Baumgartner is regarded as one of the greatest American wrestlers of all time. With five international titles, he is second only to John Smith. He is tied for second place with Jordan Burroughs. Baumgartner won 13 world or Olympic medals between 1983 and 1996. His best years were from 1987 to 1991 when he captured three consecutive gold medals at the World Wrestling Championships.
John "The Monster" Mattice was a heavy-weight wrestler who also competed in the freestyle competition. He was born on January 4th, 1945 in St. Joseph, Missouri and died on August 12th, 2000 from throat cancer complications. During his career, he was undefeated in official matches with 30 wins and no losses. He finished his career with a stellar record of 91-0-1.
Mattice started his wrestling career at Southwestern College where he became a four-time national champion. He then went on to Iowa State University where he became an eight-time NCAA champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist. After graduating, he joined the United States Army where he fought in the Vietnam War before moving back home to Missouri where he opened a wrestling school with his brother George. The school soon became very popular with many top athletes coming to train including Randy Couture, Mitsuo Matsuda, and Hayato Sakurai (now known as Hideo Kojima).
While some made the mistaken assertion that boxing's heavyweight champion was the baddest guy on the globe, those in the know knew it wasn't true—and has never been true. Pro wrestling reigned supreme for a wonderful century, if not longer. Lesnar's demise from the top of the UFC has put a stop to that streak.
He retired soon after his triumph and joined the FILA Commission a year later. After the Olympic Committee decided to eliminate wrestling from the games in 2013, he surrendered his gold medal. John Smith, born in 1965, is one of the most distinguished American freestyle wrestlers.
Burroughs concluded his undergraduate career with a 128-20 record. In terms of wrestling accomplishments, he is now rated second all-time in the United States. Gable earned many national and conference titles as a member of Iowa State University's wrestling team.
Hogan was the most popular wrestler of the 1980s, a 12-time world champion (six with the WWE) and the first to win consecutive Royal Rumbles. Hogan, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005, will always be remembered as one of the faces of professional wrestling.
Legends are usually the most accomplished or decorated wrestlers. Ric Flair, an American wrestler, has held many world heavyweight title reigns spanning three decades. Ultimo Dragon, a Japanese wrestler, once held and defended a record ten belts at the same time. He did so by forming a new wrestling promotion called World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and using his own employees as talent.
At one point in time, WWE was in possession of more world championships than any other company. This era lasted from 1998 to 2008 when The Rock became the first non-wrestler to hold the WWE Championship. Since then, no one else has been able to dethrone him. In 2012, John Cena became the longest reigning champion in history by surpassing The Rock's mark of 1,084 days. As of January 2, 2020, he is the current champion.
Cena has also held the title on multiple occasions. In addition to being WWE's top star for several years, he also served as president of the company from 2015 to 2018. Both of these roles give him the opportunity to make history by becoming the only person to hold the WWE Title while acting as both champion and leader of the organization.
Another example is Shawn Michaels, who is considered by many to be the greatest performer in wrestling history.
These wrestlers are the most successful and successful in WWE history, from World Champions to Hall of Famers to future entrants.
The following is a slideshow in which I rank the greatest WWE Champions in the history of the sport.
He is the highest-ranked wrestler on the list who has suffered a defeat. Sixth. Gray Simons, Lock Haven State University- Wrestling at 115 pounds, he set an all-time record with seven national titles in college (four at the NAIA level and three at the NCAA level), and he was the O.W. six times. He died in a car accident in 1998 at the age of 40.
Simons outscored his opponents 542-43. His winning percentage of.918 remains the highest of any active wrestler.
He was the first person to win both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I championship and the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division I championship in the same year. The feat was repeated by Oklahoma's Jeff Leben in 2003 and 2004. In addition, Simons won the United States Amateur Wrestling Association (USAMA) national title in 1947 and 1949; the NWCA national title in 1951 and 1952; and four straight NCAA championships from 1946 to 1949. He was also a two-time Olympian (1948, 1952).
Simons' achievements have never been equaled and it is unlikely they will be. There are only nine men left on the list, so he holds up very well considering that fact.