On a nightly basis we see WWE wrestlers lifting and throwing around opponents who weigh anything from 200 to 500 pounds. Now, we know that a lot of those stunts are not without assistance from the person being manhandled, but it's hard to deny that performing these moves requires a certain level of strength that normal individuals do not have. This is exactly why working out and building strength is such an important part of being a professional wrestler. If you don't take the time to work on and improve your athletic ability as often as possible, you're going to end up hurting either yourself or someone else. Plus, having a physically dominant appearance definitely goes a long way in a company like WWE as well. However, looking the part does not do it on it's own. So all that gym time and dieting is vital in making sure that a wrestler is successful in the career of a professional wrestler.
When looking at the current roster of WWE Superstars, it's not surprising to know that there are many who both look unrealistically strong and can deliver on those expectations. In fact, there are many wrestlers who are actually even stronger than we might realize when simply looking at them. After taking the time to locate lifting stats on as many current WWE stars as we could, we have come up with a list of the 15 strongest wrestlers who are currently in the WWE. While there were some Superstars that we could not find official stats for, we believe that this list is accurate and impressive enough to represent just how hard professional wrestlers work.
15 The Undertaker
With The Undertaker's recent announcement that could potentially mean we will see more regular appearances by him in the near future, a lot of us are finding ourselves wondering exactly what kind of shape he's in. Well, as it turns out, there is a video of him deadlifting 500 pounds and doing a 40 inch box jump. Pretty impressive for someone his age, right?
We could not locate any other official stats for The Undertaker, but even without those it is hard to deny that he is one of the strongest wrestlers on the roster right now. Although there are wrestlers who can out lift him, most of them are up to 20 years his youth. Plus, even if you do not average out his age and stats when comparing him to other wrestlers, he still stands as one of the strongest performers in the company at this time.
14 Triple H
Triple H may not be an active wrestler in the WWE, but given the fact that he is rumored to be making an appearance for a match against Seth Rollins at WrestleMania and he is listed as a current Superstar on WWE's website, we decided that he could qualify for this list.
Cesaro has been described as pound for pound, the strongest man in the WWE by JBL on a few different occasions. Looking at Cesaro, you might not think that he would be all that strong. He's one of the smallest competitors on this list and that's what makes his 405 pound bench press record so impressive. Cesaro can even perform a one handed snatch and press with a barbell, which is truly remarkable, as most trainees can't even do the exercise with a regular bar without any weight on it. He's got the strength of the larger wrestlers while also being agile enough to execute moves and stunts performed by the smaller wrestlers.
Also, have you seen some of the guys that he has managed to lift? He has performed the Cesaro Swing on The Great Khali, the Neutralizer on Mark Henry, and a suplex over the ropes on the Big Show.
12 Seth Rollins
If there is one wrestler that we did not even expect to show up on this list, it's Seth Rollins. We all know he does Crossfit (he is referred to as Crossfit Jesus, after all) and we also know that it takes a lot to be able to commit to Crossfit the way he does. However, that primarily requires a higher cardio endurance and stamina rather than the ability to lift impressive amounts of weight.
According to Rollins' Crossfit profile, his max deadlift is 510 pounds. His max back squat is recorded at 410 pounds and he can do a 295 pound clean and jerk. For someone who only weighs 217 pounds, that's extremely impressive. He is also a very small competitor who has the strength of a very large dude and the maneuvering of a cruiserweight.
11 Randy Orton
Another smaller wrestler on this list, Randy Orton has some pretty impressive stats under his belt as well. It is said that he has been able to bench press over 400 pounds and perform a 525 pound squat. Although he weighs in at more than both Rollins and Cesaro, the 250 pound wrestler is still fairly small considering how much he is able to lift.
Unfortunately, in the ring we do not get a clear image of just how strong The Viper is. We've seen him give the Big Show an elevated DDT with Show's feet resting on the top rope and while some of Show's weight is held by the rope, the majority of it is in Randy's hands.Even though, that's about the biggest show of strength we've gotten from him, it's still pretty damn impressive.
10 Roman Reigns
We all know the story about WWE wanting Roman Reigns to appear "really, really strong," but what everyone seems to forget is that Reigns actually does have the strength to back it up. If you can't tell by looking at him, then maybe his max bench press of 445 pounds will help everyone realize that. Reigns has managed to pick up the likes of Mark Henry and Big Show (on his own, not counting the triple powerbombs he performed with the help of his former Shield members) for the Samoan Drop and while those lifts are aided by the competitors, you can't deny the fact that it shows a certain level of strength that not a whole lot of people have.
The bottom line is that WWE may have gone out of their way to emphasize his strength, but it's only convincing because of how strong he actually is. If you're not buying it, just ask Shane how his ribs are feeling following that brutal mid-air spear.
He may only be back for his match at Survivor Series against Brock Lesnar and a Royal Rumble apperance, but we are shamelessly taking advantage of that and including Goldberg on this list. With a record max bench press of 565 pounds, how can you blame us? Today, Goldberg has stated that when he bench presses, he does not typically push it past 400 pounds. However, you have to take into consideration that when he's doing these 400 pound bench presses, he's doing several reps each time. So while the 400 may not seem as impressive, there aren't many people even in WWE who can even do a one rep max of 400 pounds. He's also included kickboxing in his routine to increase his cardiovascular capabilities.
