50. CHRIS JERICHO – The first undisputed world champion since the 1950s was one of the industry’s top stars of the past decade.
49. RANDY ORTON – The youngest world champion in WWE history is among the biggest stars of the post-Attitude era.
48. GOLDBERG – His time in the spotlight was short, but Goldberg was a key player during wrestling’s boom period in the late ’90s. Even now, more than six years after his last match, fans still speculate as to whether he will make a comeback.47. KURT ANGLE – He was one of the top stars in WWE from 1999 to 2006 before departing for TNA. While Angle hasn’t had a huge impact on buy rates and TV ratings in TNA, his mere presence there adds legitimacy to the company.
46. THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR – Regardless of what you may think of his wrestling ability, there’s no denying that he was one of the most memorable and talked-about wrestlers of the late ’80s and ’90s.
45. JIMMY SNUKA – A revolutionary high flyer who was perhaps the industry’s most popular wrestler for a couple years before Hulkamania exploded, his leaps off the top of a steel cage at Madison Square Garden in the ’80s have become iconic.
44. JERRY LAWLER – One of the most successful stars of the territory days, “The King” was a legend for two decades in Memphis, where his popularity transcended wrestling.
43. MAD DOG VACHON – One of wrestling’s most vicious villains won the AWA world title twice in the ’60s and remained a top star there into the early ’80s.
42. EDOUARD CARPENTIER – Combining innovative high-flying moves with solid mat wrestling skills, Carpentier was one of wrestling’s top draws in the ’50s and ’60s.
41. MICK FOLEY – He brought hardcore wrestling to the mainstream and became one of the most famous wrestlers in the industry during the boom period of the late ’90s. Foley went on to become a best-selling author.
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