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 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 Ray Villmer M 92 years, 262 days 22 April 1912 9 January 2005 United States [1]
16 Charles Baillargeon M 92 years, 217 days 8 July 1917 10 February 2010 Canada Born in Canada.[1]
17 Abe Zvonkin M 92 years, 169 days 6 March 1910 22 August 2002 United States Born in the United States.[1]
18 Tony Cosenza M 92 years, 125 days 14 April 1919 17 August 2011 Canada Once known as the "famous wrestling pianist".
19 Jackie Nichols M 92 years, 112 days 31 December 1910 22 April 2003 United States [1][3]
20 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]
21 Bob "Legs" Langevin M 91 years, 357 days 13 October 1913 8 October 2005 Canada [1]
22 Chris Dundee M 91 years, 265 days 25 February 1907 17 November 1998 United States Miami Beach wrestling promoter[1]
23 Cora Combs F 91 years, 248 days 17 March 1923 Living United States
24 Herb Welch M 91 years, 49 days 8 February 1908 29 March 1999 United States Patriarch of the Fuller wrestling family[1]
25 James Szikszay M 91 years, 43 days 24 August 1920 6 October 2011 Canada Member of the Oshawa Wrestling Club.

Oldest wrestlers currently living[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Cora Combs F 91 years, 248 days 17 March 1923 Living United States
2 Bill Mercer M 88 years, 280 days 13 February 1926 Living United States Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
3 Verne Gagne M 88 years, 267 days 26 February 1926 Living United States Oldest surviving AWA World Heavyweight and NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Father of Greg Gagne. Promoted wrestling for several decades.
4 Lance Russell M 88 years, 247 days March 18, 1926 Living United States Voice of Memphis wrestling.
5 Lord Littlebrook M 85 years, 321 days January 3, 1929 Living United Kingdom Legendary midget wrestler. Competed at WrestleMania 3.
6 "Cowboy" Bob Ellis M 85 years, 250 days March 15, 1929 Living United States Inventor of "the bulldog"; first prominent cowboy character in wrestling
7 Pampero Firpo M 84 years, 228 days 6 April 1930 Living United States Born in Argentina.
8 El Mongol M 84 years, 227 days 7 April 1930 Living Mexico Oldest surviving Mexican wrestler. Lives in the United States.
9 Len Rossi M 83 years 1930 Living United States Tennessee legend
10 Tom Drake M 83 years, 350 days 5 December 1930 Living United States
11 Don Leo Jonathan M 83 years, 205 days 29 April 1931 Living United States Lives in Canada.
12 Dick Beyer M 83 years, 132 days 11 July 1931 Living United States Best known for portraying the masked wrestlers The Destroyer and Doctor X. Father of Kurt Beyer
13 Dave Kidney M 82 years 1931 Living United Kingdom Oldest British wrestler still actively competing.[4]
14 Danny Hodge M 82 years, 191 days 13 May 1932 Living United States
15 Rene Goulet M 82 years, 131 days 12 July 1932 Living Canada[5]
16 Gene LeBell M 82 years, 42 days 9 October 1932 Living United States Los Angeles promoter and announcer
17 Stan Holek M 81 years, 230 days 4 April 1933 Living Canada Lives in the United States.
18 Gypsy Joe M 80 years, 353 days 3 December 1933 Living Puerto Rico Oldest wrestler still actively competing in the United States.
19 Mr. Wrestling II M 80 years, 71 days 10 September 1934 Living United States Former NWA Florida Champion.
20 Nick Bockwinkel M 79 years, 349 days 6 December 1934 Living United States Former AWA World Heavyweight Champion.
21 Jose Lothario M 79 years, 343 days 12 December 1934 Living Mexico Trainer of Shawn Michaels.
22 Dominic DeNucci M 79 years 1935 Living Italy Former WWWF Tag Team Champion
23 Mr. Fuji M 79 years, 200 days 4 May 1935 Living Japan Manager & Former WWF Tag Team Champion. Billed as Japanese, in reality an American citizen.
24 Bruno Sammartino M 79 years, 45 days 6 October 1935 Living Italy The longest-reigning WWWF Champion.
25 Jack Lanza M 79 years, 37 days 14 October 1935 Living United States Long-standing WWF road agent. Member of The Blackjacks.
26 Larry Hennig M 78 years, 155 days 18 June 1936 Living United States "The Axe". Father of Curt Hennig. AWA legend.
27 Mark Lewin M 77 years, 249 days 16 March 1937 Living United States Multi-time regional champion, member of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness.
