List of oldest surviving professional wrestlers

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. But the oldest in the wrestling industry was promoter Harry Elliott (1904-2006) who lived 101 years, 314 days. The current oldest living in the wrestling industry is Bill Mercer from the United States. The oldest female wrestler was Princess Bonita (1919–2014), aged 94 years, 273 days. But the female in the wrestling industry was Betty Wagner, the valet of Gorgeous George who lived to 98 years old in 2011.

Abe Coleman celebrating his 100th birthday in 2005.

The oldest female 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. The oldest male wrestler was Killer Kowalski, who won on an independent show in Massachusetts on March 14, 2008, at age 81.

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Oldest wrestlers everEdit

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Harry Elliott M 101 years, 313 days August 16, 1904 June 25, 2006 Was the promoter of Seattle wrestling, from 1958 to 1969 he was the sole promoter in Washington, Idaho, and Northeast Oregon. Oldest in the wrestling industry ever verified.[1]
2 Abe Coleman M 101 years, 189 days September 20, 1905 March 28, 2007 Oldest wrestler ever verified. Born in Poland.[2]
3 Joe D'Orazio M 99 years, 225 days July 27, 1922 March 9, 2022 Oldest British wrestler in history, Second oldest worldwide. Referee, and British Wrestlers Reunion President until BWR ended in January 2022 after 30 years.
4 Angelo Savoldi M 99 years, 152 days April 21, 1914 September 20, 2013 Last surviving veteran of the "Pioneer Era".
5 Jackie Stallone F 98 years, 297 days November 29, 1921 September 21, 2020 Manager and promoter for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling from 1986 to 1989. Mother of Sylvester Stallone.
6 Dan McLeod M 98 years, 6 days June 14, 1860 June 20, 1958 Last surviving American Heavyweight Champion and veteran of the "Farmer" Burns-Frank Gotch era.[2]
7 Betty Wagner F 98 years 1912–1913 June 3, 2011 First wife and valet of Gorgeous George.[3]
8 Jarvis Astaire M 97 years, 319 days October 6, 1923 August 21, 2021 Promoter for Joint Promotions in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s.
9 Pedro Septién M 97 years, 273 days March 21, 1916 December 19, 2013 Mexican actor, wrestling announcer and baseball broadcaster.
10 Gerry Hoggarth M 97 years, 119 days April 17, 1922 August 14, 2019 Second oldest British wrestler ever behind Joe D'Orazio. Began his career in the 1940s. source Cauliflower Alley Club
11 Luis Magana M 97 years 1910 March 23, 2008 Spanish announcer in boxing and wrestling in Los Angeles
12 Bill Mercer M 96 years, 233 days February 13, 1926 Living Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
13 Jack LaLanne M 96 years, 119 days September 26, 1914 January 23, 2011 World-famous fitness guru had a brief pro wrestling career in 1938.
14 Milo Steinborn M 95 years, 328 days March 18, 1893 February 9, 1989 Promoted wrestling in Florida[2]
15 Meshulam Riklis M 95 years, 54 days December 2, 1923 January 25, 2019 Turkish-Israeli businessman that owned Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling from 1986 to 2001.
16 Andrew Tsimpides M 95 years, 34 days August 16, 1916 September 19, 2011 Former manager of Gorgeous George
17 Princess Bonita F 94 years, 273 days May 31, 1919 February 28, 2014 Oldest female, mainly wrestled as Princess White Dove
18 Don Brinton M 94 years, 121 days October 3, 1927 February 1, 2022 Canadian broadcaster. Won the Order of Canada. Promoter for AWA in Winnpieg from 1979 to 1986.
18 Lloyd Antonation M 94 years, 111 days December 22, 1922 April 10, 2017 Wrestled only in Winnipeg, Canada.
19 Abe Jacobs M 94 years, 108 days June 18, 1928 Living New Zealand wrestler. Former NWA World Tag Team Champion.
20 Octavio Gaona M 94 years, 96 days March 22, 1902 June 26, 1996 First ever to participate in a Luchas de Apuestas.
21 Charles Lutkie M 94 years, 74 days December 20, 1918 March 4, 2013 Wrestled in the Central States and was a light heavyweight champion.
