Wrestling's all about escapism from the heroic high-flyers who make us believe we can soar to the terrifying monsters that rattle us, even in the safe confines of our living rooms. Steve Austin, for instance, skyrocketed to superstardom by living out the working man's dream of telling one's boss to shove it (and then nailing him with a Stone Cold Stunner and pouring beer on him). Millions of people watched that storyline and loved it because millions of people lived it vicariously through Austin.
But what about the wrestlers we just flat-out want to be, all the time? What about the ones with the kind of style and swagger that translate into real life? What about the cool guys?
Pro wrestling's always been a home for some of the coolest guys walking the earth - after all, a business that attracts eccentrics like wrestling does is a breeding ground for panache and pizzazz. But who are the best of the best? Who are the real Fonzies? Who are the guys who would never use words like "panache" and "pizzazz"?
I've compiled a list of the top ten coolest pro wrestlers ever to step into the ring. Feel free to share your own in the space provided!
(Oh, and sorry, Carlito, but spitting in the faces of people who don't want to be cool? Totally not cool.)
Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried.
*Best Crowd of the Year, 2013