Created By: IndirectActiveTransportJanuary 12, 2014 Last Edited By: IndirectActiveTransportFebruary 22, 2014
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Best Wrestler In The World

The Best wrestler in the world!

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In February 23rd, you are going to get the opportunity of the lifetime, because, at NWA Ring Warriors event you're to step into the ring with me and take the most important title in the wrestling, The Battling Bombshells championship? Amber, I fought hard to get this title and, you know, ever harder to keep it against woman like Santana Garret-The Model, Leva Bates-The Superhero, Sienna Duvall-The Diva Beater, Su Yung and the best wrestler in the world, little one, Kacee Carlisle the NWA woman world champion!
—La Rosa Negra, summarizing her rivals.

The most important thing for a professional wrestler to do is to get an audience interested in them. Simply learning to wrestle an interesting match is important for sure but most wrestlers have something that draws audiences to them besides their wrestling skills. A distinctive look, Overwhelming size, a resonating catch phrase, a likeable personality, an otherworldly aura, a reputation built in a different sport, a memorable manager, something beyond mere wrestling ability that catches audience attention.

But every now and then come those promoting themselves on wrestling alone, because wrestling is what they do better than any other human being alive! Maybe it is only believed by themselves? Maybe the company itself promotes them as such. Maybe it is only used by other people to move things along because saying otherwise would end up draining their time. Whatever the case, these wrestler's gimmick rest on them being the world's best wrestler.

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Examples

  • The Trope Maker is Harley Race, the best damn wrestler on God\'s green Earth! He may not have been the first wrestler ever to make the claim but virtually anyone you see basing their gimmick around it probably got it from Harley Race or somebody who got it from Harley Race (especially now that he has his academy)
  • The World's Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas provide the page image. Though Shelton originally declared them to be "The Best Damn Tag Team Ever, Period!"
  • The world's greatest tag team was originally "Team Angle", and so they probably picked it up from Kurt, who has a tendency to call himself the best in the world (he technically was in real life, being an Olympic Gold Medalist and all).
  • Bret Hart was not just the best wrestler in the world but the best there was, is or ever will be!
  • Besides being the title of one of their pay per view events, pretty much every Ring Of Honor champion has been billed as "Best In The World". (Samoa Joe, American Dragon, CM Punk, Austin Aries, Tyler Black)
  • Chris Jericho would like to remind all you lying hypocritical parasites that he is the best in the world at what he does!
  • This was the basis of Mistico's rudo persona.
  • The angle around Michelle McCool after she won the race to be the first women's and WWE diva's champion was her proving to be the 'best ever' by injuring more people than the so called divas before her.
  • The Lovey Lacey of the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew is the best wrestler in the multiverse. Shimmer champions Sweet Saraya and Sara Del Ray have had this billing 'officially'.
  • World Elite was formed from Eric Young's annoyance at being laughed at by American fans for years, him ranting about being the best wrestler in the world and forming a team of non Americans who could understand it and hate America with him. TNA even changed the legend's championship to the Global Championship when he held it.
  • Tara said she came to TNA because she wanted to be remembered as the best and did not think it would happen if she stayed in WWE.
  • Freelance professional wrestler Takuya Sugi, better known as Hustle Kamen Red and Yoshitisune, has been billed as the best in the world, or at least, best high flier in the world.
  • An infamous example was Triple H during the reign of terror, where the commentary would talk about the great technical ability Triple H never displayed.
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated annually ranks the top fifty wrestlers (by male, female and tag team) which sometimes trickles back into the wrestling promotions themselves (such as USWA when Jerry Lawler and Jacqueline had won or WWE with Los Guerreros). Angel Williams took to calling herself best in the business (in reality, she was ranked #2 two years in a row) and there was a spat between TNA and ROH over whether Motor City Machine Guns or the Briscoes deserved it more in 2010.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • January 12, 2014
    arbiter099
    Wow, a wrestling post goes by without mentioning kayfabe.
  • January 12, 2014
    Shaoken
    Not trope worthy. It's a combination of Badass Boast and Small Name Big Ego with The Same But More Specific to flat out disqualify this.
  • January 12, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    It is not just badass boast and Small name big ego though because, as the page quote shows, La Rosa Negra still refers to Cacee Carlisle as the best wrestler in the world (little one) even after she defeated Carlise. Similarly, that is an actual poster used by the WWE and NWA promoting Shelton and Haas as "Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team". I chose those two items just to illustrate how it goes beyond a wrestler merely claiming to be the best in the world.
  • January 13, 2014
    Shaoken
    So this is some sort of combination of Badass Boast Small Name Big Ego and The Ace (which description is "The best of the Best" which is no different that "the best in the world")?