22 Alex Iakovidis M 94 years, 57 days August 8, 1928 Living Greek wrestler. Former GTV 9 Heavyweight Champion.
23 James Dudley M 94 years, 22 days May 10, 1910 June 1, 2004 First African-American promoter & manager working under Vincent J. McMahon
24 Billy Varga M 94 years, 1 day January 10, 1919 January 11, 2013 Former NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion and actor
25 Imam Baksh Pahalwan M 93–94 years 1883 1977 Indian trainer for Pehlwani.

Oldest female wrestlers everEdit

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Death Notes
1 Princess Bonita F 94 years, 273 days May 31, 1919 February 28, 2014 Oldest female, mainly wrestled as Princess White Dove
2 Mae Young F 90 years, 308 days March 12, 1923 January 14, 2014 Oldest person to wrestle ever at 87 years old. Wrestled for WWF from 1999 to 2000, 2004 and 2010.
3 Lorraine Johnson F 90 years, 217 days March 2, 1930 October 5, 2020 [4]
4 Ethel Brown F 90 years, 57 days May 25, 1931 July 21, 2021
5 Gladys Gillem F 89 years, 218 days January 6, 1920 August 12, 2009 Feuded with Mildred Burke.
6 Cora Combs F 88 years, 96 days March 17, 1927 June 21, 2015
7 Yukiko Tomoe F 86 years, 337 days November 1, 1935 Living Oldest living female wrestler. First Japanese woman to win the NWA World Women's Championship in 1968.
8 Beverly Shade F 86 years, 197 days March 21, 1936 Living Wrestled in the WWF in 1980.
9 Kathy Starr F 86 years, 118 days June 8, 1936 Living Wrestled mainly in Hawaii.
10 Irma Gonzalez F 86 years, 45 days August 20, 1936 Living Wrestled mainly in Mexico and WCCW. Oldest surviving Mexican women wrestler.

Oldest wrestlers currently livingEdit

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Bill Mercer M 96 years, 233 days February 13, 1926 Voice of World Class Championship Wrestling.
2 Abe Jacobs M 94 years, 108 days June 18, 1928 New Zealand wrestler. Former NWA World Tag Team Champion.
3 Alex Iakovidis M 94 years, 57 days August 8, 1928 Born in Greece, Lives in Melbourne, Australia, GTV 9 Heavyweight Champion, Wrestling 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.[5]
4 “Cowboy” Bob Ellis M 93 years, 203 days March 15, 1929 Known as the inventor of the bulldog.[6]
5 Samson Burke M 93 years, 179 days April 8, 1929 Oldest Canadian Wrestler. Known as Sammy Berg. Also was a bodybuilder, swimmer, and actor.
6 Allan Pinfold M 92–93 years 1929 Wrestled in Australia and was a 3 time Australian Light Heavyweight Champion.
7 Bill Verna M 92–93 years 1929 Aussie wrestler won the British Empire/Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship.
8 Octavio Gaona Jr. M 91 years, 0 days October 4, 1931 Son of Octavio Gaona.
9 Hank Garrett M 90 years, 343 days October 26, 1931 Wrestled as The Minnesota Farm Boy from 1957 to 1966.
10 Nick Kozak M 89 years, 335 days November 3, 1932 Raised in Texas. Wrestled for Pacific Northwest, WCCW and NWA Georgia.
11 Steve Novak M 89 years, 314 days November 24, 1932 Wrestled in Studio Wrestling out of Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 1960s. Also wrestled as The Battling Bohemian and Red Menace.
