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 2017, 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 April 21, 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 September 20, 1905 March 28, 2007 Poland Oldest wrestler ever verified. Born in Poland.[1]
2 Angelo Savoldi M 99 years, 152 days April 21, 1914 September 20, 2013 United States Last surviving veteran of the "Pioneer Era".
3 Betty Wagner F 98 years 1912–1913 June 3, 2011 United States First wife and valet of Gorgeous George.
4 Dan McLeod M 98 years, 6 days June 14, 1860 June 20, 1958 Scotland 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 September 26, 1914 January 23, 2011 United States World-famous fitness guru had a brief pro wrestling career in 1938.
7 Joe D'orazio M 95 years, 20 days July 27, 1922 Living United Kingdom Oldest British Wrestler and referee still living.
8 Milo Steinborn M 94 years, 328 days March 18, 1894 February 9, 1989 Germany Promoted wrestling in Florida[1]
9 Andrew Tsimpides M 94 years, 34 days August 16, 1916 September 19, 2011 United States Former manager of Gorgeous George
10 James Dudley M 94 years, 22 days May 10, 1910 June 1, 2004 United States First African-American promoter & manager working under Vincent J. McMahon
11 Billy Varga M 94 years, 1 day January 10, 1919 January 11, 2013 United States Former NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion and actor
12 Clarence Eklund M 93 years, 215 days June 3, 1887 January 4, 1981 United States [1]
13 Speedy Hatfield M 93 years, 212 days November 30, 1908 June 30, 2002 United States [1][2]
14 Mick McManus M 93 years, 131 days January 11, 1920 May 22, 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]
15 Sam Muchnick M 93 years, 130 days August 22, 1905 December 30, 1998 United States St. Louis wrestling promoter[1]
16 Dean Rockwell M 93 years, 72 days May 25, 1912 August 5, 2005 United States [1]
17 Brutus Malumba M 93 years September 11, 1921 [3] January 2015 Trinidad and Tobago Wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1970s.
18 Ray Villmer M 92 years, 262 days April 22, 1912 January 9, 2005 United States [1]
19 Charles Baillargeon M 92 years, 217 days July 8, 1917 February 10, 2010 Canada Born in Canada.[1]
20 Lord James Blears M 92 years, 203 days August 13, 1923 March 3, 2016 England wrestler and actor.[1]
21 Abe Zvonkin M 92 years, 169 days March 6, 1910 August 22, 2002 United States Born in the United States.[1]
22 Tony Cosenza M 92 years, 125 days April 14, 1919 August 17, 2011 Canada Once known as the "famous wrestling pianist".
23 Jackie Nichols M 92 years, 112 days December 31, 1910 April 22, 2003 United States [1][4]
24 Cora Combs F 92 years, 96 days March 17, 1923 June 21, 2015 United States
25 Paddy Casey M 92 years, 15 days February 1910 February 16, 2002 Republic of Ireland Last surviving brother of the Casey sporting family.[1][2]

