List of oldest surviving professional wrestlers

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Abe Coleman celebrating his 100th birthday in 2005.

This is a list of oldest surviving professional wrestlers.

The title of the oldest verified wrestler of all time belongs to Polish-born American wrestler Abe Coleman (1905–2007), who lived 101 years, 189 days.

The oldest wrestler who is currently competing is Dave Kidney, who at the age of 81, continues to wrestle for the Scottish School of Wrestling (SSW).

List[edit]

Oldest wrestlers ever[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Abe Coleman M 101 years, 189 days 20 September 1905 28 March 2007 United States Oldest wrestler ever verified. Born in Poland.[1]
2 Angelo Savoldi M 99 years, 152 days 21 April 1914 20 September 2013 United States Last surviving veteran of the "Pioneer Era". Oldest living CAC and Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.
3 Betty Wagner F 98 years 1912–1913 3 June 2011 United States First wife and valet of Gorgeous George.
4 Dan McLeod M 98 years 1860 20 June 1958 Canada Last surviving American Heavyweight Champion and oldest living veteran of the "Farmer" Burns-Frank Gotch era.[1]
5 Ivan the Terrible M 97 years 1899 February 1996 United States [1]
6 Jack LaLanne M 96 years, 119 days 26 September 1914 23 January 2011 United States World famous fitness guru had a brief pro wrestling career in 1938.
7 Milo Steinborn M 94 years, 328 days 18 March 1894 9 February 1989 United States Born in Germany, promoted wrestling in Florida[1]
8 Andrew Tsimpides M 94 years, 34 days 16 August 1916 19 September 2011 United States Former manager of Gorgeous George
9 James Dudley M 94 years, 22 days 10 May 1910 1 June 2004 United States First African-American promoter & manager working under Vincent J. McMahon
10 Clarence Eklund M 93 years, 215 days 3 June 1887 4 January 1981 United States [1]
11 Speedy Hatfield M 93 years, 212 days 30 November 1908 30 June 2002 United States [1][2]
12 Mick McManus M 93 years, 131 days 11 January 1920 22 May 2013 United Kingdom British and European Middleweight Champion, one of the most famous heels in the history of British wrestling. Watched by 20 million people in a famous televised match in 1963 [1]
13 Sam Muchnick M 93 years, 130 days 22 August 1905 30 December 1998 United States St. Louis wrestling promoter[1]
14 Dean Rockwell M 93 years, 72 days 25 May 1912 5 August 2005 United States [1]
15 Brutus Malumba M 93 years 1921 January 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1970's.
16 Ray Villmer M 92 years, 262 days 22 April 1912 9 January 2005 United States [1]
17 Charles Baillargeon M 92 years, 217 days 8 July 1917 10 February 2010 Canada Born in Canada.[1]
18 Abe Zvonkin M 92 years, 169 days 6 March 1910 22 August 2002 United States Born in the United States.[1]
19 Tony Cosenza M 92 years, 125 days 14 April 1919 17 August 2011 Canada Once known as the "famous wrestling pianist".
20 Jackie Nichols M 92 years, 112 days 31 December 1910 22 April 2003 United States [1][3]
21 Cora Combs F 92 years, 51 days 17 March 1923 Living United States
22 Paddy Casey M 92 years, 15 days February 1910 16 February 2002 Republic of Ireland Last surviving brother of the Casey sporting family.[1][2]
23 Bob "Legs" Langevin M 91 years, 357 days 13 October 1913 8 October 2005 Canada [1]
24 Chris Dundee M 91 years, 265 days 25 February 1907 17 November 1998 United States Miami Beach wrestling promoter[1]
25 Herb Welch M 91 years, 49 days 8 February 1908 29 March 1999 United States Patriarch of the Fuller wrestling family[1]

