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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:58 AM

60 - Volk Han

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2006 Ranking: 42

 
Points: 3913
#1 Votes: 2
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 4
 
# of Ballots: 68
Average Vote: 44.60
 
High Vote: 1 (Frankensteiner & ???)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Unparalleled technical master who just "got it," knew how to use his techniques in a worked setting to maximum effect."  #1 voter

 

"I reviewed some of his best matches to make a case for him for the Observer Hall of Fame. It is unbelievable how great he was and I think he is the best submission wrestler I have ever seen. Also, his real name is Magomedhan Amanulajewitsch Gamzatkhanov."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Maybe the best pure mat wrestler ever. Definitely the most inspired mat wrestler ever. Most surprisingly charismatic wrestler ever."  Elliott

 

"Volk Han worked extremely few matches, but he was the peak of the shoot style genre with his awe-inspiring matwork."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"Match for match, the best ever. My favorite worker of my favorite style and as of now, he is very much in the conversation for my #1. It's even more amazing when you take in the fact that he debuted at 30, untrained (an elite grappler though), and was already one of the worlds best."  Venegas

 

Recommended Matches: 

Volk Han vs Akira Maeda (RINGS, 12/7/1991)

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

Volk Han vs Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (RINGS, 5/28/1998)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 06:16 AM

59 - Samoa Joe

 

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (116)

 
Points: 4098
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 103
Average Vote: 61.21
 
High Vote: 18 (Woof & mprice)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Along with Danielson, he is the master of the indy dream scene that has existed post-2000. His style was one of the most original I have seen."  Dave Musgrave

 

"During his peak indy/early TNA run he was head and shoulders above everyone else around him, truly a unique attraction in that environment. Great in main events, great in brawls, great as the X Division bully, he has the ability to make something feel like a real war."  Jimmy Redman

 

"Went back and watched some select matches from his peak recently, and I really think it's going to be hard for me to leave him off my list.  There are guys who I really like and respect being touted on a few years from the 80's, who I think have resumes that are paper thin next to Joe's (to take one example, Magnum T.A.).  Watching a match like Joe v. Rhino v. Monty Brown, which is a TNA hardcore match, where I don't even remember the context, it was pretty amazing how exciting the match felt and how much Joe being Joe added to it.  I'm not saying it's must see or anything like that, but if a match like this happened on Raw this week people would be falling over themselves to praise it, and I'm not sure it's even a top fifty Joe match from his 3-4 year peak.  I have nothing against Lesnar, and Brock is working on a bigger stage, but Joe gave off a similar vibe to me, and had much better matches." Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Samoa Joe vs CM Punk (ROH, 10/16/2004)

Samoa Joe vs Kenta Kobashi (ROH, 10/1/2005)

Samoa Joe vs AJ Styles (TNA, 12/11/2005)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 07:46 AM

58 - Owen Hart

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2006 Ranking: 37

 
Points: 4103
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 94
Average Vote: 57.35
 
High Vote: 10 (Mando>Eddie & Scarlet-Left)

Low Vote: 98

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I like all of Owen's work. But, it's his WWF heel run that is the best part of his career."  stunning_grover

 

"Owen Hart in 1997 is one of my favorite in-ring wrestlers of all-time. And he was great the rest of his career as well."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Although his early work in Japan has aged very poorly, Hart had an excellent run as a heel in the WWF including several classic matches with his brother."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"He was quite possibly the best guy in the WWF at constructing TV matches in the mid-90s. It was either him or 1-2-3 Kid. He also has the Bret match at Wrestlemania X to his credit, which is as good as almost any match to happen stateside in the 1990s. There's also the 10-man tag at Canadian Stampede where he played a huge role. The Vader match at One Night Only. The Michaels match at the February 1996 In Your House. The Shamrock matches at Fully Loaded and Summerslam 1998. The Austin match at Summerslam 1997, which was pretty great before Austin was hurt." Loss

