Mount Rushmore of Wrestling
I found this picture online captioned, "Do you agree with this picture" choosing those specific people.
My criteria for a person to be considered placement on the wrestling Mount Rushmore would depend on two basic concepts: 1) The wrestler's impact on the wrestling industry and 2) popularity longevity that affects the business's success.
Let's look into each one:
"The Immortal, Golden Boy" Hulk Hogan
-Hogan enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980s and 90s as the all-American character Hulk Hogan in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and as "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, the villainous nWo leader, in World Championship Wrestling (WCW). A regular pay-per-view headliner in both organizations, Hogan closed the respective premier annual events of the WWF and WCW, WrestleMania and Starrcade, on multiple occasions. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Hulk Hogan is a 12-time world champion being a six-time WWF/E Champion and six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. He is the second longest combined reigning WWF Champion of all time (after Bruno Sammartino, and before Bob Backlund) the longest-reigning champion of the 1980s, and holds two of the ten longest title runs in WWF/E history, having held the title for 1,474 days from 1984-1988 (the fourth longest reign of all time) and 364 days from 1989 to 1990 (the 9th longest reign of all time). He is also the longest-reigning WCW World Heavyweight Champion of all time, with a 469 day reign from 1994-1995. Hogan won the Royal Rumble in 1990 and 1991, making him the first man to win two consecutive Royal Rumbles*
"The Innovative, Rule-Breaking Badass" Stone Cold Steve Austin
-Declared by WWE (formerly WWF) chairman Vince McMahon to be the most profitable wrestler in the company's history, he gained mainstream popularity in the WWF in the late 1990s as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, a disrespectful, beer-drinking antihero who routinely defied the establishment and his boss Mr. McMahon.Austin has been described as the industry's biggest star in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the "poster boy for the WWF's Attitude Era.
Austin held 21 championships throughout his professional wrestling career, and is a 6-time WWF Champion as well as the fifth Triple Crown Champion. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, as well as the 1997, 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles. He was forced to retire from in ring competition in 2003, due to a series of knee and neck injuries. Throughout the rest of 2003 and 2004, he was featured as the Co-General Manager and "Sheriff" of Raw. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by Vince McMahon. In 2011, Steve Austin returned to WWE to host the reboot of the reality series Tough Enough.*
"The Undefeated, Everlasting Phenom" The Undertaker
-Being the company's most tenured performer, and is the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993, The Deadman has loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring ability, The Undertaker is a WWE great in a class by himself, and no list of legends would be complete without him.**
The Undertaker holds an unrivaled record of being undefeated at WrestleMania, WWE's premier pay-per-view event, with a 21–0 record (with no appearances at WrestleMania X and 2000). Another similar achievement was from December 1991 to September 1993, when he did not lose a single match, marking the longest undefeated streak in WWF in the 90s. Calaway is an eight-time World Champion having won the WWF/E Championship four times and the World Heavyweight Championship three times as The Undertaker, and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship once under the Master of Pain character. The Undertaker is also a seven-time Tag Team champion: a six-time World Tag Team Champion and one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion. The Undertaker was the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble and became the first man to enter the annual event last and win.*
"The Unstoppable, Trailblazing Doctor of Thuganomics" John Cena
-Fans love him or hate him. There’s no middle ground, and that’s the power of John Cena. Whatever you think of The Champ, there’s no denying his actions impact everything and everyone around him. Sure, he has his detractors, and they’re vocal, but Cena is still easily the most admired competitor in WWE, as evidenced by his nine million–plus Facebook followers. Cenation is strong. And its message is spreading. Whether competing in the squared circle, performing in front of the camera or donating time to charitable organizations like Make-A-Wish, The Champ is there.**
In 2001, Cena signed a developmental contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later renamed to WWE). Cena debuted on the WWF main roster in 2002, and to date, he has won 21 championships in total, including 14 world championships (a record 11 reigns as WWE Champion and the World Heavyweight Championship three times), a company record. He has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE Champion, behind Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino, and is the 4th longest-reigning WWE Champion in history. He is also the first man to win the match by disqualification and fail to capture a world championship upon cashing in a Money in the Bank contract.*
*Information derived from Wikipedia
**Information derived from WWE.com
-If anyone is arguably overlooked, my #1 vote would be for the heartbreak kid
-Knowing him, this is how he would like it:
•Andre the Giant
What would your Mount Rushmore look like?