Top 10 Entertaining Aerial Wrestlers of All Time
In professional wrestling, there are several techniques that the wrestlers use to win over their opponents. Aerial techniques are very popular maneuvers. In this technique, the wrestlers use the ring and its posts and ropes to be able to show off their speed and agility. It is commonly popular with wrestlers with a smaller stature and who are quicker. These wrestlers are unable to perform majority of the power moves, and hence they make up for it with the aerial techniques. In fact, there is quite a wide variety of aerial techniques used in professional wrestling. Like every sportsman has a different set of skills in whatever sport he participates in, some wrestlers are particularly good at aerial techniques. Let us take a look at Top 10 Entertaining Aerial Wrestlers of All Time.
Top 10 Entertaining Aerial Wrestlers of All Time
1. Rey Mysterio
Mexican-American professional wrestler Oscar Gutierrez Rubio better known as Rey Mysterio was born on December 11, 1974, and currently worked in WWE. He was also previously participated in the ECW and WCW. Mysterio learned his trademark style “Lucha Libre” high flying from his uncle Rey Misterio, Sr. He started working for the Asistencia Asesoría y Administración from 1992 to 1995 in Mexico and later participated in the Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1995 to 1996. Mysterio participated in the World Championship Wrestling from 1996 to 2001 and started working for the WWE in 2002. He is famous for his high flying style and his signature moves such as the 619 which is actually a Tiger feint kick to the head of an opponent draped over the second rope. Mysterio achieved a total of 21 titles in WWE and WCW.
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2. Eddie Guerrero
Mexican-American professional wrestler Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes better known as Eddie Guerrero was born on October 9, 1967 in the Guerrero wrestling family. He participated in several major professional wrestling promotions in Mexico and Japan. Guerrero worked for the Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment in the United States. Guerrero is also popular for his catchphrase “I Lie! I Cheat! I Steal!” which was later used in one of his entrance themes. Guerrero achieved a total of 23 titles during his career which also includes the WWE Grand Slam Championship. Sadly, he was found dead in his motel room at The Marriott City Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 13, 2005. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Rey Mysterio on April 1, 2006.
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3. Shawn Michaels
American professional wrestling personality and retired professional wrestler Michael Shawn Hickenbottom better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels was born on July 22, 1965, and famous for his work on WWE. He signed to WWE as an ambassador and occasional non-wrestling performer in December 2010. He is often cited to have a better top-rope elbow drop than “Macho Man” Randy Savage. He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. IGN once stated about him that “Michaels was the most athletic, inspired and daring storyteller in the business; raising the bar for the entire industry with each match.” Shawn Michaels is quite popular for his finishing moves such as the Modified figure-four leglock and Sweet Chin Music which is a type of Superkick with theatrics.
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4. Ultimo Dragon
Japanese professional wrestler and actor Yoshihiro Asai better known by his ring name Último Dragón was born on December 12, 1966, and is regarded for developing several moves such as The Asai DDT, the Dragon Bomb, the Dragonsteiner and the Asai Moonsault. He was trained in Japan and later learnt the lucha libre style while working in Mexico. Ultimo Dragon achieved the unification of eight junior division titles called the J-Crown from various international promotions on October 11, 1996. His name “Ultimo Dragon” means the “Last Dragon” in Spanish as he claimed that he is the last student taught by legendary martial artist Bruce Lee whose nickname was “The Dragon”. Ultimo Dragon was inducted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2004.
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5. Too Cold Scorpio
American professional wrestler Charles Bernard Scaggs better known by his ring name 2 Cold Scorpio or Too Cold Scorpio was born on October 25, 1965, and currently wrestles on the US independent circuit. He participated in the World Championship Wrestling in the early 90s, Extreme Championship Wrestling in the mid-90s, World Wrestling Federation in the late 90s and finally in the Pro Wrestling Noah in the early 2000s. Too Cold Scorpio is quite popular for his signature moves such as the moonsault leg drop which is a good old-fashioned moonsault, The 450-splash, The shooting star press and The corkscrew somersault leg drop. He signed with World Wrestling Entertainment in 2006 and later released on May 11, 2007. Scorpio joined Booker T’s Pro Wrestling Alliance promotion in 2007 in Houston, Texas. He was inducted into the 2300 Arena’s Hardcore Hall of Fame on June 14, 2014.
