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Top 10 Current WWE Superstars Under 30

WWE’s current roster is filled with countless talented Superstars from all around the world. Some of these Superstars joined the Professional Wrestling Business at a very young age while others took their time and explored career options before they decided to enter the Professional Wrestling Business. Superstars like Randy Orton and Seth Rollins are examples of Superstars who joined the Pro-Wrestling Business early and achieved feats even some of the best couldn’t.

When someone becomes a Professional Wrestler at a very young age, they have loads of opportunities in front of them and more time to prove himself/herself as compared to someone who starts wrestling in their late 20s or 30s. You can see how Superstars like John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton etc. achieved big things in their 20s and then went on to become household names and multi-millionaires.

So, here are 10 current WWE Superstars under 30 who have the potential to achieve great things.

#10 Kona Reeves (26 Years):

“The Finest” Kona Reeves has been with WWE since 2014. From 2014 to 2017, Kona wrestled on and off on NXT. He squared off against various NXT Superstars like Tye Dillinger, Hideo Itami, Aleister Black etc. Kona was hardly involved in a meaningful storyline and after several televised appearances in early 2017, he disappeared from NXT TV.

In April 2018, a vignette aired, hyping up the return of a repackaged Kona Reeves. The self-proclaimed “Finest” Superstar of NXT made his TV return on 2nd May, 2018. After a few wins over enhancement talents, it started looking like WWE had once again lost hope in Kona as he started losing to mid-card talents like EC3 and Kassius Ohno. Reeves’s latest match was quite impressive, however.

He faced Keith Lee. Although he lost the match, yet he managed to push Lee to his limits and silence his critics.

It’s too early to judge if WWE plans on building Reeves as a legitimate upper mid-card or main event player. However, Reeves has been with WWE for over 4 years now and this pretty much confirms that WWE officials aren’t ready to give up on him yet.

He is just 26 years old and still has plenty to learn. If Reeves continues to impress the audience and the officials on a regular basis, expect a fine push for “The Finest” very soon.
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#9 Bo Dallas (28 Years):

Before he was called up to the main roster, Dallas used to wrestle on FCW and then on NXT (when FCW was rebranded to NXT). Dallas is the son of WWE Legend IRS and is the younger brother of WWE Superstar Bray Wyatt. He started wrestling at the age of 18 in 2008.

Dallas had a successful run in both FCW and NXT. When Dallas defeated Big E Langston to win the NXT Championship, he became the youngest Superstar to win the NXT Title (at the age of 22). Dallas was called up to the main roster in 2014. He joined the long list of NXT Superstars who failed on the main roster.

He had a decent start but as time passed, he slowly turned into a comedic jobber. After a few disappointing years, Dallas and Curtis Axel were recruited by The Miz to form “The Miztourage”. Although Dallas and Axel were in the team to take beatings for The Miz, they finally became a part of meaningful story-lines.

After The Miz was drafted to Smackdown Live in 2018, Axel and Dallas continued to team up, renamed their team to “B-Team” and went on to win the Raw Tag Team Championships, which they held for nearly 2 months.

It looks like Dallas may never get an opportunity to win a singles title or have a meaningful singles feud in WWE but that’s fine as long as he keeps on getting the chance to show up on WWE TV and show the WWE Universe what he’s capable of. He is only 28 years old and has plenty of time to prove his critics wrong.

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#8 Tyler Bate (21 Years):

Tyler Bate started wrestling at the age of 17. He signed with WWE in 2016 and was revealed to be a part of the UK Championship Tournament. He went on to win the tournament and become the inaugural UK Champion. He became one of the two wrestlers in WWE history to win a championship as a teenager.

After losing his UK Championship to Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate started popping up on other shows too like 205 Live where he participated in a Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. Bate, along with Trent Seven, would then start a feud with The Undisputed Era and ultimately win the NXT Tag Team Championships by defeating them.

However, they ended up dropping the titles back to The Undisputed Era a few weeks later and failed to re-capture them in the rematch. All matches between the Undisputed Era and The Moustache Mountain (Bate and Seven) received props from the audience and officials.

Tyler Bate is only 21 years old and is set to be a part of NXT UK which is about to start airing soon. It’s safe to predict that Bate would spend a year or two wrestling on NXT and NXT UK. If Bate doesn’t get in any kind of trouble and remains on the right path, he would be a big star on the main roster by the time he reaches 30.

