This is the most difficult thing i’ve ever done in my life. And yes, i’m counting the decision to buy a house, to propose to my wife, leave jobs, and everything else. You see, those were just moments, but wrestling…wrestling is forever.
A while back, I came up with the idea to roll out my 50 greatest wrestlers of all time. I wanted to launch it on this week, with AEW debuting and NXT setting up in direct competition with them on a competing network, along with the move of Smackdown to Fox.
And then I started doing it…and I came to a screeching halt. You see, I had to try to make a decision. Was I going to write about what might be considered the 50 greatest wrestlers of all time? Or was I going to write about my own opinion, my 50 greatest wrestlers of all time? The guys I thought deserve recognition as the greatest competitors to do this stupid little thing that I love so dearly.
Slowly, I was able to build a list. It wasn’t easy, and I guarantee it’s going to piss a lot of people off. I didn’t just go full smark and list a bunch of indy guys. I took into account wrestlers impact on wrestling and pop culture. I took into account their ability to cut promos, and perform on the biggest stages. I crossed over multiple wrestling generations to build the list I thought was the best. I didn’t include some guys because I just didn’t think they were as good as others(Ultimate Warrior) and I didn’t include some guys because they murdered their family (Chris Benoit). That’s the nice thing about it being my list. I created all the rules for it.
I also found that there were so many people I wanted on this list that just didn’t have a place. Arn Anderson is one of the best tag team wrestlers of all time and was a founding member of the Four Horseman, but I couldn’t find room for him. Diamond Dallas Page and Booker T were two of the only guys who kept WCW afloat as long as it did. They were great. But there just wasn’t enough room.
And with apologies to Big Bossman, Matt Bourne, William Regal, Bobby Eaton, Tetsuya Naito, Ultimo Dragon, Chyna, PCO, Dynamite Kid, Jeff Jarrett, and Stan Hansen, here are my 50 Greatest Wrestlers of all time….