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The greatest pro wrestlers of all-time include WrestleMania winners, WWF and WWE champions and TNA favorites. The entertainment of professional wrestling may be staged but all of these professional wrestlers are easily some of the toughest professional fighters inside of the ring or out. This list of all pro wrestlers can be ordered according to their popularity. Just vote for your favorites.

Combining Greco-Roman wrestling with boxing, freestyle wrestling and theater, professional wrestling dates back nearly a century. At first, professional wrestling was more about the actual competition rather than the script. In the early days, it was Lou Thesz who was the most-feared wrestler around. Thesz, who had no trouble going off-script to win a match and keep his title, is considered the first true wrestling superstar and an innovator of the business.

So is the greatest pro wrestler ever? This list will answer that question and your vote matters.

Thesz continued to dominate until the next era of wrestlers entered in the 1950s and 1960s. Top contenders like Bruno Sammartino and Buddy Rogers helped the sport of professional wrestling grow with their flashy and flamboyant performance styles as well as more often than not came out on top of their matches.

Moving into the 1980s and 1990s, wrestling evolved into a performance. The uniforms the wrestlers wore became flashier and the scripted aspects began to increase, as did the fan following. Some of the best wrestlers of all time came from that golden era such as Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair and Bret Hart. With business booming, professional wrestling only continued to grow in recent years with big names like Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock using their WWE fame to launch their careers.

Professional wrestling may not be for everyone but with a long history of success and a wildly popular following, the likes of WWE and TNA are not going away anytime soon. Any one of the current wrestlers competing today could become the next greatest professional wrestler of all time but until then, we can only enjoy watching them compete to become that.

This list is more than just the 100 greatest wrestlers of all time - we've got 'em all! Add any that might be missing and be sure to vote for all your favorites!

1
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Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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2
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
"Macho Man" Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011)

3
+ - 10,863 7,099
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Undertaker age 40

4
+ - 7,011 8,948
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Hulk Hogan age 63

5
+ - 8,884 6,319
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bret Hart age 59

6
+ - 6,948 4,707
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

7
+ - 5,947 3,872
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
André the Giant Died at 47 (1946-1993)

8
+ - 4,927 3,423
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Harley Race age 74

9
+ - 6,490 3,923
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

10
+ - 8,432 6,030
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

11
+ - 7,119 4,594
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ric Flair age 68

12
+ - 8,755 6,439
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

13
+ - 4,784 5,700
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Eddie Guerrero Died at 38 (1967-2005)

14
+ - 5,779 2,849
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

15
+ - 5,295 6,741
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
John Cena age 39

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16
+ - 3,048 3,736
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Daniel Bryan age 35

17
+ - 4,952 4,286
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
CM Punk age 38

18
+ - 4,398 5,714
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bill Goldberg age 50

19
+ - 4,278 2,728
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003)

20
+ - 5,501 3,040
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Mick Foley age 50

21
+ - 5,372 2,766
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

22
+ - 5,200 3,424
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Kurt Angle age 48

23
+ - 3,622 2,423
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Arn Anderson age 57

24
+ - 2,846 1,781
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

25
+ - 5,127 3,425
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Jericho age 46

26
+ - 3,018 4,082
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Brock Lesnar age 39

27
+ - 5,462 5,304
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Triple H age 47

28
+ - 3,505 2,963
Edge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Edge age 43

29
+ - 4,021 2,620
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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+ - 2,540 2,102
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bob Backlund age 67

31
+ - 3,115 2,267
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
The Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

32
+ - 3,614 2,409
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

33
+ - 2,846 1,873
Ricky

34
+ - 3,787 2,119
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

35
+ - 3,663 3,939
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Randy Orton age 37

36
+ - 2,577 2,161
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Terry Funk age 71

37
+ - 3,741 3,066
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Benoit Died at 40 (1967-2007)

38
+ - 3,171 2,220
Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Kane age 49

39
+ - 1,544 2,649
Dave Batista is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dave Batista age 48

40
+ - 2,867 2,023
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rob Van Dam age 45

41
+ - 2,693 1,721
Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Owen Hart Died at 34 (1965-1999)

42
+ - 1,829 1,652
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

43
+ - 1,951 1,464
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ted DiBiase age 61

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Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Lou Thesz Died at 86 (1916-2002)

45
+ - 1,376 1,345
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Don Muraco age 66

46
+ - 2,649 2,101
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Jeff Hardy age 38

47
+ - 2,412 1,598
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Davey Boy Smith / The British Bulldog Died at 40 (1962-2002)

48
+ - 1,386 1,430
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Verne Gagne age 91

49
+ - 1,575 1,318
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Booker T age 52

50
+ - 1,883 1,472
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time