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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:34 AM

80 - Tito Santana

 

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (208)

 
Points: 2945
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 74
Average Vote: 61.20
 
High Vote: 14 (Coffey)

Low Vote: 97

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Santana was a great wrestler in a supporting role. His fired up brawling makes him a sentimental favorite."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"Tito Santana is on my list. I might be the high man for Tito, actually. I think Tito Santana might be my favorite babyface of all-time. I just love the way he dies. His comesbacks & fire are great too, but he's just so good at dying. He made everyone he wrestled look like a god. Even when he was squashed in a nothing match at Wrestlemania by The Barbarian. His selling of the top rope Clothesline just made it seem so much more brutal & impactful. Tito was good at what he did." Coffey

 

Recommended Matches: 

Tito Santana vs Greg Valentine (Cage, WWF, 7/23/1985)

Tito Santana vs Randy Savage (WWF, 4/22/1986)

Tito Santana vs Mr. Perfect (WWF Saturday Night's Main Event, 7/16/1990)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:49 AM

79 - Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy

 

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2006 Ranking: 47

 
Points: 2945
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 66
Average Vote: 56.14
 
High Vote: 8 (Lisa Lewis)

Low Vote: 99

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Even if he wasn't the same for the last years of his career, he wrestled like few others during his prime, especially for his size. His Texas Death Match with Killer Khan is one of my favorites. "  Dave Musgrave

 

"The recklessness of youth, embodied in the man child that was Terry Gordy. Such a fantastic worker, especially for his size. A true natural. Don't be touchin' his van. "  Jon Burr

 

" He's been in a lot of great matches (mostly 80s tags) and he has a lot of great tools but I always end up feeling underwhelmed. He's great on paper. Good size, great punch, great bumping, knew how to sell and put guys over. But there's just something missing and I can't put my finger on what it is. He should have been a top 20 worker but the pieces never really came together like I would have hoped." Elliot

 

Recommended Matches: 

Terry Gordy vs Killer Khan (WCCW, 11/22/1984)

Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts vs Kerry & Kevin Von Erich (Badstreet Match, WCCW, 2/12/1988)

Terry Gordy & Stan Hansen vs Genichiro Tenryu & Toshiaki Kawada (AJPW, 12/16/1988)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:07 AM

78 - Dynamite Kid

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 14

 
Points: 3037
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 1
#3 Votes: 2
Top 10 Votes: 3
 
# of Ballots: 64
Average Vote: 54.19
 
High Vote: 2 (ChuckScumm)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"The aggressive Dynamite Kid was an exciting wrestler with great bumping ability."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"People say his stuff hasn't aged much but I think opinions will come around, especially on his work with Tiger Mask"  Dave Musgrave

 

"Greatest British wrestler ever. Great intensity. One of the most amazing performers in the world during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even after his peak he continued to give interesting performances."  stunning_grover

 

"He's also one of the rare performers whose stuff never looks dated. You could plop 1983 Dynamite on a state of the art PWG card tomorrow and he'd fit right in and get over immediately. Stick him in modern New Japan with the best roster in the world, and he'd look just fine slapping around juniors and stepping up to Shibata." W2BTD

 

Recommended Matches: 

Dynamite Kid vs Tatsumi Fujinami (NJPW, 2/5/1980)

Dynamite Kid vs Tiger Mask (NJPW, 4/21/1983)

British Bulldogs vs Dream Team (WWF, 4/7/1986)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:36 AM

77 - "Ravishing" Rick Rude

 

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2006 Ranking: 85

 
Points: 3072
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 83
Average Vote: 64
 
High Vote: 8 (Andrew Lacelle)

Low Vote: 100

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I had always had it in my head that Rude had a great look and was a good promo, but wasn't anything special in the ring, but going back and watching his peak stuff, it's really amazing how athletic he is, how well he moves and bumps, and how clear an idea of who he is in the ring." JRGoldman

 

Recommended Matches: 

Rick Rude vs Ultimate Warrior (WWF SummerSlam, 8/28/1989)

