Dom Bouchard ranks his current top 50 wrestlers within WWE's sprawling empire. Including NXT, NXT UK, and 205 Live talent.
50. Trent Seven
As a member of Moustache Mountain with the amazing Tyler Bate. Seven is a great underrated, seasoned veteran with a flair for the babyface in peril that is lost on many of today's young stars.
49. TJP (TJ Perkins)
Even though TJP has been released from WWE. I felt the need of including him on my top 50. One of the best wrestler in the world in my opinion. A technical wizard that is also super fast. It is a shame he was never on NXT tearing it up with Ricochet and Johnny Gargano.
48. Chad Gable
Definitely one of the best pure athlete in the world, and Gable is a suplex master. He is able to fight from underneath and has great charisma.
47. The Miz
Yes, on the promo side he is top 5, but as a wrestler he is way better than some people say. He is safe, reliable, and has great timing. A guy you can count on to raise his game when it counts.
46. Braun Strowman
The big guy is getting better. He still has a limited move set, but he is so believable as a strong monster that it compensates for any shortcomings. He is way better than Big Show ever was.
45. Shinsuke Nakamura
The enigmatic Nak is a guy who could be so much better, but he has a very bad work ethic and his saving grace is his extraordinary charisma and theme song. The most limited move set I have seen in recent memory.
The dude has it all. Charisma, strength ,and talent. If he is taken seriously and used as more than just comic relief he has the potential to be a world champion. He has a very good move set and can be a heel or a face.
43. Cedric Alexander
One word to describe Cedric Alexander is spectacular. This kid has all the tools to become a main event babyface. A run on NXT would do wonders to help him get more recognition. He can fight, fly, and is an all around 5 star performer.
42. Jordan Devlin
Devlin is from NXT UK. This Irish bruiser has a chip on his shoulder and he is one of the most believable wrestler in the world. He has the ring savvy and the looks to become a very good upper mid carder.
41. Xavier Woods
A very underrated young athlete, Xavier can fly and is a strong man. He could be a 205 megastar or remain tag champ with Big E.
The Celtic Warrior is a Hall of Famer who gets better with age. His move set is unbelievable, and his strength is out of this world. His brogue kick is absolutely devastating He is also very cool and charismatic.
The big has all the tools to become WWE Champion. All he needs is the chance to prove it.
38. Dean Ambrose
The lunatic fringe is a great workhorse and he has to rediscover his passion. When he is on, only a few can match Ambrose's intensity.
The huge WALTER is a very impressive athlete that really has the talent to be the new monster in the WWE. He is agile and his chops are so stiff, it hurts just looking at them.
36. Brock Lesnar
A freak athlete who seems to still be on top of his game. Limited offense but he is so unique and every match is must see. His biggest strength is his selling. A future WWE Hall of Famer.
35. Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston is like wine he just gets better with age. He is the ultimate professional. Highly athletic and deceptively strong. He deserves a world title run and a main event push.
34. The Revival
Both these guys brought back old school tag team wrestling. They are surprisingly fast and their offense is awesome. They have the best tag team finisher. They are also strong promo guys. Top guys.
33. Matt Riddle
This guy is a future WWE world champion. His unique style and extraordinary mat skills are out of this world bro.
32. Kassius Ohno
The most underrated wrestler in the world. Kassius Ohno is absolutely amazing. His strikes are so believable. He can move well for such a big guy and can sell extremely well too.
31. Apollo Crews
Too easy. This man is so talented, and it is scary. He can fly and throw you into the tenth row. A freak athlete missing one key ingredient and that's charisma. Give him Lio Rush, and this man will soar to greater heights.
30. Adam Cole
Cole is a very good athlete. His biggest assets are his charisma and selling. Offense is a different story. If he wants to get to the top as a WWE champion. He will need to add to his superkicks.
29. Sami Zayn
The underdog is a wonderful wrestler. He is an artist. He can fight all styles and no one sells like he can. He has a very great arsenal of moves.
28. Bray Wyatt
The eater of worlds is a very good athlete. Deceptively fast and strong, He can move well for such a big man. His promo skills are amazing and he has all the tools to add a few more WWE title reigns to his resumè.
27. Randy Orton
The RKO and great facial expressions along with his all-time charisma levels. Randy is winding down a very good career but he is still able to perform at a high level. His WrestleMania match with AJ Styles may be one of his bests. As Orton faces another indie darling.
26. Bobby Lashley
This is a freak athlete that can be WWE champion.The strength he has is unbelievable and he is also very good at selling. Lio Rush covers his one weakness and that is charisma.
25. Roderick Strong
This man is the master of backbreakers and suplexes. Determined, fast, persistent, and a very underrated performer.Roddy will be a future NXT champion.
24. AJ Styles
AJ is still a world class wrestler but he is getting slower every match. He is still a unique talent who can fight any kind of opponents. His best days are behind but he can still go with the best of them.
The Swiss Superman is the best pure athlete along with Seth Rollins. He is strong ,fast, versatile, and can go at a fast pace without missing a step. Cesaro is the ultimate pro and he deserves so much more.
22. Kevin Owens
KO is the best promo guy in the WWE. He is even better than Paul Heyman. In the ring the big guy is unique and his frog splash and pop up power bomb are awesome finishers.He will thrive as a babyface.
