I love ‘best’ lists. Best wrestlers from a state, best wrestlers from a country. I just always have enjoyed them. So, here a GCSN, we wanted to look at the best for every letter in the English alphabet! This will be a list of current wrestlers, because frankly if we opened it up to all-time, I may never finish writing this.
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BAY BAY! A lot of great wrestlers that could’ve been picked here like AJ Styles, Andrade or Aleister Black, but as of right now it’s definitely Adam Cole. Currently in NXT, Adam Cole has made a name for himself everywhere he’s wrestled included CZW, ROH and PWG. The leader of the Undisputed Era is the current NXT Champion and was the inaugural NXT North American Champion. Cole is not only arguably the best wrestler in all of WWE, but one of the best in all of wrestling.
This one was a little bit of a struggle. You have talent such as Britt Baker, Brian Pillman Jr. and even Bandido. But call it the booking if you want, I have Becky Lynch here. She captured our hearts when she turned “heel” on Charlotte and became the most loved heel in wrestling. She went on to become the Raw Women’s Champion at WrestleMania 35, a title she still holds as of writing this. She may have cooled down a bit since WrestleMania, but I blame bad booking for that reason. Lynch is still a great talent that I couldn’t pass up. But if I do this again next year, there’s a good chance Brian Pillman Jr’s name could be here.
Man oh man where to start on Jericho. Jericho is already in the conversation uunof greatest wrestler of all time, and he’s not even retired yet. Jericho is still wrestling at the ripe age of 49, and while he may not have the same physique as he once had, he’s still performing at an amazing rate. Jericho is the king of getting things over; the list, a little bit of the bubbly, even the simple word “it”. The crowds love him and can’t help but cheer him. Jericho joined AEW and became their first World Champion. He’s held titles across a lot of major promotions and is always looking for new ways to get over with the crowd.
A couple of years ago, Daniel Bryan wouldn’t be on this list. The entire wrestling world believed they saw the last of Bryan Danielson. But he came back after multiple neurological tests and became one of the best wrestlers once again. Making his name on the indeis, Bryan joined the multiple debuts for the WWE, once being an original member of The Nexus, but was fired 4 days after the debut due to him choking Justin Roberts with his own tie. He returned for the third time in 2010, and this time he wouldn’t leave. Bryan has held gold in 18 different promotions across the world and was the leader of the Yes Movement, one of my favorite storylines ever.
Another tough one for me. I was seriously torn between Eli Drake, Eddie Edwards, and believe it or not, Ember Moon. Moon hasn’t done too much as of yet due to a bad injury so she was out, which left Edwards and Eli Edwards is a great character and is a fan favorite of the Impact Wrestling fans. He was even on the receiving end of a horribly gruesome injury where he at a baseball bat from Sami Callihan. He’s great, but I feel Eli Drake is a better wrestler. Drake had a few shots at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, yet never was able to capture it. After a brief stay with WWE and a few other indie promotions, Drake signed with Impact Wrestling where he won the Impact World Championship in 2017 (he actually pinned Eddie Edwards to win). Drake signed with an exclusive deal with the NWA in 2019.
One of the men responsible for Bullet Club, Finn Balor made a name for himself in NJPW as one of the best heels in the company at the time. He held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 3 times and is a 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Prince Devitt left NJPW and joined WWE in 2014, and in less than a year from his debut in NXT, Finn Balor was the NXT Champion. Balor then made his Raw debut in July of 2016 and eventually became the very first Universal Champion, yet unfortunately was forced to relinquish the title the next day due to a torn labrum. He returned and never really garnered the success he once had, but he returned to NXT in 2019 when NXT made the move to the USA Network. Another NXT Championship is almost a certainty for The Prince.
I did say current wrestlers only, and believe it or not, at the age of 57 years old, Muta is still wrestling most recently for NOAH on January 5th, 2020. Muta’s accolades are incredible across promotions such as NJPW, AJPW, and Jim Crockett Promotions. Muta invented the Muta Lock and the Shining Wizard. He also has the 3rd longest combined reign as the IWGP Heavyweight Champion at 1,238 days and was the 2001 Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Wrestler of the Year. In 2019, Muta made his first appearance for NJPW in 5 years, when he was the last entrant in the ROH/NJPW Rumble at the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden. There aren’t many terrific wrestlers for the letter “G”, but Great Muta is definitely one of the best to ever do it.
The great Tanahashi is definitely one of the greatest wrestlers in NJPW history. Tanahashi is a NJPW record 8-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion and has held the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, and the IWGP Tag Team Championships twice each. Tanashi also won the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships three times. Basically, Tanahashi is a gold miner. His fifth IWGP Heavyweight Championship reign held the record for most successful title defenses with 11. Tanahashi also wrestled for CMLL, where he held the CMLL World Tag Team Championship, the CMLL World Trios Championship, and the CMLL Universal Championship. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter Wrestler of the Year award was locked up by Tanahashi for 3 years, between 2011-2013. In wrestling, Tanahashi is definitely one of the best to ever do it, and for good reason.
