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The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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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!
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    Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Junkyard Dog Died at 46 (1952-1998)

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    Jim


    Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart age 60

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    Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Sgt. Slaughter age 67

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    Trish Stratus is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Trish Stratus age 40

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    Died at 46 (1961-2007)

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    Tito Santana is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Tito Santana age 62

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    Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Rey Mysterio

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    Vader is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Vader age 60

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    George Steele is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    George Steele age 78

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    Greg Valentine is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Greg Valentine age 64

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    Paul


    Paul "Big Show" Wight age 43

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    Buddy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Buddy Rogers Died at 71 (1921-1992)

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    Jesse


    Jesse "The Body" Ventura age 64

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    Killer Kowalski is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Killer Kowalski Died at 82 (1926-2008)

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    Rey Misterio, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Rey Misterio, Sr. age 57

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    The Fabulous Moolah is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    The Fabulous Moolah Died at 84 (1923-2007)

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    Thomas Billington is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Thomas Billington age 57

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    Dean Malenko is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Dean Malenko age 55

  23. 73
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    Gorilla Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Gorilla Monsoon Died at 62 (1937-1999)

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    Road Warrior Animal is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Road Warrior Animal age 55

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    Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) age 57

  26. 76
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    Rick Steiner is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Rick Steiner age 54

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    Goldust is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Goldust age 46

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    Nick Bockwinkel is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Nick Bockwinkel age 81

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    Wahoo McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Wahoo McDaniel Died at 64 (1938-2002)

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    Kevin Nash is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Kevin Nash age 56

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    Stu Hart is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Stu Hart Died at 88 (1915-2003)

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    Paul Orndorff is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Paul Orndorff age 66

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    Scott Steiner is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Scott Steiner age 53

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    Larry Zbyszko is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Larry Zbyszko age 64

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    Amy Dumas is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Amy Dumas age 40

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    Gorgeous George is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Gorgeous George Died at 48 (1915-1963)

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    Seth Rollins is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Seth Rollins age 29

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    The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    The Honky Tonk Man 62

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    Fritz Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Fritz Von Erich Died at 68 (1929-1997)

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    Kerry Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Kerry Von Erich Died at 33 (1960-1993)

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    Jushin Liger is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Jushin Liger age 51

  46. 96
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    Sabu is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Sabu age 51

  47. 97
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    Chyna is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Chyna age 45

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    Ivan Koloff is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Ivan Koloff age 73

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    Classy Freddie Blassie is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Classy Freddie Blassie

  50. 100
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    Big John Studd is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Big John Studd Died at 47 (1948-1995)

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