Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you’ve been well as we all continue to navigate the upside-down world in which we live. This year has been beyond strange. Accordingly, I have been leaning heavily into the pro wrestling world for an escape. Out of the chaos (and with other inspiration) came an idea to revisit my book, which gave some needed objective(ish) shape to the greatest wrestler of all-time conversation others falsely insist is too subjective. In podcast form this time around, presented weekly over the last two months over at WrestlingHeadlines.com, I broadened that discussion.
Much has changed since I wrote The WrestleMania Era in 2013 (last edition published in 2016). The wrestling world is decidedly different today than it was then. New promotions are up for consideration, which could fundamentally change the ranking process by way of additional data. There has also been 4.5 years of WWE history added, along with wrestlers like AJ Styles throwing their names into the mix. In August and September, I was joined by guests who helped me break down the evolving history of the business and shape the latest set of rankings.