WWE: Top superstars of all time, part II

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Part one of the top superstars of all time in WWE featured potentially the five greatest wrestlers to step foot in the squared circle.

However, the five superstars to feature in part two could give any wrestler in the world a run for their money - and here are the reasons why.

6. Bret Hart

The son of the legendary Canadian promoter, Stu Hart, and one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time.

Hart made his WWE debut in 1984 and quickly formed a tag team with brother-in-law, Jim ''The Anvil'' Neidhart - with Jimmy Hart managing the duo. The trio quickly became known as The Hart Foundation. 

Through his incredible ring skills, Hart was soon dubbed ''The Excellence of Execution.''

He also began wearing his signature pink sunglasses which matched his pink and black wrestling attire.

''The Hitman'' won the first Intercontinental title of his career at Summerslam in 1991 with a victory over Mr.Perfect and also won the King of the Ring tournament a month later. Hart won the title for a second time a year later, this time seeing off Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8.

The following year, Hart would win the WWE title for the first time , defeating Ric Flair in unspectacular fashion on an episode of Superstars which took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - Bret's homeland.

He successfully defended his title against the likes of Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair and Razor Ramon before losing to Yokozuna at WrestleMania 9.

Shortly after, however, Hart won the King of the Ring for a second time, becoming the first and only competitor to win the tournament on two occasions.

With this success, Hart was awarded a championship bout against Yokozuna.

He faced the 500-pound champion twice for the title but was halted in his pursuit of the gold by his brother, Owen.

This led to a feud between the two siblings, culminating in a match at WrestleMania 10, which Owen came out on top in.

However, due to jointly winning the Royal Rumble match with Lex Luger in 1994, Hart again received an opportunity to face Yokozuna for the WWE title. Luger was unsuccessful earlier in the evening, however, Bret was finally able to defeat the giant superstar to become champion for a second time in the main event of the night.

Hart would hold the title a further three times before leaving WWE to join World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1997, following the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob which occurred at the Survivor Series pay-per-view.

During his three years with the company, Hart won the WCW Heavyweight title twice and the United States title four times. He announced his retirement from professional wrestling in 2000 due to injuries sustained throughout his career. 

Hart returned to WWE in 2006 to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Stone Cold Steve Austin. 

Four years later, ''The Hitman'' defeated WWE chairman Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 26, getting a measure of revenge some 13 years after the conclusion of the Montreal Screwjob.

For true technical ability, Bret Hart remains one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, truly living up to his billing as ''the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.''

7. Triple H

''The Game'' began his career in WWE as a snobby, upper class aristocrat with the nickname ''Connecticut Blueblood.''

Known then as Hunter Hearst Helmsley, he was intent from the beginning of his WWE career in 1995 to establish himself as the top villain within the company.

After a promising start to his career, Triple H's progression stalled in 1996.

Firstly, he was favoured to win the King of the Ring tournament that year but lost out to Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, later on in the year he managed to defeat Marc Mero to win the Intercontinental title for the first time.

He also earned a victory over Goldust - the first success he had achieved at the premiere event.

As his career began to lift off, ''The Game'' became the 1997 King of the Ring with the defeat of Mankind in the final.

He then changed his ring name from Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the shortened 'Triple H' soon after.

With teammate Shawn Michaels temporarily retiring from the company due to a back injury after WrestleMania 14, Triple H became the leader of the rebellious faction known infamously as D-Generation X.

Triple H feuded with The Rock for much of 1998 and defeated 'The People's Champion' for the Intercontinental championship in a ladder match at Summerslam that year.

By 1999, Triple H had split from DX in pursuit of the WWE title.

After a number of failed attempts, The Cerebral Assassin finally won the title with victory over Mankind on Raw, earning the prestigious title for the first time.

Triple H aligned himself with Stephanie McMahon, thus becoming the top villain in the company for a number of years.

Triple H engaged in a feud with The Rock as both superstars juggled the title between them from early-mid 2000.

With his opponent finally coming out on top, Triple H took on a series of angles, notably with Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

After suffering an injury the following year, ''The Game'' was placed on the sidelines for the best part of a year.

He returned to win the 2002 Royal Rumble match and defeated Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 18 to become the WWE Undisputed champion.

Later that year, The Cerebral Assassin became the first World Heavyweight Champion in the company's history.

It wasn't long after that Triple H formed the stable known as Evolution and added Ric Flair, Batista and Randy Orton to this group.

With the help of his team-mates, The Game remained World Champion for the best part of two years before disbanding in 2005 as he lost the title to former team-mate, Batista at WrestleMania 21.

Triple H reformed D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels in 2006 but at the beginning of the following year, The Game was injured in a tag team match against Randy Orton and Edge, ruling him for seven months.

He returned in August and at No Mercy defeated Orton for the WWE title - only to lose the title back to The Viper a few hours later.

However, the following April The Game defeated Orton to once again become champion.

DX reunited once again in 2009 and managed to finally win the tag team title together at the end of the year.

