My Sixth Shameless Professional Wrestling Blog Post in Years: WWE Talent Rankings

For those (few) who care, I present my wholly subjective, arguably ill-informed and poorly reasoned ranked list male workers (i.e., “insider”-speak for in-ring talent) currently employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and active on the main roster. First, however, a few qualifiers . . .

  • I have excluded “special attraction” performers such as The Undertaker, HHH, and Shane McMahon even though they are all under WWE contract.
  • I have included part-time talent such as Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho.
  • I have included injured talent who are set to return shortly and have wrestled for at least four months since last year’s WrestleMania.
  • My assessments are based primarily on a performer’s body of work in the ring, though I have also tried to account for how poor booking or limited use may mask a wrestler’s potential.


  1. AJ Styles
  2. Kevin Owens
  3. Chris Jericho
  4. Sami Zayn
  5. Cesaro
  6. Dean Ambrose
  7. John Cena
  8. Seth Rollins
  9. Karl Anderson
  10. Luke Harper
  11. Brock Lesnar
  12. Dolph Ziggler
  13. Neville
  14. Alberto Del Rio
  15. Tyler Breeze
  16. Kofi Kingston
  17. Randy Orton
  18. Bray Wyatt
  19. Bubba Ray Dudley
  20. Kalisto
  21. Rusev
  22. The Miz
  23. Luke Gallows
  24. Sheamus
  25. Roman Reigns
  26. Apollo Crews
  27. Sin Cara
  28. Goldust
  29. Big E
  30. Simon Gotch
  31. Stardust
  32. Jey Uso
  33. Jimmy Uso
  34. Aiden English
  35. Enzo Amore
  36. Xavier Woods
  37. Primo
  38. Epico
  39. Heath Slater
  40. Jack Swagger
  41. D-Von Dudley
  42. Bo Dollas
  43. Baron Corbin
  44. Big Cass
  45. Curtis Axel
  46. Fandango
  47. Kane
  48. R-Truth
  49. Eric Rowan
  50. Titus O’Neil