The W
Views: 121150210
Main | FAQ | Search: Y! / G | Color chart | Log in for more!
24.2.10 0422
The 7 - One Question... - Who is the greatest Professional wrestler?
This thread has 1 referral leading to it
Register and log in to post!
(389 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
User
Post (16 total)
AWArulz
Scrapple
Level: 115

Posts: 1298/3657
EXP: 16409298
For next: 402117

Since: 28.1.02
From: Louisville, KY

Since last post: 1 day
Last activity: 1 day
AIM:  
Y!:
#1 Posted on 30.9.05 1220.03
Reposted on: 30.9.12 1223.27
Pro Wrestling's been going on for a long time. Definitely since 1900, and certainly before that.

Obviously, Pro wrestling takes in a lot of things. Workrate, skills, showmanship, speaking, charisma, bumping, willingness to accept danger, hard work and helping others out.

I'm going to go with one of the obvious choices, because, frankly, I have marked out for him since I was in my early 20s. Hulk Hogan.

When he was younger he could work a little bit and took some pretty strong bumps and he worked a hell of a lot. I bet that between he and Flair they have worked an unbelievable amount of matches for major feds. And no one can match his showmanship and charisma. While he's been accused of holding others down, he's helped, in one way of another, a lot of guys become big stars - Hillbilly Jim, Ed Leslie, Paul Orndorf, Nick Dinsmore, Paul Wight and many others.

Promote this thread!
Matt Tracker
Scrapple
Level: 132

Posts: 1228/5191
EXP: 26553210
For next: 578794

Since: 8.5.03
From: North Carolina

Since last post: 10 days
Last activity: 1 day
#2 Posted on 30.9.05 1227.42
Reposted on: 30.9.12 1229.01
I'd have to say Bruno Sammartino for holding the WWWF belt for EIGHT YEARS. Thesz had the NWA belt for seven, and has a hold named for him that's still used today. But Bruno's reign, I believe, trumps all others.
spf
Scrapple
Level: 136

Posts: 3322/5410
EXP: 29594528
For next: 502464

Since: 2.1.02
From: The Las Vegas of Canada

Since last post: 480 days
Last activity: 29 days
AIM:  
#3 Posted on 30.9.05 1340.28
Reposted on: 30.9.12 1349.00
I just reread Ric Flair's book a few nights ago...when you read that, and realize how for the last 30 years he has been the common thread to the business, when you realize that it was basically his work that kept VKM from having a monopoly 10-15 years before he did, when you go back and watch the matches with everyone under the sun, I don't think anyone else can be in the discussion.
MoeGates
Andouille
Level: 92

Posts: 1881/2216
EXP: 7755570
For next: 1397

Since: 6.1.02
From: Brooklyn, NY

Since last post: 11 days
Last activity: 4 days
#4 Posted on 30.9.05 1510.20
Reposted on: 30.9.12 1529.01
Second
Gugs
Bierwurst
Level: 85

Posts: 1409/1857
EXP: 5850056
For next: 48508

Since: 9.7.02
From: Sleep (That's where I'm a viking)

Since last post: 1372 days
Last activity: 501 days
AIM:  
Y!:
#5 Posted on 30.9.05 1622.43
Reposted on: 30.9.12 1625.30
Right now, it's Kurt Angle. He is the total package.

All time...it's either Michaels or Hogan. Michaels had the best matches and promos, but Hogan made so much money. I'll give it to Michaels cause I'm biased.
Torchslasher
Knackwurst
Level: 110

Posts: 1803/3329
EXP: 14266247
For next: 142685

Since: 17.1.02
From: New F'n Jersey

Since last post: 11 days
Last activity: 10 days
#6 Posted on 30.9.05 2041.30
Reposted on: 30.9.12 2041.48
Ric Flair wins this hands down. Flair turned pretenders into contenders through sheer will and did this every night seemingly for years.

Shawn Michaels would be second for me, followed by Kurt Angle.
The Goon
Banger
Moderator
Level: 97

Posts: 1291/2502
EXP: 9308133
For next: 9225

Since: 2.1.02
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Since last post: 30 days
Last activity: 6 days
#7 Posted on 30.9.05 2207.45
Reposted on: 30.9.12 2208.17
(image removed)

Iron Mike Sharpe, obviously.


Ohhhh, I thought you asked for "greatest Canadian athlete."

