Undertaker, Lesnar, Cena, Reigns, Orton, Rock: The 100 best WWE stars of all time ranked

Throughout the years, WWE has had some of the very best step through its doors, ranging from Bret Hart, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels to The Undertaker, The Rock and Hulk Hogan.

That’s without even looking at the wrestlers on the current WWE roster, with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and even John Cena, if you still count him, being right up there.

Due to the sheer volume of talent, ranking the 100 best wrestlers of all time is always going to be a tricky task, but that’s exactly what the team at Midrange have done.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right into their list and look at who has been ranked as the top 100 wrestlers of all time.

100. Jeff Jarrett

Jeff Jarrett has been voted as the 100th best WWE Superstar ever

A WWE Hall of Famer, and multi-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, his career started out hot, but he failed to reach the heights he probably could have.


99. Goldust

There’s no denying that fans won’t be forgetting Goldust anytime soon. In the eyes of some, he massively overachieved with his gimmick, while others believe he could have done more.


98. Hangman Adam Page

The former AEW World Champion was one of the most popular babyfaces in wrestling for a good period of last year.


97. Jimmy Snuka

Nicknamed “Superfly” for a reason, Jimmy Snuka has influenced a lot of the high-flyers we see in wrestling today.


96. Nick Bockwinkel

He may not have reached the heights of WWE/WWF/WWWF, but there’s no denying that Nick Bockwinkel is one of the best technical wrestlers ever, and a worthy entry onto the list.


95. Magnum TA

Doing the majority of his work with the NWA and Jim Crockett Promotions, Magnum TA was earmarked for big things, but a horror car accident in 1986 forced him into early retirement.


94. Arn Anderson

Arn knew his role and played it well. The proud owner of the best Spinebuster in wrestling. Seriously, if you haven’t seen one, go and check it out right now. They were special.


93. Sid Vicious

Undeniably a successful wrestler, Sid Vicious held world titles in both WWE and WCW and had big WrestleMania feuds, including one with The Undertaker.


92. Bam Bam Bigelow

Probably one of the best and most agile big men in WWE history, there’s no denying that Bam Bam probably didn’t get a fair go of things in WWE.


91. Sean Waltman

Always a very solid hand in the ring, Sean’s size, and also perhaps his attitude, probably got in the way of him doing more in both WWE and WCW.


90. Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods is the 90th best wrestler in WWE history

Xavier Woods is an incredible wrestler and an incredibly charismatic character to go with that, as well as a business mind as seen with his UpUpDownDown ventures. He really has it all.


89. Tito Santana

Another very solid mid-carder who knew his role, and to his credit, performed it to the best of his ability.


88. Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy was always a solid hand (and still is), and was part of some of the most industry-changing matches in WWE history alongside his brother Jeff in the early 2000s.


87. Michael Hayes

Like many other names to feature on this list, Michael Hayes had bags of charisma, but promotions he worked for never saw that as enough to push him as their top guy.


86. Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn has the ability to do comedy segments, as well as have five-star matches, that’s rare. It’s no wonder WWE made such a strong play to keep him around when his deal came up last year.


85. Ted DiBiase

Ted DiBiase was one of the best characters in WWE during the 1980s, and he played his role to absolute perfection.


84. Christian

Christian is the 84th best wrestlers in WWE history

Like Matt Hardy, struggled to thrive as a singles star after the break-up of his tag team, and always seemed in the shadows of Edge. Now getting his flowers in AEW.


83. Ron Simmons

Damn.

Did have some highs during his wrestling run, but not enough to earn him a spot higher up on this list.


82. Nikita Koloff

The blueprint for the classic ‘foreign heel’ gimmick that wrestling companies across the world still love to adopt, Nikita Koloff was one scary dude.


81. Nick Jackson

One of the best tag team wrestlers of his generation, and a handy singles one when given the opportunity. Nick is a hugely influential figure within wrestling with his work with AEW.


80. Matt Jackson

Ditto.


79. Larry Zybysko

Larry Zybysko, in every sense of the world, truly was consistency personified. A standout all-around wrestler.


78. Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre has been voted the 78th best wrestler in WWE history

Drew McIntyre finally started to realise his potential during his second stint in WWE, which started in 2017. Two-time World Champion and one of the company’s top stars.


