There was a lot of fighting over who to put in the top 10 and where they go. We think we came up with the best top 10 for us and guess who won the fight to name number 1 spot?
Neville has had a great year. Every time he’s in the ring he’s a sight to be seen. His high risk style makes him the most interesting person to watch right now. Seeing him wrestling in slow motion, flying through the air with such ease is one of the greatest joys of 2015.
Its a shame that after making such a great debut in the company and being so over with fans nothing really came of him in 2015. His feud with Stardust gave us the fun of seeing him team up with the Green Arrow at Summerslam in one of my favorite matches of 2015 but other then that there hasn’t been much on the plate of the young British wrestler.
Personally I really thought now is the time more then ever to push him on TV with so many big stars out but they still haven’t. Its sad but the impression his wrestling has made means that he’s always gonna be in our top 10.
9. Seth Rollins
He held the belt for the majority of 2015, he didn’t get anything to really sink his teeth into yet the second he gets injured I feel the loss of him on the roster more then any we’ve had at the end of the year.
And we’ve had many.
The reason he’s so low down is that as much as I enjoyed him as Champion his championship run was bogged down by the story of Roman Reigns, by half hearted story lines, by a glut of PPVs in the middle of the year and fans never really getting the Rollins in the ring we wanted to see.
Still his first run with the belt was a thing of beauty and he held his spot at the top of the company well. I miss him greatly and he’s a good heel. Hoping he comes back strong when he’s fully healed up.
8. Jay Lethal
He isn’t the only non-WWE guy in the list but the only one that more then a handful of people will know. Even though we don’t review ROH and haven’t mentioned Lethal at all during the year its hard to write a top 10 without putting him in there.
I do like a bit of Lethal and for one moment he was the only champion anyone was talking about as TNA and WWE were left without champions (Anna, who I read this to so she can edit parts in and out disagreed and said that Plymouth had Danny Walsh so kudos to him too) but he’s just been great all year.
7. Finn Balor
Its hard not to like Finn. I mean who doesn’t like the cool face paint at the Take Over events?
He’s been NXT champion for a while now and has had some great matches against guys like Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. His championship winning match in Japan was a highlight of 2015 and he’s gone from strength to strength since.
Again its hard not to like him. His social media presence just makes him look like the adorable dork you want as a best friend and he comes across as a real humble guy. They don’t try to force something he isn’t down your throat so you get a feel of having a real person fighting in front of you for his dream.
Aesthetically how many people haven’t tried to paint themselves up to look like Finn at least once this year? I still have facepaint on my back from trying his Take Over London look. He’s been a great champion and a great guy to get behind.
6. Damien Sandow
I miss him on the TV. I enjoyed everything he’s done when he’s been on TV.
Again one of the most over guys at a certain point this year and they did nothing with him. I can’t help but like the guy therefore he is there at number 6 and I won’t have my mind changed.
5. Big E
New Day has been one of the best things to happen to wrestling in a long time. They are hilarious.
Big E though is a future champion on his own. The guy is by far one of the most charismatic guys on the roster but he’s also one of the most interesting to watch wrestle. His strength as part of New Day is what sets them apart from the rest of the Tag division but WWE could do with both his charm and his ability in the main event.
That dancing though and giving us a reason to shout booty for no reason has made him one of the heroes of the page this year. Guy is seriously talented, amazingly fun and very deserving of a main event spot in the future.
Yeah shoot us.
Fans might not like the Stardust gimmick but we personally all love it and respect the work he’s putting into bringing the character alive. His promos all year have been highlights and he’s brought the best out of any feud he’s been given.
Thing is when he’s in the ring, talking backstage or doing whatever you want to cheer Cody at him or whatever. The guys presence is felt from the moment he walks out of the curtain or appears on screen. His promos are some of the most entertaining even if you don’t understand what he’s talking about. He’s a wonderful mix of his dad and his brother and you find yourself just enjoying having him around.
We kind of hope for bigger and better things for Stardust and his Cosmic Wasteland in 2016.
Was it at the beginning of the year or the end of last year when Cesaro made his heartfelt speech about creative not thinking he connects with the WWE Universe enough?
Because what a difference a year makes?
I wasn’t really buying the he doesn’t connect rubbish anyway. He made a splash with Tyson Kidd in the tag division during the beginning and middle of the year before Kidd was injured, people worried he’d be buried or would lose momentum but instead he became one of the most over guys in the WWE Universe with Cesaro Section signs all over the place.
