Top Ten Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

These are the men who truly deserve to be in the top ten list. They have highlighted themselves by conquering on some of the greatest matches in their illustrious careers.

The Top Ten

1 The Undertaker The Undertaker Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by his ring name The Undertaker, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he has worked since 1990, making him the company's longest tenured in-ring performer . Calaway began his wrestling career with World more.

There has never been and never will be anyone like The Undertaker. His legacy spans generations, from Hulkamania to the rise of the WWE Universe. The Undertaker has proven time and time again that no one can truly compare to his accomplishments. He's left no stone unturned and there was nowhere he dared not tread. Unfortunately, his legendary career will likely come to an end at Wrestlemania 32 after what will likely be a decisive victory over John Cena, at least if the rumors are true. Although he'll be gone from the ring, he'll never be gone from our hearts, and he will never Rest In Peace.


The UnderTaker Aka Mark Callaway has been known around the world as a mysterious darkside character for the last 30 years and continues to be a force inside the ring. He is one of the most famous wrestlers of all time and has appeared in TV Shows, Movies and more. He is known as The Legend... The Phenom and the legend keeps growing. - Retro1986

Taker is the best as he has the streak of 23-2 wrestlemania wins! He has won 7 wwe championships and 7 out of 14 hell in a cell victories.Just come on!
He has been in 14 hell in a cell matches and won 7 of them.Undertaker will be remembered forever and if you get in his way shall rest in peace!

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2 The Rock The Rock Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American and Canadian actor, producer and semi-retired professional wrestler, signed with WWE.

Transformed the business, made wrestling appeal to a wider audience took it to the next level, T.V. appearances, movies, T.V. adverts made wrestling cool to watch along with many superstars from the attitude era. You get a different sort of feeling when the rocks music hits he truly is electrifying, extremely popular as a face and a heel "Hollywood rock" my favourite version of the rock. Recently came back and proved how big he really is highest grossing PPV of all time he's WWE's most valuable superstar and along with Austin the most popular

Dwayne The Rock Johnson was a 3rd generation wrestler who has an extensive career and has recentley made the transition to an acting career and has been very successful thus far. He is a star every where he goes from football to wrestling to acting and is the most hollywood known wrestler today. He now prefers only the name Dwayne Johnson and tends to shy away from his time in the wrestling business. He has stated previously that he wants nothing to do with the pro wrestling business anymore. - Retro1986

I will never ever forget the rock the rock is the greatest peoples champion of all time and one of the greatest superstar in ever in wwe history

He is the best

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3 Stone Cold Steve Austin Stone Cold Steve Austin Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by his ring name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is an American actor, media personality, producer, and retired professional wrestler who is signed to a legends contract for WWE. more.

Known as the man who changed everything in the pro wrestling business and the toughest SOB in the entire world. Some people think the man was even more popular then Hulk Hogan himself. Stone Cold Steve Austin sold the most merchandise of any other pro wrestler in history along with the most tickets and is a 6 time WWE Champion. Although having such a tremendous career, unlike so many wrestlers before him, he retired from the ring at a very young age after making his fortune and rising to the top quickly so that he could live a healthy life and persue a very successful acting career. Very many people believe that as a wrestler he was the most popular and respected professional wrestler and superstar of all time. - Retro1986

Stone Cold is the greatest of all time. He revolutionised wrestling and saved WWE. He was a great, not the best, before his neck injury. Even after that he put on some great matches. His promos are excellent and famous especially his legendary Austin 3:16 promo at king of the ring 1996. He sold more merchandise than anyone or anything else in pro wrestling. He was the face of the attitude era and every time he entered the arena the crowd went nuts. His pop were the loudest.

Stone Cold Steve Austin is hands down the greatest of all time, whether it is persona, charisma, mic skills, in ring ability or merchandize. The only reason Undertaker and rock are higher than him is because most of the people who loved Stone cold in the attitude era no longer watch WWE and hence won't be answering this poll

No need to explain why this S.O.B. is the greatest wrestler even born.

