WWE: Power Ranking the 25 Strongest Wrestlers in History

Daniel Massey@EPWWEfan1Senior Analyst IIIJune 15, 2011

WWE: Power Ranking the 25 Strongest Wrestlers in History

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    Hello Folks! Welcome to another slideshow.

    This time I have ranked the strongest wrestlers of all time.

    This was no easy task but I believe I have found a decent order.

    Strength is measured not just on how many weights one can lift but also other superhuman feats.

    I have structured this slideshow differently to my others.

    So without further ado, sit back relax and enjoy the read!

25. Wade Barrett

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    Wade Barrett doesn’t look like he’d be as strong as others on this list but the evidence I will present suggests otherwise.

    He lifts The Big Show with minimum grimace.

    The grimace factor is the key to everything.

    Reason for being on the list: Performing his Wasteland finishing manoeuvre on the Big Show.

24. The Undertaker

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    The Undertaker is stronger than he looks.

    The Deadman has had a huge career and fought men of all sizes.

    This didn’t stop everyone being shocked when he managed to lift Mark Henry up for a tombstone.

    No one was more shocked than Michael Cole.

    Reason for being on the list: Being able to Tombstone Mark Henry and making Michael Cole say “No f***ing way!”

23. The Ultimate Warrior

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    The Ultimate Warrior, though not a very accomplished wrestler, was extremely strong. He slammed Andre the Giant with what looked like relative ease and can allegedly bench press 550lbs

    Reason for being on the list: Gorilla Pressing Hulk Hogan

22. The Warlord

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    A huge physique with unmitigated power

    Reason for being on the list: Allegedly bench-pressing 600lbs

21. Big John Studd

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    Big John Studd was extremely famous during the Golden Era of wrestling where he frequented the main event. He even faced Andre the Giant in a slam challenge.

    Reason for being on the list: His bench press

20. Superstar Billy Graham

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    A Hall of Fame inductee, Superstar Billy Graham had 22 inch “pythons”.

    Reason for being on the list: His training regime

19. Ezekiel Jackson

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    To quote Jerry Lawler, “this guy has muscles in places you don’t even have places.” This guy is huge but he is strong as well.

    Reason for being on the list: Slamming the Big Show and holding him there for a prolonged period.

18. Batista

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    Batista became a huge main event star in the WWE after starting out in Evolution. He, like others has a huge muscular body, due to the strenuous workouts he does.

    Reason for being on the list: Lifting a ridiculous amount of weight in the gym.

17. Bobby Lashley

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    A two-time ECW World Champion, Bobby Lashley became an accomplished wrestler in a short amount of time. He had the stereotypical large, muscular frame and proved his strength by throwing other wrestlers around like rag dolls.

    Reason for being on the list: His workout.

16. Hulk Hogan

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    Hulk Hogan is huge and was always the main “larger than life” Superstar.

    Reason for being on the list: Slamming Andre The Giant at WrestleMania III.

15. Scott Steiner

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    Scott Steiner has wrestled in WCW, WWE and TNA. He got into a feud with Triple H in 2003 about who had the best body/who was stronger.

    Reason for being on the list: None specific. He’s just generally strong.

14. Lex Luger

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    Lex Luger was in great shape and frequently showed off his huge muscles.

    If anyone doubted his strength, they were soon silenced when he managed to lift Yokozuna.

    If that doesn't deserve a place on this list then I don’t know what does.

    Reason for being on the list: Slamming Yokozuna

13. Triple H

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    The Game is one of the most famous Superstars to ever grace a WWE ring.

    His body building training is on another level as he pushes himself to the absolute limit.

    He lifts weights in one hand that I couldn’t lift with two.

    Just because this strength isn’t implemented in his wrestling (he doesn’t lift Big Show etc) doesn’t mean he doesn’t possess it.

    Reason for being on the list: His arduous workouts.

12. The British Bulldog

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    Davey Boy Smith was extremely strong, allegedly due to steroids, as he naturally had a small stature.

    Nevertheless, his displays of power were certainly impressive

    Reason for being on the list: His Gorilla Press Slams and Suplexes.

11. Goldberg

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    Despite being floored by Jericho multiple times in a backstage scuffle, Goldberg can still be considered as string due to the strength he displayed when manhandling other wrestlers in the ring.

    Reason for being on the list: Performing the Jackhammer on The Giant

10. Brock Lesnar

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    Brock Lesnar is one of the most muscular guys ever to step into a WWE ring. His muscles are not just for show. He has shown undeniable strength during his professional wrestling career.

    Reason for being on the list: F-5 to the Big Show.

09. Kane

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    You’re probably surprised to see the Big Red Machine on the list. Despite not being as ripped as others on the list, Kane has ridiculous strength. His sidewalk slams to humongous guys are proof enough.

    Reason for being on the list: He is reportedly the winner of a backstage arm-wrestling competition. He also slammed the Big Show in 1999.


08. The Big Show

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    The Big Show’s size alone suggests he would be strong and over the years he has had many opportunities to display his superhuman strength.

    Reason for being on the list: Tipping over a Jeep.

07. John Cena

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    You only have to look at John Cena’s physique to realise the fella must be ridiculously strong. The eight times WWE Champion regularly displays power and strength that are unfathomable to people like me who have absolutely no muscle and find shopping bags heavy.

    Reason for being on the list: Lifting the Big Show for an Attitude Adjustment is an impressive feat, but even more so when you have Edge (240lb) lying on top of him.

06. Tony Atlas

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    Tony Atlas performed for many wrestling promotions throughout his career. He came back to the WWE from 2008-2010 as a manager.

    Reason for being on the list: Bench Pressing 405 pounds three times.

05. Paul Orndorff

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    Paul Orndorff worked for the WWF, Smoky Mountain wrestling and WCW. He wrestled greats such as Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy.

    Reason for being on the list: His power lifting career.

04. Ted Arcidi

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    Though it was brief, he did have a run with the WWF in the eighties. He is not that well known for being a professional wrestler.

    Reason for being on the list: Being the first person to bench press 705-lbs.

03. Haku

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    Haku/Meng, whatever you want to call him, is possibly one of the strongest wrestlers ever.

    After reading Bret Hart’s and Chris Jericho’s autobiographies, one must take their stories into account.

    It has been reported that he broke a pair of handcuffs he had been placed in by police.

    If that doesn’t take strength then I don’t know what does.

    Reason for being on this list: Breaking handcuffs without tools.

02. Mark Henry

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    Mark Henry’s whole gimmick is based on being the World’s Strongest Man. He has competed in the Olympic Games and many other strongman competitions.

    Reason for being on the list: Mark Henry won the Arnold Classic in 2002. This involves the strongest of the strongest and he won it by a country mile. He lifted things other men couldn’t with what looked like relative ease in comparison.

01. Bill Kazmaier

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    He started wrestling in small promotions such as Stampede wrestling before moving to WCW and coming close to winning the WCW World Championship. He is definitely the strongest man on the list in my opinion.

    Reason for being on the list: Being a three-time World’s Strongest Man

Thanks for Reading

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    Well, there you have it. The strongest 25 wrestlers in history.

    This, like my “25 best midcarders” slideshow, was an extremely difficult one to order so please be kind when leaving feedback.

    I always reply to all comments.

    I hope you enjoyed the slideshow and the new format.

    Thanks for reading!


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