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
14,272 12,251
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

2
16,341 10,143
Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)

3
16,034 9,392
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 41

4
12,339 9,351
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 60

5
10,447 12,256
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

6
9,327 7,490
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

7
11,347 6,327
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 69

8
12,313 7,926
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

9
13,005 8,101
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 45

10
9,088 5,876
André the Giant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 47 (1946-1993)

11
8,380 6,975
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 74

12
6,737 5,810
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 74

13
6,837 7,432
Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 38 (1967-2005)

14
8,039 9,313
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

15
4,569 5,856
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added age 36

16
6,412 4,172
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
7,901 4,405
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

18
6,364 7,560
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 51

19
6,769 6,404
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 39

20
7,694 4,399
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 49

21
7,958 3,953
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 52

22
7,766 3,774
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 63

23
5,033 3,834
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 59

24
7,463 4,537
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

25
7,851 6,698
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 48

26
4,221 3,220
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

27
4,361 3,023
Ricky
KirkSaw added age 36

28
4,440 6,217
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

29
5,193 4,191
Edge is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 44

30
5,007 3,393
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 55 (1959-2014)

31
5,664 3,549
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 65

32
3,605 3,396
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

33
5,125 3,567
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

34
5,224 5,330
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 37

35
3,809 3,200
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added age 73

36
2,476 3,876
Dave Bautista is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added age 49

37
5,224 3,191
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

38
4,594 3,104
Kane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
ShaneBaumberger added age 50

39
5,111 4,122
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 40 (1967-2007)

40
4,114 2,805
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 47

41
3,904 2,435
Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 34 (1965-1999)

42
2,711 1,271
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

43
2,794 2,803
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002)

44
2,929 2,281
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 64

45
1,477 471
Sting is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
ChadHelton added age 58

46
2,666 2,608
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

47
3,941 2,912
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 40

48
2,574 2,076
Booker Huffman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 53

49
2,154 2,374
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
age 68

50
2,584 2,586
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
METALMACHINE9 added age 74