Top 10 of the greatest professional wrestlers of the moment
Over the past few years, fans have seen many wrestlers stepping into the squared circle. Some have become true fan favorites, whether it’s because of their in-ring work or the way they connect with the crowd. Something about them makes fans want more.
Women’s wrestling is more than ever in the spotlight. From the United States to Japan, professional wrestling has seen an increase in classic bouts featuring strong female athletes. Outside of WWE’s Women’s Revolution, Impact Wrestling, SHIMMER, Stardom, and SHINE are just a few examples of promotions that promote women’s wrestling.
Legends like Trish Stratus, Mae Young, Aja Kong, Alundra Blayze, Gail Kim, Awesome Kong, Mildred Burke, Chyna, Sara Amato and more helped pave the way for this new generation. Who is your favorite wrestler?
In honor of Women’s History Month, The Sporting News presents the top ten female professional wrestlers of today.
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10. Britt Baker
First on the list is AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker. Baker has only been wrestling for a few years, but during her brief stint in the ring, she became a major star, winning the hearts of AEW fans around the world.
Baker has proven why she’s the champion every time she steps into the ring. Her wars with Thunder Rosa have helped her become a star, and she’s been known to put her body on the line for entertainment. Working legitimately on the side as a dentist, the 30-year-old’s commitment to her dual jobs has drawn rave reviews.
What does the next three years look like for Baker?
One of the strongest athletes in professional wrestling, Jordynne Grace is a true force to be reckoned with. Grace is a former Impact Knockouts and Progress World Champion. She is an innovator and gives her all in every match she takes part in.
This year alone at Impact Wrestling, Grace held the Digital Media Championship, competed in matches with both men and women, and competed in the first women’s Ultimate X match. Along with Jonathan Gresham, her commitment to professional wrestling is admirable, as she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to put on a show to remember.
It is a real powerhouse that can innovate in its movement set. Grace is getting the attention many hoped she would get after years of hard work.
Some fans may know Syuri Kondo as a former UFC star who went 6-3 in MMA. Others will know her as a kickboxer. For wrestling fans, the current celebrity world champion is someone many should fear once in the ring with her.
Syuri has competed for Smash, Hustle, Wrestling New Classic, Reina, and Stardom. As an MMA star, she brings some legitimacy to the wrestling ring with her unique skills. It’s as authentic as it is powerful. The creator of the finisher Syu Sekai, Syuri is someone to watch. Even if you don’t know too much about her work, some research will prove just how entertaining Syuri can be.
7. Sasha Banks
It wouldn’t be a list of female wrestlers without including one of the Four Horsewomen, would it? Sasha Banks has been one of the best wrestlers since her days in NXT. Her feud with Bayley put her on the map. Since joining the main roster, Banks has been a six-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Tag Team Champion.
Banks’ innovative style has evolved over time. His skills remain consistent thanks to his immaculate appearance inside the ring. Her feud with Bayley on the main roster as well as her matches with Bianca Belair proved she could be a true ace. Outside of wrestling, she appeared on The Mandalorian and was the third most-tweeted female athlete of 2021.
While injuries have plagued her career, Banks has returned to prove time and time again that her ability is still in her own universe.
6. Thunder Rosa
Britt Baker’s mortal enemy is more than that. Thunder Rosa is a multi-time champion who has become an inspiration to young people around the world.
The 35-year-old from “The Graveyards of Tijuana, Mexico” wrestles for AEW with multiple independent promotions. His presence excites fans and any wrestler due to his competitive nature. In matches against Baker, Mercedes Martinez, Deonna Purrazzo and Jamie Hayter, among others, Rosa looked like a real star.
Against Baker alone, Rosa has done everything from cage matches to hardcore wars. The sky’s the limit for the wrestler and MMA star.
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5. Serena Deb
Most fans know Serena Deeb from her run in The Straight Edge Society in WWE. Other than that, however, Deeb has been a real force in women’s wrestling.
After semi-retirement in 2015, Deep made his return to WWE in the Mae Young Classic. Fans gave her a standing ovation, knowing she’s worked hard to get to this moment. After coaching the Performance Center, Deeb was released by WWE in 2020. It ended up doing wonders for her as she later signed with AEW. With one of her first feuds with Thunder Rosa, Deeb defeated her to win the NWA Women’s World Championship.
Known as ‘The Wrestling Professor’, the 35-year-old has become one of the most technically sound wrestlers around. Currently feuding with Hikaru Shida, Deeb’s run outside of AEW is also something to be praised. A reinvigorated Deeb helped change the landscape of professional wrestling, one submission at a time.
4. Charlotte Flair
Ric Flair’s daughter has all the tools to become a legend in just a few years. Everything she touches turns to gold. Seeking to up her game every time she’s in the ring, Flair just has that “it” factor.
Already a Grand Slam champion, Flair has done it all inside a WWE ring. Not only has she won a plethora of titles, but she has also broken new ground in her wrestling game. Adopting moves from Andrade El Idolo, as well as some of his own, Flair isn’t just about putting people down. She works best as a heel, and when motivated, you can expect a reel of human motion.
“The Queen” is considered one of the best female professional wrestlers in WWE today. With a will to hustle, Flair set out to prove that her pro wrestling worth is unlike anything anyone has ever seen.
3. Utami Hayashishita
While most wrestling fans in the United States may not be familiar with his work, Utami Hayashishita is considered one of the best wrestling talents in the world. At just 23 years old, Utami has won multiple titles for Stardom.
Ranked second in the PWI Women’s 150, Utami went from prodigy to legit star. She shows something new every game. Several matches even lasted almost an hour. While it’s hard to imagine anyone doing this now, she has several matches like this and has done it with ease. Utami is now destined to lead Stardom into a new era as the “ace” of the promotion, a role that Io Shirai has played for years. “The Red Queen” is a star who could take over any promotion if she signed there.
What’s scary is that Utami Hayashishita is just getting started.
2. Deonna Purrazzo
Before joining WWE, Deonna Purrazzo was everywhere. She has appeared in Impact Wrestling, Stardom, and was a member of the Ring of Honor women’s division from the start. From 2018 to 2020, Purrazzo was part of NXT and WWE. When WWE let her go, she became a staple for any promotion. Impact Wrestling has been reaping the benefits since signing.
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The 27-year-old from New Jersey is a two-time Impact Knockouts champion, holding the belt for nearly a year. Her feud with Mickie James, leading to a Texas Death Match between the two, elevated women’s wrestling, and her skills in the ring have shone brightly ever since.
She is currently the AAA Reina de Reinas and the ROH Women’s World Champion, defending both titles almost every week. One of the hardest working women in the business, Purrazzo is on the run of her life.
1. Bianca Belair
The reason Bianca Belair takes the top spot is because of her rise to fame in such a short time. She went from “big promise” to “must watch” just like that.
Since joining WWE around 2016, Belair has oozed star power. The 32-year-old has established herself as an NXT fan favorite, in part due to her formidable work ethic. Joining WWE’s main roster during the pandemic era, Belair was quick to use his skills to win people over. She won the Royal Rumble in 2021 after entering at No. 3 and featured in one of the biggest WrestleMania matches in company history against Sasha Banks. Defeating Banks in the main event to become the SmackDown Women’s Champion in front of the fans was a real crowning achievement.
Belair has the skills of a veteran, but she still managed to surprise people from time to time. She has become a role model outside the ring and will do whatever it takes to surpass herself. It will be hard for anyone to stop Belair and what she brings to the table.