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#7 Lio Rush (23 Years):

Lio Rush made his professional wrestling debut in 2014. Rush wrestled for ROH, CZW, EVOLVE Wrestling and a few others before joining WWE. Rush was offered an NXT contract in 2017. Just a few months after signing with NXT, Rush joked on Twitter about Emma, who had just been released from WWE.

He received backlash over his tweet, both from fans and WWE Wrestlers themselves. It looked like Rush might have ended his career before it even began. Rush was, however, given a second chance when he was called up to the main roster in June, 2018.

Rush joined 205 Live and established himself as a heel. He would later go on to make his Raw debut as a face and align himself with Bobby Lashley. On the 8th October, 2018th edition of Raw, Rush and Lashley turned heels when Rush kept on distracting Owens during his match against Lashley and Lashley kept on attacking Kevin Owens’ injured knee after the match. It remains yet to be seen how this alliance plays out.

Lio Rush is one of the most charismatic superstars in WWE at the moment. His alliance with Lashley has finally given Bobby Lashley a direction. At the age of just 23, Rush has made it to the main roster and if everything goes right, nothing can stop Rush from winning the Cruiserweight title in the next few years.

While on the main roster, Rush may not win a title anytime soon. However, that shouldn’t stop him from entertaining the WWE Universe and be a part of interesting story-lines.
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 #6 Cedric Alexander (29 Years):

Prior to signing with WWE, Cedric Alexander was a part of ROH. Alexander made his WWE debut as a participant in WWE’s inaugural Cruiserweight Classic Tournament. He was eliminated in the second round by Kota Ibushi but their match was highly praised. The fans in the attendance chanted “Please Sign Cedric” during the match.

WWE listened and signed Cedric Alexander. After a few lackluster feuds and failed attempts to capture the Cruiserweight title, Alexander entered a tournament in 2018 to crown the new Cruiserweight Champion.

He defeated Mustafa Ali in the final at Wrestlemania 34 to become the new Cruiserweight Champion. His reign lasted nearly 6 months and during that reign, he defended the title against top Superstars of 205 Live such as Kalisto, Drew Gulak, Buddy Murphy etc.

Cedric Alexander is, without a doubt, one of the best wrestlers on 205 Live at the moment. However, he lacks charisma, and as long as he lacks charisma, he wouldn’t be able to achieve anything big, especially on the main roster. Alexander has a bright future ahead of him and if he wants to break away from 205 Live in the future and thrive on the main roster, he needs to work on his mic skills and develop his charismatic presence.

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#5 Pete Dunne (24 Years Old):

Like Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne made his WWE debut in the first-ever UK Championship tournament too. However, he was defeated by Bate in the final. Dunne then signed with WWE and made his NXT debut in 2017. His WWE deal allowed him to continue wrestling on independent circuit but there were a few restrictions.

He remained in the hunt for the UK title and went on to defeat Tyler Bate at NXT Takeover: Chicago on May 20th, 2017 in a highly acclaimed match to win the UK title. Nearly 17 months have passed and Dunne hasn’t lost his Championship. Dunne has successfully defended the UK title against several opponents.

Although Dunne appears sporadically on NXT, he is supposed to be a regular part of NXT UK. Apart from that, he is also rumored to be in this year’s WarGames match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames II. Earlier this month, he also became the longest reigning Champion of the modern era (in WWE) after his reign surpassed that of Brock Lesnar.

Pete Dunne has everything a wrestler needs to become a prominent WWE Superstar. He is decent as a babyface, great as a heel and absolutely phenomenal as a tweener. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a full-time WWE superstar and finds himself in a meaningful story-line on the main roster.
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#4 AOP (Akam: 25 Years and Rezar: 24 Years):

The AOP (formerly The Authors of Pain) made their NXT debut in 2016 and were associated with the Legendary Paul Ellering upon their arrival. Prior to signing with WWE, Rezar was a mixed martial artist for Bellator MMA and Bamma UK. He has an impressive MMA record of 6-2-0. Akam, on the other hand, has an amateur wrestling background.

The AOP received a monster push as soon as they arrived in NXT. They went on to win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament and then the NXT Tag Team Championships. They wrestled against some of the most prominent NXT teams and stables such as Sanity, #DIY, The Undisputed Era etc.