Rick Rude vs Roddy Piper (Cage, WWF 12/28/1989)
Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat (Iron Man, WCW Beach Blast, 6/20/1992)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:09 AM

76 - Hiroshi Hase

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 33

 
Points: 3109
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 73
Average Vote: 58.41
 
High Vote: 10 (anarchistxx)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"His holds, spots and transitions are all crisp without theatrics and he's as awesome at selling as he is tearing into an open wound and trying to drain every last ounce of blood from his opponent.  That's before we get to his fire and charisma.  He could play the fiery NJ babyface vs. WAR on one night or a bloodthirsty and vicious heel the next.  Easily someone I want to go back and watch what he was doing in the 80s as well as what was there when he moved to AJ, as on the New Japan side the only one at his level is Hashimoto." WingedEagle

 

"Hase is one of those guys where if you are voting partially on skill level and flash I could see rating him fairly high.  He was extremely gifted in the ring.  Had a ton of tools, applied them in interesting ways, and certainly had an "ahead of his time" vibe in a way without being someone you think of as innovative or a high flyer.  I also think he had a cool and unique look which fit his work and there is a sense in which that kind of matters to me when I'm looking at tiebreakers for something like the GWE. " Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Hiroshi Hase vs Jushin Liger (NJPW, 5/6/1991)

Hiroshi Hase vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW, 8/3/1993)

Hiroshi Hase & Keiji Mutoh vs Shinya Hashimoto & Masahiro Chono (NJPW, 11/4/1993)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 08:38 AM

75 - Hulk Hogan

 

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2006 Ranking: 86

 
Points: 3155
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 4
 
# of Ballots: 78
Average Vote: 60.65
 
High Vote: 6 (Chris Powell)

Low Vote: 100

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"He's the reason I became a lifelong fan. Charismatic. Amazing babyface, and even a good heel while in the nWo. Variety of opponents."  TheU_2001

 

"Hogan mastered the Lawler type of comeback. No one understood how and when to play to the crowd as well as Hogan."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"Regardless of being one of the most recognizable pro wrestlers ever and the most popular mainstream wrestler in North America during the 1980s, he was a great in-ring performer as well. Especially his matches from the 1980s are still fun to watch."  stunning_grover

 

"AWA Run, Japan work. Grew too formulaic and too selfish to be ranked any higher." cubbmark

 

"He also made matches feel BIGGER than imaginable. Mania III, Mania VI, Mania 18. I'm not talking about promos and hype packages, I'm talking about those early match moments. The staredowns. The genuine intensity. People think that's easy -- watching shit like Cena vs. The Rock shows you how much it isn't. Hogan does that stuff better than practically anyone. And it's a rare quality." Jerryvonkramer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Hulk Hogan vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA, 4/24/1983)

Hulk Hogan vs Big Boss Man (WWF, Cage, 3/18/1989)

Hulk Hogan vs The Rock (WWF WrestleMania X-8, 3/17/2002)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 10:29 AM

74 - Atlantis

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 94

 
Points: 3197
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 68
Average Vote: 54.04
 
High Vote: 6 (Frankensteiner)

Low Vote: 95

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Atlantis continues to have good matches in his long career and is one of the better trios wrestlers."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"One of the best babyfaces, flyers, and big match workers ever. "  Elliott

 

"As far as luchadors go I am big on Atlantis. He is just sooooo pretty. It's one of those occasions when pure mechanical talent matters a great deal to me, because his high flying and smoothness in the ring is amazing, I could watch him fly through the air for days. He's everything I want out of a masked tecnico." Jimmy Redman

 

"He was a talented rookie when he first started getting put into a position where he could have great matches. The thing is that the great matches frequently involved tremendous wrestlers. When you watch Atlantis vs Satanico it's easy to imagine that he was some sort of prodigy but if you watch his match against El Faraón he looks exposed. El Faraón was a good wrestler in his own right but his leash on Atlantis wasn't as tight. Atlantis has moments of brilliance in that match but his hammy selling and awkward crowd interaction is too much for me.

