Picking out the 'complete' WWE superstar is not an easy decision to come to, ask a handful of die-hard WWE fans and they will each provide you with a different name.
But just what makes a superstar 'complete'? What makes a particular WWE superstar the total package?
A number of factors can affect the rankings, such as Shawn Michaels being one of the greatest entertainers of all time, The Rock is possibly the most charismatic superstar to step inside the ring whilst Kurt Angle has proven himself to be one of the greatest technical wrestlers on the planet.
It's a little easier to assign a superstar to a different tag but by taking all of the characteristics into account, it makes it a lot more difficult to decide the ten most complete WWE superstars of all time.
Ring skills, microphone skills, charisma, the ability to gain a reaction from the crowd, appearance, work rate, drawing power etc. A number of factors come into play when looking at the total packages; let's take a look at the ten most complete WWE superstars in history.
Honourable mentions: Picking out ten superstars doesn't mean it was an easy task, a handful of superstars were unable to make the cut for various reasons. John Cena, Ric Flair, Mr. Perfect, Ted DiBiase and Chris Benoit deserve a mention as they miss out on making the top ten.
10 - Kurt Angle
Winning and Olympic Gold medal is no small feat but it is exactly what Kurt Angle managed to capture in the 1996 Olympic Games where he showed his dedication by competing in the games after sustaining a broken neck in the trials. He is perhaps one of the greatest wrestlers the company has ever seen but what makes Angle so unique is the fact that he jumped straight from amateur wrestling to the world of the WWE, where 99% of things are scripted. He joined during a time where superstars such as Triple H, The Rock and The Undertaker were at the very top, yet Angle made his own mark very quickly and the company did rely on him a lot and rightfully so.
He managed to showcase his charisma, his wrestling ability as well as drawing an incredible reaction from the fans on a weekly basis. His accomplishments speak for themselves and even though we fans loved to chant it, Kurt Angle most certainly doesn't suck.
9 - CM Punk
The current situation and all feelings aside there is no denying that CM Punk has left a lasting impression in the wrestling world which is the biggest sign of a successful superstar. Punk is a born leader and in his Best In The World DVD Triple H highlighted than Punk helps out the younger talent and takes a leading role in ensuring he becomes someone they look up to. He strives for perfection which is why almost all of his matches are so entertaining to watch, but perhaps what makes Punk stand out from other superstars is his fearless attitude, his microphone skills and his wrestling ability. It comes as no surprise that he is often touted as the modern day Randy Savage, he is just that good.
He has been undderrated since day one and finally opened the eyes of fans when he dropped his infamous pipe-bomb, however his wrestling skills were always obvious. He gets a reaction every single week, even if he isn't physically there.
8 - Eddie Guerrero
Lying, cheating and stealing has never been the same since Eddie passed away in 2005. But during his time as a WWE superstar he managed to overcome the odds and his personal demons to reach the pinnacle of the business by becoming WWE Champion. He only won one WWE Championship but that doesn't take away the fact that he proved you don't need to be a bulky, seven foot monster to be the best. Just watch his match against Brock Lesnar at No Way Out where his victory meant so much for him and more importantly the fans; which showed he engaged and related to them.
He became a household name with his personality, his in-ring ability was great and he too gained a brilliant reaction from the fans, positive or negative. He was fantastic on the microphone once he finally found the right gimmick and didn't look back. It's unfortunate he passed away so young as he would have continued to improve and moved even higher up as the complete WWE superstar.
7 - Edge
Nobody has had the rise to stardom quite like Edge. From dominating the tag-team division with his best friend Christian to challenging The Undertaker at WrestleMania and winning countless WWE and World Heavyweight Championships. Edge was never given the opportunity, 'The Ultimate Opportunist' capitalised on every opportunity he worked for and continued the momentum to make sure the fans never forget him, and we never will.
Edge could work very well in the ring and could draw an immense amount of heat from us fans on a weekly basis and is the type of heel we are currently missing in the WWE. Many would argue that CM Punk has managed to get the best out of guys like John Cena and The Undertaker, but Edge set the standard for others to follow, his feuds with anyone he was up against was because of his microphone work, his charisma and his in-ring ability.
6 - Bret Hart
Bret Hart is the greatest wrestler to have ever competed in the WWE. 'The Excellence of Execution' was just a master inside the ring and had an incredible move set. Much like Eddie Guerrero, the Hit Man proved you don't need to be a physical presence to be successful, he used his immense wrestling ability to overcome superstars from Randy Savage and Ric Flair to Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He has had a decorated career and won countless championships during his time in the WWE but it was perhaps the infamous 'Montreal Screw Job' which brought the best out of Bret.
He wanted to leave the WWE and he used his real-life frustration on the microphone and showcased the skills in his promos. He engaged with the fans, used all of the attributes you need to succeed to the best of his ability. 'The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be', a bold statement but there is no doubt Bret Hart has proved himself right.