Io Shirai is a very accomplished wrestler outside of her work in WWE. Before joining WWE, Shirai was apart of World Wonder Ring Stardom in Japan, where she has held the Artist of Stardom Championship a championship best 6 times. Io also held 5 other Championships in Stardom, and was the company’s first grand slam champion. In Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s PWI Female 50, Io was named number 4 in the top 50 female singles wrestlers. Her run in NXT hasn’t seen any gold, however, her newly turned heel character is money, and is definitely going to be getting a major push sometime soon. Io won an NXT Year-End Award in 2018, for Future Star of NXT.
The lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose shocked the wrestling world when he left the WWE on April 30th. The next day, real-life Jonathan Good posted a video to his twitter, promoting the return of his Jon Moxley gimmick, and less than a month after his departure, Jon Moxley made his unannounced debut at AEW’s Double or Nothing show. After his debut in AEW, Moxley traveled to Japan and wrestled Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Championship in NJPW. Moxley won his debut match and became the new champion. Mox was stripped of his title following travel issues, but reclaimed the title when he beat then Champion Lance Archer at Wrestle Kingdom 14. Mox has had great matches in AEW, including an incredible unsanctioned lights out match against Kenny Omega at Full Gear. Mox is already being primed as a future AEW Champion, and the work he’s done since leaving WWE has been extraordinary.
In my opinion, the best wrestler on this list is none other than Kazuchika Okada. Okada wrestled for NJPW and TNA before he made his return to NJPW in 2011, and the legend of Okada began. Okada is a 5-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and he holds the record for longest reign as champion at 720 days. Okada also holds the record for most successful title defenses at 12. Once he lost the title to Kenny Omega at Dominion 6.9 in 2018, Okada has taken a little bit of a fall, but when you’re at the very top, a small fall isn’t much. Okada has 4 Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Match of the Year Awards in 2013, and 2016-2018, and the match where he lost the title to Omega has the highest rating in Wrestling Observer Newsletter with a 7. As a matter of fact, Okada has broken Meltzer’s scale 7 times, earning 5+ stars in 7 different matches.
He’s half luchador, half dinosaur, he’s Luchasaurus. I’m a huge fan of Luchasaurus’ work before he got to AEW. Once it was announced that he signed with All Elite, I was pumped for him to be able to show a much larger audience what he could do. He may not have the accolades as some of the other wrestlers on this list, but his in-ring ability is some of the best for a man of his size. He’s a 6’9, 230-pound man that moves around with the best of them, and his gimmick is new, fresh, and innovative. I mean come on, he’s a dinosaur that talks about the mass extinction of his people…that’s pretty awesome. As of right now, Luchasaurus is apart of a team in AEW with Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt. While I may not be the biggest Marko Stunt fan, Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy is money and I’m very excited to see what is next for AEW’s resident dinosaur.
My personal favorite on this list is none other than The Villian Marty Scurll. Scurll was recently the biggest free agent in wrestling before he re-signed with Ring of Honor. Scurll’s contract offer is rumored to be on that Marty couldn’t refuse, and he also was made the head booker of ROH. In Scurll’s career, he’s been a champion in 16 different promotions so far at just 31 years old. In NJPW, Scurll was a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, as well as a NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champion with his Elite brethren the Young Bucks. In Ring of Honor, Marty started the Villian Enterprises, a team comprised of himself, Brody King, PCO, and eventually Flip Gordon. Scurll’s in-ring ability is some of the best in the business, and his ability to connect with fans is incredible across different promotions.
Nick Aldis first began wrestling in 2005 and would wrestle for some smaller promotions before joining TNA in 2008 as Magnus. (Fun fact; Aldis’ last match before joining TNA was against the just mentioned Marty Scurll). His time in TNA saw Aldis in a lot of big storylines. He also won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, and the TNA World Tag Team Championships, once with Samoa Joe. Aldis was released by TNA in 2015, and he would go on to wrestle for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Noah and GFW, before going back to TNA. His “deal” in TNA was pretty much a handshake deal, and was just a way for Aldis to protect the lineage of the GFW Global Championship, which he dropped to Alberto El Patron. In 2017 Aldis made his debut in Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, and eventually defeated Tim Storm to become the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Aldis successfully defended his title against wrestlers such as Cody, Flip Gordon, Jake Hager, Jimmy Havoc, and Marty Scurll. Aldis has held the title throughout all of 2019 and is still champion today.
