Professional wrestling may be an industry built on the backs of larger-than-life characters who are both marketable and media savvy, but at its roots, the business is about in-ring performance. It was born in real sport, where grappling proved the toughness and skill of a man. As much as Vince McMahon may have, and continues to, erase the significance of wrestling from the industry, it has and always will be essential to its overall success.
Throughout the five-decade history of WWE, McMahon's company has touted some of the best technical wrestlers ever. While some had their roots in the 1970s and '80s, most emerged in the 2000s, as the prototype for a successful wrestler began to change. They were as likely to deliver a five-star classic as they were to captivate an audience with an entertaining promo.
As a result, McMahon's product evolved from a highly entertaining way to spend a few hours on Monday and Thursday nights, to a show that featured the most gifted technicians in the industry delivering the best matches fans could ask for.
Regardless of where they came from, what their background is or what generation they plied their craft, it is impossible to deny these 10 men their place on a list documenting the greatest in-ring technicians in WWE history.
Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.