9 Best Ireland Wrestlers of All Time

Liam Rooney

Ireland is home to some of the greatest wrestlers in the world. From former world champions to young up-and-comers, the Irish wrestling scene boasts a wealth of talent. This article looks at some of the best wrestling players in Ireland, both current and historical.

We’ll take a look at their accomplishments, their styles, and why they are so successful. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or just curious to learn more, this is the perfect place to start.

1. Sheamus


Stephen Farrelly is an Irish professional wrestler and actor who is well-known for his career in the WWE. He is currently signed to the organization and performs on the SmackDown brand, where he goes by the ring name Sheamus.

Additionally, he is the leader of the Brawling Brutes, a stable of professional wrestlers. Before joining the WWE, Farrelly had a successful career on the European independent circuit, working for a variety of different promotions.

He wrestled against a number of well-known wrestlers, earning a reputation for his hard-hitting style. His success on the independent circuit led to his signing with the WWE in 2009, where he has since gone on to become one of the most successful wrestlers in the company.

He has held multiple championships in the company, including being a former WWE Champion. He has also made a number of appearances in films and television shows, cementing his status as a major star in the wrestling industry.

2. JD McDonagh


Jordan Devlin is an accomplished professional wrestler who is currently signed with the WWE. He performs on the Raw brand under the name JD McDonagh. Prior to joining the WWE, Devlin was a major competitor in NXT UK, where he had a very successful run.

He was the longest-reigning NXT Cruiserweight Champion and also held the title for one time. This means that Devlin was able to defend his title over a prolonged period of time, demonstrating the strength of his wrestling ability.

Devlin continues to compete in the WWE, where he has become an important part of the Raw brand. His success in the NXT UK division has earned him a lot of respect from both his peers and his fans.

3. Finn Bálor


Fergal Devitt, better known as Finn Bálor, is an Irish professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, the world’s foremost professional wrestling promotion.

Bálor, who made his professional wrestling debut in 2000, is one of the most decorated wrestlers in modern WWE history, having held the NXT Championship twice and the WWE Universal Championship once.

He is currently performing on the Raw brand, where he is a member of The Judgment Day, a stable of wrestlers that also includes Bobby Lashley, MVP, and Shelton Benjamin.

Bálor is known for his high-flying moves, such as the Coup de Grace and the 1916, as well as his unique entrance, where he paints his body in a variety of colors.

He has also been featured as part of several high-profile feuds, including ones with Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, and Bray Wyatt. As a result of his in-ring success, Bálor is widely regarded as one of the best professional wrestlers in the world today.

4. Becky Lynch

Rebecca Quin, also known by her ring name Becky Lynch, is an Irish professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. She is a highly visible and successful member of the roster and is one of the highest-paid wrestlers in the company.

Lynch has developed a strong following, and in 2019, Twitter named her sixth on their list of Top Female Athletes Worldwide. Lynch made her professional wrestling debut in 2002 and has been a mainstay of the Irish wrestling scene for over a decade.

She was signed to WWE in 2013 and debuted on the main roster in 2015. Since then, she has held multiple championships, including the Raw Women’s Championship three times.

Lynch is also known for her signature submission move, the Dis-Arm-Her.In 2019, Lynch was involved in a highly publicized storyline known as “The Man”, which saw her become the top female wrestler in WWE.

She was the cover star of WWE 2K20, making her the first woman to be featured on the cover of a WWE video game.

Lynch has also been credited with helping to increase the visibility of female wrestlers in WWE, and she has been praised for her strong in-ring performances. Overall Rebecca Quin has made a lasting impact on the professional wrestling industry.

She has established herself as one of the top female wrestlers in the world and has gained international recognition for her work.

She has also been credited with helping to increase the visibility of female wrestlers in WWE and is an inspiration to aspiring female wrestlers everywhere.

5. Pat Barrett

Pat Barrett was an Irish professional wrestler who was active throughout the 1960s and 1980s. He was a well-known figure in the world of wrestling and was known for his skill and stamina in the ring.

He was a popular competitor in countries all over the world, including Ireland, Australia, and many others. Barrett began his wrestling career in 1960 and quickly rose to prominence as one of the top wrestlers in the world.

