - I don't want a discussion of his life. Chris in the ring was amazing to watch. He was intense, quick, and stiff. His chops made me cringe. His explosiveness was amazing to watch. He might not have had the ability to put on a good promo, but his inring was so amazing that it shatters the glass ceiling and he became a WHC without having to be a "bigger than life" person; all he had to be was a wrestler. And one that looked like he could do some massive damage if involved in a bar room brawl.
Sting - I grew up in the south with a LOT of JCP/WCW/NWA in my area. Sting was my Hulk/Ultimate Warrior type of character I latched onto as a kid. The bleach blonde flat top, the extravagant jackets, and the howl: all made me want to be him when we would "play" wrestling as a kid. I have followed the evolution of his character no matter where he went, and I think he has done a great job of re-inventing himself over his career; from the surfer, to the crow, to the joker. When I think of "Icons" or "Legends" in the business, he is one of the top 5 to come to my mind immediately.
Ric Flair - Obviously, if I grew up on the NWA than I saw me a LOT of Slick Ric. The Nature Boy had such a way of making you hate him and respect the hell out of him at the same time. His matches were amazing to watch. He had the ability to make anyone against him look like a credible opponent. His inring is always spot on and I can't think of a match of his that I didn't enjoy (even the later ones in his career) in some form or fashion. The guy comes to my mind when I think of "greatest wrestlers" and he is a type of wrestler who will always be remembered; good or bad.
Jushin "Thunder" Liger - I remember the first time I saw him wrestle against "Flyin" Brian Pillman. I was blown away by this mysterious man from the orient. When I became old enough to start trading tapes, his stuff was my most prized acquisitions (I still have the 95 J cup VHS) out of all my trades. Anytime I find a video with him on YouTube or Daily Motion, I will watch the match from beginning to end. He is just an amazing figure in the wrestling industry and his matches have always captivated me and kept me entranced when I watch them. He is the reason why I started watching Japanese wrestling (and the Great Muta to a lesser extent) and I credit him for opening my eyes to some of the greatest wrestling on the planet.
I don't think I need to explain mine so I won't so here goes
Will illuminate on these more later, unless of course the thread is destroyed or if I get high and forget
1. Rowdy Roddy Piper - To me he is the best talker, the best storyteller and the best wrestler of the 1980s, and the fact that he didn't win a world title makes me a saaad panda.
2. The Undertaker - That man can make a grocery list sound menacing, not to mention being one of the most athletic and naturally gifted large men to ever grace the professional wrestling scene. I just wish they let him be the American BadAss again.
3. Chris Jericho - The man that proved to US audiences that you didn't have to be 6'7" and 270 lbs to draw, best talker of the 90s, hands down, and all around one of the best technical wrestlers out there.
4. Eddie Guerrero - From his work with Art Barr, to his amazing matches with Dean Malenko in ECW, Rey Mysterio in WCW, and everyone on the roster in WWE, Eddie Guerrero always was the highlight of the night. To this day he is remembered and emulated on every level, because he is just that good.
5. D.D.P. Diamond Dallas Page, a man that should have never made it as a wrestler, but was too awesome to be held back. Constantly entertaining, and never missing a beat
1. Eddie Guererro
3. Shawn Michaels
4. Crash Holly
5. The Badass Billy Gunn
1. Shawn Michaels
2. Kane 97-99
3. Eddie Guererro
4. Jeff Hardy in a tag team
5. Ultimate Warrior
1. Eddie Guerrero
2. Chris Jericho
3. Steve Austin
4. Christina Von Eerie
In no order:
Chris Jericho: I watched Jericho in WCW and instantly became a Jericholic. I've been a fan of his since Day One and I feel like he'll the previous generation's Shawn Michaels to me.
Stone Cold: Obvious.
The Rock: Obvious.
CM Punk: Honestly, if it wasn't for him and from his SES run till now, I probably wouldn't be watching anymore. Solid performer, great on the mic and is always entertaining.
Sting: I was always a little Stinger mark. He had short blonde hair like me and I even sported a rat tail like him (oh my! I hope those photos don't exist anymore!) I stopped caring about him within the past 2 years. He is pretty much ruining his legacy to me by toiling away in TNA instead of just signing a one year contract in the WWE to give us the fantasy match-ups that we've always wanted to see.
I've always been more about the technical aspect of pro wrestling, so here's my list:
1. Ric Flair - The best pure wrestler of the 80's and would work with practically anybody. His promo skills are off the chart.
2. Kurt Angle - The total package who managed to be the ultimate good guy, ultimate bad, or just plain comedic goof depending on the situation. Always had quality matches and his amateur skills made him so fluent with move transitions in the ring.
3. Chris Benoit - Professionally speaking, his silent but violent approach worked to perfection. He always strived for excellence in the ring and it took him to the top.
4. Daniel Bryan - Of today's stars, DB entertains me the most. Whether he's throwing down 4 star matches in the ring or cutting a hilarious promo. He's got the everything going on and I keep hoping the WWE will give him another run.
5. CM Punk - An excellent wrestler who is so smart with his promo's. While he seems to have lost something since his "pipebomb" throwing days, he still gets the job done and always gives his best in the ring.
Honorable mentions go to: Steamboat, Savage, Ziggler, E. Guerrero, AJ Styles, Bob Backland, Y2J
I agree with everything you said about Foley and AJ AWG
Originally Posted by AWrestlingGod
Here is my 5:
Cena: Many people will disagree on this with me but i don't really care.He's the only reason why i started watching wrestling.In my eyes he is the most charismatic superstar who ever stepped foot in WWE.The only guy who ever gets that big reaction from the fans every week,good or bad.And over the years he was part on some of the great feuds and matches I've ever seen.
AJ Styles: If Cena is the reason for watching wrestling well AJ is the reason why I'm watching TNA and no one can disagree with me on this.His amazing matches over the years and his feuds with Angle and Daniels helped TNA to grow.Technical moves,high flying moves,this guy brings everything to the table.
Sting: I think his nickame says it all.He's an Icon.His Crow gimmick in my eyes is one of the best thing I've ever seen in wrestling and it was perfect for Sting.His entrances,promos matches and his great feuds in WCW or TNA were always very enjoyable to watch.Sting was, is and always will one of the biggest wrestlers ever.
Kurt Angle: Arguably the best wrestler ever.His match vs Stone Cold at Unforgiven 2001 was the match that made me a Kurt Angle fan.Heel or face Angle was always a joy to watch.His matches are some the best matches ever.Being an Olympic Gold medalist Kurt that alone was brought prestige in wrestling
The Rock: Probably the best talker ever but also great in the ring.Just like Cena Rock is very charismatic.Rock with the mic in his hands is gold.Serious or not i always had fun watching his promos.His feud vs Stone Cold probably is one of the best feuds ever in wrestling history.He and Stone Cold are the main reasons why the Attitude era was so successful