Top Five Hardest Hitting Wrestlers

Lowlife Louie Ramos, Amerigo Diehl and Brian Damage

Ok peeps, this week’s selection is top five hardest hitting or stiffest wrestlers of all time. Wrestlers (could be both male and female) who you watched and believed were the most physical inside a wrestling ring.


My goodness what a great topic. But by gawd did you make this difficult.  Top 5 STIFFEST . There has been so many great hard ,heavy hitters in history.. To just name 5 seems tough. 

Maybe an American top 5…A Japanese top 5..An international top 5..An independent top 5 I’m gonna try my best. So to all you guys out there this is MY all time top 5…

Honorable mention…Low Ki, Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, Samoa Joe. Steve Monsta Mack, Brock Lesnar, Tomohiro Ishii, Daisuke Sekimoto, Chris Dickinson,  Dan Maff, SHLAK, MASADA, Corp Robinson,  Ian Rotten, Minoru Suzuki, Dr Death Steve Williams, Fit Finlay,  Walter, Bull Pain. Bryan Danielson

5) Mitsuharu Misawa

The defacto father of the All Japan boom in the late 80s early 90s. Misawa was synonymous with the strong style that came out of that company.  His move set along with his brutal sweat spraying forearms and strikes are amazing .His hard hitting matches with Kobashi, Kawada, Dr Death and so many others are the stuff of legends..the 3 men i just mentioned should also be on this list. This is how hard it is to pick here.

4) Stan Hansen

The bad man from Borger Texas gets the nod over another legend here..Vader…as he was responsible for knocking Vader’s eye out of its socket during an especially stiff bout in Japan..a place where he made a huge name in singles and tag team with another highly impactful athlete in one Bruiser Brody. Hansen also broke the neck of living legend Bruno Sammartino in the 70s. Wrestling for the better part of 5 decades. Hansen was as tough as they come. 

3) Terry Funk

The true living legend.. the man wrestled virtually everyone in his illustrious career that spanned 6 decades. Funk was a star and a champion everywhere he went. Wrestling tough hard hitting matches that blurred the line every time..His pile driving Ric Flair on a table back in 88 may look standard now..but back then was a move only a maniac and renegade would attempt.. Funk was a true pioneer. HAVE ANY OF YOU OUT THERE BEEN HIT BY A TERRY FUNK LEFT HAND?? NO…WELL I HAVE. HE ALSO KNOCKED HALF MY TOOTH OUT OF MY MOUTH.. so i can speak from experience lol.  

2) Homicide 

This one is high up because its the man responsible for training me. But his body of work speaks for itself.  The godfather of east coast indy wrestling and a man who trained many a strong style grappler (Low Ki, Steve Mack, Dan Maff among many others) Pound for pound probably one of the strongest strikers ever. Has also wrestled extensively around the world for decades now. Wrestlers like Bryan Danielson ,Samoa Joe, CM Punk and so many others began using this style only after the Notorious 187 brought it into the forefront of the independent scene at the turn of this century still going strong to this day.

1) The Necro Butcher

Deathmatch legend. A man who made every match he participated in a violent hard hitting must watch affair ( He vs Samoa Joe IWA MS in Philly. Watch it) Necro Butcher brought it every time he set foot in the ring. Brutal punches and kicks from all directions, he was a fighting fury, He would also take as hard as he gave..taking insane bumps and having all sorts of items from bats to computer screens thrown at his head.. he was Jason Vorhees like, just kept coming.. He even wrestled another hard hitting monster in Shlak just 15 months ago, and was throwing just as hard despite the fact that he was…unbeknownst to anyone at the time…battling a form of cancer. Now how’s that for hard hitting?!?




