The sport of pro wrestling has seen competition from a few different companies, but the constant force is the World Wrestling Entertainment or the WWE. World Championship Wrestling, or WCW, was the WWE's biggest competition in the '90s, as seen through the so-called Monday Night Wars. This led to factions such as the New World Order (nWo), D-Generation X (DX) and The Nation of Domination, and also brought the Attitude Era which would eventually give the WWE the win in ratings over WCW. When WWE bought their rival brand in 2001, Total Nonstop Action or TNA (now known as Impact Wrestling) quickly became their biggest competition.
There have been plenty of wrestlers that have competed for all of these three companies, but we shall rank the top 25 wrestlers to compete in WWE, TNA, and WCW. Note that this list is not based solely on what the wrestler did in any one of these companies, but also takes into consideration their legacy across all of them in general.
Honorable mentions go out to wrestlers that did not make it for various reasons, but did have solid careers with these companies. These include James Storm, Chris Candido, Mike Awesome, The Sandman, Kid Kash, Norman Smiley, Tracey Smothers, and Shannon Moore.
25 Stevie Richards
Though Stevie Richards made his biggest name in ECW, he had a good career with WCW, WWE, and TNA. Richards wrestled in 1997 with WCW and feuded with Raven, who was a rival and partner he had in ECW. In the WWE, Richards became an impersonator, where he would mock many wrestlers gimmicks' Richards would prove to be a versatile wrestler with the ability to be many different characters. He was a part of the Right To Censor that was a credible, entertaining heel group that strayed away from his normal gimmick, and even went back to the Blue World Order gimmick that he had in ECW. Richards is an excellent in-ring worker and could cut good promos, and that allowed Richards to be a commodity to WCW, WWE, and TNA. He also won the WWE Hardcore Championship 21 times, which is insane.
24 Jerry Lynn
Jerry Lynn has wrestled just about everywhere in the pro wrestling world. WWE, WCW, TNA, ROH, ECW, etc., he's been there. Lynn is a wrestler who isn't talked about as much as his peers in these companies, but he has won so much and entertained fans for many years. Lynn had feuds with Rob Van Dam that were absolutely amazing in ECW, and had great matches in the famous WCW cruiserweight division with Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, and more. In TNA, Lynn won the Light Heavyweight Championship and really boosted the early X-Division with wrestlers like AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, etc. Lynn has helped wrestling a lot more than people really know and when seen with all his accomplishments, Lynn's journey is one of a unique one, where he has won so titles held by the absolute legends, but doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
X-Pac burst on the scene in pro wrestling with the WWE as the 1-2-3 Kid, as a plucky jobber who the fans seemed to care for because of his character and his style. X-Pac then went to the WCW and became Syxx where he would win tag team titles with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, as well as the Cruiserweight title. X-Pac became very close friends with Hall and Nash in WWE, and when he returned there, he became a part of DX, one of the best-known stables in WWE history. Triple H and Shawn Michaels were also friends with X-Pac as part of the Kliq, and he has always been a constantly well-traveled wrestler from WCW to WWE in TNA, enjoying some success everywhere he went.
22 Jeff Jarrett
Jeff Jarrett was the guitar-wielding, country music singing heel as Double J in the WWE, feuding for the Intercontinental Championship in the mid-late-1990s. When Jarrett went to the WCW, he became a bigger star winning the WCW Championship four times and the US title three times, until he became a huge part of the creative and booking of TNA. Jarrett had an incredible feud in TNA with Kurt Angle, as well as many others, and won the TNA World Championship six times as a wrestler. Though he is still known for the things he did with WCW and WWE, Jarrett is one of the few wrestlers on this list likely most known for what he has done for the TNA business as a wrestler and in creative.
21 Chavo Guerrero
Chavo Guerrero is one of those wrestlers that fans look back on. We remember his tag team with his uncle Eddie in the WWE but may not remember just how much he has done solo in the wrestling business. From wrestling in the WCW Cruiserweight Divison that was stacked at the time, to becoming one of the most known and decorated WWE Cruiserweight Champion, he's done it all. Chavo became one of the biggest pieces of WWE's ECW brand, and there he became the ECW Champion. Then after his departure from the WWE, he had his run in TNA, where he did great work with the likes of Hernandez as TNA Tag Champions. The Guerrero name is very special in the pro wrestling business, and Chavo has helped make it an even bigger name.
