Originally posted on Busted Coverage  |  Last updated 11/14/11

Here at BC we decided to kick off today with our first ever Wrestling Appreciation Week. If any of you are nerds like me and still closely follow the WWE and its weekly happenings, then you know that things have been getting pretty interesting. We felt it was worth dedicating a weeks worth of posts to wrestling, something that has given me as well as many others countless memories over the years. Today’s post will pay homage to the greatest managers in wrestling history. These guys don’t necessarily get all the fame and glamor, but they go to work for their superstars day in and day out and their efforts cannot go unnoticed. Check out the best of the best in wrestling managers after the jump!

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Paul Ellering","post_content":"Paul Ellering was actually a pretty talented wrestler back in his day. He competed in the AWA and was pretty successful and had a promising career ahead of himself. If it weren't for a career ending knee injury, he probably wouldn't have ended up on this list. Thankfully his knee injury didn't damper his confidence and skill on the microphone because Ellering became one of the most memorable and successful managers in history. He is best known for managing arguably the most dynamic tag team in history, the Road Warriors\/Legion of Doom for about 15 years. Anyone who can manage those animals for over a decade deserves a spot on this list.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/paul-ellering.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124633,"post_title":"8. Miss Elizabeth","post_content":"Not only was Miss Elizabeth a total fox, but she was the manager of one of the coolest and most entertaining wrestlers of all time, Macho Man Randy Savage. Sadly, both Miss Elizabeth and the Macho Man were taken from us too early, Miss Elizabeth's untimely demise coming at the hands of a drug\/alcohol overdose back in 2003. Wrestling fans around the world will never forget that sexy strut and stunning smile that Miss Elizabeth had walking out to the ring.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/miss-elizabeth.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124634,"post_title":"7. Mr. Fuji","post_content":"Mr. Fuji was a dynamic and mysterious manager throughout his career in the WWE. He began managing in the mid '80's, but his popularity really began to grow in the early 90's when he began his tenure as Yokozuna's manager. It was a cool story because Mr. Fuji introduced Yokozuna to the WWE universe and led him to two World Championships. His most memorable trait was the mysterious powder that he threw in opponents eyes to give his wrestlers an unfair advantage.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/mr-fuji.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124631,"post_title":"6. Ken \"Slick\" Johnson","post_content":"Slick had something that no other manager at the time had. Swag. The guy was always dressed fresh to death, no exceptions. He managed countless superstars throughout his career, most notably Big Boss Man, Akeem and Iron Sheik. He will always be remembered for that cane he carried around and whooped people with to give his guy the advantage. Even when he returned as Reverend Slick later in his career, he was beloved by fans everywhere. Slick = Swag.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/ken-e2809cslicke2809d-johnson.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124636,"post_title":"5. Paul Heyman","post_content":"Not only was Paul Heyman one of the greatest managers of all time, he is quite possibly one of the most influential men in the industry's history. His client list is extremely diverse, managing superstars like Jimmy Snuka, Stunning Steve Austin, Test, Kurt Angle, Big Show and Brock Lesnar amongst many more. On top of his managerial success, he pretty much turned the ECW into the fan favorite organization it became, he was the General Manager of WWE Smackdown and even had broadcasting stints. Heyman is a legend and without his contributions, professional wrestling wouldn't have been the same.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/paul-heyman.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124629,"post_title":"4. Jim Cornette","post_content":"During his hay-day, Jim Cornette managed a who's who of WWE superstars. The British Bulldog, Owen Hart, Vader, Yokozuna, and Mark Henry were all under the watchful eye of Cornette at one point or another in their careers. He also managed successful tag-team, The Midnight Express. For looking like a total nerd, Cornette took care of business, with his loud mouth and tennis racket. Random side note on Cornette...while on a podcast in 2009, he voiced his opinions on the Republican party and even called Sarah Palin \"a useless ****\". That's totally irrelevant but thought it was worth mentioning.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/jim-cornet.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124630,"post_title":"3. Jimmy Hart","post_content":"Hart is one of the most recognizable and outspoken managers out there. In my opinion he is best known for his time managing Hulk Hogan, but his resume also includes legends Ric Flair, King Kong Bundy, Randy Savage, Sting, Bret Hart and Jerry \"The King\" Lawler. That might be the most impressive list of superstars out of any of these managers, and he may deserve to be higher on this list, but the two guys above him are in a league of their own.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/jimmyhart.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124635,"post_title":"2. Paul Bearer","post_content":"Paul Bearer...the name says it all. What more can you ask for out of a guy who's main client was The Undertaker. His character was amazing, the perfect blend of weird, creepy and funny. You never knew what sort of nonsense was going to spew out of his fat, flabby mouth, but you knew it was going to be awesome. His face molded into shapes that you never knew faces could form. The mysterious urn he carried around only added to the mystique. His three most memorable clients were The Undertaker, Kane and Mankind and each of his eras with these wrestlers was unique and dynamic in their own way. The feuds between brothers Undertaker and Kane were particularly memorable. Ohhhh Yessssss, we love Paul Bearer!","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/paul-bearer.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"},{"ID":124628,"post_title":"1. Bobby \"The Brain\" Heenan","post_content":"It was a tough call between Paul Bearer and Bobby \"The Brain\" for the number one spot, but you can't ignore Bobby's impact in WWE's history. He was incredible as both a broadcaster and a manager and he said some of the craziest sh*t you'll ever hear in the world of wrestling. He worked in the AWA, WCW and the WWF throughout his storied career, and made his WWF debut as the manager of Jesse \"The Body\" Ventura. He also managed Big John Studd, Ric Flair, King Kong Bundy, Andre The Giant, \"Ravishing\" Rick Rude and countless others. Bobby will be forever remembered for his quick wit and ability to make anyone laugh at any time. \"The Brain\" will never be duplicated and he was truly a one of a kind talent that the WWE was lucky to have for so long.","post_excerpt":"","guid":"http:\/\/coedbc.files.wordpress.com\/2011\/11\/bobby-the-brain.jpg","post_mime_type":"image\/jpeg"}]};initiating the gallery...
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