77. Hawk

Hawk was part of one of the best tag teams ever, as part of The Road Animals. Lacked a proper singles run to earn him a spot higher on the list.


76. Davey Boy Smith

Davey Boy Smith was underrated. His match with Bret Hart at SummerSlam 1992 is simply magic. Unfortunately, his personal demons took him away far before his time.


75. Cesaro

Cesaro was seriously underrated during his time with WWE, which came to an unexpected end this year. Do we need to say anymore?


74. MVP

An underrated wrestler and a fantastic promo. During his most recent run with WWE, MVP turned himself into one of the best managers in current day wrestlers.


73. JBL

His transformation from Bradshaw into WWE Champion JBL was one of the best gimmick changes in WWE history.


72. Mr. Perfect

Mr. Perfect/Curt Hennig was a truly fantastic wrestler, whose character unfortunately never reached the heights it could have due to injuries and substance issues.


71. Samoa Joe

Less so for his work in WWE, and more for the things he did beforehand in ROH and IMPACT Wrestling. Samoa Joe was (and still is) seriously good.


70. Mark Henry

Shot himself higher up the list with his fantastic ‘Hall of Pain’ gimmick and run as World Heavyweight Champion in 2011. Mark Henry was an incredibly versatile performer.


69. Big E

Was rewarded for several years of fantastic work both in the ring and on the mic with a run as WWE Champion last year. Big E will hopefully be right back there when he recovers from his broken neck.


68. Dean Malenko

Dean Malenko was a fantastic wrestler during his day, but if we’re being honest, he lacked any sort of charisma to make it to the top of wrestling.


67. Shinsuke Nakamura

Shinsuke Nakamura has been voted as the 67th best wrestler in WWE history

Shinsuke’s work with NJPW and CV of matches can stand up against anyone in wrestling. Joined WWE when he was done with the strong-style matches, and fair play to him for that.


66. Owen Hart

Owen Hart was taken far too soon after his tragic accident in 1999. Before his passing, he was one of the best wrestlers on WWE’s roster. He deserved a world title run.


65. Brian Pillman

Again, another wrestler taken far too soon. Brian Pillman was one of the most unique and under-appreciated wrestlers during his time.


64. Rob Van Dam

On his day, Rob Van Dam was one of the best in the world.


63. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler’s biggest downfall is that WWE knows he’ll always make his opponents look good, often at his own expense. Probably deserved more.


62. Bobby Lashley

Like Drew McIntyre, started to get his flowers during his second WWE run after great work in IMPACT Wrestling. He’s now viewed as one of WWE’s main eventers.


61. Yokozuna

Yokozuna was one big dude, and that’s why WWE liked him. He achieved quite a lot while working for the company.


60. The Great Muta

Due to doing little work in America, it’s hard to rank Muta any higher, but he did some tremendous work in Japan during his career.


59. Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens is the 59th best WWE Superstar ever

A fantastic promo, a fantastic wrestler, and more important than both of those, a fantastic guy. Kevin Owens is exactly the type of WWE should be looking for, but he’s a rare find.


58. Vader

A brilliant big man wrestler. Vader’s opponents looked like they were in serious pain whenever he stepped in the ring with him, and that’s the ultimate aim, right?


57. Sheamus

Sheamus proved with his work in 2020 and 2021, with regular bangers on TV each week, that he still remains an incredible vital part of WWE’s roster.


56. Kenny Omega

Has a legitimate claim to be the best wrestler in the world right now. Kenny Omega will more than likely be a lot higher up on this list by the time his career has come to an end.


55. Kofi Kingston

A fantastic part of WWE’s roster for so many years, and rightly earned himself a run with the WWE Championship in 2019.


54. Jerry Lawler

While his career with WWE may not be one to write home about, his work in the territories was pretty special.


53. Braun Strowman

Tailor-made for WWE, it’s still so surprising that Braun Strowman was fired in June 2021. He seemed like a WWE-lifer.


52. DDP

A great wrestler, but his biggest accomplishment is saving the lives of several troubles wrestlers through his DDP Yoga scheme.


51. Scott Steiner

Scott’s in-ring work was pretty good, and his promos were comedy gold, even if he didn’t intend for them to be.


