We could say that ranking 50 best wrestlers was difficult because all of them were great in their profession. It might sound subjective because wrestlers had more than just charisma and their toughness inside the ring. It might not seem possible because of all the great wrestlers out there competing in the ring. For the lists of wrestlers, we considered using the “WOW” element as the crucial criterion. It meant that they could excite the audience during their match. We hope that our favorite grappler was on the list.
‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude (1982-1999)
Rick Rude, also known as “Ravishing” Rick, caught his fans’ attention by his powerful move called Rude Awakening. The nickname was suitable for him because of the way he moved in every match. We could not forget what he did to the face of Jake “The Snake” Robert. He airbrushed the front of his rival’s wife to his tights. It was a classic move that made everyone excited. The sad news was he died on April 20, 1999.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (1974-2008)
Jake “The Snake” Roberts had created the well-known signature move called DDT. He caught the attention of the people by the soft tone he utilized in the match. We knew that he was not the great or fastest wrestler in those days. However, his pet snake and sadistic behavior had rightfully earned a spot on our list.
Brock Lesnar (2000-2007, 2012-Present)
Brock Lesnar was known as a wrestler before he became a UFC fighter, and he carved his name in history when he became the youngest champion in WWE. People acknowledged him because of his perseverance in his match and his signature move called F5. We could say his most excellent match was when he fought Big Show, Kurt Angle, and lastly, the Undertaker. We could tell that when Brock fought inside the ring, he made everyone excited.
Big Van Vader (1985-2018)
Big Van Vader was an odd man who got his job suppressed because of how Vince McMahon arranged his match. We could tell it was the biggest problem in his career, but we knew he learned to be the greatest wrestler in WCW in Japan. We were amazed at his performance, especially at his signature move called “Vadesault.” The sad news was, He died in the year 2018. He was also chosen in the LA Rams at the 3rd round of the NFL Draft and made an appearance in Boy Meets World.
Rey Mysterio (1989-Present)
Rey Mysterio was making us excited every time we would see his match for his fantastic move and being agile inside the ring. He was a pro wrestler for three decades. Before he entered the wrestling industry, he was excited that he might be the next greatest wrestler of all time. We could say that being an underdog in Wrestlemania was difficult, especially when we competed with the toughest wrestler in the league. However, he made a name in the industry’s history when he earned a WWE title in the big event. He was fantastic when we watched him on the screen.
Million Dollar Man (1974-1999)
Ted Dibiase, or the so-called Million Dollar Man, had caught the people’s attention with his laugh, arrogance, and facial expression. However, we loved him that way. This professional wrestler also competed with Hulk Hogan. Later in his career, He became the manager in WCW.
Bill Goldberg (1996-2004, 2015-2017)
Bill Goldberg had been a former NFL lineman before he became a professional wrestler, and we knew him for his ability to keep the crowd excited. His finishing move was Jackhammer and Spear, which was a serious threat to his competitor. However, we could say that people were not into his ability inside the ring, but with his backstage persona and great personality.
The Ultimate Warrior (1985-1998)
Ultimate Warrior was also a well-known wrestler in his time. However, we could tell that some of us would wonder why he was on the list. The reason why The Ultimate Warrior was on the list was because of his magnificent face paint. He might not be the greatest wrestler in the league, and not even several matches were worthy to re-watch, yet he was still famous among ’90s kids because he defeated Hulk Hogan in Wrestlemania.
Chyna or the so-called “Ninth Wonder of the World” change the definition for female parts in the wrestling industry. She got the perfect body and unbelievable strength as a woman. Chyna joined the industry as a bodyguard of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. However, she passed away in the year 2016. They had found her body in her home in California.
Gorgeous George (1932-1962)
George “Gorgeous” Wagner was a fancy personality which made professional wrestling as a “sports entertainment” in the First Age of Wrestling. It all started after the competition had officially become a sport. People loved to hate his cheap shots and how he cheats inside the ring.
