Top 10 Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All TimeThese are the men and women who truly deserve to be in the top ten. They have highlighted themselves by conquering in some of the greatest matches in their illustrious careers.
The Undertaker has always been the top in his field. His character evolved as years went by but stayed true to his persona. His wrestling has always been top notch and has remained in the spotlight and his career spanned many years.
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.
He is been there, with almost every other superstar mentioned. Still he is present and wrestling. Simply the best. Every comes in wrestling, they have their shots, even they become champion and then leave it. But undertaker was there in the wrestling, and is still fighting.
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.
I'm a little biased, I've still got my smoking skull shirt in the closet but let's be honest, Stone Cold is why the WWE surpassed the WCW in ratings, he was definitely the most entertaining personality in all of wrestling.
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 than 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 pursue 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.
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.
1995. The WWF is losing to WCW. Then the curtain call happens. The WWF needs to punish people for having such a Kay fabe breaking moment. Shawn Michaels can't get punished because he's the world champion, neither can Scott Hall or Kevin Nash because they're leaving for WCW. Then you have triple h. He was scheduled to win the next years King Of The Ring. They take away Hunter's King Of The Ring and give it to stone cold. Stone cold wins and the attitude era gets a huge kick start.
A BIG part of the WWE's success and one of the most entertaining people to watch, wether in the ring or on the big screen. An incredible athlete who seems to get in better shape the older he gets.
Dwayne The Rock Johnson was a 3rd generation wrestler who has an extensive career and has recently made the transition to an acting career and has been very successful thus far. He is a star everywhere 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.
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
I am Brianna Blas, 9 years old, and I have loved The Rock forever. He is my most favorite actor. My dad said that he has trained him when he was in his early ages. I love you Dwayne Johnson
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.
Mr. WrestleMania. If you wonder if Shawn was the best, just watch his WrestleMania matches with the likes of Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Ric Flair and The Undertaker. You also can't forget his epic Ladder Match at WrestleMania X with Razor Ramon or his Street Fight with Triple H at SummerSlam 2002.
It is safe to utter that HBK Shawn Michaels is the utmost in ring performer of all time. He has established that he ought to have the praises given to him by providing some of the best matches in the history of WWE. He is one of the faces of the WWE that changed the entire industry in a diverse level. He is one of the most decorated WWE Superstars of all time. 4-Time World Champion, 2-Time Royal Rumble winner, he was the first Grand Slam Champion and a lot more. He also has the most number of firsts in the WWE, he was the first WWE superstar to ever win the Royal Rumble as entry #1. He won the first ever Hell in a Cell match defeating The Undertaker. He won the first ever Elimination Chamber and won the World Heavyweight title, he was the revolutionary of the Ladder Match and a lot more. His PPV matches left a marked in the WWE. His match against The Undertaker in WM 25 is the greatest match in the history of wrestling regardless of brand. He deserves his numbers of ...more
Was the absolute best in the business and ever for that matter. Dude could flat out bring it in the ring. His matches with everyone were legendary. From Wrestlemania 19 with Chris Jericho to what is the greatest match of all time at Werstlemania 25 with Undertaker. No one has more classi matches than HBK. When your nickname is Mr. Wrestlemania that says it all.
Wether you like John Cena or you don't, he deserves to be in the top 10. He's done much for the sport, sold merchandise and has been one of the most dedicated people the WWE has ever had. Great athlete.
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.!
Come on man, he has just make the record of 11 times wwe championship, and beat the rock at wrestlemania 28 plus his the man of his own word and break the curse of khali by beating him at the finals and you just put him on number 5? He SHOULD be at number 1 man, not that freeky old underworld guy
Hustle, Loyalty and Respect, John Cena is the most well known wrestler in WWE. He had been in WWE since 1999. His quotes are famous, like the one above and 'Never Give Up' and 'You Can't See Me'.
One of the first to do it, great personality. Hollywood Hulk Hogan was so fun to watch, he was a great heel and even though he was NWO, you still enjoyed watching him and knew he was one of the best.
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.
Wow, for the biggest name in the history of the sport to be this low is absurd. Not to mention the "monolith" of pro wrestling, he ushered in the popularity it has to this day thanks to him. It's about putting butts in seats, not how well you can do a sunset flip. Forget the rumors of how he may have dicked over others. EVERYONE dicked each other over at some point, so this feeling it's vogue to hate Hogan is retarded and it's time people get over old stuff and move on. He's the man and will always be the man.
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 the biggest ...more
Flair was the most entertaining wrestler to watch. You never knew what he was going to say on the mic, I don't think he did at times. His in ring antics were a thing of beauty, he had everybody hooked on every move he made. He could also get vicious at times, it didn't matter how big his opponent was, Flair would always find a way to knock them to the mat. People get so caught up in all these other wrestlers because they can relate to their era more. Ric beat every top star from many era's. He's the best! They'll never be another like him.
Nobody has more memorable lines in their mic work than Flair. People talk about him as the greatest wrestler of all time, and what isn't talked about as much is how good he was at selling. He always made his opponents look great.
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!
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.
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.
I'm kind of hoping WWE let's him have one more title run. Triple H is one of my favorites of all time. He knew how to get heel heat on himself, and he could get some funny moments with Shawn Michaels in . I want him back because WWE is starting to die, and he could save it.
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.