12 Caswell Martin M 89–90 years 1932 Wrestled in the UK, Germany and Japan.
13 Sam Betts M 89 years, 205 days March 13, 1933 Wrestled in the UK, Asia, Middle East and India.
14 Keita Meretana M 88–89 years 1933 Former NWA New Zealand Heavyweight Championship
15 Max Crabtree M 88–89 years 1933 English wrestler and promoter for Joint Promotions. Brother of Shirley Crabtree.
16 Guillotine Gordon M 87 years, 263 days January 14, 1935 Wrestled in the WWWF from 1964 to 1969. Also later on in his career he wrestled as Enforcer Luciano in NWA Hollywood.
17 Dory Dixon M 87 years, 245 days February 1, 1935 First Jamaican wrestler in the WWWF
18 Hisashi Shinma M 87 years, 196 days March 22, 1935 President of the WWF from 1978 to 1984. Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019.
19 Billy Two Rivers M 87 years, 152 days May 5, 1935 Wrestled mostly in Canada and the U.S. An actual Mohawk chief.
20 Horst Hoffman M 87 years, 5 days September 29, 1935 Czechslovakian wrestler. Wrestled in Germany, France, Japan and AWA.
21 Paul Diamond M 86 years, 345 days October 24, 1935 Wrestled for NWA Vancouver and AWA from 1960 to 1972
22 Yukiko Tomoe F 86 years, 337 days November 1, 1935 Japanese female wrestler. Oldest living female wrestler. Former NWA World Women's Champion
23 Earl Maynard M 86 years, 310 days November 28, 1935 From Barbados former Mr. Universe, a bodybuilder wrestler in the 60s and 70s and teamed with Rocky Johnson. He wrestled for Pacific Northwest, Stampede, NWA, and WWWF.
24 Tony Kontellis M 86–87 years 1935 Wrestled in Australia and WWWF
25 Eddie Sharkey M 86 years, 242 days February 4, 1936 Wrestled in AWA. Owns Pro Wrestling America. Also has trained many wrestlers like Rick Rude, Bob Backlund, Jesse Ventura, etc.
26 Beverly Shade F 86 years, 197 days March 21, 1936 Wrestled in Tennessee and WWF in 1980.
27 Beauregarde M 86 years, 158 days April 29, 1936 Musician and wrestled in the Pacific Northwest.
28 Kathy Starr F 86 years, 118 days June 8, 1936 Wrestled mainly in Hawaii.
29 Irma Gonzalez F 86 years, 45 days August 20, 1936 Wrestled mainly in Mexico and WCCW. Oldest surviving Mexican women wrestler.
30 Black Gordman M 85 years, 364 days October 5, 1936 Mexican wrestler who teamed with the Great Goliath. Well known in Los Angeles, Texas and WWWF from 1972 to 1974.
31 Emile Dupree M 85 years, 349 days October 20, 1936 Canadian wrestler and promoter for Grand Prix Wrestling in New Brunswick. Father of Rene Dupree.
32 Eddie Morrow M 85–86 years 1936 From Martinique wrestled for Pacific Northwest and Stampede Wrestling. Brother of Gerry Morrow. Resides in Calgary, Canada.
33 Mark Lewin M 85 years, 202 days March 16, 1937 Multi-time regional champion. Worked as Purple Haze.
34 Kenny Jay M 85 years, 191 days March 27, 1937 Wrestled for American Wrestling Association from 1962 to 1985.
35 Erich Froelich M 85 years, 154 days May 3, 1937 Born in Germany, wrestled mainly for NWA All-Star Wrestling in Vancouver, Canada. Lives in Canada.
36 Paul Vachon M 84 years, 362 days October 7, 1937 Former AWA Tag Team Champion. Brother of Maurice Vachon.
37 Raúl Reyes M 84 years, 296 days December 12, 1937 Wrestled in Mexico.
38 Steve Veidor M 84 years, 267 days January 10, 1938 British wrestler. Former European Heavyweight Champion.
39 Omar Atlas M 84 years, 165 days April 22, 1938 Venezuelan wrestler. Former NWA Central States Champion. Worked for WWF from 1986 to 1992.
