TheSportster.com

10 Wrestlers Who Were Legitimate Tough Guys And 10 Who Were Only Tough On Screen

It’s pretty hard to get yourself over in the world of professional wrestling if fans can’t believe that you’re actually capable of beating up other wrestlers. Fans may accept the scripted nature of the business, but that doesn’t mean that a wrestler doesn’t at least have to allow them to suspend their disbelief and buy into the possibility that their favorite wrestlers are letimately tough competitors who can at least put up a fight. Some wrestlers become popular without a “tough” persona, but even then, those wrestlers still have to be able to put up a convincing fight from time to time.

Just because every wrestler has to act tough, though, doesn’t mean that every wrestler is actually tough. In fact, some of the most infamous tough wrestlers of all-time just act like they’re tough when they’re really just a good person. Other supposedly tough wrestlers are really just wusses behind the scenes. Actually, the only reason that some of these wrestlers don't get the same tough-guy reputation is because is because they work alongside wrestlers that are legitimately some of the toughest competitors on the planet. These are the top 10 wrestlers who were legitimate tough guys and 10 who were only tough on screen.

20 Acts Tough - Kane

via wikimedia.org

19 Is Tough - The Undertaker

via whatwrestling.com

18 Acts Tough - Shawn Michaels

via wrestlezone.com

17 Is Tough - Sabu

via armpit-wrestling.com

16 Acts Tough - Luke Harper

via wwe.com

15 Is Tough- Wade Barrett

via maactioncinema.com

14 Acts Tough - Big Van Vader

via etonline.com

13 Is Tough - Hardcore Holly

via wwe.com

12 Acts Tough - Kevin Owens

via imgur.com

11 Is Tough - William Regal

via eireplusalba.wordpress.com

10 Acts Tough - John Morrison

via wwe.com

9 Is Tough - Mark Henry

via wrestlenewz.com

8 Acts Tough - Batista

via tinypic.com

7 Is Tough - Terry Funk

via picsofcelebrities.com

6 Acts Tough - Goldberg

via  skysports.com

From the moment Goldberg arrived in WCW, he immediately became a fan favorite by virtue of his toughness. At a time when WCW fans were craving a hero that could destroy the nWo, Goldberg came along and destroyed everyone. He was booked to be a destroyer, but he certainly looked the part as well. He was big, he was angry, and he was convincingly tough. However, Goldberg never really claimed to be a tough guy. His chosen professions suggest that he’s at least kind of tough, but Goldberg has never really been into trying to maintain a true tough guy image.

5 Is Tough - Steve Blackman

via wwe.com

4 Acts Tough - Taz

via wwe.com

3 Is Tough - Scott Steiner

via blogspot.com

2 Acts Tough - Ric Flair

via wwe.com

1 Is Tough - Harley Race

via wwe.com

Sometime around the early ‘80s, Harley Race was seen as the guy that all young wrestlers had to face if they wanted to prove that they were going to be future stars. That’s partially because of Race’s history as a well-known champion, but it had much more to do with the fact that Race was a legitimate all-time tough guy who would put any young star through their paces and make them prove their worth. There are many stories about Harley Race’s toughness out there, but one of the most amusing involves a party Owen Hart and his wife threw. At some point, the Harts realized they had to start chipping down a big block of ice they had bought. Race said not to worry about it and began to punch the block of ice in order to break it down into cubes. So far as Race’s toughness goes, that’s really just the tip of the iceberg.

Give TheSportster a Thumbs up!

Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?

Get Your Free Access Now!

More in Wrestling

10 Wrestlers Who Were Legitimate Tough Guys And 10 Who Were Only Tough On Screen