This week on Smackdown Live, general manager Daniel Bryan introduced the concept of the new Smackdown 10, which is apparently in service of lessening the show’s focus on authority figures and returning Smackdown to being “the land of opportunity.” This new Superstar-voted feature got us thinking, and we decided it was finally time for some Official With Spandex WWE Rankings of our own.
Here’s how we did it: Various UPROXX writers submitted lists of their 20 favorite current WWE roster members, across all brands, including 205 Live and NXT. Current titleholders are not eligible to appear on the list. The rankings of each writer’s vote was weighted, with a No. 1 vote being worth 20 points, and a No. 20 vote being worth 1 point. (You may extrapolate from there.)
Similar to the new Smackdown Top 10, these are our favorite wrestlers that we feel are most deserving of “opportunities,” whether that means a title shot, more television time, or just giving Velveteen Dream a purple shirt we can buy, already. Without further ado, let’s get down to it.
Writers casting votes: Elle Collins, Danielle Matheson, Konata Edwards, Brian James O’Connell, Brandon Stroud, Robby Kalland, Tony Xypteras, Bill Hanstock, Scott Heisel, Emily Pratt
The Inaugural With Spandex Fave 10
1. Velveteen Dream – 107 points
2. Big E – 98 points
3. Rusev – 93 points
4. Drew Gulak – 85 points
5. Elias – 68 points
6. Braun Strowman – 64 points
7. Sami Zayn – 59 points
8. Ruby Riott – 57 points
9. Aleister Black – 56 points
10. Chad Gable – 51 points
Honorable Mentions: Becky Lynch (49 points), Fandango (46 points), Samoa Joe (44 points), Johnny Gargano (43 points), Tyler Breeze (41 points), Shinsuke Nakamura (40 points), Nikki Cross (38 points), Kairi Sane (34 points), Luke Harper (33 points), The Revival (28 points)
Also Receiving Votes: Mojo Rawley, Goldust, Otis Dozovic, Naomi, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Finn Bálor, Mustafa Ali, Cedric Alexander, Peyton Royce, Matt Hardy, Lars Sullivan, Akira Tozawa, The Authors of Pain, Kofi Kingston, Bo Dallas, Adam Cole, Carmella, Kevin Owens, Apollo Crews, Curtis Axel, Nia Jax, Breezango, Tye Dillinger, Asuka, Karl Anderson, Tommaso Ciampa, Drake Maverick, Shayna Baszler, Dolph Ziggler, Jinder Mahal, Heavy Machinery, Tucker Knight, Sarah Logan, Mickie James, Seth Rollins, Candice LeRae, Xavier Woods, Shane Thorne, Shane Thorne, Alexander Wolfe, Buddy Murphy, Billie Kay, Liv Morgan, Jack Gallagher, Rich Swann, Ricochet, EC3
Feel free to share your own Fave 10 with us in the comments, and stay tuned for more installments, as we hope to make this a regular thing!