Just so your guys can get to know me a little bit better, I have decided to make a list of my top 10 wrestlers, my own version of WWE countdown. I will mostly include guys from previous years, but will put a little mention to those who are currently on the roster.
10) John Morrison
John Morrison has always been a very confident wrestler, right from when he was just starting out in 2005, right through to when he left WWE in 2011. I thought he was always best heel, but it was very refreshing to see him turn face. I was very much a fan of his tag team championship reigns with both Mercury and The Miz, yet his proudest career achievement to date must be the ECW title reign. In what was a very awkward match up, Morrison defeated CM Punk to become ECW champion in a fight he wasn’t even scheduled to be in. This was, of course, on the weekend that Chris Benoit would shock the world.
Morrison always gave it his all in the ring and enjoyed some time after teaming with The Miz to chase the Intercontinental Championship. Morrison was never a main eventer, but was a strong mid carder who could put on a good fight. It’s something that I feel WWE is lacking as of late. Wouldn’t a Ziggler-Morrison feud go down a treat for the IC title?
9) Shawn Michaels
Michaels’ best time in the WWE was way before my time. He enjoyed being the face of the company for many years, until he was forced to ‘retire’ and in doing so ushered in the Stone Cold – Rock era. He was a great singles competitor with a fantastic Iron man match against Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 12, and of course, the controversial “Montreal Screwjob”. In 1997 he formed one of the most unforgettable tag teams with DX and boosted WWE a hell of a lot within the Monday night war with WCW.
In recent years, he had a heart felt match with Ric Flair, which in the process, forced the nature boy to retire. He also had two stunning performances against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 24, 25 and 26 respectively. It was a shame that Shawn Michaels never fully recovered from his injury, caused at the 1998 Royal Rumble, but Shawn Michaels was one of his era’s greats.
8) Shelton Benjamin
There isn’t really a lot to say about the gold standard, apart from the fact he was an incredible athlete who was never truly allowed to show his full potential in the WWE. He showcased his athletic skills with his performances in 4 Money in the Bank matches, in which Benjamin failed to win any. Shelton Benjamin is now with New Japan Pro Wrestling, but you can’t help but think he was another wasted talent from the WWE.
7) Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is currently in the middle of a massive push. It seems like the past 3 months surrounding the IC title has faded away and he might actually be getting the big push into a main eventer. This is something I would desperately like to see. When he joined the WWE under the name Dolph Ziggler, I hated the arrogant superstar. He was probably one of the reasons why I stopped watching wrestling for a bit! He was the heel in his feud with Rey Mysterio, which was probably one of the reasons I didn’t like him.
Having come back to wrestling in 2014, I love the face turn and the never die attitude. The WWE showed how high they regarded him as he single handily (almost) put the authority out of power. Yet, I must say the latest turn with the authority back does undermine Ziggler’s performance at Survivor Series. Hopefully now after losing the IC title to BNB, he can focus on climbing the card. He could be a surprise winner for the Royal Rumble, or he could be the next Mr Money in the Bank.
6) The Rock
I was far too young to recall The Rock making a name for himself in the build up to the attitude era. However, with the help of the internet, I know a lot about his feuds with Mr McMahon and Steve Austin. These continue to strengthen my opinions of The Rock. He will forever be the king of mic skills with all of his catch phrases, and will always put on a great promo. I must say he is one of the best entertainers that the pro wrestling world has seen.
He has brief appearances in the WWE still, but nothing too much to note. He feuded with John Cena to try to create a great cross era match at Wrestlemania 28 and 29. He also won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from CM Punk at the Royal Rumble PPV in 2013, which later changed the design of the top prize in wrestling. The Rock will always be loved for his great mic skills, fantastic promos, and his all round ability in the ring.
5) Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is one of the most unique wrestlers in WWE history. The 2006 Royal Rumble winner has won himself 21 titles between his time in both WWE and WCW. He was always the cool guy who brought a positive vibe to the arena with his passionate entrance. He would give a few words to the young Mysterio fans in the arena. Some of the moves he could pull off inside the ring were absolutely crazy, and his ability to create great chemistry with such large competitors, like The Big Show, led him to place 5 on my list.
However, since around 2011, Rey has experienced many injuries and therefore hasn’t had a sustained amount of time in wrestling. He did feature in the last Royal Rumble match entering at number 30, but was hit by many boos as the crowd were awaiting Daniel Bryan to be on the road to Wrestlemania. He recent tweets have teased that he could return in the near future. I would love to see him back in the ring, and maybe on last title reign?
I must admit that I do not know much about Sting back from his WCW days, but watching a lot of TNA during 2007-2010 has shown what a great competitor he is. His feud with Kurt Angle was one I particularly liked. When the lights would go down, you could only see his white face appear in the Impact Zone, which would created an eary feel to the arena. Considering he has just signed a deal with the WWE, I got very excited to await his debut for the company, and it came in spectacular style at the 2014 Survivor Series match. Here, he attacked Triple H to help Dolph Ziggler force the authority out of power.