The Sheik (1949-1995)
Many wrestlers had taken this name for their own. However, a wealthy Syrian wrestler had made his name in the history of the industry. He was well-known for how he fought his competitor by submission as he continued to bind his enemy even if the fight was over. He would use ropes for his advantage, and other wrestlers used this strategy in the current era.
Rob Van Dam (1990-Present)
Rob Van Dam was being recognized by his signature called “Five Star Frog Splash. It was a lethal finishing move that would finish his enemy. People were thrilled when they watched him compete in the ring. His proficient martial arts skills and athletic movement was a threat to his rivals. However, even though he became a famous wrestler in the WWE, he had his issues towards being a law-abiding citizen. He had trouble with law enforcement and substance abuse, which affected his career in the industry.
Samoa Joe (1990-Present)
Samoa Joe had gained every title in the wrestling industry. However, the only title he did not get was the WWE Championship. We could not let his appearance deceive us because Samoa Joe was one of the best strikers in the league like Brock Lesnar. Lately, he got the top position of NXT rank, and we knew he could get the WWE belt when he had a chance.
Kevin Nash (1984-Present)
Kevin “Diesel” Nash was also called Razor Ramon in the WWE, and his first match was against Scarface. He made his reputation when he moved to WCW and formed a team with Scott Hall. The impact he made in the industry had been carried on after his time in the ring. He was the reason why the talent contracts were changed.
Chris Jericho (1990-Present)
Chris Jericho had been known by people with his signature move called The Walls of Jericho. His killing was one of the most excellent legendary wrestling techniques of all time. If we handed him a mic, the wrestler would perform magnificently similarly to how he competed inside the ring. Before he became a WWE star, he entered the ECW and WCW. Later he made an outstanding debut in the WWE
Superstar Billy Graham (1969-Present)
Billy Graham was the person who motivated other famous wrestling stars. We could include the wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Triple H, which they said that Billy was their inspiration. Also, Mr. “Superstar” was known as the first pro wrestler to be an expert in the interview, and other professional wrestlers increased their standard for bodybuilding because of his influence. He usually made a non-wrestling appearance in WWE.
Randy Orton (2001-Present)
Randy Orton became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion after defeating Chris Benoit at the SummerSlam in the year 2004. He was usually called the “Legend Killer” and took down several legendary wrestlers we ever knew. We could watch his signature move called RKO on YouTube, which was a threat to all the wrestlers he fought in a match.
Bruiser Brody (1973-1988)
Bruiser Brody was known for his frantic, hairy, and messy, but people loved him that way. He did not care about the nuisances on his wrestling technique. Bruiser Brody was the type of wrestler who would enter the ring and fight the enemy with his strategy. Bruiser would kick, and chop his enemy until he became the victor. However, some people thought there was something not right about his personality. Reports said that he thrust Jose Gonzalez to death.
Trish Stratus (2000-2010)
Trish Stratus was the youngest woman who was welcomed in the WWE Hall of Fame. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Carmella would not be in the WWE Hall of Fame without Stratus’s help because of her innovative ways. Many people had thought that she entered the industry because of her beauty, but she proved it wrong with her female prowess.
CM Punk (1994-2014)
The people recognized CM Punk by his cool wrestling, which made them excited about his match. His on-the-spot speech with a mic would be an unforgettable moment in the history of WWE wrestling. We knew he had a terrible attitude in the industry, and people loved it. We should keep our eyes open for an epic comeback.
Bob Backlund (1973-2007)
Bob Backlund was recognized for his effort in carrying the WWE until Hulk Hogan entered the industry. He was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Bob was an expert in submission and won the WWE Championship titles four years. He held the championship belt for a long time until Bret Hart defeated him.
Mick Foley (1983-2012)
Mick Foley was loved by the people with his three various personas like Mankind, Cactus Jack, and Dude Love. People enjoyed watching them. Mick had a tough man who mostly endured every pain inflicted at him by his opponent, and this was the reason why his fan loved him. He had no fear when he dropped from the 16 feet height of the cage onto the table. The wrestler was not concerned about his body even after he fell into that altitude.
