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. As of March 26, there are 42 living veterans from the "Golden Age of Wrestling" (1950s-1970s) over 75 years old. The last surviving wrestler from the "Pioneer Era" (1900s-1940s) was American wrestler Angelo Savoldi (born 21 April 1914, aged 99 years, 145 days). 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 female wrestler was Cora Combs (1923-2015), aged 92 years, 96 days.

The oldest wrestler to have a match is Mae Young, who defeated LayCool in a WWE Raw handicap match on November 15, 2010, at the age of 87.

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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".
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, 6 days 14 June 1860 20 June 1958 Canada Last surviving American Heavyweight Champion and 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
8 Joe D'orazio M 94 years, 242 days 27 July 1922 Living United Kingdom Oldest British Wrestler and referee still living.
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 September 11, 1921 [3] January 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1970s.
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 Lord James Blears M 92 years, 203 days 13 August 1923 3 March 2016 England wrestler and actor.[1]
19 Abe Zvonkin M 92 years, 169 days 6 March 1910 22 August 2002 United States Born in the United States.[1]
20 Tony Cosenza M 92 years, 125 days 14 April 1919 17 August 2011 Canada Once known as the "famous wrestling pianist".
21 Jackie Nichols M 92 years, 112 days 31 December 1910 22 April 2003 United States [1][4]
22 Cora Combs F 92 years, 96 days 17 March 1923 21 June 2015 United States
23 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]
24 Bob "Legs" Langevin M 91 years, 357 days 13 October 1913 8 October 2005 Canada [1]
25 Chris Dundee M 91 years, 265 days 25 February 1907 17 November 1998 United States Miami Beach wrestling promoter[1]

Oldest wrestlers currently living[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Joe D'orazio M 94 years, 242 days 27 July 1922 United Kingdom Oldest British Wrestler and referee still living.
2 Bill Mercer M 91 years, 41 days 13 February 1926 United States Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
3 Lance Russell M 91 years, 8 days 18 March 1926 United States Voice of Memphis wrestling.
4 Stan Kowalski M 90 years, 317 days 13 May 1926 United States Known for his run in AWA in the 1960s to the 1980s when he was a color commentator known as Big K.
5 Carlos Rocha M 90 years, 52 days 2 February 1927 Portugal First Portuguese wrestler to wrestle in WWWF.
6 Karl Karlsson M 90 years, 3 days 23 March 1927 Sweden Known as Krusher Karlsson
7 "Cowboy" Bob Ellis M 88 years, 11 days 15 March 1929 United States Known as the inventor of the bulldog.[5]
8 Pampero Firpo M 86 years, 354 days 6 April 1930 Argentina Lives in the United States.
9 Len Rossi M 86 years 1930 United States Tennessee legend
10 Don Leo Jonathan M 85 years, 331 days 29 April 1931 United States Lives in Canada.
11 Dick Beyer M 85 years, 258 days 11 July 1931 United States Best known for portraying the masked wrestlers The Destroyer and Doctor X. Father of Kurt Beyer. Oldest living World Heavyweight Champion (AWA)
12 Dave Kidney M 85 years 1931 United Kingdom Oldest British wrestler still working.[6]
13 Danny Hodge M 84 years, 317 days 13 May 1932 United States
14 Rene Goulet M 84 years, 257 days 12 July 1932 Canada[7]
15 Gene LeBell M 84 years, 168 days 9 October 1932 United States Los Angeles promoter and announcer
16 Caswell Martin M 84 years 1932 The Bahamas Wrestled in the UK, Germany and Japan.
17 Stan Holek M 83 years, 356 days 4 April 1933 Canada Lives in the United States.
18 Mr. Wrestling II M 82 years, 197 days 10 September 1934 United States Former NWA Florida Champion.
19 Jose Lothario M 82 years, 104 days 12 December 1934 Mexico Trainer of Shawn Michaels.
20 Dory Dixon M 82 years, 53 days 1 February 1935 Jamaica First Jamaican wrestler in the WWWF
21 Moose Morowski M 81 years, 263 days 6 July 1935 Canada Former NWA Canadian Heavyweight, International Tag Team and Austra-Asian Heavyweight Champion.
22 Bruno Sammartino M 81 years, 171 days 6 October 1935 Italy The longest-reigning WWWF Champion and oldest living holder of the title.
23 Jack Lanza M 81 years, 163 days 14 October 1935 United States Long-standing WWF road agent. Member of The Blackjacks.
24 Dominic DeNucci M 81 years, 62 days 23 January 1936 Italy Former WWWF Tag Team Champion
25 Ricky Hunter M 81 years, 25 days 1 March 1936 Canada Known as the Gladiator in Florida and a jobber in WWE
26 Larry Hennig M 80 years, 281 days 18 June 1936 United States "The Axe". Father of Curt Hennig. AWA legend.
27 Mark Lewin M 80 years, 10 days 16 March 1937 United States Multi-time regional champion, member of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness.
28 Jerry Brown M 79 years, 320 days 10 May 1937 United States One half of the famous 70's tag team known as The Hollywood Blondes.
29 Zivko Kovacic M 79 years, 177 days 30 September 1937 Croatia First Yugoslavian wrestler to wrestle in the WWWF.
30 Angelo Mosca M 79 years, 13 days 13 March 1938 United States Dual-sport star with CFL in Canada.
31 Omar Atlas M 78 years, 338 days 22 April 1938 Venezuela Former NWA Central States Champion.
32 Paul Vachon M 78 years, 316 days 14 May 1938 Canada Former AWA Tag Team Champion.
33 Jody Hamilton M 78 years, 210 days 28 August 1938 United States One-half of "The Assassins"
34 Abe Jacobs M 78 years 1938 New Zealand Former NWA World Tag Team Champion.
35 Zarinoff Lebeouf M 78 years, 41 days 13 February 1939 Canada French-Canadian wrestler known as Private Zarinoff LeBeouf in WWA and Lumberjack Pierre one of half o the Yukon Lumberjacks in WWWF
36 Sheik Adnan al-Kaissie M 78 years, 25 days 1 March 1939 Iraq aka General Adnan in WWF
37 Lars Anderson M 78 years, 13 days 13 March 1939 United States NWA tag team champion
38 Paul Christy M 78 years, 6 days 20 March 1939 United States "The Golden Boy" WWA, AWA, NWA, & ICW Legend
39 Bill Watts M 77 years, 325 days 5 May 1939 United States Promoter of Mid-South Wrestling/UWF
40 Bob Armstrong M 77 years, 174 days 3 October 1939 United States "The Bullet". Patriarch of Armstrong wrestling family.
41 Roger Kirby M 77 years, 102 days 14 December 1939 United States Former NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion and 2 times AWA Southern Tag Team Champion.
42 Zoltan Boscik M 77 years 1939 Hungary Former British Lightweight Champion.

