Greatest wrestler of all time: Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan? | The Tylt
Greatest wrestler of all time: Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan?
For many, WWE wrestlers are the real-life superheroes of the world. Whether they are upholding the values of justice or doing whatever it takes to win, professional wrestlers continue to inspire or draw the ire of fans. Some feel that wrestling is a fake sport, but people will defend their favorite performers to the death. These athletes breathe so much life into their personas that fans can't help but think they're real.
Many go to the WWE believing they will become legendary, like some of the wrestlers before them, but few performers can really count themselves amongst the best of the best. These almost mythical heroes and villains have etched their names into eternity with unforgettable performances and inimitable characters. That's why we picked eight of the best wrestlers to fight in the squared circle of the WWE and want you to answer one question: Who is the greatest WWE wrestler ever?
Don't forget to vote on the other debates in our bracket, Jabronies! Have your voice be heard, and that's the bottom line because Stone Cold said so!
There is no who compared to the Rolex wearing, diamond ring wearing, kiss stealing, wheeling and dealing, limousine riding, jet flying son of a gun—Ric Flair.
Flair was undoubtedly the better worker and he was the "real" World Heavyweight Champion as he toured the territories defending the NWA title belt. Flair also had the swagger and he seriously lived his gimmick. He was the "Nature Boy" and he certainly loved a party.
Flair also pioneered the stable concept with the original "Four Horsemen" and he can boast 17 world title reigns.
Unlike Hogan, Flair can claim to have taken part in some of the greatest matches in wrestling history. His bouts with Ricky Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes in the NWA are legendary and his "I Quit" match with Terry Funk and his cage match with Harley Race are still cited today as works of genius.
One of the greatest performers of the sport, Flair's flamboyant persona perfectly fit the role of the heel. Whether it was flaunting his immense wealth, or employing some of the dirtiest tactics, Flair was always foiling the best-laid plans of faces like Sting or Dusty Rhodes.
There may be other heels, but no one will ever have the next-level swag of the Nature Boy. Woooo!
There were heroes, and then there was the Hulkster. After defeating the hated Iron Sheik, Hulk Hogan became a household name. With his army of Hulkamaniacs, Hogan would dominate the WWE for over four years. He would ride his support to incredible victories against some of the sport's greatest opponents, including Andre the Giant and King Kong Bundy.
Hogan established himself as the all-American superhero, frequently waving the flag around as he lay waste to the villains who dared to threaten the company. There were many good guys in professional wrestling, but there weren't any heroes more wholesome than Hogan.
Hogan was the WWE's greatest champion and hero, but that all ended in 1996. Hulk Hogan turned heel to become "Hollywood" Hogan in the WCW, an arrogant, entitled coward who would hide behind his cohorts to protect his title. He was ruthless, and as much as people loved him when he was the face, they hated him just as much when he was the heel. Even when he was the villain, Hogan was the star of the show.