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So in the history of wrestling who were the most "over guys" with the fans. I understand some of these guys were over multiple years but I am choosing to list the guy in their most important year.

Let me premise this as saying I have watched wrestling since the mid 70's so I am lost on history except what I have learned from study before then. So if there was a wrestler who was mega over before then....fill me in.

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#1 Hulk Hogan 1985: Not sure any wrestler was as over world wide like Hogan in 85
#2 Sgt Slaughter 1984: Don't believe me watch any match Slaughter was in during this period, it was incredible. Here's an example for those who don't understand. This was really early in the feud..
#3 Ultimate Warrior 1989: The run that even overshadowed Hogan's popularity.
#4 Steve Austin 1998: One of the most incredible fandoms ever.
#5 Goldberg 1998: At the peak of the streak he was as hot as anyone.
#6 Dusty Rhodes 1975: The old school territory turn that had nationwide consequences.
#7 The Rock 2000: The start of his ascension to becoming the worlds most famous man
#8 Daniel Bryan 2011: A fan movement the likes that had not been seen in a decade

HM:The Road Warriors 1986, Jerry Lawler 1982, JYD 1983, Kerry Von Erich 1984
 

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Re: At their peak the most "over"wrestlers in history.

the eruption when austins music hit is something i've never heard the likes of since
 

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I'd say Rock circa 2000. He could make an arena erupt by raising an eyebrow, holding his hand out or sniffing the air. Thats pretty damn over.
 

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Up North, here in Canada, Gene Kiniski, unofficially proclaimed “Canada’s Greatest Athlete” was wildly over on many parts of the country. A routine main eventer at both Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto and the Montreal Forum in the late 50s and early 60s, Kiniski was always wrestling in front of a packed house. The pinnacle of Kiniski’s sucess in that part of the country would come on July 17 1957 when Kiniski would win the Canadian Heavywright Championship from Killer Kowalski in front of 21,000 fans at Delormier stadium in Montreal.

Along with selling out stadiums, Kiniski could be seen on CBC Television, to great ratings, at a time when hockey dominated the air waves.

Kiniski’s greatest success would come in the mid to late 60s as he moved all the way across the country to work in the west coast of Canada for NWA All Star Wrestling from Vancouver. Their tv show, All Star Wrestling could be seen throughout BC into Alberta and into the US in Washington and Oregon.

Kiniski challenged for the NWA Heavyweight Title vs Buddy Rogers in front of 25,000 fans at Empire empire in Vancouver on July 30th 1962.

Kiniski main evented MSG vs Bruno on 2 occasions and later in 1966 he defeated Lou Thesz in front on 11,000 people at the famous Kiel Auditorium.

Kiniski held the championship for 3 years, before losing it to Dory Funk Jr in 1969 in Tampa a Florida. This was not the end of the line for Kiniski as he remained wildly over in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland throughout the 1970s.
 

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The right answer is Steve Austin, and that's all I've got to say about that :austin
 

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Rikidozan, Gorgeous George, Andre the Giant, Lou Thez, Bruno Sanmartino, Big Daddy Crabtree, El Santo
 

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Hogan
Warrior
Goldberg
Austin
Rock
Sting
Road Warriors
CM Punk
Daniel Bryan

Honourable mention for Bret Hart in Europe, Canada and the U.K. The pops he got in those areas were unreal
 

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Theres the obvious ones which I ain't going include but honerable mentions are

New Age Outlaws 1999
Mankind 1999
Hardy Boyz- 2000-2001
The GodFather - 1999
Edge-2002
Rey Mysterio- 2003
The Hurricane- 2003

All these were massively over with the crowd at this time.
Remember going Wrestling events in 2000-2001 and the Hardyz by then we're as over as Austin. Only The Rock would surpass them.
 

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Hogan
Austin
Daniel Bryan
The Von Erichs in Texas was insane. Those crowds, especially the women, went insane.
 

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I started watching wrestling in the late 80's, and the only person I've seen who rivals Hogan is Austin. Guys like the Rock and Warrior were close, but Austin and Hogan are on another planet.
 

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I kid... well.. half kid... I want to say Bryan, I really do, I just don't know if he actually measures up to guys like Hogan, Austin, and other iconic wrestlers. Really only time will tell.
 

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Re: At their peak the most "over"wrestlers in history.

This is a fun thread.....but the lack of Slaughter is alarming. I mean I guess most posters here do not remember.

Let me explain it this way.

Slaughter in 84 was headlining the "B" shows....however the "B" shows were according to everything I have read were drawing better than the A shows with Hogan and the Tag Champs.....Andre and Snuka/Tito were the anchors for the C show at this time.

The WWF was running three house shows a night....crazy. Slaughter was headlining shows without hardly any support.

There is a reason he was a GI Joe, met the President. Slaughter's pop rivaled anyone everywhere. Even when he wrestled guys like Orndorf or other non foreign heels, the pop was insane.

All of you declaring Austin the winner? That's fair...you probably never experienced a live house with either Hogan, Slaughter, or Warrior in their prime....

I did.....and Austin is easy a top five.

I actually considered ranking Slaughter 84 #1 because I have never experienced anything like that....but Hogan 85 was pretty close and I didn't want to make the Hogan posters mad. Had no clue Austin posters would feel so entitled lol.
 
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