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Who Are the Most Popular Pro Wrestlers? 

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In the 20th century, a new derivative of wrestling gained traction and popularity. Less a sport and more performance art, Professional Wrestling may have started as a legitimate sport, however, soon became a fascinating hodge-podge of martial arts, melodrama, and comic book dramatics. 

The practice of combining performance art and wrestling turned out to be a massive success, and soon other countries began to adopt the practice with varying success. Today, the countries where pro-wrestling is most popular are the United States of America where it all began, Mexico and Japan. 

What many mind find shocking, is that Pro-Wrestling betting is a very popular pastime among fans of the wrestling federations. Despite the fact that the matches are fixed, fans still enjoy predicting who the winner of the match will end up. Much like regular sport betting, pro-wrestling betting incorporates odds and takes into account the different variables to create a sportsbook. Betting on pro-wrestling has taken off to watch and the practice is becoming more popular than ever.

Let us take a look at some of the most popular wrestlers of all time. 

Hulk Hogan

Possibly the most popular wrestler of all time, Hulk Hogan was the WWF champion and the face of Pro-Wrestling for over 30 years. He got his big break in the late 70s and early 80s wrestling for the World Wrestling Federation, where he was met with huge success. Between 1980 and 1983, Hogan would perform for both the American Wrestling Association and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. 

In 1983, he returned to WWF, and this was when his career truly took off. During the 1983/84 season, Hulk became the star and face of the WWF, attaining international renown. In this era, Hulk Hogan faced off against some of his most famous rivals, including the Ultimate Warrior, and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, renowned wrestlers in their own right. 

The so-called Hulkamania years are still remembered today among pro-wrestling fans, and often touted as the best years of the WWF. 

The Undertaker

Mark Calawayfirst began wrestling in 1987, training under Buzz Sawyer. In those early years, Mark tried out multiple different personalities, most notably “Mean Mark”. The Mean Mark moniker would not be met with huge success, however, the traces of what would soon become the Undertaker could be seen. 

In 1990, Calaway signed with the WWF, where he made his debut as the legendary Undertaker. Inspired by Universal horror films, The Undertaker was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, and soon became the face of the WWF, winning multiple championships, and having some of the greatest stories revolve around him. 

Today, the Undertaker is still one of the most popular wrestlers, on the same level as the Rock, John Cena, and Hulk Hogan.

The Rock

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is without a doubt the most popular wrestlers of all time. His towering fame is such, that he has transcended the world of pro-wrestling, and has made a career for himself in both the acting and music industry.

During his stint in the WWF he began as a heel, however, his charisma soon made him the star, and he served as WWF champion for a long time. 

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