40 Brian Maxine M 84 years, 52 days August 13, 1938 British musician and wrestler. Former British Middleweight Champion and British Welterweight Champion.

Oldest wrestlers to ever perform 70 and overEdit

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 She took part in a Falls Count Anywhere 2-on-1 Handicap Match against LayCool (Layla) and (Michelle McCool) on WWE's Old School Raw, when she put her foot over Layla for a pinfall victory outside the ring.
2 Killer Kowalski M 81 years, 153 days October 13, 1926 August 30, 2008 March 14, 2008 Kowalski wrestled his last match as he defeated Gino Giovanni with the clawhold at Top Rope Promotions in Fall River, Massachusetts.
3 The Fabulous Moolah F 81 years, 61 days July 22, 1923 November 2, 2007 September 21, 2004 Teamed with Mae Young to defeat Dawn Marie and Torrie Wilson in a tag team match at the WWE SmackDown taping. The match aired on TV two days later.
4 Great Kojika M 80 years, 159 days April 28, 1942 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on September 18, 2022, at All Japan Pro Wrestling event in Tokyo, Japan, where he teamed with Masao Inoue, and Yoshiaki Yatsu loisng to Atsushi Onita, Masanobu Fuchi, and Shiro Koshinaka.
5 Dominic DeNucci M 80 years, 82 days January 23, 1932 August 12, 2021 April 14, 2012 DeNucci wrestled his last match at a PWS card in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, teaming up with Shane Douglas to defeat the team of Lord Zoltan and Shawn Blanchard.
6 Tinieblas M 80 years, 71 days June 8, 1939 Living August 18, 2019 Last wrestled at the 2019 Expo Lucha convention in San Diego, California, teaming up with Dr. Wagner Jr. and Octagón to defeat the team of Fuerza Guerrera, Misterioso Jr., and Pirata Morgan.
7 Ox Baker M 80 years, 0 days April 19, 1934 October 20, 2014 April 19, 2014 Wrestled his last match on his 80th birthday against Bobo Brazil Jr. at a CCW card in Marion, Ohio.[7]
8 Dave Kidney M 79–80 years 1931 July 21, 2020 January 28, 2011 Last known match took place in Carnoustie, Scotland.
9 Jimmy Valiant M 79 years, 281 days August 6, 1942 Living May 14, 2022 Most recently wrestled on May 14, 2022, for Patriotic Wrestling Federation in York, South Carolina, where he teamed with Deon Johnson and Sweet Dreamz to defeat the team of AJ Frost, Chris Anderson, and Tony Benge.
10 Bob Armstrong M 79 years, 220 days October 3, 1939 August 27, 2020 May 11, 2019 Armstrong's last match was for Continental Championship Wrestling in Dothan, Alabama, where he defeated The Assassin.
11 Dory Funk Jr. M 79 years, 26 days February 3, 1941 Living February 29, 2020 Last match was at his own FC !Bang! promotion in Belleview, Florida, teaming with The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) to defeat the team of Blain Rage, Jake Logan, and Shane Chung.
12 Frank Hickey M 78 years, 66 days March 10, 1915 December 8, 1993 May 15, 1993 Wrestled his last match at a USWA event in Nashville, Tennessee, teaming with Brian Christopher in a loss to Frank Morrell and Koko B. Ware. He died a few months later.
13 KY Wakamatsu M 77 years, 45 days January 1, 1942 Living February 15, 2019 Last wrestled on a show independently produced by Keiji Muto in Tokyo, Japan, where he teamed up with Great Kojika and Tiger Toguchi in a loss to the team of Heisei Ishingun (Akitoshi Saito, Masashi Aoyagi, & Shiro Koshinaka).
14 Gypsy Joe M 77 years, 36 days December 2, 1933 June 14, 2016 January 7, 2011 Joe wrestled his last match at the Gypsy Joe retirement show held in Tullahoma, Tennessee by the Southern Wrestling Federation.
