Fans have always debated who the best WWE wrestler of all time is. However, it is a subjective question as it brings about many different opinions, as the diversity of the fan base is enormous.
Over the last 60-plus years, WWE has given its audiences many larger-than-life characters that choosing the top 20 is difficult. Therefore, let’s dive into the article and learn about the best WWE wrestlers.
Most Popular WWE Wrestlers in 2023
If you are into WWE, you must consider the top 10 wrestlers. Below is an accumulated list of wrestlers who are the best in their field. The list below includes the best WWE wrestlers of all time who are retired and those still in wrestling.
Top 10 Male WWE Wrestlers of All Time
Undertaker has entertained generations of WWE fans for a quarter of a century with his undying supernatural gimmick. Under a mask, Undertaker wrestled his life’s first match in 1987. The match was for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW).
In this match, he defeated bruiser Brody at the Dallas Spectatorial. Hence he started his career in 1990, which ended in 2020. Therefore he has wrestled in WWE for 30 years. He is the tallest WWE wrestler of all time.
Some of his achievements include:
- In 1989, he won the title of the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship and the WSWA Texas Heavyweight Championship.
- He grabbed the WWF Championship titles four times (1991, 1997, 1999, and 2002)
- He also won the World Heavyweight Championships of 2007, 2008, and 2009.
- In 2001, he was the WWF Hardcore Championship.
- At the WWF Tag Team Championship, he received the title six times along with Stone Cold, Big Show, The Rock, and Kane.
- In 2020, he grabbed the Tuwaiq Mountain Trophy.
2. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels is a famous retired American professional wrestler. He is widely known as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He has been given a lot of nicknames like “The Heartbreak Kid”, “The Showstopper,” and “Mr. WrestleMania.”
After dropping out of Southwest Texas State University, he started his professional wrestling debut in October 1984. Michaels became the most popular wrestler in the WWE by the end of 1995. Shawn Michaels had a five-year mid-career retirement in 1998, followed by a second retirement in 2010.
- He won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship 3 times.
- He also won the World Heavyweight Championship once.
- Three times, he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship.
- He also won the WWF European Championship.
- With Triple H, he won the WWE Tag Team Championship.
- He won the WWF/World Tag Team Championship 5 times.
- He was the champion of the Royal Rumble (1995, 1996), the First Grand Slam Champion, and the Fourth Triple Crown Champion.
3. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Steven James Anderson is widely known by his in-ring name “Stone Cold”. Besides being a former professional wrestler, Steve Austin is an American actor and television host. In all the platforms of professional wrestling, Cold Steve Austin has been considered one of the most fantastic in-ring performers.
He started his career in WWE in January 1996 as Ted DiBiase’s “Million Dollar Champion.” He debuted as “The Ringmaster” and defeated Savio Vega in the WrestleMania contest. He remained active within the WWE for eight years.
- Stone Cold has won the WCW World Television Champion two times.
- He is also a two-time winner of the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.
- Stone Cold has also won WCW World Tag Team Champion with Brian Pillman.
- Brian Pillman is a one-time NWA World Tag Team Champion.
- Austin has won WWE Champion six times.
- He also won a two-time WWE Intercontinental Championship and a one-time Million Dollar Champion.
- He is a four-time WWF Tag Team Champion with Michaels, Dude Love, The Undertaker, and Triple H.
- He also won the King of the Ring winner in 1996 and the Royal Rumble(1997, 1998, 2001).
4. The Rock
The Rock made his career in World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1996 as Rocky Maivia. His remarkable combination of size, speed, agility, and microphone skills, made him pretty successful in his career. Johnson was under WWF/E for eight years before he turned his attention towards acting.
- Johnson has won a total of 17 championships in WWE. Out of this, which ten as the world champion?
- He earned the 6th Triple Crown Championship in the history of WWE and won the Royal Rumble in 2000.
- For his acting skill in The Mummy Returns, he was awarded the Teen Choice Award.
- Besides this, he has also received 9 Slammy awards, including “Game Changer Of the Year” for 2011, “Match Of the Year” and “The Best Actor” for 2013.
- In 2013, he also won the Favorite “Male Butt Kicker Award” at Kid’s Choice.
5. Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho debuted in WWE in the summer of 1999. Within two years of his career, he won multiple titles. He has been awarded as the first-ever Undisputed Champion in professional wrestling history.
However, in 2018 he left WWE, which put an end to his two-decade-long WWE career. After that, he worked on the NJPW and the independent circuit before he joined the AEW in 2019.
