vote on everything
Sports
5.5k voters

The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time

Updated September 18, 2020 62.6k votes 5.5k voters 179.9k views87 items

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!

Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Kofi Kingston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time

    More Kofi Kingston 

    #92 of 468 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time#55 of 176 The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time

  • 2
    Farooq is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,093
    331

    Farooq

    Age: 61

    BirthplacePerry, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

  • 3
    Booker T is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,812
    665
  • 4
    The Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    2,151
    803

    The Rock

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceHayward, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    PositionDefensive tackle

    More Dwayne Johnson 

    17 Times Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Was The Best#17 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • 5
    Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,297
    455
  • 6
    Mark Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,244
    448

    Mark Henry

    Age: 49

    BirthplaceSilsbee, Texas, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 7
    Sasha Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,052
    432
  • 8
    Rocky Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    787
    307

    Rocky Johnson

    More 

    #73 of 86 The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s#76 of 157 Ranking The Greatest WWE Hall of Fame Inductees

  • 9
    Big E Langston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    835
    342

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 10
    Devon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    753
    285
  • 11
    Shelton Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
  • 12
    Bobby Lashley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
  • 13
    R Truth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    856
    387

    More Ron Killings 

    #82 of 188 WWE's Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century#11 of 50 The Best Wrestlers Over 40 Still Wrestling

  • 14
    Jey Uso is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    483
    155
  • 15
    Jimmy Uso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    478
    157

    More Jimmy Uso 

    #27 of 64 The Best Highflyers In Wrestling History#47 of 83 The Best Current Wrestlers in the WWE

  • 16
    Naomi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    641
    270

    Naomi

  • 17
    Bobo Brazil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,030
    570
  • 18
    Ricochet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    525
    202
  • 19
    Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    486
    258

    Ernie Ladd

    Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    PositionDefensive tackle

  • 20
    Jacqueline is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    662
    312

    Jacqueline

    More 

    #53 of 141 The Best Female Wrestlers Of All Time#130 of 148 The Best WWE Heels Ever

  • 21
    Tony Atlas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
  • 22
    Koko B. Ware is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
  • 23
    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    543
    270

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • 24
    Jay Lethal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
    1,065
    727
  • 25
    Abdullah the Butcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Wrestlers Of All Time
AthletesSportsPeople In SportsWrestlingtop 50WWEtop 10top 25Combat Sports