28 George Steele M 77 years, 218 days 16 April 1937 Living United States "The Animal". WWF road agent. Starred in "Ed Wood".
29 Angelo Mosca M 76 years, 252 days 13 March 1938 Living United States Dual-sport star with CFL in Canada.
30 Omar Atlas M 76 years, 212 days 22 April 1938 Living Venezuela Former NWA Central States Champion.
31 Paul Vachon M 76 years, 190 days 14 May 1938 Living Canada Former AWA Tag Team Champion.
32 Jody Hamilton M 76 years, 84 days 28 August 1938 Living United States One-half of "The Assassins"
33 Sheik Adnan al-Kaissie M 75 years, 264 days 1 March 1939 Living Iraq aka General Adnan in WWF
34 Lars Anderson M 75 years, 252 days 13 March 1939 Living United States NWA tag team champion
35 Paul Christy M 75 years, 245 days 20 March 1939 Living United States NWA & ICW Legend
36 Bill Watts M 75 years, 199 days 5 May 1939 Living United States Promoter of Mid-South Wrestling/UWF
37 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 48 days 3 October 1939 Living United States "The Bullet". Patriarch of Armstrong wrestling family.
38 Sweet Daddy Siki M 74 years, 157 days 16 June 1940 Living United States Former regional champion.
39 Les Thatcher M 74 years, 23 days 28 October 1940 Living United States Famed wrestling trainer, former wrestler/broadcaster
40 Adrian Street M 73 years, 350 days 5 December 1940 Living Wales Known as "Exotic". Managed by Miss Linda.
41 Abdullah the Butcher M 73 years, 313 days 11 January 1941 Living Canada "Madman From The Sudan".
42 Pat Patterson M 73 years, 305 days 19 January 1941 Living Canada First WWF Intercontinental Champion. Inventor of Royal Rumble.
43 Ivan Putski M 73 years, 303 days 21 January 1941 Living Poland "Polish Power". Former WWWF Tag Team Champion
44 Dory Funk, Jr. M 73 years, 290 days 3 February 1941 Living United States Former NWA World Champion & legendary trainer.
45 Johnny Rodz M 73 years, 188 days 16 May 1941 Living Trainer of Bully Ray, Devon, Tommy Dreamer, Tazz, Bill DeMott and others.

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 Dave Kidney M 81 years 1931 Living Still actively competing United Kingdom Oldest British wrestler still actively competing.[4]
3 Gypsy Joe M 80 years, 353 days December 3, 1933 Living Still actively competing Puerto Rico Oldest wrestler in the United States still actively competing. Works in the SWF promotion in Tennessee.
4 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.
5 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 48 days October 3, 1939 Living Still actively competing United States Wrestles in All Pro Wrestling in Pensacola, FL.
6 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.
7 Adrian Street M 73 years, 350 days December 5, 1940 Living Still actively competing United Kingdom Recently wrestled at NWA Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010, where he defeated Aeon Flexx.
8 The Sheik M 72 years June 9, 1926 January 18, 2003 1998 United States Wrestled his last match in Japan in 1998.
9 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.
10 Dory Funk, Jr. M 72 years, 256 days February 3, 1941 Living Oct 17, 2013 United States In his last match, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion tagged with Terry Funk where they wrestled Masanobu Fuchi and Osamu Nishimura to a twenty-minute time limit draw.
11 Robbie Ellis M 71 years, 226 days April 8, 1943 Living Still actively competing United States Has continuously wrestled independent shows in the northeastern US since 1966.
12 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 186 days May 18, 1943 Living Still actively competing Fiji Competed in independent wrestling shows in the northeast during summer 2010.
13 Mil Máscaras M 69 years, 322 days July 15, 1942 Living June 1,2012 Mexico Wrestled and defeated Samuray Del Sol on a PWS Card in Rahway NJ.
14 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
15 Bushwhacker Luke M 67 years, 316 days January 8, 1947 Living Still actively competing New Zealand Still competes in various independent promotions. Recently wrestled at NWA Wrestle Birmigham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010 where he defeated Matt Riviera.
16 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.
17 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.
18 Nikolai Volkoff M 67 years, 37 days October 14, 1947 Living Still actively competing Soviet Union Still competes in various independent promotions.
