The WWE recently unveiled its “Top 50 Villains in Wrestling History” list, with Rowdy Roddy Piper emerging as the greatest villain of all time.
The jarring incident shown below with Jimmy Snuka on Piper’s Pit was a career-defining moment for him as one of the ultimate heels. If you saw this skit as a kid, it’s likely etched into your brain forever. While it would certainly be difficult to argue against Piper as anything but an endlessly memorable, tremendous villain, some other characters are also worthy of top billing.
Ric Flair is one name that obviously comes to mind as the greatest heel (he came in No. 2 overall). The Nature Boy’s entire career consisted of telling you just how much better he was than anyone else, and normally done so while removing a $3,000 suit and then proceeding to drop elbows on said suit while it innocently lay in the center of the ring. Flair also owns the world record for most stolen kisses.
My other three choices, and this obviously has a lot to do with the era in which I watched wrestling religiously, are Mr. Perfect, who once threw a touchdown pass to himself, Ravishing Rick Rude — Rude’s own likeness on his pants was the clincher — and the great Razor Ramon, aka Scott Hall, who implores you to say hi to the bad guy while dismissively throwing a toothpick into your face.
[via The Score]