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Shawn Michaels is the best wrestler
By CYRUS
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Every year or so I compile my top-five list of the best workers in the industry. It is usually quite controversial, as everyone has their own opinions and there really is no consensus. The last time I did one of these there was a big discussion among fans regarding my choices. This is one of the things that fans are very passionate about and it is entirely subjective, but I am going to attempt to add a little science to the art here.

First, criteria. Best worker means someone who is an incredible performer in the ring, but also someone who understands psychology and the pacing of a match. A great worker should be a great interview and have that unteachable characteristic, charisma. They should also be able to draw money and work heel or babyface. Durability also plays a role, so here goes:

First, Shawn Michaels. Yes, he is still the best years after he was first the best and years after a back surgery. The only two areas he lacks in are durability (limited schedule) and drawing money (he was not one of the best drawing WWF champions of all time, although this is not that relevant due to the fact that we are talking about the present, and he has headlined some of their better drawing events). His in-ring work is not as good as Chris Benoit or even Angle, but his psychology is so unmatched that even insiders are often fooled by his sell jobs. People like to talk about MVPs and for the WWE Michaels has been the MVP of the past two years.

Second, Chris Benoit. Best in-ring technician, most physically believable and biggest heart in the business. No one looks more like a wrestler would if this business was a photo shoot than Benoit. His only areas of lacking are interviews and psychology, although in the latter, he only suffers when compared to Michaels and Triple H. The fact that he restored a lot of credibility to the WWE title during a run where he was clearly positioned as the holder of the belt until they could get it on Orton doesn't hurt either.

Third, Triple H. I know, you hate him. The question is do you hate him for the wrong reasons? That was the case a year ago, but I would argue not now. Trip really redeemed himself by jobbing for Benoit several times although the recent departure of Pat Patterson due to his stranglehold on the title does not endear him to many. He is here primarily because as a ring tactician his only equals are Michaels and Jericho. Great psychology and has shown an ability to make us hate him for reasons other than his in-laws.

Fourth, Jericho. He would have been my No. 1 a couple of years ago, but the WWE has clearly positioned him one step from the top and it has hurt him in terms of drawing money. The best on interviews, the best for charisma, one step below Michaels in selling and his equal in ring generalship. Chris just needs a chance again.

Fifth, Eddie Guererro. Eddie did an admirable job on top of a brand that really was positioned as the weak sister to RAW. He showed a ton of heart, increased interview ability and a load of toughness. Eddie just needs to come to RAW.

K5 NEWS

Many thanks to the sports and wrestling fans who listened to the first Sunday Night Sports Show with Joe Aiello and I. The show is our new broadened mandate highlighting all sports including pro wrestling. We had a great guest in Lyle Bauer and apparently my tirade on Vince McMahon and Ricky Williams created quite a buzz ...Tony Condello's Ultimate Cage War show was a smashing success and he announced they will likely do another in April ... TNA's big pay-per-view is coming up and should be a must-see for wrestling fans ... Spoke with Johnny Devine the other day and apparently he is doing much better, recovering quickly from his operation after being stabbed in Nashville.