 

Recommended Matches: 

Owen Hart vs Bret Hart (WWF WrestleMania X, 3/20/1994)

Hart Foundation vs Steve Austin, Goldust, Ken Shamrock, & Legion of Doom (WWF Canadian Stampede, 7/6/1997)

Owen Hart vs Ken Shamrock (Lion's Den, WWF SummerSlam, 8/30/1998)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 12:06 PM

57 - "Superstar" Bill Dundee

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (136)

 
Points: 4215
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 87
Average Vote: 52.55
 
High Vote: 11 (Parties)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"There is only so much you can conclude from watching someone's best stuff and a very small portion of his "other" work. I should probably make an effort to watch all of the Memphis TV at some point because I've really loved what I've seen."  GOTNW

 

"Best studio match wrestler ever. Great brawler and mat wrestler."  Elliott

 

"Superstar is one of those rare cases where he has had great matches in 5 different decades as he is a timeless worker sure he isn't as "good" as he was 30 years ago but his ring smarts is unquestionable and he can navigate his way around the ring like no other. Dundee & Lawler is one of the most legendary love/hate relationships we have ever seen in wrestling where they had some of the all-time classic singles matches and as a tag team they were just as great." Kris Zellner

 

Recommended Matches: 

Bill Dundee vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis, 6/6/1983)

Bill Dundee vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis, 12/30/1985)

Bill Dundee vs Jerry Lawler (Memphis, 7/14/1986)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 02:28 PM

56 - Jim Breaks

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (115)

 
Points: 4338
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 7
 
# of Ballots: 67
Average Vote: 36.28
 
High Vote: 7 (Matt D)

Low Vote: 96

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I only had a limited sampling of WoS, but he was by far my favourite to watch."  MoS 

 

"Wish I had watched more Joint Promotions. Breaks is undeniable, but I think there are probably 6-10 guys who should have made my list." djhaigh

 

"The wrestling equivalent to a huge hit of smack right to the brain when you dive into British wrestling, Breaks is the most immediate, universal, revelatory worker ever. He's endlessly entertaining, a born heel with a million tricks, just an awesome character. He should be on top of everyone's list as far as I'm concerned."  Jimmy Redman

 

"What a combination of great matwork with over the top crybaby heeling."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"There are other workers from Europe worth considering for the top half of the list, but Breaks is a guy I could see in my top twenty.  I will grant that a part of this is that his style is schitcky and something that I could easily see working in multiple U.S. territories, but even still the reason Breaks is so great to me is that he so neatly integrates his act into the Brit setting.  He is a great grappler, but he's also a great character.  In fact his character - the cocky technician who is not as quite as good as he thinks he is and pouts/plays loose with the rules when he's one upped or annoyed - is one that allows him to be entertaining even in shaky matches." Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

Jim Breaks vs Johnny Saint (Joint Promotions, 3/14/1974)

Jim Breaks vs Steve Grey (Joint Promotions, 4/19/1978)

Jim Breaks vs Young David (Joint Promotions, December 1979)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 02:46 PM

55 - Curt Hennig

 

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2006 Ranking: 45

 
Points: 4624
#1 Votes: 1
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 100
Average Vote: 55.05
 
High Vote: 1 (Lisa Lewis)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"He may not have been perfect, but he was definitely great. His AWA work was even better than his WWF work." stunning_grover

 

"I loved his work as Mr. Perfect which some are down on in a modern context. But seeing his AWA work was a revelation. Just an awesome wrestler."  Dave Musgrave

 

"Hennig was wrestling's most fun bumper to watch." Moonsault Marvin

 

"I love him in Portland and AWA. The Rose and Bock feuds are two of the best feuds of the 80s. He also has great matches with Wahoo, Lawler, Greg Gagne, and Stan Hansen. Hell, the Hansen match is one of the best matches of the 80s. There's a lot of fun work from him in the WWF, particularly from the Hogan feud, but other than that he dropped off drastically. I do like the Bret matches and his 93 run is pretty solid, but the Curt Hennig of 1982-1988 was gone forever." Exposer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Curt Hennig vs Stan Hansen (AWA, 2/1/1986)

