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Excluding already cemented guys like Cena, Brock and Orton (he is cemented, although I'm not so sure he will be remembered as a great one in the future).

My picks are:

Roman Reigns - kayfabe wise probably will be in a year or so. In ring wise he just needs to improve a bit, he is great but he still isn't Bret Hart or HBK good. I'm sure he will get there though.

AJ Styles - Probably already is (outside wwe), but if he has more 5 years in WWE at this level he will be a lock.

So what are your opinions? Discuss
 

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Already cemented Top Tier
Cena

Already Cemented 2nd Tier
Brock
Orton
AJ

Already Cemeted 2nd Tier with the potential for Top Tier
Reigns
Charlotte

Potential for 2nd tier
Rollins
Braun
Miz
Sasha
Bliss
New Day
 

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A lot of guys are still quite young so it's hard to tell. One could get injured, one could break through.
I could be completely wrong and these are just my personal opinions but I'd say:


The Miz - Never the number one guy but he's amazing at giving the second tier championships credibility.
Good enough to main event, charismatic, good on the mic and he even got better in the ring. I think Miz is great
because I absolutely hated him when he started his career and now I can say I'm a big fan. He improved so much.

Seth Rollins - I know a lot of people find him boring (which practically everyone on the roster is according to
a lot of people here), but I never been bored by him. He did need some time to adapt as a face but I personally
enjoy it. I have to say though that I absolutely loved chickenshit heel Rollins ever more. I like his work in the ring
because he has a nice arsenal of moves. He's also agile enough yet strong which makes him very versatile.

AJ Styles - He already had a fantastic career which helps, but despite his shorter run in the WWE I think he'll
be considered great. He may be somewhat older but I think he'll be able to keep up on a physical level for quite some
years to come.

The New Day - A fantastic stable that got really, really stale. Hear me out, I'm not the biggest fan of them
but I believe other people will think of them as a great and memorable stable.

Charlotte - The talent, the background and she's also appreciated by both casuals and hardcore fans.
A credible dominant female wrestler.


Guys like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn are contenders in my book but it all depends on how they're going to be booked.
I know a lot of people here love to complain about those two, and sure they're not models, but I think they
can each succeed in their role. Again, I could be completely off but I believe in their potential. Braun could be and
Rusev should be imo. We all know that they won't get most out of Rusev though. So sad..
 

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Ambrose and Rollins. DA seems to actually be indestructible and if SR's knee problems are behind him, they may have Flair/Sting like careers that last 35+ years. They're still younger than most and they have the body types.
 

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I have a feeling that talents like:

- AJ Styles
- Seth Rollins
- The Miz
- Braun Strowman
- Kevin Owens
- Sami Zayn
- Cesaro
- Dean Ambrose
- Neville
- Charlotte Flair
- Alexa Bliss
- Becky Lynch

may be fondly looked back as greats by fans 20 years from now.
 

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Excluding already cemented guys like Cena, Brock and Orton (he is cemented, although I'm not so sure he will be remembered as a great one in the future).

My picks are:

Roman Reigns - kayfabe wise probably will be in a year or so. In ring wise he just needs to improve a bit, he is great but he still isn't Bret Hart or HBK good. I'm sure he will get there though.

AJ Styles - Probably already is (outside wwe), but if he has more 5 years in WWE at this level he will be a lock.

So what are your opinions? Discuss
Most of them will be historical antecdotes. In twenty years there will not be an independent WWE. It will exist as a subsidiary of a larger corporation such as Disney, Time Warner, or ESPN. What "wrestling" that is produced will be heavily post-produced, with a considerable amount of CGI to turn a simulated combat sport into fantasy combat.

Roman Reigns will be remembered as the last "Face of the WWE" in the promotion's current form. He, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton will be considered Legends and will continue to "compete" in the 2037 version of WWE either as CGI avatars or as rebooted characters. Corporate consolidation breeds conservatism, and rebooting movies, characters, and storylines will find solid ground in the new WWE. Charlotte Flair and Rosemary (if she eventually joins) will be the female wrestlers that are considered Legends.

Almost everyone else will be footnotes, and will have as much relevance in 2037 as the 1970s mid-card of the WWWF does today.
 

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Owens
Nakamura
Asuka
Ziggler
Miz
 
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I believe "subjective" history will be far more kind to Cena as time passes and retrospect sinks in. Obviously, the man has had an all-time WWE career in terms of objective measures. Jericho already has the trifecta of an at worst very strong subjective resume, a great objective resume and very strong respect from his peers with longevity to boot. Even Jericho's detractors I think would have a hard time denying that Y2J has had a great career for a wrestler. Brock Lesnar will be remembered for one of the strongest runs in kayfabe history and should be remembered as one of the greatest packages of in-ring attributes this business has seen, at his best a man rivaled by very few and a guy who if he never left could've been in the center of conversation for best match catologue in North America (yes I am serious). Goldust already has carved a little slice of history. Charlotte is a lock on the female side. The subjective merits of Orton will forever rage on, but he has so much respect from greats that I could see Orton holding a nice spot.

In terms of potential for greatness: Seth Rollins really sticks out to me. Already has a remarkably consistent Shield run under his belt, should be remembered as one of the most well-conditioned wrestlers we have ever seen and with as young as he is, there is plenty of time for Seth to build on his "resume'" AJ Styles will probably have a very similar view as baseball has for Ichiro Suzuki albeit AJ won't be in WWE for 15 years methinks. If WWE ever gets Rusev going before his career is
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I know I'll look back and think of Owens, Wyatt, and Ambrose as great ones. Especially when Ambrose gets his well deserved heel turn where he can shine.
 
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