19 Bill Eadie M 66 years, 328 days December 27,1947 Living Still actively competing United States Still competes with Smash in various independent promotions.
20 Sgt. Slaughter M 66 years, 85 days August 27, 1948 Living Still actively competing United States Last wrestled on an "Old School" edition of WWE Raw against Alberto Del Rio.
21 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.
22 Ric Flair M 65 years, 268 days February 25, 1949 Living September 15, 2011 United States Competed Total Nonstop Action Wrestling until 2012.
23 Terry Funk M 65 years, 188 days June 30, 1944 Living January 4, 2010 United States The former NWA & ECW World Heavyweight Champion competed in an 8-man tag team match at Wrestle Kingdom IV in the Tokyo Dome, a match that also involved Abdullah the Butcher
24 Santo M 64 years, 354 days September 23, 1917 February 5, 1984 September 12, 1982 Mexico In his last match, teamed up with Gory Guerrero, Huracán Ramirez and El Solitario. Their opponents included Perro Aguayo as well as El Signo, Negro Navarro and El Texano.
25 Jerry Lawler M 64 years, 356 days November 29, 1949 Living Still actively competing United States Wrestled CM Punk in a Steel Cage match on the August 27, 2012 edition of Monday Night Raw. Also continues to work indy shows as of 2013.[6]
26 Greg Valentine M 64 years, 61 days September 20, 1950 Living Still actively competing United States Wrestled at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
27 Larry Zbyszko M 62 years, 350 days December 5, 1951 Living Still actively competing United States Is currently the All Out Mayhem (AOM) Heavyweight Champion in Portland, Maine.
28 George Steele M 62 years, 270 days April 16, 1937 Living January 11, 2000 United States Wrestled Jeff Jarrett in a Bunkhouse Brawl match on WCW Monday Nitro
29 Dick Beyer M 62 years, 177 days July 11, 1930 Living January 4, 1993 United States Last wrestled on January 4, 1993
30 Dusty Rhodes M 61 years, 283 days October 12, 1945 Living July 22, 2007 United States Lost a Texas Bullrope Match to Randy Orton at The Great American Bash 2007

Oldest wrestlers still competing[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Dave Kidney M 81 years 1931 Living United Kingdom Oldest wrestler currently active in the world. He wrestles with the Scottish School of Wrestling (SSW).[7]
2 Gypsy Joe M 80 years, 353 days December 3, 1933 Living Puerto Rico Oldest wrestler still actively competing in the United States. Works with the independent Southern Wrestling Federation (SWF) in Tennessee.
3 Bob Armstrong M 75 years, 48 days October 3, 1939 Living United States Wrestles in All Pro Wrestling in Pensacola, FL.
4 Adrian Street M 73 years, 350 days December 5, 1940 Living United Kingdom Defeated Aeon Flexx at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
5 Robbie Ellis M 71 years, 226 days April 8, 1943 Living United States Has continuously wrestled independent shows in the northeastern US since 1966. Ellis has been the subject of considerable media coverage, most notably Sports Illustrated, due to both his age and part-time profession as an art dealer.
6 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 186 days May 18, 1943 Living Fiji Wrestled independent shows in the northeastern US during summer 2010.
7 Bushwhacker Luke M 67 years, 316 days January 8, 1947 Living New Zealand Wrestles independent shows. Recently defeated Matt Riviera at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
8 Nikolai Volkoff M 67 years, 37 days October 14, 1947 Living Soviet Union Wrestled independent shows in the US during summer 2010.
9 Bill Eadie M 66 years, 328 days December 27, 1947 Living United States Wrestles independent shows around North America
10 Sgt. Slaughter M 66 years, 85 days August 27, 1948 Living United States Last wrestled against Alberto Del Rio on a special "Old School" episode of WWE Raw
11 Ric Flair M 65 years, 268 days February 25, 1949 Living United States Most recently wrestling with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
12 Jerry Lawler M 64 years, 356 days November 29, 1949 Living United States Currently wrestling (and commentating) with WWE as well as independent promotions.
13 Greg Valentine M 64 years, 61 days September 20, 1950 Living United States Wrestled at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
14 Larry Zbyszko M 62 years, 350 days December 5, 1951 Living United States Is currently the Heavyweight Champion of All Out Mayhem (AOM) in Portland, Maine.
15 The Honky Tonk Man M 61 years, 299 days January 25, 1953 Living United States Defeated Ricky Roberts at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.

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