Curt Hennig vs Nick Bockwinkel (AWA, 11/21/1986)

Mr. Perfect vs Shawn Michaels (WWF, 3/17/1991)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 04:38 PM

54 - Greg "The Hammer" Valentine

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (170)

 
Points: 4691
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 0
 
# of Ballots: 99
Average Vote: 53.62
 
High Vote: 13 (Dean Rasmussen)

Low Vote: 99

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Great at getting people out of their comfort zone." Elliott

 

"One of the best American workers during the 1980s. Worked a stiff style." stunning_grover

 

"Valentine has really blown up as a great worker over the years. He's emerged as Backlund's best opponent. Great feud with Piper. His Flair matches are tremendous. Fun matches with Pedro. The crown jewel is his feud with Tito. A good house show run with the Blue Blazer. A lot of good matches with Ronnie Garvin. The Dream Team produced tons of good matches with the Bulldogs. A guy with great story telling and snug work." Shoe

 

Recommended Matches: 

Greg Valentine vs Bob Backlund (WWF, 2/19/1979)

Greg Valentine vs Roddy Piper (Dog Collar, NWA Starrcade, 11/24/1983)

Greg Valentine vs Ron Garvin (I Quit, WWF Royal Rumble, 1/21/1990)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:24 PM

53 - Dick Murdoch

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 51

 
Points: 4799
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 3
 
# of Ballots: 92
Average Vote: 49.03
 
High Vote: 3 (Dean Rasmussen)

Low Vote: 97

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Seemingly could do whatever he liked in the ring and it worked. The guy was damned near a vaudevillian out there, but could also get serious and go with the best of them." Jon Burr

 

"Dick Murdoch was great when he was at his best. I also didn't want Will to be mad at me." Dave Musgrave

 

"Saw his picture in the dictionary under 'wily veteran'." Steven White

 

"Only a lack of footage keeps him from being a top 20 lock for me." Elliott

 

"Murdoch was an incredibly fun brawler that could surprise you with his agility like doing flying headscissors" Moonsault Marvin

 

"Murdoch had everything as a worker. EVERYTHING. Bumping, selling, matwork, good offense, adaptable, and more than consistent enough to make the cut. His 12/76 match with Kox and 6/86 match with Inoki are as different as you can imagine, including Murdoch's role. Both matches rule and Murodoch rules in both of them. DICK MF MURDOCH." Ditch

 

Recommended Matches: 

Dick Murdoch vs Abdullah the Butcher (NJPW, 7/7/1983)

Dick Murdoch vs Butch Reed (Mid South, 9/22/1985)

Dick Murdoch vs Barry Windham (Mid South, 7/11/1987)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:38 PM

52 - "The Dangerous Queen" Akira Hokuto

 

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2006 Ranking: 15

 
Points: 4850
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 5
 
# of Ballots: 76
Average Vote: 37.45
 
High Vote: 3 (Badlittlekitten)

Low Vote: 97

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Maybe the best peak ever and a ridiculously awesome seller and storyteller. Could have been even higher with better health."  Jon Burr

 

 

"Hokuto had one of the highest peaks in wrestling history, but a super short prime. At the height of her powers, she could draw the viewer in emotionally like few before or after her."  Moonsault Marvin

 

"While the length of time of her best work is short, the sheer volume within that time is something else. Arguably the best woman's match ever, arguably a Top 5 women's tag match ever (Although as time goes on, I have the Queendom tag at #2 behind only the Dream Rush tag), great work in the '93 Grand Prix, great work in the '92 TLTB...for a good three year span, and especially in 1993, she might have been the best wrestler on the planet and she worked hurt for a good amount of time.

