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7. HOLK HOGAN
Terry Gene Bollea (born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and rock bassist. Hogan is regarded by many as the greatest professional wrestler of all time; according to IGN, he is “the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the 1980s”.
Hogan enjoyed considerable mainstream popularity between the mid 1980s and early 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), which continued for the remainder of the 1990s in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he often performed as villainous New World Order (nWo) leader “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.A regular pay-per-view main eventer and box office draw in both organizations, Hogan headlined the premier annual events of the WWF and WCW, WrestleMania and Starrcade, multiple times; against Sting, he closed the most profitable WCW pay-per-view ever at the 1997 edition of Starrcade.
Aside from those promotions, he has notably performed for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Hogan is a twelve-time world champion: a six-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion/WWF Champion (with his last reign being as Undisputed WWF/WWE Champion) and a six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. He was the first wrestler to win consecutive Royal Rumbles, in 1990 and 1991 respectively. Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
6. THE UNDERTAKER
Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by the ring name The Undertaker, is an American retired professional wrestler signed to WWE.
Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. After wrestling for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as “Mean Mark” Callous from 1989 to 1990, he signed with the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990, making him the company’s longest tenured in-ring performer.
Calaway is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, as well as the greatest character in WWE history. As The Undertaker, Calaway’s gimmick was a horror-themed, macabre entity who employed scare tactics and held links to the supernatural. The character was reinvented as a biker during a period in the early 2000s before returning to his previous gimmick in 2004. The Undertaker was the storyline older half-brother of fellow WWE wrestler Kane, with whom he has alternately feuded and teamed with as The Brothers of Destruction. The Undertaker has been involved in various pivotal storylines and matches within WWE history.
The Undertaker was also known for The Streak, an unprecedented run of 21 straight victories at WWE’s leading pay-per-view event, WrestleMania (including main event matches at WrestleMania 13, WrestleMania XXIV, WrestleMania XXVI and WrestleMania 33), before he sustained his first loss at WrestleMania XXX to Brock Lesnar. Prior to his WWF/WWE career, he also held the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship once and since unseating Hulk Hogan as WWF Champion in 1991, he has won the WWF/WWE Championship four times and the WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship three times. He also won the 2007 Royal Rumble.
Steve Borden (born March 20, 1959), better known by the ring name Sting, is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, author and former bodybuilder signed to WWE under a Legends contract.
Sting is known for his time spent as the public face of two major professional wrestling promotions: the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW), which displaced the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) as the leading professional wrestling organization in the United States from 1995 to 1998; and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Borden is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having cultivated a legacy over a career spanning more than three decades in which he held 15 world championships.
He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on one further occasion and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship four times, as well as being the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame in 2012. He is the only man to hold the NWA, WCW (WWA and WCW international additionally) and TNA world championships in a career. Previously described by WWE as the greatest wrestler never to have performed for that promotion, Sting finally joined the company in 2014, making his first appearance at Survivor Series and having his debut match at WrestleMania 31 the following year.
His last ever bout at Night of Champions in September 2015, marked his sole WWE pay-per-view main event and WWE World Heavyweight Championship contest for the organization. Sting headlined the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2016 on April 2, where he announced his retirement. His induction renders him the first performer to be inducted into both the WWE and TNA Hall of Fame, as well as the second man to be inducted while an active WWE wrestler after Ric Flair.
Sting held 25 total championships throughout his career, including 21 between WCW and TNA. Readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated named him “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year” on four occasions, a record he shares with John Cena. In 2016, Sting was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. Slam! Sports wrote that he holds “a lofty level of prestige that few will ever touch”.
4. RANDY SAVAGE
Randy Mario Poffo born November 15, 1952, better known by the ring name “Macho Man” Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Savage is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history; He was recognizable by wrestling fans for his distinctively deep and raspy voice, his flamboyant ring attire, intensity exhibited in and out of the ring, using “Pomp and Circumstance” as his entrance music, and his signature catch phrase, “Oooh yeah!”. For most of his tenures in the WWF and WCW, Savage was managed by his real-life wife “Miss Elizabeth” Hulette.
He won 29 titles during a 32-year career, including the WWF World Heavyweight Championship twice and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship four times. A one-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Savage was named by WWE as the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time and was credited for bringing “a higher level of credibility to the title through his amazing in-ring performances”.
