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Old 03-13-2016, 09:13 PM
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When one thinks of Mount Rushmore they think of "innovation," "lasting influence," and "popularity." Now of course there are reasons why the 4 presidents are on the monument in South Dakota, but how about a monument dedicated for pro wrestling? Working with 4 faces, who would you choose to represent the whole industry? Through its multiple booms and doldrums. Through periods of obscurity and pop culture phenomena. Celebrated sports stars and entertainers. Which wrestlers best captured the essence of pro wrestling?

Here's mine...

Hulk Hogan - I feel that this monument cannot be genuine without the Hulkster. He was the biggest draw of the modern era and his style of working really influenced the current sports entertainment product. Known everywhere throughout the 80's as a pop culture icon, Hogan led the boom that put wrestling back on the map and paved the way for plenty of others that came after him. His success also opened the door for WWE to take the steps necessary to start putting their competition out of business. And later, when Hogan jumped ship to the competition, he reinvented himself with the NWO becoming a pop culture sensation in two separate decades.

Lou Thesz - I feel Thesz is a pivotal choice as he was the biggest wrestling star in the 50's. The NWA was the organization that not only unified all the world titles from before WW2 under one banner, but through their partnerships the different promoters would eventually give rise to the territories, and it was the NWA champion's job to make sure the demands and needs of each promoter in the organization were met, and no one did this better than Lou Thesz. He traveled everywhere, defended everywhere, and drew everywhere.

Ed Strangler Lewis - Lewis is an important historical figure. He was one of the sports greatest champions after Frank Gotch. He possessed great charisma and used his lasting appeal to set many of wrestling's foundations. The Lewis trope placed time limits on matches. Developed new finishes. They ran cards. They demonstrated that wrestlers without legit grappling skills could be used to draw money. Lewis working heel developed many of the techniques that modern heels still use today. He also ran some of the earliest pro wrestling story lines, and found ways to continuously dupe fans from parting with their money. At his peak he enjoyed popularity on par with Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and John Barrymore.

Jim Londos - I went back and forth on this one. Jim Londos is generally regarded as the best drawing card in pro wrestling history. For 28 months he drew more big gates than anyone ever, and all during the 30's where people had little to no money to spend, but yet they'd gladly spend a weekly wage on a ticket to go see Jim Londos. Londos is credited as being one of the first gimmick wrestlers in the industry. One of the first to really use showmanship to his advantage, and the boom period he led in the 30's was one of the most important as it established solid business in cities, like New York, that did not have a strong pro wrestling presence or tradition before.

So those are the 4 heads of my pro wrestling Mount Rushmore. What are yours?
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:02 PM
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HBK - Chris Jericho said it best when he said without HBK there is no Hall of Fame

Undertaker - Do I really need to go into detail here?

Ric Flair - 2 time Hall of Famer for a reason

Last spot has to go to Stone Cold - The man made more $$$ than anyone in history
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:18 PM
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Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Undertaker.

Perhaps decades from now, Triple H will be more worthy than Undertaker due to his contributions to the company and NXT following the end of his in-ring career.

McMahon is the one responsible for it all. Hogan and Austin were his biggest money makers and ushered in two explosive, mainstream, money-making eras and Undertaker is a name synonymous with McMahon's biggest creation which made it all possible. Triple H is McMahon's heir. So if the mountain was chiseled now? Yeah, McMahon, Hogan, Austin and Taker. Taker is probably the only name that can be argued since you did say wrestling and not WWE. Sammartino maybe? The only names for sure has to be Vince, Hogan and Austin, fourth is interchangeable I guess.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:19 PM
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Bruno Sammartino, Vince McMahon, Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan.

Eric Bischoff I think is my only controversial one, but I feel like the Monday Night Wars pushed wrestling to it's all time peak of popularity, and WCW's lasting influence on everything wrestling today is undoubtable. It made both the WCW and WWF Better.

