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15 Wrestlers Outside Of The WWE That Can Be A WWE Champion

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson once said, “Success isn’t always about greatness, it’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success, greatness will come.” Every pro wrestler on this list has worked their tails off day in and day out to be recognized as the greatest in their industry. Most of these wrestlers haven’t touched the WWE Universe, however, they've triumphed at their craft without the help of the machine.

If you’re watching the WWE now, you know they’re trying to make new changes and bring in fresh stars for all three brands (RAW, SmackDown, and NXT). We’ve seen the WWE sign wrestlers from several prominent promotions, including New Japan Pro Wrestling and TNA. Indie stars performing around the globe have also been signed for the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. In the past, the WWE may not have even thought of signing these superstars, let alone mentioning other promotions on their television programs. Due to The New Era, we’ve seen the WWE let their Universe know that there’re other promotions out there with top talent.

All the wrestlers on this list have pulled their weight and deserve a shot in the WWE. They have won championships, helped promoters fill the seats, and even made global headlines for their skills. Here at TheSportster, we firmly believe, if given a chance, these 15 superstars would be WWE Champions.

15 Hiroshi Tanahashi

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14 Kyle O'Reilly

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13 Michael Elgin

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12 Zack Sabre Jr.

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11 Fenix

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10 Tetsuya Naito

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9 King Cuerno

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8 Jay Briscoe

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7 Ricochet

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6 Adam Cole

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5 EC3

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4 Jay Lethal

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3 Kenny Omega

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2 Kazuchika Okada

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1 Bobby Lashley

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Maybe this is a cop out, however, Lashley would continue to be a champion if he remained with the WWE. Probably the greatest MMA fighter in pro wrestling not named Brock Lesnar, Lashley has held it down for WWE’s competition, TNA. He was the ECW Champion and there’s no reason he couldn’t be a WWE Champion because he’s improved so much since then. He has the look, the actual background of a fighter, and can put on a good show. The only thing holding him back is his weak mic skills, but hey, that’s why you give these guys Paul Heyman.

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