WWE The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time  

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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 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
13,469 11,708
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

2
15,733 9,581
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 59 (1952-2011)

3
11,740 8,795
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 60

4
15,070 9,088
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 41

5
9,791 11,794
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

6
8,988 7,029
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

7
10,582 6,049
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 69

8
8,554 5,569
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 47 (1946-1993)

9
11,587 7,642
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

10
12,136 7,886
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 45

11
8,158 6,468
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 74

12
6,539 5,377
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 74

13
6,434 7,091
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 38 (1967-2005)

14
7,511 8,933
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

15
7,576 4,118
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

16
4,301 5,405
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added age 36

17
6,089 3,858
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
6,452 5,979
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 39

19
5,954 7,233
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 51

20
7,201 4,197
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 49

21
7,477 3,781
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 52

22
7,272 3,617
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 63

23
4,819 3,536
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 59

24
7,013 4,350
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

25
4,016 2,932
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

26
7,372 6,472
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 48

27
4,134 2,752
Ricky
KirkSaw added age 36

28
4,171 5,854
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

29
4,862 3,993
Edge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 44

30
4,640 3,171
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 55 (1959-2014)

31
5,327 3,392
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 65

32
3,450 3,125
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

33
4,827 3,387
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

34
3,629 2,957
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 73

35
4,907 5,114
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 37

36
4,933 3,042
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
4,295 2,920
Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added age 50

38
2,274 3,618
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added age 49

39
4,810 3,898
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 40 (1967-2007)

40
3,862 2,626
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

41
3,634 2,277
Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 34 (1965-1999)

42
2,664 2,571
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Died at 86 (1916-2002)

43
2,381 1,126
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

44
2,735 2,073
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

45
2,496 2,395
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

46
3,668 2,757
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

47
2,150 2,159
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 92

48
2,070 2,154
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

49
2,370 1,903
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 53

50
2,460 2,385
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
METALMACHINE9 added age 74