He was known for his strength, speed, and agility, and was able to easily overpower his opponents in the ring. He was also known for his technical proficiency, and was capable of executing a variety of different moves and holds.

Barrett was also a highly experienced wrestler, having competed in a variety of different countries. He wrestled in countries such as Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

He was also a regular competitor in Japan, where he was one of the most popular wrestlers in the country. Barrett’s career came to an end in the late 1980s.

During his career, he was able to establish himself as one of the top wrestlers in the world, and his legacy still remains today. He was known for his skill, determination, and his ability to entertain the crowd.

He will always be remembered as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

6. Danno O’Mahony

Danno O’Mahony was an Irish professional wrestler who achieved widespread fame in the mid-1930s. O’Mahony had a successful debut in the Boston wrestling scene, which helped him to gain immense popularity in a short period of time.

His surname was often spelled as “O’Mahoney” during his wrestling career. O’Mahony was known as one of the most successful wrestlers of his time, and is often credited with helping to popularize the sport in the 1930s.

He was also a major influence on the development of professional wrestling in the United States, and his popularity led to the establishment of various promotions and organizations in the following years.

7. Steve Casey


Stephen Casey was a renowned Irish sport rower and professional wrestler. Born in Dublin, he was a passionate athlete with a strong competitive spirit. During his career, Casey was the second Irish wrestler after Danno O’Mahoney to become a world champion.

He enjoyed immense success in the sport and was praised for his work ethic and contributions to the world of wrestling. Casey began his rowing career at a young age and soon made a name for himself in the sport.

With his strong commitment and determination, he was able to rise to the top of the Irish rowing scene. He was a two-time national champion and also won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships. At the same time, Casey’s passion for wrestling was growing.

He trained hard and eventually went on to compete in the professional world of wrestling. In the end, his hard work paid off as he won the world championship in the heavyweight division in 1931.

This made him the second Irish wrestler to achieve this feat, following Danno O’Mahoney, who won the world championship in 1929.Casey’s success in wrestling vaulted him to international fame.

He was praised for his hard work and dedication to the sport and was respected by fans and fellow wrestlers alike. His legacy lives on to this day, and he is remembered as one of the greatest Irish wrestlers of all time.

8. Conor McGregor


Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist who is widely known for his incredible success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

He is a two-time former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, making history as the first UFC fighter to hold two championship titles in two different weight categories at the same time.

McGregor has earned a remarkable reputation for his ability to compete in multiple weight classes, something which not many other UFC fighters have achieved.

His success in the UFC has also been attributed to his aggressive style of fighting, which has seen him earn multiple knockout victories. McGregor is a highly respected figure in MMA and is considered one of the greatest fighters of all time.

He is also considered the most popular MMA fighter in the world, with millions of fans from all over the globe.

9. Lyra Valkyria

Aoife Cusack is an Irish professional wrestler who is currently under contract with WWE. She is performing on the NXT brand under the ring name Lyra Valkyria.

She has also wrestled under a variety of different ring names, such as Aoife Valkyrie, Valkyrie Cain, Lady Valkyrie, and Valkyrie. Aoife Cusack has been a part of the wrestling industry for some time and has earned a great deal of success and recognition for her performances.

She has been trained by some of the top wrestlers in the industry and has been able to make a name for herself in the business. She is a highly skilled grappler and has showcased her talents on many occasions.

Aoife Cusack is a talented professional wrestler and is sure to continue her success in the WWE for many years to come.


The best wrestlers in Ireland are the ones who have trained hard, worked hard, and have a true passion for the sport. They have a competitive spirit and an eye for detail that has been honed through years of dedication.

These wrestlers are the ones that have consistently proven themselves to be the best in Ireland, and they are the ones that have made a name for themselves and the country of Ireland in the wrestling world.

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Liam Rooney

Recent Florida International University graduate with a passion for journalism and a focus on sports, especially in wrestling. Recognized with a 3rd place award in the Society of Professional Journalist's Green Eyeshade awards for outstanding coverage of FIU men's soccer. Experienced in local news, breaking stories, and community reporting from an internship at the Palm Beach Post. Hosted and produced a radio show, adept at creating video packages. Eager to embrace diverse journalistic opportunities beyond sports, bringing a versatile skill set and a relentless drive for excellence to the field.