If you’re a wrestling fan, you might want to check out this post to make sure you’re up to date on all things in the business. When it comes to buying a singlet for wrestling, people usually take into account all kinds of different factors. Today, we thought we should take a look at the other side of things, so here’s a list of the 10 greatest wrestlers in the world right now:
10. The Miz
First of all, it is worth saying that even though the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is currently the world’s top wrestling promotion, this list strives to take into account the performers all around the world. Having been brought up to the main stage after appearing on the show Tough Enough, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is one of the best acts in wrestling right now and has been for a while.
The fact that he can make almost any segment entertaining and worth watching has seen him climb to the top of the mid-card and win the Intercontinental Championship a record – 8 times. With top company star Roman Reigns out battling cancer, The Miz could be one of the stars the WWE relies upon in the 2019-2020 season.
9. Tetsuya Naito
The New Japan Pro-Wrestling star regularly entertains the audience with close to 5-stars matches. For a while now, Naito has been one of the main attractions of the promotion, putting on some incredible matches with names like Kota Ibushi and Juice Robinson.
After winning the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in 2018, he is expected to keep his form in 2019 and continue to dazzle fans worldwide with his array of moves and unique charisma. All things considered, Naito’s role in the company can only be on the rise.
The son of former WWE superstar Dusty Rhodes, Cody is another prime example of what the world’s top wrestling promotion can let slip between its fingers. Ever since leaving Vince McMahon’s company, he has really come into his own in New Japan Pro-Wrestling as his mic skills, character and ring work have considerably improved.
He has learned how to properly engage an audience and this has seen him steadily rise in notoriety over the last year. Cody has already had classic-type matches with former stables Kenny Omega and top workers like Nick Aldis. His yet untapped full potential is what has him in the cards for the title of IWGP Heavyweight Champion this year.
7. Roman Reigns
Whoever you are, a list of the top 10 wrestlers in the world has to include “The Big Dog”. Roman Reigns was notoriously heralded as chairman Vince McMahon’s blue-chip prospect who will make his mark as the next legend in the WWE. After all, he has spent the better part of 2018 fighting for the Universal Championship, the company’s main title.
However, the reason he is so low on this list is the fact that on the October 22 episode of Raw, Reigns let the world know that he had been struggling with Leukemia for the past years of his life and that he had to take a leave of absence to start the treatment against this disease.
6. Braun Strowman
The former member of the Wyatt Family has quickly climbed the company’s ranks since going solo. He has been able to enrapture the audience with his displays of raw strength and power, and this is one of the most important things when it comes to success in the WWE.
Nicknamed “The Monster Among Men”, Strowman has recently got into the main championship picture and doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. Besides his obvious physical qualities, he has also displayed good charisma and mic work.
5. Seth Rollins
Rollins is one of the best in-ring performers the WWE has to offer today, his arsenal of moves being nicely complimented by his recent feats of endurance after wrestling non-stop for one hour and five minutes on RAW. After winning the Intercontinental and the Tag Team Championships in 2018, the one nicknamed “The Architect” could be the company’s breakout star in 2019.
4. Brock Lesnar
A lot of current fans dislike Brock Lesnar due to his short, barely-visible appearances on WWE television while also being the champion. He owes his place on this list to the fact that he is, at the moment, the longest running champion in modern history, having held the title for 504 consecutive days.
Lesnar is also one of the few wrestlers to have found success in the MMA world, where the WWE is often laughed at for being “scripted” and “fake”. Despite the fans not liking the rarity of his matches, he seems to be a stalwart of the company going into 2019.
3. Kazuchika Okada
Okada is another example of a wrestler who breaks records as a champion, managing to hold the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for a staggering 720 days while having 12 title defenses including the widely regarded greatest wrestling match in history with Kenny Omega.
Since losing his belt though, he has failed to make yet another impact which is the reason for him only earning the 3rd place on this list. It is worth mentioning that Wrestling Observer Newsletter gave his match with Omega a record-breaking 7-star rating.
2. AJ Styles
“The Phenomenal One” is a prime example of a bona fide Indie star who also earned great success in the WWE. He seems to get better every year, with his mic skills and ring work getting constantly improved by his tremendous work ethic. Styles seems set to dominate the company for many years, as workhorses who can get over with the fans are rare in today’s wrestling world.
1. Kenny Omega
The title of “the Best wrestler in the world” differs of course from each fan’s point of view. However, if you take into consideration in-ring work, charisma and fan support Kenny Omega has been one of the best things in professional wrestling for a while now.
He has a unique approach to the craft which he combines with an almost uncanny ability to put on big matches, this being proven by his involvement in 3 of the highest rated matches of the year. His current roll indicated that Omega will probably be a star for a very long time and makes him the greatest wrestler in the world right now.