 

She also was the antithesis of the style that Toyota championed, which makes her even better in my book. Knew how to tell a story better than any other wrestler at the time, maybe save Stan Hansen, who had major feathers in his cap with Kawada and Kobashi in 1993." Tim Livingston

 

Recommended Matches: 

Akira Hokuto vs Shinobu Kandori (AJW, 4/2/1993)

Akira Hokuto & Shinobu Kandori vs Aja Kong & Bull Nakano (AJW, 2/17/1994)

Akira Hokuto vs Manami Toyota (AJW, 9/2/1995)



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Posted 22 April 2016 - 05:51 PM

51 - Andre the Giant

 

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (164)

 
Points: 4971
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 
Top 10 Votes: 7
 
# of Ballots: 105
Average Vote: 53.81
 
High Vote: 5 (Mando>Eddie)

Low Vote: 100

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I am all in on Andre. Footage issues aren't something I care about if you can paint a picture with what's there, and what's there shows just how great Andre was at the pro wrestling. Glimpses of him in his physical prime show a force of nature. He is literally other worldly in the way he looks and moves and wrestles. The way he throws his body around is just absurd for a guy his size.

 

So many giants of vaguely comparable size come off as lumbering oafs. They're hard to knock down, but in turn they don't really offer up much offense, because they're so slow and cumbersome. But with Andre, when he goes on the attack he gives the impression that he could kill someone without even realising it. He seems so powerful. I can remember watching him do the over-the-shoulder armbreaker on Hansen in their match, and Andre's hands take up like Stan's whole arm, and it looks like Andre could snap it in half at any moment if he so chose. And Stan is a big guy.

 

His late 80s WWF career is so great at showing just how smart he was, and just how effective he was at getting the most out of his limited physical ability. I'm such a big fan of this run. The Hogan match is legitimately great in my eyes, just a perfect spectacle match. Andre is so awesome in the first Survivor Series main event, just being a total prick, and generally in this whole run Andre is a great character, heeling it up all over the place. He uses that, his aura and some well-timed shots to create some entertaining matches even when he could barely walk around. Seeing what he can do in 1990 shows just how much this is a mental game, and when you look at guys who have more physical tools than almost anyone on earth and do absolutely nothing compelling with them...another argument perhaps, but it shows you just how much Andre "got it" and how complete a wrestler he was.

 

Andre vs Stan is one of my favourite ever matches. I think he's the best big man ever. " Jimmy Redman

 

"Andre had tremendous size, but his great facial expressions make him a great wrestler." Moonsault Marvin

 

Recommended Matches: 

Monster Roussimoff vs Strong Kobayashi (IWE, 5/6/1972)

Andre the Giant vs Stan Hansen (NJPW, 9/23/1981)

Andre the Giant vs Killer Khan (NJPW, 4/1/1982)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 06:29 AM

50 - BIlly Robinson

 

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2006 Ranking: 36

 
Points: 5066
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 4
 
# of Ballots: 91
Average Vote: 45.37
 
High Vote: 6 (Rob AnimalGlue)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I love watching him wrestle. Every little thing he did felt smooth and yet intense." MoS 

 

"Basically invented modern pro wrestling, or at least serves as a forerunner for the style I enjoy the most. Wish I had more Robinson at my disposal as he always looks amazing and has immaculate character work, as well." Jon Burr

 

"I would have absolutely no problem with Robinson ending up on people's top tens. His 1980 match with Bockwinkel is one of my favorite of all time and he has a ton of other good stuff. Of course one thing that came out of the Melzter bio of him recently was the sheer, painful realization of how much of his most classic runs we'll never see." Matt D

 

Recommended Matches: 

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

Billy Robinson & Horst Hoffman vs Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. (AJPW, 12/6/1977)

Billy Robinson vs Nick Bockwinkel (AJPW, 12/11/1980)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 08:17 AM

