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Ежегодна класация. В класацията са включени само великобритански кечисти, които са активни в Обединеното кралство.

No. 10 - Joey Hayes

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Who is he?

North-west England's Joey Hayes is now known as a regular performer all across England and Scotland, with appearances on mainland Europe to boot. Apparently taking his ring name from an old wrestling game on the ZX Spectrum computer, Hayes is equally known as a singles wrestler or a tag team performer. Indeed, this year, Hayes has been one half of The Models with Danny Hope (FSW, BCW, 1PW), The Young Offenders with Damon Leigh (GPW) and the new tag team Northern Xposure with fellow GPW wrestler CJ Banks (FWA), as well as receiving a singles push in GPW, appeared for XWA, PBW and PW101 and, after the end of the 2010 eligibility period, featured on the Dragon Gate UK return show. Retaining the Top 10 ranking he's held for 3 years now, Joey slips a single place this time.....

In the Wigan-based GPW, which is Joey's home promotion, Hayes and "Dangerous" Damon Leigh reigned as Tag Team Champions since defeating MilAnfield Connection (Danny Hope and Jiggy Walker) early in 2009. By the summer, the popular "Young Offenders" were 5 months into a feud for their Tag Trophy with heel challengers Paradise Lost (Heresy and Kastor LeVay). At "Heatwave" in July, the two warring duos settled their differences in one final tag title bout, where the losing team would be forced to split up forever. A supremely entertaining bout ended with a weapon shot costing Hayes and Leigh their championship, but also signalling the end of the Young Offenders tag team..... Hayes and Leigh instead set their eyes on singles gold, with Damon vowing to win the Heavyweight Title. Hayes restarted his own singles career by returning for the "Crazy Cruiser 8" tournament in November. Hayes used his Teenage Kick (Yakuza kick) to defeat rookie babyface star Ricky J McKenzie in a good opener, setting up another all-babyface encounter in the semi-final with Bubblegum. One of 2009's best British matches, the two put on a blistering bout for the right to face CJ Banks in the final. Again, it was the Teenage Kick which wrapped things up when Hayes won the cracker. The final was another superb contest, as Hayes went toe-to-toe with reigning GPW British Champion and the previous year's "Crazy Cruiser 8" winner Banks. Following plenty of heart-stopping near falls and breath-taking false finishes, the third Teenage Kick finish of the night saw Hayes score a pinfall over the champion and take the 2009 tournament.....

By virtue of his pinfall win over Banks, Hayes was established as the top contender for the British Title. Hayes and Martin Kirby beat Banks and Fox Carter in the tag bout on February's "Back With A Bang 2010!" card, Hayes picking up another pin on the reigning champ with his "Hang Time" high cross body block from the top. As a result, the main event of the March show was Hayes vs. Banks for the British Title. When they fought to a draw (a double pin off a superplex), the pair were rematched in a final, decisive 2 out of 3 falls bout to headline April's "Jam Hot!" event. Hayes went 1-0 up with the Hang Time, but Banks equalised with his frog splash. With the referee distracted trying to separate the brawling Kirby and Carter at ringside, Banks smacked Hayes with the CC8 trophy, setting up another frog splash for the win..... His British Title hopes dashed, Hayes was an entrant in May's 30-man rumble for a shot at the Heavyweight Title (GPW recognises 2 separate singles champions, of equal standing), but was eliminated in early fashion....

In XWA, Joey battled treacherous former partner Declan O'Connor at "Vendetta" in July 2009 when the pair fought in a Manchester Rules Streetfight for Hayes' Best in the North-West Trophy. Joey showed remorse and forgiveness for his former best pal, but it cost him when O'Connor took advantage to use a kendo stick to help him gain victory. The next show was "Last Fight at the Prom" in September, where Hayes bested Marty Scurll in a contender's tournament match, only to be attacked and beaten down by O'Connor immediately afterwards. That was seemingly the end of the feud with Declan. Heel Hayes faced IPW:UK star Terry Frazier in a really good singles match for Pro Wrestling 101 in November, before blue-eye Joey returned to XWA in April 2010 to defeat GPW nemesis CJ Banks at "War on the Shore VI". Finally, Hayes fell in defeat to XWA debutant "Showstealer" Nathan Cruz at "Vendetta 2010"....

What do the fans think?

