While pro wrestling is often viewed as fake and not a sport, the reality of the matter is far from this. Many of these men competed at elite levels of ‘real’ sports before they became professional wrestlers. The punishment dealt out in the ring is also very real. While it is a staged performance, no one should doubt the athleticism and pain tolerance needed to perform in such a manner, many times in front of thousands of fans.
Oftentimes, these giants among men are fighting injured for our entertainment. That being said… they do get paid for this and may even have a chance at glory, so let’s not feel too bad for them and instead enjoy the entertaining battles in the rings of pro wrestling. And with that, we begin our countdown.
#15: Curt Hennig – Ring names: Mr. Perfect and Curt Hennig

Dying at the young age of 44 in 2003, Curt Hennig made a name for himself in pro wrestling mainly in the 80s and 90s. He fought until the end (he was literally still wrestling professionally in 2003) and is viewed as a very technical and hardworking wrestler, who made the Intercontinental Championship worth something.
At one point, he shot several promo videos of him doing things like catching his own hail mary football pass, bowling 300 and hitting basketball 3 pointers from half court without looking! This was to show his superiority in athletics and everything else in life to go with his persona as Mr. Perfect.
According to Hulk Hogan, it was impossible to out-work, out-shine or out-perform Curt Hennig in the ring. And that’s why he’s our #15.
#14: Triple H – Other ring names: Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jean-Paul Lévesque, Terra Ryzing and Terror Risin’

Successful both in and out of the ring, Triple H is a 13-time World Champion (with 23 total championships) who is also involved in the business side of things with the WWE as executive vice president.
Being dominant, intelligent and resilient (he has come back from injuries such as a torn quadriceps muscle), Triple H has earned his #14 spot.
#13: The Ultimate Warrior – Other ring names: Blade Runner Rock, Dingo Warrior, Jim ‘Justice’ Hellwig and Warrior

Unfortunately, the Ultimate Warrior passed away this month (04/08/2014) at the age of 54, days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
After pinning Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania VI to win the WWF Championship, he made history by being the only wrestler to ever hold both the WWF Intercontinental Championship and WWF Championship at the same time.
The Ultimate Warrior went full Warrior like a boss in 1993, when he legally changed his last name to Warrior. His wife and kids also have the last name Warrior.
#12: Randy Savage – Other ring names: Macho Man, Macho King, Randy Poffo, The Spider, Mr. Madness and Bonesaw McGraw

Oooh yeah! The Macho Man is one sweet pick for this spot. He died in 2011 at the age of 58, but before he went out he lived an epic, bosslike life and made his name known in the world of pro wrestling and beyond.
During his 32 year career, the Macho Man held 20 championships, of which six were world championship belts (2x WWF and 4x WCW). If that’s not enough to put him on this list, then… “Snap into a Slim Jim, oooooh yeah!”
Before becoming a pro wrestler, Randy Savage played minor league baseball. At one point, he injured his right shoulder (his natural throwing shoulder) and had to learn how to throw with his left instead. That’s what we call making it work in the worst of times like a boss!
After winning a 14-man tournament at WrestleMania IV, he won his first WWF Championship and held the title for over a year, even defeating Andre the Giant at one point. (At WrestleMania V, Savage lost his Championship belt to none other than Hulk Hogan after a reign of 371 days.)
#11: John Cena – Other ring names: Juan Cena, Mr. P and The Prototype

Since 1999, John Cena has been one of the most popular and dominant pro wrestlers. So far, he has racked up 21 championships, including a record 11 WWE Championships (and 14 World Championships total).
He has starred in several movies (i.e. The Marine) and also some TV shows (i.e. Psych), making him successful both in and out of the pro wrestling ring.
Battling through injuries (including a torn pectoral muscle in 2007 that ended the longest WWE Championship reign in 19 years) and always outworking his peers has made John Cena a household name and may even bump him up on lists such as this one in the future. His career is not ever and he has already set records in true bosslike fashion!
#10: Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is so bosslike, he doesn’t even have another ring name that we’re aware of! Before he was a pro wrestler, he won the 2000 NCAA Division I heavyweight wrestling championship. His combined record in college wrestling was 106-5!
After becoming the youngest WWE Champion ever (when he won the title in 2002 at the age of 25) and dominating the world of pro wrestling for two years, he decided to try out for the NFL in 2004! After walking onto the Minnesota Vikings squad, he started several fights on the field and was cut at the end of preseason. While being ridiculously strong and talented, it could be argued that Brock Lesnar is not a great team player.
He then went on to dominate wrestling in Japan and eventually found himself as an MMA fighter, first for K-1 (where he won his first mixed martial arts fight in just over a minute) and then the UFC, where he quickly won the heavyweight championship despite of being new to the sport and suffering from diverticulitis for most of his time in the UFC.
In 2012, Brock Lesnar returned to pro wrestling in the WWE. More recently, he ended the Undertaker’s win streak at WrestleMania. More good things are sure to come for this bosslike beast of a Viking, who has performed at elite levels in several sports!
#9: Ric Flair – Other ring names: The Nature Boy, Rick Flair and The Black Scorpion

Ric Flair has been in pro wrestling since 1972 and still continues to be involved today at the age of 65. He is a 21-time World Champion in various organizations including twice in the WWF.
If you’ve watched pro wrestling in the last 40 years, you know who Ric Flair is. Combine that with his championships and you have a solid wrestler to break into the top 10 of this list. Woooo!
#8: Mick Foley – Ring names: Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mick Foley and Jack Foley

