Tough as nails and “Rotten” in all the right ways, Ron Starr was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1950. A Vietnam veteran, Starr saw wrestling as a way to adjust back into normal life after returning from combat and soon discovered he happened to be pretty good at it, deciding to stay at it for a 25-year career. Primarily working in the territorial days of the sport, Starr was never a WWE superstar, but he didn’t have to be, instead finding success in a large number of regional NWA promotions in addition to tours of Japan, China, and South Africa. Starr’s peak as a performer was his two reigns as NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion, a precursor to the cruiserweight divisions seen today. If that’s not enough to cement his legacy, it might also help to know he was an integral influence on a young Mick Foley , having served as the future Hardcore Legend’s first ever opponent. Starr passed away at the age of 67 after a series of strokes and heart attacks.
Bam Bam Bigelow (September 1, 1961 - January 19, 2007)
"Eathquake" John Tenta (June 22, 1963 - June 7, 2006)
Johnny Grunge (July 10, 1966 - February 16, 2006)
Eddie Guerrero (October 9, 1967 - November 13, 2005)
Chris Candido (March 21, 1972 - April 28, 2005)
Marianna Komlos (September 3, 1969 - September 26, 2004)
The Big Bossman (May 2, 1962 - September 22, 2004)
Hercules Hernandez (May 7, 1957 - March 6, 2004)
Crash Holly (August 25, 1971 - November 6, 2003)
At this point it should be clear that John Cena is amazing at his job. Over the past year he’s dug out his worker boots and had excellent matches with people like Seth Rollins, Cesaro, . Styles, and Kevin Owens, and before that he was working bloated, mass-marketed epics with The Rock. Cena is still better on the mic than anyone in the company, and capable of turning into a parody of himself in Trainwreck, and a genuinely surreal character on Total Divas . He’s a monster heel and a white-meat babyface at the same time. If you don’t think John Cena is in the Pantheon, you’ve been wrong for a long, long time.