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The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time 

Blake Edwards
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Updated February 20, 2020 1.2M votes 61.5k voters 754.1k views 468 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 past, 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, an innovator of the business, and the original pro wrestler. 

So who is the greatest pro wrestler ever? How about the best WWE wrestlers? This list will answer these questions—and your vote matters. From old school legendary wrestlers to famous wrestlers right now, this list of the biggest pro wrestlers includes former superstars, cool characters, and stars of current circuits. 

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 '70s, 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. Many of these big names are considered to be classic legends in the wrestling world. 

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! And if you're having trouble keeping up with all the wrestling jargon, check out a list of all the pro wrestling terms you need to know to sound like an expert.

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The Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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André the Giant ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Stone Cold Steve Austin ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Kane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Owen Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Triple H is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Ricky "Ric Rude&quo... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
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Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time