Approximately seven weeks ago, the WWE Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2017, which took many off of our list. This included:
Kurt Angle (Ranked #6)
Toots Mondt (Ranked #17)
“Ravishing” Rick Rude (Ranked #20)
Haystacks Calhoun (Ranked #32)
The Rock and Roll Express (Ranked #41)
Diamond Dallas Page (Ranked #47)
Dr. Jerry Graham (#80)
Teddy Long (#134)
June Byers (#199)
Beth Phoenix (#240)
With the removal of these wrestlers, we have moved one wrestler from the future candidates section (The Big Show), and have added more additional performers who we may have forgotten before. Rankings have changed based on your votes and comments and continuing career analysis.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
While it is a controversial choice for some of you, we just can’t move the owner of the WWE, Vince McMahon out of the top spot. Love him or hate him, most of you who started watching professional wrestling did so because of the marketing brilliance of McMahon.
The Undertaker returns at #2. With his recent retirement at Wrestlemania it is widely speculated that he will be inducted next year. Frankly, we are hoping that is the case.
The Rock also returns at the same position, #3. Like the Undertaker, when the Rock gets in, he will without question be the headliner.
Triple H returns at #4. While the resume of Triple H is certainly Hall of Fame worthy, though with him being a high ranking executive, it is actually a lot harder to induct him. Maybe this is “Vince 2.0”, and he will be on this list for years to come.
The late Ivan Koloff moved up two spots from #7 to #5. There was talk about inducting him two years ago, but now any induction for the former WWWF World Heavyweight Champion would be posthumous.
Chris Jericho had a huge jump from #8 to #6. While he is coming off of one of his most entertaining years in the ring, Y2J is 46 years old and older than the mandatory age of 45, which we placed to move Futures to the main list, even if they are active competitors.
Bruiser Brody took a bit of a tumble as he dropped from #5 to #7.
Dave Batista, whose Hollywood run tells us he won’t be returning to the WWE anytime soon climbed one spot to #8.
Recently retired Daniel Bryan went up one spot to #10. Bryan currently serves as the Smackdown General Manager.
Rounding out the top ten is The Big Show, our lone transfer from the Future Candidates Section to our main list. While Show is in the best shape of his career, he will be 46 in February and is clearly on a reduced schedule. He has been hinting retirement for years.
Here are the other new entries:
Seiji Sakaguchi at #153.
Alfonso Dantes at #186.
The Von Brauners at #197.
Jun Akiyama at #216.
Angelo Poffo at #292.
The Missouri Mauler at #314.
Bill DeMott at #338.
Dan Severn at #343.
Justin Credible at #353.
Pak Song at #355.
Stevie Richards at #359.
Duke Keomuka at #361.
Earl Hebner at #363.
Judy Martin at #367.
Ray Mendoza at #369.
Balls Mahoney at #370.
Hayabusa at #372.
Perro Aguayo Jr. at #373.
Al Madril at #374.
Bill Alfonso at #375.
Tony Anthony at #376.
Jamie Noble at #377.
The Disco Inferno at #378.
Velvet McIntyre at #379.
Sweet Daddy Siki at #380.
We have also increased our list from 365 to 380, and will likely add 20 more by the year’s end to bring it to an even 400.
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