    Still not tropeworthy, since you're just taking already existing tropes and combining them together, with two separate definitions in the name; someone claiming to be the best (which btw was why the WWE called them "The Self-Proclaimed World's Greatest Tag Team") and being called the best in the world, which is just The Ace. So it's still The Same But More Specific which is again a big no-no.

    Also, the site doesn't like tropes that are only limited to one work if they can avoid it.
  • January 13, 2014
    wanderlustwarrior
    It's just a boast, not a separate trope.
  • January 14, 2014
    Shaoken
    So that's three votes to disqualify, it's already covered by badass boast and the ace, and it's a work-specific trope which is always a no-no. Discard time?
  • January 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Be fair; it's a genre-specific trope not a work-specific one. I see WWE, National Wrestling Alliance, Ring Of Honor and TNA in the list (along with a couple of others which might not be any of the above but I don't know).
  • January 15, 2014
    Shaoken
    Right, I messed up on that. It's a Genre-specific trope, which is a no-no unless there is a damn good reason for it.
  • January 15, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    I don't see this stock wrestling character as being any less trope worthy than Worlds Strongest Man. (WWE is using both at the same time with Mark Henry and CM Punk).

    I just think there need to be some more examples, so I figured if I put up you know that thing where they would flood in.
  • January 15, 2014
    Shaoken
    There is a big difference between this and worlds strongest man. The latter is not limited to one genre, has a long history of being used, and can be objectively measured in universe. This trope is just a Badass Boast mixed with The Ace.

    Four motions to discard is not a sign that you need more examples, it's a sign that this thing won't get off the ground.
  • January 16, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Garbage Wrestler, Squash Match, Tonight In This Very Ring, Ring Oldies, Gorgeous George, Loser Leaves Town, Charlie Brown From Outta Town, Wrestling Monster and Wrestling Doesnt Pay are all genre specific tropes, so the idea that they are so unwanted is untrue.

    I know this is a trope because I have 14 bullet points for it, I just need some help getting some more examples. The thing that should be self evident is that being the best professional wrestler in the world is objectively subjective because the outcome of every bout is predetermined (so it is not on skill) and the wrestler who tears down the roof one place (Bret Hart, Mistico) will be glossed over elsewhere (you cannot get fans, the people who drive the industry, to agree on it either). So calling ___ best in the world is about as credible as calling ___ the world's strongest man or a fairy psychopomp.

    Even if it were true in real life, in the context of a wrestling show he's only the best because someone decides he will be, its as much a gimmick as being a grave digging satan worshiping zombie. (note to self, do not use backspace on you know that thing where).
  • January 16, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    sounds like a YMMV trope that is a Flame Bait. wrestling fans would wrestle over shoehorning their favorites here.
  • January 16, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    Besides the fact Ring Of Honor literally has an event called "best in the world", you do realize the page image is from an official poster right? And here is an actual Summer Slam Promo, what mileage is there to vary on that?
  • January 16, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    I have zero clue on Wrestling. plus, there's a recent talk on ATT on someone called JIKTV with a Single Issue Wonk on wrestling divas. thought it might have been relevant.
  • January 16, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    ATT? I just got the idea when scrounging through the archives of the internet and coming across some guy announcing Angel Williams as the best in the business (before she got squashed by someone I did not even recognize) and thought "there should really be a trope for that".

    So yes, this was inspired by a "wrestling diva" but I had long since noticed I could find "the best wrestler in the world/business" in every other promotion I looked at.
  • January 16, 2014
    Shaoken
    There is a trope for that; Badass Boast. Every last "example" you brought here is just a Badass Boast. It doesn't matter if someone else says it for their opponent or if a manager says it, it's still a badass boast. If they can't back it up its Small Name Big Ego, if they can they're The Ace.

    And the difference between this not-trope and the wrestling exclusive tropes is that they are things that are only found in wrestling for a reason, this only applies to wrestling because you added "wrestler" to the title.

    And four motions to discard, you're the only person who supports this, and it's already covered by other tropes. I move to discard in 24 hours.
  • January 17, 2014
    Shaoken
    Okay, it's been 24 hours and no protest, plus I ran it past Ask The Tropers who gave a thumbs up to discard.

    This is already covered by Badass Boast, there's nothing that this YKTTW could add that wouldn't be better placed on that page.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable