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Top 30 Most Famous Wrestlers of All Time

Updated on August 5, 2017
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Wrestling is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining sports to watch for people around the globe. When we talk about wrestling, the first image or word that comes to our mind is the global phenomenon known as the WWE. The WWE has produced and provided the right platform for perhaps the most amazing athletes on the planet. These athletes have become the most entertaining superstars within the industry, and outside the squared circle as well.

As a fan, I’ve always loved watching these incredible athletes give their best in the ring, whether it’s hitting their signature moves and finishers, or cutting awe-aspiring promos with the microphone. They are versatile performers, which is why they get opportunities outside the wrestling world as well, whether it's Hollywood, writing, music, the UFC, or even politics.

As a fan, it is always engaging for me to talk about wrestling, but before I go on to list the top thirty wrestlers, I want the reader to know that I made this list according to my opinions and the knowledge that I have as a fan. These are my views about the top thirty wrestlers and how they have impacted the world with great shows of talent, regardless of any other ratings/rankings. Also, I feel the need to emphasize the fact that there could be a lot more wrestlers added or removed from the list.

The List

Here is my list of thirty most famous and (arguably) the greatest wrestlers from the past and present that have graced the squared circle with their abilities and entertained the audiences all around the world through their talents.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson | Source

01. The Rock

BIO:-

Real Name: Dwayne Douglas Johnson.

DOB: 02-May-1972.

Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).

Weight: 260 Pounds.

Billed From: Miami, Florida.

Career: 1996-present.

Signature: Spinebuster/Float over DDT (Followed by Kip-up).

Finisher: Rock Bottom/Sharpshooter/People’s Elbow.

Nicknames: The Great One/The Brahma Bull/The People’s Champion/The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment/Rocky.

Championships: 10 times World Champion; 05 times Tag Team Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; Royal Rumble (2000) winner.

Famous Catchphrases: If you smell what The Rock is cooking/It Doesn’t Matter/Just Bring It.

Factions: Nation of Domination/The Corporation.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin | Source

02. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin

BIO:-

Real Name: (Formerly Steve James Anderson, now) Steve Austin.

DOB: 18-Dec-1964.

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Weight: 252 Pounds.

Billed From: Victoria, Texas.

Career: 1989-2003.

Signature: Mudhole Stomp/Elbow drop (with Theatrics).

Finisher: Stone Cold Stunner.

Nicknames: The (Texas) Rattlesnake/The Bionic Redneck.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 04 times Tag Team Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; 1996 King of the ring; Royal Rumble (1997, 1998, 2001) winner; WWE Hall of Famer (Class 2009).

Famous Catchphrases: “And that’s the bottom line, ‘cuz Stone Cold said so”/WHAT?/Gimme a hell yeah!.

Factions: The Million Dollar Corporation/The Alliance.

The Undertaker
The Undertaker | Source

03. The Undertaker

BIO:-

Real Name: Mark William Calaway.

DOB: 24-Mar-1965.

Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m).

Weight: 309 Pounds.

Billed From: Death Valley/Houston Texas.

Career: 1984-2017.

Signature: Chokeslam/Old School/Snake Eyes/Running Jumping Leg Drop (sometimes from the apron).

Finisher: Tombstone Piledriver/Hell’s Gate Submission/Last Ride.

Nicknames: The Deadman/The Phenom/The American Bad-Ass/ The demon of death valley/The Prince of Darkness/The Last Outlaw.

Championships: 07 times World Champion; 06 times Tag Team Champion; Hardcore Champion; Royal Rumble (2007) winner; Wrestlemania Streak (23-2).

Famous Catchphrase: You will. REST IN PEACE!

Factions: Ministry of Darkness/Corporate Ministry.

Triple H
Triple H | Source

04. Triple H

BIO:-

Real Name: Paul Michael Levesque.

DOB: 27-Jul-1969.

Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Weight: 255 Pounds.

Billed From: Greenwich, Connecticut.

Career: 1992-present.

Signature: Harley Race Running High Knee/Double A Spinebuster.

Finisher: Pedigree.

Nicknames: The Game/The King of Kings/The Cerebral Assassin.

Championships: 14 times World Champion/ 03 times Tag Team Champion/05 times Intercontinental Champion/ 02 times European Champion/King of the ring (1997)/Royal Rumble (2002, 2016) winner.

Famous Catchphrases: I am The GAME and I am THAT DAMN GOOD/Are you ready?/Let’s get ready to suck it!.

Factions: The Kliq/Degeneration-X/The McMahon-Helmsley Faction /Evolution/The Authority.

"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels
"The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels | Source

05. "HBK" Shawn Michaels

BIO:-

Real Name: Michael Shawn Hickenbottom.

DOB: 22-Jul-1965.

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Weight: 225 Pounds.

Career: 1984-2010.

Signature: Atomic drop/Flying elbow drop.

Finisher: Sweet Chin Music.

Nicknames: The Heartbreak Kid/The Showstopper/Mr. WrestleMania.

Championships: 04 times World Champion; 06 times Tag Team Champion; 03 times Intercontinental Champion; European Champion; Royal Rumble (1995, 1996).

Famous Catchphrase: And if you're not down with that, we've got two words for ya!

Factions: The Kliq /Degeneration-X/nWo.

John Cena
John Cena | Source

06. John Cena

BIO:-

Real Name: John Felix Anthony Cena.

DOB: 23-Apr-1977.

Height: 6 ft 1 (1.85 m).

Weight: 251 Pounds.

Career: 1999-present.

Signature: The Five Knuckle Shuffle/Blue Thunder.

Finisher: Attitude Adjustment/STF.

Nicknames: The Doctor of Thuganomics/ The Champ/The Leader of the CENAtion/The Chain Gang Soldier/The Face That Runs the Place.

Championships: 16 times World Champion/04 times Tag Team Champion/05 times US Champion/Mr. Money in the bank (2012)/Royal Rumble (2008, 2013).

Famous Catchphrases: You can’t see me/ The Champ is HERE!/If you want some. Come get some.

Factions: NeXus.

Batista
Batista | Source

07. Batista

BIO:-

Real Name: David “Dave” Michael Bautista Jr.

DOB: 18-Jan-1969.

Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).

Weight: 290 Pounds.

Career: 1999-present.

Signature: Spinebuster/Oklahoma Slam.

Finisher: Batista Bomb/Spear/Batista Bite.

Nicknames: The Animal.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 04 times Tag Team Champion; Royal Rumble (2005, 2014) Winner.

Famous Catchphrase: Deal with it!

Factions: Evolution/The Authority.

Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar | Source

08. Brock Lesnar

BIO:-

Real Name: Brock Edward Lesnar.

DOB: 12-Jul-1977.

Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.93 m).

Weight: 286 Pounds.

Billed from: Webster, South Dakota.

Career: 2000-present.

Signature: German Suplex/Shooting Star Press/Triple non-release powerbomb.

Finisher: F-5/Kimura Lock/Brock Lock.

Nicknames: The Beast Incarnate/The Anomaly/The One in 21-1/The Conqueror.

Championships: 05 times World Champion; King of the Ring (2002); Royal Rumble (2003).

Famous Catchphrase: Suplex City.

Goldberg
Goldberg | Source

09. Goldberg

BIO:-

Real Name: William “Bill” Scott Goldberg.

DOB: 27-Dec-1966.

Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m).

Weight: 270 Pounds.

Career: 1997-present.

Signature: Military press.

Finisher: Spear/Jackhammer.

Nicknames: The Myth/The Iconic.

Championships: 03 times World Champion; 01 time Tag Team Champion; 02 US Champion.

Famous Catchphrase: Who’s Next?

Sting
Sting | Source

10. Sting

BIO:-

Real Name: Steve Borden.

DOB: 20-Mar-1959.

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).

Weight: 250 Pounds.

Billed From: Every Man's Nightmare/Venice Beach, California.

Career: 1985-2016.

Signature: Stinger Splash.

Finisher: Scorpion Death Drop/ Scorpion DeathLock.

Nicknames: The Icon/The Franchise/ The Vigilante.

Championships: 12 times World Champion; 04 times Tag Team Champion; 02 times US Champion.

Famous Catchphrase: Wooooooo!

Factions: The Roadrunners/nWo Wolfpack/The Main Event Mafia.

KANE
KANE | Source

11. KANE

BIO:-

Real Name: Glen Jacobs.

DOB: 26-Apr-1967.

Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m).

Weight: 323 Pounds.

Career: 1992-present.

Signature: Sidewalk Slam/Running DDT.

Finisher: Chokeslam from hell/Tombstone Piledriver.

Nicknames: The Big Red Machine/Devil’s favorite demon/The Big Red Monster.

Championships: 03 times World Champion; 12 times Tag Team Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; Hardcore Champion; Mr. Money in The Bank (2010).

Factions: The Ministry of Darkness/Corporate Ministry/The Authority.

Big Show
Big Show | Source

12. Big Show

BIO:-

Real Name: Paul Donald Wight II.

DOB: 08-Feb-1972.

Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m).

Weight: 375 Pounds.

Career: 1995-present.

Signature: Turnbuckle one hand slap chop/Hip Attack/Spear/Fallaway Powerbomb.

Finisher: Showstopper/Knockout Punch.

Nicknames: The World’s Largest Athlete.

Championships: 07 times World Champion; 11 times Tag Team Champion; 03 times Hardcore Champion; Intercontinental Champion; US Champion.

Factions: nWo/The Authority.

Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle | Source

13. Kurt Angle

BIO:-

Real Name: Kurt Steven Angle.

DOB: 09-Dec-1968.

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Weight: 220 Pounds.

Career: 1998-present.

Signature: Belly-to-belly suplex.

Finisher: The Angle Lock/The Angle Slam.

Nicknames: The only Olympic gold medalist in professional wrestling history/The Wrestling Machine/The Olympic Hero.

Championships: 12 times World Champion; 03 times Tag Team Champion; King of the Ring (2000); WWE Hall of Famer (Class 2017); Intercontinental Champion; European Championship; US Champion.

Famous Catchphrases: Oh it’s true. It’s DAMN true/Oh it’s real. It’s DAMN real.

Factions: Team Angle/The Alliance/The Main Event Mafia.

Edge
Edge | Source

14. Edge

BIO:-

Real Name: Adam Copeland.

DOB: 30-Oct-1973.

Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).

Weight: 241 Pounds.

Career: 1992-2011.

Signature: EDGEucation/Con-chair-to.

Finisher: Spear/Edgecator.

Nicknames: The Ultimate Opportunist/The Rated-R Superstar.

Championships: 11 times World Champion; 14 times Tag Team Champion; 05 times Intercontinental Champion; US Champion; King of the ring (2001); Mr. Money in the bank (2005, 2007); Royal Rumble (2010) winner.

Famous Catchphrase: You think you know me.

Factions: La Familia.

Mick Foley aka Cactus Jack aka Dude Love aka Mankind.
Mick Foley aka Cactus Jack aka Dude Love aka Mankind. | Source

15. Mick Foley

BIO:-

Real Name: Michael Francis Foley Sr.

DOB: 07-Jun-1965.

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).

Weight: 287 Pounds.

Career: 1983-2012.

Signature: Cactus Clothesline/Running knee.

Finisher: Mr. Socko/Double Underhook DDT.

Nicknames: Mrs. Foley’s baby boy/The Hardcore Legend.

Championships: 04 times World Champion;15 times Tag Team Champion; Hardcore Champion; WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2013).

Famous Catchphrase: BANG BANG!.

Factions: ECW Originals.

Randy Orton
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16. Randy Orton

BIO:-

Real Name: Randal Keith Orton.

DOB: 01-Apr-1980.

Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m).

Weight: 250 Pounds.

Billed from: St. Louis, Missouri.

Career: 2000-present.

Signature: Elevated middle rope DDT.

Finisher: RKO/The Punt.

Nicknames: The Legend Killer/The Viper/The Apex Predator.

Championships: 13 times World Champion; 02 times Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Royal Rumble (2009,2017) Winner; Mr. Money in the Bank (2013).

Factions: Evolution/The Legacy/The Authority/Wyatt Family.

Ric Flair
Ric Flair | Source

17. Ric Flair

BIO:-

Real Name: Richard Morgan Fliehr.

DOB: 25-Feb-1949.

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).

Weight: 243 Pounds.

Career: 1972-2012.

Signature: Knife-edged Chops/Knee drop.

Finisher: Figure-four leglock (with theatrics).

Nicknames: The Nature Boy/The dirtiest player in the game/ Stylin’ and Profilin’.

Championships: 16 times World Champion; 06 times Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Royal Rumble (1992) Winner; TWO times WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2008 & 2012).

Famous Catchphrase: Limousine ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ n Dealin’, lucky son of a gun/WOOOO!

Factions: The Four Horsemen/Evolution.

Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan | Source

18. Hulk Hogan

BIO:-

Real Name: Terry Gene Bollea.

DOB: 11-Aug-1953.

Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m).

Weight: 302 Pounds.

Career: 1977-2013.

Signature: Atomic drop/Big Boot/Body slam.

Finisher: Atomic Leg Drop.

Nicknames: The Hulkster/The Immortal/Hollywood.