For wrestler, I'd have to say Flair as well, for achieving his sustained greatness through no lack of hard work.
BigSteve
Pepperoni
Level: 66

Posts: 810/1091
EXP: 2443650
For next: 18214

Since: 23.7.04
From: Baltimore, MD

Since last post: 3696 days
Last activity: 3424 days
#8 Posted on 1.10.05 1546.19
Reposted on: 1.10.12 1546.41
Considering the question is greatest wrestler, not favorite or best in a certain category (workrate, promos, drawing, charisma), I have to give the nod to Hogan. He's the Babe Ruth or Wayne Gretzky of wrestling -- the guy who stands out above everyone else because he was on a whole different level. As much as we love Flair, he was never quite as huge as Hogan was in his heyday. A better worker and a better promo (depending on what you like), but never that big. Sammartino's twelve years as champ pretty much doubles Hogan's combined reigns, but that was when WWE was a territory rather than a(n) (inter)national phenomenon. I guess the argument could be made for Thesz, but I really can't say anything about Thesz because I know next to nothing about him.
Oliver
Scrapple
Level: 131

Posts: 1721/5007
EXP: 25945361
For next: 479329

Since: 20.6.02

Since last post: 725 days
Last activity: 719 days
#9 Posted on 1.10.05 1948.09
Reposted on: 1.10.12 1949.13
I'll go on a limb and say Triple H: He accomplished job security by marrying the boss's daughter.

Seriously, though...I give props to the Undertaker.
OMEGA
Lap cheong
Level: 83

Posts: 1557/1747
EXP: 5348169
For next: 84075

Since: 18.6.02
From: North Cacalacky

Since last post: 2796 days
Last activity: 401 days
#10 Posted on 1.10.05 2051.10
Reposted on: 1.10.12 2051.16
If your going on strictly in-ring, then I'd say Shawn Michaels or Kurt Angle. If you're going money-drawing, then Hogan, Rock, and Austin are the obvious answers.

If I had to narrow my choice to one, then I'd go with Michaels, but that's the type of question where my answer would probably change daily.
haz
Landjager
Level: 63

Posts: 598/904
EXP: 2021553
For next: 75610

Since: 2.1.02
From: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Since last post: 926 days
Last activity: 536 days
#11 Posted on 3.10.05 0734.26
Reposted on: 3.10.12 0735.05
Man, it's got to be Kamala.... oops sorry, I meant Flair.

He's still doing it, and better than 90% of the current roster of guys half his age. He is still believable as a Champion because of his work effort. I marvel at it still every week.

MoeGates
Andouille
Level: 92

Posts: 1883/2216
EXP: 7755570
For next: 1397

Since: 6.1.02
From: Brooklyn, NY

Since last post: 11 days
Last activity: 4 days
#12 Posted on 3.10.05 0949.59
Reposted on: 3.10.12 0951.41
I love watching Flair. The guy's 50+, his offense consists of solely of chops at this point, he has the body of your average middle-aged Joe Six-Pack, I can't understand half of what comes out of his mouth at times, and yet I still can't turn off the TV when he's on.

The only other guy that comes close is Bret Hart. ALso not much to look at, not much to listen to, but you could throw him in the ring with Jim Ross and still have me spellbound for a 20-minute match.
KJames199
Scrapple
Moderator
Level: 123

Posts: 99/4316
EXP: 21132686
For next: 98640

Since: 10.12.01
From: #yqr

Since last post: 15 days
Last activity: 11 hours
#13 Posted on 4.10.05 1034.37
Reposted on: 4.10.12 1047.53
It's gotta be Flair. Angle can pass him if he can stay healthy, but he's not there yet.
too-old-now
Bockwurst
Level: 49

Posts: 370/545
EXP: 881165
For next: 2724

Since: 7.1.04

Since last post: 2153 days
Last activity: 1078 days
#14 Posted on 4.10.05 1043.06
Reposted on: 4.10.12 1054.39
I'll go with Hogan's choice, Andre.
redsoxnation
Scrapple
Level: 156

Posts: 4861/7534
EXP: 47736764
For next: 752964

Since: 24.7.02

Since last post: 1334 days
Last activity: 1334 days
#15 Posted on 4.10.05 1048.26
Reposted on: 4.10.12 1056.22
I have to go with Flair, but an honorable mention to Nick Bockwinkle for being so good that he was able to carry the AWA Title for long stretches despite Verne's ego.
NickBockwinkelFan
Frankfurter
Level: 59

Posts: 639/773
EXP: 1584294
For next: 88844

Since: 10.4.02
From: New York City, NY

Since last post: 1777 days
Last activity: 543 days
#16 Posted on 7.10.05 0252.14
Reposted on: 7.10.12 0252.22
My vote is for Misawa.
ALL ORIGINAL POSTS IN THIS THREAD ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Thread ahead: Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
Next thread: Which Teacher Influenced You the Most In School?
Previous thread: What's the one movie you could watch every week and never tire of it?
(389 newer) Next thread | Previous thread
The 7 - One Question... - Who is the greatest Professional wrestler?Register and log in to post!

The W™ message board - 7 year recycle

ZimBoard
©2001-2015 Brothers Zim
This old hunk of junk rendered your page in 0.258 seconds.