DANIEL BRYAN

via moviepilot.comWhat’s impressive is how Daniel Bryan electrified and energized the crowds like ody else could since The Rock and Steve Austin dominated the Atude Era. Bryan got his major break in WWE by emerging as a star right away in 2010. Though he had to retire in 2016, due to neck surgeries and having to follow his doctors’ advice, the “YES!” movement became bigger than anything John Cena had ever done. And trust me, Cena’s a huge deal. If you don’t believe me, just watch his retirement ceremony. From hearing the crowd, you’d think that Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan teamed up against Austin and The Rock in a tag-team match. Or simply that Donald Trump dropped out of the GOP race. All jokes aside, Bryan’s accomplishments and way of bringing the fans together was something remarkable. He didn’t need that much time to do it.

 EDDIE GUERRERO

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Oddly enough, Latino Heat appealed to his fans like few others despite doing what our parents told us never to do: Lie, Cheat, and Steal. Eddie Guerrero helped revolutionized the lucha libre style. At 5-foot-8, he didn’t need the size and strong stature to perform so well. As a nine-year-old who started watching WWE in the mid-2000s, Guerrero was one of my absolute favorites. His feud with JBL was what got me into wrestling. Even as a heel, you couldn’t help but laugh at his storyline with Rey Mysterio where he tried taking his son away from it. He was just too lovable and who can hate his entrances with the slick cars? The WWE Universe wa hard by his untimely ping in 2005, but his legacy was cemented way before it.

 

 ROB VAN DAM

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His old WWE theme song called him “One of a Kind.” Fitting because that actually applied to who Rob Van Dam was. A man known for his slick pony tail, awesome outfits, and who, in Jim Ross’ words, was the man that “put his career on the line,” RVD has won 21 championships throughout his pro wrestling career. There was just something about him that everybody loved. His in-ring performance and high-flying style, along with the ability to do dangerous jumps, made him beloved to the fans. He didn’t need good microphone skills to win the fans over. It’s no wonder WWE fans are hoping he’ll give it one last go with the company.

 

 STING

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If you don’t quite understand how popular of a wrestler The Vigilante was, just watch how crazy the crowd went at the 2014 edition of Survivor Series, when a 55-year-old Sting appeared at a WWE event for the first time. The biggest “what if” for most WWE fans can easily apply to Sting not joining WWE sooner. He was the biggest star in WCW and his feud with the nWo nearly put McMahon’s company out of business. Sadly, Sting opted to go to TNA, learning he wouldn’t be booked properly if he joined WWE after they bought out Ted Turner’s company. Still, Sting electrified the crowd and gave us a real-life Batman. He stood up for what was good and defended against all evil during his feuds with the nWo. Sting was just too special for the industry that he got into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame cl, despite wrestling in only three WWE matches.

HULK HOGAN

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THE ROCK

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I really, really wanted to put The People’s Champion at number one, but it’s hard to do when he’s been so on-and-off. Still, that’s not taking away anything from what The Rock did for the WWE and its fans. Though he was/is an iconic performer in the ring, he made his legendary status as a guy who had the slickest insults to his opponents and rivals on the mic. “If you smell what The Rock is cooking,” became synonymous during The Atude Era. As McMahon saw his company on the verge of falling apart, he relied on The Rock to help turn the fortunes around. He did just that. Everything about The Rock was phenomenal. Even though he appears once or twice a year, the crowd still gets electrified.

 

THE UNDERTAKER

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The Undertaker has done everything possible to draw love and admiration from his fans: Longevity (Over 25 years), loyalty (Sticking with WWE during the Monday Night War), ability to change characters, and just all-around awesomeness. Seeing the crowd’s devastated faces when he went 21-1 at WrestleMania  tells the whole story. The Undertaker’s character hasn’t been much of a talker, but the way he simply fights and keeps his 50-plus year-old body going has captured the hearts of countless wrestling fans.

 

STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN

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It was always going to be The Texas Rattlesnake. As McMahon saw his WWE company nearly sink to the bottom while rival WCW was dominating the war, he desperately needed someone to become the new face, the next Hulk Hogan and guy who drew the entertainment. Enter Steve Austin. A criminally-underused Superstar in WCW, he emerged as a main star in 1996 and retired in 2003. In seven short years, he still did enough to be the most beloved wrestler ever. His feuds were nonetheless entertaining to say the least. Coming out in his trucks, drinking beer, embarring his boss, and acting as the anti-hero that we all wanted to see. McMahon himself called Austin the best and most profitable wrestler in the history of WWE. Even though we often question McMahon’s decisions and opinions, this is something we don’t disagree with.

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