The Undertaker is widely recognized as one of the greatest wrestlers to ever live. There's no denying his talents as a Superstar and character. Throughout the years, he has put on some great matches. He's feuded with everyone: Triple H, Ric Flair, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, Edge, Batista, Hulk Hogan, Kane, The Wyatt Family, and others. Many want to call him the best wrestler to ever live, and you can certainly make a case for it.
However, when you look at the new wave of wrestlers introduced to the industry, WWE fans have been more blessed than they may think. Though they may not want to hear it, there's a handful of modern Superstars that have actually shown they're better all-around wrestlers than The Undertaker.
It's more about Undertaker's legendary status and feud with Hall of Famers that make him a big name. But in terms of actual value in this New Era these Superstars have displayed more.
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15 Braun Strowman
Vince McMahon needed a full-time Superstar who could simply destroy all of his opponents. Braun Strowman has answered the call. He's very similar to The Undertaker in size and intimidation and is someone WWE are looking to push. You may get mad at me for saying this, but it's true. A man of his size has such incredible ability to put on great matches, it's very admirable.
Strowman was a forgotten commodity in The Wyatt Family but has held his own ground since being drafted to Raw. Strowman hasn't gotten to face elite competition yet, but his rivalry with Sami Zayn promises to be an intriguing one. He has magnificent ability to move around fast and poses incredible strength. WWE has needed another giant to torture his opponents, and Strowman is doing that just fine.
Bayley has everything needed to be a top-notch wrestler. She's a charming, sweet girl who appeals to the fans with her girl-next-door persona. The fans absolutely adore her. She's the perfect babyface but she also has that remarkable athleticism. She hasn't been able to get over just yet, because Charlotte and Sasha Banks are dominating the Women's Division right now.
But Bayley isn't just popular for her looks and character. She's one of the most flexible in-ring performers and can fight with any woman while making the match a solid one: Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, and others. She was a hot commodity in NXT and has flourished since moving to Raw right away. As part of the Woman's Revolution, she will be called upon to, well, revolutionize it. Kudos to Triple H for finding such a remarkable talent.
13 Xavier Woods
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Big E and Kofi Kingston have been in the WWE long enough for fans to know their abilities, but it's Xavier Woods who has risen to the top over the years. He is charismatic, has the best promos (thanks to his sidekicks, of course) but is by far the most talented actual wrestler of The New Day. He's not big (billed at 5-11) but his incredible agility, flexibility, and speed make him one of the most exciting Superstars to watch.
Unfortunately, Woods probably isn't getting his main event push any time soon. The New Day figures to be together for a while. Even if they break up, he's got a long way to go. But don't worry Woodsie, I've noticed your talents.
12 Bray Wyatt
The leader of The Wyatt Family doesn't look like a great wrestler by physical appearance. But not only is he emerging as one of the top villains in recent memory, he's also one of the best performers in the ring. Bray Wyatt doesn't have the athletic physique, but his match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31 showed just how dominant he can be in the ring.
Wyatt hasn't gotten the push yet. He deserves to become the WWE World Champion and begin a dominant reign like Triple H did when he was the leader of Evolution. Wyatt comes off as a beast who throttles his opponents, but he's really just an all-around great athlete in the ring. Wyatt is well on his way to something great, even though it's taking a while.
11 Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn was one of the top stars in NXT, but WWE has made his promotion to Raw a bit bland. He's absolutely one of the most phenomenal wrestlers they have, but he hasn't gotten a strong storyline yet. He and Kevin Owens formed a top rivalry in NXT that lasted a while, but their feud on Raw didn't go on long enough.
Zayn is now in a feud with Strowman. There's not much of a reason yet to think it can help get him over, but it should build up his character more. Zayn is a bit dull on the mic and even though he's portraying himself as a huge underdog, it's not exactly working out yet. Still, the man can wrestle. He and Owens have such great in-ring chemistry and it's helped both of them get to this point.
10 Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe was a Superstar in TNA for many years. But he made the right call for his own sake by going to NXT. Though it's taking more than enough time for him to be on Monday Night Raw (or SmackDown Live) he's establishing himself already as one of the top stars in the world.
No doubt, he's going to put on more entertaining matches than The Undertaker has put on in recent years. Joe and someone else from NXT you'll see on this list have given the brand a great name. Joe has excellent size and all-around in-ring ability to perform as a top-notch Superstar. Even though it's just gravy, he's great on the mic and can cut epic promos. Joe is nearing 40 years of age, but he's still on the rise as a top Superstar.
Though some people don't know how he managed to marry Lana, you can't deny how great of a wrestler Rusev really is. The Bulgarian Brute isn't necessarily a beast like Brock Lesnar or Braun Strowman. He isn't high-flying like A.J. Styles and he's not quite athletic like Roman Reigns, but he's always putting on a must-watch match, even if the opponents aren't that exciting.
Rusev has a combination of decent athleticism (although not great), with a bit of a monster in him. He hasn't gotten the main event push that he deserves, but he is cutting great promos and his matches have been beyond excellent. He proved how he's capable of being a main event guy after his awesome match against Roman Reigns at Hell in a Cell. Rusev won't ever be like The Undertaker, but his wrestling style is easily more enjoyable at this point.
8 Dean Ambrose
Say what you want about Dean Ambrose. But he has displayed enough ability to be this company's top Superstar at any point. The Undertaker was always more of a character than an actual wrestler. Though Ambrose hasn't quite broken an epic promo in quite some time, he puts the emphasis on "wrestling" as a WWE Superstar.