Oldest wrestlers to ever compete[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age in last match Birth Death Date of last match Notes
1 Mae Young F 87 years, 248 days March 12, 1923 January 14, 2014 November 15, 2010 United States Wrestled 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 Ox Baker M 80 years, 91 days March 19, 1934 October 20, 2014 April 19, 2014 United States Wrestled his last match at a CCW card in Marion, Ohio.[8]
4 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.
5 Gypsy Joe M 77 years, 36 days December 12, 1933 June 14, 2016 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.
6 Bob Armstrong M 76 years, 245 days October 3, 1939 Living June 4, 2016 United States On June 4, 2016 Armstrong wrestled his last match in a Gulf South Championship Wrestling card that took place in Chickasaw, Alabama.
7 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.
8 Dory Funk, Jr. M 75 years, 283 days February 3, 1941 Living November 28, 2016 United States In his most recent match, the former NWA World Heavyweight Champion wrestled in a Tokyo Gurentai card that took place at Korakuen Hall.
9 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 wrestled Masahiro Chono in Japan.
10 Mil Máscaras M 74 years, 254 days July 15, 1942 Living Still active Mexico Mil Máscaras last wrestled on November 28, 2016, defending the IWA World Heavyweight Championship he has held since 1975.[9]
11 Jimmy Valiant M 74 years, 229 days August 9, 1942 Living Still active United States Valiant last wrestled on November 26, 2016, at WrestleCade 2016 in a Battle Royal[10]
12 Johnny Saint M 73 years, 349 days June 29, 1941 Living June 6, 2015 United Kingdom Wrestled for Italian Championship Wrestling.
13 Great Kojika M 73 years, 127 days April 28, 1942 Living September 2, 2015 Japan Wrestled in a tag team match on a Tenryu Project card in Tokyo, Japan. Debuted in 1963, retired full-time in 1988 but returned sporadically since 1995.
14 The Sheik M 72 years June 9, 1926 January 18, 2003 1998 United States Wrestled his last match in Japan in 1998.
15 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.
16 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 362 days May 18, 1943 January 15, 2017 May 15, 2015 Fiji His last match was at a ECPW event.
17 Claude Roca M 71 years, 126 days March 18, 1945 Living January 2016 France Roca is still active, his most recent match took place at July 2016 in France.
18 Terry Funk M 70 years, 164 days June 30, 1944 Living Still active United States The former NWA & ECW World Heavyweight Champion wrestled in a trios match on a Tokyo Gurentai Card in Tokyo, Japan.
19 Bushwhacker Luke M 70 years, 77 days January 8, 1947 Living Still active New Zealand As of March 2015, Luke still wrestles in various independent promotions.
20 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.
21 Robbie Ellis M 69 years, 328 days April 8, 1943 Living March 22, 2013 United States Retired in March 2013.
22 Al Costello M 67 years, 337 days December 14, 1919 January 22, 2000 1993/1994? Italy Wrestled at the Paul Boesch Retirement Show at a WWE house show in the Legends Battle Royal in November 1987. Al Snow claims that Costello wrested in a 6-man tag match in 1993/1994.
23 George Julio M 69 years, 150 days March 10, 1946 Living October 10, 2015 Malta Wrestled against Mad Dog McCrea in Australia's New Age Wrestling card. Set to retire on November 7, 2015.[11]
24 Nikolai Volkoff M 69 years, 163 days October 14, 1947 Living Still active Soviet Union Still wrestles in various independent promotions.
25 Bill Eadie M 69 years, 89 days December 27, 1947 Living Still active United States Still wrestles with Smash in various independent promotions.
26 Abdullah the Butcher M 68 years, 356 days January 11, 1941 Living January 4, 2010 Canada Had an 8-man tag team match at Wrestle Kingdom IV in the Tokyo Dome, also involving Terry Funk
27 Kendo Nagasaki M 68 years, 334 days October 19, 1946 Living September 18, 2015 United Kingdom Wrestled against Minoru Tanaka & Ultimo Dragon in a tag team match for a RJPW card in Tokyo, Japan.
28 Sgt. Slaughter M 68 years, 211 days August 27, 1948 Living Still active United States Last wrestled on NEW's March Mayhem 2014.
29 Great Kabuki M 68 years, 199 days September 8, 1948 Living Still active Japan Most recent match took place on Day 2 of the Wrestle-1 2015 Symbol Tour on July 12, 2015.
30 Mitsuo Momota M 68 years, 186 days September 21, 1948 Living Still active Japan Most recent match took place at the RJPW Burning Tiger card on March 20, 2015.
31 The Missing Link M 68 years, 68 days February 28, 1939 August 16, 2007 May 5, 2007 Canada Wrestled his last match in Buffalo, New York

