COMMENTARY | In 2013, beards have become the new cool thing in pop culture. Not surprisingly, this trend has made its way into the professional wrestling industry. However, heels and over-the-top babyface characters have sported beards for decades in wrestling.
Take a look back at the top 10 beards in wrestling history.
10. Hulk Hogan
Was it real or was it paint? I remember this wrestling debate in the late 1990s when 'Hollywood' joined the NWO. He had a hilarious short, black beard that was in stark contrast to his blonde mustache and balding blonde head of hair.
9. Jim Neidhart
Technically, Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart's beard was really more of a goatee. However, he grew it very long and it came down to a point. It was a unique look among wrestlers, but it was somewhat reminiscent of the rock band ZZ Top.
If you missed out on Roadkill, then you must not have watched ECW in the 1990s. Roadkill was the biggest, toughest Amish wrestler in history. He had a bushy, black beard despite being completely bald and not having a mustache.
7. Zeb Colter (Dutch Mantell)
The amazing thing about Zeb Colter's beard is that it is complemented by an awesome mustache. Long before he became Jack Swagger's mouthpiece in the WWE, Colter wrestled as Dutch Mantell and sported the same look.
6. Bruiser Brody
Bruiser Brody could have been one of the greatest wrestlers in history if he hadn't lost his life so soon. A great ring psychologist, Brody's black, menacing beard and long, curly hair added to his wild man persona in the ring.
5. Eric Young
Before it became cool in the WWE, Eric Young began growing an epic beard in TNA. Although he is great wrestler, Young is also very funny and his facial hair has added to his current gimmick of basically being a comedy act.
4. Porkchop Cash
The funny thing about Porkchop Cash's beard is that it grew longer as his hair grew shorter. Cash fought throughout the southern territories, but I remember him in Mid-South Wrestling as one-half of the Bruise Brothers tag team.
3. Jimmy Valiant
Jimmy Valiant and his kayfabe brother Johnny formed a legendary tag team in the 1970s. Although Jimmy was a heel, he later became a face. 'The Boogie Woogie Man' danced around the wrestling ring with a long, white beard.
2. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan's beard is so scraggly, WWE commentators often refer to him as "goat face." His character has anger management issues and his facial hair adds to his crazed persona. He is also one of the best wrestlers in the world.
1. Ox Baker
Ox Baker is the scariest living creature I've ever seen walking on two legs. A heel who actually had the look to fit the part, Baker's bald head and black, curled eyebrows went well with the greatest beard in the history of pro wrestling.
Honorable mention wrestling beards
Pampero Firpo, The Moondogs, Lou Albano, Jerry Lawler, Mike Knox, The Blue Meanie, Jim Duggan, Luke Harper, Mike Morgan, Hillbilly Jim, Mad Dog Vachon, Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff, The Berserker, Steve Keirn
Endnote on how to see each beard
To see each of the top 10 beards, click the "beard" link in each paragraph.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of pro wrestling. Patrick's favorite wrestling promotion was Mid-South Wrestling back in the 1980s. Patrick's favorite wrestling angle of all-time was the NWO and his favorite wrestler is Roddy Piper. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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