Monday, August 1, 2011

Your Favorite Wrestlers Ever: Eric Gargiulo

Now that my own favorites list is out of the way, I posed the question to some of my colleagues in the fan/writer community. Who are your favorite five wrestlers?

The first list in this series of favorite wrestlers among the blogosphere, Twitterverse and fandom. Our first list comes from Eric Gargiulo of the Camel Clutch Blog. Here are his fave five:

1. Ric Flair - Maybe it is my age but Flair was a legend to me before I ever saw him wrestle thanks to the Apter magazines. Seeing him live defending the NWA title was something else. His matches were always lengthy, exciting, and kept you on the edge of your seats. Compound that with the promos he cut in his prime and you got the best of all time in my opinion.

Two of E's favorite wrestlers in a classic WrestleMania moment
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2. Kurt Angle - I think Angle is arguably the most underrated wrestler of this generation. Whenever people talk about greatest of all time they always mention Flair and HBK but leave Angle out. Name me a bad Kurt Angle match and I'd call you a flat out hater. Just the fact that he continues to get excellent matches out of Jeff Jarrett makes him an all-time great and a miracle worker.

3. Randy Savage - Savage brought a new attitude to the WWF in the 1980s. His intensity was second to none and he was the first to incorporate a more athletic style to the main-events. I don't recall many boring Savage matches and he worked with everyone and anyone. Like Flair, his promos were innovative and brought a whole new dynamic to the WWF.

4. Shawn Michaels - Shawn is without question the greatest wrestler of the 21st century. This guy got great matches out of everyone, including Mark Henry. His matches always told a story and while they weren't always the most psychologically sound, you understood the emotion of the fight by the time the match was over.

5. Tiger Mask Sayama - If not for his short run I'd call him the greatest of all time. He pioneered a new style of pro wrestling that continues to bleed into the current era of the business. Thousands have tried to fly and move like him, but nobody was as fluid and precise as Sayama. If you have never seen an original Tiger Mask match you need to put an hour aside and sit in front of You Tube. The guy blows just about anyone and everyone out of the water and unfortunately came along about 20 years too soon.

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