Now that he's slowly transitioning away from The Lunatic and more into a lovable hero, Ambrose is earning more respect from the WWE Universe. He, like others on this list, has faced the best of competition. He put on a decent performance against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania, which is easier said than done.
Even though his former Shield counterparts are better wrestlers overall, he was able to hold his ground in them. Ambrose and Styles have given fans a great rivalry between two men who can actually fight.
7 Sasha Banks
The Legit Boss hasn't had an easy task of helping a bunch of NXT call-ups revolutionize the Women's Division. Such is life when fans born in the '80s and '90s fell in love with Trish Stratus and Lita, among others.
Banks is the biggest face the Women's Division has, and that's what will make their brand grow more. She impressed Triple H right away in NXT and was thrown into the top of the card instantly, and rightfully so. Her match against Charlotte at Hell in a Cell could be the Match of the Year. It may be the greatest Women's match ever. There's no questioning that Banks got over with any doubters after that match.
Banks is only getting started at 24-years-of-age, too. Even if she doesn't get better, she's still one of the top talents to come out of NXT.
6 Roman Reigns
Sadly for Roman Reigns, it appears as though the only record he's bound to break is the most booed wrestler ever that was being pushed as a hero. That's only because of his monotone microphone skills and not his actual wrestling performance. Fans just love characters more than wrestlers. Why else were Hulk Hogan and Goldberg the top stars during the prime of their respective careers?
Reigns, a former pro football player, made a strong transition into wrestling. His matches have been incredible. He and Triple H actually had a great bout at WrestleMania, even though fans weren't happy with the finish. Reigns' wrestling ability is top-notch. He's excellent at coming off as both an athletic star and a beast. Once his character builds up, he could be the company's top Superstar.
5 Shinsuke Nakamura
Fans have been waiting forever to have this guy make the WWE roster. It's long overdue, but he's also a reason many fans are paying attention to NXT anyway. Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe have put on an epic feud in NXT, and there's no doubting they could work well together in a main-event storyline on Raw or SmackDown.
Nakamura is easily one of the most entertaining Superstars to watch. This New Era doesn't have a combination of athletic and high-flying Superstars that can also appeal to the crowd with their mic skills. Nakamura doesn't need to talk much, though. He could easily go up against any of the WWE's top stars right now.
Eventually, he'll be on Raw or SmackDown. He could enter into great feuds against A.J. Styles or Kevin Owens. No matter who it is, Nakamura is going to be a bonafide stud. And you can't teach that!
There are two things to admirable about Charlotte. First off, she's a great wrestler. Secondly, she's done a beyond remarkable job as a WWE Superstar on her own. She's more than the daughter of Ric Flair. She's the top Woman the WWE has had in years. And could be the best ever.
She's re-branded the Women's Division with her storied career. She successfully moved away from her father when she cut a promo telling him to leave. Charlotte and Sasha Banks pulled off an epic first-ever Women's Hell in a Cell match. She's the most epic Woman villain the WWE has had not named Stephanie McMahon in quite some time. Charlotte is the heel that you either love to hate or love to love, because of how charismatic she is on the mic and because of her incredible athletic abilities.
3 A.J. Styles
Everyone knew A.J. Styles was going to come to WWE shortly after he left TNA. Styles got over with the crowd right away after beating Chris Jericho in a pair of matches. Styles pulled off a quick heel turn when he turned on John Cena. His match against the leader of Cenation at this year's SummerSlam should hands down be the Match of the Year.
Styles' high-flying ability has made him one of the most entertaining wrestlers to watch in years. He's not big, and his heel character is a bit bland, but the crowd seems to love him as a bad guy because of how incredible he is in the ring. Styles is already over after proving he could fight the top guys in Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, and John Cena in some lengthy and entertaining matches.
2 Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins isn't exactly cutting it right now as a top babyface, but he's getting over with the crowd. What he's done despite only a few short years in the WWE is amazing. The main man in The Shield's alliance carried a pair of men who are lackluster as characters and talkers. Rollins went from leader of The Shield to ultimate bad guy when he broke up the faction.
Rollins relished as Triple H's pet project, becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion and taking down legends like John Cena and Sting. He came back quickly from a torn ACL to emerge as the company's top heel once again. Rollins can cut great promos any time, and as a fighter, his matches are always top-notch. He put on a great match against 56-year-old Sting at the 2015 Night of Champions pay-per-view.
He helped Finn Balor quickly get over at SummerSlam and is putting on a rivalry for the ages with Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho. The Undertaker hasn't really done all of this for years. He's just a big name at this point. And it was easier to shine feuding with all these Hall of Famers in his era.
1 Kevin Owens
The Roman Reigns experience failed. John Cena isn't even a full-timer any more and guys like Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar are long finished their days of being the WWE's main draw. Kevin Owens is the most exciting star the WWE has. And it's going to stay that way for a long time.
He has everything that the PG Era needs in a Superstar wrestler: He's so great on the mic as a heel. He's got tremendous in-ring ability and can put on great 20-minute matches. Nobody has complained about any of his championship matches. He's getting over with the crowd thanks to his friendship with WWE legend, Chris Jericho.
The Undertaker was always a solid wrestler, but far too often was he just cutting promos or showing up out of nowhere without actually wrestling. Owens is must-watch television every night, even though he's far from WWE icon status like The Undertaker.
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