Oldest wrestlers currently living[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Cora Combs F 92 years, 51 days 17 March 1923 Living United States
2 Bill Mercer M 89 years, 83 days 13 February 1926 Living United States Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
3 Lance Russell M 89 years, 50 days March 18, 1926 Living United States Voice of Memphis wrestling.
4 Lord Littlebrook M 86 years, 124 days January 3, 1929 Living United Kingdom Legendary midget wrestler. Competed at WrestleMania 3.
5 "Cowboy" Bob Ellis M 86 years, 53 days March 15, 1929 Living United States Inventor of "the bulldog"; first prominent cowboy character in wrestling
6 Pampero Firpo M 85 years, 31 days 6 April 1930 Living United States Born in Argentina.
7 El Mongol M 85 years, 30 days 7 April 1930 Living Mexico Oldest surviving Mexican wrestler. Lives in the United States.
8 Len Rossi M 85 years 1930 Living United States Tennessee legend
9 Tom Drake M 84 years, 153 days 5 December 1930 Living United States
10 Don Leo Jonathan M 84 years, 8 days 29 April 1931 Living United States Lives in Canada.
11 Dick Beyer M 83 years, 300 days 11 July 1931 Living United States Best known for portraying the masked wrestlers The Destroyer and Doctor X. Father of Kurt Beyer
12 Dave Kidney M 82 years 1931 Living United Kingdom Oldest British wrestler still actively competing.[4]
13 Danny Hodge M 82 years, 359 days 13 May 1932 Living United States
14 Rene Goulet M 82 years, 299 days 12 July 1932 Living Canada[5]
15 Gene LeBell M 82 years, 210 days 9 October 1932 Living United States Los Angeles promoter and announcer
16 Caswell Martin M 82-83 years old 1932 Living The Bahamas Wrestled in the UK, Germany and Japan.
17 Stan Holek M 82 years, 33 days 4 April 1933 Living Canada Lives in the United States.
18 Gypsy Joe M 81 years, 156 days 3 December 1933 Living Puerto Rico Oldest wrestler still actively competing in the United States.
19 Mr. Wrestling II M 80 years, 239 days 10 September 1934 Living United States Former NWA Florida Champion.
20 Nick Bockwinkel M 80 years, 152 days 6 December 1934 Living United States Former AWA World Heavyweight Champion.
21 Jose Lothario M 80 years, 146 days 12 December 1934 Living Mexico Trainer of Shawn Michaels.
22 Mr. Fuji M 80 years, 3 days 4 May 1935 Living Japan Manager & Former WWF Tag Team Champion. Billed as Japanese, in reality an American citizen.
23 Moose Morowski M 79 years, 305 days 6 July 1935 Living Canada Former NWA Canadian Heavyweight, International Tag Team and Austra-Asian Heavyweight Champion.
24 Bruno Sammartino M 79 years, 213 days 6 October 1935 Living Italy The longest-reigning WWWF Champion.
25 Jack Lanza M 79 years, 205 days 14 October 1935 Living United States Long-standing WWF road agent. Member of The Blackjacks.
26 Mario Milano M 79-80 years old 1935 Living Italy 4 times IWA World Heavyweight Champion.
27 Dominic DeNucci M 79 years, 104 days 23 January 1936 Living Italy Former WWWF Tag Team Champion
28 Larry Hennig M 78 years, 323 days 18 June 1936 Living United States "The Axe". Father of Curt Hennig. AWA legend.
29 Mark Lewin M 78 years, 52 days 16 March 1937 Living United States Multi-time regional champion, member of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness.
30 George Steele M 78 years, 21 days 16 April 1937 Living United States "The Animal". WWF road agent. Starred in "Ed Wood".
31 Jerry Brown M 77 years, 362 days 10 May, 1937 Living United States One half of the famous 70's tag team known as The Hollywood Blondes.
32 Angelo Mosca M 77 years, 55 days 13 March 1938 Living United States Dual-sport star with CFL in Canada.
33 Omar Atlas M 77 years, 15 days 22 April 1938 Living Venezuela Former NWA Central States Champion.
34 Paul Vachon M 76 years, 358 days 14 May 1938 Living Canada Former AWA Tag Team Champion.
35 Jody Hamilton M 76 years, 252 days 28 August 1938 Living United States One-half of "The Assassins"
36 Abe Jacobs M 76-77 years old 1938 Living New Zealand Former NWA World Tag Team Champion.
37 Sheik Adnan al-Kaissie M 76 years, 67 days 1 March 1939 Living Iraq aka General Adnan in WWF
38 Lars Anderson M 76 years, 55 days 13 March 1939 Living United States NWA tag team champion
39 Paul Christy M 76 years, 48 days 20 March 1939 Living United States NWA & ICW Legend
40 Bill Watts M 76 years, 2 days 5 May 1939 Living United States Promoter of Mid-South Wrestling/UWF
41 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 216 days 3 October 1939 Living United States "The Bullet". Patriarch of Armstrong wrestling family.
42 Roger Kirby M 75 years, 144 days 14 December 1939 Living United States Former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion and 2 times AWA Southern Tag Team Champion.
43 Zoltan Boscik M 75-76 years old 1939 Living Hungary Former British Lightweight Champion.
44 Jim Breaks M 75 years, 43 days 25 March 1940 Living United Kingdom 8 times British Welterweight Champion.