Oldest wrestlers still wrestling[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Mil Máscaras M 74 years, 254 days July 15, 1942 Mexico Still wrestles in various independent promotions in Japan.
2 Jimmy Valiant M 74 years, 229 days August 9, 1942 United States Valiant last wrestled on November 26, 2016, at WrestleCade 2016 in a Battle Royal
3 Bushwhacker Luke M 70 years, 77 days January 8, 1947 New Zealand Wrestles independent shows. Defeated Matt Riviera at NWA Wrestle Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010.
4 Nikolai Volkoff M 69 years, 163 days October 14, 1947 Soviet Union Wrestled independent shows in the US during summer 2010.
5 Bill Eadie M 69 years, 89 days December 27, 1947 United States Wrestles independent shows around North America
6 Sgt. Slaughter M 68 years, 211 days August 27, 1948 United States Last wrestled on NEW's March Mayhem 2014.
7 Great Kabuki M 68 years, 199 days September 8, 1948 Japan Most recent match took place on Day 2 of the Wrestle-1 2015 Symbol Tour on July 12, 2015.
8 Mitsuo Momota M 68 years, 186 days September 21, 1948 Japan Most recent match took place at the RJPW Burning Tiger card on March 20, 2015.
9 Jaque Mate M 68 years, 178 days September 29, 1948 Mexico Still wrestles in various independent promotions in Mexico.
10 Cien Caras M 67 years, 159 days October 18, 1949 Mexico Still wrestles in various independent promotions in Mexico.

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