Who is the greatest of all time is the hot topic in almost every field of sports, entertainment, professional wrestling, etc. This debate continues with different views coming from various people.
The NBA fans argue about who is a better player between Micheal Jordan than LeBron James.
On the other hand, the views of hardcore football fans differ on who performs better between Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
This GOAT debate also exists in professional wrestling, where the fans have different views on whether Ric Flair or Shawn Micheals is the most outstanding wrestler in the history of wrestling.
So, what is your take on the actual legends in the business? There have been timeless names in the history of wrestling, and debating about the best one is quite common. Let us read more and get closer to the renowned names in this industry.
Pro wrestling legends who have made it in the history of wrestling
Let us now take a look at the renowned names in the history of wrestling and their take on who is the GOAT of WWE.
Kurt Angle (Bret Hart)
Kurt Steven Angle, born on December 9, 1968, is an American retired professional wrestler. Not limited to just a professional wrestler, Kurt Angle is also an Olympic gold medalist in American freestyle wrestling and a former collegiate wrestler.
Kurt Steven is widely known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, having a fantastic tenure in WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He was one of the most dominating wrestlers in WWE and retired after completing his storyline with Baron Corbin at WrestleMania 35 a few years back.
Besides Bret Hart, Kurt Angle has worked with almost all the legends in WWE. Furthermore, he believes, The Hitman is the greatest wrestler of all time. In one recent podcast, Angle revealed that he thinks John Cena is the GOAT of WWE.
The Rock (Downtown Bruno)
The Rock, or Dwayne Douglas Johnson, born on May 2, 1972, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. He is widely known as one the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, owing to his contribution to the development and success of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE).
You will be surprised to know the Rock’s pick of the GOAT in wrestling. When asked about who he thinks is the GOAT in WWE, he replied Downtown Bruno as his pick for the GOAT.
According to The Rock, Bruno helped in his early career when he was going through a tough time. Besides, The Rock also mentioned the name of his greatest rival, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, as a close second in the race to be the GOAT in WWE.
Triple H (The Undertaker)
Paul Micheal Levesque, better known by his ring name Triple H, was born on July 27, 1969. Triple H is an American business executive, actor, and retired professional wrestler. He currently serves as the chief content officer for WWE and is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.
A few years back, when Stephen Smith of ESPN asked Triple H about his take on the GOAT of WWE, he chose Undertaker.
According to Triple H, Undertaker is the greatest of all time in the history of wrestlers. The renowned Undertaker has had millions of followers during and beyond his journey in WWE.
Steve Austin (Ric Flair)
Steven James Anderson, popularly known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, was born on December 18, 1964. He is an actor, American media personality, and retired professional wrestler.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is renowned as one of the outstanding and most influential wrestlers in the history of wrestling. Notably, he was integral to the development and success of the World Wrestling Federation during the Attitude Era.
A few years ago, while speaking to TMZ, Stone Cold Steve Austin mentioned Ric Flair and called him the “absolute greatest of all time” and the “greatest world champion of all time.” Stone Cold and Ric Flair have known each other since their WCW days and are good buddies in real life.
Hulk Hogan (Ric Flair)
Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, was born on August 11, 1953. He is an American retired professional wrestler who was at his peak and regarded as the most popular wrestler in the 1980s. Hulk Hogan began his professional wrestling career in 1977. However, he got all the limelight after singing for World Wrestling Federation in 1983.
Hulk Hogan is always heard talking about himself, he was his favourite and never praised any other wrestler. However, recently, he surprised his fans by naming Ric Flair as the GOAT of WWE. Interestingly, Hulk ranked himself above Stone Cold Steve Austin, who ranked third in the most popular list of GOAT in WWE.
Hogan has made an impressive impact on the fans of WWE. Even today, when people talk about pro wrestlers, especially the older generation, they can never miss mentioning Hulk Hogan. Hulk has been the biggest name in the wrestling industry.
Ric Flair (Shawn Micheals)
Richard Morgan Fliehr, popularly known as Ric Flair, was born on February 25, 1949. He is an American pro wrestler, having a career spanning over 50 years, and is regarded as the greatest of all time.
Ric Flair is known for his tenures with Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Ric earned most of his titles while working in JCP and WCW, where he spent most of his career.
According to most pro wrestlers, journalists, and other experts in this field, Ric Flair is the greatest of all time. But who does Ric thinks is the GOAT of wrestling?
According to Ric Flair, “The Heartbreak Kid,” Shawn Micheals was the best in-ring performer in the history of professional wrestling. Interestingly, Shawn Micheals was the first wrestler to retire Ric at WrestleMania 24, and according to the 16-time World Champion, he got carried by Shawn throughout his match.
Kane (Ric Flair)
Glenn Thomas Jacobs, popularly known as Kane, was born on April 26, 1967. He is an American politician and professional wrestler. Kane began his journey with WWE in 1995 and was established in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021. Besides, Kane has also been the Republican Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, since 2018.
Kane has a great career in WWE, he invested all his time and wrestling. However, he isn’t as popular as his counterparts. According to Kane, Ric Flair is the greatest of all time in WWE, and he thinks Ric has made it to the top.
Although, Kane never got a chance to have a one-on-one vendetta with Flair, but he has always gone all praises for Ric Flair.
Mick Foley (Terry Funk)
Michael Francis Foley, popularly known as Mick Foley, was born on June 7, 1965. He is an American actor, author, color commentator, and retired professional wrestler. Currently, he is signed to WWE and working as a company ambassador under the company’s Legends program.
People know Mick Foley as one of the greatest hardcore wrestlers in the history of WWE. In 2021, in a Twitter post, Foley spoke about the legendary wrestler Terry Funk (who was dealing with hip pain) and called Terry the GOAT in wrestling.
John Cena (Brock Lesnar)
John Felix Anthony Cena, popularly known by his ring name John Cena, was born on April 23, 1977. He is an American part-time professional wrestler, former rapper and actor. Currently, John Cena is signed by WWE.
John Cena has been extensively known as the most outstanding professional wrestler. In addition, he was tied with Ric Flair for the most recognized world championship reigns in professional wrestling.
In a conversation with Sports Illustrated, John Cena did a shout-out for Brock Lensar and called him the greatest of all time in wrestling history. John Cena and Lensar have worked with each other in the past, and both cherish their memories with each other.
Undertaker (Shawn Michaels)
Mark Willian Calaway, popularly known by his ring name, The Undertaker, was born on March 24, 1965. He is an American retired professional wrestler who spent the majority of his career wrestling for WWE.
The Undertaker was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2022 for his critically acclaimed “Deadman” Undertaker Gimmick. Undertaker is a legend in the business and is often called the greatest character in the history of wrestling.
But, it is equally important to know The Undertaker’s pick on the GOAT of WWE.
Well, according to Undertaker, Shawn Michaels is the greatest of all time and is a legend in the history of wrestling.
So, these were some of the most renowned and greatest names in the history of wrestling, and their pick on the greatest of all time wrestlers.