Top 10 Most Hardcore Pro Wrestlers of All Time

Professional wrestling has always been a spectacle of physical prowess and drama, where wrestlers put their bodies on the line to entertain the crowds. However, some wrestlers take it to another level, pushing their limits and embracing the extreme to leave a lasting impression on their audience. These hardcore wrestlers are known for their fearless attitude, high tolerance for pain, and willingness to engage in the most brutal and dangerous matches.

Over the years, the wrestling industry has seen its fair share of hardcore wrestlers who have left a mark on the sport. From death-defying stunts to bloody brawls, these wrestlers have taken the concept of "no holds barred" to the extreme.
The Top Ten
1 Mick Foley Michael Francis Foley (born June 7, 1965) is an American actor, author, color commentator, and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, under the company's "Legends" program, acting as a company ambassador. Foley has wrestled under his real name and various personas, including Mankind,... read more

To survive a 30-foot fall from the top of a cell, climb back up, and get choke-slammed into the cell itself, then get choke-slammed on sharp needles, and get back up... Well, that's extraordinary!

Of course, Foley is the top hardcore competitor wrestling has ever seen. He is sadistic, psychotic, and crazy. He risks himself more than anyone else, and no one gives his opponents the pain and blood that Foley does!

I really like him. He's the best wrestler of all time. Do you remember in the year 2000 when Triple H threw him through the cell and through the ring? That was amazing.

2 Terry Funk Terrence "Terry" Funk was an American professional wrestler and actor. Funk was known for the longevity of his career - which spanned 50 years and included multiple short-lived retirements - and the influential hardcore wrestling style he pioneered in the latter part of his career.

Number seven for the guy who innovated hardcore and bled all over this planet? Terry is almost 70 and is still in barbed wire matches. I don't mind Sabu or even Cactus over the Funker, but no one else.

3 Jeff Hardy Jeffrey Nero "Jeff" Hardy is an American professional wrestler, singer-songwriter, painter and musician.

Jeff Hardy is one of the craziest wrestlers to ever step in a ring.

4 Sabu Terry Michael Brunk is an American professional wrestler, known by his ring name Sabu, who portrays an Arab American in the ring.

Come on guys! Sabu had got to be at no.1

He has to be the most hardcore man who points his finger to the sky.

5 Raven Scott Levy is an American professional wrestler, podcaster, and actor. He is better known by his ring name, Raven. He has appeared in ECW, WCW, WWF/E, and TNA.
6 Tommy Dreamer Thomas James "Tommy" Laughlin, best known by his ring name Tommy Dreamer, is an American professional wrestler, promoter, and actor currently signed to WWE.
7 Sandman Sandman, whose real name is James Fullington, is an American retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where he became a five-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Sandman was infamous for his hardcore wrestling style, often involving weapons... read more

Sandman should be in the top two. He swung the Singapore Cane better than anybody else in the business.

8 Dean Ambrose Jonathan "Jon" Good is an American professional wrestler and actor, signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name Jon Moxley. He also makes appearances for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where he won the IWGP United States Championship. He previously worked for WWE under the ring name Dean Ambrose,... read more
9 New Jack Jerome Young (January 3rd, 1963 - May 14th 2021) was an American semi-retired professional wrestler, better known by his stage name New Jack in ECW.

He used everything... including scissors!

10 Hardcore Holly Robert William "Bob" Howard is a semi-retired American professional wrestler, actor and former racecar driver.
The Contenders
11 Rob Van Dam Robert Alex "Rob" Szatkowski, better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is an American professional wrestler and occasional actor.

The whole damn show should be on top. His high-flying moves, such as the Van Daminator, Five Star Frog Splash, and the Rolling Thunder, give me goosebumps... RVD! RVD! RVD!

12 Shane McMahon Shane Brandon McMahon, is an American businessman who is a minority owner of WWE and the vice-chairman of YOU On Demand.

Very handsome and sexy man with amazing talent. I love his smile and his eyes. And the way he jumps off tall things is so awesome... Go Shane!

The man is literally obsessed with jumping off of tall things.

Have you ever seen matches with him? Almost every match he's been in is always crazy.

13 Necro Butcher

Necro Butcher is the craziest guy out there. When it comes to hardcore, he really puts it all out there. Some say he is a wanna-be Mankind, but I don't think that is true. I think he is a wanna-be Necro Butcher. He's the kind of wrestler who you can tell is always trying to top himself.

14 Nick Mondo

The guy took a weed whacker to the stomach, got thrown off a renter's truck, and got slammed off a two-story building onto concrete... Pretty hardcore.

This guy was hardcore since age 16, fighting with hardcore stuff in his backyard with friends. Then he moved onto professional wrestling, in CZW. Weed wackers, getting thrown off roofs onto tables - this guy has probably been through it all.

15 Abdullah the Butcher
16 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.
17 Nick Gage

Nick Gage is definitely one of the most extreme of all time.

18 Abyss

Abyss has been in quite a few dangerous matches and, with Janice at his side, he is quite formidable. Being a triple crown winner already, he still has quite a way to go.

19 Drake Younger
20 Jun Kasai
21 Steve Blackman
22 The Sheik
23 Masada
24 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... read more
25 John Morrison John Randall Hennigan is an American professional wrestler and actor, who is best known for his time in WWE where he performed under the ring name John Morrison. He was released from WWE in November 2021.
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