 

In the late 80s he really put it together. His selling became more subtle and his appeals to the crowd were a bit more assured. On top of that his offense became truly spectacular. He has some impressive flying offense in his 1983 tag with Santo but the stuff he was doing in 1988 was so much more precise. He's a great trios worker during this time but I wish I could see more of his singles performances. His 1988 match against Emilio Charles Jr. is a great workrate lucha match. 

 

In the 90s he toned down the highflying and improved his matwork. He was also lucky enough to have a number of programs against some of the greatest wrestlers of all time. His matches against Blue Panther and Villano III in particular are classics. I think I'll need to revisit some of his rudo stuff from the 2000s. I remember liking that heel turn match against Santo but I'm not sure if anything else holds up." Graham Crackers

 

Recommended Matches: 

Atlantis vs Blue Panther (CMLL, 8/9/1991)

Atlantis vs Villano III (CMLL, 3/17/2000)

Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL, 9/19/2014)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 11:47 AM

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73 - "Y2J" Chris Jericho

 

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2006 Ranking: 84

 
Points: 3220
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 71
Average Vote: 55.65
 
High Vote: 16 (BackToBionic)

Low Vote: 98

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"A wrestling craftsman who loves to sink his teeth into an angle and meld character, story, promo and match together into an opus. Really good TV worker, and versatile as hell between face and heel, singles and tags, main events and midcard, comedy and serious, young lion and ageing vet. Very long, varied and deep career. "  Jimmy Redman

 

"I think Jericho is the prototype for his generation, learning his craft journeyman-style and having the huge scene of the late 90's ready for him to explode. I feel he continues to be up there with anyone even today when he is at his best."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Good high-flyer, fired up babyface as a young wrestler. Developed into a great heel. Very diverse set of opponents." cubbymark

 

Recommended Matches: 

Chris Jericho vs Eddie Guerrero (WCW Fall Brawl, 9/14/1997)

Chris Jericho vs Shelton Benjamin (WWE Taboo Tuesday, 10/19/2004)

Chris Jericho vs Rey Mysterio (WWE Bash, 6/28/2009)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 05:42 PM

72 - Brian Pillman

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 88

 
Points: 3275
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 86
Average Vote: 63.06
 
High Vote: 3 (Mando>Eddie)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

" I thought Pillman's babyface run from 89-92 was a tremendous run, that was hurt by WCW booking incompetence.  Still there are few underdog babyfaces I can think of in modern times who I would rate clearly above Pillman from that stretch.  Good in both tags and singles, good against big name stars like Flair/Luger or undercard acts like Norman/Rip Rogers, really great/underrated feud v. Windham, tons of fun matches against randoms like Buddy Landell, Scotty Flamingo, et., the Liger matches which I think hold up well, et, et, et.  I don't think he was ever the same after he went heel, though he had good matches at that point too, and even as late as 95 could occasionally blow you away with something massive." Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Brian Pillman, Sting, & Steiner Brothers vs Horsemen (War Games, WCW WrestleWar, 2/24/1991)

Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger (WCW SuperBrawl II, 2/29/1992)

Brian Pillman vs Johnny B. Badd (WCW Fall Brawl, 9/17/1995)



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 06:42 PM

71 - Dick Togo

 

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2006 Ranking: 98

 
Points: 3280
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 66
Average Vote: 51.30
 
High Vote: 12 (stunning_grover)

Low Vote: 98

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"One of the best junior heavyweight wrestlers in the world for a period of about 20 years."  stunning_grover

 

"An absolute genius of pro wrestling and one of the most talented ever in terms of in-ring skill. He was arguably the MVP of the M-Pro Golden Era, and he quietly racked up a great portfolio of work through the 2000s too." Alan4L

 

"One thing that I think helps his case a lot is that we have good matches of his from nearly every corner of the Earth. You can say "who cares, I care how good someone was where they worked most of the time" and that's fine, but the fact that Togo could have good to great matches in South America, Puerto Rico, the U.S., England, Finland, Germany, Japan, et matters to me because it shows he could (and did) make a go of it anywhere. " Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Kaientai Deluxe vs Gran Hamada, Masato Yakushiji, Super Delphin, Gran Naniwa, Tiger Mask IV (M-Pro, 10/10/1996)

