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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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  1. 1
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    "Stone Cold" Steve Austin age 51

  2. 2
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    Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Bruno Sammartino age 80

  3. 3
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    Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Bret Hart age 58

  4. 4
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    Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Undertaker age 38

  5. 5
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    Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    most listed & ranked high on reranks
    Hulk Hogan age 62

  6. 6
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    André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    André the Giant Died at 47 (1946-1993)

  7. 7
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    Jimmy

    added by KirkSaw
    Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka age 72

  8. 8
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    Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Harley Race age 72

  9. 9
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    the people's #1
    "Macho Man" Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011)

  10. 10
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    Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Shawn Michaels age 50

  11. 11
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    Jake

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    Jake "The Snake" Roberts age 60

  12. 12
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    Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Eddie Guerrero Died at 38 (1967-2005)

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    Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Ric Flair age 66

  14. 14
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    CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    CM Punk age 37

  15. 15
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    Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Daniel Bryan age 34

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    Dwayne

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    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson age 43

  17. 17
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    John Cena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    John Cena age 38

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    Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Bill Goldberg age 49

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    Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by KirkSaw
    Mick Foley age 50

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    Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Kurt Angle age 47

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    "Rowdy" Roddy Piper age 61

  22. 22
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    - 2,275

    added by NicoleBreanne
    "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003)

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    Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Arn Anderson age 57

  24. 24
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    "Diamond" Dallas Page age 59

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    Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Brock Lesnar age 38

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    Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Chris Jericho age 45

  27. 27
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    Triple H is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Triple H age 46

  28. 28
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    Edge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Edge age 42

  29. 29
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    Ricky

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    Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat age 62

  30. 30
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    - 1,591
    Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Bob Backlund age 66

  31. 31
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    - 2,003


    "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes age 70

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    The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    The Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

  34. 34
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    added by KirkSaw
    age 34

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    Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Randy Orton age 35

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    Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Terry Funk age 71

  37. 37
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    Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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    Kane age 48

  38. 38
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    Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Chris Benoit Died at 40 (1967-2007)

  39. 39
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    Dave Batista is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    often listed & added by LisaGruber
    Dave Batista age 46

  40. 40
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    Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    added by ajgebaur
    Rob Van Dam age 45

  41. 41
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    - 1,456
    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. 42
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    Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Ted DiBiase age 61

  43. 43
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    Jerry


    Jerry "The King" Lawler age 66

  44. 44
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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. 45
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    Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Don Muraco age 66

  46. 46
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    - 1,072
    Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Verne Gagne age 89

  47. 47
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    - 1,334
    Davey Boy Smith / The British ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Davey Boy Smith / The British Bulldog Died at 40 (1962-2002)

  48. 48
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    The Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by SameerSam
    The Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) age 75

  49. 49
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    - 1,815
    Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time


    Jeff Hardy age 38

  50. 50
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    - 1,453

    added by METALMACHINE9
    "Superstar" Billy Graham age 72

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