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Youth Movement: 30 Best Wrestlers Under The Age of 30

The topic of age in professional wrestling is an interesting topic, comparative to other athletic fields. Athletes typically are out of the NBA, NFL and MLB by the time they hit their mid-30s, with athletes who play into their 40 being the exception. It's completely different in wrestling due to the scripted aspect of it. Wrestling is performance based and experience often helps the talents grow into better performers. Because of that, most wrestlers usually hit their prime in their 30s. Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and Roman Reigns are three active star wrestlers that appear young in the ring, but all are between the ages of 31 and 35.

That makes it all the more impressive when wrestlers under the age of 30 find a way to become successful in the industry. The combination of talent and youth usually set the tone for a bright career of legendary moments ahead of them. Wrestling currently having a few different paths that will allow a wrestler to make a living has created quite a bit of new young stars in recent years. We'll look at the entire landscape of the business to break down the 30 best wrestlers under the age of 30.

30 Paige: 25

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Paige's placement on this list would have been far higher just a few years ago. Paige has always been a valued prospect in wrestling after debuting on the WWE main roster to win the Divas Championship at the age of 22. Unfortunately, her early rise saw a steady decline with various issues hindering her improvement. Paige is currently injured and rehabbing a neck injury amidst controversy.

29 Mark Andrews: 25

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WWE’s United Kingdom tournament showcased some of the best young talents currently in the UK. Mark Andrews was one of the breakout stars, showing he's an elite high-flyer in the wrestling world. TNA signed Andrews a few years ago following their British Boot Camp series, but went on to do absolutely nothing with him. As usual, they dropped the ball and Andrews reminded us why on the WWE Network specials.

28 Fenix: 26

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The Mexican wrestling scene is full of talents right now that have been waiting for the opportunity to show their promise. Lucha Underground gave many of them the chance to shine on North American television and Fenix was one of the breakout stars. At just 26 years old, Fenix’s rise has been very reminiscent of Rey Mysterio's in the 90s.

27 Apollo Crews: 29

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Apollo Crews has become one of the most underrated wrestlers in WWE right now. The athletic beast of a man can pull off feats someone of his size shouldn’t even think about trying. Crews has wrestled all over the world during his mid-20s to earn a reputation as a talented performer that worked harder than everyone else to make a name.

26 Ember Moon: 28

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The women’s division in NXT is in a rebuilding process after losing the majority of their stars to the main roster. Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax and Carmella all getting called up following the brand split destroyed the division. One signing has done a better job than most at making an impact in Full Sail. Ember Moon has proven to be tremendous whenever she has a chance to show it.

25 Andrade Almas: 27

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WWE signed Andrade “Cien” Almas following his time wrestling under a mask as La Sombra. Almas achieved success in CMLL and New Japan at a young age before signing with WWE. The process of getting acclimated to the WWE environment in NXT and wrestling without the mask has seen Almas take a longer time to find a character that works.

24 Jay White: 24

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Jay White has created momentum in both New Japan and Ring of Honor and his youth is needed for both promotions. White being able to hang with veterans and top stars that have been doing this longer than him is a very good sign. Despite being 24 years old, White carries himself in the ring like a veteran. He just looks like he belongs through the course of a match.

23 Jason Jordan: 28

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One half of American Alpha is still under the age of 30. Jason Jordan was in WWE developmental for quite some time before finding his role as a tremendous tag team wrestler with Chad Gable in American Alpha. They're currently the faces of the SmackDown Live tag division as the brand's Tag Team Champions.

22 Sienna: 29

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TNA has struggled to keep their credible stars following the management change back to Jeff Jarrett, who is taking control once more. However, Sienna is someone that remains under contract for the foreseeable future. The women’s wrestling star became one of the top female performers in the Knockouts division. At just 29 years old, she has worked all over the world for various promotions to create a brand before coming to TNA as Allysin Kay.

21 Cedric Alexander: 27

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Cedric Alexander's youth is often forgotten when looking at his place in wrestling. Alexander signed with Ring of Honor in his early 20s. making him appear to be a few years older like the rest of the wrestlers in the promotion. WWE snagged Cedric following an impressive performance in the Cruiserweight Classic tournament.

20 Mia Yim: 27

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Mia Yim being a free agency in the wrestling market today will lead to a promotion having a tremendous talent whenever one reaches a deal with her. TNA’s changes in office saw the former Jade leave the company after the new contracts under Jeff Jarrett became less desirable for the wrestlers. Yim is arguably the most talented women’s wrestler outside of WWE.

19 Jack Gallagher: 27

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WWE signed a plethora of international stars for the cruiserweight division. The presentation blends them all together, but they are all unique performers in their own right. Jack Gallagher is the perfect example of this. Fans enjoy the quirks and humor of Gallagher’s character, but the young man is exceptionally talented. Gallagher can hold his own against anyone once the bell rings.

18 Emma: 28

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Another WWE star that is surprisingly young is Emma. It's most surprising because she was one of the original women’s wrestling stars in NXT. Emma has been underutilized in WWE for about five years now and it's getting frustarting. However, her age means she should have a few more chances with the brand split needing credible talent for both Raw and SmackDown Live.

17 Tyler Bate: 20

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The youngest noteworthy star in wrestling right now has to be Tyler Bate. WWE believed in the young man enough to make him the first WWE United Kingdom Champion at the end of their historic tournament. Bate is currently 20 years old and was 19 at the time of accomplishing the huge feat. Bate is already incredibly talented and you can only imagine how good he'll be in a few years.

