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10 Greatest Wrestlers Right now

Last Updated: 04.08.21

 

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 2021-2020 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 2021 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.

 

8. Cody

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 2021.

 

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 2021.


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.

 

 

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54 Comments

Hawk

March 2, 2021 at 9:32 pm

On this day the best wrestler & in ring performer as got 2 b Jon Moxley

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WASALIKI

January 20, 2021 at 8:34 pm

But i think roman reignes is better than brock lesnar

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WASALIKI

January 20, 2021 at 8:34 pm

JOHN CENA SOULD BE UP THER

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Tom Aster

December 10, 2020 at 2:33 pm

When I see some comments of some moose babies, I thought they created this list.

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Spandana

December 5, 2020 at 9:20 am

I think John cena would be the 1st one ..

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Andy

November 22, 2020 at 12:59 am

Let’s get one thing straight, WWE is not the top wrestling promotion in the world. It may be the most powerful and one of the most tenured, but that does not mean by any stretch it is number one. Also, I don’t exactly agree with this list, especially because Braun Strowman is very limited to what he can do in the ring and because The Miz’s working ability is not exactly top 10 material.

Brock Lesnar is probably the most believable pro wrestler and can draw tons of crowds, but my problem with him being in the top 10 is that he’s working twice or three times a year, which is not consistent enough to be top 10. Roman Reigns is a natural born wrester and checks all of the boxes as a top guy, but his mic skills are still underdeveloped. Then again, thats another problem with being a WWE guy because wrestlers have to read scripted promos instead of actually showing their mic skills.

Biggest problem with making a top 10 is that wrestling is subjective and people have different opinions about what’s good and what’s not. Also, booking can always get in the way about how people think of wrestlers, so that’s why but here is my opinion of who belongs in the top 10 category worldwide.

I am judging on — technical ability, storytelling ability, brand (image, character, look), charisma, microphone skills, drawing power/ability

But, here is my list.

Honorable Mentions: Adam The Hangman Page, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, WALTER, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Finn Balor, Johnny Gargano, Tomohiro Ishii, Jon Moxley

  1. AJ Styles
  2. can work any style or any wrestler and make a classic match
  3. once in a generation wrestler who gets over without a specific gimmick or character
  4. worked in almost every, major promotion became a top guy in all of them
  5. the possible red mark on him is that he is on the wrong side of 40 years of age, but nonetheless, he continues to deliver his all-time best as the top guy
  6. Seth Rollins
  7. arguably the best full-time WWE performer and top 5 in the world today
  8. workhorse mentality, constantly proves himself as the best when given the opportunity
  9. microphone delivery ability is exceptional, great storyteller, is in tremendous physical and athletic shape
  10. problem (why he isn’t number one) – while recent booking significantly hurt his stock, he ruined his own push as the top guy with his company spokesmanship (specifically on Twitter bashing Ospreay, AEW, and Moxley). Will he ever be able to get over again as the top babyface?
  11. Kenny Omega
  12. the definition of a self made professional wrestler
  13. one of the greatest innovators and minds in history of the industry
  14. unrivaled charisma, bilingual promo ability (both are good), has both the highest rated singles and tag team matches in pro wrestling history
  15. problem (why he isn’t number one) – while he’s had the autonomy to explore his creativity with his character and matches, is he able to deliver the same quality of wrestling in a scripted environment like WWE?
  16. Kazuchika Okada
  17. arguably the greatest Japanese wrestler in the modern era
  18. improves every single year, can produce a classic match out of anybody regardless of age or experience, also greatest dropkick ever
  19. looks the part of a main event draw, draws massive crowds across the globe, exceptional charisma
  20. problem (why he isn’t number one) – is he able to maintain the consistency of his drawing (both character and ring wise) with a casual audience? also, his limited promo ability hampers him from being number one.
  21. Cody Rhodes
  22. took a bet on himself after years of being held back and climbed his way into becoming one of the greatest, overall pro wrestlers today
  23. improved working ability, tremendous overall mic/promo skills, can get over both as babyface and heel
  24. arguably the most influential pro wrestler in the industry today from both an business-minded and branding perspective
  25. problem (why he isn’t number one) – has all of the right tools to become number one, but is he able to maintain consistency as a top worker?
  26. Tetsuya Naito
  27. Will Ospreay
  28. Kota Ibushi
  29. Adam Cole
  30. Hiroshi Tanahashi
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Karl

November 23, 2020 at 7:41 am

Hi Andy. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such detailed feedback!

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cartg

November 17, 2020 at 4:46 pm

no I vot Roman

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aj styles 01

November 6, 2020 at 2:08 am

in my opinion AJ Styles the face that run the place is the best kenny omega gots nothing on him

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WASALIKI

January 20, 2021 at 8:33 pm

SuRE JOHN CENA 4 LIFE

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David mike

November 5, 2020 at 4:48 am

How is AJStyles the top 2 wrestler in 2020

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louis

October 28, 2020 at 6:03 pm

who thinks the fiend is gay

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chase

October 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm

i think the new day should be populer what will you think karl

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Karl

October 23, 2020 at 9:36 am

Totally agree!

