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Top 20 Greatest Managers in Pro Wrestling History

The days of North American professional wrestling being filled with a wide variety of managers became a thing of the past some time ago. One may pop up on World Wrestling Entertainment television from

The days of North American professional wrestling being filled with a wide variety of managers became a thing of the past some time ago. One may pop up on World Wrestling Entertainment television from time to time, but the gimmick of stables and tag-teams being led to the rings by managers and valets are now but memories that fans can re-live via the WWE Network. The WWE has done well to, every now and again, go back to old storylines that were once profitable in the industry, so the possibility exists that we could sooner than later once again see different managers on programs such as Raw and SmackDown.

Some of the more entertaining segments that would air on World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling television involved managers cutting promos and serving as mouthpieces for performers who, truth be told, were better off not having microphones in front of their faces. While not all of the top managers in the history of the business played heel roles during their careers, the majority of the individuals who have had such characters have been “bad guys” who were meant to draw heat and sell tickets for matches that involved their wrestlers. A babyface manager is just not the same.

The two men widely regarded by many wrestling insiders and fans as the best mangers in the history of the business both made their names working in multiple territories and national organizations. One spent time as both a heel and a babyface, while the other was one of the top heels in all of the WWF during his best days within that company. That man then went on to become just as famous as a color commentator during WWF and WCW televised events. There has never been another performer like him to be in the business, and odds are that we will never again see another character able to accomplish what he did during his legendary career.

20 Raven

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19 Teddy Long

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18 Oliver Humperdink

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17 Arnold Skaaland

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16 Paul Ellering

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15 Slick

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14 Harvey Wippleman

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13 Ted DiBiase

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12 Sensational Sherri

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11 Paul Bearer

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10 Jim Cornette

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9 Captain Lou Albano

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8 Miss Elizabeth

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7 The Grand Wizard

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6 Freddie Blassie

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5 Paul Heyman

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4 Eric Bischoff

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3 Vince McMahon

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2 Jimmy Hart

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1 Bobby Heenan

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Any young performer who one day wants to become one of the best overall heels in the business needs to do whatever possible to watch all that Bobby Heenan contributed to the business as a manager and as a television commentator. The Heenan Family, one that extended across multiple organizations, was filled with Hall-of-Fame performers, names such as Andre The Giant, “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, Harley Race and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Heenan was often more over among crowds than were the wrestlers he would take to the ring, and that is a testament to his talent.

Sources: wwe.com, prowrestling.wikia.com

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