15 Mil Máscaras M 76 years, 237 days July 15, 1942 Living March 9, 2019 Last wrestled for Lucha Libre Acapulco in Acapulco, Mexico, teaming with Capitan Atomo and Dragon Lee to defeat the team of La Bestia del Ring, Rey Bucanero, and Valiente.
16 Vince McMahon M 76 years, 222 days August 24, 1945 Living April 3, 2022 Wrestled his last match at WrestleMania 38 in Arlington, Texas, defeating Pat McAfee.
17 José González M 76 years, 200 days March 18, 1946 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on August 6, 2022, for IWA Puerto Rico, teaming with Savio Vega defeated Manny Ferno, Mr. Big and El Bronco in a handicap match.
18 Claude Roca M 76 years, 127 days March 18, 1945 Living July 23, 2021 Last wrestled for ABC Wrestling in Beziers, France, losing to Matthew Ford.
19 Jackie Fargo M 76 years, 82 days June 26, 1930 June 24, 2013 September 16, 2006 Wrestled in a tag team match with Jeff Justice and Officer McKenny to defeat Dr. Tom Prichard, Beau James and The Sheik of Araby for Big Time Wrestling in Granite Quarry, North Carolina.
20 Frank Durso M 76 years, 52 days January 30, 1937 December 7, 2018 March 23, 2013 Wrestled in a tag team match with Shawn Blanchard and Lou Martin to defeat Bobby O, Kris Kash, Shane Starr and Justin Sane for Keystone State Wrestling Alliance in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
21 Bill Dundee M 76 years, 51 days October 24, 1943 Living December 14, 2019 Wrestled last for Bobby Eaton: A Night Of Appreciation event in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he teamed with George South, Beau James, and Stan Lee as they lost to Bobby Fulton, Brad Thomas, Ryan Dookie, and Shane Williams.
22 Bushwhacker Luke M 75 years, 269 days January 8, 1947 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on July 30, 2022, for Absolute Intense Wrestling in Jefferson, Ohio, teaming with Arthur McArthur and Chuck Stone defeating Eric Taylor, Mikey Montgomery and The Duke.
23 Chick Donovan M 75 years, 89 days March 7, 1947 Living June 4, 2022 Most recently wrestled for Appalachian Championship Wrestling in Williamson, West Virginia, in a match against Kerry Morton that went to a Double Count-out Draw.
24 Kenny Jay M 75 years, 77 days March 27, 1937 Living June 16, 2012 Last wrestled in an 11-person Royal Rumble style match, where he entered last and won, last eliminating Erik Lockhart, for Rock n Roll Wrestling in Wahpeton, North Dakota.
25 El Matematico M 75 years, 27 days April 20, 1940 Living May 17, 2015 Wrestled his last match for FMLL teaming with Mano Negra and Jalisco as they lost to Blue Panther, Damián 666, and Negro Navarro in El Monte, California.
26 Octavio Gaona M 74 years, 304 days March 22, 1902 June 26, 1996 January 20, 1977 Wrestled his last match at a show in Guadalajara, Mexico teaming with his grandson, Arturo Gaona and Bucanero I defeating Babe Sharon, Comando I and Luis Chavir.
27 Lou Thesz M 74 years, 246 days April 24, 1916 April 28, 2002 December 26, 1990 The former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion last wrestled Masahiro Chono for New Japan Pro Wrestling in Hamamatsu, Japan. He lost to Chono.
28 Kim Duk M 74 years, 222 days February 7, 1948 Living September 17, 2022 Most recently wreslted for AAA/MaxProad in Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico, where he teamed with Apollo Guerrero losing to Angel Del Infierno Jr. and Titanic Jr..
29 The Great Gama M 73–74 years May 22, 1878 May 23, 1960 1952 Sources say that Gama remained active as a wrestler until 1952.