Championships: 12 times World Champion; 01 time Tag Team Champion; Royal Rumble (1990, 1991); WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2005).

Famous Catchphrase: Whachu gonna do?/Brother.

Factions: nWo.

Bret “The Hitman” Hart.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart. | Source

19. Bret "The Hitman" Hart

BIO:-

Real Name: Bret Hart.

DOB: 02-July-1957.

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m).

Weight: 235 Pounds.

Career: 1978-2010.

Signature: Multiple elbow variations/Bulldog.

Finisher: Sharpshooter/Spike Piledriver.

Nicknames: The Excellence of Execution.

Championships: 07 times World Champion; 03 times Tag Team Champion; 05 times US Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; (1991 & 1993) King of the Ring; Royal Rumble (1993) Winner; WWE Hall of Famer (2006).

Famous Catchphrase: I am the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.

Factions: The Hart Foundation/The Hart Dynasty.

CM Punk
CM Punk | Source

20. CM Punk

BIO:-

Real Name: Phillip Jack Brooks.

DOB: 26-Oct-1978.

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).

Weight: 218 Pounds.

Career: 1999-2014.

Signature: Macho Man Elbow Drop/Welcome to Chicago/Step-up high turnbuckle knee followed by a bulldog.

Finisher: Go To Sleep/Anaconda Vice.

Nicknames: Second City Saint/The Best (Wrestler) in the world/ The voice of the voiceless/The first-ever Straightedge Superstar.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; World Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Mr. Money in the Bank (2008,2009).

Famous Catchphrase: It’s Clobberin’ Time!

Factions: The Straightedge Society/The new NeXus.

"Y2J" Chris Jericho
"Y2J" Chris Jericho | Source

21. "Y2J" Chris Jericho

Real Name: Christopher Keith Irvine.

DOB: 09-Nov-1970.

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m).

Weight: 227 Pounds.

Career: 1990-present.

Signature: Lionsault/Sleeper Slam.

Finisher: Walls of Jericho/Codebreaker.

Nicknames: Y2J/The Man of 1,004 Holds.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 07 times Tag Team Champion; 09 times Intercontinental Champion; 02 times US Champion; European Champion; Hardcore Champion.

Famous Catchphrase: I am the best in the world at what I do.

Factions: The Alliance.

Eddie Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero | Source

22. Eddie Guerrero

BIO:-

Real Name: Eduardo Gory Guerrero.

Age: 38 years (09-10-1967 to 13-11-2005).

Height: 5 ft 8 in (173 cm).

Weight: 220 Pounds.

Career: 1987-2005.

Signature: Three Amigos/Hilo/STF.

Finisher: Frogs splash/Lasso from El Paso.

Nicknames: Latino Heat.

Championships: WWE Champion; 04 times Tag Team Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; 02 times European Champion; 02 times US Champion; 02 times Cruiserweight Champion; WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2006).

Famous Catchphrase: Viva la raza.

Factions: The Radicalz.

AJ Styles
AJ Styles | Source

23. AJ Styles

BIO:-

Real Name: Allen Neal Jones.

DOB: 02-Jun-1977.

Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m).

Weight: 218 Pounds.

Career: 1998-present.

Signature: 450 Splash/Pele kick/Stylin’ DDT/Multiple punch & kick variations.

Finisher: Styles clash/The Phenomenal Forearm/Crab crusher.

Nicknames: The Phenomenal One.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 06 times Tag Team Champion; 06 times X-Division Champion; 02 times US Champion.

Famous Catchphrase: This is the house that A J STYLES Built!.

Factions: Fortune/The Bullet Club/The Club.

Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns | Source

24. Roman Reigns

BIO:-

Real Name: Leati Joseph Anoaʻi.

DOB: 25-May-1985.

Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m).

Weight: 265 Pounds.

Career: 2010-present.

Signature: Superman Punch/Drive-by Kick.

Finisher: Spear/Triple Powerbomb.

Nicknames: The Powerhouse/The Guy/The Enforcer of the Shield.

Championships: 03 times World Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion; US Champion; Royal Rumble (2015) Winner.

Famous Catchphrase: You can BELIEVE THAT!.

Factions: The Shield.

Kevin "Diesel" Nash.
Kevin "Diesel" Nash. | Source

25. Diesel

BIO:-

Real Name: Kevin Scott Nash.

DOB: 09-Jul-1959.

Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m).

Weight: 328 Pounds.

Career: 1990-present.

Signature: Snake eyes/Big Boot/Sidewalk Slam.