Dick Togo vs Chris Hero (IWA-EC, 4/5/2006)

Dick Togo vs Antonio Honda (DDT, 1/30/2011)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 09:21 AM

70 - Yuki Ishikawa

 

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (174)

 
Points: 3287
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 4
 
# of Ballots: 54
Average Vote: 40.22
 
High Vote: 6 (A Stock)

Low Vote: 98

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"This is possibly more difficult for me to elaborate on than the other candidates in my top 10. Ishikawa created a wrestling aesthetic as a wrestler and as a booker/promoter/trainer that perfectly captures what I want from pro wrestling. I am talking about Battlarts but Ishikawa's ranking is just as dependent on his work for that promotion as it is for his ideas. As the top star of Battlarts Ishikawa is the straight man against a mash-up of wrestling styles ranging from shoot-style to high flying to garbage wrestling. Ishikawa essentially portrays a classic New Japan style wrestler (with a little shoot style mixed in) toughing it out against a variety of opponents. Some of those wrestlers are great but Ishikawa also excels at carrying rookies, crowbars, and stiffs to great matches. He may not have the deep back catalog of other nominated wrestlers but almost every Ishikawa match is a gem worth watching if you can stomach the violent striking and appreciate good matwork."  A Stock

 

"For my money the greatest of all of the greatest promotion's stars, Ishikawa can be summed up with one word: Violence. His series with Ikeda is legendary and he had great matches against every other man he faced. He looked like the best of all time more than anyone I could see although variety in the greater sense isn't a strong suit. Is still amazing today on the rare occasions he mixes it up."  Dylan Harris

 

Recommended Matches: 

Yuki Ishikawa vs Daisuke Ikeda (BattlARTS, 9/1/1997)

Yuki Ishikawa vs Alexander Otsuka (Big Mouth Loud, 9/11/2005)

Yuki Ishikawa vs Carl Greco (BattlARTS, 6/9/2008)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:08 AM

69 - Blue Panther

 

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2006 Ranking: 32

 
Points: 3397
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 65
Average Vote: 48.77
 
High Vote: 7

Low Vote: 96

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"The man I think of when I think of lucha maestro's. I know Black Terry fits that for a lot of people but I have more exposure to Panther and prefer him."  Dave Musgrave

 

"The epitome of Lucha mat wrestling for me and really and truly my all time favorite wrestler. His longevity in great matches was what pushed him over the top for me, though I feel #9 might be a tad high to many. Unbelievable grappler and the honorable Blue Panther only needed more opportunities the last few years to move up even higher. "  Dylan Harris
 

"Where I've been especially impressed, however, is seeing him in different roles. He's tremendously effective when matched up with someone for a fiery/heated brawl, and almost amazingly so when he's there to do the comedy and shtick and character work, in that Fuerza role. I think he's also wrestled very well as an aged tecnico and transitioned strongly after losing the match to where he puts on strong performances with more emoting even if he's lost some of that mystique." Matt D

 

Recommended Matches: 

Blue Panther vs Atlantis (CMLL, 8/9/1991)

Blue Panther vs Villano V (CMLL, 9/19/2008)

Blue Panther vs Solar (12/20/2015)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 11:25 AM

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68 - Kurt Angle

 

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2006 Ranking: 80

 
Points: 3398
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 2
Top 10 Votes: 4
 
# of Ballots: 64
Average Vote: 48.36
 
High Vote: 3 (Derek C & BackToBionic)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Has frustrating tendencies, but is so overwhelmingly talented that when he's on, he's really on and capable of so much greatness. Great bumper and stooger, great base, good in tags, can work main events or TV, and has that effortless legit quality to him."  Jimmy Redman

 

"I love Angle, and love the way he works. I don't remember if it was here or someplace else, so if i'm repeating myself i'm sorry, but his pace & style is exactly what I want out of his character. He's the high school bully jock who never knows when to turn it off, and spikes volleyballs into girls faces in gym class. He's the guy who makes everybody uneasy because you never know when he's going to randomly body check you into a locker or punch you in arm for no good reason. When I watch an Angle match, I want non stop action, I want people to get thrown on their heads, I want intensity, I want him to pull down his straps and scream like a lunatic, I want him to outwork whoever gets in his way, I want him to go go go go like a god damn machine. And that's exactly what he does." W2BTD

