The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time People
Ultimate List
465  items 177,550 votes 12,137 voters 180,735 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.
  • 201 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 4060
    Down 2003

    most listed 1965

    open
  2. 2
    Up 3587
    Down 1653

    1964

    open
  3. 3
    Up 4093
    Down 2018

    1957

    open
  4. 4
    Up 3394
    Down 1852

    the people's #1 1965

    open
  5. 5
    Up 3109
    Down 1307

    1952

    open
  6. 6
    Up 2563
    Down 1597

    1949

    open
  7. 7
    Up 3138
    Down 1918

    added by KirkSaw 1972

    open
  8. 8
    Up 2526
    Down 1839

    1953

    open
  9. 9
    Up 2207
    Down 1496

    1969

    open
  10. 10
    Up 2089
    Down 1415

    1968

    open
  11. 11
    Up 2362
    Down 1487

    1970

    open
  12. 12
    Up 2014
    Down 1198

    added by KirkSaw 1965

    open
  13. 13
    Up 1946
    Down 1194

    1946

    open
  14. 14
    Up 1677
    Down 1025

    1935

    open
  15. 15
    Up 1987
    Down 1420

    1978

    open
  16. 16
    Up 1547
    Down 1096

    added by KirkSaw 1953

    open
  17. 17
    Up 1756
    Down 1242

    1967

    open
  18. 18
    Up 1716
    Down 1227

    added by KirkSaw 1954

    open
  19. 19
    Up 1604
    Down 1226

    1967

    open
  20. 20
    Up 1454
    Down 1051

    added by NicoleBreanne 1958

    open
  21. 21
    Up 763
    Down 439

    1955

    open
  22. 22
    Up 1391
    Down 716

    ranked low on reranks

    open
  23. 23
    Up 1290
    Down 1064

    1980

    open
  24. 24
    Up 1108
    Down 788

    open
  25. 25
    Up 1139
    Down 749

    added by GrandMasterSexy

    open
  26. 26
    Up 1455
    Down 1250

    1966

    open
  27. 27
    Up 1459
    Down 1463

    1977

    open
  28. 28
    Up 957
    Down 724

    added by ajgebaur 1970

    open
  29. 29
    Up 1042
    Down 772

    added by KirkSaw 1943

    open
  30. 30
    Up 1047
    Down 873

    1974

    open
  31. 31
    Up 962
    Down 955

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1945

    open
  32. 32
    Up 841
    Down 637

    1965

    open
  33. 33
    Up 942
    Down 843

    1977

    open
  34. 34
    Up 552
    Down 404

    added by PeteBoyle

    open
  35. 35
    Up 808
    Down 824

    often listed & added by KirkSaw 1944

    open
  36. 36
    Up 782
    Down 578

    added by KirkSaw 1981

    open
  37. 37
    Up 770
    Down 590

    1962

    open
  38. 38
    Up 827
    Down 673

    1958

    open
  39. 39
    Up 271
    Down 137

    added by SameerSam 1940

    open
  40. 40
    Up 275
    Down 207

    1954

    open
  41. 41
    Up 590
    Down 507

    added by KirkSaw 1948

    open
  42. 42
    Up 341
    Down 384

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1959

    open
  43. 43
    Up 242
    Down 128

    ranked low on reranks 1961

    open
  44. 44
    Up 738
    Down 702

    1943

    open
  45. 45
    Up 558
    Down 441

    added by METALMACHINE9 1943

    open
  46. 46
    Up 592
    Down 514

    1916

    open
  47. 47
    Up 540
    Down 417

    1949

    open
  48. 48
    Up 520
    Down 500

    1977

    open
  49. 49
    Up 555
    Down 394

    1975

    open
  50. 50
    Up 324
    Down 267

    1958

    open
  51. 466 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 31 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 465

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