The Best Submission Wrestlers of All Time

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Chris Benoit
Chris Benoit is a legend in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, though we Wrestled all over the world and was a super star in The United States. Benoit held the WCW Tag Team title and Television title. He was considered for a role in X-Men as the Wolverine (one of his nick names). His life ended in a very sad way on June 25...
“ Is scummy what he did, but you have to admit that many wrestlers have tried to do the crossface after and were far less impressive doing it.
Many will say thank god to there never being another Chris Benoit, but WWE fans like myself are bored that he's no longer around and wrestling will never be the same.
I mean, John Cena ?? ZZZZ ” - jwoehr
 
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Kurt Angle
Actor, Warrior
Kurt Steven Angle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner in the 220lbs weight category. First ever wrestler to hold the WCW and WWF World Championships during the same calendar year, and has held WWF, Intercontinental, European and Hardcore championships all on separate occasions. Likes to listen to the Olympics theme.
 
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Bret Hart
Actor, WWE Raw
Bret Hart is one of Canada's most successful wrestlers. He is also recognized as one of the worlds best wrestlers ever. Hart comes from the legendary Hart Family of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He owns a junior hockey team named after him and has his own column in the Calgary Sun. Bret has held the WWF World Title (5)...
 
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Ric Flair
Actor, WWE Raw
Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional wrestling debut on December 10...
 
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Mark Calaway
Born on March 24, 1965. Best known as "The Undertaker" from World Wrestling Entertainment. He first came to the WWF in 1990 as Ted DiBiase's mystery partner at The Survivor Series. At first, he was a heel, but later turned face, around WrestleMania VIII. He has held the WWF World Title on four separate occasions...
“ I saw a house show with Undertaker vs Angle and it was pure proof that Undertaker is actually an awesome submission wrestler. ” - jwoehr
 
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Chris Jericho
Actor, WWE Raw
American-born, Canadian-raised professional wrestler, rock singer, actor and author. Debuted in 1990 in Calgary after training in the Hart Family Dungeon. He competed for Stampede Wrestling, for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (no connection to the National Wrestling Alliance) and West Fours Wrestling Alliance before jumping to Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in Japan...
 
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C.M. Punk
Actor, WWE Raw
Born in 1978, Phil Brooks had a hard life growing up on the streets where he was confronted by drugs and alcohol. Instead of giving into them, he turned away from them and decided to join the Straight Edge movement of being Alcohol, Drug and Cigarette free. In his teen years, Brooks become a highly disciplined fighter in kick boxing and karate...
 
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“ Regal ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Taz ” - jwoehr
 
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Steve Borden
He has held the WCW World Title 10 times, and has been the US, Tag, TV, and the US tag champ. He has been the only wrestler to stay in WCW since the late 1980s and he had reconstructive knee surgery in 1991. Steve aka Sting is also the only wrestler from the WCW who has never worked for WWE.
 
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Dean Malenko
Actor, WWE Raw
Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s. He is the son of the late wrestling legend Boris Malenko. He debuted in Florida in 1979 and proceeded to work all over the world, particularly in Japan. He teamed with his brother Joe for years. He also worked as a referee...
 
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“ Made the STF popular and dangerous in Japan long before Cena did in U.S. ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Luger ” - jwoehr
 
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Ted DiBiase
Actor, WWE Raw
The son of a professional wrestler, Ted DiBiase had started his pro wrestling career as a fan favorite, but soon "changed sides" and became a heel throughout the rest of his career. DiBiase entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1980s where he gained most of his fame as "The Million Dollar Man." He employed a valet "Virgil" (formerly "Soul Train Jones...
 
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Robert Remus
Actor, WWE Raw
One of the most recognizable grapplers of the 1980s, Sgt. Slaughter became huge in National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), and the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). A former United States Marine who earned his nickname during his service, Sgt. Slaughter soon became a professional wrestler...
 
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Owen Hart
Actor, WWE Raw
Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former Intercontinental Champion(2)...
 
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John Cena
Actor, WWE Raw
John Felix Anthony Cena, better known as WWE superstar John Cena, was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, to Carol (Lupien) and John Cena. He is of Italian (father) and French-Canadian and English (mother) descent, and is the grandson of baseball player Tony Lupien. When he was in college...
“ Brought power to the STF, still Benoit tapping to Cena is still the worse thing I have ever seen. When Cena tapped to the Crossface though, that was more like it! ” - jwoehr
 
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Lance Storm
Actor, WWE Raw
Lance was born in Sarnia on April 3rd 1969. He grew up in North Bay, Ontario and most of his family still lives in that area. He played volleyball during his early school days and never showed an interest in Wrestling until he entered Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. During his time at Wilfrid Laurier...