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The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time  

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The following is a list of the best black wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling (or "sports entertainment" for those of you too young to remember anything that took place before John Cena). Through the years the WWF, WCW, and now WWE has seen many black athletes leave an indelible mark on the wrestling industry. Superstars that have paved the way like the "Big Cat" Ernie Ladd, Divas that pushed the pace and raised the bar like Jacqueline, and once in a lifetime trailblazers like The Rock.

Whether they're most well known for their singles career or their tag-team career up in the "big leagues", namely WWE/WWF or WCW, the only requirement for this list of topflight African-American wrestlers is that they were great. That they told tremendous stories in the ring. That wrestling (sports entertainment) wouldn't be the same without them.

So, who is the best black wrestler of all time? Mark out and vote for your favorites now!
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American-Canadian actor, producer and professional wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of ...more
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Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 53
Booker Tio Huffman Jr, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and color commentator who is currently signed with WWE. He is also founder/owner of the independent promotion Reality of ...more
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Kofi Kingston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 37
Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE under the ring name Kofi Kingston. Since debuting in WWE, Kingston has won ten championships. He is ...more
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Mark Henry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 47
Mark Jerrold Henry is an American powerlifter, Olympic weightlifter, strongman and professional wrestler who is currently signed to WWE. He was a two-time Olympian in 1992 and 1996 and a Silver, ...more
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Jay Lethal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Jamar "Jay" Shipman better known by his ring name Jay Lethal, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to Ring of Honor, where he is in his second reign as the ROH World ...more
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Bobo Brazil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Houston Harris was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Bobo Brazil. Credited with breaking down barriers of racial segregation in professional wrestling, Harris is ...more
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Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Sylvester Ritter was an American professional wrestler and professional football player, best known for his work in Mid-South Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as the Junkyard Dog, a ...more
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Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 57
Ronald "Ron" Simmons is a retired American professional wrestler and football player. He performed for World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling under his real ...more
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Abdullah the Butcher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 78
Lawrence Robert "Larry" Shreve, better known by the ring name Abdullah the Butcher, is a semi-retired Canadian professional wrestler. He has a reputation for being involved in some of ...more
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James Ware is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 61
James Ware, better known by his ring name Koko B. Ware, is a retired American professional wrestler who made his professional wrestling debut in 1978. He gained most of his popularity in the ...more
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Sasha Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she performs in their developmental system NXT under the ring name Sasha Banks and is the NXT Women's ...more
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Shelton Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 43
Shelton James Benjamin is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment. He wrestled for Ring of Honor for two years, ...more
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Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 42
Franklin Roberto "Bobby" Lashley is an American mixed martial artist, former collegiate amateur wrestler, and professional wrestler, currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling ...more
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Sailor Art Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Arthur Thomas, better known as Sailor Art Thomas, was an American bodybuilder and professional wrestler. Thomas was born in Gurdon, Arkansas, as the son of Alfred and Jessie Thomas. Early in his ...more
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Norman Smiley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Norman Anthony Smiley is an English/American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances with the American professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling ...more
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Carlos Colon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Big E Langston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 32
Ettore Ewen also known by his former ring name Big E Langston and currently performing as Big E, is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is a one time WWE Intercontinental ...more
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Ron Killings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 47
This person, better known by the ring name R-Truth, is an American professional wrestler and rapper. He is currently signed to WWE. Since working for WWE, he has been a one time United States ...more
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Rocky Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 74
Rocky Johnson is a retired Canadian professional wrestler. Quite popular in his own right in the 1970s and 1980s, he is also known for being the father of American actor and professional ...more
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Devon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 46
Devon Edger Hughes is an American professional wrestler, who is currently working on the independent circuit Hughes wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling from 1995 to 1999 and for World ...more
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Montel Vontavious Porter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 45
Hassan Hamin Assad is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Montel Vontavious Porter. He is signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and is also known for his tenures ...more
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Xavier Woods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
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Austin Watson is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE under the ring name Xavier Woods. Upon joining the company, he was assigned to its developmental territory ...more
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Jacqueline Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 55
Jacqueline DeLois Moore is a semi-retired American professional wrestler. She is best known for her stint in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment from 1998 to 2004 as well as working for ...more
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Kamala is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
age 68
James "Jim" Harris is a retired American professional wrestler and author. For most of his career, Harris wrestled under the ring name Kamala, using a "wild savage" gimmick.
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