Oldest wrestlers currently living[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Joe D'orazio M 95 years, 20 days July 27, 1922 United Kingdom Oldest British Wrestler and referee still living.
2 Bill Mercer M 91 years, 184 days February 13, 1926 United States Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
3 Lance Russell M 91 years, 151 days March 18, 1926 United States Voice of Memphis wrestling.
4 Stan Kowalski M 91 years, 95 days May 13, 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, 195 days February 2, 1927 Portugal First Portuguese wrestler to wrestle in WWWF.
6 "Cowboy" Bob Ellis M 88 years, 154 days March 15, 1929 United States Known as the inventor of the bulldog.[5]
7 Pampero Firpo M 87 years, 132 days April 6, 1930 Argentina Lives in the United States.
8 Jacques Rougeau Sr. M 87 years, 81 days May 27, 1930 Canada Oldest Canadian Wrestler. Wrestled mainly in Montreal, Quebec as well as Japan and the NWA
9 Len Rossi M 86 years 1930 United States Tennessee legend
10 Don Leo Jonathan M 86 years, 109 days April 29, 1931 United States Lives in Canada.
11 Dick Beyer M 86 years, 36 days July 11, 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 Dominic DeNucci M 85 years, 205 days January 23, 1932 Italy Former WWWF Tag Team Champion
14 Billy Two Rivers M 85 years, 103 days May 5, 1932 Canada Wrestled mostly in Canada and the U.S. An actual Mohawk chief.
15 Danny Hodge M 85 years, 95 days May 13, 1932 United States Wrestled in AWA, NWA, and UWF.
16 Rene Goulet M 85 years, 35 days July 12, 1932 Canada[7] Wrestled in the WWWF(WWF) from 1971-1987 and later worked as a road agent for WWF until 1997.
17 Gene LeBell M 84 years, 311 days October 9, 1932 United States Los Angeles promoter and announcer
18 Caswell Martin M 84 years 1932 The Bahamas Wrestled in the UK, Germany and Japan.
19 Stan Holek M 84 years, 134 days April 4, 1933 Canada Lives in the United States.
20 Dick Steinborn M 83 years, 322 days September 28, 1933 United States Wrestled in NWA Georgia in the 1960's and 1970's
21 Les Thornton M 83 years, 129 days April 9, 1934 England Former WWF Junior Heavyweight Champion. Resides in Calgary, Canada.
22 Mr. Wrestling II M 82 years, 340 days September 10, 1934 United States Former NWA Florida Champion.
23 Jose Lothario M 82 years, 247 days December 12, 1934 Mexico Trainer of Shawn Michaels.
24 Guillotine Gordon M 82 years, 214 days January 14, 1935 United States Wrestled in the WWWF from 1964-1969
25 Dory Dixon M 82 years, 196 days February 1, 1935 Jamaica First Jamaican wrestler in the WWWF
26 Bruno Sammartino M 81 years, 314 days October 6, 1935 Italy The longest-reigning WWWF Champion and oldest living holder of the title.
27 Blackjack Lanza M 81 years, 306 days October 14, 1935 United States Long-standing WWF road agent. Member of The Blackjacks.
28 Ricky Hunter M 81 years, 168 days March 1, 1936 Canada Known as the Gladiator in Florida and a jobber in WWF
29 Beauregarde M 81 years, 111 days April 27, 1936 United States Known in the Pacific Northwest Wrestling and is a musician.
30 Larry Hennig M 81 years, 59 days June 18, 1936 United States "The Axe". Father of Curt Hennig. AWA legend.
31 Black Gordman M 80 years, 315 days October 5, 1936 Mexico Teamed up with the Great Goliath winning many tag team titles in the 1970's. Spent most of his career in Los Angeles.
32 Mark Lewin M 80 years, 153 days March 16, 1937 United States Multi-time regional champion, member of Kevin Sullivan's Army of Darkness.
33 Kenny Jay M 80 years, 142 days March 27, 1937 United States Known as a jobber in the American Wrestling Association
34 Erich Froelich M 80 years, 105 days May 3, 1937 Germany Lives in Canada. Spent most of his career in NWA: All-Star Wrestling
35 Jerry Brown M 80 years, 98 days May 10, 1937 United States One half of the famous 70's tag team known as The Hollywood Blondes.
36 Zivko Kovacic M 79 years, 320 days September 30, 1937 Croatia First Yugoslavian wrestler to wrestle in the WWWF.
37 Angelo Mosca M 79 years, 156 days March 13, 1938 United States Dual-sport star with CFL in Canada.
38 Omar Atlas M 79 years, 116 days April 22, 1938 Venezuela Former NWA Central States Champion.
39 Paul Vachon M 79 years, 94 days May 14, 1938 Canada Former AWA Tag Team Champion.
40 Johnny Rodz M 79 years, 92 days May 16, 1938 United States WWE Hall of Famer and notable jobber in WWWF (WWF) from 1965-1985.

