FighterHayabusa.com’s Top 5 Rankings: Legends reign supreme

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The two writers of FighterHayabusa.com, Great Puma and Mascara de Fuego, got together with pro wrestling historian, Gustav Faraday Widmore, along with The Academy of Wrestling Arts & Sciences (AWAS) to put together the Top 5 professional wrestlers for the week of April 11, 2011. This list was based on in-ring performance, promos, consistency, favorite cereal and other measures. Wrestlers 3 through 1 are after the break.


5. The Miz

Mascara de Fuego – Miz is truly a superstar no matter what anyone says. This guy has worked his ass off to where he is now. Its no secret that I thought he wasn’t anything special when he first came to the WWE but he worked and worked at it and climbed to the top with hard work. He is a great character that finally defined his spot in the WWE main event at this year’s WrestleMania. Yeah, the match won’t go down as the best but it’s the little subtle things that happened during that match that furthered his spot. They had Miz dominating Cena, they had Miz kick out of the AA, its things like that that further push Miz further. The guy has worked his ass off and he deserves the spot he is at in the WWE.

Great Puma – Miz went from green to great in seven long years. He is living proof that hard work and passion pay off and yes…dreams do come true. Miz may never be at the work rate level of a Shawn Michaels or Chris Jericho but he doesn’t have to be. His greatest attribute is his ability to speak on the mic and connect with the crowd. He is now considered a top five entertainer when it comes to promos and he hasn’t even reached his peak when it comes to wrestling ability. Miz always seems to improve week after week and his latest match at WrestleMania is a strong indication of just how hard Miz is trying to improve. I look forward to seeing Miz wrestle a year from now just to see how great Miz is going to become. Miz is number 5 for now but there’s no reason he won’t be near the top of the list sooner than later.

4. (TIE) Rey Mysterio and Cody Rhodes

Great Puma – These two are tied for fourth because, together, they have created one of the most compelling feuds that doesn’t involve “Yabba Dabba” chants. In the weeks leading up to WrestleMania, Cody and Rey put forth great promos and even greater storytelling in the ring. Cody’s wrestling has been turned up a few notches and he was already performing at a high level. Cody’s addition of grittier mannerisms and roughneck brawling has made his in-ring work a pleasure to watch. Rey on the other hand is a mini-phenom. Like the Undertaker, Rey’s character and wrestling style have withstood the test of time and excelled in an age where wrestling fans are more fickle and educated than ever.

Mascara de Fuego – Rey and Cody put on one of the other solid matches at Mania this year. Rey is always a great performer to watch and pairing him up with Cody to get him over was very wise for who ever made that choice. When people look back at the career of Cody, they will look back to this match as the starting point to his rise to the top. What can be said about Rey that hasn’t already been said before, he’s a true wrestling legend. As battered and bruised as his body is at this point in his career, he still goes out there and doesn’t miss a step. Two talented individuals at number four.

3. CM Punk

Mascara de Fuego – Quite possibly the top talent in the WWE right now. Punk is truly great as his role of playing a true heel. One of the biggest reasons why Randy Orton is still afloat in the WWE after a few months of stagnant feuds is because of CM Punk. Punk is amazing at what he does, not only on the mic but in his matches. Punk put on a great match at WrestleMania and although Orton is no slouch, Punk did carry their match to make it a really good one. I find it hard to think that Punk wont be a constant on this list.

Great Puma – CM Punk is possibly one of the last WWE wrestlers that has come from another wrestling promotion and succeeded at the top level. He made the feud between himself and Randy Orton click and took it greater heights in the weeks preceding WrestleMania with his great promos. Punk and Orton’s match at WrestleMania was very entertaining and featured a masterful finish with Randy RKO’ing Punk in mid-flight after a springboard. In the end, Randy Orton won the match, but it was CM Punk who turned the match into gold. If it wasn’t for the epic encounter between HHH and the Undertaker, CM Punk would have been an easy number one on this list.

2. Triple H

Mascara de Fuego – It’s no secret that I’m not the biggest Triple H fan, I just don’t feel him. But as much as the Undertaker put on a great match, he didn’t do it alone. Triple H put on a great match at WrestleMania and put the emotion into the “streak” match making you believe he was actually going to pull it off. Great showing for Triple H and although he isn’t on my top list, I do understand why he makes numerous top lists.

Great Puma – Like Mascara de Fuego, HHH isn’t on of my favorite wrestlers. Hell, some people like vanilla, some folks like chocolate. I honestly do not care to watch HHH wrestle. That being said, HHH impressed the hell out of me at WrestleMania. HHH and the Undertaker wrestled a match for the ages and it will be the match that WrestleMania 27 is remembered for. I respect HHH for all that he brings to the wrestling industry and I truly understand why he is considered one of the best in the business.

1.The Undertaker

Great Puma – As far as living icons go, Undertaker would stand tall in a room crowded with so-called legends and icons. He has stood at the peak of the industry mountain and maintained his position through hard work, constant evolving and being one of the last great characters in pro wrestling. The Last Outlaw put forth a performance of a lifetime at WrestleMania 27. While most wrestlers dream of having one big moment in their career, Undertaker has had three epic WrestleMania matches in the last three years. He doesn’t have to do much to get over with the crowd but he went above and beyond his abilities in his latest match with HHH. Although Undertaker wrestles for only a few months a year, his impact on the wrestling landscape is huge. Undertaker, without question, belongs in our number one spot.

Mascara de Fuego – There are guys who call themselves legends and there are guys who are actually true bona fide legends, Taker is one true legend. Taker doesn’t have to come out and put his body on the line but not only did he do that at WrestleMania, he stole the show once again. There is no one like the Undertaker and there is nothing that is bigger at Mania now than the Undertaker’s streak. All the stops were pulled out and nothing was left behind in his match against Triple H and although no one believes the streak will ever end, they made you believe that there could have been a chance. Great showing and this is why he is #1 on this list right now.

*pictures courtesy of wwe.com

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