For my first actual post I decided that I would give you a rundown of my top 10 favourite wrestlers currently on television. To be included on this list, the person has to be an active competitor. With the rules for choosing my top 10 explained, let’s get the countdown underway.
10: Darren Young
As one half of the Primetime Playas, Darren Young plays his character to perfection. I love his charisma and dancing with tag partner Titus O’Neil. Going from CM Punk’s rookie on NXT to a part of the Nexus before ending up on the never-ending NXT Redemption, Darren Young has taken it in his stride and come out the other side smelling like roses. Not only are the PTP future tag team champions but Darren Young with his current character has the ability, in my opinion, to be a solid United States or IC champ.
9: Wade Barrett
The British Brawler has always impressed me since his debut as Chris Jericho’s rookie in the original NXT season. After winning NXT he was able to reach lofty heights almost instantly with one of the most innovative storylines in recent years with the Nexus. While the Nexus angle fizzled out because they lost at Summerslam, Barrett was still looked good. After an uneventful run with the IC title, Barrett had a great feud with Randy Orton. An injury ruined his Wrestlemania dream but he has returned with a more aggressive side. I personally like the new character and his new finisher the Bullhammer and it will lead to him being a World Champ.
8: The Miz
I’m not yet sold on The Miz as a face. He was so good as a cocky, arrogant heel that it is hard to adjust from seeing The Miz as that persona. The change, however, has let fans embrace his catchphrase which always seemed to suit a face. The thing that separates Miz from everyone else is that he was a reality star. This is a burden and a help for the Miz. People question his motives to get involved in wrestling but I think his in-ring work has improved drastically and he should be commended for that. He has worked hard and I respect him for that. I have no doubt that The Miz will once again be an AWESOME WWE Champion.
7: Zack Ryder
What a horrible year it has been for Zack Ryder. After ending last year with a ton of momentum, Ryder found himself as a crash test dummy for Kane and his mission to make John Cena ’embrace the hate’. However, while Ryder was getting destroyed physically by Kane and mentally by Eve, he was being featured on Raw. Since that storyline and Wrestlemania 28, Ryder has been barely seen. Ryder has the ability to possibly make it as a top guy but his goofy character is holding him back. The WWE make a lot of money off his merchandise so Ryder, like Cena, may have to settle for the guy who sells merchandise.
6. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes has come a long way since being tag team champion with Hardcore Holly. His first heel turn and teaming with Ted Dibiase to form Legacy was the first stepping stone in his career. Being able to feud with DX and top stars because of Randy Orton helped Cody a lot. Many thought that Ted Dibiase would be the star out of the two but that would not be the case. An unfortunate accident where Rhodes broke his nose actually improved his character and led to him going on his first major run as a singles competitor. That run helped me see how good Rhodes was on the mic and the bags on the heads was a great touch. Cody will be a world champ and I believe it will be before the end of 2013.
The moment above when Ryback shellshocked CM Punk was when I realised that Ryback was the real deal. Throughout the early days of his time there were constant chants of Goldberg, obviously due to the similarities between the two. However, when Ryback led the Feed Me More chants on this occasion it was deafening and the crowd was going crazy. While Ryback still has a lot to go to win a world championship, he is well on his way to being a major star and no one is going to get in his way!
Damien Sandow will be a star, no doubt about it. His character is something that is fresh and he plays it to perfection. His ability on the microphone and the little things he does in the ring are hilarious like his cart-wheel after a match. For him to fail in his first run with WWE either shows how much he has improved or how great the character of the intellectual is in today’s roster. Triple H is a big fan of Sandow and look for him and Cody Rhodes to be tag team champions when Rhodes returns from injury.
3. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan has great comedic timing. His partnership with Kane has done wonders for his career and he is now one of the top guys in the company. His World title run was entertaining but since losing it he has gone on to bigger and better things. The anger management skits were some of the best comedy the WWE has done in years and Daniel Bryan was a big part of their success. I see Team Hell No eventually falling apart and feuding, possibly at Wrestlemania before Bryan goes on back to the main event scene.
2. CM Punk
The 27th of June was the day CM Punk became a star. The ‘shoot’ on the WWE will forever be known as his moment of shining but his work as the leader of the Straight Edge Society is heavily underrated. His mic work has always been outstanding and in the ring, he can truly lay claim to the title of ‘Best in the World’. The buzz surrounding his win at Money in the Bank 2011 allowed Punk to go on a great run which led to his title win at Survivor Series 2011, a title he has held ever since. The ability to be both a face and heel in one title run is amazing and shows how good he really is in the ring and on the mic. The injury to his knee is unfortunate and hopefully it won’t keep him out for too long.
1. Dolph Ziggler
Dolph Ziggler is the perfect performer in my eyes. He is great in the ring and has improved dramatically on the mic in the last year as you can see with his segment with Mick Foley above. It was intense and made people stop and listen. Dolph has the embarrassing record with his first World title run where he held the title for 11 minutes. However, now that he is Mr Money in the Bank, there is hope that he can have a good run with the World title. His ability to take a bump separates him from the rest. If you want to see what I mean watch the 2012 Survivor Series match and the monkey flip he takes from Kofi Kingston. He makes a monkey flip look brutal. I am looking forward to the ladder match against John Cena at TLC and seeing him steal the show again!
That’s all for today folks I’ll be back in the next couple of days possibly with a review of NXT from this week.