One of the most difficult concepts of pro wrestling you could describe to someone that isn’t necessarily a fan is that wrestling is a form of entertainment in which two performers are trying very hard to make it look like they are hurting each other when, in fact, that is the absolute worst thing they can do. Although accidents and injuries are unavoidable when you are a professional wrestler, the one thing that nobody can ever accept is a performer that consistently hurts their fellow wrestlers through either a lack of skills or a frightening desire to willingly do so.
Anyone who fits that description is immediately labeled as dangerous, and anyone that is dangerous doesn’t tend to stick around that long in the professional wrestling business. Sadly, however, that is not always the case. Some people are able to overcome their dangerous tag and stick around long enough to cause real harm to the people that they are supposed to be protecting. There are plenty of professional wrestlers you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley one night, but these are the wrestlers that managed to instill an equal amount of fear in their coworkers simply because they never bothered to consider the professional part of their job title...
15 15. The Road Warriors
The Road Warriors are rightfully remembered as one of the greatest tag teams that ever stepped into a wrestling ring. They had a perfect gimmick, fantastic looks, and one of the deadliest looking finishers ever devised. Given that The Road Warriors were supposed to be presented as unbeatable, they were usually booked in matches against local jobbers in order to show just how powerful they were. The problem was that Hawk and Animal usually had a little too much fun with these wrestlers and had no qualms about absolutely manhandling them in the ring.
14 14. Ryback
Ryback is, apparently, not a bad guy. Actually, he’s regularly cited as a pretty nice guy by just about everyone that has traveled with him. But just because you’re a nice guy in the wrestling business doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily a safe wrestler. Ryback’s problem in the ring has always been that he doesn’t seem to really understand his own strength and speed. He tries to work at way too fast a pace, and this has often lead to him turning in some rather sloppy performances. The most infamous story of Ryback’s carelessness comes from CM Punk who spoke about Ryback on Colt Cabana’s podcast following Punk's WWE release.
13 13. Mr. Kennedy
12 12. Scott Steiner
11 11. Mike Awesome
10 10. Big Van Vader
9 9. Mabel
In the mid-90s, Nelson Frazier came out nowhere to rise to the top of the WWE card as Mabel. Despite the fact that he had less than a year of wrestling experience under his belt prior to joining WWE, Vince McMahon apparently felt that this monster of a man was primed to become the next big thing in wrestling (no pun intended). Not only was he very much wrong about that, but McMahon’s fascination with main event big guys like The Undertaker, Yokozuna, and Diesel during this time meant that Mabel had to have a lot of “bull vs. bull” type matches.
8 8. Sid Vicious
In defense of Sid Vicious, the man was just as dangerous to himself as he was to his fellow wrestlers. Vicious had a tendency to overextend himself in the ring a bit and would sometimes try to pull off moves that a guy of his build and skills shouldn’t be attempting. The most notorious instance of this is Sid’s jump from the ropes in WCW which resulted in one of the worst injuries to ever occur in a wrestling ring. Even though his sloppiness tended to backfire on him more than it did his opponents, Sid was still reportedly a dangerous guy to work with.
7 7. JBL
6 6. Ahmed Johnson
5 5. Goldberg
Bill Goldberg spent most of his young life without any thought of becoming a professional wrestler. There’s nothing wrong with that, necessarily. After all, not every great wrestler needs to have devoted their life to the business in order to succeed. The problem with Bill Goldberg, however, is that he rose through the ranks of professional wrestling far too fast for his own good. Someone immediately discovered that Bill Goldberg could become one of the most intimidating forces in professional wrestling history, and he was allowed to become just that despite minimal experience.
4 4. Brock Lesnar
To be fair, it must be said that Brock Lesnar is not nearly as dangerous now as he was once upon a time. Chalk that up to a combination of experience, a limited move set, a better attitude (well, towards some things), and an overall greater understanding of how to properly put together a professional wrestling match where nobody needs to get hurt. That’s a far cry from the Brock Lesnar of old who, quite simply, should not have been allowed to compete until he demonstrated that he was able to consistently perform his moves safely.
3 3. Steve “Mongo” McMichael
2 2. The Ultimate Warrior
1 1. New Jack
It’s almost not fair to put New Jack on the same list with other dangerous wrestlers. After all, most dangerous wrestlers weren’t necessarily trying to inflict career ending pain on their opponents whereas New Jack has almost killed people in the ring before and has never seemed to be bothered by it. ECW made a name for itself off their brand of hardcore, violent wrestling, but New Jack took that concept to extremes that nobody should have ever allowed. Supposedly unable to put on even a decent basic wrestling match, New Jack instead relied on bloodying himself and his opponents nearly every night. There’s really no argument against him being the most dangerous wrestler to work with when you consider that this is the man who once forced a kid to get 50 stitches after blading him too deep during a match and the man who nearly killed himself and wrestler Vic Grimes after attempting an ill-advised 30 foot fall.
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