Size has always mattered in professional wrestling. Prior to now, bigger wrestlers were chosen over smaller wrestlers. Thankfully, Vince McMahon realized that their is only so much bigger wrestlers can do and he began to focus on smaller wrestlers. The first noticeably "small" wrestler to hold the WWE Championship was Bret Hart and he had a decent run. Then things were reverted back to the old-timey way of thinking when they put the title on Yokozuna, Sycho Sid, and Diesel. However, WWE are currently in a state where there are no main even "big men." All of the wrestlers are the same size and have no personality aside from Seth Rollins and A.J. Styles. Sami Zayn may be a phenomenal performer but he is completely generic and shows no personality. Seeing Braun Strowman on my television screen is refreshing and I am a huge fan of the guy. He could be the next main even "big man." His ring work is decent and at his best he feels like a total badass. This list is here to share the bese wrestler from each size from the heights of 5'6" to 6'10"
17 5-6: Kalisto
Kalisto is a current member of the Smackdown roster. The masked Superstar is known for high-flying maneuvers and an array of flips. Prior to joining WWE, he wrestled under the name of Samuray del Sol and worked in Triple A. He joined WWE in 2013 and was paired with fellow Hispanic Superstar Sin Cara in a team known as the Lucha Dragons. They ended the reign of The Ascension when they use to mean something. The duo were called to the main roster and never won the Tag Team Championship. While the duo were still together, Kalisto defeated Alberto Del Rio for the United States Championship. His reign was nothing to write home about and it was ended by Rusev. He is currently feuding with Baron Corbin on Smackdown.
16 5-7: Tajiri
Tajiri doesn't get enough credit for his wrestling ability. He is easily one of the most underrated wrestlers of all-time. Before, coming to America, he wrestled in promotions such as CMLL as well as some Japanese promotions. He wrestled as a jobber in WWE before joining ECW. He wrestled a very stiff style with his kicks and punches. Some would even say a "Strong Style." Tajiri got incredibly over in ECW but sadly the company would go bankrupt. He joined the WWE and they didn't use him correctly. They made him a comedic character and he is easily way better than that. The success Tajiri did have included three reigns with the Cruiserweight Championship as well as winning the WWE and World Tag Team Championship once. Tajiri recently competed for WWE again in the Cruiserweight Classic.
15 5-8: Eddie Guerrero
The late Eddie Guerrero may be the most beloved wrestler ever. Almost every wrestling fan loved Guerrero and it's easy to see why. Before coming to the States, Guerrero wrestled in Japan and Mexico in a tag team with Art Barr known as Los Gringos Locos. He joined ECW and brought a new style different to the normal ECW violence. His combination of technical wrestling as well as some Lucha Libre had the ECW fans dying for more. Guerrero was given the opportunity to go to WCW and he did. Like many others, he wasn't given a fair chance to be a top guy and he walked out alongside Perry Saturn, Dean Malenko, and Chris Benoit. Guerrero's career-defining moment came at No Way Out 2004 when he defeated Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. His unfortunate and unexpected death in 2005 shocked everyone in the wrestling world.
14 5-9: Dean Malenko
Dean Malenko was a fantastic technical wrestler. Unfortunately, he missed the one thing that could have made him a star, that being charisma. His exposure to the rest of the wrestling world began in ECW. Much like Guerrero, he brought a different style to ECW. Also much like Guerrero, he left to go to WCW where he would achieve some success. He won the Cruiserweight, United States, and Tag Team Championship during his tenure. He was also give the nickname of the "Man of a 1000 Holds" which was a perfect way to describe him. He left in 2000 after being frustrated with management. Little did he know his position wouldn't improve much and he retired in 2001 after a failed run with the company. He still works backstage as an agent of some sorts.
13 5-10: Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino is one of the most important wrestlers to come along in WWE prior to the Hulk Hogan Era. He was the top guy. He held the WWE Championship for over ten years. That's ten years of beating different opponents every week and people never getting tired of seeing him. People cried when he lost the title to Ivan Koloff. His second reign wasn't as long as the first as it was only three-plus years. Sadly, Bruno wasn't on the best terms with the WWE and didn't get in to the Hall of Fame until 2013. The disagreement mainly came to be because of the way they booked his son David Sammartino. Thank goodness they reconciled and Bruno finally joined the Hall of Fame.
12 5-11: AJ Styles
A.J. Styles may have be the most well-known independent talent ever until Kenny Omega took over New Japan. His mainstream wrestling appearances began in WCW while it was on it's deathbed. He was then picked up by an upstart company called TNA. Little did we know that A.J. Styles and TNA would become synonymous with each other for years to come. He was the face of that company. He got out of TNA as well when he saw it couldn't get any better. He went to New Japan Pro Wrestling and became the best wrestler in the world. But in 2016, he finally made the jump to the WWE and in that same year became the WWE World Champion. He has easily solidified an already great career.
11 6-0: Bret Hart
Some say Bret Hart is the greatest professional wrestler ever. Bret Hart even himself will tell you how good he is. He may not the best but he certainly is good. As I mentioned in the introduction, he is the first noticeably small wrestler to win the WWE Championship. He would actually win the title four times. He and his tag partner Jim Neidhart would also hold the WWE Tag Team Championship twice. He also regarded one of the best Intercontinental Champions ever. Hart is considered to be the greatest technical wrestler ever. Unfortunately, his career was severely hampered after he went to WCW because of the Montreal Screwjob. His career was ended early due to a serious concussion suffered at the feet of none other than Goldberg.