30 Johnny Saint M 73 years, 349 days June 29, 1941 Living June 13, 2015 Wrestled his last match for Italian Championship Wrestling in Brescia, Italy, teaming with Manuel Majoli to defeat Mr. Excellent and Psycho Mike.
31 Adrian Street M 73 years, 191 days December 5, 1940 Living June 14, 2014 Wrestled his last match for NWA Wrestle Birmingham, in Birmingham, Alabama.
32 Yoshiaki Fujiwara M 73 years, 160 days April 27, 1949 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on October 2, 2022 for Dotonbori Pro -Ishinriki Kōji retirement show in Tokyo, Japan, teaming with Miyuki Takase defeating Totoro Satsuki and Carbell Ito.
33 Ric Flair M 73 years, 156 days February 25, 1949 Living July 31, 2022 Wrestled his last match in Nashville, Tennessee, teaming with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat the team of Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett at the Ric Flair's Last Match pay-per-view.
34 Estrella Blanca M 73 years, 92 days January 15, 1938 November 15, 2021 April 17, 2011 Wrestled his last match on a AAA show in a loss to El Pistolero in San Pedro Cholula, Mexico.
35 Terry Funk M 73 years, 85 days June 30, 1944 Living September 23, 2017 Last wrestled for Big Time Wrestling in Spartanburg, South Carolina where he teamed with The Rock N' Roll Express as they defeated Doug Gilbert, Jerry Lawler and Brian Christopher.
36 Mr. Wrestling II M 73 years, 33 days September 10, 1934 June 10, 2020 October 13, 2007 Last wrestled for Hawaii Championship Wrestling as he teamed up with Steve Corino and won the HCW Kekaulike Heritage Tag Team Championship title.
37 George Julio M 73 years, 27 days March 10, 1946 Living April 6, 2019 Last wrestled for New Age Wrestling in Australia, defeating Bo Boman.
38 Mike Jackson M 72–73 years 1949 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on July 4, 2022, for IndependentWrestling.tv losing to Adam Priest in Red Bank, Tennessee.
39 Sergio El Hermoso M 72–73 years 1946 May 14, 2021 August 17, 2019 Wrestled his last match teaming with Zoraya defeating Carta Brava and Fantasma de la Opera by disqualification at Promociones HUMO in Mexico City, Mexico.
40 El Satanico M 72 years, 343 days October 26, 1949 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on September 27, 2022, for CMLL in Guadalajara, Mexico teaming with Atlantis, and Black Warrior losing to Blue Panther Fuerza Guerrera and El Solar.
41 Jerry Lawler M 72 years, 309 days November 29, 1949 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on September 9, 2022 for Northeast Wrestling in Niles, Ohio, wrestling two matches that night; first wrestling Elijah Dean to a no contest. Then Lawler teamed with Erick Redbeard defeating Elijah Dean and Zack Nystrom.
42 John Cena Sr. M 72 years, 155 days June 16, 1944 Living November 18, 2016 The biological father of John Cena. He wrestled his last match defeating Chad Epik at House of Bricks Pro Wrestling in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
43 Woody Farmer M 72 years, 109 days December 25, 1935 February 29, 2012 April 12, 2008 Wrestled his last match for Bay Wrestling Federation in Alameda, California, teaming with his son Shane Kody and his grandson Riot defeating Boom Boom Comini, Johnny Starr and Mr. Frost.
44 Mitsuo Momota M 72 years, 33 days September 21, 1948 Living October 24, 2020 Most recently wrestled on October 24, 2020, for All Japan Pro Wrestling's Raising An Amry Memorial Series in Tokyo, Japan, where he wrestled teamed with Takao Omori, Masanobu Fuchi, Black Menso-re and Ryuki Honda defeating Ryoji Sai, Yoshi Tatsu, Yusuke Okada, Chikara and Ishkiki in a 10 tag match.
