World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) previously known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was founded by Vince McMahon and his wife Linda McMahon in 1980. With about 500 events a year, serving 36 million viewers in over 150 countries, it is the largest professional wrestling company in the world.
Quite admittedly, each of us have grown watching it while many of us still do. And there have been many amazing wrestlers in WWE history who provoked the desires in us making uswish we were a wrestler. This is a list of 10 such WWE wrestlers and here it goes.
10. The Ultimate Warrior
He was one of the most electrifying wrestlers ever who walked on earth. His theatrics and athleticism in the ring were extremely dynamic and is considered of paragon virtue. He is one of the most underrated wrestlers of all time. He is a thrice championship winner, including a world championship which he won over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania. He passed away in 2014.
Although he hasn’t played many matches as his contemporaries in this list, none can question his credence as a wrestler. His is the longest undefeated streak in the history of professional wrestling. His win percentage is also at par with almost everyone in WWE and WCW. He retuned to WWE in 2016 and immediately won the World Universal Championship, which makes him the only person to win WCW World Heavyweight Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship in addition to Universal Championship.
8. Shawn Michaels
His career spanned a whopping 26 years, that alone tells a lot of his grit as an amazing wrestler. A WWE poll in 2011 cited him as the greatest professional wrestler ever. He is a four time world champion and two time Royal Rumble winner. Despite not endowed with great physique, his fitness was exemplary and paragon in WWE. His finishing move ‘Sweet Chin Music’ was indeed one of the sweetest ever. The entire WWE world cried when he retired in 2010.
7. Triple H
Triple H, a stylized ring name for his original ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley has been in professional wrestling for 25 years. With 25 championships to his name, including 9 WWE/WWF titles and 5 World Heavyweight titles, he is one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time. He has headlined WWE flagship yearly pay per view WrestleMania a record seven times. Currently, he is also the Executive Vice President at WWE.
6. John Cena
John Cena is inarguably one of the most beloved wrestlers of all time in WWE, if not the most skilled. In a career that has spanned 18 years and counting, he has won 25 championships of which 16 are world championship. He is a two time Royal Rumble winner and has headlined WrestleMania on five different occasions. As of 2016, he was the highest paid wrestler.
5. Brock Lesnar
Widely regarded as ‘The Beast’, and quite aptly so, Brock Lesnar is one of the most accomplished athlete in professional wrestling history. Not just in WWE, wherever he went, IGF, UFC, NCAA, he became the ultimate champion and the contender to beat. Only at the age of 25, he is the youngest world championship winner in WWE history. Moreover, he is also the youngest King of the Ring and Royal Dumber winner as well. He also defeated Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 endinghis 21 year long undefeated streak. In 2017, at WrestleMania 33, he defeated Goldberg and is the current WWE Universal Champion.
4. Hulk Hogan
Regarded by many as greatest and the most recognized wrestler on this planet, Hulk Hogan is a 12 time world championship title holder. He started his career in 1977 and has played the most wrestling matches than any other wrestler. He rocked nearly two decades of 80s and 90s with his wrestling charisma. He is also a two time Royal Rumble winner.
3. The Rock
The first third generation wrestler, Dwayne Johnson ‘The Rock’ has won17 championships in WWE which includes 10 world championship titles. He is an iconic wrestler of Attitude Era and completely dominated the ring from 1996 to 2004. Renowned for his intense rivalries in his time, he still makes random appearances in WWE. He is into full fledged acting these days and is one of the most paid actors at Hollywood.
2. Stone Cold
The poster boy of the nostalgic Attitude Era of WWE, Stone Cold won 19 championships throughout his wrestling career which spanned 14 years. He is the only wrestler who have won the hugely popular Royal Rumble match thrice. He is regarded as the most profitable and most influential WWE star ever.
1. The Undertaker
Since the inception of WWE there have been many great wrestlers, but none shall ever reach the stature of the Deadman. His career spanned 33 years, almost as long as the 2017th 33rd WrestleMania. Also, he holds a record of 21 straight victories at the WWE flagship pay per view event, WrestleMania. He is a 7 time world champion. Many WWE legends have went on to say that he is the greatest wrestler ever in WWE. And none WWE fan shall disagree.