Top Ten In-Ring Workers of All Time — Missed the Cut
Before we close out our list of the top ten in-ring workers with the best in the business, let’s look the five best wrestlers to just miss the cut:
5. Dean Malenko- Over a span of twenty years, the “Man of a Thousand Holds” built a legacy one of the best technicians inside the squared circle. Malenko always put together a great match with his great technical skills and never disappointed the fans. Though he never won a world championship, Malenko won multiple titles in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. He was named the top wrestler in the world in 1997 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
4. Chris Benoit- The “Canadian Crippler” may have ended his own life– and those of his wife and son– in a very tragic manner, but Benoit was still one of the best technicians in the wrestling ring. Trained by Stu Hart himself, Benoit built a legacy as own of the most calculated performers in the squared circle. He would both the WCW and WWF/E World titles once each during his career. Unfortunately, most likely due to many head injuries cause by his Flying Headbutt move, Benoit suffered dementia that led to his actions in the murder-suicide of himself and his wife and son in 2007.
3. Chris Jericho- Y2J himself is the next of our list of great in-ring workers that just missed the cut. The “Lionheart” was both a great performer in the ring and on the mic– this includes his skills as the lead singer of the band Fozzy. He became the first Undisputed WWF Champion by defeating The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night in 2001. Jericho would also go on to win a record nine Intercontinental titles during his great career. Jericho is one of a handful of superstars to be equally successful as both a face and a heel.
2. “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig- While he never won a world title in either WCW or WWF/E, Hennig won several championships during 20-plus years in professional wrestling. While always known by his real name, he became known as “Mr. Perfect” during his second run in WWF. Hennig was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and known of the greatest to hold the title. His in-ring style always provided for entertaining matches and provided fans with a great story.
1. “Macho Man” Randy Savage- He became the first “undersized” superstar to win the coveted WWF Championship by winning a one night tournament for the title and defeated the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase in the final of Wrestlemania IV. Savage would go on to win two WWF/E titles and the WCW World Heavyweight title four times. On January 12, 2015, it was announced that Savage would be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame– a long-overdue induction. Savage provided entertaining matches for all wrestling fans over a great 32-year career. Sadly, he died from a heart attack in 2003.