Wednesday, January 6, 2016

ESO-PRO presents the Wrestling Weekday Top 10 Wrestlers of 2015: Honorable Mentions Part 2

As the list gets ready to debut #8 later today, it is time to take a look at some of the other talent that didn't quite make it into the top ten. Today we will cover the wrestlers that came in between thirty-first and thirty-fifth place.

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35. (2 way tie) Paige: While 2015 wasn't quite as solid as 2014 for Paige, she continued to be a dominant force in the Divas division, even though she spent most of the year chasing Nikki Bella for the title. She sparked the Diva Revolution in many ways thanks to her non-traditional style in the ring.

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35. (2 way tie) Ethan Carter III: It says a lot about TNA that only one name from the promotion made it into this list and all the way down at this slot. I was the only person to put a vote in for EC3, who really excelled at controlling the narrative of TNA in 2015. He made an amazing heel champion and the company would be wise to build around him in 2016 and beyond.

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32. (3 way tie) Ivelisse: She competed in multiple matches in Lucha Underground on a broken leg. That's hardcore. She's as strong as her allies Angelico and Son of Havoc any day. As Lauren Price put it in her nomination, “Another woman wrestler booted by WWE who has proven she deserved a better promotion anyways.”

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32 (3 way tie) Bray Wyatt: Last year, I suspect Wyatt would be in the top ten. This year, he can't even crack thirty. His run in most of 2015 was pointless and fans knew it. His job was to keep wrestlers busy so they stayed out of other stories and otherwise he didn't accomplish much until he started to re-unite the Wyatt Family.

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32. (3 way tie) Mia Yim / Jade: While The Dollhouse hasn't been overly impressive in TNA, Mia Yim is far more than just Jade. The former Blasian Sensation, now the War Queen, is easily one of the best pro wrestlers in the world today and she's shown it by wrestling on multiple continents. And her instagram posts with boyfriend Eddie Kingston make them seem like the most adorable odd couple ever.

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31. Stardust: I wanted to include Stardust on my list. Cody Rhodes has been amazing in his new gimmick, but he just hasn't gained the traction he really needs. I would love to see him in a extended feud with John Cena as I think it would be the perfect way to get him over and move him closer to the main event position he has long deserved. Joe Crowe sums him up perfectly in the nomination: “He's tried everything over the years, and his super-weird spin on Goldust is so great.”

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