WWE's Top 50 Superstars of All Time

Posted by Grey Thursday, November 18, 2010

Talk about impossible lists. Here's one that will no doubt became a heated debate magnet everywhere it go.

Okay, there goes the spoiler. While it is not exactly surprising that the beloved Heart Break Kid, Shawn Michaels, was made the number one "WWE Superstar of All Time", this is one peculiar list for many reasons.

According to PWTorch, the list is compiled by WWE and serves as a lead-in to an upcoming DVD, "Top 50 Superstars of All Time", scheduled to be released on December 14th.

Without further ado, here's a breakdown of the list.

(1) Shawn Michaels
(2) The Undertaker
(3) "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
(4) Bret Hart
(5) The Rock
(6) Harley Race
(7) Ricky Steamboat
(8) Andre the Giant
(9) Rey Mysterio
(10) "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

(11) Eddie Guerrero
(12) Triple H
(13) Gorgeous George
(14) "Macho Man" Randy Savage
(15) "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig
(16) John Cena
(17a) Dusty Rhodes
(17b) Ric Flair
(19) Edge
(20) Jerry "The King" Lawler

(21) Lou Thesz
(22) Terry Funk
(23) Hulk Hogan
(24) Bruno Sammartino
(25) Chris Jericho
(26) Ted DiBiase
(27) Fabulous Moolah
(28) Classy Freddie Blassie
(29) Randy Orton
(30) Pat Patterson

(31) The Iron Sheik
(32) Jimmy Snuka
(33) Mick Foley
(34) Kurt Angle
(35) Buddy Rogers
(36) Gorilla Monsoon
(37) Junkyard Dog
(38) "Superstar" Billy Graham
(39) Jake "The Snake" Roberts
(40) Big Show

(41) Jack Brisco
(42) Sgt. Slaughter
(43) Kane
(44) Nick Bockwinkel
(45) Jeff Hardy
(46) Dory Funk Jr.
(47) Bob Backlund
(48) Rick Rude
(49) Batista
(50) Killer Kowalski

Reportedly, the DVD will be featuring matches from the wrestlers listed, with an "old school" Lou Thesz vs. Argentina Rocca match confirmed. Disc 1 will contain the Top 50 featurette, Disc 2 will have matches from the 1970s and 1980s, and Disc 3 will have matches from the 1990s and 2000s.

There is several points that highlighted the peculiarity of the decidedly offbeat list. While Hulk Hogan (23), Jeff Hardy (45), Mick Foley (33), Kurt Angle (34) and Ric Flair (17b)'s current stint in TNA are undoubtedly an affecting factor in their relatively low standings (especially so for Hogan and Flair), it is definitely a bizarre decision for Rey Mysterio, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Edge, and Jerry "The King" Lawler, to be above Hogan.

Meanwhile, it is conspicuous that Triple H (12)'s somewhat surprisingly low standing is a display that there is no room for nepotism here, Gorgeous George (13)'s position is quite telling as we all know that an autobiographic film on his life is in the plans for WWE Studio.

We stand fully in agreement with James Caldwell of PWTorch that the list is indeed "just a marketing tool to sell DVDs and nowhere near a historically accurate list".

Source: PWTorch


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