wrestlers The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time  

Blake Edwards
Originally by
775.3k votes 39.8k voters 535.4k views 717 items Embed

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
13,865 7,549
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)

Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive The Best WCW Wrestlers of All Time

2
10,913 10,252
Stone Cold Steve Austin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

3
9,966 7,150
Bret Hart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bret Hart age 59

4
7,904 5,451
Bruno Sammartino is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

5
12,233 8,058
Undertaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Undertaker age 40

6
7,843 10,249
Hulk Hogan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Hulk Hogan age 63

7
7,330 4,783
Jimmy Snuka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka age 73

8
6,827 4,578
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
5,726 4,136
Harley Race is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Harley Race age 74

10
8,263 5,274
Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ric Flair age 68

11
9,476 6,896
Shawn Michaels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

12
9,817 7,249
Dwayne Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson age 44

13
5,319 6,228
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
6,623 3,299
Jake Roberts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

15
5,987 7,754
John Cena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
John Cena age 39

Gay Wrestlers Throughout Pro Wrestling History The Best Häagen-Dazs Flavors

16
3,430 4,327
Daniel Bryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
PeteBoyle added Daniel Bryan age 35

17
5,455 4,878
CM Punk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
CM Punk age 38

18
5,103 3,101
Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Nicole Breanne added "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003)

19
4,907 6,323
Bill Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bill Goldberg age 50

20
6,151 3,332
Mick Foley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Mick Foley age 51

21
5,876 3,718
Kurt Angle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Kurt Angle age 48

22
4,228 2,822
Arn Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Arn Anderson age 58

23
6,022 3,181
Roddy Piper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added "Rowdy" Roddy Piper age 62

24
3,443 2,198
Diamond Dallas Page is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

25
5,783 3,902
Chris Jericho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Jericho age 46

26
6,110 5,906
Triple H is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Triple H age 47

27
3,459 4,849
Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Brock Lesnar age 39

28
3,494 2,172
Ricky
KirkSaw added Ricky "Rick Rude" Lewis age 34

29
3,061 2,482
Bob Backlund is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Bob Backlund age 67

No, Kevin Spacey, Announcing You're Gay Won't Distract Us From Those Sexual Assault Allegations ... 11 Celebrities Who Worked at Hooters

30
3,987 3,506
Edge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Edge age 43

31
4,483 3,051
Ricky Steamboat is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat age 64

32
3,646 2,663
The Ultimate Warrior is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
The Ultimate Warrior Died at 55 (1959-2014)

33
3,136 2,442
Terry Funk is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
KirkSaw added Terry Funk age 72

34
4,030 2,959
Dusty Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

35
4,080 4,540
Randy Orton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Randy Orton age 37

36
4,186 2,644
The Road Warriors is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

37
3,566 2,486
Kane is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
GrandMasterSexy added Kane age 49

38
4,093 3,387
Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Chris Benoit Died at 40 (1967-2007)

39
1,788 3,027
Dave Batista is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
LisaGruber added Dave Batista age 48

40
3,227 2,257
Rob Van Dam is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rob Van Dam age 45

41
3,032 1,932
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
2,097 1,914
Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

43
2,305 2,125
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Lou Thesz Died at 86 (1916-2002)

The Best Actors Working Today The Best American Actors Working Today

44
2,238 1,703
Ted DiBiase is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Ted DiBiase age 63

45
1,832 1,653
Don Muraco is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Don Muraco age 67

46
1,844 1,698
Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Verne Gagne age 91

47
3,002 2,364
Jeff Hardy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Jeff Hardy age 39

48
2,128 1,965
Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
METALMACHINE9 added "Superstar" Billy Graham age 73

49
1,547 804
Rey Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Rey Mysterio

50
2,676 1,828
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time
Davey Boy Smith / The British Bulldog Died at 40 (1962-2002)