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2004's Best Male Wrestler
The SLAM! Readers and SLAM! Wrestling staff make their year-end picks




What We Thought

Jason Clevett - Chris Benoit. It was a toss up between Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero, but Benoit has had better quality opposition and a more solid full year, even though in terms of overall package (charisma, in ring ability), Guerrero has the edge. 2004 was Benoit’s year and I am curious to see where the company takes him in 2005.

Yves Leroux - Chris Benoit. Without a doubt, Benoit for going against the odds and not only winning, but keeping the championship belt for a while. Samoa Joe comes in at a close second for being Ring Of Honor Wrestling's champion for almost the entire year.

Bob Kapur - Chris Benoit. To me, there are two essential criteria in picking who is the best professional wrestler: the quality of their in-ring performance, and whether or not they are a character worth caring about. With respect the first, I was asked by a friend to list my choices for top 5 matches of the year; Benoit was in every one of them. As for the second, well, the fact that tears welled up in my eyes when he won the title at WrestleMania says it all.

Corey David Lacroix - Kenta Kobashi. A man who not that long ago seemed destined for retirement due to injuries has delivered miracle title matches when it counts. It makes it so easy to believe in this guy as a legitimate heavyweight wrestling champion with his fighting spirit and willingness to take insane bumps. Believe in Kobashi!

Jon Waldman - Eddy Guererro. As much as I'd love to give Benoit this award, Guererro has been more consistently in the limelight on Smackdown and wor ks the fans into a frenzy on a more consistent basis than Beniot. Benoit also had the advantage of working every week with very agile men in the ring, while Eddy had to work with the likes of JBL and make watchable matches. Viva Latino Heat.

What Our Readers Thought:



1. Best Male Wrestler
Graph Count Percent
 Chris Benoit 653 45.1
 Randy Orton 192 13.3
 AJ Styles 116 8.0
 Chris Jericho 81 5.6
 Shelton Benjamin 79 5.5
 Triple H 75 5.2
 Eddie Guerrero 64 4.4
 John Cena 53 3.7
 Edge 45 3.1
 JBL 23 1.6
 Booker T 11 0.8
 Jeff Jarrett 3 0.2
 Other 42 2.9
Total 1447 100.0
   


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