Wrestlings Greatest Grapplers In The 2000's: Will Anyone Stand Out?

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IJuly 25, 2009


Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank you once again for spending some time with me today.

I was watching some WWE on demand last night; by the way for those who don’t have it, get it if you can. While I was watching it an interesting question popped in my head.

Who will be remembered as the dominant stars for the 2000's? As I was think this numerous names popped in my head. We have been lucky enough to see some really great grapplers.

We have had guys like Angle, Jericho, Stone Cold, The Rock, The Undertaker, HHH, Orton; the list can go on and on. So who is it that stands out in the 2000s? I will be honest with you folks, I really don’t know.

In previous decades this question is a much easier one to answer. In the 80s it was clearly Hogan and Flair. In the 90s while there are many debates about it, for the most part people will say it is Bret Hart, HBK and even Sting.

As far as the 2000's go, I think there is a lot of room for debate. The reason it is so tough is because not only are there a lot of younger stars that came up, we also had a lot of veterans’ dominate.

Let’s take a look at a few for sharts and giggles shall we.

Stone cold Steve Austin is clearly one of the WWE's biggest names. It would be hard to argue though that he dominated the 90s or 2000's. The reason being is because he is a tweener.

He was clearly the man in the mid to late 90's, and he was also the man in the early to mid 2000 decade. So how could we consider him the mega star of either of those decades?

Another good case would be the Undertaker. The Undertakers most dominant years were also in the mid 90s to mid 2000 years. So how is it that he could claim any certain decade?

There are a lot of other guys we can throw in that category, but I would like to move on to the younger class of wrestlers for a second.

Kurt Angle broke into the business in 1999. It can easily be argued that he should be honored with the title of greatest wrestler of the decade. He has won countless titles and has been one of wrestling’s best ring performers.

We also have wrestlers like Chris Jericho who can make a case for himself. Since coming to the WWE he has been nothing short of stellar in the ring. He might go down as one of the greatest heels ever.

I think you get where I am going with this by now.

So that brings up another question. Has the current group of grapplers not been good enough, or are there just too many dominant stars that have been brought up. I would have to lean towards the second option.

The fact is though, at some point some of these guys will have to emerge as the best of the last decade. I guess we won’t know until the decade does end.

When that time does come, it will just open up more debates and conversation. I guess that is what makes wrestling so much fun to watch. Either way we have been very lucky to see ten years of some top notch performers.

I would like to thank all of you again for joining me.

As always, have a great and blessed day.