WWE may be widely considered the very definition of professional wrestling these days but that wasn't always the case. It used to be a territorial business before Vince McMahon took control of his father's company and expanded nationally to create an empire, slowly but surely eating up all the competition along the way.
Still, other promotions prospered, enough so that there have been more than a few wrestlers who became big time stars and never once climbed inside a WWE ring.
That's the focus of the latest countdown list from WWE.com: The top 10 wrestlers to never work for WWE.
Let's see what we have here:
10. Magnum TA
9. Akira Hokuto
8. The Midnight Express
7. The Sinister Minister
6. Nikita Koloff
4. New Jack
3. The Great Muta
2. Abdullah the Butcher
Sting is the obvious choice for number one on this list. During the peak of the Monday Night Wars in the 90s between World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), he was the most over babyface in wrestling as the chief protagonist battling the New World Order (nWo).
What's a bit surprising is the glowing praise he receives in the article, with a special nod to the match fans will never see but always wanted:
Because of his immense success throughout the industry, The Stinger would have been a great fit for the pageantry and spectacle of WWE. Of course, the one Superstar that the WWE Universe would clamor to see Sting face would be The Undertaker. Perhaps if there was one person who could have upended The Deadman's WrestleMania Streak, it would be Sting himself.
Oh, what could have been.
That being said, Vampiro has no business being anywhere near this list.
Cagesiders, what do you think of it?