WWE's Top 12 Workhorses

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2013

WWE's Top 12 Workhorses

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    There are a few names that are put on the marquees and posters to sell tickets for WWE events, but those few Superstars do not carry the full load.

    WWE is filled with workhorses who go out there every week and put on high-quality matches, whether they are in the main event or jobbing to someone else.

    Not to say that a main event Superstar couldn't be a workhorse, but in most cases it is the mid-card wrestlers who really work their tails off.

    Of course you want to protect your top guys until their big matches, which is why we will sometimes see someone like John Cena go a week or two with only a few minutes of physicality, injured or not.

    This slideshow will highlight WWE's top 12 workhorses in no particular order. These are the guys who can be counted on to put there best effort forward every night, whether it be a pay-per-view or a house show.

    Why 12 instead of 10? Because that meant eliminating two of the names on the list, and it just couldn't be done.

Daniel Bryan

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    Nobody can make a mid-talent Superstar look like a great wrestler better than Daniel Bryan, and when he is in the ring with someone of equal talent he can create a classic match at the drop of a hat.

    Being brought up in the business the way Bryan has, travelling to various countries to compete in several promotions, you learn how to wrestle every kind of wrestler.

    Different countries have different styles, and Bryan has been able to integrate moves from all of them into his arsenal to make him one of the most well-rounded Superstars wrestling today.

    When it comes to the guys who can do everything, Bryan is up there with the absolute best of them.

Cody Rhodes

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    Cody Rhodes is not just another Superstar riding the coattails of his family name. He is one of the best wrestlers WWE has today.

    He might not be as good on the mic as his best friend Damien Sandow, but he is as talented in that ring as anyone on the roster.

    Some day he will be the most successful member of the Rhodes family, although surpassing his father in popularity might be difficult.

    If you still have any doubt about Rhodes after his match with Chris Jericho on Main Event, then nothing will change your mind.

Dolph Ziggler

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    Nobody needs to be told why Dolph Ziggler is on this list. He is easily one of the best workers in the business today.

    Nobody can sell another person's offense like Dolph Ziggler. Sometimes he may overdo it a little, but it is all for the sake of entertainment.

    Dolph Ziggler is on the road to regaining the World title, and being able to watch him go from cheerleader to where he is today has been a great ride for fans.

    A babyface turn seems to be in the works at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how the fans who have always hated him as a heel will react to him as a face.

Antonio Cesaro

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    Antonio Cesaro's gimmick has gone through a few changes, but he has always stood out as one of the best pure wrestlers on the roster.

    Cesaro's recent performances against Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton have shown that he can have a longer match and keep it entertaining the entire time.

    His moveset contains many unique moves, and he keeps adding more moves to his arsenal as the years go on. Very few wrestlers in WWE today could stand up to Cesaro in the power department, let alone in technical ability.

    Time will tell if teaming with Zeb Colter will do anything for Cesaro's career, but hopefully the mustachioed Dutch Mantell can make everyone realize what a truly special talent Cesaro is.

Kofi Kingston

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    The fact that Kofi Kingston has managed to remain healthy while maintaining a high-risk style these past few years is one of his impressive traits.

    His recent injury is unfortunate, but he is not the kind of guy who is injured very often, so the time off may be a blessing in disguise.

    There is no denying that Kofi has really improved in the ring over the course of his run, and having held as many singles and tag titles as he has makes him one of the more decorated Superstars today.

    He has never quite broken through to that next level of main event competition, but he has been steadily climbing the ranks since debuting.

Alberto Del Rio

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    Alberto Del Rio was the biggest thing in Mexican wrestling when he signed a WWE contract and came to the US, and he shot up the ranks in WWE as fast as anyone in history.

    While he is not quite as entertaining as his personal ring announcer, he is as technically sound as anyone in the locker room.

    Del Rio works hard to keep up his high level of quality in his wrestling, and it is evident by how often he performs better than his opponent.

    It is a good thing that he turned heel again, because as a heel he always seemed more comfortable.

Wade Barrett

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    The former bare-knuckle fighter has proven time and time again that he can have great matches with Superstars of all shapes and sizes.

    Barrett is one of those guys who fights a stiff style, making his matches appear more realistic and brutal, but he is also technically sound.

    He can brawl, wrestle and deliver promos like a seasoned veteran, and considering he is only 32 years old, that is pretty impressive.

    With Barrett it is not a matter of if he will be a World Champion, but a matter of when.

Damien Sandow

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    I can honestly say that in the many years I have been watching wrestling I have never seen someone as great on the mic from the second they debuted as Damien Sandow.

    His gimmick is kind of a throwback with the towel and robe over trunks with no design or logo, but his mic work is ahead of its time.

    He can be entertaining to get a laugh, or he can be scathing. We have seen him interact with some big names like DX in the past, and he always holds his own against anyone.

    This is not to mention that he is one hell of a wrestler with the potential to be a top star within a few years. The future looks bright for Damien Sandow.

    Take the time to watch the included video. You won't regret it.


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    If asked to name someone who has been as consistently good as Kane has been over the years, I would be hard-pressed to come up with an answer.

    Glenn Jacobs has been wrestling for over 20 years, with 18 of them being under the employ of Vince McMahon, with the Kane character taking up over 15 years of his run.

    While he may not have ever been the "top" guy, he is one of the most dedicated and talented big men WWE has ever had.

    Somehow he has managed to get better each passing year, even while being one of the oldest wrestlers on the roster at 46 years old.

    As a monster heel or a comedy character, Kane always manages to entertain.

CM Punk

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    What other phrase can you use to describe CM Punk other than workhorse?

    This man is a machine. He always has great matches, delivers solid mic work week in and week out and he is able to make just about anything work in his favor inside the ring.

    Punk deserved the long title reign he had from 2011-2013, and hopefully there are still several years between now and when Punk decides to hang up his boots.

    But we might not be so lucky.

    Punk is a very smart individual, which means he is not going to wrestle until he can no longer walk. He will listen to his body, and when he knows it's time to retire, he will.

    Until then, there is no doubt that CM Punk will continue to deliver great performances every single show.

John Cena

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    I honestly believe that John Cena may have figured out time travel. That is the only explanation I can come up with to explain how he has so much time to do all the things he does.

    He wrestles at just about every house show and TV taping, sometimes twice if he is in a dark match main event, which is usually every Monday.

    That is on top of a ton of travel time, an insane amount of time in the gym to keep himself in Terminator-sized condition, press time in just about every city he visits, charity work with various organizations and time to do things like photo shoots and appear in films and TV shows.

    And somewhere between all that the guy has to eat, sleep, have a personal and family life and date a Bella. Does he even need a house? Because I imagine he lives out of a travel bag.

    Either this guy has Doc Brown's DeLorean, a TARDIS or he has somehow mastered the art of time management.

Chris Jericho

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    Explaining why Chris Jericho is on this list is about as necessary as telling you that fire is hot.

    He is the best in the world at what he does, and that is not just a catchphrase.

    Was there someone who you feel deserved to be included but was left off the list? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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