The guy has had some incredible matches and its a shame his 2015 ended in injury as he could be a force right now. Looking forward to him coming back better then ever in 2016.
2. Kevin Owens
The only reason that Kevin Owens isn’t at number one is that in another Life Anna was a public speaker or something and when she gets real passionate about a cause its hard to say no to her. Not that she didn’t want Owens at number one herself but it won’t surprise you who we ended up putting at number one if you follow Anna’s blogs in any shape or form.
All through 2015 Owens has been the man to watch either in NXT or on the main roster. His matches against Cena were some of the best wrestling matches we’ve seen all year round, he’s a delight to see either in the ring, at the commentary table or in a interview backstage. You want to see Owens Fight, you wanna see him destroy his opponent and you don’t care that he doesn’t care because you love him for not caring.
Sure when you think of Wrestling you don’t think of guys like Kevin Owens but maybe you should because he’s by far one of the most talented guys in the world, every match he’s in is made better purely by his presence and you can just see how much he loves the business in everything he does. Why he isn’t the number one guy right now is beyond me because fans have taken to him like you wouldn’t believe. He might have only debuted earlier in the year but you can tell that he belongs right at the top of the mountain.
2016 I really do think will be the year of Owens and if it isn’t then they’ve missed out because every year should be the year of Owens.
1. Eddie Ryan
All joking aside, during the whole of the discussion for the top 10 there hasn’t been a single voice more passionate then Anna’s to put Eddie Ryan in the top 10. Anyone who actually reads anything she’s actually wrote about him in the five reviews she’s put up about him will see beyond the jokes and see that she actually appreciates his wrestling much more then the jokes about his boots or any of us poking fun at her because he’s good looking. As I’ve never seen him wrestle before I’ll give her the final words on him.
“I said back in April, before any of the jokes or me being a fan of his, that his match vs Danny Walsh was worth the price of the ticket alone. I haven’t been to MANY shows this year but seeing I buy tickets for myself and my friend I’ve spent well over £50 this year to go see wrestling and every single event he’s been worth the money to go see alone. That is why by the third time I’d gone to see him wrestle I was a fan and its why I’m so vocal about being his fan.
The guy is awesome in the ring as both a singles competitor and a tag team wrestler. I’ve actually seen him more in tag team action then I have in singles action and usually that’s a six man tag match which is great because the fact he stands out as much as he does proves what I say about him. He’s been in some brilliant matches though his one against Danny is still probably my favourite, and I managed to get to November without anyone actually noticing I was a fan of his. After this one last bit I’m gonna have to pretend not to be his fan just to balance the last month out better.
I’ve had a shitty year but the knowledge at the end of the year that there is only x amount of days till I get to see PWA or PWP again and Eddie Ryan is gonna be there has made life much easier to handle. The guy is seriously one of the best wrestlers in the world and EVERY wrestling fan from all over the world I’ve talked to this year from April until now I’ve ALWAYS said if you ever come to England and see a show promoted that has Eddie Ryan (along with others… It isn’t just him he’s just the only one I get to put in the top ten) on the card GO AND SEE IT! It’ll be worth the price of the ticket to this country alone.
And with Pete giving me money to go to Taunton in January, and tickets already booked for PWP’s return to Plymouth (and possibly by the time this is out tickets for their next Exeter show too) there will be much more about him at the beginning of 2016. Plus I will probably spend the majority of my money in 2016 travelling across the West-Country with my lovely Lionhearts t-shirt supporting him. And from someone who HATES spending money or travelling by train that is saying A LOT.”
Final Thoughts :
I kept saying we’d look at TNA and ROH during the year but with illnesses and stuff we never got around to it which was unfortunate. For WWE it hasn’t been the greatest year but its been a pretty good one regardless.
So many other wrestlers we’d love to add into that list but there is only ten spots. People like King Barrett who has run with one of the worst gimmicks you could possibly get given but still make it look great, Sami Zayn who has been out for the better part of the year but was building up to be the highlight of the year in the early parts of it, The Vaudevillians who would be number one for our tag team of the year if we were doing tag teams, which we’re not unfortunately and then from Anna a list as long as her arms of British wrestlers including (this is the shorter version trust me) Ultimo Tiger, Scotty Essex, Danny Walsh (who has been mentioned more then once already) , John Harding, Krieger and something blurry that manages to look a lot like Darren Saviour.
Leave a comment below with your top 10 male wrestlers of 2015. Also if you know any of the names that Anna keeps inserting into every wrestling conversation please let me know if they are actually any good or if she’s talking out of her ass.