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List Rules Upvote your favorite wrestling champion. Can be from any promotion and category, as long as said person was the champ

In pro wrestling, the highest honor a wrestler can achieve is becoming the champion of their respective promotion. Becoming the champion has a lot of responsibility, like being the face of the organization and being the number one main eventer at a particular time. This is the guy at a particular moment who you want to lead the charge. The champ can be a face or a heel, as long as they generate enough attention towards the title and keeps the fans wanting more. While there have been many champions in many different promotions, the people listed on here are the greatest wrestling champions. This includes wrestlers from different promotions and even some of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

So who are the best pro wrestling champs of all time? Any list has to start with one of the most influential wrestlers of all time: Hulk Hogan. The Hulkster has been the heavyweight champion too many times to count in various different promotions like the WWE (obviously) and WCW. The same goes for wrestling legend Ric Flair. You'll also see icons like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Rock, and Stone Cold Steve Austin on this list of the best wrestling champs of all time. 

This is the list of the best pro wrestling champions of all time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add them. Vote or re-rank this list according to how you deem fit. 
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1,724 174
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011)

2
1,027 318
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

3
855 229
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Bob Backlund age 68

4
727 218
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Billy Graham age 74

5
837 219
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Jimmy Snuka age 74

6
475 176
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Terry Funk age 73

7
485 211
The Iron Sheik is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

8
527 155
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
André the Giant Died at 47 (1946-1993)

9
576 191
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

10
356 142
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Bret Hart age 60

11
323 250
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
CM Punk age 39

12
325 177
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Dusty Rhodes age 72

13
257 167
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Jerry Lawler age 68

14
259 144
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Roddy Piper age 61

The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

15
291 187
The Honky Tonk Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

16
233 166
Bob Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Bob Armstrong age 80

17
262 123
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Ric Flair age 69

18
236 149
Oscar Gutierrez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Rey Mysterio age 43

19
120 88
Ivan Koloff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Ivan Koloff age 75

20
210 522
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Daniel Bryan age 36

21
99 66
Buddy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Buddy Rogers Died at 71 (1921-1992)

The Best Aftermarket Car Part Brands

22
182 88
Allen Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
charlesminorversion1 added AJ Styles age 40

23
103 96
Mil Máscaras is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Mil Máscaras age 75

24
108 74
Gorilla Monsoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Gorilla Monsoon Died at 62 (1937-1999)

25
107 99
Stan Stasiak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Stan Stasiak Died at 60 (1937-1997)

26
227 439
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Kurt Angle age 49

27
85 70
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slaft added Black Jack Mulligan age 78

28
193 95
Steve Borden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Sting age 59

The Best Finishing Moves in Wrestling History

29
105 64
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Ted DiBiase age 64

30
196 87
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

31
183 119
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Chris Jericho age 47

32
171 105
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
charlesminorversion1 added Rob Van Dam age 47

33
288 203
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions

34
63 78
Mikel Scicluna is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Mikel Scicluna Died at 81 (1929-2010)

35
64 76
Spiros Arion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Spiros Arion age 78

29 Celebrities Who Quit Being Famous

36
76 73
Professor Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Professor Tanaka Died at 70 (1930-2000)

37
181 109
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Booker T age 53

38
169 100
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Chris Benoit Died at 40 (1967-2007)

39
62 77
Dominic DeNucci is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Dominic DeNucci age 86

40
192 94
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Mick Foley age 52

41
268 151
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Undertaker age 41

42
143 96
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
HereshSniper added Jeff Hardy age 40

The Greatest Pro Wrestling Catchphrases of the '90s

43
147 97
Edge is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Edge age 44

44
171 113
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

45
136 86
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Randy Orton age 37

46
158 98
Sabu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Sabu age 53

47
176 101
Yokozuna is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Yokozuna Died at 34 (1966-2000)

48
231 183
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
Hulk Hogan age 64

49
59 60
Antonio Inoki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
slaft added Antonio Inoki age 75

50
169 170
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Pro Wrestling Champions
The Rock age 43