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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!
list ordered by

1
10,527 9,882
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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2
13,437 7,264
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
"Macho Man" Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011)

3
9,624 6,850
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bret Hart age 59

4
7,615 5,189
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

5
11,763 7,777
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Undertaker age 40

6
7,572 9,860
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Hulk Hogan age 63

7
7,064 4,509
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka age 73

8
6,519 4,406
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
André the Giant Died at 47 (1946-1993)

9
5,492 3,931
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Harley Race age 74

10
9,167 6,654
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

11
7,891 5,129
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ric Flair age 68

12
9,494 7,007
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson age 44

13
5,167 6,050
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Eddie Guerrero Died at 38 (1967-2005)

14
6,409 3,148
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

15
5,731 7,472
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
John Cena age 39

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16
3,295 4,150
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added Daniel Bryan age 35

17
5,277 4,710
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
CM Punk age 38

18
4,746 6,164
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bill Goldberg age 50

19
4,886 2,986
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Nicole Breanne added "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003)

20
5,960 3,254
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Mick Foley age 51

21
5,687 3,643
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Kurt Angle age 48

22
5,854 3,085
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added "Rowdy" Roddy Piper age 61

23
4,096 2,718
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Arn Anderson age 58

24
3,319 2,080
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

25
5,609 3,807
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Jericho age 46

26
5,921 5,780
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Triple H age 47

27
3,316 4,686
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Brock Lesnar age 39

28
2,960 2,380
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bob Backlund age 67

29
3,362 2,079
Ricky
KirkSaw added Ricky "Rick Rude" Lewis age 34

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30
3,862 3,387
Edge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Edge age 43

31
4,365 2,964
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat age 64

32
3,492 2,560
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
The Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

33
3,928 2,844
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

34
3,020 2,375
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Terry Funk age 72

35
3,954 4,418
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Randy Orton age 37

36
4,078 2,545
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
3,449 2,426
Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added Kane age 49

38
4,012 3,304
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
1,725 2,937
Dave Batista is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added Dave Batista age 48

40
3,134 2,202
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rob Van Dam age 46

41
2,954 1,880
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
2,030 1,846
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

43
2,171 1,642
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ted DiBiase age 63

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44
1,753 1,574
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Don Muraco age 67

45
1,753 1,633
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Verne Gagne age 91

46
2,212 2,063
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Lou Thesz Died at 86 (1916-2002)

47
2,901 2,304
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Jeff Hardy age 39

48
2,611 1,774
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Davey Boy Smith / The British Bulldog Died at 40 (1962-2002)

49
1,439 760
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

50
1,793 1,495
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Booker T age 52