Famous 20th Century Wrestlers

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 1 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson
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Famous As: Actor, Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States

A renowned former wrestler with numerous titles under his belt, Dwayne Johnson initially wanted to be a football player but an injury turned him towards wrestling. He soon entered the world of acting, experienced phenomenal success in television and films and became the highest earning male actor in the world.

 2 The Undertaker

The Undertaker
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is currently signed to WWE. In a career spanning over three decades, he has clinched the world heavyweight championship seven times. He has appeared in a few films and TV shows as well. In 2004, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

 3 André the Giant

André the Giant
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, France
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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 4 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States

Former American professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan, is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world. He had a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He has also acted in several movies. However, he has been accused of being a racist and a homophobic and a leaked sex tape involving him created quite a stir.

 5 Chyna

Chyna
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Chyna was a professional wrestler, pornographic actress, bodybuilder, and glamour model. The first woman to take part in WWF's Royal Rumble match, Chyna set an important precedent as a powerful and dominant wrestler to the future female wrestlers. With victories over many popular male wrestlers, she was deemed the most dominant female wrestler of all time.

 6 Randy Orton

Randy Orton
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Randy Orton is an American professional wrestler. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers ever, Orton has 14 world championship victories under his belt, only behind Ric Flair and John Cena. His bad boy image and distinctive wrestling style have inspired several young wrestlers all over the world.

 7 Vincent McMahon

Vincent McMahon
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Famous As: CEO of WWE
Birthdate: August 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pinehurst, North Carolina, United States

Vincent Kennedy McMahon is a professional wrestling promoter, currently serving as WWE's chairman and CEO. Often regarded as the most influential person in the history of professional wrestling, McMahon is credited with popularizing WWE. Also a well-known philanthropist, McMahon donated more than $8 million in 2008, giving grants to the Sacred Heart University, Fishburne Military School, and East Carolina University.

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 8 Bill Goldberg

Bill Goldberg
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tulsa

Professional wrestler and former football player. Bill Goldberg, is currently signed to WWE on a part-time deal. A very popular figure in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he has wrestled for many promotions and is best known for his stint with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.  

 9 Kane

Kane
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz

Kane is an American wrestler, actor, businessman, politician, and author. Apart from being the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, Kane is also one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era throughout the late-1990s and early-2000s. He is regarded by some as the best wrestler of his generation.

 10 Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: November 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhasset, New York, United States

Chris Jericho is a professional wrestler, entrepreneur, actor, and musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers ever, Jericho is also one of the most recognized WWE superstars in the history of the wrestling promotion. Apart from wrestling, Jericho is a also famous singer, currently serving as the lead singer for Fozzy, a heavy metal band.

 11 Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas
Died: November 13, 2005

Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler. At the time of his death at age 38, Guerrero left a legacy and impact as one of the most beloved wrestlers and an inspiration to several future wrestlers. Considered one of the greatest in-ring performers ever, Guerrero was renowned for his technical skills and ability to entertain the audience with his gimmicks.

 12 Big Show

Big Show
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Famous As: WWE Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aiken, South Carolina

Big Show is a professional wrestler. Known for his large frame and athleticism, Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He has won several world championships in WWE. Big Show's large frame is attributed to a condition called acromegaly, which he used to his advantage and established himself in the wrestling world.

 13 Roddy Piper

Roddy Piper
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: July 31, 2015

Canadian professional wrestler, amateur boxer, and actor, Roddy Piper, is best remembered for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).  He headlined multiple PPV events and hosted the popular WWF interview segment Piper's Pit. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. He also appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 14 Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: July 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arizona, United States

Retired professional wrestler, actor, and television presenter, Shawn Michaels, is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. He is a four-time world champion and two-time Royal Rumble winner. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. Besides wrestling, he has appeared in a few films and TV shows.

 15 Rocky Johnson

Rocky Johnson
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
Died: January 15, 2020

The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.

 16 Oscar Gutierrez

Oscar Gutierrez
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chula Vista, California, United States
Wrestler Oscar Gutierrez, better known by his stage name, Rey Mysterio, was trained by Rey Misterio, Sr. He was initially known as “La Lagartija Verde" and "The Green Lizard.” He popularized his signature high-flying lucha libre style and the 619 Kick. He currently plays for the SmackDown brand, under WWE

 17 Randy Savage

Randy Savage
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: May 20, 2011
Macho Man Randy Savage, the WWF and WCW legend, had won 29 championships with 11 titles. Fans loved him for his over-the-top wrestling outfits, his catch phrase, "Oooh yeah!,” and his entrance music, Pomp and Circumstance. He was also a talented rapper and had appeared in many films and series. 

 18 AJ Lee

AJ Lee
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: March 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Union City, New Jersey, United States
April Jeanette Mendez, better known by her ring name AJ Lee, is best known for her stint with WWE. She is a three-time Divas champion and won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year twice. She has also written a bestselling memoir and is also quite popular on Instagram.