- Chris Jericho has been the Undisputed WWE Champion once, a World Heavyweight Champion three times, and WCW/World Champion twice.
- He was awarded three Slammy Awards, namely Superstar of the Year (2008), Tag Team of the Year with Big Show (2009), and Extreme Moment of the Year (2014).
- In 2010, he was invited to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.
6. Daniel Bryan
Danielson started his wrestling career in 1999 on the independent circuit. Here he signed an 18-month contract with the World Wrestling Federation. He is widely known for his time in WWE, working from 2009 to 2021 as Daniel Bryan. He resigned from WWE in 2021 and signed a contract with AEW. (Source)
- Bryan has won the one-time World Heavyweight Championship.
- Bryan is also the four-time winner of the WWE Championship.
- He is a one-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- He is also a former WWE Tag Team Champion with Kane.
- Bryan has also won a one-time WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champion with Rowan.
- Bryan won a one-time WWE United States Champion.
7. C.M. Punk
On August 1, 2006, Punk made his T.V. wrestling debut at the Hammerstein Ballroom, where he defeated Justin Credible. In 2014 he retired from professional wrestling. After much speculation, he joined AEW in 2021. Since then, he went on to become a two-time AEW World Champion.
In 2005, he signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and won the WWE Championship twice. He also won the World Heavyweight Championship three times, the Intercontinental Championship, and the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once each.
8. Ric Flair
Ric Flair is considered a legend in the field of professional wrestling. His career spanned over 40 years, winning world titles in NWA, WWE, WCW, etc.
- He won the NWA Hall of Fame once.
- He also won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship three times.
- He also won the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship thrice.
- He was the winner of the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship.
- He was the winner of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship ten times.
- He also won NWA World Tag Team Championship thrice.
- He was also the winner of the WWE Triple Crown Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
9. John Cena
John Cena is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers. He has also been compared to Ric Flair for his number of world championship reigns in professional wrestling history. Cena’s first match in WWE was against Kurt Angle on June 27, 2002, where he lost. However, soon he was able to get his status back.
Being a 16-time world champion, Cena has won the WWE Championship 13 times, setting a record. Besides this, he has also won WWE United States Championship five times. He is also a four-time world tag team champion, a two-time Royal Rumble winner, and a Money in the Bank winner once. He has also been seen in multiple major WWE pay-per-view events, which included the flagship event, WrestleMania, five times.
10. Randy Orton
Randal Keith Orton is a famous American professional wrestler and actor who has signed up with WWE. Being a 14th World Champion and a Grand Slam Champion, Orton is regarded as one of the best wrestlers of their generation.
- He won the OVW Hardcore Championship, WWE Raw Tag Team Championship, and Royal Rumble Winner twice.
- He has won the WWE Championship ten times.
- He is also the winner of the World Heavyweight Championship four times.
- He won the World Intercontinental Championship, World United States Championship, World Tag Team Championship, WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship, and Money in the Bank.
Top 10 Female WWE Wrestlers
1. Manami Toyota
Manami Toyota is a famous retired Japanese professional wrestler regarded as the most outstanding female wrestler ever. Manami Toyota made her career in wrestling on August 5, 1987, at 16.
She started with a singles match against Sachiko Nakamura. Manami Toyota’s retirement was announced at just 46 years, which brought Toyota’s thirty-year career to an end.
Toyota won her first match on November 1989 after defeating Mika Takahashi for the AJW Championship. She grabbed the title three times, including one defense against her future rival Kyoko Inoue before she vacated it on September 1.
2. Aja Kong
Aja Kong is an unforgettable name in WWE. Her face is covered in red and blue warpaint, and her gloved hands show strength. She has dominated Japanese women’s wrestling for years, grabbing multiple titles and esteem. Kong started her career in WWE in the mid-’90s by breaking Chaparrita Asari’s nose. She started her career in 1986 when she was just 16.
In 2021, she retired from professional wrestling and was inducted into the Impact Hall of Fame. For much of her career, Kong spent with AJW, where she compiled some of the greatest matches. Her battles with Bull Nakano, Manami Toyota, and Dynamite Kansai were pure, violent, fun, and engaging to viewers.
Being a four-time WWE Women’s Champion, Lita debuted in June 2002 and won the WWE Women’s Championship. She was able to hold twice in her wrestling career.
The entire WWE was shocked when Lita announced she was leaving the company once her contract terminated in late 2006. She is one of the WWE Hall of fame wrestlers.
Some of her achievements include:
- WWE Hall of Fame – 2014.
