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Sports Illustrated's top 101 wrestlers ever will raise a few eyebrows, probably

Opinions are like cell phones; everybody has one.

That extends, of course, to one of life's great questions: Who is the greatest professional wrestler of all time? Well, the latest outlet to come out with a list is one you probably wouldn't expect to come out with such a list: Sports Illustrated, whose pro wrestling coverage has been pretty limited in its sixty-plus year history (hell, the number of wrestlers appearing on the magazine's cover remains at one—Hulk Hogan in 1985)

So when the bastion of sports journalism's website (namely their Extra Mustard section) releases their list of the top 101 wrestlers of all time, it's sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. Especially when that list begins with The Miz.

Remember, this is their ALL-TIME list. Though the list does tilt toward grapplers who made it big in America in the modern era, pretty much every era is represented, from a century ago with Frank Gotch and Wild Bill Longson, to the early days of wrestling on television with the likes of Lou Thesz and Gorgeous George and Verne Gagne. Bruno and Buddy are there too, as are Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan. Steve Austin, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels are in too, as are some of the best of the 21st century, including John Cena, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, and Kenta Kobashi.

But as with any list, there are bound to be a few omissions. You'll have to click over to their site to see the complete list, but here is the top 25 (sans their explanation, which you also have to click over for. Just click over, okay?):

25. Bob Backlund

24. Edge

23. Buddy Rogers

22. Triple H

21. Daniel Bryan

20. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

19. Antonio Inoki

18. Kurt Angle

17. Randy Orton

16. Bret "Hitman" Hart

15. Mick Foley

14. Harley Race

13. Chris Jericho

12. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

11. "Macho Man" Randy Savage

10. Andre the Giant

9. Sting

8. Hulk Hogan

7. John Cena

6. Dusty Rhodes

5. The Undertaker

4. The Rock

3. Stone Cold Steve Austin

2. Shawn Michaels

1. Ric Flair

Who do you think should be on the list? Who shouldn't be?

Discuss (responsibly, of course).

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