When asked to name their personal “Mount Rushmore” of professional wrestling — the four most influential or significant figures in the history of the business — many wrestling fans have a handful of names that are mentioned frequently: Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Randy Savage, Lou Thesz, Bret Hart, Vince McMahon, The Undertaker, John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and The Rock.
Other names are often filtered into the mix, and some may even list Chris Jericho on their own pantheon.
For the 49-year-old AEW star, though, one name listed during his recent Saturday Night Special stands out as a unique pick.
Initially, Jericho mentions some of the talents he feels are his greatest inspirations in the business.
“That’s hard, four, that’s for Mount Rushmore right? Like I said earlier, Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Ricky Steamboat are the biggest influences of mine. Now that I’ve been in the business for almost 30 years (in October). For me, this is my personal Mount Rushmore.
After some thought, the former AEW World Champion took a chance to expand upon his list a bit, adding some names.
“Shawn Michaels, to me he’s the greatest of all time, sorry, for me, what I like, he’s the greatest of all time. Bret Hart is in there as well. I gotta put Hulk Hogan in there. Hulk Hogan was a hero of mine as a kid. The biggest, greatest star of all time. And then what do I do? Rock? Austin? Can I get my sandblaster out and put another face on this. This is just for me, f— it.
Finally, Jericho settles on four names to solidify his Mount Rushmore.
It’s my Mount Rushmore, I can do whatever I want. All right, you want it, you got it. Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ultimo Dragon. One of the greatest wrestlers I have ever seen in my life. One of the greatest performers I ever worked with. That’s my four. Deal with it.”
With Jericho, you can never tell where reality ends and showmanship begins. Ultimo Dragon is certainly a pioneer in professional wrestling with an incredible legacy spanning time in Mexico, Japan, and the United States. Whether he is Rushmore-worthy remains debatable, but seeing as the list is purely subjective, we won’t argue with the opinions of an all-time-great himself.
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