Way back when I started this blog, I listed wrestling as one of my interests. I thought with WrestleMania not far away, this would be a great time to talk about my favorite wrestlers.
First, some disclaimers.
- I started during the “Attitude Era.” So I know very little of the 80’s “Rock and Wrestling” era.
- I can’t afford the WWE Network, so you won’t see any current NXT wrestlers.
- I can’t afford El Rey, so no Lucha Underground wrestlers.
- I can’t afford the network Ring of Honor is on.
10. Booker T
Finishers: Bookend (Kneeling side slam), Axe Kick (Spinning kick)–Booker T started out as one half of WCW tag team Harlem Heat (with his brother Stevie Ray) and eventually broke out on his own to win the WCW heavyweight title 5 time-5 times! He got into WWE pretty late in his career, but he still proved to be a formidable opponent.
9. Samoa Joe
Finisher: Muscle Buster, Rear-naked choke
There’s two names that made TNA Impact Wrestling worth watching, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. AJ Styles is honorable mention for me, and Samoa Joe had a huge undefeated streak that rivals Goldberg’s in WCW. (Not to mention, Joe is much better in the ring than Goldberg ever was.) The man is impressively fast for someone his weight, especially when you consider he was a 5-time X-division champion, a division usually reserved for smaller wrestlers. I can’t wait to see him on Raw or Smackdown.
8. AJ Styles
Finisher: Styles Clash (fall forward mat slam), Calf-crusher
As I said above, AJ Styles was another name that made TNA. In fact, Styles pretty much carried the company on his back! I was disappointed when he didn’t even bother renewing his contract, but I understood his reasoning. Now that he’s with WWE, (where he actually started out as a jobber, believe it or not) I hope they realize the gold mine they have here. He’s already started out on a good foot with his feud with Chris Jericho.
7. Goldust (Dustin Runnels)
Finishers: Curtain Call (Falling inverted DDT), Final Cut (Swinging vertical suplex) Golden Age (Reverse STO)
Goldust has never gotten to the top of card, but as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t matter, because the man is brilliant in the ring and out. I love the mind games he plays with his opponents–you’re never really sure what he’s going to do and he just loves to get in people’s heads. He’s a great comic relief partner (just look at the skits he did with Booker T and the skits he’s doing with R-Truth as they try to get a team started).
6. William Regal
Finisher: Regal Stretch (Arm trap cross-legged STF) Why has Regal never been a WWE Heavyweight champion? Actually, I doubt he ever needed it. He is so skilled at making people hate him with his dirty tricks, his elitist attitude, that on the rare occasions where he is the face (wrestler lingo for “good guy”), you don’t believe it. I love his evil-sounding entrance music and he really was one of the best evil managers on Raw, too.