The year 2021 was a bittersweet one for WWE, with a plethora of new releases, but the comeback of fans and amazing performances by some superstars kept the enthusiasm high. All factors were considered in determining the finest WWE wrestlers of 2021, including in-ring performances, promos, great feuds, championships, and overall consistency.
With that in mind, it’s worth noting that wrestlers like Edge and Becky Lynch were not considered because they appeared on-screen for less time. Kevin Owens, King Woods, Cesaro, and Rhea Ripley are among the wrestlers that merit honorable mention and came close to making the list. The top ten WWE wrestlers in 2021 are listed below.
You might be shocked to see Damian Priest’s name on our list, but he had a fantastic year. A priest has shone in the limelight alongside Bad Bunny since his entrance in the Royal Rumble match, then worked his way up the card to win the United States Title and establish himself as a great champion. As difficult as that is to admit, you must also give credit to WWE’s booking.
The priest has the most wins in broadcast singles bouts in 2021, with 24 (including eight successful championship defenses), and he hasn’t been pinned on the main roster, believe it or not. Most importantly, Priest consistently puts up a terrific performance.
Seth Rollins had yet another fantastic year. He didn’t win any championships, but he was a steady performer, producing engaging promos, great character work, and outstanding matches. Rollins and Cesaro had a decent rivalry, with quality encounters and a spectacular match at WrestleMania 37. Then there was Rollins’ trilogy of excellent battles versus Edge, which included a fantastic Hell In A Cell match that is a candidate for match of the year.
Rollins is finishing the year well, having won the #1 Contendership Fatal Four Way Ladder match, been the single survivor at Survivor Series, and defeating Kevin Owens and Finn Balor.
Randy Orton has become one of WWE’s finest babyfaces in 2021, despite being a heel for most of his career, including the previous three years. The fans adore him; whenever his music plays, the crowd erupts in applause, and when he enters the ring, the crowd erupts in applause.
Putting the Viper and Riddle together was one of the smartest choices WWE did this year, as the duo is a one-of-a-kind tandem that is undoubtedly the most popular WWE tag team in 2021. Randy excelled as a tag team wrestler as well as a singles standout.
Despite the criticism and the appearance of new female faces, Charlotte Flair had another strong year, spending most of the year at the top of the women’s division.
Charlotte’s heelwork was outstanding, and her in-ring performance was flawless. At Money In The Bank 2021, she defeated Rhea Ripley, and at Survivor Series 2021, she defeated Becky Lynch. In addition, the Queen continued to add to her list of accomplishments.
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Drew McIntyre may have lost the WWE Championship, couldn’t reclaim it and was far less well-known than he was in 2020, but he was still one of the top WWE wrestlers in 2021.
McIntyre appeared on practically every event, with only Riddle and Shayna Baszler having more broadcast matches. But it is quality, not a number, that distinguishes Drew, since every time he enters the ring, the event is certain to be a spectacle. Without a question, McIntyre had a fantastic year.
Riddle has excelled in every facet of sports entertainment; his character is ridiculously funny, he can cut fascinating promos, and his ring abilities are incredible. Riddle didn’t have a lot of PPV success, but his biggest matchups came on Monday Night Raw against AJ Styles, Xavier Woods, and Drew McIntyre.
Simply, The Original Bro never disappoints. There’s no need to recount the memorable times he’s had with Randy Orton.
Big E eventually established himself as a singles star in 2021, earning the WWE Championship and keeping it in the fourth quarter of the year after winning the Intercontinental Title in the first quarter.
Big E is on a well-deserved World Title run, and he hasn’t been disappointed, as he has successfully defended the title against two former champions, Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, as well as facing Roman Reigns. Big E is deserving of a standing ovation for his outstanding performance this year.
Bobby Lashley’s greatest year was without a doubt this one. He earned the WWE Championship, the most prestigious championship in the world. For several months, he was the dominating Champion and hosted Monday Night Raw. Bobby was finally able to establish himself as a major celebrity.
The Almighty has put on some terrible battles, such as the Hell In A Cell match versus Drew McIntyre and the Triple Threat match between Big E and Roman Reigns, which was one of the finest RAW matchups of the year.
Bianca Belair was perhaps the best female WWE wrestler in the year 2021. She won the Women’s Royal Rumble match in spectacular fashion, making history in the main event of WrestleMania 37 by defeating Sasha Banks and capturing the SmackDown Women’s Championship, and had a successful reign that didn’t finish as it should have.
In the ring, the EST is really incredible; she is extremely strong, athletic, and quick; she is the whole package and can do things that most women can’t. Bianca is also incredibly personable, and she quickly gained a following.
Roman Reigns was clearly the finest WWE wrestler in 2021. In fact, this year, Reigns was perhaps the finest wrestler on the planet. Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Edge, Daniel Bryan, the Demon Finn Balor Cesaro, and Kevin Owens were among those who were shattered by the Tribal Chief. Reigns haven’t been pinned in almost two years, and no one appears to be capable of snapping that streak.
To top it off, Reigns’ character work has been fantastic, and despite being the greatest villain in the business, he has a sizable fan base.
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