Top 10 Favorite Wrestlers

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I have been watching professional wrestling off and on for a long time. I started watching in the mid 1980s if I remember correctly. I’ve been to a few live events, mostly local federations but also a few national and/or regional promotions.

I do not admit to being the biggest wrestling fan. I am not as big a fan of professional wrestling as my wife and I’m certainly not as big a fan as my buddy Dave, who is the co-host of a professional wrestling podcast called Around the Ring, along with Floyd Johnson Jr. . They are all bigger fans than I will ever be.

However, I am a fan. I have written a blog post or two on the Around the Ring blog.  I am what most “real” fans would consider to be a “casual” fan. I’m okay with that title.

So I’ve come up with a list of my 10 favorite wrestlers of all time. So here they are, listed in chronological order by year of professional debut:

Junkyard Dog
He is one of the first professional wrestlers that I remember watching on TV on Mid-South Wrestling.  I even saw him at a live event once.  He’s always been one of my favorites.
Debuted in 1977.
Finishing move(s): Thump (standing scoop powerslam)
Notable aliases included Big Daddy Ritter, Leroy Rochester and Stagger Lee.
Notable federations included Mid-South Wrestling, NWA Mid-America, Stampede Wrestling, the United States Wrestling Association, WCW and WWE.
Notable championships included the Mid-South North American Heavyweight championship, the Stampede North American Heavyweight championship, and the USWA Unified Heavyweight championship.

Bret Hart
Bret “The Hitman” Hart is a member of a professional wrestling family. His father, Stu Hart has trained quite a few wrestlers. His brothers have wrestled, notably Owen Hart. He is the brother-in-law of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who is the father of current women wrestler Natalya Neidhart, who goes by the name Natalya.
Debuted in 1978.
Finishing move(s): Sharpshooter, Spike piledriver
Notable federations included Stampede Wrestling, WCW and WWE.
Notable championships included the Stampede North American Heavyweight championship, the WCW World Heavyweight championship, the WCW United States Heavyweight championship, the WWE United States championship, the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight championship, and the WWF World Heavyweight championship.
Follow on Twitter: @BretHart

Sting
This guy has had an interesting career. He has been a favorite of mine ever since I read a biography of his life.
Debuted in 1985.
Finishing move(s): Scorpion Death Drop, Scorpion Deathlok
Notable aliases included Blade Runner Flash, Flash Borden and Steve Borden.
Notable federations included Jim Crockett Promotions, WCW, Total NonStop Action Wrestling and WWE (briefly).
Notable championships included the NWA World Television championship, the NWA World Heavyweight championship, the WCW United States Heavyweight championship, the WCW World Heavyweight championship, and the TNA World Heavyweight championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @Sting

Rey Mysterio
He has always been one of the most interesting wrestlers to watch work his lucador magic.
Debuted in 1989.
Finishing move(s): 619, Droppin’ Da Dime, Frankensteiner, West Coast Pop
Notable federations included Asistencia Asesoria, WCW, WWE and Lucha Underground.
Notable championships included the Mexican National Welterweight championship, the WCW Cruiserweight championship, the WWE World Heavyweight championship, the WWE championship, the WWE Cruiserweight championship, and the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @reymysterio

Shane McMahon
While not necessarily a wrestler, Shane actually has wrestled…several times. He has had some great matches and some might question why he is on this list but I really do like to watch his matches when they come around. He is currently the Commissioner of WWE Smackdown.
Debuted in 1989.
Finishing move(s): Coast to Coast, Leap of Faith
Notable championships included the WWF European championship and the WWF Hardcore championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @shanemcmahon

The Rock
Often calling himself “The People’s Champ” he is one of the most entertaining people on the microphone.
Debuted in 1996.
Finishing move(s): Corporate Elbow/People’s Elbow, Rock Bottom
Notable aliases included Flex Kavana and Rocky Malivia.
Notable championships included the WWE World championship, the WWE championship, and the WWF Intercontinental championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @TheRock

AJ Styles
The “Phenomonal” One is always fun to watch. I’ve been watching him since his TNA days. In fact, for the most part, I stopped watching TNA after he left. I was really glad to see him finally show up in WWE last year. He has made quite a mark.
Debuted in 1998.
Finishing move(s): Calf Crusher, Flying armbar, Phenomenal Forearm, Spiral Tap, Style Clash
Notable aliases included Air Styles and Mr. Olympia.
Notable federations included All Access Wrestling, Christian Wrestling Federation, New Japan, Ring of Honor, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and WWE.
Notable championships include the AAW Heavyweight championship, the CWF Heavyweight championship, the IWGP Heavyweight championship, the TNA World Heavyweight championship, and the WWE championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @AJStylesOrg

CM Punk
Interestingly enough, I used to hate this guy. But he grew on me and became one of my favorite, if not my absolute favorite, wrestler. It is very safe to say that my love of professional wrestling dwindled a little bit after he left the profession.
Debuted in 1999.
Finishing move(s): Anaconda Vise, Go To Sleep
Notable federations included Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Mid-American Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and WWE.
Notable championships included the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight championship, the MAW Heavyweight championship, the OVW Heavyweight championship, the ROH World Heavyweight championship, the ECW championship, the WWE World Heavyweight championship, the WWE championship, and the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @CMPunk

Daniel Bryan
What can you say about Daniel Bryan? He is great. He retired a few years ago due to excessive injuries and is currently the general manager of the Smackdown brand of WWE.
Debuted in 1999.
Finishing move(s): Guillotine Choke, Yes Lock, Running Knee
Notable aliases included the American Dragon and Daniel Wyatt.
Notable federations included Memphis Championship Wrestling, NWA Mid-South Wrestling, New Japan, Ring of Honor and WWE.
Notable championships included the MCW Southern Light Heavyweight championship, ROH Pure championship, the ROH World championship, the WWE World Heavyweight championship, the WWE United States championship, and the WWE Intercontinental championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @WWEDanielBryan

Sami Zayn
I didn’t start watching Sami until I saw him on an episode of NXT. He is fun to watch.
Debuted in 2002.
Finishing move(s): Helluva Kick, Reverse STO
Notable aliases included Big Larry, Stevie McFly and El Generico.
Notable federations included DDT Pro Wrestling, International Wrestling Syndicate, Ring of Honor, and WWE.
Notable championships include the DDT Extreme Division championship, the IWA World Heavyweight championship, the ROH Television championship, and the WWE NXT championship.
Follow on Twitter:  @iLikeSamiZayn

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