Top 20 WWE Wrestlers of 2019 (Part 1)
Top 20 WWE Wrestlers of 2019(Part 1)
It has been a year of amazing matches, fantastic moments, fun times, awesome memories, some sad moments, injuries, botches and some releases. None of these moments would have happened if it were not for the amazing wrestlers in the business. So to start of my List of top things that happened in wrestling, I am going to do the top 20 wrestlers of 2019 in WWE (which you guys can tell from reading the title). A disclaimer, my main focus for this year will only be WWE because I have not seen any other wrestling promotions as much as I have watched WWE. I would also like to add that this is only my opinion and how they impressed me.
So here goes, my top 20 wrestlers of 2019:
20. Baron Corbin (A.K.A King Corbin)
This guy has become one of the most hated men in 2019. I honestly believe after Tommaso Ciampa, Baron Corbin is the only other heel that has managed to get genuine heat from the WWE Universe.
Corbin competed in the King of the Ring and went on to win the tournament. He became King Corbin and dressed up like a King from Game Of Thrones (I believe this was also to receive more heat because of the heat GOT received their final season). King Corbin had a fun segment with the ‘Great One’ The Rock and the Man. Another big achievement for Corbin was ending the career of Kurt Angles at WrestleMania something Corbin will be remembered for forever. King Corbin also got the win against Roman Reigns on the final Pay-Per-View of the Decade.
His win/loss record for the year is:
- Total Matches - 47
- Wins - 22
- Draw - 1
- Losses - 2
- Win Percentage – 47%
19. Chad Gable
Chad Gable now known as Shorty G is one of the most underrated wrestlers in the WWE. Gable’s in ring work is top notch and is always entertaining.
Gable also was the runner’s up of the 2019 King of The Ring defeating superstars larger than him in size such as Shelton Benjamin, Andrade and even in a 2 out of 3 falls match against the self-proclaimed ‘Best In the World’ Shane McMahon until he was defeated by Baron Corbin. Gable got his retribution by defeating Corbin in the next two matches they faced off against each other. Gable also went toe to toe with Kurt Angle, which for me was a dream match that I never really thought I wanted. In short, no pun intended – Shorty G is simply talent personified. He has a bright future and if WWE recognize his talent like the WWE Universe does, 2020 will be the Year of Shorty G and I hope they scrap this name and he is once again retains his original in-ring name Chad Gable.
Gable’s 2019 Win/Loss Record:
- Total Matches - 31
- Wins - 16
- Draws - 0
- Losses – 15
- Win Percentage – 52%
He is a real-life Superhero, such a spectacle to watch. Ricochet is so innovative in the ring. Ricochet defies the laws of physics most of the time and every time he is in the ring the amazing talent this lad possesses flabbergasts me.
Ricochet had a good 2019 (all of them in this list had a good 2019 the reason they made the list LOL). Ricochet started this year in NXT, teamed up with Aleister Black to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and got a shot at the NXT Tag Team Titles at the Takeover before WrestleMania. In the midst of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Ricochet and Aleister Black got called up to the main roster. On Raw Ricochet got a shot at the United States Championship against Samoa Joe and won the match. To be fair he did loose it back to AJ Styles pretty soon but he didn’t go down without putting up a fight.
Ricochet’s Win/Loss Record:
Total Matches - 67
Wins - 38
Draws - 3
Losses - 26
Win Percentage - 57%
17. Keith Lee
This guy is one of the reasons I am excited for 2020. He did not get much Television time for the most of the year but then all it took was one match against Dominik Dijakovic for the NXT Universe to bask in His glory! As his song says, the talent in Keith Lee is indeed is limitless and for a man of his stature he is extremely athletic. Speed and strength makes him a dangerous opponent. Anyone who faces him should be worried
Keith Lee did not have a lot of matches in 2019 but every match he had has been exceptional. Keith had a series of matches against Dominik Dijakovic that became one of the hottest rivalries of the year. These two told an amazing story with their wrestling captivating the crowd each and every time. Keith and Dijakovic then got a shot at Roderick Strong’s North American Title which was a fantastic match and after a great showing Keith Lee came up short as Strong picked up the W. Following this Keith was added to the Men’s War Games match teaming with his fellow rival Dominik Dijakovic, Tommaso Ciampa and Kevin Owens to take on the Undisputed Era. Keith had a great showing in the war games match and his team also got the win, Keith also took a lot punishment in the match. Keith following NXT: Takeover War Games the very next night Keith Lee was part of Team NXT in the 5 v 5 v 5 tag team elimination match. Keith eliminated Seth Rollins and was the last man standing in the match for NXT before Roman Reigns eliminated him. Roman was so impressed with Keith Lee’s performance that he gave Keith a fist bump after the match showing his respect to the big man. Just like the previous two in the list Keith Lee will also have a fantastic 2020 ahead.
