This is a statement that is thrown around from time to time, "wrestling doesn't matter in the WWE". But is that really the case? Most proponents of that statement claim that you don't need to be a good wrestler to be a main event talent, that all that is needed is a character that gets over. But isn't that just looking at half of the picture? A lot of wrestlers who are or have been at the top of the WWE keep saying that to be on the top you need to be the total package, which is described by guys like Cena, Edge and Jericho in multiple videos as including in ring ability. Whilst connecting with the crowd and being able to talk is without a shadow of a doubt important parts of a wrestlers success but you also need to be able to work good - great matches. Especially as part of the upper mid card/main event, aka as a top guy. Because you are the guys that are supposed to keep the people coming back and thus you need to be able to put on good matches, even with wrestlers worse than you. So why do people seem to think that to be the top dog in the WWE you don't need to be able to wrestle? Let's look at the guys who have been THE guy in the company: Hogan - Actually a pretty talented wrestler, not just a walking leg drop and finger point waiting to happen. His matches in Japan were really really good from a pure wrestling standpoint. Bret Hart - Need I say anything other than it is Bret flipping Hart? Steve Austin - Was before his neck injury a pretty talented technical wrestler, but after the neck injury he dumbed his style down a lot to protect himself. John Cena - When a guy gets praise from guys like HBK and Jericho for being a fantastic wrestler then he is obviously doing something right. Cena seems to be a guy though that needs an opponent that motivates him, this might be a result of him being so alone on the top for so long though. The reason all these guys (with the possible exception of Hart) work/works pretty simple styles as the top guy is not because they couldn't wrestle, but rather it was Vince protecting his investment. Then we have all the guys in the upper card like HBK, Triple H, Orton, Rude, Savage etc were good wrestlers. The only two excpetions I can come up with are Warrior and Batista. So does wrestling really not matter to become a top talent? Is there anyone you can think off who has reached to the top in the WWE without some wrestling ability? Why do people persist with saying that wrestling doesn't matter in the WWE?