2020 has been an incredibly crazy year not just in wrestling, but in the wider world too with the global pandemic. However, unlikely pretty much everything else, wrestling never stopped, with neither WWE or AEW missing or having to cancel a single show.
With the year drawing to a close, and 2021 right around the corner, we decided to take a look back at the year and draw up a list of the ten best wrestlers of 2020, with names from WWE & AEW featuring on this list.
The opinions aren’t just my own, with votes being cast by all members of the WrestleTalk team, as well as some of the other content creators and journalists that we have worked with this year.
10. Chris Jericho
In at the number ten spot is Chris Jericho, who actually started the year out as AEW World Champion, holding the belt until the Revolution pay-per-view event on February 29th.
2020 saw Chris Jericho celebrate thirty years in the professional wrestling business, an incredibly impressive feat that certainly shouldn’t be overlooked.
Part of some of the bets matches of the year, like the Stadium Stampede, Jericho spent much of the year putting over some of the younger talent on AEW books, including giving wins on pay-per-view to Orange Cassidy and Orange Cassidy.
Still entertaining us several decades after bursting onto the scene, it’s no surprise to see the “Demo God” ranked as the tenth best wrestler in the world this year.
9. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes has had a great 2020, putting on a host of great matches on Dynamite as well as on PPV, with his matches with Darby Allin at Full Gear and Brodie Lee on Dynamite being particular highlights.
Cody won the TNT Championship at Double or Nothing in May, and went on to hold the championship until August. He reclaimed the title just a few weeks later from Brodie Lee in a fantastic Dog Collar match.
Just as he did in 2019, Cody spent much of the year entertaining fans with some fantastic promo work and emotional matches, and just like Jericho, he spent a lot of 2020 putting over younger talent, such as MJF and the aforementioned Darby Allin.