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The top 50 Pro Wrestling Superstars, Legends and Hall of Famers, as ranked by the WWE
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50. Killer Kowalski
Kicking off our list at no. 50 is Killer Kowalski. He held numerous championships including the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) World Tag Team Championship with Big John Studd billed as "The Executioners," and managed by Captain Lou Albano. After retiring in 1977, Kowalski started a professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts and trained superstars, including Triple H and Chyna. Kowalski was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2003.
Batista is a six-time world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship two times. Batista has won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio). Batista was also the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
48. "Ravishing" Rick Rude
The self-proclaimed "sexiest Man Alive" was a four-time world champion (three-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion and one-time WCWA World Heavyweight Champion), one-time WWF Intercontinental Champion and one-time WCW United States Champion. Rude was noted for being one of the greatest talkers in the history of pro wrestling. Deserving of a place in the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
47. Bob Backlund
Backlund has a 30 year pro wrestling career with two WWF championships. In 2000, Backlund unsuccessfully ran for a Connecticut seat in Congress. He is inexplicably missing from the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
46. Dory Funk Jr.
Funk is credited with the invention of the Texas cloverleaf submission hold and runs the Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling school. He is the second longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding it for over four years. He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005 and the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
45. Jeff Hardy
Hardy is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and former WWE superstar. He is a six-time World Tag Team Champion and a one-time WCW Tag Team Champion. He is also a four-time world champion and has held the Light Heavyweight, and European Championships once each. He is also a former Hardcore Champion, having held the championship on three occasions.
44. Nick Bockwinkel
A former multi-time AWA World Heavyweight Champion and co-holder of the AWA World Tag Team Championship. He is known for exceptional technical ability and his calm, articulate promos, which distinguished him from many of his contemporaries. He was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2007.
Kane has accumulated sixteen championship belts during his WWE career so far. In addition to championships, Kane is a one-time Money in the Bank winner and the quickest man to cash in the briefcase. He holds three records in the Royal Rumble, most eliminations with 11, most consecutive appearances in the Royal Rumble match with 12, and the quickest elimination at 1.8 seconds.
42. Sgt. Slaughter
Sgt. Slaughter once served in the Marines as a torpedo launcher specialist (for real)! Slaughter held numerous regional titles early in his career and experienced his first major success in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). He captured his only WWF Championship at the 1991 Royal Rumble, defeating The Ultimate Warrior following a run-in by "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Slaughter was one of WWE’s most beloved Superstars of the mid-1980s and has honored in the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
41. Jack Brisco
Jack Brisco, AKA Uvalde Slim, performed for various territories of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), becoming a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and multi-time NWA Tag Team Champion with his brother Gerald Brisco. In 2005, Don Leo Jonathan called him "probably the greatest champion of the 20th century." He was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in the same year.
40. Big Show
(The) Big Show, is a five-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/E Championship twice, and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once, making him the only person ever to hold all three championships.
39. Jake "The Snake" Roberts
The son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith. He often brought snakes, including a boa constrictor named Damien and cobra, into the ring. There is currently a Facebook page dedicated to adding Roberts to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame for 2011.
Jake the Snake (appropriately named)
38. "Superstar" Billy Graham
"Superstar" best known for his tenures in the World Wide / World Wrestling Federation. During his time in the promotion, he became a one time WWF World Heavyweight Champion.
37. Junkyard Dog (JTD)
JTD would enter the ring with his trademark chain attached to a dog collar, to the music of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," JYD was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.
36. Gorilla Monsoon
Gorilla Monsoon was one of the great super-heavyweights, World Wrestling Federation announcer, and backstage manager during the 1980s and 1990s. He has been honored by the WWE Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
35. "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers
This "Nature Boy" was one of the biggest wrestling stars in the beginning of the television era. His performances inspired generations of professional wrestlers, such as "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. He was the first professional wrestler to hold the WWWF Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
34. Kurt Angel
Angle is a 1996 Olympic gold medalist, a former four-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and a 13-time World Champion. Angel should be hired on this list. He will certainly be a future inductee into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
33. Mick Foley
Foley worked for many wrestling promotions, including the WWE, World Championship Wrestling (WCW), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), and currently Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He is often referred to as "The Hardcore Legend", a nickname he shares with Terry Funk.
32. Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
"Superfly" is best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation in the early to mid '80s, and is credited with being the first ECW Heavyweight Champion. He introduced the high-flying style of wrestling to the WWF. "Superfly" has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
31. The Iron Sheik
The Iron Sheik ended the near six year World Wrestling Federation Championship reign of Bob Backlund and was the man Hulk Hogan defeated for his first WWF Championship. He was in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2005.
The Iron Sheik
30. Pat Patterson
Patterson is one half of the single greatest tag team in professional wrestling. His partner, Ray Stevens, was the other half of the duo. During their 1960s heyday in San Francisco under promoter Roy Shire they were unstoppable. Pat Patterson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996 and into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006, along with Ray Stevens.
29. Randy Orton
For Orton pro wrestling is a family affiar. He is a third-generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Bob Orton, Sr., father "Cowboy" Bob Orton, as well as his uncle Barry O, were all pro wrestlers. His is the former WWE Champion and currently wrestling with Raw.
28. "Classy" Freddie Blassie
Fred Blassie was one of the most important figures in professional wrestling throughout his entire 40+ years in the wrestling business. Blassie’s legacy all comes down to having one important trait: he could make anyone hate him in an instant. The WWE, however, loved him and has honored him in the WWE Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame.
27. Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah began her career working with promoter Billy Wolfe and his wife, wrestler and trainer Mildred Burke, as well as working alongside professional wrestler "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers. She won the NWA World Women's Championship in 1956 and was the most prominent holder of the title for approximately the next thirty years. Moolah was the first female inductee into the WWF's Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame and is considered to be one of the greatest champions ever!
The Fabulous Moolah
26. Ted Dibiase - "The Million Dollar Man"
DiBiase held 30 titles during his pro wrestling career. He was the first North American Heavyweight Champion, a three-time World Tag Team Champion (with Irwin R. Schyster) and the 1988 King of the Ring. He also created his own championship, the Million Dollar Championship. DiBiase frequently performed in main event matches and has been cited as one of the finest in-ring technicians in history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2010.
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