I have been very surprised however, at the lack of attention he is getting in the WWE now. I found it weird how he changed
the landscape of the WWE one night, and then next he is mentioned just once in a Triple H segment. With the authority back in power, I feel that the WWE need to address the possible feud including Sting who has yet to appear since Survivor Series. Many have guessed at a Sting – Triple H showdown at Wrestlemania 31, or Sting vs The Undertaker, but after his long career, has Sting still got the ‘in ring’ ability?
3) Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy is one of the most extreme wrestlers that has graced the WWE. He would constantly risk his life in great matches, such as the triangle tag team TLC matches against the Dudleys and Edge and Christian. One of his most memorable moments would have to be his Swanton Bomb on Randy Orton. He enjoyed some great times tag teaming with his brother Matt to collect numerous tag titles.
I for one did not like when Matt Hardy turned on Jeff the second time. It bored me as they had already done the same story about 5 years before. However, Jeff Hardy showed he was a great singles competitor when he was chasing the World Heavyweight Championship, in a feud with Triple H and Edge which didn’t last too long. He then feuded with his brother again before moving to TNA for the second time. I’m not a fan of his work now though, but I think this is down to TNA. I won’t go too much into it, but TNA has gone downhill since 2009 due to the introduction of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. I would love to see both Matt and Jeff Hardy back in the WWE, but they may be past it now.
2) Kurt Angle
I watched TNA as he joined and feuded with Samoa Joe, in which there were some of the best wrestling matches I had seen in a long time. I find Kurt Angle very inspiring due to his injuries throughout his career, yet he still pushes on. He won his Olympic gold medal with a ‘broken neck’, which is quite impressive. I watched a 2 part documentary on his time within TNA, which I will leave the link to down below, I think it’s well worth a watch. The 6 man hell in a cell match was very notable, where Kurt Angle won the WWE championship. He was one of the many superstars to bring in the ruthless aggression era after WCW collapsed. This was one of my favourite eras in WWE history because they still kept the strong story lines like in the attitude era, but they also had some great wrestling skills with matches including Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit.
It was him who brought John Cena into the WWE, and the rest of that is history. I liked his feud with Rey Mysterio, purely because of the chemistry they shared in the ring, it was always a good match if those two were involved. He then left, and shocked everyone when signing for TNA. There has been reports of a possible Kurt Angle return at the Royal Rumble, but it seems like he has just signed a new contract with TNA. Therefore, there won’t be a great showdown between Kurt Angle and Rusev at Wrestlemania 31. As I say, I’m not a big fan of TNA so I don’t watch too much of his stuff, but now he’s become a wrestler again, I might be tempted to tune into Impact.
I must admit, I am a massive Edgehead! Edge is one of the most coverted superstars in my time wining 31 championships with his time in WWE. He started off in The Brood with Christian and Gangrel and with The Ministry of Darkness which I was a big fan of, but then Gangrel turned on them, which started one of the best tag team feuds I have seen, with The Hardy Boyz and later, The Dudleys. I am a big fan of all of there memorable matches together but my most favourite moment in wrestling was Edge’s spear from the ladder to a hanging Jeff Hardy, my word that was extreme! Edge and Christian went on to win both Wrestlemania matches which of course I was happy about.
Edge and Christian soon split and Edge went on to win the King of the Ring tournament, and chased the intercontinental championship for a while, and won tag team titles with Hulk Hogan and Rey Mysterio. Edge would then go on to chase the WWE title and become the first ever Money in the Bank winner. Edge cashed in the briefcase on John Cena to win his first world title and celebrated in a raunchy way.
Edge was inducted into the hall of fame in 2012. He has since made part time appearance including hosting a Raw a couple of weeks back with Christian. I must say though, I was not pleased on how he was portrayed to be the weak guy when Seth Rollins attacked him. However, it was great to see the respect between Edge and John Cena, after many years of feuding.
Current WWE wrestlers who I like
Dolph Ziggler – For reasons above
Seth Rollins – Possibly one of the best heels around right now, very happy he is included in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble.
Cesaro – Great in ring competitor, but possibly an attitude issue? I cannot wait to see what him and Kidd can do.
Roman Reigns – I am a fan of his in ring ability, however he might be being pushed too early. He won’t be able to create a good promo.
Kofi Kingston – Great performer in the ring. No doubt we’ll see something crazy from him in the RR, but he’s just a mid carder and no more. Not a fan of The New Day.
Sheamus – I like how he is portrayed as being a strong wrestler. Current mid carder but has proved before he can be a main eventer.
Comment on what lists you would like to see me make in the future, I would love to here some feedback from you guys! Thanks for reading!
Kurt Angle Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN2f6AsgSrU&index=1&list=PLcovtt7Bdo9O9-af_4K5NHD80etHpj0dK