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15 of the best wrestlers of all time

Last Updated: 08.05.19


One of the most popular types of combat sport is wrestling, a sport enjoyed by millions worldwide. Many people argue about who the best WWE fighter is, but it is pretty difficult to make an objective top 15 since, in the end, it all comes down to personal preferences, leaving titles, medals, and results besides. There are a lot of WWE fighters people like, many sportsmen who have succeeded in a number of events, but here is our selection of the best 15 wrestlers of all time.

Mick Foley

Making a career out of wrestling, Mick Foley is known for his hardcore style and for the many injuries he sustained during sporting events. He has lost an ear, teeth and has many other scars, sacrificing his body for the business.

He was a three-time WWE Champion, despite many had doubts that he would ever succeed in anything related to this sport.


Dusty Rhodes

The American professional wrestler also worked as a trainer and booking agent. Even though he did not look like a common fighter, he is acclaimed as being one of the best wrestlers in the history of the sport.

Dusty Rhodes was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning many other titles during his career. The champion passed away in 2015, leaving a significant legacy behind.


Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero was one of the most appreciated fighters of his time, is known for participating in many competitions all over the world. He won the WWE Championship in 2004, but his life was cut short by heart failure in 2005.

He was popular and a fan favorite, even though he had suffered from addictions to a variety of substances and had demons of his own to battle outside the ring. His rough life is what gained him popularity, and he became an inspiration to many future fighters, leaving an undisputed legacy behind after his untimely death.


Rey Mysterio

A close friend of the late Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio was unmistakable, thanks to his mask. Entertaining crowds for more than two decades, he is one of the biggest names in the business even though he was pretty small for a fighter.

His style was popular especially in his younger days when fans would be kept in anticipation by his moves. Still celebrated around the world by fans and trainers alike, he is an inspiration for those currently entering the world of WWE Wrestling.


Bret Hart

Also known as The Hitman, the sportsman is a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion, entering the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. While some claim that he is the greatest wrestler ever, Hart is known for bringing more technicality in the ring, instead of relying only on force and overwhelming his opponent.

He made his debut in 1985 and was a fan favorite for many years, earning him the right of being listed among the top fighters of all time.


John Cena

One of the most popular names of all time in WWE, John Cena managed to stir a few controversies but he has to be recognized as one of the great champions in this contact sport. He is the second most successful WWE Champion, having won 15 titles during his career.

During the past years, he was in the spotlight and, being a fan favorite, almost immediately he became one of the core forces behind the WWE events. Not particularly technical and not known for relying on any particular strategies, he still deserves recognition for this involvement in the sporting industry.


Lou Thesz

We are going back in history for this champion, who held the World Heavyweight Championship for a total of 3749 days, longer than anyone else. Fans, fighters, and trainers consider him as one of the best in history, and among his achievements are a number of moves and holds he is credited with inventing.

He made his debut in 1932 and fought his last match in 1990 at the respectable age of 74. His influence and legacy are incontestable.



In spite of his early retirement due to health problems, Edge is one of the most famous fighters. He was a multiple World Champion, having obtained the title 11 times before he left the arena for good.

Critics believe that he might have had a chance of beating Ric Flair’s record if his health had not forced him to retire. His beginning as a team wrestler was left behind as he scored victory after victory in single competitions.

Dwayne Johnson

Better known for his charisma rather than performance, the fighter who went by the nickname The Rock was a fan favorite, and his matches drew international attention. Besides his charismatic figure, he was a champion, winning a number of titles in various championships worldwide.

His career was rather short, lasting from 1996 until 2004, but he still appears in matches, even though not as often as he once did. The Rock can also boast with an impressive acting career, having played Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious series of films.


Kurt Angle

Debuting as an Olympic wrestler, the American champion won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. That same year, he made his first appearance at a professional event, signing with WWE in 1998.

He was accepted into the WWE Hall of Fame on 31st of March, 2017, even though he left the WWE in 2006. Currently, he is a six-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, being the second Triple Crown winner in history.


Buddy Rogers

At the beginning of the television era, many sportsmen found themselves becoming popular virtually overnight. Buddy Rogers was an American professional wrestler who debuted at the beginning of the mass-media era, in 1939, who became a popular household name back in the day.

He was a world champion two times, in the Heavyweight category, and is one of the 3 men in history to have held both the NWA and the WWE top championship. His legacy greatly influenced many fighters who followed in his footsteps, years later.


Brock Lesnar

Currently signed with WWE, Brock Lesnar was a professional American Football player, a mixed martial artist and amateur wrestler as well, and now he is focusing on performing on the Raw brand, being the current Universal Champion.

Known for his superior strength and his imposing figure, he has won most events he took part in. He has been a fan favorite since his debut in 2000.


Triple H

One of the leading figures in WWE, Triple H debuted in 1995 and is still active, even though his participation in competitions is much rarer now. He has won 14 world championships and headlined Wrestlemania 7 times.

He knows his way around pretty well, and since he has entered the business of planning and organizing the events, the possibilities are many for one of the most impressive World Champions.


Ric Flair

Perhaps the greatest all-time champion, Ric Flair is the winner of 16 world championships, being the record holder in this matter. His career lasted for 40 years and was characterized by a great number of victories against his opponents.

Flair is the only person in history to have entered the WWE Hall of Fame twice — once as an individual and once as a member of the Four Horsemen team. He is considered by many to be the greatest wrestler of all time.


The Undertaker

One of the most acclaimed wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker debuted in 1990 when he signed with WWE. He became one of the most appreciated fighters ever, especially for his streak of 21 Wrestlemania match wins in a row.

His career is unlikely to be ever duplicated by other fighters, not only because of his huge number of victories but also because he was extremely agile, even though he is almost seven feet tall.



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