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)
I can't believe Chris Jericho and bill Goldberg share the same list. Goldberg is not even in the same league as a true pro like y2j. by the way the fact that Goldberg is ranked 11 and Jericho is 20 is embarrassing. I've never seen a bad Jericho match, I've seen plenty from that jabrone Goldberg
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
Best talker of all time. He's the GOAT. He was awesome in the ring as well. I think he's better than Cena
Should be in top ten. Beat jeff hardy, lots of championships and has a 20 year career. You rock Y2J!
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.
Randy Orton is a savage.
In my favorites
Bret Hart was born to wrestling and rose to the top with an over the top personality and strong performances. The loss of his brother was of course extremely hard on him and his career seemed to fade.
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
Anyone who has studied pro wrestling will vote with knowledge rather than voting for their favourite showman! Bret, Curt Henig and Kurt Angle were by far the best wrestlers and were in charge of their matches and always made the opponent come over better in their matches. Honourable mentions to Ted Debiase (snr) Randy Savage & Chris Benoit
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!
Has plenty of stardom and charisma. Shakes the arena on entry,risk taking character, can held the company alone on his shoulders. Deserve it.
The spear is my favourite move and no one does it better than Edge.
Do you think you know me?
Sting is one of those personalities who could play the strong silent type or talk a big game. Great athlete, sold a lot of merchandise and definitely the face of the WCW beside Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair.
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.
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
The superstar from WCW, and now TNA. Sting was of course 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.
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.
Won in the Olympics with a broken neck, is one of the most, if not the most, skilled wrestlers of the Ruthless Agression Era, and is just amazing in general. He needs to be higher on this list. Oh it's true, it's DAMN true!
He is probably the greatest icon in the Ruthless Agression era (When The Rock retired after WrestleMania XIX) And after losing his title at XIX He won it back at Vengence 04' Is Angle number 1? It's true
Greatest technical, Powerhouse and Submission Wrestler. Very Flexible with being a heel or a face, unpreditctable.
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.
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.
Hands down, the Greatest professional wrestler of all time! The one and only true living legend of professional wrestling! True Class!
Held the belt for more than 11 years. He needs to be in the top 10 because no one can beat that damn record he has
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.
Why is he at #16? He cut arguably the best promos of all time. He was the best of the 2000's on the mic. He held the title for 434 days in an era where they usually hold it for 50 days. He defeated almost everyone in this time span. His matches are classics (2011 MITB vs John Cena, 2013 WRESTLEMANIA vs The Undertaker, 2013 Summerslam vs Brock Lesnar. Lastly it didn't matter if he was a heel or face he was still "the best in the world".
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
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.
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.
Kane came in as the brother of the undertaker and it fit. His darkness and the mystery of his persona was exciting and fun.
Kane is biggest energy wrestler, signal to big fire, Kane do to mask of face, smool years problem to fire.
Kane is the greatest
Eddie Guerrero was born into wrestling but he was also born to wrestle. His personality was so strong and enticing that you couldn't help but love and cheer for him. He will always be handsome, will always be young and always at the top of his career.
Unmatched charisma. Watching him execute a common move is like watching perfection, from the snap in one of his suplexes to the execution of the frog splash.
Sad to see Eddie go at a young age, his last matches were some of his best, he kept getting stronger, had he lived another 5 years, maybe.
The best there is the best there was the best there will ever be. Miss you always
You won't find another wrestler who was more intense. His in ring work was precise, and his attention to detail in his storytelling is unmatched.
One of the most famous wrestling stars of the 80s and early 90s. The Macho Man has world wide recognition and has been a hero for many children growing up. He has made movie appearances along with commercials, and remains a very wealthy and popular man.
Are you kidding me? 39th best. All you guys better think this one over long and hard. In his generation he was #2 in putting wrestling over, right after the Hulkster.
Why is Randy Savage number 41, and below Stardust and Big Show? He should be in the top 20. He was gold in the 80's and early 90's
His passion for wrestling is evident in every match. In my opinion the single most technically sound wrestler I have ever seen.
He thought he will never get a chance to wrestle because he is too small. But he made a giant success in the World Wrestling Entertainment! His famous tag team Team Hell No with Kane is one of the funniest and entertaining tag teams in history.
Yes, yes, yes, yes. There is "no" other word that says it better.
The obvious stain on his legacy is what he did at the end of his life. Based solely on his in ring work, he was one of the most intense, captivating performers of all time.
He is a beast
He defeated all the wrestler which came in his way. He is a beast
And he end the undefeated streek of undertaker. No person can take down him but BROCK did that's why he is awesome
He has no weakness
Reigning Defending Undisputed WWE Wrestler of all time.He deserves number 1 although I do not like his attitude.
Not worthy of Comment. No Class, not fit to be in the ring with anyone but Paul Heyman
He is 19th position
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.
The Biggest Little Man - Rey Mysterio is a Mexican-American Wrestler. He retired in 2015 because he feel guilty about the accident murder of the Wrestler Perro Aguayo Jr.
The greatest little man of all time.
This is the bravest wrestler of all time he takes on people twice his size
Andre the Giant is and always be one of the best known wrestlers that will ever be. He was daunting and a force to be reckon with.
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!
He carried wrestling to a global level...bridged it from the 70's to 80's and put it officially over when Hogan beat him at wm3.
Great Show, made sure the children got all they could dream about.
He did a lot for the sport, the three personalities of Cactus Jack, Mankind, or Dude Love was entertaining and what's unique is they all three were different as if he could tap into some rare type of schizophrenia lol. I don't know if anyone has sacrificed their body more than Mick Foley. He's one of the greats.
Mick Foley the wrestler with multiple personalities. I just liked Mick Foley period.
Why is jinder mahal on this list?.