Ohh somewhere Jim Cornette is fuming right now. Look, Orange Cassidy may be seen as a comedy act, but he has a following of fans that really enjoy what he does. He has an original gimmick that I’ve never seen in the wrestling business. He talks very minimally, he has this “don’t care” attitude, and he wrestlers his matches with his damn hands in his pockets. They guy is an innovator in his own right. Look, there aren’t many wrestlers that start with “O” so he’s who we have. Cassidy has actually won titles in different promotions such as Alpha-1 Wrestling, Ground Breaking Wrestling, F1RST Wrestling, and Independent Wrestling.TV. Cassidy is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling as a somewhat manager of the Best Friends Trent and Chuck Taylor. Will Orange Cassidy ever win the AEW World Championship? Probably not, but he’s the best “O” in wrestling.
The former Neville got his start in wrestling for the Independent Wrestling Federation in Europe, before joining Pro Wrestling Guerilla for 2 years. After leaving PWG, Pac joined Dragon Gate before he joined the WWE. He made his debut as Adrian Neville in NXT, and a little over a year later he defeated Bo Dallas to become the new NXT Champion and held it for 286 days, the longest reign until Finn Balor’s 292 day run in 2015. Neville made his Raw debut in 2015, yet he never won a main roster title, but he did win the Cruiserweight Championship twice, with his first reign being the longest reign with the title in WWE history. Nevill left WWE in 2017 due to him being “unhappy for quite some time”. He returned to Dragon Gate in 2018 as PAC and defeated Masato Yoshino to win the Open the Dream Gate Championship. PAC was one of the first signees to AEW in 2019.
QT Marshall is here for a couple of reasons. One, because he’s one of the only wrestlers that have a name that starts with “Q” that are still wrestling. Two, because he’s appeared on AEW TV lately and people will know his name. QT Marshall was first signed to Ring of Honor in 2012 after defeating Matt Taven, Antonio Thomas, and Vinny Marseglia in a Four Corner Survival Match. Marshall left ROH in 2016, yet returned a year later. Between 2013 and 2017 Marshall made sporadic appearances in NXT, yet mostly in jobber appearances. Marshall is an Associate Producer in AEW, although he has wrestled on AEW Dark, as well as the main show, teaming up with Cody in a match against The Butcher and The Blade.
This one took me some time to come up with a name. I was stuck between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. Rey Fenix’s name even crossed my mind, but I was trying to stick to singles superstars (unless its “U” or “Y”). Randy Orton is one of the best to ever do it in my opinion, and he’s still showing why that is. Wrestling his entire career in WWE and a part of the Orton family lineage, Orton was put into the great faction that is Evolution as the young up and coming star. Orton won the WWE Championship 9 times, and the World Heavyweight Championship 4 times. Orton is two-time Royal Rumble winner, the 17th Triple Crown Champion, and the 10th Grand Slam Champion. Pro Wrestling Illustrated voted him the Wrestler of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and was ranked number 1 in their top 500 singles wrestlers list in 2008.
Before you jump down my throat, take a look at all the major company’s rosters, and go to the letter “S”. People may have begun to hate Seth Rollins, but when I put all the wrestlers in front of me, I just couldn’t bring myself to pick someone over Seth. Rollins began his wrestling career on the indies as Tyler Black, wrestling for such promotions as NWA Midwest, Full Impact Pro, and PWG. Rollins joined ROH in 2007 and went on to beat Austin Aries to become the ROH World Champion. In 2010, Seth left ROH and joined WWE, wrestling for their then developmental promotion, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). FCW turned into NXT, and even became the very first NXT Champion when he defeated Jinder Mahal in the tournament. Rollins made his main roster debut as a member of the famous Shield, and the world now knew who Seth Rollins was. Rollins is a Triple Crown Champion, a Grand Slam Champion, and won the 2019 Royal Rumble.
Arguably the best female wrestler in wrestling today, Tessa Blanchard, daughter of Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard, started her career in 2014 on the independent scene. After making brief appearances in NXT, Blanchard debuted for World Wonder Ring Stardom in 2016 and Women of Wrestling in 2018. Tessa then made her Impact Wrestling debut Redemption in 2018 and just 4 months later won her first Impact Knockouts Championship. Tessa made history at Slammiversary XVII when she was apart of the first intergender match to headline a professional wrestling pay-per-view. More recently, Blanchard defeated Sami Callihan to become the first ever woman to win the Impact Championship.
So this is one of the two tag teams I have on this list, mostly because not many great wrestlers start with U, and Jimmy and Jey Uso are one of the best tag teams in wrestling right now. The sons of the great Rikishi, started with WWE in 2009, wrestling for FCW. They debuted on Raw a year later yet wouldn’t claim tag team gold until 2014, winning the WWE Tag Team Championship. After that first title reign, the wrestling world began seeing the Uso’s as one of the best tag teams in wrestling. They went on to win a second WWE Tag Team Championship, and when the brand split happened, they established themselves as the best tag team on Smackdown, having incredible matches against The New Day. Jimmy and Jey have wont the SmackDown Tag Team Championships 4 times, and have held them longer than any other team at 380 days.