- WWF/WWE Women’s Championship
- WWE Women’s Championship Tournament Winner.
- PWI Woman of the Year in 2001.
- PWI Feud of the Year in 2005.
- PWR Diva of the Year in 2006.
- American Chronicle’s Female of the Year 2006.
4. Meiko Satomura
Meiko Satomura is a Japanese professional wrestler who has recently signed with the American promotion of WWE. She performs on the NXT brand and the Japanese promotion Sendai Girls’ Pro Wrestling.
She started her outstanding career in the fastest-growing brand in sports entertainment at age 15. Her career has spanned over four decades.
She had won the title of NXT UK Women’s Champion once. Satomura has also grabbed championships in STARDOM, KO-D, AAW, and of course, the NXT UK title, which she had held for 441 days.
Her skills and talent in the industry have allowed her to face off with some of the best names in the business, like Aja Kong, Emi Sakura, Nyla Rose, Hikaru Shida, and Io Shirai.
Asuka is one of the most dynamic women present in WWE currently. Her unmatchable striking ability and her unbearable move set make her unique. Besides this, she is one of the most versatile superstars in WWE and is no less than popular compared to other wrestlers.
In 2015, Asuka signed a developmental deal with WWE, after which she became the first Japanese wrestler with the company in over 20 years. She held the NXT Women’s title for 510 days on NXT, the longest reign. She is one of the hottest WWE female wrestlers.
- She has won the WWE Raw Women’s Championship two times.
- She once won the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship and the NXT Women’s Championship.
- She won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship twice with Kairi Sane and Charlotte Flair each.
- She also won Royal Rumble, Money in the Bank, Grand Slam Champion, and Triple Crown Champion.
- She was also the winner of the Mixed Match Challenge.
- She received the WWE Year End Awards once.
- She was awarded the NXT Year End Awards three times.
- He was announced as the Female Competitor of the Year along with overall Competitor of the Year (2017)
6. Kairi Sane
In 2017, she made an entry in the Mae Young Classic. She defeated Shayna Baszler in September and won the tournament. Once she signed with WWE, she began working for NXT, where she was named Kairi Sane.
- She has won the Artist of Stardom Championship four times.
- Three times, she has won the Goddess of Stardom Championship.
- She also won the Wonder of Stardom Championship, World of Stardom Championship, NXT Women’s Championship, WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, and Mae Young Classic.
7. Sasha Banks
Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado, also known as Sasha Banks, is an American professional wrestler and actor signed with WWE, a grand slam champion. She is widely known for her work with WWE. She started her career in WWE in 2012.
- She is the winner of the WWE RAW Women’s Championship five times.
- She has also won the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship once.
- She is also WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion three times.
- She has also won the WWE NXT Women’s Champion, RWC No Limitz Championship, Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship, and WWE Championship.
8. Toni Storm
Toni Rossall is a New Zealand-Australian professional WWE wrestler. She is famous for her work with Stardom and NXT UK. She is known by the name Toni Storm. She is now signed with AEW, where she is the current interim AEW Women’s Champion in her first reign.
- Toni is the winner of the AAW Women’s Championship, Interim AEW Women’s Championship, RAW Women’s Championship, IPW Australian Women’s Championship, PWAQ Women’s Championship, PWAQ Women’s Underground Championship, Progress Women’s Championship, SWA World Championship, World of Stardom Championship, Mae Young Classic, NXT UK Women’s Championship.
- She has also won the wXw Women’s Championship twice.
9. Beth Phoenix
Elizabeth Copeland is an American professional wrestler and a color commentator signed with WWE. Phoenix is widely known for her work with the WWE. Besides being a former Divas and Women’s Champion, she is a WWE Hall of Famer.
- She won the FNW Cruiserweight Championship, Glory Championship, OVW Women’s Championship, WWE Divas Championship, and WWE Hall of Fame.
- She has also won the WWE Women’s Championship thrice.
10. Sensational Sherri
Her professional wrestling career started in the Mid-South after training in Columbia, South Carolina. In the mid-1980s, she joined the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and held its AWA World Women’s Championship three times. She later joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where she grabbed the WWE Women’s Championship.
In the WWF, Martel continued to serve as a manager to wrestlers such as Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, and Shawn Michaels. You can find her appearing in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the 1990s.
Frequently Asked Questions:
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Therefore, these were the list of the 20 best WWE Wrestlers. Thanks to all these legends who have made our childhood special. The craze of WWE might have reduced a bit these days. However, the impact it used to have on the generations is unforgettable. WWE was one of the best things that ever happened to keep the audiences entertained.
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