I think the other 3 have no question to why they're there.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:34 PM
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My PERSONAL wrestler Mt. Rushmore:

Stone Cold, Sting, Rock, Savage

My PERSONAL non-wrestler Mt. Rushmore:

Vince, Heyman, Bischoff, Jim Ross

But if I had to choose four faces to represent the whole industry:

Bruno, Hogan, Stone Cold, Vince
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Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, John Cena, Vince McMahon

I could sub out Cena for a Sammartino (even though I don't care abut his accomplishments),
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Old 03-14-2016, 02:57 AM
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If I had to pick 4 that I felt truly encompassed professional wrestling here's the list

Hulk Hogan - whether you love him or hate him he put "Sports Entertainment" on the map and will go down as the most popular wrestler of all time.
Ric Flair - You can't deny the Nature Boy is the greatest of all time, the NWA's answer to Hulk Hogan.
Vince McMahon - Once again, love him or hate him, Vince McMahon is the patron saint(yeah I couldn't type that straight faced) of professional wrestling, he took a regional promotion and took it global. He did what many before and after him have tried and failed many times to do.
Before I announce my final pick I just want to say that it's tough to pick 4 influential figures in wrestling because there's so many to choose from but I'd have to go with Eric Bischoff.
Bischoff took a fledgling project of Ted Turner's and turned it into a profitable division within Turner Broadcasting. Again say what you will about the guy but so much of what Vince McMahom would later go on to do with the WWF came from what WCW was already doing. RAW live every week, becoming an on-screen character, becoming an edgier product these were all things WCW was doing before Vince was doing it. As much as we like to credit Bischoff with causing the end of an era, he helped make that era in the first place.
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Hulk Hogan: For obvious reasons. Hulk Hogan is synonymous with professional wrestling and is probably the most recognizable name in history aside from The Rock. OP basically covered it all; pop cultural icon, put wrestling back on the map, and largely considered the true "greatest of all time". It would be a joke to leave Hulk Hogan off a Mount Rushmore of pro-wrestling.

Gorgeous George: I've said it before... Gorgeous George, in my opinion, set the precedent for modern day wrestling more than anybody else in history. In an era when wrestling was almost strictly that, wrestling, George was among the first to realize that drama sells. He led the first boom of professional wrestling and became one of the biggest stars in the world during his time on top. It's said that at the height of his run, George was able to demand 50% of the gate. If we're talking draws, Gorgeous George is among the top. He was the one who paved the way for Hogan to pave the way.

Ric Flair: Honestly, I think it can be argued that Ric Flair matched Hulk Hogan in popularity all throughout the 80s and 90s. The 16 time World Champion who wrestled in 5 different decades throughout his career. The Nature Boy. In my opinion, the greatest promo man of all time. Ric Flair both epitomized and revolutionized wrestling along with Hogan and he deserves a spot just as much as Hogan does.

Bruno Sammartino: Strictly for being the longest reigning and drawing WWE champion in history, he belongs on this list. Bruno was also the first "breakout" star of the modern era of wrestling. If not for the guy above, it could be argued that nobody was more popular or successful for a longer period of time in wrestling than Bruno Sammartino.

If this were 20 years down the road, my Mount Rushmore would probably be a bit different. Right now however, I think it's still too soon to judge the full impact that the likes of Austin and The Rock had on the industry.
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For me Wrestling begins in the 80s and as such my Rushmore is:

Hulk Hogan: Can't tell the story of modern wrestling without Hogan. He is the man that made it possible.

Stone Cold: Like Hogan before him he carried it to the next generation.

The Rock: My personal favorite and the most charismatic performer ever.

Bret Hart: My next favorite and the best ever between the ropes. No one has or ever will make it look as good in the ring as Bret did.
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Top post! Mine would be as follows:

Hulk Hogan - Literally the most recognisable face in wrestling and the wider world. Regardless of recent press and his situation, he will always be regarded as the reason I watched my first wrestling show (Wrestlemania 3).

Ric Flair - Nobody can say that they have done what he has done in the business. From the NWA, to WCW, to the WWE, Flair has stayed relevant for 30+ years and has a resume that nobody else can match.

John Cena - Now I know it is a little early to be mentioning him, but lets be honest, regardless of whether you love him, or hate him, he has carried the company on his back since 2004 and has been on top for nearing 13 years. In years to come, he will be remembered as 'the man'.

And finally...

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin - The reason wrestling became great again in the mid to late 90's. His impact on the industry as a whole cannot be denied. He flew into mainstream culture and had the hottest angle in wrestling history with Vince McMahon. He will be regarded as one of the greatest of all time, and in my eyes, 'the' greatest of all time.
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