49 - Aja Kong

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 18

 
Points: 5085
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 3
 
# of Ballots: 83
Average Vote: 39.89
 
High Vote: 3 (anarchistxx)

Low Vote: 89

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"My favorite monster heel and an absolute gem on the big stage. I'll never forget her backfist securing that first fall." Jon Burr

 

"A bigger blank spot for me than lucha is all areas of women's wrestling. I'm trying to give it a chance, and two names have quickly convinced me. Aja's my favorite so far." Danish Dynamite

 

"Kong had several good to great matches in the early '90s. The look on her face when she and Bison Kimura got their heads shaved after losing a hair match was one of wrestling's priceless moments." Moonsault Marvin

 

"Aja is the type that I think does better than she should in these types of things because she has an in-ring style that's more accessible for people who don't like Joshi. And there's plenty to like about her for sure - she was an excellent world champion taking on all comers for 2 1/2 years, which is really where the bulk of her case resides. Outside of that, her two-year chase of Bull produced some genuinely great matches and she had one-offs against wrestlers like Satomura, Kyoko Inoue and Yoshida after 1995 that I think were also excellent. I have no doubt she will make my top 100. But I'm not 100% sure she is in the first tier for Joshi. It's possible she is, but she has quite a few annoying habits, the most obvious of which are the crowdhugging brawls and excessive garbage can shots. I don't think Aja as #1 overall in the world of Joshi is a ridiculous idea, but I also hope people who like her on the surface will give some others a chance too." Loss

 

Recommended Matches: 

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

Aja Kong & Bull Nakano vs Akira Hokuto & Shinobu Kandori (AJW, 3/27/1994)

Aja Kong vs Manami Toyota (AJW, 6/27/1995)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:04 AM

48 - Fit Finlay

 

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2006 Ranking: 55

 
Points: 5216
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 101
Average Vote: 49.40
 
High Vote: 6 (El Dragon)

Low Vote: 97

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Best wrestler in the world in 2006, which is saying a lot because Bryan Danielson was incredible that year. Master of detail, stiff as fuck, and an awesome mat worker. His indie run provided my 2011 and 2012 MOTYs; both vs Sami Callihan in EVOLVE. I think his post-comeback run was much better than his pre-comeback run , but even then he had awesome matches with Regal on PPV and Benoit on Worldwide/Nitro." Venegas

 

Recommended Matches: 

Fit Finlay vs Steven Regal (WCW Uncensored, 3/24/1996)

Fit Finlay vs Lorenzo (WCW, 3/17/1998)

Fit Finlay vs Sami Callihan (EVOLVE, 4/13/2012)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 10:54 AM

47 - Brock Lesnar

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (143)

 
Points: 5265
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 1
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 110
Average Vote: 53.32
 
High Vote: 2 (Scott Bernard)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"You know how most wrestling fans view Undertaker matches as must-see, spectacular events? Pssssttt, that's Brock Lesnar's reality. Appointment viewing." Jon Burr

 

"He's one of those guys who has such an aura about him that makes him endlessly watchable. He's an amazing big man who can do so much and give so much. His first WWE run is great, his current run has chock full of superlative matches that look like nothing else in WWE history. He's just something else."  Jimmy Redman

 

"His career somehow feels less complete than Han's, though I'm not sure that's right. There's something special about Brock that makes him hard to dismiss, despite the limited weight of his resume. I can't imagine anybody else having those matches with Cena, for example." Childs

 

Recommended Matches: 

Brock Lesnar vs Eddie Guerrero (WWE No Way Out, 2/15/2004)

Brock Lesnar vs John Cena (WWE Extreme Rules, 4/29/2012)

Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk (WWE SummerSlam, 8/18/2013)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 11:54 AM

46 - CM Punk

 

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2006 Ranking: honourable mention (425)

 
Points: 5334
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 3
 
# of Ballots: 105
Average Vote: 50.22
 
High Vote: 7 (jpchicago23)