 19 Shane McMahon

Shane McMahon
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 15, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
Entrepreneur and wrestler Shane McMahon is the son of WWE CEO Vince McMahon and wrestling performer and politician Linda McMahon. Shane heads Ideanomics as its vice-chairman and is a minority owner of WWE. He was previously the CEO of YOU On Demand. He has won several titles as a wrestler.

 20 Mick Foley

Mick Foley
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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: June 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomington, Indiana, United States

Mick Foley is an American author, actor, and retired professional wrestler. Widely considered one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time, Foley played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era during the late-1990s. Also a well-known humanitarian, Foley's philanthropic work is centered around children; he often participates in Make-a-Wish Foundation events and makes surprise visits to children’s hospitals.

 21 Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura
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Famous As: Politician, Wrestler
Birthdate: July 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

WWE legend Jesse Ventura, known by his ring name “The Body,” also served as the mayor of Brooklyn from 1991 to 1995 and as the governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He had previously served the U.S. Navy. He has also appeared in films and written several books.

 22 James Hellwig

James Hellwig
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: June 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Died: April 8, 2014

WWF legend James Hellwig was better known as The Ultimate Warrior and the Dingo Warrior and won the WWF Heavyweight Championship once and the Intercontinental Championship twice. Following his retirement, he became a public speaker. Shortly before his death, he was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame.

 23 Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen
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Famous As: Mixed Martial Artist
Birthdate: April 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Linn, Oregon, United States

Chael Sonnen is a retired mixed martial artist. He is also a submission grappling promoter and mixed martial arts (MMA) analyst. He began his mixed martial arts career in 1997 and soon became a top contender in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has also made a few film appearances. 

 24 Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista
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Famous As: Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Former professional wrestler, Dave Bautista, is a four time World Heavyweight Champion and two time WWE Champion. The WWE legend has also ventured in the entertainment industry and proved his acting capabilities with blockbuster movies like Guardians of the Galaxy film series and Avengers: Infinity War. His other notable films include House of the Rising Sun and Blade Runner 2049.

 25 Sable

Sable
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 8, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 26 Maryse Ouellet

Maryse Ouellet
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 27 Asuka

Asuka
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan

 28 Miss Elizabeth

Miss Elizabeth
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: November 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 1, 2003

 29 Mark Henry

Mark Henry
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Powerlifter
Birthdate: June 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: ilsbee, Texas, United States

Mark Henry is an American powerlifter, strongman, Olympic weightlifter, and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearance in WWE, where he was often referred to as the world's strongest man. In 2018, he was made an inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. A three-time USA National Weightlifting Champion, Henry holds several weightlifting records.

 30 Randy Couture

Randy Couture
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States

Randy Couture is a former U.S. Army sergeant and retired mixed martial artist. He currently works as an actor. He began his career as an army man and later turned to mixed martial arts. In this field, he was a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. After quitting UFC, he became an actor and starred in the hit film The Hard Way. 

 31 Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States

 32 Dusty Rhodes

Dusty Rhodes
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Famous As: professional wrestler, screenwriter
Birthdate: October 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Austin
Died: June 11, 2015

 33 Maria Menounos

Maria Menounos
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 34 Owen Hart

Owen Hart
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Died: May 23, 1999
Owen Hart, also known as “The Golden Nugget” and “Blue Blazer,” was part of the Hart wrestling family. He had won several titles, such as the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. He died in an equipment malfunction accident at the 1999 WWF Over the Edge.

 35 Eric Esch

Eric Esch
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 36 Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lenexa, Kansas, United States

 37 Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auchi, Nigeria

 38 Chris Benoit

Chris Benoit
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007

Often regarded as one of the best wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit was known for putting his body on the line to create a greater impact than most of his fellow wrestlers. One of his popular moves, a diving headbutt, was cited as one of the reasons for his deteriorating mental health that eventually resulted in his suicide.

 39 John Morrison

John Morrison
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 40 Kenny Omega

Kenny Omega
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: October 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Transcona, Winnipeg, Canada

Kenny Omega is the ring name of Tyson Smith, a Canadian-born professional wrestler. He had a successful tenure in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) after which he joined All Elite Wrestling (AEW), in which he is an executive vice president as well. He also appears in Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Impact Wrestling. He considers himself straight edge. 

 

 41 Zelina Vega

Zelina Vega
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.

 42 Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ayr, Scotland, England

 43 Adam Cole

Adam Cole
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: July 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

 44 Bobby Roode

Bobby Roode
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: January 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto

 45 Yokozuna

Yokozuna
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Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: October 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 23, 2000

 46 Frank Mir

Frank Mir
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 47 Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plum, Pennsylvania, United States

 48 Sean Waltman

Sean Waltman
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Podcaster
Birthdate: July 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis

 49 Jimmy Snuka

Jimmy Snuka
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Famous As: Wrestlers
Birthdate: May 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fiji
Died: January 15, 2017

 50 Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarsdale, New York, USA