Oldest wrestlers to ever compete[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Last Competed Birth Death Date last competed Notes
1 Mae Young F 87 years, 248 days March 12, 1923 January 14, 2014 November 15, 2010 United States Competed in a 16-Diva tag match on November 3, 2008. She also took part in what was called a "match" at the age of 87, when outside the ring on November 15, 2010 when she put her foot over WWE's LayCool tag team for a pin.
2 The Fabulous Moolah F 80 years, 55 days July 22, 1923 November 2, 2007 September 15, 2003 United States Defeated Victoria on WWE "Raw" September 15, 2003.
3 Dave Kidney M 79 years 1931 Living January 28, 2011 United Kingdom Last known match took place at SSW in Scotland on January 28, 2011.
4 Gypsy Joe M 77 years, 36 days December 12, 1933 Living January 7, 2011 Puerto Rico Joe wrestled his last match at the Gypsy Joe retirement show on January 7, 2011. Held in Tullahoma, Tennessee by the Southern Wrestling Federation.
5 Dominic DeNucci M 76 years, 82 days January 23, 1936 Living April 14, 2012 Italy DeNucci wrestled his last match at a PWS card in Toronto, Canada.
6 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 216 days October 3, 1939 Living Still actively competing United States As of April 2015, Armstrong is still active, wrestling for Combat Sport Pro.
7 Lou Thesz M 74 years, 243 days April 24, 1916 April 28, 2002 December 26, 1990 United States The former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion last competed against Masahiro Chono in Japan.
8 Dory Funk, Jr. M 73 years, 339 days February 3, 1941 Living January 24, 2015 United States In his last match, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion wrestled in a trios match in his own promotion - Funkin' Conservatory.
9 The Sheik M 72 years June 9, 1926 January 18, 2003 1998 United States Wrestled his last match in Japan in 1998.
10 Warren Bockwinkel M 72 years (unverified) May 21, 1911 March 25, 1986 1983 ? United States It is said that Warren Bockwinkel, father of Nick Bockwinkel, wrestled until the age of 72.
11 Mil Máscaras M 72 years, 149 days July 15, 1942 Living December 11, 2014 Mexico Wrestled in a trios match on a Tokyo Gurentai Card in Tokyo, Japan.
12 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 354 days May 18, 1943 Living Still actively competing Fiji Snuka still competes in various independent promotions.
13 Terry Funk M 70 years, 164 days June 30, 1944 Living December 11, 2014 United States The former NWA & ECW World Heavyweight Champion wrestled in a trios match on a Tokyo Gurentai Card in Tokyo, Japan.
14 Johnny Saint M 70 years, 48 days June 29, 1941 Living August 16, 2011 United Kingdom Wrestled for the ABC Championship and lost to Tony Trivaldo on a Association Biterroise de Catch card in Port-la-Nouvelle, France.
15 Adrian Street M 69 years, 349 days December 5, 1940 Living November 19, 2010 United Kingdom Retired at NWA Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010, where he defeated Aeon Flexx.
16 Robbie Ellis M 69 years, 328 days April 8, 1943 Living March 22, 2013 United States Retired in March 2013.
17 Abdullah the Butcher M 68 years, 356 days January 11, 1941 Living January 4, 2010 Canada Competed in an 8-man tag team match at Wrestle Kingdom IV in the Tokyo Dome, a match that also involved Terry Funk
18 Bushwhacker Luke M 68 years, 119 days January 8, 1947 Living Still actively competing New Zealand As of March 2015, Luke still competes in various independent promotions.
19 Nikolai Volkoff M 67 years, 205 days October 14, 1947 Living Still actively competing Soviet Union Still competes in various independent promotions.
20 Bill Eadie M 67 years, 131 days December 27,1947 Living Still actively competing United States Still competes with Smash in various independent promotions.
21 Vince McMahon M 67 years, 45 days August 24, 1945 Living October 8, 2012 United States WWE wrestling promoter and wrestler Vince McMahon last wrestled CM Punk on RAW.
22 Iron Sheik M 67 years, 40 days March 15, 1943 Living April 24, 2010 Iran The former WWF Champion wrestled a handicapped retirement match, teaming with Jay Lethal at an MWF independent show on April 24, 2010.
23 Sgt. Slaughter M 66 years, 253 days August 27, 1948 Living Still actively competing United States Last wrestled on NEW's March Mayhem 2014.
24 Kendo Nagasaki M 66 years, 231 days October 19, 1946 Living June 7, 2013 United Kingdom Wrestled Ultimo Dragon in a RJPW card in Tokyo, Japan.
25 Mitsuo Momota M 66 years, 228 days September 21, 1948 Living Still actively competing Japan Most recent match took place at the RJPW Burning Tiger card on March 20, 2015.
26 Jaque Mate M 66 years, 220 days September 29, 1948 Living Still actively competing Mexico Still competes in various independent promotions in Mexico.
27 Fray Tormenta M 66 years, 35 days May 29, 1945 Living July 3, 2011 Mexico The Catholic priest and luchador, semi-retired from wrestling for a decade, competed in a 6-man tag team match during the International Wrestling Revolution Group's Festival de las Mascaras. He announced his full retirement from wrestling after the match.
28 Cien Caras M 65 years, 201 days October 18, 1949 Living Still actively competing Mexico Still competes in various independent promotions in Mexico.
29 Jerry Lawler M 65 years, 159 days November 29, 1949 Living Still actively competing United States Last match took place at NEW Wrestlefest XIX on March 6, 2015.
30 Genichiro Tenryu M 64 years, 363 days February 2, 1950 Living January 31, 2015 Japan Wrestled a trios match in a AJPW card in Tokyo, Japan.

