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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
15,172 9,014
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
"Macho Man" Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011)

2
12,673 11,306
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

3
11,167 8,367
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bret Hart age 60

4
14,184 8,836
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Undertaker age 41

5
8,663 6,605
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

6
9,175 11,394
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Hulk Hogan age 64

7
9,848 5,837
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ric Flair age 69

8
8,066 5,274
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
7,981 5,998
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka age 74

10
6,349 5,013
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Harley Race age 74

11
10,923 7,445
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

12
11,414 7,717
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson age 45

13
6,092 6,800
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
7,033 8,586
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
John Cena age 40

Professional Wrestlers Who Died Young

15
4,033 5,045
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added Daniel Bryan age 36

16
7,280 3,865
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

17
5,785 3,612
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Nicole Breanne added "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003)

18
6,138 5,635
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
CM Punk age 39

19
5,619 6,927
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bill Goldberg age 49

20
6,763 4,041
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Kurt Angle age 49

21
7,035 3,655
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Mick Foley age 52

The Best Dodges of All Time

22
4,645 3,311
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Arn Anderson age 59

23
6,854 3,492
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added "Rowdy" Roddy Piper age 61

24
3,851 2,689
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

25
6,596 4,219
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Jericho age 47

26
6,940 6,306
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Triple H age 48

27
3,935 2,572
Ricky
KirkSaw added Ricky "Rick Rude" Lewis age 36

28
3,953 5,515
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Brock Lesnar age 40

The Most Overrated Wrestlers of All Time

29
4,565 3,847
Edge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Edge age 44

30
4,303 3,009
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
The Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

31
5,038 3,299
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat age 65

32
3,336 2,935
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bob Backlund age 68

33
3,460 2,806
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Terry Funk age 73

34
4,574 3,281
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

35
4,652 4,934
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Randy Orton age 37

Famous People with the Same Real Name

36
4,676 2,940
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
4,051 2,785
Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added Kane age 50

38
2,116 3,431
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added Dave Bautista age 49

39
4,572 3,740
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Benoit Died at 40 (1967-2007)

40
3,640 2,525
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rob Van Dam age 47

41
3,428 2,171
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
2,558 2,426
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Lou Thesz Died at 86 (1916-2002)

Pro Wrestlers You Never Would Have Guessed Have Done Porn

43
2,365 2,251
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

44
2,559 1,963
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ted DiBiase age 64

45
2,099 1,031
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

46
2,011 1,988
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Don Muraco age 68

47
2,072 2,022
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Verne Gagne age 92

48
3,452 2,638
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Jeff Hardy age 40

49
2,371 2,261
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
METALMACHINE9 added "Superstar" Billy Graham age 74

50
2,200 1,805
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Booker T age 53