players of wrestling?
There have been a lot of A's, but in my mind, to be a true A+ player,
the ultimate wrestler (not the Ultimate Warrior) you have to truly
transform the industry as a whole, and raise wrestling to a level it
has never reached before.
The only two people that I believe have ever done that are Hulk Hogan
and Steve Austin.
Ric Flair? Just carried on the legacy he inherited, and was never a
huge draw outside the Carolinas.
Bruno Sammartino? Carried his company for over a decade, but couldn't
really expand them beyond being a profitable Northeastern promotion.
The Rock? Gained mainstream fame after becoming a movie star, but
really didn't take wrestling to a higher level than Austin brought it.
Andre the Giant? An attraction, a curiousty, a draw, but not a
gamechanger for any promotion.
Brock Lesnar? Maybe could have been over time, but just didn't get there.
And I don't think that anybody else even deserves consideration for the title.
And of course, wrestling hasn't had an active A+ player for over a
decade…and probably never will again.