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
13,978 12,057
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

2
16,135 9,937
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)

3
12,129 9,148
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 60

4
15,678 9,302
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 41

5
10,203 12,100
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

6
9,191 7,332
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

7
11,065 6,238
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 69

8
12,046 7,820
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

9
12,679 8,022
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 43

10
8,885 5,778
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1946-1993)

11
8,302 6,796
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 74

12
6,666 5,660
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 74

13
6,685 7,309
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1967-2005)

14
7,830 9,186
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 38

15
4,465 5,690
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added age 36

16
6,297 4,064
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Nicole Breanne added Dec. at 45 (1958-2003)

17
7,783 4,315
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

18
6,634 6,260
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 39

19
6,216 7,448
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 51

20
7,500 4,331
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 49

21
7,800 3,889
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 52

22
7,592 3,726
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 63

23
4,963 3,730
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 59

24
7,293 4,472
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

25
7,669 6,620
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 48

26
4,151 3,118
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

27
4,285 2,932
Ricky
KirkSaw added age 36

28
4,334 6,103
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

29
5,073 4,126
Edge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 44

30
4,883 3,318
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 55 (1959-2014)

31
5,553 3,494
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 65

32
3,564 3,296
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

33
5,015 3,516
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

34
5,102 5,264
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 37

35
3,753 3,122
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 73

36
5,124 3,146
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
2,398 3,782
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added age 49

38
4,482 3,043
Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added age 50

39
5,007 4,043
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 40 (1967-2007)

40
4,019 2,748
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

41
3,811 2,384
Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 34 (1965-1999)

42
2,744 2,734
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

43
2,588 1,220
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

44
2,850 2,215
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

45
2,607 2,547
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

46
3,836 2,866
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

47
1,336 442
Sting is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
ChadHelton added age 58

48
2,495 2,022
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 53

49
2,225 2,305
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 92

50
2,119 2,305
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68