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4 Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels Shawn Michaels was born on July 22, 1965 . He is an American professional wrestler. He is the first wrestler to win all the titles the WWE could have offered. He is known for his moves and looks. His nickname provided by WWE is HBK (Heart Break Kid). He was in DX (Degeneration X) a tag team with Triple more.

HBK, The Showstopper, Mr. Wrestlemania... what more can you say about this man, the legend tells itself. Co-Captin of one of the famous stables of alltime (D-Generation X) the multi-time WWF/E champ, World Heavyweight Champ, Intercontinental Champ tagteam champ, Royal Rumble winner & all around lover boy/pretty boy is in my opinion the greatest in-ring performer of all time

He was he is and he will always be the best pro wrestler to ever step foot in the ring. He was the complete package of almost all aspects of pro wrestling be it technicality, story telling,5 star matches. No doubt in his 26 year career,12 of his matches had won match of the year award. He was involved in the first ever ladder match, hell in the cell match, ellimination chamber match, iron man match. That shows the character of this man and the trust of the company on him. He is the role model of number of superstars and he even topped the wwe top 50 wrestlers list. If you build wrestling from scratch you will get shawn Michaels.

He is simply put THE BEST EVER! The Man has done it all!

He pretty much defines a pro wrestler.He was innovation in the WWE - ladder match, hell in a cell, grand slam, adult oriented storylines (), elimination chamber and maybe I've missed something.Hbk, besides being a phenomenal wrestler, is also excellent and charismatic in promos. He never became as famous / a draw as undertaker, Hogan, rock or scsa. But the reason I voted for hbk was that each night he gave the fans what was worth their money.He didn't wrestle just the wrestlers.He wrestled injuries, addictions and demons.He came like a sonny, he became successful and left like a legend.And he indeed is.

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5 John Cena John Cena John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (/ˈsiːnə/; born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, rapper, actor, and reality television show host signed to WWE, where he is assigned to the SmackDown brand. more.

He can take any kind of knock out's he survived every cage fight he is z beast... The wrestlers fir him so they sabotage in the middle of the ring they go out law... Play cena with the law and you know how dangerous he is! He is a kind of wrestler that makes you see WWE because of hem... In my country Ethiopia people watch WWE because of john cina! And it is true... He have to be on top 3... Leading.!

Movies, Tv Shows, News, Talkshows, music albums, award shows, bodybuilding and more this guy does it all. He still remains a huge superstar in the wrestling world all the while remaining a giant star in Hollywood! - Retro1986

He is the most hardworking wrestler the world has ever seen... He can beat any one with his power and never give up attitude... Only way to beat him is cheating and surprising him with interferences

He's best

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6 Ric Flair Ric Flair Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr, better known by his ring name Ric Flair, is a professional wrestling manager and American retired professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE under a legends appearance contract.

The undertaker is more about the entrance and the size. I think it got a little repetitious so they worked on the streak thing to sell his gimmick. R flair, r piper, h hogan, and macho man had to really work the mic and shoot. Undertaker is in my top 10, but all I will ever remember him for is saying RIP and a tombstone piledriver. Is that even a real piledriver?

Ric Flair is the greatest wrestler/entertainer on the mic & he lead the longest running stable the 4 horsemen which lead to others like NWO,.Flair could wrestle a anybody & make them look good.

Woo! Ric Flair AKA The Nature Boy is another old wrestlers. He started wrestling at 1972 (wow... ) and you could not believed, he stopped using his first finishing move diving knee drop because of aging! That's how old he is!


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7 Hulk Hogan Hulk Hogan Terry Gene Bollea, better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and rock bassist.