Sabu is one of the craziest wrestlers any fan has ever seen. Sabu wrestled a short time in WCW in 1995 before moving on to ECW and becoming a legend in the hardcore company. After Sabu had made the rabid fans in the ECW Arena love him because of his notable feuds with Taz and Rob Van Dam, he found himself in the WWE as a part of their new ECW brand. The ECW brand did not work out as well as the original ECW, to say the least, and Sabu found himself doing great work in TNA, still doing crazy stuf). Though he had good runs with other wrestling companies like the WWE and TNA, Sabu will still be remembered as one of ECW's absolute greatest wrestlers.
19 Christopher Daniels
Christopher Daniels is primarily known for his TNA career, and that is not a bad resume to have. Look at the matches that Daniels wrestled that are now regarded as some of TNA's best matches in the company's history. Daniels did not have a long career with WCW or WWE, and they missed out as he has proved to be one of the best wrestlers of his generation. Wrestlers like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Sting, Bobby Roode, etc. have all been regarded as guys that made TNA what the company is today, and were apart of TNA during its prime, but Daniels was just as much a part of that creation as those men. Now in Ring Of Honor, he is continuing to prove that he gets better year after year.
18 Jushin Thunder Liger
Jushin "Thunder" Liger is a treasure in pro wrestling and has worked just about everywhere in the world. If this list counted New Japan Pro Wrestling as well, then Liger would be much higher on the list. Liger won the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship against Brian Pillman in 1991, and he would go on to compete many times in WCW throughout the mid-1990s. Liger is somewhat of an enigma, he is a star in Japan thanks to his gimmick, and he has resurged back as a star again, kind of reinventing his gimmick to be more similar to the indie stars. Liger competed against Samoa Joe at Bound For Glory in 2005 in TNA and wrestled Tyler Breeze at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn for the WWE. If anyone hasn't seen Jushin Liger perform, go watch him, he's different.
17 Larry Zbyszko
Larry Zbyszko is a wrestler whom young aspiring wrestling heels should watch. As Bruno Sammartino's protege for so long, his career changed forever when he turned on Bruno in 1980. Fans hated him and couldn't believe he betrayed his teacher that everyone loved so much. Zbyszko and Sammartino would feud throughout the 1980s and would be one of the greatest rivalries in wrestling history, helping Zbyszko's career skyrocket. In 1990, Zbuszko went to WCW winning the tag team championship with Arn Anderson and winning the Television Championship as well. Zbyszko was with WCW for a decade and competed in TNA, even feuding against AJ Styles in 2003. He was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in the 2005 class.
16 Scott Steiner
"Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner had a crazy transition as a wrestler and character while in WCW. Steiner was a part of a very popular tag team with his brother Rick Steiner, and they won tag team championships in both WWE and WCW, but Scott became much bulkier and became a much stronger character as "Big Poppa Pump." Steiner was primarily a heel after becoming this character and made his moveset much more of a brawler-type, which fit his character better. Combined with a more egotistical attitude, Steiner became a big success in WCW, and that character is still how Steiner is today. Steiner's TNA run was pretty good, winning the tag titles with Booker T and joining the Main Event Mafia. He was a good heel for the company.
15 Terry Funk
This will be said many times, but if this list were counting ECW, Terry Funk would be so much higher on this list. Terry Funk has given his blood, sweat, and tears to the wrestling business. No, seriously, watch any Terry Funk match, and you will see all three. He was a legendary wrestler and hardcore legend who competed against Ric Flair in WCW, and these matches were some of Funk's biggest highlight with WCW.
Funk's WWE character Chainsaw Charlie was not as great as just his regular Terry Funk character, but it was entertaining seeing him feud with teams like The New Age Outlaws with partner Mick Foley, or seeing him feud with Foley himself. We also should mention his countless feuds in ECW and Japan. Funk had a very short stint in TNA and had returned multiple times to the WWE and has always been regarded as the Hardcore Legend alongside Foley. This is how he will always be remembered, which is a great thing.
Big Van Vader was a spectacle in WCW, a big man that could do flips but could still be a giant, dominant wrestler. Vader made his name in Japan and to be fair; his legacy is still probably mostly recognized there. However, Vader's run in WCW was great, and in that run, he won the WCW Championship three times and won the WCW US Championship as well.
In the WWE, Vader feuded with top stars like Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but unfortunately, his stint with the WWE was not very long as he was only with the company from 1996 to 1998 and did not win any championship with the WWE. He later had a short run with TNA, came back to the WWE, back to TNA, etc. but Vader will always be remembered mainly as a spectacle of WCW and Japan.
13 Jake Roberts
One of the most underrated workers in the history of pro wrestling. Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one of the best psychological wrestlers ever. He made all his moves in the ring and the way he spoke on promos make complete sense. That is one of the most important attributes to have in wrestling and Roberts was great at that. After being with the WWE from 1986-1992, Roberts left the company to join WCW but was out in the same year.
