WWE having such variety on the roster makes it an interesting dynamic to look at the ages of the performers. Many wrestlers are veterans in their 30s currently in the midst of their big break after years of experience on the independent circuit. There are veterans like Kane, Mark Henry and Big Show in their 40s soaking in the last few years of television time in their wrestling careers. The WWE Performance Center and the success of NXT have given us younger stars entering the picture with prospects getting opportunities to develop at an early age for a wrestling career.
We see wrestlers all the time and they appear to be on the same playing field for the most part. That often adds an assumption that everyone is in their early 30s or beyond. A few wrestlers have been fortunate enough to hold a valued WWE roster spot down at an earlier age and are currently living the dream. We’ll look at the youth movement going down and some of the names that you likely aren’t aware of being such a young age. These talents range from Performance Center prospects to NXT standouts to Superstars on Raw and SmackDown. These are fifteen wrestlers that are still insanely young.
The rise of women’s wrestling has led to Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch becoming the top three female performers on WWE television. One person missing from this equation is the other member of The Four Horsewomen. Bayley watches her three friends change the main roster, but she still has a sweet gig going in NXT. The developmental brand needs star power to continue selling out big arenas and Bayley has yet to get called up due to her NXT value.
3 Aliyah: 21
As the youngest active performer on WWE television, Aliyah has a world of potential and the company strongly believes in her. The young woman started her career on the independent wrestling circuit in Canada and earned a contract quickly due to the promise she showed. WWE loves finding young talents with chances to progress under the Performance Center learning tree. The Breaking Ground reality series on WWE Network provides an insight into who the company wants to push.
2 Angelo Dawkins: 26
The original purpose of investing millions of dollars into the Performance Center was to recruit athletes from other sports and teach them the world of pro wrestling. WWE loves to scout former sports stars. The football careers of The Rock, Ron Simmons, JBL and many others were always discussed during The Attitude Era. We still hear it today any time Baron Corbin or Mojo Rawley is getting spotlighted.
Everyone loves to rip the contestants of Tough Enough for finding an unconventional way into the wrestling world. Not all of them are a waste of time and some actually show the tools needed to succeed in the WWE. Mandy Rose appears to be on the way to big things as the stand out talent from the most recent 2015 season of the reality show. She lost the competition to the less talented Sara Lee, but it is obvious Rose is the bigger star.
NXT TakeOver: The End was a transitional show in the overall scheme of NXT. Many stars had their final big match in the developmental brand before getting drafted to Raw or SmackDown. That also meant NXT needed new talents to become fixtures on the television show. The Authors of Pain debuted with manager Paul Ellering to beat down American Alpha. Both men were massive but one of them happened to be insanely young for the role.
Perhaps the most intriguing youngster on WWE’s roster is Billie Kay. The Australian talent brings her impressive skills to NXT and has as high potential as any of her peers. NXT losing the likes of Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Nia Jax to the draft completely changed the landscape of the women’s division. Bayley is definitely getting called up in the very near future. Kay could easily slide into the role as the next big star.
Another woman that is among the youngest on WWE’s roster and shows a great deal of talent is Liv Morgan. It is truly amazing to realize Morgan is only 22 years old considering the poise and confidence she shows on NXT television. WWE signed her after Triple H’s close friend and personal trainer Joe DeFranco suggested her. Morgan has a background in cheerleading and uses her athleticism now to improve in the pro wrestling world.
The signing of Andrade "Cien" Almas was a huge score for the WWE developmental system and NXT. Almas competed under a mask as La Sombra in Mexico for years, but is still insanely young at just 26 years old. NXT has become home to the best wrestling in the world in recent years and going after intentional talent was a genius move by Triple H to add both variety and depth to the show.
A surprising addition to this list is Emma. As one of the first standout female wrestlers in NXT, Emma started to open up the eyes of the wrestling world. The matches between Emma and Paige gave us hope for the future of women’s wrestling. Emma’s talent is always among the best in the WWE and she can get a good match out of almost anyone. The problem is the timing has always harmed her.
American Alpha is already one of the most exciting things about SmackDown following the brand split draft. Chad Gable and Jason Jordan have tremendous chemistry which has allowed them to skyrocket from the NXT system to the main roster. Jordan is very young at the age of 27, but has been in the WWE system for quite some time looking for an opportunity. Nothing would stick and he consistently watched the rise of NXT’s success from the sidelines.
The coolest thing about NXT is it allows us the chance to see performers improve and grow right in front of our eyes. Alexa Bliss debuted as the innocent white-meat babyface that would play it by the books and she appeared perfect for the role visually. Something still didn’t connect. It could have been her inexperience and young age, but her role as a face proved to be wrong. One booking decision completely changed her career, as she turned heel by aligning with Blake and Murphy.
We sometimes lose sight of just how young some wrestlers in WWE actually are. It feels like Bo Dallas has been around forever. His silly antics on WWE television and long stint in NXT would make it appear he’s in his early 30s, but Bo is actually just 26. As the comical heel, Dallas gets lost in the shuffle these days and has a tough road ahead of him to find a valuable role on the roster. His youth is on his side, but the booking is the variable that could hurt him.
The new era of WWE is giving us many new stars and Sasha Banks is at the top of the list. Banks has been dominating the women’s wrestling world over the past few years with an outstanding body of work with NXT. Everyone looks back at her matches with Bayley as one of the best matches, regardless of gender, in recent memory. Banks’ character as “The Boss” proved she had the all-around game needed to excel in the WWE landscape.
Bray Wyatt isn’t as young as most of the others on this list, but he’s on a higher level. Most assume Wyatt is in the age range of the likes of Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and that group of talent. The established main roster upper card star is still young at 29 years old. Wyatt being under 30 means reminds us why the company continues to invest him as a big part of the future.
1 Paige: 23
Paige's career is fascinating due to her age. She became the first NXT Women’s Champion and helped create change by forcing fans to take the women’s division seriously. WWE would have her debut on the main roster to defeat AJ Lee and win the Divas Championship on her first night. Paige then had a long stint as one of the top stars in the division and became a fixture on Total Divas. Things got difficult for her when Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch were called up to the main roster.
Paige has been downgraded into a second tier performer in the hierarchy of the division and is currently off television. The point of her career biography is to realize just how many different stages her career has seen at only 23 years old. Paige is still one of the youngest members of the WWE roster, but has had a career of ups and downs longer than most at the age of 40. There have been rumblings of unhappiness about Paige’s attitude, but WWE will gave her plenty more chances due to her age and star power.
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