The Immortal Hulk Hogan who some enjoy to call Hollywood Hulk Hogan because of his very big career in acting and his long list of famous friends all the while remaining a very successful professional wrestler. He has been in dozens of movies, tv shows, talk shows, news reports, reality shows, music albums and has written several books. Hulk is recognized as the wrestler who put professional wrestling on the map and got it noticed by everyone. He is the most world wide known in ring competitor of all time and up until Stone Cold Steve Austin sold the most merchandise in history. Although Stone Cold Steve Austin is retired from the ring and The Hulkster is still selling merchandise and still wrestling to this very day, his career has spanned 35 years and counting. One day Hulk Hogan very well could steal back his record of most merchandise sold. Hogan is the man known for making the slang "brother" popular not only in the getto but all around the world. Hulk Hogan is one of ...more - Retro1986

For those of us alive in the 1980's, there weren't a few top tier guys who swapped the title around. It was essentially Hulk Hogan in his own elite tier, and then there was everyone else. For years. And years. Like, the whole decade. Sure, there were other big names in other promotions, but Hulk Hogan was everywhere. He punched, writhed, and leg-dropped, but his status has never come close to being matched.

The average voter age on this list must be und er21 or didn't start watching wrestling until the Attitude Era. If it wasn't for Gitana its very doubtful anybody would even know who these other guys are. Wrestling would still be territorial. Remember 10 high spots per match doesn't make a quality match. Everyone talks bad about Gitana in ring work but he must have done something right to draw as much money as he did. Stone Cold and The Rock both have extremely limited move sets too but its all about telling a story in the ring not how many acrobatic maneuvers one can pull off. The new generation just doesn't give this man enough respect. They only know NWO and old man Hogan. If you want to see work in the ring just watch W'Mania 5's main event, Hogan v Macho Man.

Said the n word like a boss

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8 Triple H Triple H Paul Michael Levesque, better known by his ring name Triple H, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, corporate executive, and actor.

Changed the business and spearheaded the attitude wave. Now 18 years later he is creating the next generation of stars to carry on the legacy of the WWE. Say what you will about his politicking but the guys a true pro and one of the greatest ring generals of all time.

Triple H is a part of The Authority now in the WWE wrestling entertainment. I hate him so much. The only thing that he cares about is his group, money, his wife, and more money.

Needs to be up closer to the top.

Triple H is supposed to be up in the top 5. All the guys the t hate Triple H for his authority rule,are living examples to show that triple h 's magic worked. He is a legend, he made everyone laugh through, great mic skills. He entertained us throughout his career, and now, he is creating new stars through his NXT ( Dean Ambrose, aj styles, Rollins, KO, Sami Zayn etc..)
Even his current rival Roman reigns came up under his own show (NXT)

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9 Bret The Hitman Hart

Weird, that he's ranked 11th. Here are some factoids to make the case for Bret Hart in the top 3.

He made every one of those guys look great.

Stone Cold said his best match was with Bret at Survivor Series. Bret Hart would work with him to get his timing perfect, which made him go from just OK, to a great and confident wrestler.

Shawn Michaels said the Iron Man match at Wrestlemania with Bret was his best match, while his ladder match with Razor Ramon was a close second.

Curt Hennig mentioned his favorite match was with Bret Hart at SummerSlam, despite him having horrible back pains, Bret took care of him, and never hurt him in the match. Bret was one of the only wrestlers he trusted.

British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith said in an interview that SummerSlam '92 would be his best match, Bret carried him through it as he was winded 5 minutes into the match.

Roddy Piper said Ric Flair and Bret Hart are his favorite wrestlers, he still likes to watch ...more

The Excellence Of Execution. The Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There EVER Will Be. Member of both the WWE Hall Of Fame, and the Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame and Museum. 5-time WWF Champion, 2-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion. Master of the infamous Sharpshooter submission hold, and arguably the most gifted, and technically sound craftsman the wrestling world has ever seen. Never seriously injured ANYONE during the course of his 24 year, active-ring career. The 2nd wrestler ever to earn WWF's "Triple Crown" by holding the WWF Championship, Tag-Team, and Intercontinental titles. PWI ranked him #1 of the 500 best singles wrestlers of the year back to back in the PWI 500 in 1993 and 1994.

Really how is bret not top 5 he had all the moves and is twice as good as cena. Cena couldn't lace up Bret's boots. He's the only two time king if the ring winner and the first grand slam champion in WWE history. The only reason he didn't win the title 20 times like cena is because the belt actually meant something back then not like today where the belt changes hands like these guys change their underwear

Bret was one of the best, his matches with the Undertaker, and Kevin Nash were some of the best matches. He learned a lot of his wrestling from his Dad, and wrestling with his brothers.

