WWE’s Top 10 Wrestlers of 2016
10. Sasha Banks
The Boss had one hell of a 2016. Despite battling multiple injuries throughout the calendar year, Banks was one half of the greatest women’s rivalry in recent memory. Banks and Charlotte fought for female superiority from the beginning of the year to the end. They fought inside Hell in a Cell, in a Falls Count Anywhere match, and finally an Iron Man match put an end to their feud just last month.
While many feel Banks may be better suited as a heel in WWE, she proved her worth as a star babyface over the course of her feud with Charlotte. There are few Superstars on the Raw roster, male or female, who can generate the reaction she does from live audiences, and there’s no denying that Sasha Banks will be a major player in WWE moving forward. If her health holds up in 2017, she might just see that Woman’s Title around her waist once again.
9. Finn Balor
After spending the first half of 2016 as the face of NXT, Balor debuted on Monday Night RAW in July and would go on to challenge Seth Rollins to become the inaugural WWE Universal Champion at Summerslam. In what was a terrific Championship match, Balor severely hurt his shoulder and required surgery. Despite winning that match and the Universal Championship, he was forced to relinquish the Title the next night on RAW and we haven’t seen The Demon since.
WWE showed their faith in Balor by putting their new Title on him so quickly, and during his brief stint on the main roster before getting injured Balor performed admirably. He was making all the fans who followed him from NXT proud, and he was also earning the respect of a whole new group of fans who may not watch NXT on a regular basis. There’s no doubt Balor is in store for a phenomenal 2017, and don’t be surprised if he’s much higher than #9 on next year’s top 10 list.