50. Cody Rhodes

Left WWE in 2016 to show he could be one of the best in the world, and he did just that. Cody Rhodes’ impact is clear for all to see, aiding in the formation of AEW before coming back to WWE.


49. Jon Moxley

Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose) is one of wrestling’s top stars right now, and was able to show a completely different side of himself with his work with AEW, after leaving WWE in 2019.


48. Jeff Hardy

Jeff Hardy has been ranked as the 47th best wrestler in WWE today

Jeff Hardy has been responsible for some of the most jaw-dropping moments in WWE history. He truly is a once-in-a-generation performer.


47. Barry Windham

A fantastic all-around wrestler was Barry Windham, he really was good, but he lacked a main event run to put him higher up on this list


46. Chris Benoit


45. Big Show

Big Show was able to play the role of a heel or babyface to perfection, which is no easy feat. One of WWE’s most recognisable stars ever, due to his size.


44. Kane

Like Big Show, Kane was an incredibly strong performer for WWE, and was able to be involved in main event feuds as well as comedy segments. Still the owner of the best debut in WWE history.


43. The Miz

Despite often being the but of the joke amongst WWE fans, The Miz’s CV is nothing to scoff at. He’s done everything there is to do in WWE.


42. Lex Luger

Lex Luger wasn’t a great wrestler, but he certainly wasn’t as horrendous as people make him out to be. He was a main eventer for WCW, NWA and WWE, and he’s one of the only guys who can say that.


41. Terry Funk

Terry Funk has been doing this for too long and is included in too many people’s Mount Rushmores to not earn a solid spot on this list.


40. Finn Balor

Who knows what would have happened if he didn’t get that shoulder injury in 2016? His WWE career would have certainly turned out better. He could easily be one of Vince McMahon’s top guys.


39. Batista

Batista has been voted the 39th best WWE Superstar ever

For a period, from around 2005 to 2010, Batista was one off WWE’s top stars. An incredible big man who broke out into Hollywood more than anyone expected him to.


38. Bray Wyatt

Without question, Bray Wyatt deserved more. An underrated in-ring worker, with one of the most creative minds the industry has ever seen.


37. Rey Mysterio

In the eyes of many, Rey Mysterio should probably be higher up on this list. Many see him as the best little man in wrestling history.


36. Booker T

A fantastic worker in WCW, and that translated over to WWE when the company was bought by Vince McMahon.


35. Edge

One of WWE’s top heels during the early 2000s. It’s great to see Edge continuing his great work in his 40s after coming back from retirement in 2020.


34. Ultimate Warrior

Perhaps not the best technical wrestler of all time, there’s no denying that Ultimate Warrior was incredibly popular with fans. He achieved a lot with WWE.


33. CM Punk

CM Punk has been voted as the 35th best WWE Superstar ever

The hottest property in all of wrestling after his Pipebomb in 2011, CM Punk will forever be remembered as a fantastic talker, and perhaps only now is getting his recognition as a brilliant wrestler.


32. Mick Foley

There will never be another Mick Foley. He did what he did better than anyone who came before him, and better than anyone who has come after him.


31. Roddy Piper

In the eyes of many, Roddy Piper is the best wrestler to have never won the WWE Champion. He really should have done, if we’re being honest.


30. Harley Race

A massive star in the territories, it’s not fair to judge Harley Race just on his time with WWE, as his career was pretty much winding out once he got there.


29. Jake Roberts

He may have come 29th in the list, but many people will feel as if Roberts had the potential of ranking amongst the very best that WWE has ever had.


28. Ricky Steamboat

One of the most underappreciated workers of his generation. His body of work is right up there with the very best.


27. Rick Rude

Rick’s look, as well as his ability in the ring, probably should have preppled him right to the very top of WWE. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite pan out that way.]


26. Seth Rollins

Mr. Consistent, Seth Rollins is one of WWE’s top stars, and has done pretty much all there is to do in the company since joining in 2010.


25. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns has been voted as the 25th best WWE Superstar ever

He’s currently embarking on one of the most historic world title reigns in recent wrestling history, Roman Reigns is ‘the guy’ in WWE, will undoubtedly go down as one of their GOATs.


24. Daniel Bryan

One of the best pure in-ring wrestlers of his generation, it’s such a shame that injuries robbed Daniel Bryan of such a historic title reign while at the height of his popularity in 2014.


