MJF Tops ESPN 30 Under 30 Wrestlers List, Rhea Ripley 2nd

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MJF is indeed “Better Than You” as he topped ESPN’s 30 Under 30 wrestlers list to watch out for.

Just like they do 25 under 25 athletes list for MMA and Boxing, ESPN has released its list of 30 wrestlers to watch out for under the age of 30. Reigning AEW World Champion MJF has topped the list. Considered one of the best on the mic currently, MJF became the champion at Full Gear 2022 event and has crossed 250 days as the champion.

Reigning Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley from WWE is in second place on the list. WWE United States Champion Austin Theory, AAA Mega Champion El Hijo Del Vikingo, and NXT North American Champion Dominik Mysterio complete the top 5. The complete list is as below:

2Rhea RipleyWWE
3Austin TheoryWWE
4El Hijo del VikingoAAA/AEW
5Dominik MysterioWWE
6Bron BreakkerWWE NXT
7Carmelo HayesWWE NXT
8Konosuke TakeshitaAEW
9Liv MorganWWE
10Logan PaulWWE
13Jack PerryAEW
14Wes LeeWWE NXT
15Utami HayashishitaNJPW/Stardom
16Toni StormAEW
17Dragon LeeWWE NXT
19Jamie HayterAEW
20Wheeler YutaAEW
21Kaito KiyomiyaNOAH
22Saya KamitaniNJPW/Stardom
23Yota TsujiNJPW
24Jordynne GraceFree Agent
25Deonna PurrazzoIMPACT Wrestling
26Ilja DragunovWWE NXT
27Masha SlamovichIMPACT Wrestling
28Tyler BateWWE NXT
29Daniel GarciaAEW
30Shota UminoNJPW

A total of 12 wrestlers from WWE are on the list, including 6 from NXT. AEW has second more wrestlers in the list with 8. NJPW’s sister promotion Stardom has 3 wrestlers on the list while both NJPW and IMPACT Wrestling each have 2 wrestlers on the list.

PromotionTotal Wrestlers in List
IMPACT Wrestling2
Free Agent1

ESPN’s article also noted how pro wrestling has thrived after the pandemic with WWE selling out arenas, AEW about to sell out Wembley Stadium, along with CMLL and AAA pulling crowd in Mexico.

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