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10 Sting

A face with white paint and sad eyes and a baseball bat in his hand. He gave wrestling fans a hope when everything seems to go bad. Wish WWE universe could experience the charisma of this man like wcw fans did. He was the biggest superstar in 90's. There will never be another sting. LEGEND

Sting had the perfect combination of a great gimmick, charisma and wrestling ability. There were a lot of guys with great gimmicks who couldn't wrestle (Ultimate Warrior), guys who could wrestle, but had lame gimmicks, and guys who could wrestle but were lousy on the mic. Sting did it all, and he did it all incredibly well.

The superstar from WCW, and now TNA. Sting was ofcourse the most feared, and popular in the WCW, and one of thier greatest champions. This is the only man in the countdown, shy of bieng in the WWE. None the less, one of the best of all time. - skullgangjewelz

Sting is awesome. It's stupid how they wasted Sting and Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan hate him they're jealous he's better

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The Contenders

11 CM Punk CM Punk Phillip Jack "Phil" Brooks, also known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American comic book writer, actor, upcoming mixed martial artist and retired professional wrestler who is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. more.

He is a one time ROH World Champ, a 2 Time ROH tag team champ, a one time ecw world champ, a 1 time intercontinental champion,1 time world tag team champion with kofi kingston in wwe, a three time world heavyweight champ, a two time money in the bank winner and a two time wwe champion, he's beaten chris jericho john cena, the miz, alberto del rio, jeff hardy, john morrison, edge, dolph ziggler, daniel bryan and more. - jared5

I know CM Punk isn't #1 worthy but he sure deserves to be in the top 10. He is not only amazing in the ring as he is pure gold with a mic. - jp27fcp

CM Punks finisher is awesome! The GTS Is my favorite finishing move!

Best in the world. Punk should be at #1 or #2 at the least and only behind AJ Styles. The Rock, Flair, Hogan and Cena should be waay down the list. Instead they're all ranked ahead of Angle? Hulk Hogan is a better wrestler than Kurt Angle? Maybe have a wrestling fan make the list next time

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12 Randy Orton Randy Orton Randal Keith "Randy" Orton is an American professional wrestler and actor who is signed with WWE, where he is a member of the SmackDown brand. He is a 12-time world champion, having held the WWE World Championship eight times and the World Heavyweight Championship four times.

From his RKO to his Spike DDT he is one of the most dangerous WWE wrestlers of all time. If you step into the ring with him, I promise he will give you a free RKO and then easily pin you, yeah that's right.

A real showman, a physical and cerebral specimen

The best wrestler in the whole while world

First Ortons RKO comes out of know where and slight chance anyone reverses it 2nd His spike DDT will destroy u and 3rd his punt kick has never been countered and no one has kicked out of it,Randy Orton is a Future Hall Of Famer,Should be higher than the Rock and John Cena

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13 Kurt Angle Kurt Angle

You could not complete this countdown without, the Olympic American hero, Kurt Angle himself. As soon as he arrived to major wrestling, he ripped threw all the competition, and has the most WWE titles won, in the shortest time. Obviously deserving to be in the top five. - skullgangjewelz

Absolutely great in the ring

Kurt is energy fighter, good back style and speed, power, jump.

He won an olympic gold medal with his broken neck.

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14 Goldberg Goldberg William Scott "Bill" Goldberg is an American actor, former professional football player, and semi-retired professional wrestler.

If not #1 at least in the top ten, I mean come on! His spear is hands down the most powerful one. He is just simply the best wrestler and entertainer in WWE history.

You all are idiots for voting others. GOldberg's win-lose count is somewhat about 272-0. He is the best

The best wrestler ever.. The spear can even penetrate superman.