45 Cien Caras M 72 years, 27 days October 18, 1949 Living November 14, 2021 Last wrestled on November 14, 2021, for an event in Guadalajara, Mexico where he defeated El Gallo for the Arena Jalisco Heavyweight Title.
46 Billy Riley M 71–72 years June 22, 1896 August 27, 1977 1968 Last known match took place in 1968.
T-47 Gustav Frištenský M 72 years (unverified) May 18, 1879 April 6, 1957 1951 It is said that Gustav Frištenský wrestled until the age of 72.
Warren Bockwinkel M 72 years (unverified) May 21, 1911 March 25, 1986 1983 It is said that Warren Bockwinkel, father of Nick Bockwinkel, wrestled until the age of 72.
48 Jimmy Snuka M 71 years, 362 days May 18, 1943 January 15, 2017 May 15, 2015 His last match was at an ECPW event, where he teamed up with Frankie Flow to defeat the team of Andrew Anderson and Jason Knight.
49 Ron Fuller M 71 years, 328 days March 3, 1948 Living January 25, 2020 Last wrestled on January 25, 2020, for Continental Championship Wrestling in Dothan, Alabama, teaming with Jimmy Golden to defeat The Dirty Blondes (Leo Brien and Mike Patrick).
50 Bob Orton Jr. M 71 years, 328 days November 10, 1950 Living Still Active Last wrestled on August 13, 2022 for Southern Illions Championship Wrestling where he teamed with Bradon Barretta defeating Kowalski and Mauler McDerby in East Carondelet, Illinois.
51 Ultraman M 71 years, 321 days July 14, 1947 Living May 31, 2019 His last match was teaming with El Solar and Super Astro as they defeated Black Terry, Negro Navarro, and Mano Negra at an event in Cuautitlan, Mexico.
52 Masanobu Kurisu M 71 years, 304 days November 15, 1946 Living September 15, 2018 His last match was teaming with Shigeo Okumura and Felino as they defeated, Mano Negra, Solar I, and Villano IV at the ExpoMuseo event in Benito Juarez, Mexico.
53 Mae Weston F 71 years, 138 days January 30, 1923 October 14, 1999 June 17, 1994 Wrestled in her last match in a tag team match with Stormy Apple as they lost to Josie Navarro and Margaret Garcia at Ladies International Wrestling Association in Las Vegas, Nevada.
54 John Pesek M 71 years, 124 days February 21, 1894 March 21, 1978 June 25, 1965 Wrestled in his last match defeating Frenchy Roberre at a Pacific Northwest Wrestling event in Portland, Oregon.
55 Afa Anoa'i M 71 years, 100 days November 21, 1942 Living March 1, 2014 Wrestled his last match with his sons Afa Anoa'i Jr., LA Smooth, Samu and his grandson Lance Anoa'i. They defeated Homicide, AC Anderson, Eric Cobain, Havok and Mustafa Aziz in a 10-tag match for his promotion World Xtreme Wrestling in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
T-56 Ivan Koloff M 71 years, 83 days August 25, 1942 February 18, 2017 November 16, 2013 Wrestled his last match as he lost to Bob Armstrong at Superstars of Wrestling 1 in Rome, Georgia.
Stu Hart M 71 years, 83 days May 3, 1915 October 16, 2003 July 25, 1986 Wrestled his last match in a tag team match with his son, Keith defeating Honky Tonk Wayne and JR Foley at Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
57 Jaque Mate M 70 years, 351 days September 29, 1948 Living September 15, 2019 Wrestled his last match at the VerdugoMania 3rd Anniversary show in Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico, teaming with Jaque Mate Jr., Rafaga, and Rayman in a loss to the team of Américo Rocca, El Gallego, Huracan Ramirez, and Starman.
58 Katsuji Ueda M 70 years, 236 days December 15, 1945 April 20, 2017 August 7, 2016 Wrestled his last match for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling in Tokyo, Japan, defeating HASEGAWA and The Shooter in a MMA Three Way match.
