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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.
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    Vader

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    Paul "Big Show" Wight

    1972 More
    49
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    Thomas Billington

    1958 More
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    added by: MichaelBradvic
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    Lex Luger

    1958 More
    49
  5. 55
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    Jerry "The King" Lawler

    1949 More
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  6. 56
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    Animal

    49
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    Booker T

    1965 More
    48
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    Jim Duggan

    1954 More
    48
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    Sabu

    1964 More
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    Chyna

    47
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    Buddy Rogers

    1921 More
    46
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    1956 More
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    Kerry Von Erich

    46
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    1926 More
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    Ron Simmons

    1958 More
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    1940 More
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    1960 More
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    Road Warrior Animal

    1960 More
    46
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    Bam Bam Bigelow

    1961 More
    45
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    Stu Hart

    1915 More
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    added by: KirkSaw
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    Classy Freddie Blassie

    45
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    Sheamus

    1978 More
    45
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    Gorilla Monsoon

    1937 More
    45
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    Big John Studd

    1948 More
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    Mil Máscaras

    1942 More
    45
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    Rick Steiner

    1961 More
    45
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    The Honky Tonk Man

    1953 More
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    1962 More
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    Junkyard Dog

    1952 More
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    The Fabulous Moolah

    1923 More
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    Christian

    1972 More
    44
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    Killer Kowalski

    43
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    Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

    1956 More
    43
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    Sycho Sid

    43
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    Tito Santana

    1953 More
    43
    added by: tool100
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    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Wahoo McDaniel

    1938 More
    43
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    Dave Batista

    1969 More
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    added by: LisaGruber
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    Rocky Johnson

    1944 More
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    George Steele

    1937 More
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    1941 More
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    1949 More
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    Don Muraco

    1949 More
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    1979 More
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    added by: CablePirate
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    Jushin Liger

    1964 More
    42
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    Vince McMahon

    1945 More
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    Larry Zbyszko

    1951 More
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    Raven

    1979 More
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    Shane Douglas

    1964 More
    42
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    Kelly Kelly

    1987 More
    42
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