Keith Lee’s 2019 Win/Loss Record:
- Total Matches - 18
- Wins - 7
- Draws - 3
- Losses - 8
- Win Percentage - 39%
16. Montez Ford
Another superstar who was called up to the main roster was Montez Ford. Ford was called up along with his fellow Street Profits member, Angelo Dawkins. Weirdly the duo was only used as hype-men for RAW and the pay-per views. Well, they are really entertaining to be fair.
Before being branded as the hype-men the Street Profits were killing it on NXT. The duo went on to win the NXT Tag Team titles and had a good run with the titles until the Undisputed Era defeated them. It is worth mentioning at this time that the Street Profits became the First tag team to be called up to the main roster while they were the champions in NXT.
Angelo Dawkins is also improving as a wrestler day by day. But Angelo’s partner, Montez Ford is a flawless wrestler. It is a shame he did not get a lot of matches to wrestle. Ford’s energy level is extraordinary, I feel it only increases as the match goes on longer. I can certainly see the Street Profits being the RAW tag champions in the near future and have all the potential to be the best tag team of 2020.
Montez Ford’s Win/Loss record:
- Total Matches - 19
- Wins - 10
- Draws - 0
- Losses - 9
- Win Percentage - 53%
15. Shinsuke Nakamura
The heel turn does not work for everyone but it has worked very well for Nakamura. He has been a great heel ever since he turned on AJ at last year’s WrestleMania. He has not had a lot of victories this year but for some odd reason he has been the most successful Intercontinental Champion in 2019. Nakamura has been the Intercontinental Champion for over six months now and he walks into 2020 as one of the longest reigning Intercontinental champions of all time. Nakamura deserves this title reign but I would be happier if he got more wins. Nakamura has been one of the most entertaining superstars inside the squared circle.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s Win/Loss record
- Total Matches - 32
- Wins - 11
- Draw - 2
- Losses - 19
- Win Percentage - 34
14. Viking Raiders
The Viking Raiders are the current tag team champions of Monday night Raw. Interestingly they started of this year in a different brand and wrestled with different names. They wrestled on NXT named Hanson and Rowe with their tag team called War Raiders. The only members of the entire NXT roster to have an undefeated record in 2019 were the War Raiders. They won the NXT tag titles in late January and vacated the titles on May 1 because they were called up to the main roster.
They debuted on the main roster under the ridiculous name of ‘The Viking Experience’ and the duo got their in-ring names as well. Hanson was renamed Ivar and Rowe was renamed Erik. A week later after receiving huge heat from the WWE Universe for the horrible name ‘The Viking Experience’, the duo was renamed as ‘The Viking Raiders’.
The Raiders are a dominant tag team who instill fear in their opponents.
Viking Raiders’ Win/Loss Record:
- Total Matches - 42
- Wins - 34
- Draws - 3
- Losses - 5
- Win Percentage - 81%
13. ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt
Last we saw Bray Wyatt on television was back in 2018 in a tag team match on Monday Night Raw where he was teaming up with Matt Hardy. The night after WrestleMania 35 we witnessed the debut of the Firefly Funhouse and the return of Bray Wyatt. Everyone loved this; the WWE universe massively enjoyed the Firefly Funhouse and already began chanting his Catchphrases such as ‘Yowie Wowie’ during other matches, during epic moments, during boring moments etc. To be honest I did not like the initial episode. I believe it was because I did not understand the character story I guess but then the second episode of the Firefly Funhouse got me hooked and I joined the bandwagon. Bray Wyatt is a genius; he built his character up and pulled in the more and more members of the WWE Universe with each episode of the Firefly funhouse. Wyatt is an average wrestler but he built has character so well that when he is in the ring as the Fiend, he does not need to be good, he is just someone who instills fear into his opponents.
