Whether you like WWE storylines in 2017 (count us out), one thing is undeniable: The year has seen some of the best, most consistent in-ring action in the company’s history. Good matches are galore, even on a week-to-week basis. But sometimes, their stellar work got undermined by the not-so-inspiring storylines they got bogged down with.
And so in this list of Best WWE Wrestlers 2017, we decide to shine the spotlight on those wrestlers who have thrown his/her co-workers around better than others, regardless of the rivalries they had been put in this year. We will only consider the work they had done on RAW, Smackdown Live, and 205 Live. Wrestlers who were still in NXT will not be included – the list would be very, very different were they included.
An overlooked gem in a struggling division, Cedric Alexander definitely has the potential to achieve greater things. Management surely knows this, too – there is a reason why Triple H himself came out to applaud him after his defeat to Kota Ibushi in the Cruiserweight Classic. Cedric Alexander spent all of 2017 on the purple show, putting on great match after great match, and had become the unofficial super-worker of 205 Live. From the painful-looking (and probably painful-feeling, too) Lumbar Check to the best Tope Con Hilo in the entire company, he surely had earned his place in the organization.
Recommended matches: Cedric Alexander vs Neville (205 Live January 24th), Cedric Alexander vs Enzo Amore vs Gran Metalik vs The Brian Kendrick vs Tony Nese (205 Live September 5th), Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher (205 Live November 14th).
As much as we hate to say it, Kevin Owens in 2017 slowed down on the frequency with which he put on good matches compared to the year prior. He still had that viciousness in every punch and slam, but something went missing. No, it was not his “best friend” Chris Jericho, although we still miss him dearly.
Recommended matches: Kevin Owens vs Roman Reigns (Royal Rumble), Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles (Summerslam), Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon (Hell in a Cell).
Now, onto the actual list…