While you can argue it, wrestling in 2017 is quite possibly better than ever, as there is promotions around the world doing great work from Japan to Australia to the U.S. to the U.K., and as such, there are many incredible wrestlers that have made themselves known to even the most casual wrestling fans. But beyond that, there is still so much ridiculously good talent out there. The talent is diverse too, as we have some amazing big men, some fantastic technical wrestlers, some hard hitting brawlers and some incredible high-flyers, and as a result, it’s one of the best times in history to be a fan of professional wrestling.
Whether it be from fans, fellow wrestlers or experts on the business, there are some wrestlers out there who gain major followings and praise, and they just don’t deserve it, but on the other hand, there are guys and girls doing incredible work that just need more recognition. Today we will look at both sides of that coin as we look at 8 of the most underrated and 7 of the most overrated wrestlers in the entire world today.
15 Underrated – Travis Banks
The wrestling world is getting better and better these days, and with the endless streaming services and content available on the internet, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you aren’t checking out Demand Progress. The hottest wrestler in that company at the moment is The Kiwi Buzzsaw Travis Banks, and with stints in PWG and other U.K. promotions, he may be about to explode as the next big thing in wrestling. The hard-hitting Banks is from New Zealand, and has been working all over the U.K. for quite some time, and will challenge Pete Dunne at Progress Wrestling’s biggest yearly show in just a few days. If he wins that match, he has to be considered one of the best wrestlers in the world. One day, it’s likely we see Banks in NXT, but until then, you NEED to do your best to seek out his amazing work against the likes of Matt Riddle, Jack Gallagher and even Zack Sabre Jr.
14 Overrated – The Revival
Most people will get angry at me for putting the star duo of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder on this list, and I believe they are a great tag team, but the way WWE fans are lauding them as the best tag team alive, it’s just silly, because they haven’t proven themselves on a bigger stage than NXT yet. No matter which side of the #FTR movement you are on, you have to respect the old-school duo, but with so much of their momentum stalled due to injury, they can’t be considered the best team on the planet until they can kill it week in week out like The Young Bucks have been doing for years. Obviously they are a tremendous duo with great chemistry and a great throwback gimmick, and will go down as one of the great teams, but they aren’t there yet, and fans just need to slow it down a bit until they put a good main roster run together.
13 Underrated – Mark Haskins
This will be a constant theme throughout this side of the list, but the U.K. wrestling scene continues to go from strength to strength, and while you can credit guys like Marty Scurll, Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre for that, but there are many guys beyond that who deserve credit too. One of them is Mark Haskins, who is a standout in the fantastic Progress promotion in London. He has had phenomenal matches with anyone he steps inside a ring with, and with the U.K. band of performers in the WWE looking a bit down on numbers, he would be the perfect addition to bring more competition to the company. Whether you’ve heard of him or not, there’s no denying the high energy Haskins has the talent to be one of the top stars in the world, and he’s now coming into his prime and will hopefully get the chance to compete in the WWE someday very soon.
12 Overrated – Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode is a great performer, and he has been for quite some time, whether it was a part of Beer Money, as the "IT Factor" of professional wrestling or as the Glorious One we see today, and he is basically the ultimate WWE performer, but he just isn’t as good as everyone has talked him up to be. In the WWE during his stint with NXT, he got over big with his great heel work, but the main thing that made him a star was the "GLORIOUS" entrance, and it’s probably quite a bit more due to that than his actual work. He has since been moved to SmackDown Live, and will probably be pushed as a top guy on that brand, and while he truly does deserve it, people need to slow down with their praise of him.
11 Underrated – Zack Gibson
Something that’s very hard to do in the WWE today is draw huge amounts of heat, as there is barely anyone in the WWE who draws such genuine heat (apart from the obvious like Roman Reigns, The Miz and others), and it’s even harder on the indie scene, but one man who does it perfectly is Liverpool’s Number 1, Zack Gibson. From a technical standpoint, there are few wrestlers on the planet that can match Gibson, but where he truly excels is on the mic, as he can draw crowd hatred like few in the world, and it will no doubt have babyfaces the world over lining up to face him. Those who know Gibson know how truly fantastic he is as an all around performer, but he isn’t as known worldwide as he should be, and hopefully he is signed to NXT soon, because he the kind of heel that the WWE need right now.
10 Overrated – Naomi
Naomi is a phenomenal athlete, and has worked hard to go from the Funkadactyl that she played early in her WWE career to a now two-time SmackDown Live Women’s Champion. Although she certainly deserved those accolades, and should probably be in the title picture some more going forward, she’s just not as good as the way she is presented. Sure, her matches have a lot of impressive feats of athleticism, but when compared to the majority of the other women in the WWE today, she just isn’t that special overall. With more and more women filtering into the company with the Mae Young Classic, more and more of Naomi’s weaknesses may be exposed. As I said, she is still a good wrestler, but she’s just nowhere near the level of other performers in the women’s division.
9 Underrated – T.K. Cooper
Another Progress wrestler here, and another young up-and-comer who is finally coming into his own after years of showing potential. Although Cooper is currently hurt after a scary injury suffered at Progress: New York, he looks like breaking out as a worldwide star. The Australian/New Zealand wrestling scene is improving year by year in the WWE and worldwide, and although he’s one of the least known from that scene, he has all the talent in the world, and alongside his real life partner Dahlia Black, they will be big stars. It’s going to be interesting to see how TK responds to this latest injury, as he was just set for his BOLA debut, which is a huge thing to miss out on, but if he comes back better than ever, he could potentially become a main event star in any promotion in the entire wrestling industry.