5 - The Rock
Simply type 'The Rock' in a search engine or YouTube and you will be flooded with the best 'Rock moments'. From catchphrases to matches to films, the list is endless for what The Rock has achieved in the business, so much so that everyone will have a different memory of The Rock which makes him stand out from everyone else in this list. He has managed to get the best out of his opponents since day one, he is blessed with brilliant genetics so he has used his superior size to his advantage. His mannerisms took the world by storm, his catchphrases and the people's eyebrow are still a hit today and he has been in some of the biggest and most brutal feuds from Mankind, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. He has worked with the best and managed to take them to the limit. Let's not even begin to discuss the amount of charisma The Rock possesses as he showcases it in everything he does, inside or outside of the WWE.
The Rock is the greatest on the microphone, there is no disputing that and nobody can ever say otherwise. Charismatic, a great in-ring worker, a hit with the fans, he is simply a modern day icon and will go down in history as one of the best and most complete superstars in history.
4 - Macho Man Randy Savage
Taking any and all of the traits you can think of and you mix them together you just cannot overlook Randy Savage as being one of the greatest and most complete WWE superstars in history. It's hard to believe how Savage rose to stardom when he was forced to share the spotlight with arguably some of the biggest names in Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and The Ultimate Warrior; but the Macho Man made it look easy. His work rate was top notch and almost every match he was involved in with the likes of Ricky Steamboat and Hulk Hogan, he was just a pure craftsman in the ring and knew what the fans wanted to see and provided it week in, week out.
Savage knew how to talk on the microphone and he did it very well, his microphone work was unorthodox but enjoyable which made him stand out and it went well with his flamboyant appearance and mannerisms which helped the WWE grow more popular as he too become a household name. A once in a lifetime performer who is most definitely one of the most complete superstars in history.
3 - Stone Cold Steve Austin
If I asked you to write down your top five WWE superstars it would be surprising to see Stone Cold Steve Austin missing from it, the man redefined the greatest era of all time in the attitude era and set the benchmark for superstars like CM Punk so stand out from the rest. One of the toughest men to have stepped inside the ring he broke the rules wherever he went, the middle-finger, the beer, the outspoken nature and his incredible rivalry with boss Vince McMahon set the standard for future stars to follow. He had the ability to put on fantastic matches, such as matches against The Rock and who can forget the bloody clash between himself and Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13.
He is one of the few that can send the fans through the roof, to this day we still get goosebumps when we hear the glass shattering and we definitely want to hear it again. He has participated in some of the biggest rivalries, he can talk on the microphone and his catchphrases are still popular today; it will take something special to find another superstar like Stone Cold Steve Austin again.
2 - Shawn Michaels
The runner-up is none other than The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels; a truly once in a lifetime superstar. Much like Stone Cold whenever you mention the best ever WWE superstar, Shawn Michaels’ name is almost a guarantee to pop up and he is quite simply a legend. If the WWE wants fans in seats they turn to Shawn Michaels because he is the man to do it, he knows how to captivate the audience better than anyone else. He gets the best out of his opponents whilst ensuring his own performance is one the fans never forget, even at his older age in his classic back-to-back WrestleMania matches against The Undertaker; HBK made sure he goes down as one of the greatest.
The man can do it all, he can talk the talk and walk the walk, he can wrestle, talk, get a massive reaction, getting the best out of his opponents every single time, his work rate, charisma and his appearance was far greater than almost everyone you will ever see in the WWE ring. Just missing out on the number one position, let’s take a look at who the most complete WWE superstar of all time really is.
1 - Chris Jericho
Forget CM Punk, Chris Jericho is the best in the world at what he does. Jericho is at the top of the tree when it comes to holding every attribute and he showcases them exceptionally well. Jericho has always looked good, whether he has his longer and his goatee or his shorter hair; Jericho has always remained in great shape and he may not be the big, muscular superstar the WWE loves to push, he still managed to overcome some of the best. No debut has ever garnered attention like Jericho’s debut back in 1999 when he interrupted The Rock, this brash, young, arrogant individual stating he is the saviour and that Raw is Jericho. His returns are still some of the best, from ‘save us’ to his flashing jacket Jericho’s returns are always some of the best.
He can switch up his promo work from deadly serious to some of the most humorous work in the company, something which you will find with great difficulty today. His feuds were epic, he is one of the greatest technical wrestlers in the world, he reeks charisma and always puts over young talent, such as Fandango at last year’s WrestleMania, and not a lot of superstars would do what Jericho does. Let’s not overlook possibly one of the greatest achievements in history, a lot of attention went to Randy Orton and John Cena regarding the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight Championship, but Chris Jericho is the very first Undisputed Champion, that honour went to Jericho and rightfully so. One of the all-time greats who will never be replicated, the most complete superstar of all time is Chris Jericho.
WWE fans, who do you think is the most complete WWE superstar? Have your say in the comments below or let me know on my Twitter @RazK28 and come discuss all things WWE!
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