Finisher: Jackknife Powerbomb.

Nicknames: Big Daddy Cool.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 12 times Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2015).

Factions: nWo/The Kliq.

Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio | Source

26. Rey Mysterio

BIO:-

Real Name: Óscar Gutiérrez.

DOB: 11-Dec-1974.

Height: 5 ft 6 in (168 cm).

Weight: 175 Pounds.

Billed from: San Diego, California.

Career: 1989-present.

Signature: West Coast Pop/Bronco Buster.

Finisher: 619/Fish Splash.

Nicknames: The Biggest Underdog in professional wrestling history/The master of the 619.

Championships: 03 times World Champion; 07 times Tag Team Champion; 08 times Cruiserweight Champion; 02 times Intercontinental Champion; Royal Rumble (2006) Winner.

Booker T
Booker T | Source

27. Booker T

BIO:-

Real Name: Robert Booker Tio Huffman.

DOB: 01-Mar-1965.

Height: 6 ft 3 in (191 cm).

Weight: 256 Pounds.

Career: 1989-2016.

Signature: Spinarooni/Bookend/Side Kick.

Finisher: Scissors kick.

Nicknames: G.I. Bro.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; 15 times Tag Team Champion; 04 times US Champion; 02 times Hardcore Champion; Intercontinental Champion; 2006 King of the Ring; WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2013).

Famous Catchphrase: Can you dig it? Suckaa!/Now Can you dig that? Suckka! Tell me you didn’t just say that?

Factions: nWo/King Booker’s court.

Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam | Source

28. Rob Van Dam

BIO:-

Real Name: Robert Alex Szatkowski.

DOB: 18-Dec-1970.

Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm).

Weight: 235 Pounds.

Career: 1990-present.

Signature: Rolling thunder/Skateboard.

Finisher: Five-star frog splash/ Van Terminator/ Van Daminator.

Nicknames: “Mr. Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday Night"/The Whole Dam Show/One of a Kind.

Championships: 03 times World Champion; 05 times Tag Team Champion; 06 times Intercontinental Champion; 04 times Hardcore Champion; European Champion; Mr. Money in the Bank (2006).

Famous Catchphrase: ROB! VAN! DAM! (with hand gestures).

Factions: ECW Originals/EV. 3.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage.
"Macho Man" Randy Savage. | Source

29. "Macho Man" Randy Savage

BIO:-

Real Name: Randy Mario Poffo.

Age: 58 years (15-Nov-1952 to 20-May-2011).

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m).

Weight: 237 Pounds.

Career: 1973-2005.

Signature: Alternating Jabs/Atomic Drop.

Finisher: The Flying Elbow Drop (with theatrics).

Nicknames: The Macho Man/Macho King.

Championships: 06 times World Champion; Intercontinental Champion; 1987 King of the Ring; WWE Hall of Famer (Class of 2015).

Famous Catchphrase: Oooh yeah! Dig it.

Factions: nWo Original.

Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan | Source

30. Daniel Bryan

BIO:-

Real Name: Bryan Lloyd Danielson.

DOB: 22-May-1981.

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m).

Weight: 210 Pounds.

Career: 1999-2016.

Signature: Yes Kicks!/Air Goat/Turnbuckle dropkicks.

Finisher: Diving Headbutt/Running Single High knee/Yes Lock.

Nicknames: G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)/The Yes Man.

Championships: 04 times World Champion; Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; US Champion; Mr. Money in the Bank (2011).

Famous Catchphrases: Yes! Yes! Yes!/No! No! No!.

Factions: NeXus/The Wyatt Family.

Conclusion

Finally, for the people who think that wrestling is fake or preplanned, I just want them to clear out their minds a little bit and have a little research of their own regarding the words ‘fake’ and ‘scripted’. Wrestling today is a lot more different than what it used to be a couple of centuries ago, so today when the word ‘entertainment’ is associated with wrestling, it should seemingly be assumed that it might refer to the storylines that have been developed for the viewer’s interest otherwise people would come and beat the hell out of each other, hitting their opponent(s) until they stop moving. Would that make any sense? Of course it won’t. That is why wrestling today is referred to as much of a storytelling exhibition than just fighting to the finish. We should enjoy this sports-entertainment spectacle the way it is meant to be otherwise the entire crux of what needs to be presented to the world unfastens its true essence solitarily.

That’s all folks. You can vote and/or comment below and let me know about your favorite wrestler(s). This article has been written as of 2017. Thanks for reading!

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