Roberts is a journeyman of sorts when it comes to wrestling, returning to WWE, wrestling in TNA, wrestling in ECW, etc. His battles with addiction and poor health put him in a dangerous place, but fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page helped change his life by being a great friend and through his DDP Yoga program. Now Roberts is in a better place, it seems, and fans can now hear him tell stories of all the great feuds he had with Savage, Andre The Giant, etc.
12 Rob Van Dam
RVD is just cool, he is the chill, laid back guy that everyone wants to hang out with. Then he does all these cool flips and kung fu-type moves in the ring that just makes him the coolest guy on TV. Of course, RVD became a mega-star when he was in ECW, being the Whole F'n Show, but he was in WCW in 1992 before going to Paul Heyman's company. Feuding with the likes of Sabu, and having incredible matches with Tommy Dreamer, RVD became a guy that fans just gravitated towards.
When the Invasion began, Van Dam was one of the guys that WWE made a priority to sign. RVD had the WWE and ECW Championship at the same time in 2006. He was a model of consistency, always having terrific matches and when Van Dam moved to TNA, it was the same thing, as he also won the TNA World Championship. RVD is always a wrestler that fans will want to see and a wrestler that companies will want to book.
11 Booker T
Booker T just misses the top 10, but that has nothing against him, because he has won, how many WCW Championships? Not one, not two, not three, not four, oh that's right, Booker T is a five time (say this fourmore times) WCW champion. Not only was Booker one of the best WCW wrestlers of all time, but he also had a great run in the WWE, even winning the World Heavyweight Championship. When combining all the championships from all three companies, Booker T has the most overall championships with 35 championships won across the three wrestling organizations.
Booker had done a stellar job in the tag team division with WCW while a part of the Harlem Heat tag team, and had some memorable tag team action in the WWE. Booker T also reinvented himself as King Booker in the WWE, which led to a significant World title run in the WWE. He even had a pretty good run in TNA. He's one of the few wrestlers on this list to have not made his name in TNA but still remembered fondly in that company.
10 Kevin Nash
Kevin Nash started out in WCW, but his career skyrocketed as Diesel in the WWE. Nash became the dominant big man, the bodyguard of Shawn Michaels, and Diesel became one of the top stars of the WWE in the mid-1990s. When Nash and his best friend Scott Hall left the WWE, it was a huge setback for the biggest wrestling company in the world and a massive gain for the rival company, WCW.
Nash left and earned more money and more fame, introducing the nWo to the world and changing everything in pro wrestling. Nash won a ton titles in WCW, winning the WCW tag titles nine times and the WCW Championship five times. Going to TNA, Nash found success, being a part of one of TNA's best stables in Main Event Mafia. Nash was then inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005.
9 Scott Hall
Scott Hall as "Razor Ramon" put on classic matches with Shawn Michaels, and was easily one of the most underrated wrestlers of that era for not winning the WWE Championship even if he deserved to. When Hall and Nash left the WWE to go to the rival WCW to earn much more money, it changed the landscape of pro wrestling forever. Not only did it help elevate their profile, they also formed the nWo, which became maybe the coolest thing in the sport of all time. Hall and Nash as the "Outsiders" were so cool and made wrestling really cool to watch, changing the landscape. His TNA stints were mainly short-term, but he came back frequently and Hall is now helping out younger talent. Up to now, he's still just really cool.
8 Diamond Dallas Page
Some argue "The People's Champ" is not The Rock, but rather Diamond Dallas Page. DDP began his in-ring wrestling career pretty late, but caught on so quick, and the fans loved DDP. Feuds with Macho Man Randy Savage and the nWo made DDP the wrestler and the character he is remembered as now. During the Alliance feud of WCW/ECW guys versus WWE guys after the WWE bought WCW, Page was revealed as Undertaker's wife's stalker and had a memorable feud with Christian. He went to TNA from 2004-2005, and began doing DDP Yoga, which has changed wrestlers' lives like those Scott Hall and Jake Roberts.
His WCW run made him "The People's Champ" to the fans, and his work now with DDP Yoga continues to evoke that same kind of good feeling fans always got from his character.
7 AJ Styles
TNA was built up by AJ Styles, though there were, of course, others such as Sting, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, to just name a few. Still, Styles was the young guy that TNA could put their faith in. Though it can be argued that TNA didn't give Styles enough attention, he was one of their main guys for around a decade. Styles had legendary feuds and matches with the likes of the wrestlers mentioned above, and multiple times was regarded from many outlets as the best wrestler in the world.
