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Simple topic really. Out of all the current talent, not counting part timers, which of them could, would or should be remembered as greats.

 

John Cena. Love him or hate him I don't doubt he will be mentioned as one of the greats in 10/20 years. Deserved praise? Maybe not but he gets people talking So he will be recalled.

 

Big Show. Yeah I think people will call him one of the greats like Andre. Again maybe not deserved.

 

Punk and Bryan for reasons not needed to be stated.

 

 

Randy Orton. You don't spend 9 years on top and become forgotten.

 

And right now maybe That's it?

 

Will the likes of Kane, Henry, ADR , Christian be recalled as greats, constantly make lists of greats in the future. I have my doubts.

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Nope - Kane, Henry, ADR , Christian

 

Punk and Bryan - possible if they can keep this same level of momentum going for a decade or more

 

Big Show, Randy Orton - I personally don't think so

 

John Cena - will be the same as Bruno I think in that he'll be remembered more for how long he held titles for rather than being a "great" which is more harsh on Bruno than Cena.

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I think Orton, Bryan and Punk will be known as greats.

 

Orton for what he's done and what he will do, Bryan and Punk on what they came from, what they've done to get where they are, what they've done in WWE and what they will continue to do.

 

Cena will be known as a great but seen as a entertainer much in the way Hogan is.

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Nope - Kane, Henry, ADR , Christian

 

Punk and Bryan - possible if they can keep this same level of momentum going for a decade or more

 

Big Show, Randy Orton - I personally don't think so

 

John Cena - will be the same as Bruno I think in that he'll be remembered more for how long he held titles for rather than being a "great" which is more harsh on Bruno than Cena.

 

I Think you made a good point about Cena. Although personally I think people will look back at him as being great. Should they? Highly debatable.

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From the day he retires to the end of Earth, Triple H will be recalled as a great every five seconds on WWE T.V.

 

This, though to be honest I'd say Trips has more right to be called a great above everyone in the list that Icon posted. The problem as I see it is that anyone who didn't wrestle in the attitude era proper is too "new" to be calling anything about them great in terms of wrestling history etc.

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This, though to be honest I'd say Trips has more right to be called a great above everyone in the list that Icon posted. The problem as I see it is that anyone who didn't wrestle in the attitude era proper is too "new" to be calling anything about them great in terms of wrestling history etc.
I would agree with you. The only reason I didn't include him is that I said of the current full time roster. HHH isn't a full time guy.
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He was great as second in command of the original D-X, and he was absolutely fantastic as the leader of the McMahon-Helmsley Faction, but, yeah, since then, he's hovered between acceptable and show-ruining-ly machiavellian.

 

 

Bar a few moments such as the whole kane/katie vick thing between 1997/1998 and up to and including the Evolution thing in 2005 I'd say he was at least good to great. '06 onwards I agree with Hancock that he's not been great.

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Assuming we mean who will join the ranks of guys like Michaels, Taker, Eddie G, Jericho etc. and not just the top flight Hogan, Austin, Rock category, then I'd say

 

HHH, Cena, Orton (all of whom are arguably already there), Punk and probably Bryan. Other guys with a shot, but too early to tell : Ziggler, maybe Rhodes and Sheamus.

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About 90% of the current roster will be called greats when they retire.I mean Michael Cole referred to JBL as the legendary JBL during commentary at Summerslam,what the hell has JBL done to be called Legendary?
JBL fought Godzilla (well, a giant lizard) while doped off his tits in Japan.

 

"JBL stands for Just Beat a Lizard" is one of a few great lines in an excellent piece of work from the Texan.

Overall HHH had about 3 excellent years in WWE and the rest was mediocre.
The Rock and, arguably Steve Austin only had four great years (1997 until 2001 when he went part-time and June 1996 until April 2001, minus the year out after neck surgery respectively).
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I thinik guys like Cena and Orton and Punk and a few others will join the ranks of being great but not even John Cena will ever be held in the same regard as Hogan/Austin/Rock/Taker/Savage/Flair. Its a simple fact of the Hogans and Austins are the elite because they were on top during peak periods of wrestling. They changed the business for a positive and you can say that Hogan is responsible mostly for the boom in the 80s, as for Austin in the 90s. Cena/Orton/Punk, none of them have done that to any close extent. so they will always in my opinion, be held as great but one rung down the ladder.
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Rhodes, Sheamus and Ziggler have to do lots more to achieve greatness

 

Yeah, that's why it's too early to tell. They're just the guys on the current roster who I think might have a prayer if things go right for them down the line.

 

Frankly, Punk and Bryan both need to do a fair bit more too.

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