16 Naomi: 29

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Naomi is another top women’s wrestler that is still younger than 30 years old. The long path of Naomi’s career saw her start in the old NXT competition show along with AJ Lee, Kaitlyn and Maxine. It's shocking to think about, given how far removed the other three are from WWE and that Naomi is still there.

15 Marty Scurll: 28

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The British wrestling scene has soared in popularity over the past few years to completely change the landscape of the business. WWE, TNA and Ring of Honor are all trying to sign talents from the United Kingdom due to the youth, talent and upside they have. Marty Scurll is one of the top names associated with this after a huge surge with his “Villain” character.

14 Rich Swann: 26

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WWE signing Rich Swann to train at the Performance Center was a no brainer at the age of 24. Swann developed a reputation as one of the best high flyers in the wrestling industry on the independent scene. His youth added to WWE's desire to take a chance on him. Swann is currently 26 years old and was called up to be an important member of the cruiserweight division.

13 Lio Rush: 22

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Lio Rush is one of the most shocking stories on the independent scene. Rush is just 22 years old, but stands out among the top talents currently working outside of WWE. ROH employed Lio for the past year and he belonged with credible names like Adam Cole, Jay Lethal and The Young Bucks. Rush chose to leave Ring of Honor to test the free agent market and try his chances at getting a WWE offer.

12 Trevor Lee: 23

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Another independent wrestling star that has made a name for himself at a very young age is Trevor Lee. Lee's talent saw him become a top name for PWG. Every independent wrestler wants to work for PWG today due to its popularity as the closest thing to an indie wrestling All-Star show. Lee held his own with the promotion and has become a fixture in the very competitive atmosphere.

11 Ricochet: 28

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Ricochet's unbelievable moves have turned him into the wrestling equivalent of a highlight machine. Ricochet is arguably the top aerial wrestler in the industry today and one of the best overall performers. At just 28 years old, Ricochet is an international Superstar despite never wrestling for WWE. Ricochet achieved success in New Japan, Lucha Underground, Dragon Gate, PWG and numerous other relevant promotions.

10 Johnny Gargano: 29

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Johnny Gargano is one of the most popular stars in NXT, where he partners up with Tommaso Ciampa. Both men work perfectly together but Gargano is clearly the bigger star. Gargano was the top name in Evolve for many years, helping the promotion grow to the point where Triple H wanted to develop a working relationship with them.

9 Pete Dunne: 24

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Tyler Bate won the WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament, but many believe Pete Dunne was the standout star. Dunne played the heel role to perfection in getting to the finals of the tournament. Dunne's talent was shocking for a 24 year old, as there was clearly something special about him. Rumors are circulating that Dunne will sign a main roster contract for WWE and debut on Raw or SmackDown Live following WrestleMania 33.

8 Adam Cole: 27

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Ring of Honor has created many of the greatest WWE stars of this era. The wrestlers first showcased their skills in ROH before moving on to the biggest stage to dominate the industry. That makes it all the more impressive that Adam Cole is the only three-time ROH World Champion in company history at the age of 27. That is more times than Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens or any other ROH legend have held the title.

7 Zack Sabre Jr: 29

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The two hottest independent promotions in North America right now are Evolve Wrestling and PWG. Zack Sabre Jr. is currently the World Champion for both companies. Independent wrestling fans have witnessed Sabre gradually become a huge star over the past few years. WWE brought him in for the Cruiserweight Classic, but Sabre declined to remain in the cruiserweight division. It clearly worked out for the best.

6 Bayley: 27

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The women’s division becoming an important part of WWE has allowed many of the company’s youngest female stars to make an impact. Bayley’s journey in NXT inspired many young fans of the product and it showed her potential as a huge babyface star. WWE has already made Bayley the Raw Women’s Champion and she'll be holding the title heading into WrestleMania 33 to face Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair.

5 Sasha Banks: 25

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Bayley's best friend is also an extraordinarily young wrestler on the WWE roster. It's easy to forget Sasha Banks is only 25 years old considering she's one of the faces of the women’s wrestling movement. Banks' success in NXT saw her become an instant popular heel due to the overall talent she possessed.

4 Bray Wyatt: 29

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Bray Wyatt is currently the WWE World Champion after a path that saw many twists and turns along the way. After a failed run as the bland Husky Harris, the WWE changed his entire look and persona with the introduction of the Bray Wyatt character. Bray led The Wyatt Family in NXT and it was successful enough to give him the rebirth on the main roster.

3 Will Ospreay: 23

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The popularity of Will Ospreay has seen him become a massive star at the young age of 23. Ospreay pulls off the most awe-inspiring high flying moves you’ll ever witness. His innovative moves and ridiculous athleticism have made Ospreay stand out enough to become a relevant star all over the wrestling world. Ospreay started his career in the United Kingdom and helped usher in the era of worldwide fans taking note of those promotions.

2 Alexa Bliss: 25

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Very few women in the history of WWE have learned the business faster than Alexa Bliss. No one thought of her in the same conversation as Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Bayley just a year ago. Now, she may be the best of them all at the young age of 25. Bliss was called up to the main roster following the brand split as a member of SmackDown Live.

1 Kazuchika Okada: 29

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The most impressive wrestler under 30 years old in the wrestling industry right now is Kazuchika Okada. New Japan sent Okada to TNA in his early 20s to learn the business as part of an excursion experiment. TNA treated him like the biggest goof in the industry and it just motivated him. Okada returned to Japan and absolutely dominated NJPW.

Over the course of the past six years, Okada has emerged into the face of New Japan. The most impressive accomplishment for Okada is the popularity of NJPW, as it's growing into the clear number two promotion in the world behind WWE. Okada delivers incredible classic matches, has amazing charisma and is the face of a thriving wrestling company at the age of 29.

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