It is a popular statement in the internet wrestling community that wins and losses don’t matter much in professional wrestling, but it’s hardly the truth. All Elite Wrestling introduced a ranking system based on the W/L records of their superstars, and use this system to determine the challengers for the top championships.
Although WWE doesn’t have a similar system in place, wins and losses are equally important in the promotion, and the numbers don’t lie. As we will see further in the article, the ones with high win percentages are the ones usually lurking around the main-event picture of their respective shows, which is a clear indication of WWE putting emphasis on wins for their top superstars.
In order to flush out some unwanted entries, we have restricted this list only to superstars who have wrestled at least fifty times in WWE last year.
Finn Balor – 76.5%
The Prince had a solid year in WWE. He started off with a match against the Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title, but the inaugural champion was unable to defeat the Beast but gave a spectacular performance.
Balor found himself in the IC title picture for the next few months, and captured the title twice, including a win as the Demon at WrestleMania. Balor became the first victim of Bray Wyatt’s new Fiend persona at Summerslam and stayed off WWE programming for the next two months.
Balor returned to NXT and is currently undefeated in his second stint on the yellow brand.
Seth Rollins – 77.6%
Seth Rollins saw his number one positioning in the company come under doubt after the fans turned on him post Hell in a Cell, but that didn’t stop Rollins from having a tremendous calendar year.
The Architect won the Royal Rumble, defeated Brock Lesnar twice(!), had a dream match against AJ Styles, held the tag-team titles, and now to cap it off, he had a fantastic heel turn, aligning himself with the Authors of Pain.
Rollins did lose the Universal Championship twice last year but still managed to have a healthy winning percentage throughout.
Becky Lynch – 80%
The winner of the first-ever Women’s WrestleMania Main-Event, Becky Lynch has quickly risen as the top babyface of the company.
Lynch started off the year winning the Royal Rumble as the #30 entrant. Lynch also became the first superstar to hold both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships at the same time, and she has consistently proved her worth in the otherwise thin Women’s Division.
Becky hasn’t exactly had a smooth sailing in 2019 though, as she has suffered quite a few losses here and there, but has managed to retain the RAW title for over eight months.
Bayley – 81.5%
Bayley’s booking is often under criticism, but despite that, Bayley comes in strong in this list with a healthy win percentage. Bayley started off the year winning the first-ever Women’s Tag Team Championships alongside her best friend Sasha Banks.
Following their title loss at WrestleMania, Bayley ventured back into singles competition, becoming the third-ever Money in the Bank winner, and immediately cashed it in on Charlotte Flair the same night.
Bayley has gone on to defeat several superstars in her current reign and is currently the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion of all time.
Kushida – 86%
Kushida signed with WWE this year and was immediately placed on the NXT brand. Kushida has had a great run in the brand so far, even though he hasn’t been able to capture any championships.
Kushida has also performed as part of the 205 Live roster, but hasn’t been able to do anything significant so far. The highly talented wrestler has a great future ahead of him, and 2019 was just the start for the Japanese import.
Braun Strowman – 86%
The Monster Among Men had yet another eventful year in the company, but without any singles championships to show for. Strowman started off the year fighting off the evil trio of Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre and then won the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, eliminating Colin Jost of SNL fame to win the annual competition.
Strowman had a mini-feud with Lashley which was quite brutal in nature, followed by yet another loss in a match for the Universal Championship. Strowman lost against Tyson Fury at Crown Jewel, but despite losing his feuds, Strowman remains a top superstar in the company.
Aleister Black – 86%
The terrifying Dutch superstar has had a stellar run in WWE last year. He was drafted to the main roster along with Ricochet, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, and won a few singles matches to start off his main-roster career.
Black eventually found himself in a tag-team with Ricochet, due to the lack of opportunities in the singles division. The duo participated in the Dusty Rhodes Tag-Team Classic and ended up winning the tournament, while also challenging for the RAW and SmackDown Tag-Team Titles at the same time.
Post WrestleMania, Black started his journey as a singles superstar, but apart from Buddy Murphy and a one-off match against Cesaro, Black hasn’t found proper challengers over the last few months. Black is due for a major push, and he is currently undefeated in singles competition in WWE.
Roman Reigns – 87.5%
The Big Dog is a perennial fixture in such end-of-year lists, as he continues to reign supreme as the number one babyface in the company. Reigns returned from his cancer treatment in February and has given commendable performances since then.
Reigns has surprisingly been kept out of the title picture since his return, but if the rumors are anything to go by, the former WWE and Universal Champion will soon find himself in the man-event picture once again.
Reigns has lost quite a few matches year due to stupid interferences (Shane McMahon, King Corbin), but overall has stayed in the winning department comfortably.
Damian Priest – 88%
Barely making the list at 50 matches, Damien Priest has had a great start to his WWE career. Formerly known as Punishment Martinez in Ring of Honor, Priest took big strides in his first few weeks on the yellow brand. He quickly found himself in the middle of a three-way rivalry with Killian Dain and Pete Dunne and produced some tremendous performances throughout this rivalry.
He competed in the Survivor Series matchup, but couldn’t get much screen time, apart from a slick counter of his finisher (“The Reckoning”) into an RKO out of nowhere.
Velveteen Dream – 93.8%
As we mentioned earlier, high winning percentages are often an indication of WWE’s backing behind a superstar, and Dream is definitely one of the top names in the company currently. Dream is out due to injury but has otherwise carved out a perfect year for himself in 2019. He won the Worlds Collide Tournament, earning himself a title shot in NXT, and he exercised the right to dethrone Johnny Gargano for the North American Championship.
After staying as champion for close to eight months, Dream lost the title to Roderick Strong in August. The Dream hasn’t been in action for quite some time, but he will surely find himself in the top tier of the roster, once he returns from injury.