Samoe Joe is a hesitant entry on this list. Joe did not make his debut on the main roster until 6 months after the brand split. It came – finally – the night after the Royal Rumble. He made an instant impact and since then has been utterly fantastic. While Joe did not compete at Wrestlemania, he has been an absolute superstar since.
Joe’s entry on this comes due to the fantastic position Joe finds himself in. If the rosters stayed as one last year Joe would probably not be in the position he is in. With such immense main event talent on both rosters going for one title, Joe’s rise to super-stardom would have been on the back-burner. However, with the rosters split and the main event talent pools smaller, Samoa Joe is thriving. Proving himself to be a Wrestlemania main event calibre star after only 6 months is unbelievable but Joe has done it. Joe is thriving and showing his talents rather than floundering in an overcrowded division,
Joe always had the potential we are now seeing. However if the brand split never happened this potential would undoubtedly go to waste. Samoa Joe is and will be 2017’s breakout star. Joe is a mega star and is currently thriving and thus deserves a place on this list.