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Top 10 Pro Wrestling Stars of 2013
The year 2013 was jam-packed full of quality pro wrestling moments and matches. While the creative direction of various promotions can always come into question, there is no denying the work ethic put into the performers on a very consistent basis.
There is a wide array of criteria that I will take into effect when creating this list. Doing a bunch of cool moves and high spots doesn’t always qualify.
10. Jack Swagger
Remember, we’re taking the entire year into account when it comes to this list and Jack Swagger is a guy that made a huge impact in the early part of 2013. Not only was he the winner of the Elimination Chamber for a World Heavyweight Championship shot at WrestleMania 29, but he also gained a new manager and gimmick.
However, Swagger was busted for marijuana and his push was moved to the wayside. He is now in a very solid tag team with Antonio Cesaro and is on Raw every single week.
9. Adam Cole
If you don’t know who Adam Cole is, you need to find out. Now, independent pro wrestlers just don’t rank as high as the guys on the big stage by principal and the fact that a small portion of people are seeing them in comparison. However, you can’t deny what Adam Cole has done.
He had a great run as ROH TV Champion. The guy was able to achieve the PWG World Championship from Kevin Steen at the end of 2012 and the ROH World Championship in 2013. There were really strong rumors of him heading to WWE developmental, but that never panned out. 2014 is a new year of the young pro wrestling star and the sky is the limit on his potential.
8. Jeff Hardy
While purist pro wrestling fans may disagree, Jeff Hardy had a true career resurgence in 2013. He started the year off as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, but lost it to Bully Ray at Lockdown in March. Even though he had a couple of brutal losses to Bully Ray, he was still able to be a consistent member of the TNA roster. He is one of their top draws and performed well throughout the year.
His future in pro wrestling is up in the air as of now considering he doesn’t currently have a TNA contract at the time of this writing. Could a return to WWE be on the horizon?
7. The Shield
I grouped The Shield in as a unit due to their consistent tag team dominance. Whether they were on the winning or losing end (rarely), they were able to make things happen all year long. The trio made their WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 29 in a six-man tag team match with three of the top stars in the company and were victorious. Roman Reigns, who looks to be the possible breakout star of the group, was the sole survivor for his team at Survivor Series last month.
Over the past few months, Dolph Ziggler has been pushed down the card significantly due to some apparent heat that was put on him around the time that SummerSlam took place. Earlier in the year, Ziggler may have been having his best run! Coming out of 2012 with a win over John Cena and the Money in the Bank still in tact, Ziggler went on to have a great run in the 2013 Royal Rumble match. The night after WrestleMania 29, he was able to cash-in his Money in the Bank on Alberto Del Rio and become World Heavyweight Champion.
Sadly, he suffered a concussion shortly thereafter and ended up dropping the championship back to Del Rio. While he was getting over as a baby face and involved in an interesting storyline break-up with AJ Lee, he never did maintain that momentum. Let’s hope that 2014 will involve another push for one of the more charismatic stars on the roster.
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