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Punk, Danielson and Joe are like the three musketeers of the indy dream style. Punk has been the most successful of the three at the highest level and I think he will be appreciated even more with time." Dave Musgrave

 

"CM Punk's rise in WWE saved my wrestling fandom after several years of WWE declining in quality." Moonsault Marvin

 

"One of the few wrestlers whose character comes through in almost everything they do in the ring, jumping up several levels beyond what his matches would be otherwise. And, for all the knocks his in ring work takes from a lot of people, there is a pretty solid list of wrestlers who had their best matches against Punk, and I think that might end up being a big part of my voting criteria." Shining Wiz

 

"I ended up having him way, way higher than I thought I would but as I was doing head-to-heads with him and other wrestlers I kept convincing myself that he had the stronger argument.  Consistency is pretty clearly his weakest point, and it's one of the things I have found I most look for it, so it was odd to me to see him where I had him in the end.  But as I looked at the guys around him I couldn't argue against it.  Being able to make me give a shit about his character AND deliver great matches at least a half dozen times in major feuds/storylines over this ten year period is a massive plus to me given where wrestling is right now." Dylan Waco

 

Recommended Matches: 

CM Punk vs Samoa Joe (ROH, 10/16/2004)

CM Punk vs John Cena (WWE Money in the Bank, 7/17/2011)

CM Punk vs The Undertaker (WWE WrestleMania, 4/7/2013)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 12:31 PM

45 - Harley Race

 

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2006 Ranking: 12

 
Points: 5374
#1 Votes: 1
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 8
 
# of Ballots: 93
Average Vote: 43.78
 
High Vote: 1 (Manatee)

Low Vote: 97

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"Arguably the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champion. One of the best American workers of the 1970s. Continued to be a great worker throughout the early 1980s. Still gave fun performances during the mid and late 1980s." stunning_grover

 

"The King of not only 70s wrasslin' but also of the big bumpin' heel style. Enjoyed him much more when he wasn't a touring champion, but his offense and presence were undeniable at no matter what phase of his career one encounters." Jon Burr

 

"I've been plodding through Harley's career on tape in the microscope. I think he's a very easy to watch guy because he worked such an action heavy style. I think he's been a bit unfairly maligned as "the Kurt Angle" of the 70s / early 80s. Near complete wrestler insomuch as he was superb bumping and selling and superb on offense, both things that people can take too easily for granted. If "psychology" means working a body part, it's true that most of the time it's not there. But Harley has other skills, such as making it seem like any opponent no matter how scrub-like has a chance, making babyfaces look like world beaters and still somehow coming out looking like a tough guy. If I have a problem with him it's not that he had no psychology, it's that he worked far too weak, which if nothing else is a real waste of all those big bombs in his arsenal. I hate the bouts vs. Steamboat and Backlund for this reason. Much better when he's allowed proper periods on offense like vs. Martel in 85 and vs. Hogan in 87. Also has great clips vs. Terry Funk and DiBiase, both of whom he had great chemistry with." Jerryvonkramer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Harley Race vs Jumbo Tsuruta (AJPW, 6/11/1977)

Harley Race vs Giant Baba (AJPW, 10/31/1979)

Harley Race vs Rick Martel (AWA, 4/20/1986)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 02:25 PM

44 - Tully Blanchard

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 57

 
Points: 5610
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 1
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 109
Average Vote: 49.64
 
High Vote: 3 (Scarlet-Left)

Low Vote: 98

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"As a heel performer he did a lot of cheating, begging off and exaggerated selling. In other words, he was a great classic heel." stunning_grover

 

"One of the ultimate heels of his era and a guy who you knew every time he got in the ring would deliver whether it was against Dusty Rhodes or Buzz Tyler. Tully was one of the best workers in a promotion that was filled with great workers and then when he became a tag-team wrestler with Arn Anderson they formed one of the best teams of the decade." Kris Zellner