8 Overrated – Baron Corbin
The WWE Performance Center gets a lot of credit for how state-of-the-art the arena is, but they haven’t churned out many new superstars, because a lot of the ones coming through NXT made their name on the independent scene. One of the biggest is Baron Corbin, and while he has improved quite a lot, he’s just not that special at all, despite the fact the WWE want you to think so. He has hit a bit of a rough patch in the last few months due to backstage heat, but it’s clear the WWE have big plans for him, and while he may be a good heel, he’s just not World Champion material. The cliché "bully" gimmick and limited in-ring move set are definitely not helping him, and while he has a cool finishing move, he’s just not the complete package in the way that WWE want you to think.
7 Underrated – Mark Andrews
The WWE U.K. tournament was a huge success, and although the future of that brand in WWE is up in the air, they have a very talented roster of guys. While people will always look to the two finalists of that tournament, Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate, it’s Mark Andrews who may be the biggest star of the lot, as he is one of the best high-flyers in the world, but is seemingly always underrated. "White Lightning" has been a star for Progress, PWG and even TNA in recent years, and has consistently put on fantastic matches and remained over wherever he wrestles, so if the WWE give him a chance to challenge the top guys in the U.K. division, he could become a big star. Overall, I think Pete Dunne will be the bigger star of the two, but people know that and know who he is, and more people should tune in to see Mandrews whenever and wherever they can.
6 Overrated – Andrade “Cien” Almas
NXT has become renowned for bringing in the top independent stars from the outside wrestling world from Johnny Gargano to Kevin Owens and even the likes of Samoa Joe, and for the most part, these people have all lived up to expectations, but one that certainly hasn’t is Andrade “Cien” Almas who was known as La Sombra in his native Mexico where he was a superstar in CMLL. The problems began when WWE debuted him as a babyface across from the incredibly popular Tye Dillinger, and fans just didn’t take to his arrogance. But they have moved to rectify that by letting him come into his own as a heel in recent times. He is a really good wrestler, and will likely challenge for the NXT title at some point, and he may make a fairly decent mid-card heel on the main roster, but for all the hype that he had behind him when he made his debut, you can’t think that he’s anything but overrated.
5 Underrated – David Starr
In professional wrestling today, there is so much focus on serious wrestling, like there has always been, to the point where some people forget to have fun with it, but fortunately, there are few people in the world who blend skill and fun like David Starr, the man with the most nicknames in the history of the entire world. Whether you call him the “104 minute man,” “the physical embodiment of charisma,” “Davey Wrestling,” “The most entertaining man in professional wrestling” or “Your favorite wrestler's favorite wrestler, ” it’s clear that he will be a future star in the business, and more people should start paying attention. He has been working WCPW, ROH, CZW and other smaller companies, and he is one of the best all around performers out there today, and given a year or two, he will continue climbing your "top wrestler" lists.
4 Overrated – Jason Jordan
As a member of American Alpha alongside Chad Gable, Jason Jordan was a star, as he was able to show off all his strengths, while being able to hide his weaknesses for the most part, but now that he is alone and in a fairly high-profile story as Kurt Angle’s "son," you can really start to see that he may have been overrated. Sure, he is capable of putting on some fairly good matches, but during his time with NXT as a singles star, he struggled to get over, and those limitations are being exposed yet again, and it’s only a matter of time until Vince McMahon inevitably gives up on the Jason Jordan experiment. Fans of NXT and SmackDown Live will know that Chad Gable is the true star of that duo, but WWE don’t see it that way. Unfortunately they have overrated Jordan way too much, and it may end up derailing his career.
3 Underrated – Adam “Hangman” Page
The Bullet Club is one of the biggest and best wrestling groups that have ever been active in the business, and has hosted major stars like Kenny Omega, Finn Balor, AJ Styles and The Young Bucks, and when the first two leaders left the group, fans were worried they would start to struggle. But with the help of The Elite and friends, they have become bigger merch movers than ever. That may be a major positive, but unfortunately people like Adam Page are overshadowed. “Hangman” Page has only been wrestling since 2011, but has come into his own with his inclusion in Bullet Club, and at only 26 years of age, has a major future as an athletic big man. He has been included more and more in the "Being the Elite" storylines, and it’s clear ROH has plans in store for him. But right now, I don’t think most people have a clue about how talented this guy truly is.
2 Overrated – Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes is one of the bigger names on the independent wrestling scene at the moment, and that’s due to his time in WWE where many people, including himself thought his talents weren’t being utilized correctly, but after a year away from the company that made him famous, people are starting to realize that despite the fact he is currently ROH World Champion, he just isn’t as good in the ring as we all thought. Sure, having the Rhodes name and carrying yourself like a champion will help you get to that point, and while he can still wrestle great matches (just look at any number of his WCPW Internet title defenses for example), he just isn’t up to the standard as most independent stars. He is still a star, and you don’t have to be the best in-ring performer for that, but it’s just worth noting how overrated he is because of the lofty standards that were set for him.
1 Underrated – "Flash" Morgan Webster
Some wrestlers these days make it big fairly quickly due to their amazing character work and great in-ring work, and sometimes it happens fairly quickly. But from a Town called Malice, "Flash" Morgan Webster has all the tools it takes to be a star. He is currently overcoming some downtime and a big injury, and he is ready to be known worldwide. Webster is a very talented performer, and his quirky character is getting over big all around the world that he is working, in promotions such as PWG, Progress and smaller companies all over the U.K., and he is clearly on the WWE’s radar, which would be huge for his career. After winning Progress’ Natural Progression tournament, it was clear that he had a very big future, and it’s about time people started paying attention, because "The Modfather" is going to be huge.