23. Goldberg

While not the best wrestler, there’s no denying that Goldberg has a place in WCW in the late 1990s, and fans loved it. Unfortunately for him, there isn’t that same love in 2022.


22. Scott Hall

An incredibly underrated worker, Scott Hall changed the landscape of wrestling when he moved from WWE to WCW in 1996.


21. Kevin Nash

The same that was said for Scott Hall can also be said for Kevin Nash, but he was pushed slightly more as a main event singles guy, both in WCW and WWE.


20. Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero has been voted as the 20th best wrestler in WWE history

Whether a heel or a babyface, Eddie Guerrero was adored by fans across the world. Unfortunately, like some of the other names on this list, he was taken far too soon.


19. Randy Orton

When you speak to many wrestlers, they say that Randy Orton does the basics better than anyone, and is one of the best ever. There’s something to be said for that.


18. Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle took to WWE better than anyone, and whether a heel or babyface, was almost always one of WWE’s top stars, immediately from his debut.


17. AJ Styles

Not many people gave AJ Styles a chance in WWE, but less than a year after his debut, he was world champion. Very few people are smoother in the ring.


16. Dusty Rhodes

Just listen to his ‘Hard Times’ promo, and you’ll understand why he’s so high up on this list. In the eyes of some, no one connected with wrestling fans more than Dusty Rhodes.


15. Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar is one of WWE's 15 biggest stars ever

Despite being one of WWE’s top stars for the entirety of both of his stints with the company, Brock Lesnar’s work inside the ring is somehow underappreciated by fans.


14. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart

In the eyes of many, including this writer, Bret Hart should be higher than 14th. He’s probably one of the best in-ring wrestlers ever, if not the best. Injuries stopped him getting an even higher spot.


13. Triple H

Triple H has done everything there is to do in WWE, and a couple of times over at that. Behind-the-scenes too, many of the guys on top of WWE were picked and mentored by him.


12. Sting

While he may have only wrestled four matches in WWE, Sting is undoubtedly one of the best ever, and even in his 60s, is doing incredible work with AEW right now.


11. Chris Jericho

Every time you think his career may be winding down, Chris Jericho creates another gimmick that gets over with the fans and earns him a top spot. He’s truly one of the most versatile performers ever.


10. Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels is the 10th best WWE Superstar ever

Bell-to-bell, there are few WWE Superstars better than Shawn Michaels. Perhaps injuries and his own personal demons prevented him from becoming one of the undeniable all time GOATs.


9. Andre The Giant

One of the biggest WWE stars ever, Andre The Giant, at a time where the spectacle was more important than the match quality, played his role better than anyone.


8. The Undertaker

The best character WWE has ever created, The Undertaker has had some of the best matches in WWE history, and been involved in some of the best feuds too, and did so for 30 years.


7. Randy Savage

One of the best wrestlers ever who also broke out into the main stream, Macho Man is probably the last name on this list who didn’t get all of the shots he deserved, despite being incredibly successful.


6. John Cena

WWE’s franchise player for close to a decade. John Cena exceeded everyone’s expectations, and after a long and successful career in WWE, fans are starting to realise just how good he was.


5. The Rock

The Rock has been voted the 5th best wrestler in WWE history

The Rock’s full-time run in WWE spanned less than eight years, but he had such a significant impact during that period. The only man who can claim to now being bigger than the WWE brand.


4. Bruno Sammartino

Bruno Sammartino was the top guy for so long, seriously, so so long. He deserves his spot as one of the best ever.


3. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin is the third best WWE star ever

Stone Cold was involved in the best feud in WWE history, and more than anyone else, probably had the highest peak in WWE history, but injuries unfortunately caused his career to be cut short.


2. Ric Flair

It doesn’t take a genius to point out that Ric Flair is probably one of the GOATs. In fact, not probably, he definitely is. He was right at the top for so long. Not many people come close.


1. Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan is WWE's greatest ever star

Hulk Hogan printed money for WWE and turned them into the global juggernaught they are today, and did the same for WCW with the nWo. Without Hogan, wrestling arguably isn’t as big as it is now.

Taking that all into account, you won’t find too many people who laugh at the claim that Hogan is the greatest WWE Superstar of all time, for his impact alone.

 

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