"He had some cracking matches in the CC8 tourney; his matches with Ricky J and Bubblegum were superb but his matches with "The Juice" were epic"

"Great worker, good look and I am pleased he is working the Dragon Gate shows in September"

"I've seen him have a great match against Zack Sabre Jnr in Nottingham, a good match against Terry Frazier from 101's afternoon show, and the amount of different gimmicks and characters he tries out definitely is something to be admired as each of them are different from the other. His tag team with the Juice and their feud against The LDRs have been the backbone and strength of the new FWA in my eyes. More than deserves his place on the Dragon Gate UK show this year"

"Brilliant look to him, and an excellent heel charisma. Great in and out of the ring"

"Tremendous. Seems able to do anything in the ring and everything has a logic too it in the way that he works. Always has good matches with different styles of workers as well"

"Fine performances where I've seen him. Seems to have upped his game whilst in the FWA"

"Love Hayes work. Great gear, great image"

"The best wrestler in the UK, but does not get used in main events anywhere but GPW"

"Starting to shine and the doors in Japan will start to open soon after he debuts in Dragon Gate. Without a doubt the best seller since Jody Fleisch"

"Super talented. One of best all-rounders in the UK"

"A great heel, and a brilliant blue-eye. My favourite wrestler on the British wrestling scene today"

"Looks the part and can wrestle against anyone and have a good match"

"Skilled worker with high potential"

"Best of the best. No doubt in my mind - he deserves to be number 1"

"This guy must have about 600 gimmicks! Take nothing away from Hayes, he’s comfortable in any role he plays and impresses me more and more each time I see him. Deserves his chance on the Dragon gate show in September and gives him the opportunity to showcase his talents further"

"Had a cracking match with Bubblegum at CC8 and great tag matches everywhere else I've seen him"

"By far the best wrestler in the UK. Can play great heel or loveable face. Universally appealing to all fans"

"Smoothest worker you'll find in a UK ring IMO. Works well in any role, be it heel in Northern Xposure, pseudo (?) homosexual in The Models or white hot babyface. Had a string of consistently great matches in GPW since the end of last year"

"Joey has developed into a great prospect"

"Really big fan of The Models tag team. Their run in BCW has been nothing short of awesome! They seem to have honed their act superbly"

"One of my all-time favourites of the British scene. Can work any character, heel or face and has had cracking matches with different opponents"

"Despite looking like he needs a good meal this guy is a fantastic performer. I feel Danny Hope is the stronger of the 2 but Joey Hayes certainly can keep you entertained as well"

"Has always been a consistent talent and the fact he can work so many gimmicks deserves a mention. Great matches against the LDRs as well as a great singles contest against Zack Sabre Jnr that I'm sure went far to elevate his standing higher this year"

"Probably the best in the country on his day"

"Rightly regarded as one of the best in the country"

"Almost as good as "The Juice". I kinda feel like Joey's coasting in GPW at the moment but his matches with Ricky J McKenzie and Bubblegum at the Crazy Cruiser 8 and each time against Banks show Hayes still has it in him to be fucking great. Needs to work a bit on promos"

"Puts in great matches after great matches"

"A fine performer"

No. 9 - Martin Kirby

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Who is he?

North Yorkshire's Martin Kirby swaps places with Joey Hayes in this year's rankings compared to last year, as he achieves his highest ever placing. Appearing for virtually every wrestling promotion across the north of England, some in the south and also up in Scotland, Kirby is one of the busiest and most versatile wrestlers in the UK, as he plays anything from fired-up hometown babyface to cowardly and outrageous comedy heel. His "home" 3CW, 1PW, PW101, FWA, GPW, NBW/GNP, RDW, DPW, SSW, PBW, All Star Wrestling, IWF, NEWS, CRW, BHW, TTP and even PTW are just some of the promotions he has featured for within this year's eligibility period, either on his own or part of the well-established Project Ego unit with Kris Travis. What Kirby's 9th place ranking does mean, however, is that partner Travis will end up somewhere ahead of him in this year's rankings.....