In a career spanning 30 years (1983-2013) and marked by extreme violence, so much so that WCW refused to book him for another PPV after an epic battle with Vader took in-ring brutality to a whole nother level, Mick Foley has definitely made his mark on pro wrestling. He won the world championship belt four times (3x in WWF, 1x in TNA) among other championship titles.
At one point, Mick Foley tore off part of his ear to free himself from a hangman (head tangled between two ring ropes) gone bad. Instead of opting to have the missing part of his ear re-attached, he decided to wrestle in another match instead! He has also been in matches (during his time at ECW) where his body was ravaged by barbed-wire injuries and burns from explosives, sometimes only making $300 for a night of this kind of torture!
His toughest moment may have been in 1998, when he faced the Undertaker in a ‘Hell in a Cell’ cage match, during which he was thrown off the cage (which was 16 feet high) and also chokeslammed through the top of it onto the ring canvas. The latter wasn’t even planned and The Undertaker legitimately thought he had just killed Mick Foley (who was knocked out cold with a dislocated jaw, knocked out teeth and a hole in his lip).
#7: Stone Cold Steve Austin

The poster boy for the WWF’s “Attitude Era”, Stone Cold Steve Austin has been declared by Vince McMahon to be the company’s most profitable wrestler in history.
21 belts, including 6 WWF Championships, help him hit #7 on the list, but even more memorable are endorsements from men such as Ric Flair, who said Stone Cold was “the biggest star in the history of the WWE.”
Only some horrific knee and neck injuries were able to get him to stop wrestling, but he has since then seen some success as an actor.
#6: Shawn Michaels – Other ring names: Heartbreak Kid, HBK and Sean Michaels

Easily a top 10 on any list such as this one, Shawn Michaels has been the main event at WrestleMania five times and is one of the few Grand Slam Champions. A 4-time World Champion, he has also won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Match of the Year Award a record 11 times!
If you were to disagree with us that he deserves this spot on the list, the Heartbreak Kid would knock you out with some Sweet Chin Music like a boss.
#5: André the Giant – Other ring names: Giant Machine and Monster Eiffel Tower

7’4″, 520lbs… a true giant. He was called “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and has been rumored to have essentially made Hulk Hogan his bitch on road trips together.
It is claimed that André drank in excess of 150 beers on one occasion and over 100 beers on several occasions. His alcohol tolerance – it took two bottles of vodka to make him feel ‘warm’ – was used by an anesthesiologist as a guideline prior to surgery.
When the WWF created the Hall of Fame in 1993, Andre the Giant was the only inductee that year.
#4: Bret The Hit Man Hart

“The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” Arguably the greatest technical wrestler in the history of pro wrestling, he may have been the most popular wrestler in the world during the mid-1990s.
Of the 32 championship belts this Canadian pro wrestler has held in five decades, seven were World Championships. He was voted the Pro Wrestling Illustrated greatest wrestler of 1993 and 1994.
As the top submission specialist ever in pro wrestling, the Hit Man’s Sharpshooter was feared around the world!
#3: Hulk Hogan – Other ring names: The Super Destroyer, Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Terry Boulder, Mr. America, Rip, Thunderlips, Sterling Golden and The Hulkster

The man simply needs no introduction. A 12-time World Champion (6x WWF/E and 6x WCW) with some of the longest reigns in history. Massive feuds with many of the other wrestlers on our list. Dominant in the sport of pro wrestling since the 70s.
If you don’t know who Hulk Hogan is you’ve probably never watched pro wrestling. Ever.
#2: Dwayne The Rock Johnson

Another man who needs no introduction.
After winning a national championship in football with the Miami Hurricanes in 1991, Dwayne Johnson took up pro wrestling! Both his grandfather and father were professional wrestlers, so The Rock became the first ever third-generation pro wrestler in the history of the WWF. From there, he won 10 World Championships (8x WWF/E, 2x WCW), while actively pursuing his acting career (obviously).
He holds the record for being the highest paid actor in his first starring role in The Scorpion King. A few of his other movies – in case you’ve been living under a rock – have been The Rundown, Walking Tall, Gridiron Gang, Doom, The Other Guys, Faster, Fast Five, Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6. You can be sure he’ll be in more movies to come, including the upcoming Hercules (which looks completely bad ass) and Fast & Furious 7.
The Rock has easily had the most success as a pro wrestler going into acting.
#1: The Undertaker – Other ring names: Master of Pain, Mean Mark Callous, Texas Red, The Punisher, The Last Outlaw, The Phenom, The Deadman, Taker, The American Bad Ass, Big Evil, The Demon of Death Valley and Lord of Darkness

For the last 30 years, The Undertaker has brought fear into the hearts of millions. 21 consecutive WrestleMania victories, 8 World Championships, 7 Tag Team Championships and even a WWF Hardcore Championship!
He literally almost killed Mick Foley during a ‘Hell in a Cell’ cage match we outlined earlier. The Undertaker’s path of destruction in the world of pro wrestling is unmatched and likely will never be matched. The Tombstone Piledriver followed by a RIP pin would even finish off an immortal if need be!
The Undertaker is also connected to several specialty matches (i.e. Casket and Buried Alive matches), which is just another reason of many why his significance is unmatched in pro wrestling.
 
And that wraps up our list of the top 15 pro wrestlers of all time. If you want to take a spot on this list, feel free to challenge them!