I had a big wrestling obsession in my childhood and early teens. I had probably hundreds of videos and then DVDs when that became the format of choice and all the PS1 and 2 games. Watching Smackdown on a saturday morning was my routine. It was my childhood soap opera and I loved it. So I thought it would be worth it to go back in time and take a look at my 5 favourite wrestlers.
5. The Undertaker
The Dead Man, the American badass. That this guy is still going today is of constant amazement to me. He just consistently evolved with the game and was able to maintain a level of stellar performances that no one else was able to keep up with. His matches at Wrestlemania were always the highlight for me, waiting to see if someone could take his record. He was intimidation incarnate and so his feuds always had this air of intensity about them that kept me hooked.
4. Stone Cold Steve Austin
The icon of the attitude era. The ultimate anti-hero. His battles with Vince McMahon are legendary and form the greatest period that the WWF/E had ever seen and probably will ever see. You flicked on to see Austin just absolutely wreck everyone’s day, and you never left disappointed. He always had the upper hand, always one step ahead of McMahon. Austin and McMahon together pretty much destroyed WCW (the main competition at the time) and established a monopoly on wrestling that still lasts to this day.
3. Ric Flair
The Stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun! Ric Flair was just the king of cool. His in-ring mannerisms were downright hilarious, which definitely helped propel him and the sleazy bad-guy persona he often portrayed. You want to see him get slapped and thrown around, which makes you want to watch him. He did the perfect job and you couldn’t forget him.
2. Mick Foley / Mankind / Cactus Jack / Dude Love
The definitive split-personality, Mick Foley wore a lot of hats. Most of his characters were weirdo’s for sure. Particularly Mankind who had a look of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre about him. But what made him likeable was the fact that he came across as just a genuine, real guy. If you’ve read any of his books, which are excellent, you definitely get that impression. He’s just a guy that’s impossible to hate and he’s very funny to boot. Also Cactus Jack is a freaking badass.
1. The Rock
The jabroni beating, pie eating, trailblazing, eyebrow raising, this guy was simply best. Just oozing with talent and charisma, whether he was playing the hero or the villain, he was immensely watchable and I always found myself rooting for The Rock regardless of the side he was on. That he’s gone on to have an incredibly successful acting career shows you just how talented this guy is. He’s interviews always had me rolling on the floor laughing and he followed that up with a great performance in the ring.
- Triple H
- Jeff Hardy
- Shane McMahon
So that’s the 5. Do you agree with my choices? Who were your favourite childhood wrestlers? Let me know in the comments down below.