Class of 2017
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin
– Six time WWE Champion
– Five time WWE/WCW Tag Team Champion with Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Triple H and Brian Pullman
– Two time Intercontinental Champion
– Two time United States Champion
– Three time Royal Rumble Winner
Feuded with The Rock, Vince McMahon, The Undertaker, and Kurt Angle all to great success. Headlined three straight WrestleMania’s he was able to work (14,15 and 17). Top draw of the Attitude era.
– One time WWE Champion
– Two time Intercontinental Champion
– Two time United States Champion (WWE/WCW)
– Four time World Tag Team Champion with Chavo (2), Tajiri and Rey Mysterio
– Two time Cruiserweight champion in WCW
Notable feuds were with Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio and JBL. Was once apart of World Wrestling All-Stars, before returning to the WWE. Became a huge draw with the Mexican fans of WWE and WCW.
– Four time Triple Crown Champion in All Japan Pro Wrestling
– Won 23 titles while in AJPW
– Won the World Strongest Tag Determination League four times
– One time AWA World Heavyweight Champion
A major name in Japanese wrestling for most of his time as an active wrestler. He was considered a draw in Japan and dominated most of the tours out there. Helped establish Kenta Kobashi in a five star classic in 1993. Feuded with Kenta, Vader and Mitsuharu Misawa during his prime.
Had major feuds with Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Ric Flair, and even Vince McMahon. One of the few people to work matches for the WWE, WCW, AWA, TNA, and NJPW in their career. One of the biggest names in the history of pro wrestling ever.
– One time GHC Heavyweight Champion
– Three time AJPW Triple Crown Champion
– Six Time World Tag Team Champion with Mitusharu Misawa(2), Jun Akiyama (c) and yes, Johnny “People Power” Ace (2)
– Two Time GHC Tag Team Champion with Tamon Honda
– Five time Worlds Strongest Tag Determination League winner
Centerpiece of Pro Wrestling NOAH after exodus from All Japan. Feuded and helped establish KENTA/Hideo Itami during their time in NOAH together. 23 time Five Star Match award winner from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Established a long time feud with Mitshuaru Misawa that many credit to keeping Japanese Pro Wrestling afloat during a rough time period.
– Four time WWE World Champion
– Three time Intercontinental Champion
– Two time Royal Rumble winner
– First ever WWE Grand Slam Champion
– Five time WWE World Tag Team Champion with Kevin Nash (2), Stone Cold, John Cena and Triple H
– Eleven time Match of the Year Award recipient by Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Shawn Michaels formed legendary tag team The Rockers, most known for their breakup than anything else. Wrestled in first United States televised ladder match. Along with Bret Hart, helped keep the WWE afloat during a tumultuous time.
– One time NWA/WCW World Champion
– Two Time Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion
– Four time NWA/WCW United States Champion
– Four time NWA/WCW Television Champion
– Eight time NWA/WCW world Tag Team Champion with Jay Youngblood (5), Paul Jones, Dustin Rhodes and Shane Douglas
– One time WWE Intercontinental Champion
Feuds with Ric Flair, Randy Savage and the Four Horsemen made him a legend. Has a rare “Six Star” award from Dave Meltzer, which he shares with a Mitsuharu Misawa/Toshiaki Kawada and Kenny Omega/Kazuchika Okada match. Considered to be part of the best match at WrestleMania III. Returned to action after fifteen years of retirement at WrestleMania 25 to steal the show.
– One time WCW World Heavyweight Champion
– First black man to win the WCW World Title
– Four time WWE/WCW World Tag Team Champion with Bradshaw (3) and Butch Reed
– One time WCW United States Tag Team Champion with Big Josh
Feuds with the Hardy’s, Edge and Christian, and The Dudley’s during the late 90’s and early 00’s helped establish the WWE’s best tag team division ever. Was the first black man to ever win a world title between the two biggest American promotions. Had stellar single feuds with Vader, The Rock and Cactus Jack.
Feuded with The Outsiders, The Steiners, The Nasty Boys and Public Enemies. Was a major player in the WCW/nWo feud. Booker won the WCW Television title as an active member of the Harlem Heat tag team. Feuded in 2000, and reformed in 2015 for a final title win.
One of the most popular tag teams of all time. Powered inspiration from the Mad Max franchise. One of the only tag teams to have wrestled in WWE, WCW, AJPW, NJPW, ECW, and Impact Wrestling.
Along with Harlem Heat, The Outsiders and The Road Warriors; The Steiners were considered a pillar of the tag team wrestling scene for most of the 1990’s. One of the few teams to win gold in three major promotions.
*Managers and Announcers*
Part of the legendary announce teams for both the WWE and WCW. A staple with Gorilla Monsoon in the late 80’s for the WWE, and then again with Tony Schiavone and Larry Zbyszko for the 90’s with WCW. Managed most of the major heels of the 1980’s, including Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Curt Hennig and others. Lead the rallying cry against Hulk Hogan on television for most of Hogan’s career.
Former owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling. Stints as a writer, announcer, booker and even as head talent developer. Brought the manager back to the prominence, decreeing himself an “advocate” for Brock Lesnar. Considered by many to be one of the best mic workers of all time.