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Guest Column: Top 10 Wrestlers for 2009 by CJ Envy

I’ll have a news & notes kind of post a little later today. For now, this is the first guest column to be posted on my blog. It’s by somebody that has wrestled before and I told him I’d post one for him. I haven’t decided if there will be more in the future. I am open to having some guest writers in the future although I’ll expand more on that in the coming weeks. Here is CJ Envy’s look at the top ten wrestlers in the business in 2009.

Top 10 Wrestlers for 2009
by CJ Envy

Hey folks, 2009 comes to a close this week and what better way to end the year than with a review of the wild year it’s been.

1. Kurt Angle – This man single handedly made TNA PPV’s watchable whether it was his feud with Sting or his matches with Matt Morgan and Desmond Wolfe. He is without a doubt a future Hall of Famer and the best in the business right now.

2. Randy Orton- This may surprise a lot of you, but while his feuds with Triple H and John Cena weren’t that enjoyable his matches and his promos make him a clear cut number 2. His feud with Kofi Kingston is shaping up to be the best of 2009 (more on that later).

3. Chris Jericho – I agonized over this at first, but then realized that the person who is in 4th didn’t have that great of a first half. Chris has been one of the sole reasons people have watched Raw in the past few months. He held the UTTC longer than anyone else (and I wholeheartedly expect him to win the rematch Jan 4th.) He had a solid feud with Rey Mysterio including winning the IC and his promos are the best in the business.

4. AJ Styles – There is a reason he is known as “The Phenomanal One”. No matter who he wrestles in TNA that match tends to end up being the best match on the card. His feud with Joe and Daniels has led to amazing matches and great chemistry and I expect them to continue to feud through March. He had an average first half which is what kept him out of the number 3 spot.

5. John “insert boos here” Cena – Yes I know most of you dislike Superman but this year brought to me a lot of similarities to his years on Smackdown. He had good matches with The Big Show and he had what may have been the best match on Raw this year vs. Chris Jericho. People complain about the rotation at the top, but most don’t realize that he wasn’t in the title picture for most of the first half and continued to be one of the most popular stars.

6. Jeff Hardy – He would have been higher if not for 2 reasons: 1) his departure left a huge void on Smackdown, but more importantly would have been better for his resume if it was later in the year. 2) His feud with his brother was just awful. Matches with Edge and CM Punk were among the best this year.

7. CM Punk- Same reason AJ Styles wasn’t higher Punk had weak quarters 1 and 4 this year. If this had been the summer his mitb and matches with Jeff Hardy would have had him in the top 4. I do feel that Luke Gallows is going to hold him back in 2010, but at least it will help hopefully establish them into the UTTC scene in 2010.

8. Kofi Kingston- He is this low for one reason. His matches while he was the US Champ were always the same 3 way and 4 way match. Everybody hits finisher and then Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere for the win. His feud with Orton should clearly establish him as a main eventer for years to come.

9. Shawn Michaels – This man can do it all: Comedy, Drama, Romance, you name it oh and he can wrestle. His match with Undertaker and his Tag matches vs. Legacy, Jerishow, and THD were all really good.

10. Desmond Wolfe – Some bias in this pick as I have always loved the former Nigel McGuiness. He continued to defend the ROH title and even after he lost it continued to wrestle with a severe arm injury. So what does he do once he is healthy? He goes right to TNA, has 2 of the best matches of the year and one of the feuds of the year with Kurt Angle.

Honorable Mention: Christian – Lack of varied competition after the departure of Jack Swagger caused me to keep Christian off this list especially considering he and Regal could have blown away people with some of their matches and instead the most memorable match was Regal being squashed on PPV in a title match. Ladder match vs. Shelton Benjamin salvaged his year. I expect big things from Christian in 2010 or we will see The Outsiders vs. Tomko and Christian Cage in late 2010.

CJ Envy has been a professional wrestler for the better part of 15 years. He has wrestled everywhere from wwf/e to nwa wildside and back. He is currently in semi-retirement and has started writing articles full time. This is his latest installment.

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  1. Aaron
    January 4, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    Good list… I agree with your number 1, and like the inclusion of Desmond Wolfe.

    I too, am the frist to boo John “Hulk” Cena, but not including him on this list wouldn’t be right.. I think I’d drop him to the 7/8 mark though, and put Shawn in that 5 spot, Punk at 6.. Cena placed behind them.

  2. mark
    January 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    awesome list sir john you should have this guy do some more stuff he seems to know what he is talking about also it wont be christian and tomko cuz tomko just beat up aj styles

  3. Matt
    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    Generally agree with the oicks, though I would probably swap positions round a bit. Jericho would be my 2nd.

    I don’t watch enough TNA to comment on TNA wrestlers, although Nigel is my man(bein from the UK) I take the time to watch him and support him. Was gutted when he ended up going to TNA instead of WWE. Apparently WWE pulled out or something.

  4. January 27, 2010 at 1:47 AM

    Nice list. Although you can jumble the first three spots and place a WWE wrestler over Angle. I love Angle, but he had bad material to work with unlike Jericho who had an awesome Mysterio feud (and then helped a lot of wrestlers have respectable feuds) and Orton (even if its trying to watch his feuds with Cena and DX).

  1. January 6, 2010 at 7:53 AM

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