As one half of the reigning 1PW Tag Team Champions, Kirby assisted partner Travis in his feud with former WWE star Kevin Thorne. As such, Project Ego tore the house down in a hardcore match against Thorne and Dragon Aisu at 1PW's July 2009 event in Sheffield. The fan favourite champs ran into Scotland's Fight Club (Kid Fite and Liam Thomson) at November's "4th Anniversary Show", though, where their long title reign came to an end in a decent opening bout..... Following a loss to The Models (Joey Hayes and Danny Hope) at 1PW's "Will Not Cancel!" event in February, Kirby and Travis appeared separately on 1PW's last ever show in May, as Travis wrapped up his Thorne feud and Kirby won a 6-way scramble on the undercard.....

Steven Gauntley's short-lived Pro Wrestling 101 venture appeared to want to push Kirby as its top home star. The first two shows established Kirby and Martin Stone as the top singles wrestler, but also had an added twist by having Travis turn heel on Kirby, setting up the two as feuding rivals. At PW101's afternoon show ahead of the previously mentioned 1PW "4th Anniversary" in Doncaster, Kirby headlined in one of the biggest bouts of his career against former NWA, ECW, AWA, MLW and 1PW World Champion "King of Old School" Steve Corino. A solid outing, Kirby was put over huge when he took the winning pinfall over the veteran international name. The feud with Kris Travis then took centre stage as the two stole the show with their grudge match in Sheffield on PW101's next (and last) event the following May.....

Kirby also plays good guy in GPW, where he has been adopted and pushed as "Hindley's Own Martin Kirby". After winning June's 10-man rumble and taking GPW Heavyweight Champion Juggernaut to the limit in his immediate title shot, Kirby was established as a legitimate headliner and was granted another shot at the title in the main event of July 2009's "Heatwave". Again going toe-to-toe with the monsterous Juggernaut, he fell just short after a nasty lariat put him away..... When GPW returned after it's annual summer break, Kirby went after his unpaid supposed £10,000 prize that former GPW ring announcer and Big Brother contestant Luke Marsden had promised the winner of the June rumble. At "Truth or Consequences", Kirby confronted Marsden, but was placed into a handicap match there and then against the combined force of the Eastern Bloc faction (east European stable, who were here to take our jobs, our women, and our wrestling championships). Overcoming the odds and picking up the unlikely victory in a ridiculously fun bout, Kirby finally grabbed Luke and emptied a rubbish bin all over him, concluding their 3-month mini-feud..... Kirby again battled the Eastern Bloc at "Friday Night Thriller III" the following month, as they took exception to him being named as the "Fans' Choice" entrant in November's "Crazy Cruiser 8" tournament. Kirby, Joey Hayes and Ricky J McKenzie beat the Bloc in an exciting trios bout. At "CC8" the following month, Kirby beat Fox Carter in a good opening round bout, but was eliminated by defending champion CJ Banks in the semi-final, thanks to Carter's avenging interference. The situation with Carter continued into 2010 as Kirby and Hayes beat Carter and Juice in February, setting up Kirby defeating Fox in their March grudge match..... In April, Kirby was back in the title hunt, in a 3-way contenders match with frequent opponents across the country El Ligero and Cameron Kraze. The babyfaces teamed up to eliminate Kraze early, leaving the 568th Kirby vs. Ligero singles match. Ligero hit his C4L springboard tornado DDT to win the title shot..... Kirby entered as one of the first two in the 30-man rumble which headlined May's "A Few More Good Men", but was eliminated by returning Dutch monster Mark Kodiak.....

In 3CW, Kirby was a cocky, arrogant, mouthy bad guy who wound up crowds with his ridiculous antics. Already one half of the 3CW tag team champions with Travis, Kirby finally beat Dragon Aisu in a good match at "Midsummer Showdown" in July 2009, after months of attempts, to win the North-East Championship. He went on to successfully defend against Bubblegum in a terrific bout at "Darkest Deeds 6" that September..... In November, Project Ego dropped the 3CW tag straps to Kid Richie and Chris Whitton, and then failed to regain them in the headline bout of "Free for All 6" in February (by which point Andy Swan had replaced Kid Richie in the team, due to Richie's commitments in the armed forces). Defences of his North-East gold against Joey Hayes and Jason Mason followed, before rookie Nick Balls scored a massive title-changing upset win in 3-way (with fellow trainee Stuart Woods) in his hometown of Witton Gilbert.....

