Top 10 Male WWE Wrestlers of All Time
The World Wrestling Entertainment, popularly known as WWE in short, is one of the leading entertainment companies, dealing mainly in professional wrestling. Its shows are not legitimate sporting contests but purely entertainment-based, and feature choreographed matches that are scripted, based on story-lines. However, the moves that are featured may cause injury, if those are incorrectly performed. That is why, the wrestlers are excellent fighters who are quite visibly powerful. They have intimidatingly large statures, and their physical strength is incredible, as well. These wrestlers are also great entertainers. Let us take a look at Top 10 Male WWE Wrestlers of All Time.
Top 10 Male WWE Wrestlers of All Time
1. Mark William Calaway – “The Undertaker”
American professional wrestler Mark William Calaway famously known by his ring name “The Undertaker” was born on March 24, 1965, and is currently signed to WWE. He worked with WWE since 1990 which made him WWE’s longest-tenured performer of all time. Undertaker started his career in 1984 with World Class Championship Wrestling and worked for World Championship Wrestling from 1989 to 1990. He later signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 1990. Undertaker achieved 21 straight victories at WWE’s annual WrestleMania pay-per-view. He is a four-time WWE champion who achieved the World Heavyweight Championship thrice and won the Royal Rumble in 2007. Undertaker also became the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion once. He was inducted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2004.
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2. John Felix Anthony Cena – “John Cena”
American professional wrestler John Felix Anthony Cena famously known by his ring name “John Cena” was born on April 23, 1977, and is also known as a rapper and actor. He began working with the WWE franchise since 2005 and is the current the public face of WWE. He started his career with Ultimate Pro Wrestling in 1999 and became the UPW Heavyweight Champion. Cena signed with the World Wrestling Federation in 2001. He already achieved a total of 22 championships as of February 2015 which includes a record 12 reigns as WWE World Heavyweight Championship, three reigns as the WWE United States Championship, two World Tag Team Championships and two WWE Tag Team Championships. Cena is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner in 2008 and 2013. He is a contestant of the “Fast Cars and Superstars: The Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race”.
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3. Dwayne Johnson – “The Rock”
American professional wrestler Dwayne Douglas Johnson famously known by his ring name “The Rock” was born on May 2, 1972, and is also known as an American-Canadian actor and producer. He achieved mainstream fame as “The Rock” in the World Wrestling Federation from 1996 to 2004. He made his brief comeback again for a short period from 2011 to 2013. Rock has seventeen championship reigns in WWE. He won the world championship ten times, WWF Championship eight times, the World Championship twice, WWF Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship a record five times. Rock won the Royal Rumble in 2000 and became the sixth WWF Triple Crown Champion. His autobiography “The Rock Says” was debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2000.
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4. Terry Gene Bollea – “Hulk Hogan”
American professional wrestler Terry Gene Bollea famously known by his ring name “Hulk Hogan” was born on August 11, 1953, and is also known as an actor, television personality, musician and entrepreneur. He achieved mainstream fame as an all-American character called “Hulk Hogan” in the 1980s and 1990s at the World Wrestling Federation. Hogan also served as the on-screen General Manager for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2009 to 2013. He is noted as “the most recognized wrestling star worldwide and the most popular wrestler of the ’80s” by the IGN. He achieved WWE World Heavyweight Championship six times and WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, and also achieved the Royal Rumble twice consecutively in 1990 and 1991. Hogan was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
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5. Paul Michael Levesque – “Triple H”
American professional wrestler Paul Michael Levesque famously known by his ring name “Triple H” which stands for “Hunter Hearst Helmsley” was born on July 27, 1969, and is also known as a reputed American business executive, actor and former bodybuilder. He is currently serving as the Executive Vice President of the professional wrestling promotion WWE. Triple H first joined the World Championship Wrestling in 1994 and later moved to the World Wrestling Federation in 1995 where he co-founded the D-Generation X stable. He began to take a greater behind-the-scenes role with WWE since 2010. Triple H achieved eight WWE Championships and five World Heavyweight Championships. He is also the 2002 Royal Rumble winner and has achieved the King of the Ring tournament title in 1997.
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6. Brock Edward Lesnar – “Brock Lesnar”
American professional wrestler Brock Edward Lesnar famously known by his ring name “Brock Lesnar” was born on July 12, 1977, and is also known as a former professional mixed martial artist. He is currently standing on his fourth reign as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar is also a former NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is the 2003 Royal Rumble winner and has achieved the King of the Ring tournament title in 2002. Lesnar made his comeback to the WWE after an eight-year break on April 2, 2012. He then won the WrestleMania XXX on April 6, 2014 and became the WWE World Heavyweight Champion for the fourth time on August 17, 2014. He also topped several pay-per-view events in WWE which include the WrestleMania XIX.
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7. Richard Morgan Fliehr – “Ric Flair”
Semi-retired American professional wrestler Richard Morgan Fliehr famously known by his ring name “Ric Flair” was born on February 25, 1949, and is currently signed with WWE in the ambassador program. Nicknamed “The Nature Boy”, Flair is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. His professional wrestling career spans over 40 years which is a record by itself. Flair is a eight-time NWA Champion, six-time WCW Champion and two-time WWF Champion, and won a total of 30 different major championships. He was named Wrestler of the Year consecutively from 1982 to 1986 and again in 1989, 1990 and 1992. Flair was honored as the Readers’ Favorite Wrestler from 1984 to 1993 and again in 1996. He was inducted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.
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8. Steve Austin – “Stone Cold”
American professional wrestler Steven James Anderson, famously known by his ring name “Stone Cold”, was born on December 18, 1964, and is also known as an American actor and producer. He is widely regarded by many as the biggest star in the history of World Wrestling Federation, and also noted for his contribution in World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling. Stone Cold is a six-time WWF Champion and the fifth Triple Crown Champion. He also achieved the King of the Ring tournament in 1996 and Royal Rumbles thrice in 1997, 1998 and 2001. He was forced to retire due to a series of knee and neck injuries in 2003. Stone Cold was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Vince McMahon in 2009. He then returned to host the “Tough Enough” in WWE in 2011.
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9. Michael Shawn Hickenbottom – “Shawn Michaels”
American professional wrestling personality Michael Shawn Hickenbottom famously known by his ring name “Shawn Michaels” was born on July 22, 1965, and is also known as an American television presenter. He recently signed with WWE as an ambassador in December 2010. He was described as “the most athletic, inspired and daring storyteller in the business; raising the bar for the entire industry with each match” by the IGN. He topped several pay-per-view events In the WWE from 1989 to 2010. Shawn Michaels is a three-time WWF Champion and four-time world champion. He won the Royal Rumbles twice consecutively in 1995 and 1996. He achieved the PWI Match of the Year Award a record eleven times till now. He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
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10. Paul Donald Wight – “Big Show”
American professional wrestler Paul Donald Wight, famously known by his ring name “Big Show”, was born on February 8, 1972, and is a seven-time world champion. He won the World Heavyweight Championship two times, WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice and the ECW World Championship once till now in his active wrestling career. Big Show also became the WWE Hardcore Champion three times, and achieved the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the WWE United States Championship once each. Big Show is an eleven-time world tag team champion and won the World Tag Team Championship five times. He won the WCW World Tag Team Championship three times till now. Big Show won the WCW’s annual World War 3, a 60-man Battle Royal in 1996.
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The WWE wrestlers are entertainers who are the favourites of all those who like a little action and thrill. Though there is a lot of criticism about WWE because of all the violence being promoted, or for staging the fights, they are nevertheless very popular. The youth, in particular, adore the WWE wrestlers, because of the aura of power that oozes out of them.