Most Influential Professional Wrestlers in History: Over 100 Years of Talent

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Most Influential Professional Wrestlers in History: Over 100 Years of Talent
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As with any sport, pro wrestling has many legends who are influential in the next generation's choices to become wrestlers themselves.

Tens of thousands of people have tried to become pro wrestlers at one point in their life, maybe more, but a select few become so great that they influence others to do the same.

Many of the names on this list will be familiar to even the youngest wrestling fan, but a few of them may be unknown to the current generation of fans.

Pro wrestling is well over 100 years old and in that time we have seen people of every race, religion and anything else you can use to classify someone as motivators for others.

Trying to rank some of these people against each other would be like trying to compare Michael Jordan to Julius Erving, you just can't do it, so this list will instead be in chronological order based on the start of their careers.

The more influential wrestling families will be grouped on the same slide to save space. The order will fall on the earliest member of the family's debut.

Let's take a walk through history and examine some of the most influential names in the wrestling industry spanning of 100 years.

In this slideshow you will get a brief synopsis of each family/person's contributions to the sport as well as resources where you can learn more about these legendary figures.

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