59 El Sicodelico M 70 years, 226 days April 4, 1944 Living November 16, 2014 Wrestled his last match in an event in Mexico City, Mexico, teaming with Mil Mascaras and Dos Caras defeating Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata and Brazo de Platino.
60 Nikolai Volkoff M 70 years, 203 days October 14, 1947 July 29, 2018 May 5, 2018 Wrestled his last match for Battleground Championship Wrestling in Feasterville, Pennsylvania, teaming with Jim Duggan to defeat the team of Mecha Mercenary and Nicky Benz.
61 El Canek M 70 years, 107 days June 19, 1952 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on July 1, 2022, for Big Lucha El Aniversario in Iztapalapa, Mexico in a triple threat against Penta El Zero Miedo won by Villano IV.
62 Baron Michele Leone M 70 years, 67 days June 8, 1909 November 26, 1988 August 14, 1979 Wrestled his last match defeating Rat Ferraro at a wrestling event in Montreal, Canada.
63 Dick the Bruiser Jr. M 70 years, 61 days August 4, 1952 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on August 20, 2022, for Pro Wreslting King in Fort Wayne, Indiana teamign with Shawna Reed and Shotgun Shuler defeating Jensyn, NERD 5th and Steve Drochner.
64 Black Terry M 70 years, 31 days September 3, 1952 Living Still Active Most recently wrestled on September 18, 2022, for Lucha Memes Battle Of Coacalco 2022 in Coacalco, Mexico losing to Vinnie Massaro in the Quarter Finals for the Battle Of Coacalco Tournament.
65 The Great Kabuki M 70 years, 22 days September 8, 1948 Living September 30, 2018 Wrestled his last match at a show that was independently produced by Masakatsu Funaki in Osaka, Japan, teaming with Giant Small Baba, Small Antonio Inoki, and Teruko Kagawa to defeat the team of HIRO Dai Circus Yasuda, Mitsukuni Daiso, Waka Shoyo, and Yamaishi Meijin in an 8-person tag team match.

Oldest wrestlers still wrestlingEdit

Rank Name Sex Age Birth Notes
1 Great Kojika M 80 years, 160 days April 27, 1942 Still wrestles in Japan as of 2022.
2 José González M 76 years, 200 days March 18, 1946 Still wrestles for International Wrestling Association in Puerto Rico and tag team champion.
3 Bushwhacker Luke M 75 years, 269 days January 8, 1947 Still wrestles in independent shows as of July 2022.
4 Yoshiaki Fujiwara M 73 years, 160 days April 27, 1949 Still wrestles in Japan as of 2022.
5 El Satánico M 72 years, 343 days October 26, 1949 Still wrestles for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre as of 2022.
6 Jerry Lawler M 72 years, 309 days November 29, 1949 Still wrestles in independent shows as of September 2022.
7 Mike Jackson M 72 years 1949 Still wrestles for independent shows as of July 2022.
8 Bob Orton Jr. M 71 years, 328 days November 10, 1950 Wrestles in for Southern Illonis Championship Wrestling and independent shows.
9 El Canek M 70 years, 107 days June 19, 1952 Wrestles in Mexico as of July 2022.
10 Dick the Bruiser Jr. M 70 years, 61 days August 4, 1952 Father in law of Dick the Bruiser. Wrestles for Pro Wrestling King in Indiana as of 2022.
11 Black Terry M 70 years, 31 days September 3, 1952 Wrestles in Mexico as of 2022.
12 Fuerza Guerrera M 68 years, 295 days December 13, 1953 Wrestles in Mexico as of 2022.
13 Ricky Knight M 68 years, 284 days December 24, 1953 Wrestles in England as of September 2022.
14 Tatsumi Fujinami M 68 years, 280 days December 28, 1953 Wrestles in Japan as of 2022.
15 Masanobu Fuchi M 68 years, 263 days January 14, 1954 Wrestles for All Japan Pro Wrestling as of September 2022.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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