Greatest wrestler of all time: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin or Chris Jericho? | The Tylt
Greatest wrestler of all time: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin or Chris Jericho?
For many, WWE wrestlers are the real-life superheroes of the world. Whether they were upholding the values of justice or doing whatever it took 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 16 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! Have your voice be heard, and that's the bottom line because Stone Cold said so!
The Attitude Era of the WWE was one of the most entertaining in the business's history, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the redneck star of the show. Austin wasn't the most morally upstanding, nor was he a great role model. He drank beer, got in everyone's face and went head-to-head with some of the biggest villains of his generation. He was the anti-hero that WWE fans deserved.
The Texas Rattlesnake showed no mercy in his clashes with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Fans lived vicariously through his antics against the boss of the company like they were getting over on their own superiors as well. Heroes come in all forms. Austin was the hero that would talk smack, beat you down and talk some more. He was the greatest face of the WWE, and that's the bottom line because Stone Cold said so.
Jericho's career started in WCW as a weird heel, but he eventually morphed into one of the most charismatic stars when he arrived at the WWE. Not only did he have the swag of a superstar, he proved he can easily stand toe-to-toe with the likes of The Rock, Triple H and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in pure wrestling talent. He was a perennial championship contender and always in the mix for the biggest storylines. Y2J dominated the company.
Often overlooked in Jericho's arsenal were his promos. He somehow shared the stage with legends like The Rock and stole the show with some brutal one-liners and clever comments. He won championships in the ring, but his work on the mic was great on its own.