Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/17/13
G.J. Herbert is Editor in chief at prowrestlingpress.wordpress.com , here he looks at WWE’s ten best in ring workers of all time, following Bret Hart’s 2013 comments that Triple H isn’t that good… The recent comments of Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart regarding HHH (who according to Hart “isn’t great” or had any “great matches”) got me thinking. Who really is the best in-ring workers in WWE history? There has been plenty of lists of all time greats but what if the list was based purely on ability in the ring… forget gimmicks, title reigns, mic skills, character… I’m looking at workers, in ring workers, wrestlers. I think Bret is wrong. I actually think Hunter is one of the smartest WWE workers, and I can think of multiple great matches he has carried. In fact I think HHH is a better worker than Bret. Sorry Hitman. So, this list will not reflect the Top 10 Wrestlers in WWE History, but looking at what Hart valued so much, The Top 10 In-Ring Wrestlers in WWE History…. Bret may not like this… 1.SHAWN MICHAELS 2.KURT ANGLE 3.CHRIS BENOIT 4.EDDIE GUERRERO 5.TRIPLE H 6.REY MYSTERIO 7.THE UNDERTAKER 8.PUNK 9.JERICHO 10.AUSTIN I am pretty sure that some readers will find that list contentious, and obviously Bret Hart would disagree, but seriously Bret, come on, Triple H has made Batista, Foley, Cena in high profile matches and has had excellent bouts with Michaels, Undertaker, Benoit. Think of classic Hart matches and then think of classic HHH matches. Hart’s ego has clouded his judgement. Have a look at my list, can Hart really claim to be better than these versatile, athletic workers? Lets run down the list, Austin probably my most controversial choice. But can Hart really look Stone Cold in the eye and say “Hey Steve I was better than you in the ring”. No. Austin delivered in the ring so many subtle nuances, his match with Rock at Mania17 was one of the best matches of all time in WWE and was carried by Austin. Jericho at 9, simply one of those guys who doesn’t have a bad match, who can do anything he wants in the ring, high fly, submission, power. At number 8 is the only current full time talent, CM Punk, he is that good that he already demands this spot on the list. A great deliverer of matches that are always engaging and interesting his Money in the Bank 2011 match with John Cena proved to the world he can be considered one of the all time greats. Undertaker is in at 7, again a guy who has done so much more than Bret Hart in the ring, and over so many different eras of wrestling too, he has always been the top dog. Rey Mysterio at 6 is so much more than a high flyer, the guy is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Hart couldn’t dream of delivering a match as good as Rey could in his prime. At number 5 the man who Bret so unfairly criticized, HHH. As noted, he has made stars and shared sublime matches with other stars, and done so for Sixteen years straight. For Bret to deny this is absurd. I really feel my Top 4 of Guerrero, Benoit, Angle and Michaels are in a different league all together. These guys worked very hard and combined that with their god given talents. Delivery, timing, intelligence – these four had it all. Guerrero had everything, and my personal dream match would have been Guerrero vs Michaels, can you imagine how insanely good that match would have been. As this list is based purely upon ring work you have to recognize Benoit in at Three. Was a superb in ring wrestler, his match with Angle at Royal Rumble 2003 and the two triple threats with HHH and HBK in 2004 rank amongst WWE’s best ever matches. Angle himself may have made number 1 of this list if he hadn’t left WWE in 2006. That was a mistake for Angle and TNA have sullied his career. That said, the outstanding body of work he produced in his time with WWE is certainly enough to put him at Second spot here. Angle was that damn good. There can be no argument that HBK is number 1, simply put he never did have a bad match in his career. More often than not his matches where excellent. A whole other level to Hart. I think that is what frustrated Hart so much about HBK, he knew Michaels really was above and beyond anything he could offer. So there you have it. The top 10 in ring WWE workers of all time, Triple H is Fifth and Bret Hart isn’t even close. The interview Hart gave dissing HHH is frankly embarrassing. **** BONUS FEATURE, SHOOT THOUGHTS ON WWE IN OCTOBER 2013 - -After an appalling period for WWE after Summerslam, the signs are good that things are getting back on track. Bryan vs Orton is set for decisive and dramatic conclusion, John Cena is returning sooner than expected and adding value to the product, Cody Rhodes has emerged as one of the brightest talents in the company and Triple H vs Big Show has developed into a much anticipated personal feud.   -Rhodes in particular has been a real highlight of WWE in recent weeks. He is great in the ring, athletic, smooth and skilled. He has got over with fans as a real kind of guy, and that is the best act anyone can have, just see Steve Austin. It is great to have Goldust along for this part of Cody’s ride, and the pair as tag champs should be an enjoyable run before Cody surely pushes into the main event title scene next year.   -The Raw main event of Rhodes vs Shield was excellent. One of the best Raw main events of the year, and truly memorable with the title change. It has been a great year for the Shield and this loss in no way hurts them, everyone is enhanced in quality bouts like this. For a big man Reigns is a talented worker and Rollins is one of the best sellers in the company.   -Cena coming back is a great plus. He works hard and brings in a ton of publicity for WWE, and his record of good matches is promising for the product. A feud with Del Rio should be very entertaining, and a run with the world title will add some glory to that championship and a fresher main event scene. Del Rio has been pushed hard as both a face and a heel this year, and been stale in both; he is a great in ring talent but WWE needs to abandon their hopes of having him as the top guy.   -Big Show has produced some of the finest acting and emotional play ever seen in a WWE ring, and it has led to a very engaging feud with HHH. Show’s in ring performances have also improved drastically over the last few years, he has a real athletic dynamic for a guy who is so big, and is a vastly intelligent and thoughtful worker. HHH vs Show is going to be good.   -Summer Rae has got hugely over, mostly thanks to being the best looking girl on the roster, but her subtle work and acting is also hugely beneficial to her role. -The little bull is great entertainment, but completely overshadows the wrestling of Los Matadores. Still, it is a fun act. -The booking of Ryback and Heyman locked in Hell in a Cell with Punk is good. The cell will allow shortcuts to make the Ryback Punk hostility a lot more engaging, and hopefully Punk finally gets his revenge on Heyman. This feud needs resolving and moving on from, Punk needs and deserves better opponents. Hopefully he beats down Heyman and that is the end of it.   -Smackdown needs attention, the booking is so lob sided toward Raw being a premium show and Smackdown an afterthought. In 2003 the shows were equal, and it is baffling why WWE cant make them like that this day. Also, Raw at Three hours really is hard work, but it sells advertising so unfortunately probably will remain this way. Too much bad filler between enjoyable parts. Like this article? Support us by following and RT our twitter,https://twitter.com/prowrestlepress #SupportWrestlingWriters When we hit 100 followers we will publish the truth about much speculated Stephanie McMahon and Randy Savage story, follow https://twitter.com/prowrestlepress Like Football and sports news? Follow https://twitter.com/gjhsports   who will be posting news, reviews and analysis at TJRsports.com 15 total views, 15 views today
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