The Best Submission Wrestlers of All Time

by jwoehr | created - 19 Mar 2012 | updated - 20 Mar 2012 | Public

1. Chris Benoit

Actor | WCW Thunder

Chris Benoit is a legend in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, though we Wrestled all over the world and was a super star in The United States. Benoit held the WCW Tag Team title and Television title. He was considered for a role in X-Men as the Wolverine (one of his nick names). His life ended in ...

Is scummy what he did, but you have to admit that many wrestlers have tried to do the crossface after and were far less impressive doing it. Many will say thank god to there never being another Chris Benoit, but WWE fans like myself are bored that he's no longer around and wrestling will never be the same. I mean, John Cena ?? ZZZZ

2. Kurt Angle

Actor | Warrior

Kurt Steven Angle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner in the 220lbs weight category. First ever wrestler to hold the WCW and WWF World Championships during the same calendar year, and has held WWF, Intercontinental, European and Hardcore championships ...

3. Bret Hart

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Bret Hart is one of Canada's most successful wrestlers. He is also recognized as one of the worlds best wrestlers ever. Hart comes from the legendary Hart Family of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He owns a junior hockey team named after him and has his own column in the Calgary Sun. Bret has held the ...

4. Ric Flair

Actor | WWE Monday Night RAW

Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional ...

5. Mark Calaway

Actor | Suburban Commando

Born on March 24, 1965. Best known as "The Undertaker" from World Wrestling Entertainment. He first came to the WWF in 1990 as Ted DiBiase's mystery partner at The Survivor Series (1990). At first, he was a heel, but later turned face, around WrestleMania VIII (1992). He has held the WWF World ...

I saw a house show with Undertaker vs Angle and it was pure proof that Undertaker is actually an awesome submission wrestler.

6. Chris Jericho

Actor | MacGruber

American-born, Canadian-raised professional wrestler, rock singer, actor and author. Debuted in 1990 in Calgary after training in the Hart Family Dungeon. He competed for Stampede Wrestling, for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (no connection to the National Wrestling Alliance) and West ...

7. C.M. Punk

Actor | WWE: OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History

Born in 1978, Phil Brooks had a hard life growing up on the streets where he was confronted by drugs and alcohol. Instead of giving into them, he turned away from them and decided to join the Straight Edge movement of being Alcohol, Drug and Cigarette free. In his teen years, Brooks become a highly...

8. Darren Matthews

Actor | WWE: OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History

Darren Matthews was born on May 10, 1968 in Staffordshire, England as Darren Kenneth Matthews. He is an actor, known for WWE: OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History (2011), Breaking Ground (2015) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He has been married to Christina since November 8, 1986. They have ...


9. Bryan Danielson

Actor | WWE: OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History

Bryan Danielson was born on May 22, 1981 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE: OMG! - The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History (2011), WWE Raw (1993) and Journey to WrestleMania: Daniel Bryan (2014). He has been married to Brie Bella since April 11, 2014. They have one child.

10. Peter Senerchia

Actor | WWF SmackDown!

Peter Senerchia was born on October 11, 1967 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for WWE Smackdown! (1999), Eastern Championship Wrestling (1993) and WWF Livewire (1997). He is married to Theresa Smith. They have one child.


11. Steve Borden

Actor | Ready to Rumble

He has held the WCW World Title 10 times, and has been the US, Tag, TV, and the US tag champ. He has been the only wrestler to stay in WCW since the late 1980s and he had reconstructive knee surgery in 1991. Steve aka Sting was also the only wrestler from WCW who never worked for WWE until 2014 ...

12. Dean Malenko

Actor | WCW Thunder

Retired American professional wrestler best known for his work for ECW and WCW during the 1990s. He is the son of the late wrestling legend Boris Malenko. He debuted in Florida in 1979 and proceeded to work all over the world, particularly in Japan. He teamed with his brother Joe for years. He also...

13. Bob Backlund

Actor | Spectrum Wrestling

Bob Backlund was born on August 14, 1950 in Princeton, Minnesota, USA as Robert Lee Backlund. He is an actor, known for Spectrum Wrestling (1977), WWF Superstars (1986) and WWF All-Star Wrestling (1972). He has been married to Corrine Gentzkow since October 31, 1974. They have one child.

14. Masahiro Chôno

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Masahiro Chôno was born on September 17, 1963 in Mitaka City, Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for WCW Monday Nitro (1995), Collision in Korea (1995) and Clash of the Champions (1997). He has been married to Martina Carls since December 28, 1991. They have one child.

Made the STF popular and dangerous in Japan long before Cena did in U.S.

15. Kensuke Sasaki

Actor | Single Mothers

Kensuke Sasaki was born on August 4, 1966 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is an actor, known for Single Mothers (2012), WCW Japan Supershow III (1993) and WCW Monday Nitro (1995). He has been married to Akira Hokuto since October 1, 1995. They have two children.

16. Larry Pfohl

Actor | World Wide Wrestling

Larry Pfohl was born on June 2, 1958 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Lawrence Pfohl. He is an actor, known for WCW Worldwide Wrestling (1975), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and Superboy (1988). He was previously married to Peggy Fulbright.


17. Ted DiBiase

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

The son of a professional wrestler, Ted DiBiase had started his pro wrestling career as a fan favorite, but soon "changed sides" and became a heel throughout the rest of his career. DiBiase entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the late 1980s where he gained most of his fame as "The ...

18. Robert Remus

Actor | G.I. Joe

One of the most recognizable grapplers of the 1980s, Sgt. Slaughter became huge in National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), and the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). A former United States Marine who earned his nickname during his service, Sgt. Slaughter soon ...

19. Owen Hart

Actor | Saturday Night's Main Event

Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former ...

20. John Cena

Actor | Trainwreck

John Felix Anthony Cena, better known as WWE superstar John Cena, was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, to Carol (Lupien) and John Cena. He is of Italian (father) and French-Canadian and English (mother) descent, and is the grandson of baseball player Tony Lupien. When he was ...

Brought power to the STF, still Benoit tapping to Cena is still the worse thing I have ever seen. When Cena tapped to the Crossface though, that was more like it!

21. Lance Storm

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Lance was born in Sarnia on April 3rd 1969. He grew up in North Bay, Ontario and most of his family still lives in that area. He played volleyball during his early school days and never showed an interest in Wrestling until he entered Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. During his time...

22. Bobby Roode

Actor | Against All Odds

Bobby Roode was born on January 1, 1977 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada as Robert Roode. He is an actor, known for Against All Odds (2011), Final Resolution (2009) and Bound for Glory (2009).

23. Alberto Del Rio

Actor | WWE NXT

Alberto Del Rio was born on May 25, 1977 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico as José Alberto Rodriguez. He is an actor, known for WWE NXT (2010), WWE Smackdown! (1999) and WWE Main Event (2012).