Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock – two of the biggest names in WWE history. In 2001, after years of competition with rival promotions, WWE finally became the King of pro wrestling (or ‘sports entertainment’, as they like to call it) in North America. Its two biggest competitors, WCW and ECW, both folded, as they were unable to compete with the superstars that Vince McMahon had on his roster. Though that was a major turning point in wrestling history, it wasn’t the first time the landscape of wrestling changed in a major way. Vince McMahon has been called a lot of things during his time in the wrestling business, and one of those words is ‘revolutionary’.Vince saw his promotion as something more than just another regional promotion keeping to the old order held by ageing promoters. He had a vision that his wrestlers could be true superstars, international draws and larger-than-life attractions that transcended beyond the realm of wrestling and into popular culture.Over the decades, Vince enjoyed considerable success in this venture. Several of his top stars have become household names and have been immortalised long after their wrestling careers ended. In this piece, we’ll look at the ten best WWE wrestlers of all time. We’re looking at those wrestlers that made their biggest impact and enjoyed the most success while working for Vince McMahon, even if they also found success elsewhere. We’re also looking at a combination of factors to determine who qualifies for this list, with drawing power and their legacies being the two most important factors.
#10 Andre The Giant
When it comes to being ‘larger than life’ it didn’t get any larger than André.
“The Eight Wonder of the World” was simply gigantic, towering over even the biggest wrestlers of his time. He was both a relic of wrestling origins when the performers were abnormally large humans, as well as a modern Superstar due to his unique stature.
André was arguably the first wrestler to become a ‘Superstar’. All he needed to do was arrive and audiences were drawn to his gigantic appeal. He didn’t have that much charisma or promo skills, but he didn’t need either of those things. He became a legendary figure and drew audiences to events due to his natural size alone.
Few other wrestlers, if any, could say that about their careers.