WWE Raw: Top 10 "New School" Wrestlers
After a star studded "Old School" Monday Night Raw that saw WWE legends such as "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase and the return of the Dead Man himself, the Undertaker, it got me thinking, who are the best of the "New School" guys that are making a name for themselves right now.
This is a list of the top 10 best of the new wrestlers.
No. 10 Damien Sandow
Coming in at No. 10 is none other than the self-proclaimed savior of the unwashed masses of the WWE Universe, Damien Sandow.
The great Killer Kowalski trained Sandow, and all that training has led him to a very promising future in the WWE.
Sandow was part of the team Rhodes Scholars, with partner Cody Rhodes, and had relative success, but his singles career could explode at any moment.
I see great things in the future for this superstar.
No. 9 Ryback
Powering in at No. 9 is Ryback.
Ryback burst into the WWE and quickly got a major push and challenged then-champion CM Punk for his title on several different occasions.
During that time it was obvious that the brawler was still a little green and couldn't carry a match as well as stars such as Punk.
But with more experience under his belt, Ryback is becoming a pretty good wrestler, and as time goes on, he will get even better.
There is no doubt that the gold will be around his waist one day.
No. 8 Cody Rhodes
The No. 8 spot goes to Cody Rhodes.
The son of "The American Dream" has a very bright future in the company. Although he has been around for a little while, he has not reached his full potential just yet.
He is a former Intercontinental Champion and many more title reigns are in his future. He has the wrestling ability, the charisma and his on mic skills have improved, giving Rhodes exactly what it takes to become a Superstar in the WWE.
No. 7 the Miz
The Miz takes the No. 7 spot on the list.
Yes, The Miz has been around for some years and main-evented WrestleMania as WWE champion, but recently the "Awesome One" has been struggling to find his footing again in the WWE.
He has always had the mic skills, but his wrestling ability left something to be desired. Now with the tutelage of the great Ric Flair, The Miz looks like a whole new wrestler in the ring. His moves are crisp and smooth, and Flair even passed down the move he made famous, the figure-four leg lock, to The Miz.
If that is not a vote of confidence, then I don't know what is.
The Miz is on his way back to the top of the mountain.
No. 6 Antonio Cesaro
The Swiss superstar Antonio Cesaro cements himself into the No. 6 spot on the list.
Working his way through the indie circuit, Cesaro made an immediate impact by quickly winning the US Championship, a title he still holds.
Cesaro has a great combination of power and speed, making him a scary foe to see across the ring. As the announcers say, he may be pound-for-pound the strongest man in the WWE.
His move set is ever expanding, as he debuts a new move almost every week it seems.
It seems Cesaro is destined for greatness in the WWE.
No. 5 Sheamus
The Celtic Warrior comes in at No. 5.
Sheamus proved he has what it takes to lead the WWE when he reigned as World Heavyweight Champion.
He has the in-ring ability, impressive strength and he even surprised the WWE Universe with some agility, capable of launching himself from the apron into the ring.
He also has the mic skills, making him one of the top guys in the WWE today.
Sheamus will be at the top of the WWE for years to come.
No. 4 Alberto Del Rio
No. 4 on the list is Albertooooooo Del Rrrrriiioooooo (Sorry I had to).
The Mexican Aristocrat is the current World Heavyweight Champion and has a WrestleMania match against Jack Swagger, so it is not hard to see that Del Rio is on the top of his game.
Del Rio can wrestle with the biggest stars in the company and has proven that fact by beating the likes of Randy Orton and Big Show.
Del Rio is going to stay at the top of the WWE for many years.
No. 3 Dolph Ziggler
Showing off at the No. 3 spot is the Show Off himself, Dolph Ziggler.
Ziggler has had a bumpy past in the WWE, debuting as a caddy for Chavo Guerrero, then as a male cheerleader with the Spirit Squad, but the third time was his charm when he first stuck out his hand and introduced himself, "Hi, I'm Dolph Ziggler."
Ziggler is the total package. His in-ring ability has improved greatly as has his on-mic ability.
One thing that Ziggler has that no one else has is the Money in the Bank briefcase, which pretty much guarantees him a title reign in the future.
And that future may be closer than anyone thinks.
Ziggler is on the brink of greatness, and he will be one of the top wrestlers for years to come in the WWE.
No. 2 Daniel Bryan
Grabbing the No. 2 spot on the list is Daniel Bryan.
Bryan is by far the best technical wrestler in the WWE today and is a throwback to the "old school" wrestlers.
D-Bry is a former World Heavyweight Champion and current Tag Team Champion, so he has proven he has exactly what it takes to be the main event guy for the WWE.
Will Daniel Bryan be World Heavyweight Champion again and be one of the top wrestlers in WWE for a very long time?
There is only one answer to that question: Yes!
No. 1 CM Punk
The self-proclaimed Best in the World tops the list at the No. 1 spot.
There is no doubt that Punk is the best of the "New School" wrestlers and the top heel in the WWE today.
His moves in the ring and his ability to create enjoyable and watchable matches are top notch. His skills on the mic are second to none.
Punk's credentials speak for themselves, a 434-day title reign, the longest title reign in the last 25 years, numerous wins over resident superhero John Cena, and a WrestleMania victory over the incomparable Chris Jericho.
There seems to be nothing left for Punk to do to cement himself as the best wrestler in the WWE today...except beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
Honorable Mention: The Shield
The Shield get an honorable mention on this list because they are just getting started in the WWE, but their skills are shining through.
They have not yet had enough opportunities to show what they can each do in a match, both individually and as a team, but the potential is definitely there.
Dean Ambrose is a wizard on the mic, getting the audience to really get involved in what he is saying. He also has some great in-ring ability.
Seth Rollins shines in the ring, pulling out amazing moves, but we are yet to see what he is truly capable of, which is more than likely superstardom with the WWE.
Roman Reigns is clearly the weak link of the team, being a former football player he has the longest way to go. His mic skills are sub par, and his moves in the ring need to be honed before he becomes a Superstar, but he plays the powerhouse of the team perfectly. With some polishing, Reigns could be a major player in the WWE.
Honorable Mention: The Prime Time Players
The Prime Time Players get an honorable mention on the list.
Both Darren Young and Titus O'Neil are talented wrestlers that are floundering in the WWE's weak tag team division.
They make a really good team, with Young being the quick member and O'Neil taking on the obvious role of the powerhouse.
If the WWE can ever fix their tag team division, then I see big things in the future for the Prime Time Players.