He should be no. 1.No other word's

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15 Bruno Sammartino Bruno Sammartino

Here is your all time all organization champion by far held title for 11 years if that's not the standard for greatest may not have been the tallest or the most skilled but strength and pride and the heart of a CHAMPION certainly over came those minor road blocks if you truly know all wrestling Bruno is the obvious Greatest.

No man has never held the title longer than Bruno. The human wrecking ball from Italy held the title for than 11 years. He was the working horse of the WWE in the 60's and 70's and is regarded as the most popular wrestler of that era. - supersquirrel112

I don't really see how anybody that knows anything about wrestling would vote anyone but Bruno #1. It just doesn't make sense to me if you are treating the poll seriously.

By far the Greatest ever.

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16 Edge Edge Adam Joseph Copeland is a Canadian actor and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performed under the ring name Edge.

Has plenty of stardom and charisma. Shakes the arena on entry,risk taking character, can held the company alone on his shoulders. Deserve it.

Twenty-foot superspears! Five second poses!

I respect every wrestler that steps into that ring, but Edge is my inSPEARation.

I feel I must add that I wasn't allowed to watch wrestling in the 1980s (when I was a child), but, dang it, I knew the names Hogan, Macho Man, and Captain Lou!

The Rated R Superstar! Twenty-foot superspears! Five second poses!

I respect every wrestler that steps into that ring, but Edge is my inSPEARation.

I feel I must add that I wasn't allowed to watch wrestling in the 2000s (when I was a child), but, dang it, I knew the names Stone Cold, The Rock, and Batista!

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17 Kane Kane Glenn Thomas Jacobs is an American professional wrestler, insurer, and actor. He works for WWE, and is best known by his ring name Kane.

The Devil's Favorite Demon is here; Kane the brother of The Undertaker is one of the highest WWE wrestlers (7 0). He wears a mask and changing it each different era. He is now a part of The Authority and unlikely to wear a mask again.

Much better than when he was a dentist, weird character

Kane is biggist energy wrestler, signal to big fire, Kane do to mask of face, smool years problem to fire.

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18 Chris Jericho Chris Jericho Christopher Keith Irvine, better known by the ring name Chris Jericho, is a Canadian-American professional wrestler, musician, media personality, actor, author, and businessman, currently signed to WWE and NJPW.

The ultimate performer. Flawless in the ring and on the Mic. And still able to put on classics at the age of 45. True legend

Should be in top ten. Beat jeff hardy, lots of championships and has a 20 year career. You rock Y2J!

Better than Cena. Has like 50 different championship titlres won

19 Andre the Giant Andre the Giant André René Roussimoff, known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. André He most famously feuded with Hulk Hogan, culminating at WrestleMania III, and his best-remembered film role was that of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride. His size was a result of gigantism more.

The largest sports entertainer ever known standing at almost 7'5 was taller then the wrestling ring itself. He weighed over 575 pounds at his heaviest even though Hulk Hogan claims he weighed 700 pounds when he slammed him at WrestleMania 3. He was in a wide number of movies, tv shows, talk shows, an events around the world since before he even stepped foot in the ring. Andre The Giant was known as "The 8th Wonder Of The World" Which people would come from all around the world to see. He was also known for never being pinned or submitted his entire career, over 10 years up until he met The Immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 3. Some people believe to this day the match was controversial and that Andre never lost. Andre died in France at the age of 47 from Gigantism but his name is still very famous! - Retro1986

Great Show, made sure the children got all they could dream about.

By far, the most IMPORTANT wrestler of all time.

Perhaps the best due to size.

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20 Rey Mysterio Rey Mysterio Óscar Gutiérrez, better known by the ring name Rey Mysterio, is a Mexican-American professional wrestler who currently works for Lucha Underground.

I think the ultimate underdog is a great wrestler the kids love him he wins matches against men double his size he is one hall of fame superstar in the making.
Show respect by giving this a thumbs up just like rey showed respect for Eddie Guerrero in the 2006 royal rumble. - ReyMysterioSixOneNine

This is the bravest wrestler of all time he takes on people twice his size

Best performance and it doesn't waste your money to watch him
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He is awesome

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