The top 10 wrestlers since 1970

Published: June 2, 2014

This list is about the top 10 wrestlers since 1970 (nineteen-seventy) in my opinion.

 

This list is based purely on their appeal to the general fan.  While there may be wrestlers who were or are more technically sound or offer better ring psychology, this list is based more on charisma and appeal.

 

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  1. Triple H

    1.       Triple H or Hunter Hurst Helmsley as he was known earlier on in his career.  Triple H has been both loved and hated during his wrestling career.  When he went by the name Hunter Hurst Helmsley he was pretentious and snobby, which made him a great bad guy.  Later during the attitude era of WWE, he dropped that gimmick and became just Triple H he was part of the group D-generation X.  While this was meant to be a heel (bad guy) team, the personality and charisma was too hard to resist and they quickly became fan favorites.  After the D-generation X period he started calling himself The Game, meaning he was not merely the "best in the game", but that he was the game.  He is now the head of The Authority which is a faction formed by himself and his wife Stephanie McMahon.  Not only is Triple H a talented and charismatic wrestler, he is also currently Executive Vice President of Talent for the WWE.

  2. Shawn Michaels

    1.       Shawn Michaels aka The Heartbreak Kid.  Shooting to fame as founder of The Midnight Rockers with Marty Jannetty , Shawn Michaels quickly showed his talent as a wrestler as well as his charisma with the fans. Ladies loved him for his sex appeal and men loved him for his talent and attitude.  After  The Rockers split, he quickly became a prominent singles wrestler.  After turning heel he helped form D-generation X.  One of the best matches of all time was with Michaels and the Undertaker, it was the first Hell in a Cell match. During the match,  Michaels fall off the side of the 15-foot high structure through a table on top of the Undertaker, making him the winner of the match.

  3. Ric Flair

    1.       Ric Flair also known as The Nature Boy. Flair was one of the greatest wrestlers of all times, with a professional career that spans 40+ years.  Flair is officially recognized by WWE, TNA, and Pro Wrestling Illustrated as a 16-time world heavyweight champion (eight-time NWA Champion, six-time WCW Champion, and two-time WWF Champion)  as well as a member of the Hall of Fame.  He was part of the iconic group known as the Four Horsemen.  His motto was "To be the man, you gotta beat the man!"

  4. The Undertaker

    1.       The Undertaker also known as "Mean" Mark Callous in his early career.  The Undertaker holds a record 21 consecutive victories at WWE's annual WrestleMania.  The Undertaker is the epitome of wrestling storyteller.  Everything about him is dramatic, from his entrance, his manager and his wins.  Although most of his career he was a heel, people still loved him.  

  5. Stone Cold Steve Austin

    1.       'Stone Cold' Steve Austin.  He quickly rose to popularity because of is anti hero attitude.  He was what we call a “tweener” not a full on heel, but not a full on baby face (good guy)  He always came to the ring with his signature cans of beer.  According to former WWE executive Jim Ross, Austin was the most profitable wrestler in the history of the organization.  

  6. The Rock

    1.       The Rock real name Dwayne Johnson.   The Rock comes from a family of wrestlers.  He was known as “The peoples champ” The Rock was an electrifying presence in the ring. His mic work set him apart from other wrestlers.  Although he was talented in his wrestling work, it was his skills cutting a promo that rocketed him to the top.  Rock has taken that charm and turned it into a real acting career.  Have stared in several hit movies, he does more acting than wrestling now, however he still returns to the ring occasionally to give the fans a taste of why they fell in love with him to begin with. 

  7. Hulk Hogan

    1.       Hulk Hogan is an icon of professional wrestling.  In the 80’s he made wrestling a family affair.  Kids all over the country loved him.  The ultimate good guy he would tell the kids to say their prayers and take their vitamins. In 1996, Hogan became a part of The New World Order, the first time in fifteen years he was a bad guy.  With over 30 years in the business he is one of the top performers.  While his technical skill wasn’t the greatest, his charisma and style pulled him to the top.

  8. Chris Jericho

    1.       Chris Jericho aka Y2J.  Jericho is known for his over the top, rock star persona – dubbed "The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla".  His brash straight forward mannerisms make him an excellent heel.  But when you see him in the ring, you quickly realize that he has the talent to back up the talk.  He is credited as being the first Undisputed WWF Champion, having unified the World Championship (formerly the WCW Championship) and the WWF Championship by defeating The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night in 2001.  He not only wrestles but he also has a rock band, Fozzy, whom he tours with when he is not wrestling. 

  9. Dusty Rhodes

    Dusty Rhodes better known as "The American Dream".  He is one of six men inducted into each of the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.  Although he started his career out as a heel, he quickly became the working mans hero.  Dusty Rhodes was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 31, 2007 by his two sons, Dustin and Cody, who are also professional wrestlers

  10. John Cena

    1.       John Cena aka The prototype.  Cena, the youngest on this list has had 21 championships reigns and is a 14-time World champion, including a record 11 reigns as WWE Champion and three reigns as World Heavyweight Champion.  His gimmick in WWE started as a rapper with the catch phrase “You can’t see me”, which was also the name of his album.  Like The Rock, Cena has ventured out to do movies and television, although he hasn’t had the success at the same levels as the Rock has.   It is Cena’s off screen work that truly sets him apart.  He is very dedicated to the US troops as well as the Make a wish foundation.  Cena has granted over 400 wishes for Arizona children with life-threatening illnesses through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, making him the current record holder.

In my opinion these are the top 10 wrestlers to grace the ring since 1970.  Although there are many many more that could have been named and deserve to be on this list.  These are the ones that I still find myself excited over, even after all these years.