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Current Top 10 Contenders GWE2026

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Right now gun to my head?

1- Daniel Bryan

2- Terry Funk

3- Ric Flair

4- Stan Hansen 

5- Kenta Kobashi 

6- Tenryu

7- Misawa

8- Kawada

9- Hijo Del Santo

10- Austin

Cena, Rogers, Rey Jr., Eddie, Casas, Akiyama, Okada, Hokuto, Liger, Bret Hart, LA Park, Rose,  Piper, Tamura, Andre, Lawler, etc would all have a shot at the top 10.

 

None of the great workers from the 60s or 70s really did well in 2016 because of a lack of footage. It would be interesting to see what footage from that era pops up online in the next 5 years and how it shapes the outcome in 2026. 

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Steve Austin, Bryan Danielson, Aja Kong, Shinya Hashimoto, Negro Casas, and John Cena are the only ones who feel like strong contenders at the moment. The back half of the top ten is a real fluid thing for me. Mick Foley and Antonio Inoki are probably the most likely picks after that. The more I watch Andre the higher I want to put him, which seems sort of wild.

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My current top 10....

1. Daniel Bryan
2. Kenta Kobashi
3. Stan Hansen
4. Terry Funk
5. El Hijo Del Santo
6. Ric Flair
7. Shinobu Kandori
8. Yoshiaki Fujiwara
9. Bull Nakano
10 Minoru Suzuki

Folks that are outside the working top 10, but in that next big tier of wrestlers and could have a chance (in no particular order)

Kiyoshi Tamura
Eddie Guerrero
Akira Hokuto
Randy Savage
Devil Masami
Volk Han
Jushin Liger
Chingusa Nagayo
El Satanico
Mick Foley
Mitsuharu Misawa
Billy Robinson
Jumbo Tsuruta
Genichiro Tenryu
Jaguar Yokota
Nick  Bockwinkel
Brock Lesnar
Bret Hart
Ricky Steamboat
Aja Kong
Samoa Joe
LA Park
Negro Casas
Meiko Sotomura
Toshiaki Kawada

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In no particular order my Top 8

- Bryan Danielson 

- Bull Nakano

- Stan Hansen

- Terry Funk

-Bret Hart

-Genichiro Tenryu

-Jumbo Tsuruta

- Ric Flair

 

Lawler, Bockwinkel, Chigusa Nagayo, Shinobu Kandori and el Satanico are getting real consideration at the moment, though. 

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7 hours ago, brockobama said:

Steve Austin, Bryan Danielson, Aja Kong, Shinya Hashimoto, Negro Casas, and John Cena are the only ones who feel like strong contenders at the moment. The back half of the top ten is a real fluid thing for me. Mick Foley and Antonio Inoki are probably the most likely picks after that. The more I watch Andre the higher I want to put him, which seems sort of wild.

If you ranked Andre like 3rd overall I'd look at your list and say "they ranked Andre 3rd! That's cool as fuck!" and then I'd be super pumped for the rest of your list :)

You won't regret ranking Andre ridiculously high. The only mistake with Andre is leaving him off. 

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Only my top 4 is a lock (Funk, Hansen, Tamura, Casas).  The following names have all have a shot at my top 10 in no particular order: 

  • Hijo del Santo
  • Satanico
  • Misawa
  • Fujiwara
  • Flair
  • Steamboat
  • Danielson
  • Nagayo
  • Yokota
  • Masami
  • Chicana
  • Kobashi
  • Tenryu
  • Kawada
  • Bockwinkel
  • Ishikawa
  • Rose
  • Liger

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I'm not quite sure of my top 10, but here's what I have so far (not in order):

Jaguar

Hokuto

Eddie

Hansen

Bull

Rey

Flair

Santito

Tenryu

Casas

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