The first time we witnessed the Fiend was when he interrupted Finn Balor’s victory celebration and hit him with a Sister Abigail. This planted the seed for their match at SummerSlam. The other victims of the Fiend are Mick Foley, Jerry Lawler, Kurt Angle, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan and lately the Miz. The best thing in the Fiend matches is that nothing fazes the Fiend; No matter what the opponent hits him with, he gets right back up.
I am more than excited for his 2020 run and can’t wait for him to walk out to the ring with his custom Fiend Title. And I hope the rumors are not true, please WWE the Fiend needs to have a long undefeated streak, so please do not make him loos to roman Reigns at WrestleMania.
With that being said here is the Win/Loss record for 2019:
- Total Matches - 5
- Wins - 4
- Draws - 1
- Loss - 0
- Win Percentage - 80%
12. Daniel Bryan
Around this time a couple years ago, I never expected to see Daniel Bryan wrestle again in a WWE ring. Last year all our prayers were answered when Bryan was finally cleared to wrestle and eventually he defeated AJ Styles to become the WWE Champion, Bryan also turned heel in the process. Bryan entered 2019 as WWE Champion and now is ending the year with chasing the Universal title. Bryan won the 2019 Elimination Chamber as well. Bryan became the Planet’s champion; he even had a title made of Hemp.
Bryan lost the title to Kofi Kingston and after that loss within a month Bryan and Rowan defeated the Usos to become the new SmackDown Live Tag team Champions. After a decent run, Bryan and Rowan lost the titles to Big E and Xavier Woods in a triple threat tag match (the other team was Otis and Tucker).
The team of Bryan and Rowan later in the year broke up after Rowan turned on Bryan due to some shenanigans. Now Bryan is feuding with the Fiend. The two faced off against each other at Survivor Series. It was a good match and their match at Royal Rumble is going to be better for sure.
Did I mention the Fiend also pulled out Bryan’s hair? Now Bryan looks 10 years younger. Daniel Bryan is probably the only superstar who began the decade looking the exact same. Bryan has not aged a bit (Bryan if you are reading this, please let me in on your secret).
Daniel Bryan Win/Loss record:
- Total Matches - 32
- Wins - 12
- Draws - 1
- Losses - 19
- Win Percentage - 38%
11. AJ Styles
AJ Styles walked into 2019 as a guy who lost his WWE Championship after an astounding reign of 371 Days to Daniel Bryan. When Styles begun 2019, it seemed like he pretty much had nothing else to do in WWE; there were also rumors that AJ Styles was retiring, AJ Styles is going to AEW and all. Styles denied all rumors and just went to every WWE show and put out a fantastic match every single time. His rivalry against Randy Orton leading up to their match at WrestleMania 35 consisted of one the best promos of 2019. Styles defeated Randy Orton and he went on to defeat Ricochet at Extreme Rules to once again become the United States Champion. Styles lost the title the night after Survivor Series.
Adding to all this, Styles also rejoined with his Club members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows calling themselves the O.C (The Original, the Official, The Only Club). The trio formed one of the most successful factions of 2019.
Styles is stepping into 2020 with a feud building on Monday night Raw against Randy Orton, I am hoping it is going to be at the Royal Rumble, it will be another fantastic match, I cannot wait for that match!
AJ Styles’ Win/Loss Record:
- Total Matches - 44
- Wins - 22
- Draws - 0
- Losses - 22
- Win Percentage - 50%
I will pause here, it has already been a long read for you all. I will continue with the remainder of the list on the next article. Cheers! Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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© 2019 Jayakrishna Dasappan