Welcome to another of our very serious and important year-end awards. In this one, we’ll be ranking our top ten wrestlers for 2013.
Originally when we came to do this, we were each going to do a separate top five. However, when we came to write them up, we saw that we’d all picked a few of the same ones and there were only ten different wrestlers across our different lists. Convenient, right? So, rather than doing individual top fives that we’re all happy with, we’ve mashed them together to make a top ten list that none of us quite agrees on. DEMOCRACY – IT DOESN’T WORK.
Comparing anyone to Shawn Michaels is generally a pretty ridiculous claim to make… but Goldust’s recent return really does remind me of latter day HBK. Crazy? Hear me out. He knows exactly what he’s doing, there’s no wasted energy in the ring and yet he’s still innovating and trying out new things to keep matches exciting.
His return match was the best thing that Randy Orton’s been a part of for years and his tag matches with Cody against The Shield were always excellent. I don’t know how long he’ll be back in the mix, but it’s great to have him here.
9. Seth Rollins
The Shield had an incredible year in 2013 with three great young wrestlers getting the ball and running with it. Of the three, Seth Rollins proved he was one of the best in-ring performers in pro wrestling.
The Shield feuded with the three biggest stars in WWE John Cena, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk respectively over the year and Rollins had by far the best match with each of them. If not for Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins probably would have had the best year of work rate production in North America wrestling.