 

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Recommended Matches: 

Kurt Angle vs Steve Austin (WWF SummerSlam, 8/19/2001)

Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker (WWE No Way Out, 2/19/2006)

Kurt Angle vs Jeff Jarrett (TNA Slammiversary, 6/12/2011)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 12:35 PM

67 - Jack Brisco

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2006 Ranking: 48

 
Points: 3431
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 65
Average Vote: 48.28
 
High Vote: 6 (John Steffy)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"His singles matches are a technical treat, but his heel work in tags is where he really catches my eye. "  Jon Burr

 

"I wish there was more footage but what we have is great."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Lack of footage and personal viewing gaps keeps him from being a top 10 contender from the looks of it."   Elliott

 

"He had such a classic wrestling look to go along with his skillfulness."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"My initial impressions are that Brisco is SAFELY in contention for "best wrestler of the 70s". He's silky smooth, very athletic, great high dropkicks, deep armdrags, fastest figure-four ever, big bumps, terrific at selling, good fire, good timing, great connection with the crowd. He just seems to be everything that you'd want a pro wrestler to be." Jerryvonkramer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Jack Brisco vs Antonio Inoki (8/5/1971)

Jack Brisco vs Jumbo Tsuruta (1/30/1974)

Jack Brisco vs Giant Baba (12/5/1974)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 01:51 PM

66 - "The Great Muta" Keiji Mutoh

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 53

 
Points: 3535
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 74
Average Vote: 53.31
 
High Vote: 5 (Chris Powell)

Low Vote: 99

 

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"He had some lows but his highs were so high that I can't help but rate him big."   Dave Musgrave

 

"I prefer him as the Great Muta, wandering around and acting weird. His output is very uneven, but he is great when at his best in either guise."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"He's the most polarizing guy in the field for me. When I was a kid, him and Lyger absolutely mystified me, and then later on, seeing him make his comeback in 2001 was the craziest thing ever. But man he was a part of some shit stuff, too. Really tough to judge." Tim Livingston

 

Recommended Matches: 

Great Muta vs Sting (NWA Great American Bash, 7/23/1989)

Great Muta vs Hiroshi Hase (NJPW, 12/14/1992)

Keiji Mutoh vs Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW, 6/8/2001)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 02:35 PM

65 - Shinjiro Ohtani

 

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2006 Ranking: 27

 
Points: 3616
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 80
Average Vote: 55.80
 
High Vote: 21 (GOTNW & ???)

Low Vote: 95

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Ohtani's a tough one, because even his run as an elite jr. heavy was pretty short for a GOAT conversation. His SC placement looks even nuttier now. But God he was good at his best. I'd say his rivalry with Liger produced the best cruiser series in history, and that was just as much Ohtani as Liger." Childs

 

"Ohtani has one of the best stretches a junior ever had from December 1995 to February 1997. I'd actually hear arguments that the Sammy match (1/21/96), the two Lyger matches and the Ultimo match (8/20/96) are the four best junior matches ever." Tim Livingston

 

Recommended Matches: 

Shinjiro Ohtani vs El Samurai (NJPW, 1/21/1996)

Shinjiro Ohtani vs Ultimo Dragon (NJPW, 8/4/1996)

Shinjiro Ohtani vs Jushin Liger (NJPW, 2/9/1997)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 03:31 PM

64 - Sgt. Slaughter

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 99

 
Points: 3768
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 87
Average Vote: 57.69
 
High Vote: 14 (Kelly Nelson)

Low Vote: 96

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Lunatic bump freak with some of my favorite feuds and big matches."  Jon Burr

 

"He was great in both singles and tags in the early 80's and was one of the best in the world at the time. His later days are underrated."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Tremendous bumper, tremendous brawler. Classics with Steamboat/Youngblood, all out wars with Backlund, Sheik, Patterson. He had some fun stuff with Hogan in 91 that doesn't get much love. He's still entertaining in the 2000's bumping around like a lunatic for guys half his age." The Chief