At WrestleMania 27, Triple H faced The Undertaker who had beaten Michaels at the event on the previous two occasions - the latter ending The Heartbreak Kid's career.

Triple H fought tooth and nail against The Phenom but came up short both in 2011 and in 2012 at WrestleMania 28.

The following year, Triple H put his career on the line against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 29. The Game managed to defeat the monstrous former UFC champion.

For the last number of years, Triple H has been appointed the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of WWE. There's no doubt the former 13 time world champion has done it all in the business which made him famous.

8. Ric Flair

Considered by many fans and experts of professional wrestling to be the greatest wrestler of all time, The Nature Boy's career spans more than forty years.

After wrestling in Japan, the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and WCW, Flair finally joined the WWE in 1991.

He appeared at a number of WWE events with the NWA title, claiming to be the real world champion.

Flair won the 1992 Royal Rumble match and became WWE champion for the first time following the event.

He then lost and regained the title from Randy Savage, however, his second reign was short lived and was ended by Bret Hart. His first stint in WWE was brief as Flair returned to WCW in 1993.

After more than eight years away from WWE, Flair returned in November 2001 and became the co-owner of the WWE and the general manager of Raw.

He lost his role to chairman Vince McMahon, who defeated Flair in match to give the winner absolute control in 2002.

Soon afterwards Flair joined Evolution along with Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton. Alongside Batista, Flair won the tag team titles twice with The Animal.

As Evolution disbanded in 2005, Flair began pursuing a singles career and won the Intercontinental title for the first time in his career, defeating Carlito at Unforgiven that year.

He also won the tag team championship again, this time with Roddy Piper in 2006.

In 2007, Vince McMahon announced that the next match Flair lost, he would be forced to retire from professional wrestling.

Flair defeated a number of opponents such as Randy Orton, Triple H and Mr.Kennedy. In 2008, The Nature Boy was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Triple H.

This came a night before WrestleMania 24, when Flair was finally defeated with his career on the line against Shawn Michaels - the bout was voted Match of the Year for 2008.

Flair is famously known for many of his catchphrases such as ''to be the man, you've got to beat the man.''

The Nature Boy was also part of the legendary stable known as The Four Horseman along with Arn Anderson, Barry Windham and Tully Blanchard. He is also recognised as a 16 time world champion.

9. ''Macho Man'' Randy Savage

The Macho Man is one of the most charismatic superstars of all time.

With his famous phrase ''Oh Yeah'' and his high flying wrestling skills, Savage was one of the greatest fan favourites of all time, paving the way for many high flying superstars such as future world champions, Eddie Guerrero and Jeff Hardy.

Savage made his WWE debut in 1985 and in the same year defeated Tito Santana for the Intercontinental title.

He faced Ricky ''The Dragon'' Steamboat at WrestleMania 3 for the intercontinental title in what is regarded by many to be one of the greatest professional wrestling matches of all time, thus helping both stars elevate their careers. Steamboat won the match, ending Savage's reign as champion which lasted more than a year.

The Macho Man won the King of the Ring tournament in 1987 and the following year at WrestleMania 4, he won the WWE championship for the first time, coming out victorious in a 14-man elimination style tournament.

The two most popular wrestlers in the world at the time, Savage and Hulk Hogan formed the tag team known as the Mega Powers, which helped the Macho Man remain WWE champion for over a year before eventually losing the title to Hogan after the team had split up.

Savage managed to win the WWE championship for a second time in 1992 with a victory over Ric Flair at WrestleMania 8.

However, his second reign as champion was not as successful as his first as he was beaten by Flair the following September.

For the remainder of his WWE career, the Macho Man served as a commentator as he felt he could not wrestle at the level he was once able to. In 1994, Savage left the WWE to join WCW and did not appear in WWE again.

10. Ricky ''The Dragon'' Steamboat

Much like Randy Savage, Steamboat is one of wrestling's original high flyers and also laid the foundation for future stars such as Chris Jericho, The Hardy Boyz and Rey Mysterio.

Having joined the WWE in 1985, Steamboat made his pay-per-view debut at the first ever WrestleMania with a win over Matt Borne.

He began feuding with Randy Savage leading to WrestleMania 3 in which The Dragon became the Intercontinental champion in a historic bout.

He lost the title to The Honky Tonk Man a few months later before being entered into the WWE championship tournament at WrestleMania 4 in 1988.

However, that same year he decided to leave the company and rejoined the NWA, which later became known as WCW.

During his time in WCW, Steamboat won the NWA heavyweight title, the United States title and the World Television Title. In 1991, The Dragon returned to the WWE for a brief stint once again.

He would not return to WWE until 2005 and made a number of sporadic appearances. Notably during Ric Flair's farewell night on Raw in 2008.

After being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Steamboat teamed with Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 25 to face Chris Jericho.

He also faced Y2J once again - in a singles match at Backlash that same year.

That concludes part two of the 20 greatest WWE superstars of all time. Keep an eye out for part three of this article, viewing five more of the top stars in WWE history.

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