CM Punk is the reason I got into wrestling! I found him hot ( lol ) and decided to watch his pipebomb speech and Money in the Bank 2011 match. From there I fell in love with both him ( lol ) and the sport. I admire his straight edge beliefs and how passionate he is about upholding those as well as his career as a wrestler; going from humble beginnings in the IWA, establishing a name for himself in the Ring of Honor, and working through the ECW reboot to the WWE in 2006, he grew as a wrestler while still maintaining the same drive, spirit, charisma, and dedication. I can now confidently say that after being into the sport for a while, he's my favorite wrestler ever.
Stumbling upon his LiveJournal and reading all the entries in a night, I saw proof of his goodwill and real passion for what he did even from the year 2002. He talks about his close friendships with Colt Cabana and, later, Samoa Joe, as well as telling anecdotes, bitching about his travels, and mourning the deaths of his idols -- the last entry being about Eddie Guerrero's 2005 passing.
I find him a remarkable human being aside from being a remarkable wrestler. Even in his old LiveJournal entries he mentions his hatred for homophobic bigots and continues to support same-sex marriage to this day. He also has always presented himself as anti-establishment, mirroring this in his strong distaste for republicans mentioned frequently in his blog entries. He also loves music, horror movies, and the Chicago Blackhawks, which happens to be my favorite hockey team from when I lived in Cook county, Illinois. He is a Scorpio, his birthday being October 26th, and is married to former wrestler AJ Lee.
He has six piercings -- his ears, his nipples, his belly button, his tongue, and the left side of his lip. His tattoos include: the Pepsi logo on his left shoulder, the Cobra Command and Arashikage Ninja Clan symbols from GI Joe on his right shoulder and forearm respectively, the Bouncing Souls logo on his left bicep, an Operation Ivy logo on his left calf, Rosie the Riveter, a cobra and skull on his chest, 'romance' and a heart across his knuckles, 'drug free' across his knuckles & 'straight edge' on his stomach, 'no gimmicks needed' on his left hand in reference to his straight edge lifestyle being seen as only a character, several symbols of good luck (four-leaf clover, a horseshoe, a spiderweb with '13', brass knuckles, a three-eyed koi fish, a rabbit foot) as well as 'luck is for losers (a bit contradictory), 'honor' on his left forearm, two dice, four ace playing cards to honor his friend Ace Steel, a flaming skull with 'Barbiehead' to honor his friend of the same name, his dog Callee's paw and her name on his left wrist, his wife AJ Lee's lips on his right, '31' (his sister's soccer jersey number) behind his left ear, and several other smaller ones that I won't bother talking about. Lord.
Signature moves: Go to Sleep (GTS), Anaconda vice, suicide dive, roundhouse kick, running knee high, bulldog.
Asuka is my favorite female wrestler and one of my favorites of all time in general! Her ring gear is always so crazy and suits her personality and style perfectly; I love all her awesome makeup and hair colors too. Her title streak in NXT made me so happy because I genuinely love her ring presence and seeing her wrestle! Her work as Kana in Joshi Proresu looks amazing too, although I haven't seen much of it; the outfits and makeup looks were just as iconic there. She also has a gaming/vlog channel on youtube and it's adorable. I love Asuka with my entire heart and she's a huge inspiration to me as a person both in and outside the ring < 3
Her birthday is September 26th, making her a Libra like me !!!
Signature moves: Asuka Lock, spinkick, flying cross armbar, reverse roundhouse, spinning back fist.
Another wrestler that I originally just found hot ( lol ) and whose style and character I then grew to admire; he has an outspoken charisma and attitude about him that's akin to CM Punk (in fact, here's an article discussing their similarities!). I always root for him in the ring and live for his Texan badassery. Any match with Shawn is so engaging - he can take hits until he's bleeding and still keep going. Simply amazing.
His birthday is July 22nd, making him a Cancer. He retired in November 2018 but I'll always look back on his stuff with D-X () and throughout the 2000s with a smile on my face.
Signature moves: Sweet Chin Music, flying forearm & kip-up, elbow drop, inverted atomic drop, Moonsault.