 

Recommended Matches: 

Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (Cage, NWA Final Conflict, 3/12/1983)

Sgt. Slaughter vs Iron Sheik (Boot Camp, WWF, 6/16/1984)

Sgt. Slaughter & Crusher Blackwell vs Sheik Adnan Kaissey, King Tonga, & Masked Superstar (Cage, AWA, 4/21/1985)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 04:14 PM

63 - Giant Baba

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2006 Ranking: 30

 
Points: 3768
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 1
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 80
Average Vote: 54.10
 
High Vote: 2 (jackwebb)

Low Vote: 99

 

 

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"Just very likable. Loves what he is doing in a way I can connect with as a viewer. "  jackwebb

 

"One of the most important Japanese wrestlers ever. The founder and first top star of AJPW. He was a great thinking man's wrestler."  stunning_grover

 

"Giant Baba had good matches with major wrestlers from around the world in the '60s and '70s, and then had a second career as a fun tag wrestler."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"Baba may be the smartest worker of all-time. Not the best, and nowhere near the most athletic. But he was Andre with possibly even better smarts and better longevity even as his body was going through similar problems." PeteF3

 

Recommended Matches: 

Giant Baba vs The Destroyer (JWA, 3/5/1969)

Giant Baba vs Billy Robinson (AJPW, 7/24/1976)

Giant Baba vs Stan Hansen (AJPW, 2/4/1982)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 04:23 PM

62 - Kiyoshi Tamura

 

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2006 Ranking: 63

 
Points: 3880
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 1
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 7
 
# of Ballots: 55
Average Vote: 31.11
 
High Vote: 2

Low Vote: 89

 

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"The best ever if not for the fact that he wrestled less than 130 matches in his career."  Elliot

 

"... the way Tamura works that sense of urgency into his matches is so impressive that I think it would be impossible for me not to rate him over Han.  I know there are some who will say that what he did against Vader doesn't really matter much as it wasn't really an expression of him doing what made him great, but I strongly disagree with that.  The way he worked his flurries, the tenacious nature of his attack, et. are all completely in keeping with what you would expect out of him if he were working v. a shootstyle master.  More to the point I can't imagine Han having that match with Vader." Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Kiyoshi Tamura vs Nobuhiko Takada (UWFI, 2/14/1993)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs Volk Han (RINGS, 1/22/1997)

Kiyoshi Tamura vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (RINGS, 6/27/1998)



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Posted 21 April 2016 - 04:37 PM

61 - Bull Nakano

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 43

 
Points: 3902
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 72
Average Vote: 46.81
 
High Vote: 9 (Bill Thompson)

Low Vote: 98

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"The student became the master, as Bull continued Dump Matsumoto's legacy, with an even better persona and vastly better matches. Incredibly consistent in the ring, too."  Jon Burr

 

"A monster gaijin who was incredibly athletic as well."   Dave Musgrave

 

"Essentially, Bull was great. Within her gender, she's a Top 5 candidate, and surely Top 10. She debuted a tad younger than most, got good as quick as any of them (there's a lovely little match on one of the earlier Classics episodes with I want to say Ogura, maybe for the AJW Title, that's well laid out and it's from about late 85. It's nothing extraordinary, don't get me wrong, but it's the kind of match you see from someone really early in their career and know they're on their way to being rather damn good), and in terms of one person carrying a company in-ring she did a fucking remarkable job from 1990 through to early 92 when the others started picking up. For the same old reasons she has less notable stuff after that, but matches like vs. Masami, vs. Kandori, I wish the 1/94 vs. Toyota was in full... there's no way she's not on my ballot and I'd wager she's one of the AJW workers more likely to appeal to most people on here. Essentially, Bull was fucking great." MJH

 

Recommended Matches: 

Bull Nakano vs Aja Kong (Cage, AJW, 11/14/1990)

Bull Nakano (AJW, 1/23/1991)

Bull Nakano vs Devil Masami (JWP, 4/18/1993)






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