With Goldberg spearing and jackhammering his way to a quick victory against Lesnar, you can only imagine the force behind those brutal spears who have knocked the wind out of several of his past opponents.
8 Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar looks like someone who has almost a God-like strength to him and almost every single time we see him, he ends up proving that he meets expectations in that regard. Brock has a 475 pound max bench press record and a workout routine that makes us sore just watching it. If you haven't checked it out, search "Brock Lesnar work out" on YouTube and it will show you exactly why Lesnar has managed to become one of the strongest wrestlers in the WWE.
His work outs go for five rounds and focus heavily on strength and endurance. The way he powers through each round is honestly both scary and jaw-dropping, proving that the way WWE books him as The Beast is completely accurate given his way of life outside of the ring.
7 Big Show
The Big Show is one of the largest performers that the WWE has ever seen on their roster. He is quite literally a giant. He's 7-foot tall and weighs over 400 pounds. We've seen him lift and throw his competitors as if they weighed little to nothing at all.
While his size makes him way less agile than most other professional wrestlers, his strength keeps his performance in matches interesting. Plus, he's actually fairly athletic compared to other wrestlers who have been close to him in size. It has been stated that he has been able to bench 500 pounds for 12 reps, which can convert to an approximate one rep max of 694, according to Muscle & Strength. We're not sure if that one rep max is an accurate number, but the 500 pound bench press is mind-blowing enough as it is.
When Kane was asked what the most he has ever bench pressed, he responded with "five hundred twenty-five pounds with no shirt, no wraps, nothing." Kane's strength has been well emphasized over his career and it matches well with his size. However, simply looking at him does not do a whole lot for telling just how much he can lift. Maybe 10 years ago his strength was a bit more obvious, but lately a mixture of his age and physique have taken away from the visual aspect of his strength.
That being said, he definitely has never had a problem proving to us that he does possess the strength by lifting other wrestlers such as Big Show and Khali with an unrealistic amount of ease as documented in the past.
5 Titus O'Neil
Titus is another Superstar that has been accused by fans of taking enhancements and that's all thanks to the amount of muscle that this wrestler has. He looks like he could lift some serious weight, but even we did not expect his stats to be as high as they were.
He has been quoted in saying that the most he has bench pressed is 545 pounds. We knew he was strong, but not that strong. It makes us wonder why WWE hasn't pushed his strength the way they have with may of the other individuals on this list. He could very easily be considered a powerhouse wrestler and the fact that he looks the part would work in his favor as well. However, they have not played much on his strength, which is probably why we were so surprised to find out how much he can lift.
4 Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman is the guy that WWE is currently making appear "really, really strong." But just like Roman, that choice was not unfounded. There is a video of Braun where he is seen performing a 875 pound 14" deadlift — and that took place several years ago. So while we are not sure how much he can bench press in comparison to most of the other individuals on this list, there was no way we were not going to include him high up on this list with such a deadlifting mark.
Before his career in the WWE, Braun had won several strength competitions as a strongman and it seems as though he has not slacked off in terms of lifting ever since he joined the company.
3 John Cena
John Cena is one of the many Superstars who people like to accuse of being on enhancements because of how big he is. So it's no surprise that he made his way onto this list. Most fans remember the time that John Cena lifted both Big Show and Edge onto his shoulders at the same time. Yes, Edge jumped off Big Show before Cena could deliver the Attitude Adjustment, but that does not take away from the fact that he was able to put two men weighing in at almost 700 pounds combined (Big Show was billed at about 450 pounds at the time and Edge was around 240 pounds) onto his shoulders.
There is a video of Cena bench pressing a total of 481 pounds and another of him doing 495 pound back squats while training with Cesaro. No doubt about it, the guy has some serious strength and is one of the strongest entire WWE roster.
2 Big E
There have been several WWE Superstars who have stated that the most impressive bench presser they have ever seen in person was Big E. During his time in developmental, he performed a 575 pound raw bench press. The video footage of the occurrence is far more impressive than anything we can say about it, so make sure you check it out if you haven't seen it yet.
It comes as no surprise that Big E has a background in powerlifting where he broke numerous records in Florida and on a national level. WWE does not focus much on the fact that he has made these accomplishments, however, he tends to show his strength very well on his own by performing thunderous belly-to-belly suplexes with ease on some of the bigger performers in the company.
There is no doubt that the New Day member is one of WWE's strongest wrestlers and we don't foresee many people ever coming in and matching his strength in the company.
1 Mark Henry
Of course The World's Strongest Man was going to make this list. It should not be much of a surprise that he topped it as well. Henry had a powerlifting career that started very early in his life, and he has broken so many power and weight lifting records while winning many championships in regards to his strength.
We are not exactly sure how much he can lift at this point in his life, but we have no doubt that his stats are still extremely impressive. His unofficial bench press record is almost 600 pounds, according to Henry, and he has also stated that he has squatted 1,006 pounds and deadlifted 900 pounds. He has been lifting since he was 10 years old and held a powerlifting record for 22 years before it was broken in 2013.