‘Mr. Perfect’ Curt Hennig (1980-2003)
Curt Hennig, also called “Mr Perfect,” was the best way to identify him. He was seen as the fastest and sound wrestling ability. We could not find any negativity in his personality. However, he had various injuries throughout his career. The best attitude he had in the ring was being fearless, and people loved the way he fought in the ring, although he did not reach the peak of his career because, at the age of 44, he passed away.
Eddie Guerrero (1987-2005)
Eddie Guerrero started to enter the industry as a smaller wrestler, but later in his career, he became prominent and caught the attention of all the viewers. Several highlights of his career were about his love story with Chyna and the battle against his friend named Rey Mysterio. People liked to watch this wrestler. However, at the age of 38, he passed away because of acute heart failure.
Edge was a real entertainer in the industry. He fought the Undertaker, Kurt Angle, Foley, and Cena in the ring. It was the match that was unforgettable in the industry. At the beginning of his career, he became the partner of Christian as a tag team duo. Sooner on his career, he decided to fight a match on his own. It was the time when he became a superstar in the world of wrestling. However, in the year 2011, he resigned on his job as a professional wrestler because of neck problems.
Daniel Bryan (1999-2016, 2018-Present)
Daniel Bryan had a chance to be a wrestling superstar. Some people said that he deserved to be on the list because of his Ring of Honor performance. However, Daniel Bryan decided to retire from his occupation for the time being. After a year had passed, he returned to the industry. We hoped that he would reclaim his former glory.
‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes (1967-2010)
Dusty Rhodes, also called “The American Dream,” was an amazing professional wrestler. The people recognized him because of his catchphrase. The other thing that caught the attention of the people was his rivalry with Ric Flair. If we watched his matches with various wrestlers, we would be thrilled until the end of the game.
Lou Thesz (1932-1990)
Lous Thesz was the longest wrestler in history. He had also been recognized by creating the maneuvers in the world of wrestling. In his invention of movements were STF, the Thesz Press, and the German Suplex. Even Steve “Stone Cold” Austin imitated the Thesz Press in a match. We could say he Lous had the NWA Heavyweight Champion from three occasions, which made it a three thousand seven hundred days in the industry. Without him, we could not tell what would happen in modern wrestling.
Terry Funk (1965-Present)
Terry Fun was also the longest wrestler in the industry like Lou Thesz. At the age of 72, he would still enter the ring to fight various wrestlers in the league. He would not retire until he was satisfied. Terry might be able to face every wrestler in the past. He was the reason for aiding the ECW to get back to its former glory when it was out from NWA in 1994.
Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat (1976-2005)
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat was also a well-known wrestler in his era. If we questioned Rick Flair, who would be the toughest wrestler he would fight inside the ring, he would only say it was the “The Dragon.” We could not forget when Ricky had three grand rounds in the ring, and it was the most excellent wrestling match we could have seen in our life. His presence and charisma was the reason why people loved him. Viewers were thrilled to see his high-flying moves in a match.
Harley Race (1960-1991)
Harley Race was a great wrestler who also helped to improve the way of modern wrestling like Funk and Thesz. He was determined to change professional wrestling into a sport rather than a goofy gimmick. Harley was diagnosed with polio when he was just a kid. The person who looked at his result said that he could not walk again. However, Harley Race proved to the doctor that the diagnosis was wrong. When he decided to resign in his occupation, he became the manager of Vader and Lex Lugers in WCW.
Antonio Inoki (1960-2005)
Antonio Inoki was known for his signature move called Back Brain Kick. We would be passed out if we would be hit with a move like that in the year the ‘70s to ‘90s. He fought some of the greatest wrestlers of all time. We could include wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Bruno Sammartino. He also had a match with a non-wrestler like the well-known Muhammad Ali in WBA. From all the achievements he got in the career, he also aided in establishing New Japan Pro Wrestling or NJPW.