21. Tony Nese
Okay some people will say what? But hear me out, this guy is the complete package. He has the physique, charisma, strength ,and he can fly like Kalisto. He can become an Intercontinental champion one day.
20. Big E
He is a future WWE champion. Big E is strong, fast, and charismatic. He will dominate for years.
19. Rey Mysterio
He is better than he ever was. This man is amazing. He is an ultimate pro, and he will go down as one of the greatest ever. He can still fly and wrestle as good as anyone.
18. Roman Reigns
He doesn't do much but what he does he does well. He is a strong athlete and all he needs is to add to his arsenal. It gets old after a while. Still can be a world champion. I still think he needs some improvements.
17. The Uso's
The twins are the best tag team ever and individually are two amazing athletes. They are strong, extremely fast, and can fly like cruiserweights.
16. Aleister Black
This man is so unique, and he will be a main event act for years to come. His unique offense and kicks are devastating. His fade to black kick is the new RKO.
15. Buddy Murphy
He was the best kept secret in WWE. Now the word is out and The Juggernaut is a force to be reckoned with. Murphy's finisher is out of this world, and he has scary good potential.
14. Tyler Bate
The big strong boi is an amazing athlete and is only 22 years old. There is no limit for Tyler. He can be the most dominant wrestler of the next 15 years.
13. Velveteen Dream
The kid is the future of the WWE. The most charismatic athlete since The Rock, he has skills. Promo skills and an aura that makes him unique. Watching him is an experience. If he rounds up his offense a little more, he will be the best in the world.
12. Samoa Joe
This big man has all the tools to dominate WWE. He is a master at promos and he can fight any style. He is the complete package.
11. Drew McIntyre
An absolute monster of a man. His offense is second to none, and he can dominate against all kinds of opponents.He will be WWE champion soon.
10. Kyle O'Reilly
This is a one of a kind athlete that can dominate for years. He is a striker and a master of submissions who can elevate his game if he goes solo. Future NXT champion.
9. Mustafa Ali
Sky is the limit for this young athlete. He is a tremendous high flyer with a wonderful arsenal of moves. His promo skills are getting better too. His selling is top notch.
The one and only is a once in a generation athlete. He is almost superhuman. If he adds more charisma and more mat wrestling he will be the most dominant WWE wrestler of the next 10 years.
7. Johnny Gargano
Johnny Wrestling is the best fight from underneath wrestler in the world, and he keeps adding to his already good repertoire of moves. He is a good promo guy too.
Yes he may have lost the name "Cien Almas" but he hasn't lost his world elite talents. He will be WWE champion many times. The man has everything.The look, talent, and the manager.He is next level.
5. Finn Balor
The extraordinary man is an extraordinary wrestler and he will be WWE champion soon. He has everything. He is so fast and his offense is crisp and awesome. He can sell his ass off and he has charisma.
4. Tommaso Ciampa
This man is NXT. He is the face that runs the place. The best heel in the business and a wonderful wrestler. His move set varies and he is also very quick.
3. Daniel Bryan
The evil vegan is a master of the ring. No one is as passionate as Daniel Bryan, no one.He can still perform at a high level. He is a mat technician and a skilled high flyer.
2. Pete Dunne
This kid is a next level athlete who has a unique look and the best offense of any wrestler in the world. He is a stiff striker and can fly with the cruiserweight's. The future is now with the bruiserweight. Dunne should be the first from NXT UK to be on the main roster.
1. Seth Rollins
The Kingslayer and future Beastslayer is without a doubt the man in the WWE. The best athlete, the best wrestler, reliable and he's a workhorse. He is a great babyface and can sell like a champ. He is the face of the WWE for the next few years.
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ZWrestleTalk columnist Amanda Vila examines Dean Ambrose.
The rumors surrounding Dean Ambrose are interesting, to say the least. For several weeks now the rumor mill (and WWE itself) indicated that Dean Ambrose would be gone from WWE after WrestleMania. The man was not renewing his contract, no matter how much money they'd throw at him, and that left him to be a free agent.
The prospect of this man moving to AEW was definitely something I was looking forward to. He's a unique character in that it's impossible to force a certain character trait to his name; much like Becky Lynch or Kevin Owens.
When they're allowed free reign is when they do their best work and become the most appealing version of themselves for the WWE audience.
Forcing the Lunatic Fringe angle on Dean post-SHIELD, and this new Bane-esque villainy did not do the man any favors. Personally I think it hindered him. He was best in the SHIELD and for some time after the breakup (plus his run as champion on SmackDown) when they weren't forcing him to be an absolute lunatic. When he just did what seemed to work best: a silly, sassy smart ass that really liked to hurt people, was more entertaining.
Now the rumors of Dean leaving are disappearing as a result of Roman's return.
As much as I'd miss Dean in the WWE and the prospect of a SHIELD reunion at any moment, I feel like this could be another downfall. Unless WWE were to give him a run that doesn't hinder his character and were to provide a compelling story, it would be okay. But now we'll miss out on all of the possible feuds and stories to take place in AEW.
Ultimately, I just want a good run for Ambrose.
And someday Cesaro as WWE Champion before he retires, but that's a conversation for another day.
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