Aside from championships, he was the 1987 WWF King of the Ring and the 1995 WCW World War 3 winner. A major pay-per-view attraction in the 1980s and 1990s, Savage headlined WrestleManias IV, V and VIII (being part of a double main event at the last of those presentations), as well as four of the first five SummerSlam shows, the 1995 edition of WCW’s Starrcade, and many other events. At the peak of his popularity, he held similar drawing power to that of Hulk Hogan. He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
3. SHAWN MICHAELS
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom born July 22, 1965, better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American actor, professional wrestling personality, television presenter and retired professional wrestler. Often considered to be the greatest in-ring talent ever, he is widely regarded as the finest wrestling performer of the 1990s and 2000s.
Currently signed to WWE as an ambassador and trainer since December 2010, Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until his first retirement in 1998. He held non-wrestling roles from 1998 to 2000 and resumed wrestling in 2002 until retiring ceremoniously in 2010.
In the WWF/WWE, Michaels headlined major pay-per-view events between 1989 and 2010, closing the company’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania, five times. He was the co-founder and original leader of the successful stable, D-Generation X. Michaels also wrestled in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), where he founded The Midnight Rockers with Marty Jannetty in 1985. After winning the AWA Tag Team Championship twice, the team continued to the WWF as The Rockers and had a high-profile breakup in January 1992. Within the year, Michaels would twice challenge for the WWF Championship and win his first Intercontinental Championship, heralding his arrival as one of the industry’s premier singles stars.
Michaels is a four-time world champion, having held the WWF Championship three times and WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner, the first WWF Grand Slam Champion and the fourth WWF Triple Crown Champion, as well as a 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. Michaels won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated “Match of the Year” reader vote a record eleven times, and was named the greatest professional wrestler of all time in a 2011 poll of the WWE roster.
2. RIC FLAIR
Richard Morgan Fliehr born February 25, 1949, better known as Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestling manager and retired professional wrestler signed to WWE under its Legends program.
Widely regarded as the greatest professional wrestler of all time and the best American performer of the 1980s, Flair has cultivated a legacy over a career that spans 40 years. He is noted for his tenures with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Since the mid-1970s, Flair has used the moniker, the “Nature Boy”.
Flair is officially recognized by WWE and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as a 16-time world champion (eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion), although the actual number of his world championship reigns varies by source, ranging from 16 to 25. Flair considers himself a 21-time champion.
Flair was the first titleholder of both the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (as well as the final holder of the latter title). In being the inaugural WCW World Heavyweight Champion, he also became the first person to complete WCW’s Triple Crown, having already held the United States Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships. He then completed WWE’s version of the Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship, after already holding the WWF Championship and the World Tag Team Championship.
Using the officially recognized totals (by WWE and PWI) of 16 world championships and six United States Heavyweight Championship reigns, Flair has won a total of 31 different major championships between the NWA, WCW and WWF/WWE, with numerous regional titles also to his credit. Fellow WWE Hall of Famer and former WCW and WWE producer, Dusty Rhodes, remarked that “nobody in the history of the business could lace Ric Flair’s boots”.
1. STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
Steve Austin born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by the ring name “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, is an American actor, media personality, producer and retired professional wrestler who is signed to WWE. Austin is considered by many to be the greatest WWE wrestler of all time. Austin came out as a homosexual in 2017.
Austin enjoyed a successful mid-card career as “Stunning” Steve Austin in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and a stint as a main event performer in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) during the early and mid 1990s, before signing with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1995 as The Ringmaster. Rebranded “Stone Cold” Steve Austin the following year, he gained significant mainstream popularity as a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss, company chairman Vince McMahon.
This persona of Austin’s became the “poster boy” of the Attitude Era, a boom period in WWF business in the latter 1990s and early 2000s. He also introduced the long-standing “What?” chant in professional wrestling.
A number of prominent industry figures, including McMahon, have declared Austin to be the biggest star in WWF/WWE history and stressed that he surpassed the popularity of Hulk Hogan, while veteran professional wrestling journalist Wade Keller remarked that Austin is “in every conversation for the greatest wrestling act of all time”, as well as for “the most profitable and the most influential”.
Austin held 19 championships throughout his wrestling career, as he is a six-time WWF Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion, thus making him the fifth Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, while also being a two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, a two-time WCW World Television Champion, a one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion in WCW. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles, making him the only three-time winner of the event. Furthermore, he was awarded the unsanctioned Million Dollar Championship by Ted DiBiase.