Buddy Rogers (1939-1969, 1978-1992)
Buddy Rogers was the person who inspired Ric Flair in terms of cockiness, richness, and trash-talking. We could say that Ric wanted to imitate the “Nature Boy” persona and the signature move figure-four leg lock. In wrestling, only three grapplers earned the World Heavyweight Championship in both WWE and NWA, and among them is Buddy Rogers. He was recognized by the people with his off-the-mat strategy in a match, including the well-known body slam and piledriver.
‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (1969-2011)
Roddy “Rowdy” Piper was also a wrestler with some attitude that people adored to detest. The wrestling superstar relished every hate he got. Rowdy also appeared in the headlines with Hulk Hogan at the first Wrestlemania in the year the ‘80s. The attitude and charisma he showed inside the ring was an inspiration to other wrestlers. Rowdy loved his occupation, and we could not think of the world of wrestling without him. However, in 2015, he passed away when he did not wake up from his slumber.
Triple H (1992-Present)
Hunter Hearst Helmsley, or the so-called Triple H, had given excitement to all the fans who watched his match. Some of the events he made had thrilling WWE moments. Triple H grabbed the opportunity that was given to him when Steve “Stone Cold” Austin and Shawn Micheals was injured during a match. It was the time he “stepped up to the plate” with wrestling superstar The Rock. They dominate the ring with their attitudes. We could say that Triple backstage performance and ability in wrestling was the reason why he became successful in this sport.
Sting was a wrestler in WCW before he entered the WWE. He had stayed longer in WCW, which most of his colleagues already transferred to another league. Sting also had a match with some of the famous wrestlers in the industry like Cactus Jack. Jake Roberts, Rick Rude. Flair and Vader to make a path in his career. We loved to see his Crow rip-off alter ego and became a superstar in the world of wrestling.
Andre the Giant (1966-1993)
Andre The Giant was a famous wrestler throughout the world. He was also called “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” Nobody could match him for fifteen years. However, He was defeated at Wrestlemania III at the hands of Hulk Hogan. Hulk used Bodyslam and leg drop onto him and ended it with submission. Aside from his wrestling career, he also appeared in The Princess Bride as Fezzick. Sadly, he passed away in 1993.
John Cena (1999-Present)
John Cena was a hardworking and talented wrestler in the industry. We could not deny that he always appeared in WWE for the past decade. Aside from being a skilled wrestler, he was also gifted on the mic. It would not be a surprise if we learned that he was still the top wrestler after the decade when he gave viewers an “Attitude Adjustment.”
‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage (1973-2005)
Randy “Macho Man” Savage was a small wrestler with a big personality. He was 5’10” and always appeared with sunglasses and a bandana with his stringy hair. We could say it would get the attention of the people. The Macho Man would make his opponent tremble with fear because of his skills, even with his small size. However, he was not successful in his career when he entered the WCW. Despite all that happened in his career, we always remembered the scene where he would be “snapping into a slim jim.”
Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart (1978-2000)
Bret “The Hitman” Hart would have a higher chance to be a successful wrestler if he did not enter the era where the wrestling industry was a boring sport. We would not forget how he defeated Ric Flair at the WWE Championship in 1992. It was a crucial match for the industry. He was the wrestler who continued what Hulk Hogan left behind. However, we would not predict that in 1992, he would gain an injury that would force him to retire in the industry.
Bruno Sammartino (1959-1987)
Bruno Sammartino was known for being a skilled and hairy-chested wrestler. His signature move was called Bear Hug, which was a submission that would make the opponent tap. Bruno was also the first-ever superstar of WWE. He was the longest champion in the industry, with a total of 15 years. Bruno Sammartino was the predecessor of the wrestling superstars like John Cena and Hulk Hogan.
The Rock (1996-2004, 2011-2013)
The Rock was known for being the People’s Champ. In his match, he would try to excite his crowds with his skill in the mic. The Rock would give us the best match we would ever see. Like the other wrestler, he also had an underdog story that amazed us in every way. Before he became a wrestler, he was an ex-football player, but things did not go well for him, and he tried the world of wrestling, and soon became a movie star. That was a fantastic feat he had in his career. He might not be the most exceptional person in sports, yet the way he raised his eyebrows and how he entertained the audience was why he won the hearts of the viewers.
‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels (1984-2010)
Shawn Michaels, also called the Heartbreak Kid, was known for taking the audience “inside the ring” with him. It was the reason why the fans loved him. The people adored him and would support him, whether it was joy, victory, sadness, or pain. He did know how to win the hearts of the people. We thought that his career would end after suffering from his back injuries and substance abuse. However, He came back into the industry and showed the world the most excellent match in Wrestlemania matches.
The Undertaker (1984-Present)
The Undertaker was meant to be a villain in the world of wrestling. He was supposed to be hated by various wrestlers in the league. However, he made the wrestling match enjoyable with his zombie personality. The Undertaker did it for four decades. We could not forget how he fought the wrestling superstars like Shawn Michaels, Mankind, and Triple H. We could tell that he had a physical limitation in the match, yet he was able to take over the show in a Wrestlemania.
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin (1989-2003)
Steve “Stone Cold” Austin deserved to be on the list. In the WCW, he was just an underrated professional wrestler, and he was even fired in that league. The only thing we would tell you was, do not mess with the “stone-cold” Steve Austin. People recognized him as a bald wrestler and became a superstar in the WWE. He also had his unforgettable matches in the league, which carried WWE’s reputation into the limelight.
Hulk Hogan (1977-2013)
Everyone knew that Hulk Hogan deserved to be on the list because he was the Champion of Champion. He got all the positive qualities of being a wrestler in the world. Hulk was the best-recognized wrestler in the industry. For the fifteen years, Hulk did not appear in a match, and we would always remember the “Hulkster” even though he entered a career in “Hollywood.” It was a win-win for him, and the viewers loved to hate him.
Ric Flair (1972-2012)
Ric Flair had won every title we could ever think of in the world of wrestling. He was even in the industry for forty years. Ric had his unforgettable matches in history and also traveled to different places to fight with different wrestlers. He was still relevantly strong at his age. We would consider that he is the GOAT in the wrestling industry.
John “Bradshaw” Layfield
John “Bradshaw” Layfield, also called JBL, was famous for owning 50 percent of the Acolytes Protection Agency. JBL turned out to be a fan favorite because of his brutality towards the enemy and Mr. Average personality. John was known within the wrestling industry, and he also created a book related to money, and later on his career, he became a Wall Street expert. He started insulting those who were poorer than him, which was why he was disliked as an on-screen character.
A.J. Styles was a wrestler known for his technical strength and the high-flying skills inside the ring. We would not wonder why he was named “Phenomenal.” it was 1988 when A.J. Styles had been competing in different areas of the world. However, throughout his career, AJ stayed in TNA as a multi-time champion. Later in his career, he decided to leave TNA and took this chance to find a more excellent deal in his career, and it did pay off. After he left, he took a flight to Japan, and there he became a superstar. It was why the WWE scouted him and was offered a contract to become their wrestler. The time when he entered the WWE, he became the two-time champion of the league.
Chris Benoit would defeat everybody inside the ring. He was the best among the rest. In his career in wrestling, Chris was known as the “best technical wrestler” in the industry. The technical wrestler would always compete with a show-stopping performance.
Roman Reigns had to overcome too many hardships in his life, yet it did not matter whether it was professionally or personally, he did not care if the audience would cheer him or boo him. Roman would do his best in a match. In today’s WWE, he was the “Big Dog,” and he had no plans to retire from his occupation. We could say that he would be the icon of modern wrestling in the future of the sport.
Seth Rollins was the Jack-of-all-trade in the WWE. We could tell that he was the wrestler who could do everything. The audience and people inside the industry were hoping that he would be a top ten or fifteen in the ranking of the best wrestler in the industry.
Dave Bautista was one of the wrestlers who entered the world of wrestling and became famous because of his talent. Dave had his unforgettable moments in a match which the fans loved. He always had a magnificent performance in his work even though he started being a professional wrestler at the age of 30s. We could only tell that people loved his brutality and athleticism inside the ring.