Currently out with an injury, Velveteen Dream is a fan favorite in NXT. Originally apart of season six of WWE’s Tough Enough and was originally slated as a favorite to win, but was eliminated in the fifth episode. He returned in May of 2017 on an episode of NXT, beginning a feud with Aleister Black where Dream harassed Black to get him to say Dream’s name. Following great matches with Black, Kassius Ohno, and was apart of the incredible ladder match to crown the very first North American Champion at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Dream won the first Worlds Collide Tournament and challenged Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship, which he won. Dream then defeated Matt Riddle to retain the title, handing the King of Bros his first loss in NXT. Dream lost the title to Roderick Strong before injuring his back, yet proved to the NXT faithful that he is a future star in WWE.
Will Ospreay is a magician. I could actually leave it at that and everybody would understand. Ospreay got his start for BrtiWres-Fest as a masked partner to Paul Robinson, his future partner in The Swords of Essex. Frin there, Ospreay started wrestling for Progress Wrestling, becoming the Progress Champion in 2015 when he cashed in his Super Strong Style 16 title shot. Ospreay made appearances (and won) in various promotions before making his way to NJPW as apart of Chaos. In all, Will went on to win 3 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championships and won the NEVER Openweight Championship once. In 2016, Ospreay won the Ring of Honor World Television Championship, but only held it for 2 days. IN 2018, Ospreay started his very own promotion, Frontline Wrestling, which he described as a British Puroresu, and wanted to take wrestling in England back to being seen as a real sport. Ospreay’s matches are always insane, and the maneuvers he comes up with shouldn’t be done by a human, but he pulls them off and is largely considered one of the best wrestlers in wrestling today.
Before I start this one, just know I was very close to putting Xia Brookside here. But when I look at the career of Xavier Woods, I believe he doesn’t get as much credit as he should be getting. Starting his career in 2005 under the name Austin Creed, Woods spent time in World Wrestling Council and NWA Anarchy becoming a fan favorite in NWA. Woods went to Deep South Wrestling right when the company split from the WWE and became the first DSW Champion since the split. In 2007, Woods debuted as Rasheed Lucius ‘Consequences’ Creed in TNA, and wound up winning the TNA World Tag Team Championship with Jay Lethal, yet was released in 2010. After spending a small amount of time in NJPW, Woods signed with the WWE, but he really burst onto the scene when he started The New Day when Kofi Kingston and Big E kept losing their matches. The New Day held tag team gold in WWE 6 times between Raw and SmackDown, and Woods even started an extremely popular gaming YouTube channel, UpUpDownDown.
So like I said, this is the second and final tag team on the list. Matt and Nick Jackson are just so good that I couldn’t leave them off this list, so here they are as a team. The Young Bucks became huge stars in PWG, starting in 2007,and held the PWG World Tag Team Championships a PWG record 4 times. Young Bucks wrestled for various promotions, but eventually made it to promotions such as Chikara, Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate USA, TNA, and NJPW. The Young Bucks have won tag team gold in an insane 16 different promotions, and were the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Tag Team of the Year for 5 years between 2014-2018 and Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Thanks to Uncle Dave Meltzer saying an indy show couldn’t sell a ten thousand seat arena, Matt and Nick, along with Cody planned and held All In. After All In, we saw the start of All Elite Wrestling, and without The Young Bucks, who knows if AEW is alive.
Zack Sabre Jr.
Zack Sabre Jr. got his start in wrestling training at the NWA-UK Hammerlock training school, and even won the NWA United Kingdom Junior Heavyweight Championship. Sabre Jr. currently wrestles for NJPW, but also makes appearances in PWG, ROH, PROGRESS, and RevPro, where he is the current British Heavyweight Champion, a title he’s won 4 times, the most in RevPro history. He became the PWG World Champion in March of 2016, and held it for over a year, losing it to Chuck Taylor in July of 2017. Sabre was the 5th Evolve Champion in 2017 and held it for the second longest time in Evolve history at 404 days. In 2018, ZSJ won the New Japan Cup when he defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi in the final, and went on to challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, however failed to win the title. Sabre also won Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Danielson Award, given to the best technical wrestler from 2014-2018. At 32 years old, Zack Sabre Jr. is definitely one of the best in the business.
So there you have it! 26 wrestlers for 26 letters in the English alphabet. Be sure to let us know if you agree with our list, or if you feel someone else should be mentioned! We love hearing from you so go ahead and give us your opinions!
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