5. Bruiser Brody –
Notoriously stiff when he liked you, and stubborn and uncooperative as hell when he didn’t like you, Brody was the epitome of his nickname Bruiser (or King Kong in some territories).  From all accounts Brody was a great guy inside and outside of the ring. In his autobiography Gary Hart details his longtime friendship with Brody, but also outlines just how tough Brody was in the ring. 
4. JBL-
It is hard for me to overlook the bullying stories, since I teach high school, and have zero tolerance for bullies at any age. That aside, the stories of his stiffness in the ring have been circulating since his earliest days in wrestling. I can’t help but think some of that was due to his days in the APA when his character was that of an enforcer. It is hard to get your character over in the ring if you look like you are trying to pamper your opponent like he was a new born baby. 
3. Vader-
I have said it before, to me, there was never a better, more athletic super heavyweight in wrestling history. However, like any good monster heel, Vader needed to look unstoppable, and making your punches look like grandma fluffing a pillow just wasn’t going to cut it. From all accounts Vader was not just impressive size and mobility he was incredibly strong. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, strength and size like his is hard to control.  
2. Brock Lesnar-
Lesnar could easily be #1 on this list. as he checks all the boxes for having to be tough. Amateur wrestling background, MMA fighting experience, size, strength and mobility. That said, when the action gets going it is not always easy to remember that you are participating in sports entertainment, not trying to force someone into a legit submission or knock them out. Taking nothing away from any other wrestler, Lesnar has the ability to do both of these at any moment. 
1. Stan Hansen-
Having more to do with vision issues than anything else, Hanson my very well go down as the stiffest wrestler in history. Perhaps more importantly like all of the people on this list, Hansen also has the size and strength to so serious damage if he wanted to. As a kid I saw him fight Bruno Sammartino in a cage match live in front of my 8 year old eyes. Even back then, before I knew the secrets of wrestling I was fearful that Hansen was going seriously injure Bruno.   


Louie was definitely correct in saying how difficult this was to narrow down to just five of the hardest hitters in professional wrestling. There were so many of them, but I’ll give it a shot. This is certainly a subject that will have me say “Oh Yeah, I forgot about him.” In any event, here are my top five all time…


Honorable mentions: WALTER, KENTA, Mitsuharu Misawa, Haku, Bradshaw, Ron Simmons, the Wild Samoans


5 Dr. Death Steve Williams

Whether it was in Japan or here in the States, Dr Death certainly lived up to his nickname. Hard hitting, stiff, dropped numerous opponents on the back of their heads…just because he could. Definitely beyond vicious inside the squared circle.

4 The Road Warriors

Hawk and Animal were two of the stiffest wrestlers of any era. They refused to sell a lot and quite frankly didn’t have to. Heaven forbid a wrestler didn’t sell for them however…it would be a real life massacre.

3 Bruiser Brody

His reputation as being a stiff wrestler that did whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted certainly rings true. Bruiser Brody was a one of a kind wrestler that made himself a star without relying on a particular promotion or booker to get him over. What made him so successful was his ability to hit hard and make fans believe he was the toughest of the tough. Truth be told….he was.

2 Stan Hansen

This tough Texan had to be on my list for the simple fact he hit so hard, he knocked out Vader’s eye and broke Bruno Sammartino’s neck. His lariat is absolutely vicious and devastating. No list of hardest hitting wrestlers can be complete without Mr. Hansen on it.

1 Kenta Kobashi

Japan certainly has had its fair share of super strong style wrestlers. Guys like Kawada, Ishii, Misawa and KENTA just to name a few. To me, the king of all of them is the legendary Kenta Kobashi. I was first introduced to Japanese wrestling by watching a match between Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa. The level of hard strikes and stiff kicks was off the charts. To me, Kobashi was the leader of strong style. His thunderous chops alone are something to both fear and admire.

You can read all previous Top Five pieces here.

3 thoughts on “Top Five Hardest Hitting Wrestlers

  1. 1. Stan Hansen
    2. Vader
    3. Bruiser Brody
    4. the Road Warriors
    5. Terry Funk

    Those are my picks. I ain’t picking that no-talent cunt JBL. Fuck that racist bully. I’d kick the shit out of that motherfucker.

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  2. Definitely Misawa, Kobashi, Brody, Hansen, Vader. Harley Race was one who knock you into another century if you got fresh with him. Ricky Morton told a story about Bill Dundee, wherein he asked Dundee to hit him legit. When asked why, Morton said “Cause your working punches are killing me.” I would also like to add Austrian legend Otto Wanz. He and Vader had some matches in Europe that were literally two big men beating the unholy living hell out of each other.

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