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 Dominic DeNucci M 80 years, 82 days January 23, 1932 Living April 14, 2012 Italy DeNucci wrestled his last match at a PWS card in Toronto, Canada.
3 Ox Baker M 80 years, 31 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 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 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.
6 Bob Armstrong M 77 years, 283 days October 3, 1939 Living July 13, 2017 United States Armstrong's last match was on July 13, 2017 on a Sunbelt Wrestling Entertainment card that took place in Lakeland, Georgia.[9]
7 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.
8 Dory Funk Jr. M 76 years, 58 days February 3, 1941 Living Still active United States In his most recent match took place in a All Japan Pro Wrestling card at Big Palette Fukushima in April 2017. Also still wresltes in his own promotion.
9 Great Kojika M 75 years, 110 days April 28, 1942 Living Still active Japan Wrestles for BJW in Japan. Debuted in 1963, retired full-time in 1988 but returned sporadically since 1995.
10 Mil Máscaras M 75 years, 32 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.[10]
11 Jimmy Valiant M 75 years, 7 days August 9, 1942 Living Still active United States Valiant last wrestled on May 13, 2017, at an All Star Wrestling event in Pearisburg, Virginia.[11]
12 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.
13 Jackie Fargo M 74 years, 126 days June 26, 1930 June 24, 2013 October 30, 2004 United States Wrestled against Jerry Lawler and The Rock 'n' Roll Express at the Memphis Wrestling Throwback Night.
14 Johnny Saint M 73 years, 349 days June 29, 1941 Living June 6, 2015 United Kingdom Wrestled for Italian Championship Wrestling.
15 Bill Dundee M 73 years, 277 days October 24, 1943 Living July 28, 2017 Scotland Last wrestled on July 28, 2017 for SGWA Wrestling in Southaven, Mississippi.[12] Still considered active.
16 The Sheik M 72 years June 9, 1926 January 18, 2003 1998 United States Wrestled his last match in Japan in 1998.
17 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.
18 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.
19 Claude Roca M 72 years, 151 days March 18, 1945 Living Still active France Roca is still active in various promotions in Asia, his most recent match took place in France on July 2, 2017.
20 Terry Funk M 71 years, 116 days June 30, 1944 Living October 24, 2015 United States Wrestled his last match against Jerry Lawler at USA Championship Wrestling in Jackson, Tennessee.
21 Kenny Jay M 71 years, 93 days March 27, 1937 Living June 28, 2008 United States Teamed up with Buck Zumhofe at Pro Wrestling America in South St. Paul, Minnesota
22 Stu Hart M 71 years, 83 days May 3, 1915 October 10, 2003 July 25, 1986 Canada Teamed up with his son Keith as they defeated The Honky Tonk Man and JR Foley at Stampede Wrestling, the promotion in which Hart owned.
23 Bushwhacker Luke M 70 years, 220 days January 8, 1947 Living Still active New Zealand As of April 2017, Luke still wrestles in various independent promotions.
24 Adrian Street M 69 years, 349 days December 5, 1940 Living November 19, 2010 Wales Retired at NWA Birmingham's "Big Bang" event on November 19, 2010, where he defeated Aeon Flexx.
25 Robbie Ellis M 69 years, 328 days April 8, 1943 Living March 22, 2013 United States Retired in March 2013.
26 Nikolai Volkoff M 69 years, 306 days October 14, 1947 Living Still active Croatia Still wrestles in various independent promotions in 2017.
27 Abdullah the Butcher M 69 years, 271 days January 11, 1941 Living October 9 2010 Canada Wrestled Bull Buchanan at the GCW Southern Legends Fan Fest in Pell City, Alabama which ended in a no contest.
28 George Julio M 69 years, 242 days March 10, 1946 Living November 7, 2015 Malta Wrestled against Mad Dog McCrea in a tag team match in Australia's New Age Wrestling card. [13]
29 Demolition Ax M 69 years, 207 days December 27, 1947 Living July 22, 2017 United States Wrestled his last match at KSWA in Homestead, Pennsylvania
30 Ronnie Garvin M 69 years, 174 days March 30, 1945 Living September 20, 2014 Canada Wrestled in a tag team match for Bruiser Wrestling Federation in Farmville, Virginia

Oldest wrestlers still wrestling[edit]

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Dory Funk Jr. M 76 years, 194 days February 3, 1941 United States Still wrestles in his own promotion Funking Conservatory and various independent promotions in Japan.
2 Great Kojika M 75 years, 110 days April 28, 1942 Japan Still wrestles for Big Japan Pro Wrestling.
3 Mil Mascaras M 75 years, 32 days July 15, 1942 Mexico Still wrestles in Mexico
4 Jimmy Valiant M 75 years, 10 days August 6, 1942 United States Wrestles on independent shows in the US
5 Claude Roca M 72 years, 151 days March 18, 1945 France Wrestled recently in France on July 2, 2017, also wrestles in Asia.
6 Bushwhacker Luke M 70 years, 220 days January 8, 1947 New Zealand Wrestles independent shows as of 2017
7 Nikolai Volkoff M 69 years, 306 days October 14, 1947 Croatia Wrestled independent shows in the US and Canada as of June 2017.
8 Great Kabuki M 68 years, 342 days September 8, 1948 Japan Most recent match took place on May 21, 2017, in Japan for All Japan Pro Wrestling.
9 Mitsuo Momota M 68 years, 329 days September 21, 1948 Japan Most recent match took place at the Wrestle-1 card on May 14, 2017, in Japan.
10 Yoshiaki Fujiwara M 68 years, 111 days April 27, 1949 Japan Makes occasional appearances in Japan as of 2017.

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