Oldest wrestlers still competing[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 216 days October 3, 1939 Living United States Wrestles in All Pro Wrestling in Pensacola, FL.
2 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 354 days May 18, 1943 Living Fiji Wrestled independent shows in the northeastern US during summer 2010.
3 Bushwhacker Luke M 68 years, 119 days January 8, 1947 Living New Zealand Wrestles independent shows. Defeated Matt Riviera at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
4 Nikolai Volkoff M 67 years, 205 days October 14, 1947 Living Soviet Union Wrestled independent shows in the US during summer 2010.
5 Bill Eadie M 67 years, 131 days December 27, 1947 Living United States Wrestles independent shows around North America
6 Sgt. Slaughter M 66 years, 253 days August 27, 1948 Living United States Last wrestled on NEW's March Mayhem 2014.
7 Mitsuo Momota M 66 years, 228 days September 21, 1948 Living Japan Most recent match took place at the RJPW Burning Tiger card on March 20, 2015.
8 Jaque Mate M 66 years, 220 days September 29, 1948 Living Mexico Still competes in various independent promotions in Mexico.
9 Cien Caras M 65 years, 201 days October 18, 1949 Living Mexico Still competes in various independent promotions in Mexico.
10 Jerry Lawler M 65 years, 159 days November 29, 1949 Living United States Last match took place at NEW Wrestlefest XIX on March 6, 2015.

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