Today on The Taz Show they discussed their ‘Top 13 Current Wrestlers’ so I thought I would come up with my own list, and encourage you to do the same.
The criteria I used to make my list were how big of an impact the wrestlers are currently having with whatever company they’re working for, and how entertaining their matches have been recently.
13. Elias (WWE RAW)
-There’s not many wrestlers in WWE who are currently more over than Elias. He has the fans eating out of his hand on a weekly basis. He’s very young in his career, and has the potential to be a top star for WWE for years to come.
12. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE SmackDown)
-Nakamura’s recent heel turn has breathed new life into what was becoming a stale WWE tenure. He’s the #1 contender to the WWE Championship, and the series of matches he has been putting on recently with AJ Styles have been incredible.
11. Brock Lesnar (WWE RAW - WWE Universal Champion)
-The only reason Brock isn’t in the Top 10 is because he wrestles so infrequently. If he competed more often he would be much higher on the list because every match he has is absolutely incredible, critics be damned. His match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34 was amazing, but the ignorant fans in attendance ruined it.
10. Adam Cole (WWE NXT - North American Champion)
-Adam Cole.......BAY BAY is great at everything he does. He’s incredible in the ring, and on the microphone. He has enormous charisma, and is killing it in NXT right now with the Undisputed Era.
9. Will Ospreay (NJPW - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion)
-Ospreay is one of the most athletic wrestlers on the planet today. There’s not much he can’t do. He’s been tremendous as the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, and I look forward to his match against newly crowned ‘Best of the Super Juniors’ tournament winner Hiromu Takahashi.....even though I wanted Taiji Ishimori to win the tournament.
8. Chris Jericho (NJPW & WWE)
-Jericho may be wrestling infrequently in 2018, but nobody can deny when he does compete that his matches aren’t the best on the card, which warrants a spot on this list. His match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 against Kenny Omega was one of the best of his career, and his upcoming Dominion matchup against Tetsuya Naito is sure to steal the show. Chris Jericho very well may be the 🐐.
7. Matt & Nick Jackson - The Young Bucks (NJPW & ROH - NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Champions)
-My only ‘cheat’ on the list, but I feel it’s justified because they’re the greatest tag team on the planet today and deserve to be included on a list like this.
6. Marty Scurll (NJPW & ROH - NEVER Openweight Tag Team Champion)
-Whether it’s in New Japan, Ring of Honor or on ‘Being The Elite’ Marty Scurll never ceases to entertain. His matches are always fantastic, and the sky is the limit for The Villain.
5. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW - IWGP Heavyweight Champion)
-The Rainmaker comes in at #5 on my list, but I wouldn’t be upset with anyone putting him #1 on theirs. Okada‘s amazing. His matches against Kenny Omega took the pro wrestling industry to an entirely new level. Incredible performer, incredible look, and incredibly charismatic.
4. The Miz (WWE SmackDown)
-When Miz first came into WWE I was one of his biggest detractors. I despised him. He was terrible in the ring and on the mic. Boy how my opinion has changed. He has worked his behind off to improve, and he has became one of the top performers in all of WWE. His in-ring work is solid, and nobody in WWE cuts a better promo. Miz should constantly be in the world title picture.
3. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW - IWGP Intercontinental Champion)
-The leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon is one of the top three competitors in all of New Japan at the moment. His upcoming match against Chris Jericho at Dominion is sure to get him deserved worldwide exposure. An argument could be made that Naito is the greatest wrestler on the planet right now.
2. AJ Styles (WWE SmackDown - WWE Heavyweight Champion)
-‘Phenomenal’ isn’t just a nickname for AJ Styles, it’s exactly what he has been his entire career and continues to be. Everywhere AJ has competed he’s been the best wrestler on the roster, and that’s true today as well.
1. Kenny Omega (NJPW)
-The Best Bout Machine. He’s the Michael Jordan of professional wrestling, meaning he makes everyone around him better. His recent matches against Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes were all instant classics and proved that he’s Mr. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
There are a few wrestlers who I left off this list that I really wanted to include, but for whatever reason I thought someone else deserved it just a little bit more. Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Adam Page were all strong candidates.