In professional wrestling, being under the age 30 can be frustrating.
While an individual may have years of experience, they're going to have to learn the WWE style if they want to make it in that company. Just look at how few men win a world title before that age. Management often makes them pay their dues, and find a compelling character before the WWE machine gets behind them.
Right now, the company is stacked with talent that is their early 30s (Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Ryback), but not many younger than that.
TNA is also in the same boat with very few young members on the roster. That doesn't mean there isn't some gems to be found though.
This list covers the best wrestlers in both major companies who are under the age of 30. The criteria is simple: the individuals must have competed on one of the main rosters. They are then ranked by their potential, their in-ring work and popularity.
These are the men and women you would draft if you were starting your own company, and the order you may take them in.
For the companion piece, check out the list of best wrestlers over 40 to see the other side of the spectrum.