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6. Jushin Liger
Japanese professional wrestler Keiichi Yamada better known by his ring name Jushin Liger and Jushin Thunder Liger was born on November 30, 1964, and mainly works for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is often regarded as one of the greatest and most revolutionary junior heavyweights in the 1990s. Liger first achieved the Young Lion Cup in March 1986, and went to Europe for participating in the All Star Wrestling in England under the name “Flying” Fuji Yamada. He was debuted in the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on October 23, 2005. Jushin Liger was the captain of the New Japan team in the TNA 2006 World X Cup Tournament. He is known for his signature moves such as the Brainbuster which he sometimes executes from the top rope and Abisegeri which is actually a Rolling koppu kick.
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7. Rob Van Dam
American professional wrestler and occasional actor Robert “Rob” Alex Szatkowski better known by his ring Rob Van Dam was born on December 18, 1970, and was ranked the number one wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2002. He worked for the Extreme Championship Wrestling in late 90s, the World Wrestling Entertainment in the early 2000s and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in the early 2010s. He is known for his signature ariel moves such as the Van Dam’s Five-Star Frog Splash which he executes from an unimaginable heights, and the Van Terminator which is actually a corner-to-corner missile dropkick. Rob Van Dam achieved a total of 21 total championships and is the only wrestler to hold the WWE Championship, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
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8. Shane McMahon
American businessman and occasional wrestler Shane Brandon McMahon was born on January 15, 1970, and is a member of the McMahon family. He is the chairman and Principal Executive Officer of YOU On Demand. He also served as the Executive Vice President of Global Media for the McMahon family-owned World Wrestling Entertainment. He is the son of WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and United States Senate candidate Linda McMahon. Shane is a European Champion and a one-time Hardcore Champion in the WWE. He is known for his ability to deliver a corner-to-corner dropkick from the top rope. He was also featured in the 2002 film Rollerball. He was included in the “50 Most Powerful Men Under 42” by the Detail magazine in the annual “power issue” in September 2006.
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9. Jeff Hardy
American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician Jeffrey Nero “Jeff” Hardy was born on August 31, 1977, and currently works in the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He is known for his appearance in the World Wrestling Entertainment. Hardy is a six-time world champion as he became the WWE Champion once, the World Heavyweight Champion twice and the TNA World Heavyweight Champion three times. He achieved the WWE’s Intercontinental Championship four times and is the youngest to win the title. Hardy also won the Light Heavyweight and European Championships. He is widely known as a tag team wrestler and has won the Tag Team Championship seven times. Hardy is quite popular for his signature moves such as the Reverse Twist of Fate and Spine Line which is an Armlock cloverleaf.
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10. Brock Lesnar
American professional wrestler and former professional mixed martial artist Brock Edward Lesnar better known as just Brock Lesnar was born on July 12, 1977, and is signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. Lesnar is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion in his fourth reign. He is the only wrestler to won the WWE championship, UFC championship and NCAA wrestling championship. Brock Lesnar achieved his first WWE Championship at the age of 25 and became the youngest WWE Champion ever. He also became the youngest Royal Rumble winner after he won the 2003 Royal Rumble. Brock Lesnar became the highest paid UFC fighter in 2010. He is also named as the highest paid athletes in 30 sports by the ESPN.
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Indeed, it is extremely entertaining to watch aerial wrestlers in their acts. However, wrestlers often suffer from severe injuries in course of these techniques, which are, for obvious reasons, considered high risk moves. In fact, some promotions have taken the step to ban these moves from being used at all.