The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time People
Ultimate List
196,383 votes 194,786 views by  Power
Ranker
more info

The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

The greatest pro wrestlers of all-time include WrestleMania winners, 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.
  • 206 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
rerank list
  1. 1
    Up 4235
    Down 2240

    most listed age 49

    open
  2. 2
    Up 3776
    Down 1886

    age 50

    open
  3. 3
    Up 4225
    Down 2266

    age 57

    open
  4. 4
    Up 3447
    Down 1387

    ranked low on reranks Died at 59 (1952-2011)

    open
  5. 5
    Up 3539
    Down 2042

    the people's #1 age 49

    open
  6. 6
    Up 2676
    Down 1680

    age 65

    open
  7. 7
    Up 3309
    Down 2029

    added by KirkSaw age 42

    open
  8. 8
    Up 2678
    Down 1930

    age 61

    open
  9. 9
    Up 2310
    Down 1602

    age 45

    open
  10. 10
    Up 2175
    Down 1498

    age 46

    open
  11. 11
    Up 2116
    Down 1270

    added by KirkSaw age 49

    open
  12. 12
    Up 2443
    Down 1580

    age 44

    open
  13. 13
    Up 2060
    Down 1259

    Died at 47 (1946-1993)

    open
  14. 14
    Up 1879
    Down 1104

    age 79

    open
  15. 15
    Up 2079
    Down 1498

    age 36

    open
  16. 16
    Up 1629
    Down 1153

    added by KirkSaw age 61

    open
  17. 17
    Up 1814
    Down 1284

    added by KirkSaw age 60

    open
  18. 18
    Up 1849
    Down 1306

    Died at 38 (1967-2005)

    open
  19. 19
    Up 1000
    Down 502

    ranked low on reranks age 59

    open
  20. 20
    Up 1680
    Down 1323

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Died at 40 (1967-2007)

    open
  21. 21
    Up 1532
    Down 1115

    added by NicoleBreanne Died at 45 (1958-2003)

    open
  22. 22
    Up 1469
    Down 782

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  23. 23
    Up 1355
    Down 1179

    often listed & ranked high on reranks age 34

    open
  24. 24
    Up 1302
    Down 816

    ranked low on reranks & added by KirkSaw age 71

    open
  25. 25
    Up 1176
    Down 885

    open
  26. 26
    Up 1213
    Down 854

    added by GrandMasterSexy

    open
  27. 27
    Up 1548
    Down 1344

    age 48

    open
  28. 28
    Up 1549
    Down 1571

    age 37

    open
  29. 29
    Up 1028
    Down 790

    added by ajgebaur age 44

    open
  30. 30
    Up 1074
    Down 1006

    age 69

    open
  31. 31
    Up 1099
    Down 928

    age 40

    open
  32. 32
    Up 936
    Down 752

    age 71

    open
  33. 33
    Up 385
    Down 255

    age 60

    open
  34. 34
    Up 750
    Down 469

    ranked low on reranks age 65

    open
  35. 35
    Up 426
    Down 196

    ranked low on reranks & added by SameerSam age 74

    open
  36. 36
    Up 778
    Down 566

    Died at 86 (1916-2002)

    open
  37. 37
    Up 383
    Down 180

    Died at 46 (1961-2007)

    open
  38. 38
    Up 995
    Down 725

    age 56

    open
  39. 39
    Up 749
    Down 554

    added by KirkSaw age 66

    open
  40. 40
    Up 939
    Down 632

    added by KirkSaw age 33

    open
  41. 41
    Up 756
    Down 498

    added by METALMACHINE9 age 71

    open
  42. 42
    Up 900
    Down 629

    Died at 40 (1962-2002)

    open
  43. 43
    Up 921
    Down 880

    often listed & added by KirkSaw age 70

    open
  44. 44
    Up 1010
    Down 901

    age 37

    open
  45. 45
    Up 910
    Down 698

    Died at 34 (1965-1999)

    open
  46. 46
    Up 617
    Down 473

    added by PeteBoyle

    open
  47. 47
    Up 350
    Down 153

    ranked low on reranks age 58

    open
  48. 48
    Up 620
    Down 437

    age 39

    open
  49. 49
    Up 424
    Down 596

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Died at 55 (1959-2014)

    open
  50. 50
    Up 203
    Down 249

    often listed & ranked high on reranks age 49

    open
415 +

Something missing? Add it!

think you can do better?

Rerank This List

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

more popular lists