The AOP was called up to the main roster in April 2018. However, Akam and Rezar disassociated themselves from Paul Ellering after their first main roster match. The AOP later recruited 205 Live GM Drake Maverick as their new manager.

It’s too soon to predict if the WWE officials view the AOP as they were viewed in NXT. Since arriving on the main roster, AOP has mainly wrestled enhancement talents. However, they have recently started attacking the Tag Teams of Raw and it has started to look like they may soon be involved in a notable feud.

The departure of Ellering left a void in the team which has been filled to some extent by Maverick but as it was discussed above, it’s too soon to predict anything about the AOP.

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#3 Velveteen Dream (23 Years):

Velveteen Dream’s WWE career started when he was chosen to be a contestant in the sixth season of WWE competition “WWE Tough Enough”. He was eliminated in the fifth episode. He then signed a developmental contract with WWE and became a part of NXT.

He wrestled under his real name “Patrick Clark” during his first year. In May 2017, He debuted a new prince-inspired gimmick and was renamed to “Velveteen Dream”.

Dream’s career skyrocketed after he got repackaged. Since August 2017, Dream has easily been the highlight of every Takeover Event. He was involved in a six-man ladder match to crown the inaugural NXT North American Champion. The match garnered critical acclaim.

He has also wrestled Aleister Black, EC3, and Ricochet etc. at different Takeover Events. It has been heavily rumored that Dream is next in line to receive a shot at the NXT title and would get his title match at NXT Takeover: WarGames II against Tommaso Ciampa.

In approximately 1 and a half year, Dream has established himself as one of the biggest NXT Superstars. He should be getting called up to the main roster in the next few months. Dream has charisma, mic skills and in-ring skills. He can have a story-driven feud and a quality wrestling match against any main roster Superstar if the creative can find how to properly utilize him.

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#2 Andrade “Cien” Almas (28 Years):

Prior to signing with WWE, Almas wrestled for CMLL and NJPW. He signed a developmental contract with WWE in November 2015. Almas is an incredible talent and although it took over a year and a half for him to get a proper push and a character that suits his wrestling style, it was worth the wait.

Almas received his first major push when he was joined by Zelina Vega, his new manager. Almas started picking up victories and eventually became the number one contender for the NXT title. He went on to defeat the Champion Drew McIntyre to win the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: WarGames.

He then successfully defended his championship against Johnny Gargano at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia in a highly praised match. Almas lost his title to Alesiter Black at NXT Takeover: New Orleans and was then called up to the main roster. He made his Smackdown Live Debut on 15th May, 2018. Almas hasn’t yet been involved in a proper story-line since his main roster arrival but has had amazing matches with AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan.

Word got out a few months ago that Vince McMahon was very impressed with Almas’ performance in his match against AJ Styles. It was also rumored that at one point, Almas was being considered to win the Royal Rumble match next year.

It is high time WWE decides to do something with Almas and insert him into a proper story-line. He is too good to be wasted and his amazing matches every week are a solid proof of this statement.

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#1 Adam Cole (29 Years):

Topping this list is none other than the leader of The Undisputed Era. Adam Cole made a name for himself in the Independent circuit before coming to WWE. He is widely known for his time in ROH. He became the first wrestler to win the ROH World Title three times. He also wrestled for NJPW and was a member of “Bullet Club” at one point.

Adam Cole made his WWE debut at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III and attacked the new NXT Champion Drew McIntyre along with fellow ROH alumni Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly. The trio named their stable “The Undisputed Era”.

The Undisputed Era then went on to win the WarGames match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, also featuring Sanity and the team of Roderick Strong and the Authors of Pain. At NXT Takeover: New Orleans, Cole defeated five other men in a ladder match to become the inaugural NXT North American Champion. Cole also made an appearance in the Royal Rumble match this year.

Although Adam Cole has had a successful wrestling career outside of WWE, he is only 29 years old and still in his prime. He is one of the best heels and the finest workers WWE has at this moment. Cole will be getting called up to the main roster within 2 years and if utilized properly, he can become a main event player in no time.

Just imagine Cole in the same ring as Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor etc. Cole is, without a doubt, the most promising star that NXT has to offer and WWE officials need to realize this.

 

 

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