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Evaluating Wrestlers: A Top 20 List

By Maegan McFarland

 “Monday Night Raw” celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 22, so I wanted to create a top 20 favorite wrestlers list. However, narrowing the list down to just 20 wrestlers is hard, so I called in Kamri Allen from Grace College’s Wrestling Club for help. This is our collaborative top 20 list of the best WWE Wrestlers:

  1. Shawn Michaels

Kamri: “Some say Michaels could wrestle a broomstick for 30 minutes and still produce a compelling match.”

  1. Undertaker

Kamri: “Switched his character more than an undecided undergrad switches majors, and is still a wrestling ‘giant.’”

  1. John Cena

Kamri: “And his name is…an overplayed meme tied to the best talker in modern wrestling.”

  1. Steve Austin

Kamri:  “Ever work for a boss who made you wish someone would shower him with raw sewage? Do I have the wrestler for you.”

  1. Chris Jericho

Kamri: “Won every title in WWE at least once over his twenty-year career….”

Mo (Maegan): “…and that makes him awesome. Disagree? You just made The List!”

  1. Randy Orton

Mo: “Pretty!”

Kamri: “No comment.”

  1. Triple H

Kamri: “12-time World Champion, creator of WWE’s NXT brand, and (in a leather jacket) the embodiment of what a mid-life crisis looks like.”

  1. CM Punk

Kamri: “Next to Edge, my favorite heel wrestler of all time. His ability to evoke emotion from the crowd is next to none.”

  1. Daniel Bryan

Kamri:  “Best underdog story ever told in wrestling. Held back by management, raised to the main event through the fans.”

  1. AJ Styles

Kamri & Mo: “Phenomenal!”

  1. Rey Mysterio

Kamri: “The most revered luchador, not only in WWE, but in the world.”

  1. Beth Phoenix

Kamri: “A powerhouse female wrestler of the early 2000s, and one of three women to enter a men’s Royal Rumble match. She eliminated a 7’2” giant during the match.”

  1. Asuka

Kamri: “Winner of the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble. 211-0 undefeated win streak. Nobody is ready for Asuka!”

  1. Mickie James

Kamri: “Showed that women wrestlers are just as good as the guys in a time when they were nothing but eye candy.”

Mo: “My favorite wrestler of all time!”

  1. Sasha Banks

Kamri: “Sasha’s bout with Bayley in 2015 is considered the best women’s match in WWE history. Go check it out.”

  1. Charlotte

Kamri: “6-time Women’s Champion, the only to hold the NXT, Smackdown, and Raw’s Women’s titles, and the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair.”

Mo: “WOOOOOOOOOOO!”

  1. AJ Lee

Kamri: “Fantastic wrestler, whose theme song haunts my dreams.”

  1. Lita

Kamri: “My favorite female wrestler. She and Trish Stratus were the first women to main event Monday Night Raw in 2004.”

  1. Trish

Kamri: “My third favorite female wrestler.”

  1. Bayley

Kamri: “Best choice for introducing children to wrestling. She’s wonderful.”

Mo: “ Also Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tubeman!”

Honorable Mentions

The Miz

Mo: “AAAAWWWWWWEEESOOOOOOOME!”

Jeff Hardy

Mo: “EXTREME!”

Dean Ambrose

Mo:  “He used a hot dog cart as a weapon!”

Naomi

Mo: “Can you feel the glow?!”

Paige

Mo: “She started her career at 19 and I will forever respect that!”

Bruno Sammartino

Kamri: “World Champion for 7 YEARS.”

Rob Van Dam

Mo: “Rolling Thunder is the best move in wrestling.”

Edge

Mo: “Favorite villain of all time.”

Alexa Bliss

Mo: “What a Brat! I mean that in the best way possible.”

which is being held February 25th in Philathea with pizza.

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