10 6-1: Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels in my opinion is the greatest wrestler ever. He was the easiest person to choose based on height. Shawn Michaels was the perfect mix of charisma and technical wrestling ability. Although he may have been a pest prior to first retirement, he still maintained the ability to perform in the ring. Despite all the supplements he was taking, he was able to still perform at a high level and everyone who hated him could tell you that. After he returned from injury he was new man outside of the ring, but he still was a tremendous performer inside the ring. He is three-time WWE Champion and a one-time World Heavyweight Champion. In fact, many believe Michaels came back better than ever after four years away from the ring.
9 6-2: Randy Savage
When it comes to the art of the promo, no one surpasses "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Besides his talking, he was great in the ring. Everything he did was perfect and sharp to the bone. He planned out his matches meticulously and to the finest detail. Savage has won the WWE Championship twice in his career, but he may be more known for his reign with the Intercontinental Championship and the legendary match he had with Ricky Steamboat. Personally, I think the match is a little overrated, but it is definitely an important match. There were no mistakes and every spot went according to plan. It is a great shame that he didn't go in to the Hall of Fame until 2015 but at least he finally made it as many believed he never would.
8 6-3: Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar is the most real character in wrestling right now. Even after the surprising ending at Survivor Series, Brock Lesnar is the closest thing to real on the main roster. Lesnar ran roughshod in the company during his first run. He won the WWE Championship (the youngest WWE Champion is history) three times before he left for a failed football career. After a few years, he went to try his hand in mixed-martial arts where he was very successful. hER even won the UFC World Heavyweight Championship despite all the doubters. He returned to the WWE after his UFC career was ruined by injuries and he became dominant. He won the WWE Championship for a fourth time and ended The Undertaker's undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
7 6-4: Triple H
The current booker for NXT and future Chairman for WWE has had a very successful career. He began his career in WWE as an obnoxious blue blood. Then once the WWE began to move in a " more real" direction, he dropped the gimmick and achieved massive success. Cerebral is the perfect way to describe Triple H's style in the ring. He is a fourteen-time WWE World Champion and the future boss of WWE. With the way he runs NXT, things will be looking up for the main roster. Some say he married into the McMahon Family just to have a successful career. But I disagree with that as it's not like he isn't talented. He is a great talker with great in-ring ability. He has earned the spot he has right now.
6 6-5: The Rock
The World's Sexist Man may not have been the best wrestler, but he excelled at telling a story in the ring. Before Vince McMahon understood wrestling, The Rock had no character and would just smile all the time and the crowd booed him because of that. He turned heel and joined The Nation of Domination in a great career move. From then on, everyone realized how great of a talker he was. His ring work may not have been the best, but he was great at explaining a story through his mannerisms and facial expressions. He is an eight-time WWE World Champion. And now, he is one of the top actors in Hollywood as well as one of the highest paid. Not a bad career at all.
5 6-6: Batista
Before "Bluetista" and "Bootista," Batista a very good performer. He got his start in 2002 as Deacon Batista, the Deacon to Reverend D-Von. He moved on to something way better when he was under Triple H's wing in Evolution. He broke away in 2005 and won his first World Championship off of his former mentor. Batista would win the title another five times before leaving in 2010 to pursue other ventures. These ventures include movies and one MMA match which he won. He returned in 2014 and won the Royal Rumble. He was booed by everyone in building who wanted Daniel Bryan. He would then main event WrestleMania XXX and lost the Triple Threat WWE World Heavyweight Championship match to Daniel Bryan. After two classic matches against The Shield as a member of Evolution, he left the company once more.
4 6-7: Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan helped to carry WWE for several years in the '80s. Unfortunately, a mistake by Hogan has led to WWE forgetting all about this. He held the WWE Championship for over four years. He would then go on to win the title four more times before leaving for WCW. There he would form the legendary stable known as the New World Order. He left there on bad terms and returned to WWE in 2002 with the original members of the New World Order. This run included a classic match with The Rock. This return to the company also included another WWE Championship run when he defeated Triple H. Hogan provided us with nothing but classic moments and classic wrestling memories. But now WWE treats him as if he never existed.
3 6-8: Kane
The "Big Red Monster" has overcame every bad decision WWE has made him do in his long career. Every decision that has hurt his career he has been able to get through it. Ignoring Isaac Yankem and Fake Diesel, Glenn Jacobs and the Kane character have been together forever. He ended Steve Austin's first reign as WWE Champion only to lose it the next night on Raw. His next reign came in 2010 when he cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Now fans are expecting Kane's retirement very soon and are surprised whenever he picks up victories. He'll be perfect in a backstage role such as an agent when his career finally comes to an end.
2 6-9: Sycho Sid
Sycho Sid had the perfect look for a professional wrestler. However, out of all the wrestlers on this list, his wrestling skills are by far the worst. Sid wrestled a very boring style and his moves were limited. However, he portrayed his character very well. During his second run with the company, he won the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1996 after he defeated Shawn Michaels. He won the title once more and then lost the belt to The Undertaker. He left WWE in 1997 and after a short stint in ECW went to WCW. There he mocked Chris Jericho by calling himself "The Millennium Man." In one of the final WCW pay-per-views, he broke his leg attempting a top rope move. That is hardest injury to look at in all of professional wrestling.
1 6-10: Undertaker
The man behind The Streak is the tallest wrestler on out list. The Undertaker without question is one of the most recognizable wrestlers ever. Almost everyone knows who he is. The Streak speaks for itself. The Undertaker is a four-time WWE Champion with his last reign coming in 2002. He is also a three-time World Heavyweight with his last title win coming in 2009 against CM Punk. The Undertaker's career is sadly coming to an end soon and people always wonder who his last match will be against. Personally, I think it should have been against Brock at WrestleMania XXX. But it looks as if it will be against John Cena. And if it's not for a title, The Undertaker should be the one to win.
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