As the popularity of puroresu grew after Rikidozan's debut in the late 40s, there have been a number of wrestlers and tag teams that have transcended the ranking of superstar into legendary status. This section has wrestlers that already have profiles linked from other pages, but with over 700 profiles on Puroresu Central I wanted it to be easier to find the true legends that have made puroresu what it is today. This is purely subjective, but I consider a wrestler or tag team legendary if they made a lasting impact on puroresu in the ring, out of it, or both. Most are retired, but some active wrestlers are already legends based on their achievements in the sport. Not all of these wrestlers are on the same level, but all are legends in their own right.


Abdullah the Butcher
Akira Maeda
Antonio Inoki
Atsushi Onita
Big Van Vader
Genichiro Tenryu
Giant Baba
Jumbo Tsuruta
Jushin Thunder Liger
Keiji Mutoh
Kenta Kobashi
Lou Thesz
Masahiro Chono
Mil Mascaras
Mitsuharu Misawa
Riki Choshu
Satoru Sayama (Tiger Mask)
Shinya Hashimoto
Stan Hansen
Tatsumi Fujinami
Terry Funk
Tiger Jeet Singh
Toshiaki Kawada
Ultimo Dragon

Tag Teams

B-I Cannon (Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki)
Big Van Vader and Crusher Bam Bam Bigelow
Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk
Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat
Footloose (Samson Fuyuki and Toshiaki Kawada)
Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta
Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima
Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada and Akira Taue)
Jado and Gedo
Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu
Jurassic Powers (Scott Norton and Hercules Hernandez)
Keiji Mutoh and Hiroshi Hase
KENTA and Naomichi Marufuji
Kenta Kobashi and Jun Akiyama
Masahiro Chono and Hiroyoshi Tenzan
Miracle Violence Connection (Terry Gordy and Steve Williams)
Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada
Mitsuharu Misawa and Yoshinari Ogawa
Rikidozan and Toyonobori
Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody
The Hellraisers (Hawk Warrior and Power Warrior)
The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal)
The Steiner Brothers
WILD II (Takeshi Morishima and Takeshi Rikio)