WWE The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time  

Blake Edwards
Originally by
932.4k votes 47.9k voters 604.9k views 754 items

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 who is the greatest pro wrestler ever? How about the best WWE wrestlers? This list will answer these questions—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
13,462 11,700
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

2
15,726 9,576
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 59 (1952-2011)

3
11,736 8,788
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 60

4
15,058 9,081
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 41

5
9,785 11,787
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

6
8,986 7,024
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

7
10,569 6,048
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 69

8
8,551 5,564
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 47 (1946-1993)

9
11,583 7,638
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

10
12,127 7,881
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 45

11
8,155 6,461
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 74

12
6,537 5,372
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 74

13
6,432 7,085
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 38 (1967-2005)

14
7,505 8,928
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

15
4,300 5,398
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added age 36

16
7,572 4,114
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

17
6,083 3,855
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Nicole Breanne added Died at 45 (1958-2003)

18
6,449 5,975
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 39

19
5,949 7,230
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 51

20
7,198 4,195
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 49

21
7,474 3,779
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 52

22
7,266 3,616
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 63

23
4,816 3,533
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 59

24
7,008 4,348
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

25
4,013 2,930
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

26
7,368 6,467
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 48

27
4,131 2,748
Ricky
KirkSaw added age 36

28
4,167 5,849
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

29
4,860 3,991
Edge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 44

30
4,636 3,169
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 55 (1959-2014)

31
5,322 3,391
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 65

32
3,448 3,122
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

33
4,824 3,385
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

34
3,627 2,955
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 73

35
4,903 5,112
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 37

36
4,930 3,041
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
4,290 2,918
Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added age 50

38
2,274 3,614
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added age 49

39
4,806 3,896
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 40 (1967-2007)

40
3,857 2,625
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

41
3,631 2,274
Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 34 (1965-1999)

42
2,662 2,569
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 86 (1916-2002)

43
2,377 1,124
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

44
2,734 2,070
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

45
2,494 2,392
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

46
3,665 2,755
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

47
2,148 2,157
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 92

48
2,068 2,151
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

49
2,366 1,902
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 53

50
2,458 2,383
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
METALMACHINE9 added age 74