The long wait is over. I would first and foremost like to thank all of you who PM/Emailed your lists, 89 in all. All were fine lists, some of the picks chosen I wouldn't have on my list, but it is those opinions that make these lists so great. It shows the versatility of the passion each one of us have for the sport we love to follow.
The system, a computer program, that a friend of mine helped me come up with is a big help as well. If I personally had to tabulate all these lists, it would have taken 6 months. The way it works, I'll sum it up in a nutshell, is say Dick Murdoch is on 80% of the lists, ranking between numbers 65-110. The system would put him at the most correct slot.
The list itself is interesting. There will be picks many will argue, and those that will agree. The top 5 may cause some controversy, but thats why I did this. To just see what wrestlers would appear where on a list tabulated by those of us in the History Forum. If you didn't send me a list, then don't be too hard on those that did. I didn't expect all the lists to have 150 picks on them, a low percentage didn't, but we all have very productive lives outside of our time on PW and in the History Forum. I personally did not enter a list, to keep this from being more unbias.
Now, with no further a due:
HISTORY FORUMS TOP 150 GREATEST WRESTLERS OF ALL-TIME!
Disclaimer--The views posted in this list are those of posters in the History Forum as a group, and not any one individual. The thread starter is not held liable for those views and opinions of stated posters, and has left this as a total unbias selection process. The picks were chosen for mostly overall aspects from wrestlers, but ranged from the aspects of versatility, charisma, longevity, impact, ability, and as stated, overall. The lists will not be shown at any time due to the thread starter not deeming fit the acknowledment of any one poster. No wrestling organization, website, or outside company was used in the tabulation of this list. Again, it is the respected opinions of posters through PMs/Emails that contributed to the list as a whole. Selections on the list will be posted as the threadstarter has time to do so.
-There will be a seperate thread for your comments and discussion. Please refrain from making comments in this thread, to save space for me to post the selections, due to time restraints I have and will only be able to post selections as I have time.
From Prison Guard to the WWF, Ray Traylor was one of the most gifted big men in the 80's during his time in the AWA, NWA, UWF, and the WWF. He began his career in Verne Gagne's AWA being used as mostly a jobber to other big men. He was soon contacted by Jim Cornette and the NWA. He would first just be used as Cornette's "bodyguard", but soon after he participated in the 2nd WAR GAMES match as part of the Horsemens team, he left the NWA and traveled to Bill Watts UWF. He made a big impact immediantly. In April of 1987, he defeated their UWF World Champion, the One Man Gang , who he would later be tag partners with as the Twin Towers in the WWF, and held the UWF title for 3 months until losing to "Dr. Death" Steve Williams in July. He would then bounce back and forth between the WCW and WWF under a few different gimmicks. His wrestling career would become full circle as he finished his career training wrestlers for the WWF's Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Ray Traylor passed away Sept. 22, 2004 from a massive heartache.
UWF World Title
WWF Tag Titles w/Test
WWF Hardcore Title
One Man Gang/Akeem
Big Van Vader
Mr. Perfect Curt Henning
Big Boss Man vs One Man Gang-UWF World Title
Starting his career overseas in Japan, Shinzaki traveled to the States and began his American in the WWF. He was managed by Shinji a had a number of singles matches, but most notably against one of WWF's finest, Bret Hart. He would soon be paired in a short lived tag team called "The Shoguns" with Kwang, but they ended up feuded rather than getting along. Shinzaki left the WWF and had a very short stint in ECW, and had a pretty good tag match pairing with Hayabusa taking on the tag champs in RVD & Sabu. Shinzaki is also known for his "praying walk" is a version of Undertakers top rope walk. Shinzaki actually performed the moved once in a barbed wire match.
He is currently held in high regards in Michinoku Pro and is an ambassador of sorts, and still wrestles in All Japan as well.
Jinsei Shinzaki vs Bret Hart
Starting his career in Canada in a faction known as "Thug Life" which is where he initially started tagging with his WWF partner in crime, Sexton Hardcastle (Edge). He and Edge would then journey to the WWF but not as partners, but enemies as Edge was feuding with Gangrel, who brought Christian in as a deturrent as he was supposed to be Edge's "brother" for the storyline. Christian, under Gangrels guidance, won the Lightheavyweight Title from Taka. Edge soon joined this tandem and they would become known as the Brood. Christian & Edge would break ties with Gangrel and go on to hold WWF/WWE Gold 7 times as a pairing, Christian would win it 2 other times with Lance Storm & Chris Jericho. An unprecedented 9 times. Cage would then go on to 'greener' pastures to TNA, where he won the TNA World Title from Jeff Jarret almost immediantly.
Cage is currently active in TNA and just signed a multi-year contract.
WWE/WWF Tag Team Titles w/Edge (7 times)
WWE/WWF Tag Team Champion w/Chris Jericho
WWE/WWF Tag Team Titles w/Lance Storm
WWF Light Heavyweight Title
WWF European Title
WWE IC Title (2)
TNA/NWA World Title (2)
Wrestlemania X7--TLC Match vs Hardys vs Dudleys
"BIG CAT" ERNIE LADD
One of the first NFL players to become a wrestler Ladd at 6'9 350 lbs was recruited by one of wrestlings greatest heels, Freddie Blassie. Ladd had an undenaible charisma whether he was loved or hated. He began his career tagging with the ever popular Bobo Brazil, until he made the fateful heel turn to become one of the best during hte 60's. During this time he actually got a NWA World Title shot at then champ, Lou Thesz. Ladd was a gypsy of sorts not settling for one company, until he made a brief home in Mid-South where he was the manager for the Wild Samoans, who eventually turned on him and joined Devastation Inc. Ernie Ladd has been inducted into both the AFL Hall of Fame and the WWE Hall of Fame.
Ernie Ladd passed away from cancer March 10, 2007.
None. But he did beat NWA World Champion Dory Funk Jr. in a mean game of chess.
Waldo Von Erich
Dory Funk Jr.
Ernie Ladd vs Dory Funk Jr.-NWA Title Match
Better known as the Coach in the WWF managing Mr. Perfect and the Beverly Brothers, Tolos actually started his career in the mid 50's, most successfully tagging with his brother Chris, better known as the Canadian Wrecking Crew, and winning tag team gold on seperate occasions. Had an outstanding feud in the 70's taking on Freddie Blassie, who won the prestigious Wrestler of the year award. Tolos was one of the biggest heels during his 70's run, just behind the Sheik.
After his brothers passing from cancer in 2005, Tolos has now left wrestling aside.
AWA World Tag Team Titles w/Chris Tolos
NWA Florida Tag Team Titles w/Chris Tolos
WWWF Tag Team Titles w/Chris Tolos
NWA Vancouver Tag Team Titles w/Chris Tolos
John & Chris Tolos vs Gorilla Monsoon & Killer Kowalski-WWWF Tag Title Match