 

Recommended Matches: 

Tully Blanchard vs Ricky Steamboat (NWA Starrcade, 11/22/1984)

Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA (I Quit Cage, NWA Starrcade, 11/28/1985)

Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson vs Lex Luger & Barry Windham (NWA Clash of the Champions, 3/27/1988)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 05:17 PM

43 - Rick Martel

 

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2006 Ranking: 96

 
Points: 5636
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 104
Average Vote: 46.82
 
High Vote: 8

Low Vote: 100

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"His pre-Model gimmick work is what makes him an easy pick for this list. I like his WWF work as the Model and as a babyface tag team worker too, but it's his AWA work that makes him an all-time great."  stunning_grover

 

"Just a remarkable career, starting with incredible babyface runs and ending with an improbable late renaissance in WCW. And The Model stuff isn't THAT bad!"  Jon Burr

 

"Perennially underrated with excellent work in many different countries. One of the best babyface wrestlers of all time. I wish his Model run went a little better though..."  Dylan Harris

 

"He is thought of as a classic scientific babyface but i think he is underrated for being a great-wrestling big man." Dave Musgrave

 

"phenomenal babyface, think he's been great in 80-81 WWF, and a lot of good performances in the AWA. One of the very best comebacks in the business. Great sense of fire and energy in everything he does. Will potentially finish above Ricky Steamboat. The embodiment of everything I think a babyface should be. Jack Brisco will do well to finish above Martel -- even if Brisco fathered the style that Martel mastered. He was pretty sexy too." Jerryvonkramer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Rick Martel vs Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA, 5/13/1984)

Rick Martel vs Ric Flair (AJPW, 10/21/1985)

Rick Martel vs Jake Roberts (Blindfold, WWF WrestleMania VII, 3/24/1991)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 05:31 PM

42 - Ted DiBiase

 

 

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2006 Ranking: 40

 
Points: 5637
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 2
 
# of Ballots: 110
Average Vote: 49.77
 
High Vote: 7

Low Vote: 99

 

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"I wish we had access to matches from alternate universes so we could see what it would have been like if he had gotten Flair's spot as NWA Champion." Dave Musgrave

 

"I'd highlight five aspects of his work that are generally outstanding:

1. Intensity of offense.
2. Bumping and feeding.
3. Execution.
4. Character work (i.e. in the ring).
5. Involvement in legendary feuds and angles (in and out of the ring)." jerryvonkramer

 

Recommended Matches: 

Ted DiBiase vs Jim Duggan (Mid South, 3/22/1985)

Ted DiBiase vs Ric Flair (Mid South, 11/6/1985)

Ted DiBiase vs Tiger Mask II (AJPW, 7/19/1987)



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Posted 23 April 2016 - 06:04 PM

41 - Riki Choshu

 

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2006 Ranking: 100

 
Points: 5647
#1 Votes: 0
#2 Votes: 0
#3 Votes: 0
Top 10 Votes: 1
 
# of Ballots: 97
Average Vote: 42.79
 
High Vote: 8 (GOTNW)

Low Vote: 85

 

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Discussion Thread

 

"A wrestler who revolutionized AJPW once and NJPW twice in the 1980's. A great submission wrestler who always wrestled at a great pace. He had one of the best series in wrestling history with Fujinami." Dave Musgrave

 

"Choshu brought that almost unparalleled ability to make everything feel important. Wherever he was seemed to be the eye of the storm in Japanese wrestling. Great tag wrestler, worked with an intensity that made his limited move set irrelevant. As I worked through every last bit of footage from '80s NJ and AJ, I was always excited when I saw his name in a match listing." Childs

 

Recommended Matches: 

Riki Choshu vs Tatsumi Fujinami (NJPW, 4/3/1983)

Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu vs Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu (AJPW, 1/28/1986)

Riki Choshu vs Tatsumi Fujinami (NJPW, 1/4/1992)






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