Kenny Omega named himself as “The Best Bout Machine.” We could not deny that he deserved the title because of how powerful he was inside the ring. He was a Canadian wrestler who had various matches in North America and Japan. It was not a wrong decision when he quit WWE’s developmental system.
Scott Hall entered the world of wrestling as Razor Ramon. In WWE, he rivaled a dominant wrestler named Scarface, which he performed flawlessly in his role. Scott, with his machismo appearance, had formed a team called The Outsiders in WCW. It might be the significant team in the NWO.
Owen Hart was a wrestler who held the World Heavyweight Championship. However, we did not expect that he would pass away at an early age. People consider he would have done many more things while he was living. The matches with his brother in the 1990s were his best moment in the industry.
The Dudley Boyz
This Dudley Boyz had been in the industry’s headline for 20 years, and they were the most excellent tag-team duo in the industry. The group had won twenty various tag team titles in their career. The Dudley’s were known for putting their opponent onto several tables and ended it with their finishing move.
Jeff and Matt Hardy had made their reputation as an outstanding duo in the world of wrestling. However, we might say that Jeff was a more celebrated wrestler than his brother or the other around. The only thing we knew was when Jeff came back into the WWE, the audience was thrilled.
Davey Boy Smith
Dave Boy Smith or the so-called “The British Bulldog” had entered the industry as a part of the famous Hart Family. The British Bulldog dominated the single and tag team division because of his unbelievable strength and athleticism.
Kevin Owen was a Canadian wrestler who started his career at the age of sixteen in 2000. He competed with his legal name on the Ring of Honor from the year 2007. It was the day when Kevin Owen had a chance to fight in the ROH World Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship. The Canadian wrestler also entered the WWE, and for fourteen years, he was a wrestler in the independent circuit.
Kazichika Okada was also called The “Rainmaker” and the latest IWGP Heavyweight Champion. We could say that he had the most matches that he defended his title in New Japan. He dominated the league for more than two years.
The Miz became known in the industry as the wannabe wrestler. He won the attention of the audience because of his passion for the world of wrestling. The miz created a bond with the WWE fans, which shared his feeling that he should not give up on fulfilling his dream.
Christian was deemed to be the Marty Jannetty to Edge’s Shawn Michaels, but he did manage to have his successful singles career. Christian was in the headlines for countless TNA shows for numerous years, and he was the top star. It was correct that Vince McMahon did not select him to be the main eventer, but Christian still prospered and moved forward because of his personality and hard work once he was inside the ring.
The Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah had been controversial in the world of wrestling because of her Moolah’s tactics. It was the strategy she used to the other women competitors in the league, and she became the most excellent woman wrestler of all time. Throughout the year in her career, he improved his skills inside the ring and became the most famous woman wrestler in the 20th century.
The Fabulous Freebirds
The Fabulous Freebirds had made their name in the industry with their theatrics, and it included entrance music, their dancing routines, and in-ring performance. It became the standard appearance with the group the Freebirds.
Arn Anderson inspired the wrestler Ric Flair in his early days when Ric was a part of Four Horsemen in the NWA. Arn’s signature move was his Spinebuster, which was a threat to his opponent. He was also the reason why Flair got out in a difficult situation. Arn Anderson’s incredible strength being a tag team wrestler was the reason why he deserved to be in the Hall of Famer.
Big Show (1994-Present)
Big Show had joined the wrestling industry because of Hulk Hogan because they wanted to create a new rivalry between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant in the ‘90s. However, at that time, people underestimated his talent inside the ring, even though he could compete with different professional wrestlers in any aspect. We could only say that his beard was impressive.
Kurt Angle (1998-Present)
Kurt Angle signed in WWE in the year 1998. It all started when Kurt had brought home a gold medal when he competed in the 1996 Olympic Games. If we would watch his match, we could tell that Kurt Angle had terrific athletic capabilities inside the ring and backstage. He acted the role of Koba in the movie Warrior.