Best Professional Wrestlers of All Time (Part 1)

Wrestling is a unique performance art and entertainment form which combined athletics with theatrical performance. There are many great wrestlers in the world, of which Edge, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar are the best professional wrestlers of all time.

When Edge was a child, he was a dream to be one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time. The Rated-R superstar first joined a wrestling training at the age of 17 by winning an essay contest. 

After working in an independent circuit, Edge debuted in the World Wrestling Entertainment in 1997. During his career, he has won multiple world championships, including 31 championships in the WWE and 14 tag team championships.

In 2011, he retired from wrestling and became an actor on shows such as Haven and Vikings.

Kurt Angle is the only wrestler to be both a WWE champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. After having won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, Angle was trained as a professional wrestler. He has his WWF debut in 1999 and won the first world championship one year later. 

In 2006, Angle became a star of the Total Nonstop Action Promotion after winning the multiple championships in the WWE and the WWF. 

After having won many championships in the NJPW and the TNA, he returned to the WWE in an on-screen role in 2017. He officially retired from the wrestling at Wrestlemania 35, after being defeated by Baron Corbin.

U.S wrestling champion Brock Lesnar was victorious in both UFC and WWE thank to his athletic prowess. He made his WWE debuted in 2002 and won the first of his seven WWE championships a year later.

After having parted ways with the WWE in 2005, Lesnar wrestled in Japan and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He made his UFC debut in 2008 and won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in November of that year.

In 2012, he returned to the WWE and had been a dominant force. 

Top Five Best Tournaments In Wrestling History (part 1)

Fans love a good wrestling tournament. Tournaments in wrestling are something that usually gets fans excited. More often than not, it means we are about to get a barrage of entertaining matches and they all have something on the line. These tournaments can be to crown a king, to earn a title shot, a new champion, or simply for bragging rights.

Here we list the best tournaments in wrestling, based on their consistent quality and prestige.

Super Strong Style 16

PROGRESS Wrestling has been known for some innovative ideas. Their original top title was a giant staff and they introduced the Atlas division for wrestlers over 205 pounds. But their annual Super Strong Style 16 is a pretty straightforward concept. 16 wrestlers compete in a traditional tournament with the winner earning a PROGRESS Title shot.

What makes this one of the better entries on the list is the high quality of matches as well as the up-and-coming talent involved. For example, 2017’s finals saw Tyler Bate and Travis Banks compete in one of the best matches of that year. Other past competitors include Darby Allin, Kyle O’Reilly, Zack Sabre Jr., and Matt Riddle. Moreover, be sure to check out the creative ways they figure out the brackets, which is usually uploaded to YouTube.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

After the heartbreaking passing of Dusty Rhodes in 2015, NXT started running this tag team tournament in his honor. Since then, each edition of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic has managed to bring us some of the most exciting wrestling anywhere. It is a perfect blend of good wrestling and quality story development.

It was in this tournament that Bobby Roode start his feud with Tye Dillinger and a big part of the lengthy Finn Balor/Samoa Joe rivalry came when they won this tournament. It also gave us great matches like the Authors of Pain vs. TM61 or #DIY vs. The Undisputed Era. Plus, the list of winners is incredible — Aleister Black and Ricochet, Balor and Joe, Undisputed Era, and AOP.

Iowa wrestling championships: History, stats, and records

Iowa Hawkeye wrestling is unique. Few teams sell out an arena so often, garner a fan base quite passionate, and have the cult following as intense as this legendary wrestling program does year by year.

The Hawkeyes are presently led by Head Coach Tom Brands who won both Olympic and NCAA titles for the program and recently coached one of the most dominant college teams in the history of NCAA. He started competing for the Hawkeyes in 1988 and has been at the school almost every year since.

Under Tom Brands, the Hawks have won NCAA titles for three times, trained 20 World Team and Olympic members, and produced the NCAA champions for 12 times.  Brands also coached two of the three Hawkeyes who have also won the Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. The team has won five Big Ten Championships and produced 82 All-Americans, too. Along with his assistant coach Ryan Morningstar and his brother Terry, Iowa has continued the excellence that began even before their time.

The first team championship came in 1975 under Head Coach Gary Kurdelmeier, who was an NCAA champion for the Hawkeyes himself in 1958. While Kurdelmeier would continue to be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, his biggest contribution was creating a winning culture and a dominant program that continued to win 22 more team titles.

Iowa wrestling’s most remarkable stats, records

The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance for each of Tom Brands’ 14 years as head coach. The program broke a new attendance record in 2020 with 12,568.4 fans.

Iowa hasn’t lost a dual to in-state rival Iowa State since Tom Brands took over the program. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 against the Cyclones.

In NCAA wrestling history, Iowa has the second-longest winning streak with 69 wins.

Iowa has also won the most consecutive national titles of any wrestling team in NCAA history, and the streak of nine titles, is the second among the streaks for any Division I men’s sports team in the NCAA.

Three Famous Wrestling Competitions Worldwide, G1 Climax Ranks First

Wrestling tournaments usually attract many audiences and get fans excited. These competitions can be held to find a king of the sport or only for bragging rights. The most well-known wrestling tournaments in the world are G1 Climax, World Tag League, and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

The G1 Climax (Grade One Climax) is one of the most professional wrestling tournament organized by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion in Japan each August. According to the current format, the tournament prolongs four weeks. The round-robin tournament features about 20 competitors from the company’s top wrestlers, dividing into two blocks. The final winner will receive an IWGP Heavyweight Title shot at the Wrestle Kingdom.

However, the opening night of the G1 Climax 2019 was held in Texas, the United States, remarking the first time this event to take place outside Japan. This year, the finals of the G1 Climax will take place in October because Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics when the tournament is usually held, marking the first time to take place in the Winter.

Battle of Los Angeles tournament is an independent wrestling tournament, promoted by Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in North America from 2005. The annual competition attracts a lot of wrestlers from around the world, and the audiences have chances to see dream matching that blow their mind.

Over the past years, the competitions have featured many famous wrestlers such as Ricochet, Adam Cole, and Kenny Omega.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is a professional wrestling tournament annually organized by an American integrated media and entertainment company World Wrestling Entertainment. This tag team tournament is named to honor the field’s hero WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Dusty Rhodes, who passed away in 2015.

Since that edition, the NXT started running the tournament and bringing the most exciting wrestling anywhere. The competition is a perfect combination of good wrestling and quality story development.