Styles also won the WCW Tag Team Championship right before WCW was bought by the WWE, and when Styles made his WWE debut in 2016, the crowd went wild, and his run there has been one of the best in his career. Styles is now one of the WWE's main guys and can be seen as one of their stars for around the next five years, if not longer, if the fans continue to embrace him the way they have so far.
6 Mick Foley
The hardcore legend and the most loveable pro wrestler, Mick Foley is one of the best wrestlers to compete in WWE, WCW, and TNA. He started with WCW as Cactus Jack and had a terrific feud with Vader while there. After a popular run in ECW and Japan where Foley would make his name as one of the most brutal and hardcore wrestler in the world, he would find himself in the WWE.
In WWE, Mick Foley would find himself playing multiple characters such as Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love and himself, using his real name. Every character was great and Foley's promos made you feel whatever he wanted you to feel. Foley became the loveable underdog, which transitioned to his run in TNA and will forever remain in WWE and simply wrestling fans' hearts, as there is just something about Foley.
"The Icon" Sting is one of the most fascinating wrestlers of the last few decades. Sting versus Ric Flair made up some of the best matches the world has ever seen, Sting was the guy that Flair passed the torch to in WCW, and was beloved by audiences. He then completely changed his gimmick from a fun, surfing, bleach blonde-haired babyface to a dark, mysterious, babyface a la Brandon Lee in The Crow.
When WCW was sold to the WWE, Sting did not join the WWE, as he was, until recently, always the guy who chose to say no to Vince McMahon. In 2003, Sting joined TNA and became a full-time wrestler in the company in 2006. Sting's TNA run could be argued to be better than his WCW run, with legendary feuds against AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Abyss, Jeff Jarrett, etc. He then joined the WWE at Survivor Series 2014 and wrestled at WrestleMania 31, a sight most fans never thought they would ever see. Sting's run in all the companies was very memorable.
4 Dusty Rhodes
The late Dusty Rhodes exuded charisma, was and everything there is to like about pro wrestling. Rhodes was fun, he made fans care, he made fans cry, Dusty made fans believe. Dusty Rhodes was one of those who had a mind for wrestling and everything he did made sense because he understood himself and his character. From "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes in WCW to the polka dot dancing "Common Man," Rhodes has always been a joy to watch and a captivating performer. His stint in TNA was short but everywhere Rhodes was at, he made an impact in and out the ring. His booking skills and mentoring ability may be his biggest contribution to the wrestling legacy, but his in-ring skills and promos are some of the most captivating things you can see in wrestling.
3 Hulk Hogan
Everyone knows who Hulk Hogan is, go ask a kid that is 5 years old or a grandparent that is 90 years old and everyone in between knows the Hulkster. Hulk Hogan is one of, if not the biggest names in WWE history, and in WCW history too.
Hogan joined WCW in the most shocking way possible, joining the nWo with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash to create one of the greatest and most iconic stables of all time. Lifelong babyface Hogan joining the heel nWo stable was one of the biggest reasons why WCW ended up beating WWE in the ratings of the Monday Night Wars for awhile. Hogan's TNA run, however, is not remembered as fondly, and his fight against WWE on Monday nights with TNA didn't go as well as it did in WCW.
2 "Macho Man" Randy Savage
The "Macho Man" Randy Savage is one of the few pro wrestlers in history who is timeless. Everything about Savage could make him the biggest star in any company at any time. His promos, his matches, his charisma, everything that Randy Savage had in his arsenal could make him the world champion whenever and wherever. Savage put on some of the greatest matches of all time such as his match versus Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III, which is regarded as possibly the greatest Mania match of all time.
Savage's moments helped shaped the WWE as well, such as The Mega Powers and Miss Elizabeth and Savage reuniting at WrestleMania VII. He also had feuds in WCW that were amazing, like his rivalry against DDP. In his brief TNA run, Savage did have a match against Jeff Jarrett, Scott Hall, and Kevin Nash while teaming with AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy on the winning team. Randy Savage is a timeless wrestler who could be a mega star as a heel or babyface; his charisma was out of this world.
1 Ric Flair
Ric Flair is arguably the greatest professional wrestler to ever lace up a pair of boots. Everything he has done for the pro wrestling is respected to this day, and he has had a lasting impact on all three companies. The title reigns in NWA and WCW have reverted to the WWE championship legacy and is he is officially recognized as a 16-time world champion, which was only tied this year by John Cena at the Royal Rumble. Flair's promos are some of the best to watch, and his wrestling ability has made for many must-see matches. He changed WWE and WCW forever, and Flair even competed in TNA and had maybe the most memorable moment in the very short WWE vs. TNA "Monday Night War," when he and Jay Lethal had a "woo" off. It was unbelievable. Ric Flair is the best.
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