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:55 pm

karll why i have to be number 7

let me wreck everyone and leave and then show u wut im about

belvie that.

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm

wait what wru

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chase

October 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

type

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chase

October 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

hey karl can you something to me and if you can that will be great

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Karl

October 20, 2020 at 8:19 am

Hi there. What can I help you with?

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chase

October 19, 2020 at 5:59 pm

well i think the new day sholud be number 1

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Mikey

September 29, 2020 at 11:12 pm

or sasha banks you had no female wrestlers to just saying even tho ima boy you should have put girls to

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Karl

September 30, 2020 at 11:50 am

Hi Mikey. Thanks for pointing it out. We’re writing a separate article with the best female wrestlers, that’s why.

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Mikey

September 24, 2020 at 10:11 pm

NO THE FIEND SHOULD BE FIRST HE WILL LIGHT THE WAY ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LET HIM IN

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:40 pm

OMG THE FIEND IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GAY HE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ON WWE

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:23 pm

NO NO NO HE IS GAY

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:54 pm

shut up i should be first

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Karanbir

July 16, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Roman Reigns need’s to be in 1st Place.

THE BIG DOG

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:54 pm

tell the author of the post to bevile thst

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loser vile

June 4, 2020 at 4:22 pm

man aj he sucks thats bulshit
 

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Arron

June 1, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Come on you can’t leave my man Marty scrull of that list

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Henry

June 1, 2020 at 8:07 am

Roman is supposed to be the first one

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:53 pm

yessir u right

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Ben

May 27, 2020 at 10:26 pm

Where’s Edge, Ric flair, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Hull Hogan, ANDRE THE GIANT and so on…

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Karl

May 28, 2020 at 8:02 am

Hi Ben. We’ll have to change the 10 greatest list into 20 or 30 to be able to include all the names that we would like.

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Lethabo

May 27, 2020 at 4:50 am

Roman reigns should be number 1 he is the best in wwe he has accomplished everything in wwe except for the money in the bank which I know he will win I hope then u will say he’s the best because he is the future of wwe and he has inspired me to be a wrestler

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:52 pm

im glad to inspire u also tell whoever to beilve that (keep fighting never get up)

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm

thank u

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:38 pm

Roman is soooooooooo great

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MkpoutoAbasi Akpan

May 18, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Hey.. I definitely think that John Cena is the backbone of wrestling itself so, he should be appearing first not some Kenny Omega
You gotta make more researches on that fact.

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Mike Riley

February 1, 2021 at 5:45 am

You clearly have never seen Kenny Omega wrestle. John Cena hated the Rock for going HollyWood & what did he do years after? Same exact thing. Yeah he’s entertaining & for a whole decade when WWE sucked until the NXT guys/women came up ( I’ve been watching it since the attitude Era ) you could consider him the back bone then, but with not much talent to compete with, it doesn’t say much. When i first watched AEW, i had no idea who 95% of the wrestlers were, including Kenny Omega, Lucha Bros, Young Bucks, Santana & Ortiz to name a few others. Just watching how talented they all we’re with there in ring skills & just in general, made me an instant fan of Wrestling again. He deserves to be where he is on the list. I do think Braun Strowman should be replaced on this list with Bray Wyatt/ Randy Orton or Drew Mcyntire. How Drew isn’t on this list is beyond me. Just my opinion, his comeback has been incredible to watch.

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Karl

May 19, 2020 at 9:37 am

Hi there. This is definitely a matter of perspective. The list we chose for our article is solely our opinion.

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Reuel

May 12, 2020 at 10:36 am

Roman reigns is the best

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roman reings

October 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm

yup i am

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:37 pm

HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael

October 9, 2020 at 7:27 pm

Yes

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Feyisayo

October 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Yes

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nalani

October 28, 2020 at 6:22 pm

YES

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John

May 10, 2020 at 3:07 pm

No place for will ospreay? Come on.

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Karl

May 12, 2020 at 10:30 am

Hi John. When we extend the number from 10 to 20 or even more, we’ll definitely add Ospreay to the list.

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MUHAMMAD Fayaz waince

April 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm

I think Brock Lesnar is the best wrestler

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Karl

April 20, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Hi there. Thank you for sharing your opinion with us!

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Vinay Kumar

March 24, 2020 at 9:02 am

Daniel Bryan is the greatest of all time and you didn’t included him, and he also had big better beard

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Karl

March 24, 2020 at 1:38 pm

Hi there. Fair enough! And what a beard that is. I’ll have to update the list with 5 or 10 more wrestlers.

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EnSports

March 22, 2020 at 10:21 pm

I think Brock Lesnar would be the 1st one.

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