We all know the WWE Top 10 is currently ranked as the number one name in the business, but what is the true significance of this particular number? Many wrestling fans who are critical of some aspects of the product may not fully understand the number’s significance and how it has been earned over the years. In the first place, the number was only created sometime in the 1980s when the International Wrestling Cartel dominated all of professional wrestling. The history of the number goes even further back into the early days of wrestling, and until recently nobody really knew what it stood for. Interestingly enough, there are different rankings of the number throughout the world, and one in particular that is favored by many experts comes in at number eight.
According to the list released by the National Wrestling Alliance, the number one spot belongs to the Iron Sheik, while the number two spot is owned by Bret Hart. But what’s funny about this particular list is that only the Sheik’s popularity during his reign has been recognized, meaning that when Bret Hart, one of the greatest wrestlers ever, was eliminated from the wrestling game he still had the number eight on his license and his character tag was still Bret Hart. This is in fact a very interesting story considering that when he finally retired, the Iron Sheik went after him because the number has been the best seller in his merchandise. So what is the meaning behind the number eight?
Apparently, when the current wrestling hierarchy decided to name a champion for each year, they thought that if they only took a look at the world championship that all teams with eight men would be honored and that they would be given an eighth man’s gear to wear for the match. Since he was the only man who lived up to the obligation, the Sheik refused and thus the number eight came into being. Even if this was the case, it is still a fun fact to consider, as it was a marketing decision based on the genius of two strong personalities, not some outside authority.