WWE is the king of all pro-wrestling companies and as such, should have the world’s best talent. That’s not always been the case, of course, as top stars have come and gone over the past several years. Names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Edge have all moved on and left WWE behind.
The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar are part-time attractions now, while Triple H and The Rock are less than part-time. Even John Cena is transitioning his career into mainstream Hollywood projects and is not around for the long haul, as he always has been.But that does not mean that Vince McMahon’s company is in trouble. Indeed, the rosters of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT are all rife with some of the best talents from around the world. Many are veterans, and some are new faces, but in every instance, it’s obvious that WWE is rebuilding its locker room.It could very well be said that WWE is enjoying a rebirth, thanks to that locker room, and to the new direction that the company is taking. The Reality Era has become The New Era, and WWE is trusting this next generation of stars to carry the company forward.
Of course merely filing a locker room full of talent is not enough. WWE has handpicked some of the biggest stars the business has seen in the past ten years, and that’s surely been done by design. It’s no mystery that those workers have ascended to the top; the cream always rises, after all.WWE should feature the best pro wrestlers in the industry, and these five stars are arguably the best in the world.
#5 Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens has the body of an old school pro-wrestler and the mouth of an old school heel. He is a throwback to the days when movie star good looks came in second to overall toughness, and he is more than capable of roughhousing with the best of them.
But he’s also very good in the ring. Owens has an explosiveness about him that belies his apparent physical limitations. He can bounce up off the mat, and he can go airborne better than any man his size, and he can do it with a massive dose of realism.
Owens just looks as though he’s always upset. Whereas other guys seem to be having fun in the ring, KO seems to hate his opponent genuinely. He stops during his matches to work the crowd, which is something the majority of heels really don’t do anymore. He also mocks and ridicules his opponent, which does nothing but draws the ire of the fans.
The crowd wants to love him, but Owens is having no part of it. He is fully immersed in his character, and that character is believably punishing guys in the ring. His contempt for those around him paired with his ring skills; make him one of the best overall talents in WWE.
He can have a five-star match with anyone on the card, which is exactly what the best always do. He can mix it up with guys bigger or smaller than he is, and still make it look good. He’s the WWE Universal champion because of his ability, and the best part is that he’s barely scratched the surface of what he can do.
Owens is better than most because he wants it more. He’s higher on the food chain than most because he’s just that much better. Talent and dedication win out in the end, and those are two traits that KO definitely possesses.