Ever since it was founded by Jess McMahon in 1952, the WWE has been a source of entertainment, drama, action, and humor to millions of people from across the globe. However, while it’s true that the enterprise is well run and organized, WWE would have never amassed so much popularity were it not for the brave men and women who show up every week to compete for various matches and titles. Today, we will celebrate the ten best WWE stars of all time in no particular order.

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s aura as a wrestler was impeccable. With an entrance music titled “I won’t do what you tell me,” the legendary wrestler embraced being an anti-hero. Some of his famous feuds were with Vince McMahon, Triple H, the Rock, and even the Undertaker. Interestingly, of all the competitors mentioned, Stone Cold had the highest and longest peak.

Stone Cold was such a massive WWE superstar that he made pouring beer on your face look cool and single-handedly popularized Monday Night Wars. The WWE still sells some of his merch today, including the Austin 3:16 t-shirts.

2. The Rock

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got into the WWE in 1996 and has crafted what many would consider the perfect career path ever since. The Rock became a household name during his first stint at the WWE, from 1996 to 2004. His massive muscles and the funny eyebrow raise made him popular among fans. He was also very good at trash talk. His character was meant to be hated, but the exact opposite happened. Today, The Rock is a renowned actor with tens of major awards and recognitions.

3. John Cena

John Cena has been arguably the face of the WWE for the past decade. Many people didn’t like him during his first few years, but as time passed, fans began embracing his character. Unlike Stone Cold Steve Austin, Cena plays the role of a true hero.

He has a friendly way of wrestling, and his Make-a-Wish foundation has made him even more popular outside the ring. There is no doubt that John Cena is a talented wrestler, which has seen him compete with WWE icons like AJ Styles and Shawn Micheals.

4. The Undertaker

WWE sold Undertaker’s story so well that many kids believed he rose from the dead. Being one of the most decorated WWE superstars, The Undertaker’s aura will never be forgotten. From his finisher move the Chokeslam to appearing out of nowhere mid-matches, The Undertaker made a lot of money for the WWE.

He also had some fantastic feuds, especially with the coffin matches. Interestingly, The Undertaker wasn’t always a star. If anything, when he started out in the 1990s, he was a mid-level wrestler. Through hard work and consistency, The Undertaker saw his fame rise in the 2000s, reaching an all-time peak. He fought alongside Kane for a very long time before becoming archenemies.

5. The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels

Whenever Shawn Michaels stepped into the ring, everyone eagerly awaited his finisher move – the Sweet Chin Music! The wrestling icon did extraordinary things for the WWE throughout his career, earning him superstar tags such as Mr. WrestleMania.

Shawn Micheals wasn’t afraid of picking fights with anyone, big or small. He had feuds with the Undertaker, Mankind, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Vader. As such, the iconic wrestler had the best of both worlds in WWE. During the 90s, he was the young and arrogant Heartbreak Kid with an entrance song called “Sexy Boy.” In the 2000s, he grew into a wise WWE veteran that youngsters would look up to.

6. Brock Lesnar

Although many fans do not accord Brock Lesnar the respect he deserves, he is undeniably one of the greats of the WWE. Brock fought in many interesting matches, including The No Mercy Hell in a Cell fight with the Undertaker in 2002. He also fought with The Rock at SummerSlam the same year and won the Royal Rumble in 2003.

7. Triple H

Together with Shawn Micheals, Triple H created one of the most popular factions in WWE history – the D-Generation X. Having been in the WWE for two decades, Triple H left an indelible mark within and outside this organization.

He will be remembered for feuding with big names such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and Dave Bautista. The Game was physically fit and quickly overcame injuries. He was so good that the McMahon family brought him into the managerial aspect of WWE.

8. Ric Flair

Most WWE fans would remember Ric Flair from WrestleMania 24, where he retired after fighting Shawn Micheals; it was one of the most emotional WWE fights of all time. Before that, Ric Flair had a very lucrative career at the WWE. He wasn’t the biggest or smallest but was very good at selling his fights. Ric won many championships, such as the World Tag Team Championship, WWE Intercontinental Championship, and was a two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion.

9. Randy Orton

The Viper, Randy Orton, has won more titles than many wrestlers in the WWE. He holds the record for having the third-most world championship victories after John Cena and Ric Flair. The Viper has a ferocious way of fighting and is not afraid of cheating in matches.

Randy Orton has been part of many successful stables, including The Authority with Triple H, Kane, Big Show, and Seth Rollins, and Evolution with Bautista, Triple H, and Ric Flair.

10. Roman Reigns

For a long time, Roman Reigns flew under the radar of the greatest wrestlers in WWE. But after being declared the Tribal Chief in 2020, Roman’s career began to soar, and he became the WWE Universal Champion. This didn’t come easy; he had to overcome rivals such as Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar, and Kevin Owens. On the other hand, he had trusted allies in Dean Ambrose and The Usos, with whom they have created a faction called The Bloodline.

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Last Update: June 13, 2024