Elsewhere, Kirby and Travis fell to Lionheart and Wolfgang in the tag main event for PBW in Scotland, but returned for a reportedly cracking tag bout against El Ligero and Pac..... In DPW, Kirby was involved in a comedy feud with Mad Man Manson which resulted in him forced to form a team with the Irish funnyman..... He was pushed as a top babyface attraction for Lincolnshire's RDW, but showcased his heel persona with unbelievable shennanigans for Derbyshire'sGNP/NBW.....

What do the fans think?

"Probably my favourite comedy heel/tweener in the country, possibly in the world (bit much, but he's that good). Still can get the crowd behind him as a face too"

"The better half of Project Ego in my book. Never disappoints"

"One of the most underrated talents on the UK scene. Wrestling skills, charisma, character, mic work, the guy has it all. It doesn't matter what type of match, the guy can do it all, serious wrestling, comedy brawling, big main events, tag team matches, etc. And I was surprised at how good of a babyface he is. An excellent match against Kris Travis that may have been the match that both of them would use to advertise themselves both at home and abroad, some great moments in a 6-man elimination match in 1PW, especially the exchanges between himself and Naom Dar, and an absolutely sublime, tag team wrestling at it's finest match with Kris Travis against The LDRs at the last FWA show. It is a shame 101 folded if only for the fact that there was a fed that was willing to give Kirby a chance as a main event star... And he was more than holding his own"

"Just an outstanding performer, whether he is face or heel is able to connect with the crowd. Never has bad matches and is over"

"EXTREMELY underrated. Whilst he's great at being booked as the goofy comedic character, his work in 101 was a total different kind. If 101 had stayed he'd have no doubt have been the top guy at one point and was totally worthy of that spot. He needs to be booked as the main guy in more places"

"Always been impressed with him, Ego/LDRS match was a pleasure to watch"

"The funniest worker in Britain"

"Had a great run in PW101 and his match against Travis was excellent"

"the consummate pro with a multitude of talent to boot. Well deserving of the accolades he receives but needs to make a clear distinction and avoid stepping over that face/heel line as I don’t think Project Ego have become the out and out heels they could be. Martin will continue to be one to watch though leading into 2010/11"

"Funny as hell as a heel, very entertaining as face. I'm a big fan"

"A hilarious comedy character who never fails to make me laugh"

"A guy who seems to remind me of a children's TV presenter from a few years ago for some obscure reason, but he is legitimately entertaining and I've enjoyed a lot of his work that I've seen over the year"

"Fantastic character"

"Consistently works hard in every performance. Had a fantastic match on a poorly booked 101 show in a horrible working mens club with Travis. The effort he (and Trav) put in, in a horrible situation was highly commendable. Programme with Stixx & Malen in FWA has been good and his & Travs cheeky scamps gimmick has been done brilliantly. Ego V Fight Club at 1PW anniversary show was brilliant, but the moment was ruined by terrible booking from 1PW again when they then booked Trav in a match straight afterwards. Idiots"

"Good heel/face worker with an entertaining character"

"Much better as a face but funny as a heel. Can do it all"

"Excellent comedy. Always entertaining"

"Has displayed a more serious side in 2010. Obviously as part of Project Ego was still a riot but his future lies in big singles titles. Can quite easily step up to the World title level and not seem out of his depth, a role that must be coming his way in the very near future"

"Amazing underdog babyface in matches with Martin Stone and, with Travis, stole the show at 101. Fun and entertaining wrestler"

"This guy deserves to finish high, like REAL high. Super talented for how long he's been in the business, gets super babyface heat, had MOTN with Kris Travis at 101. His fast paced, high impact offence has lead him to have good matches with damn near anyone you can think of. It's only a matter of time"

"Always entertaining whether as a heel or face. Hard not to like him or enjoy his matches. The guy is just fun"

"Has really stepped up his game"

"Much prefer him as a singles competitor! Very innovative young man"

"Both in singles & tag team competition, Face or Heel, Martin always delivers. He is always fun to watch whether it be from his in ring work or just general zany antics. I have just 2 final words on the subject….Zoidberg Elbow! "

"So funny, and has the ability to switch between the comedy and more straight wrestling at will, and knows when to use each one. Never get tired of watching him wrestle"

"Crowd-pleasing worker. Had a strong match with Cameron Kraze in front of a diabolical crowd for BHW in Sileby and remains consistent as part of Project Ego in the FWA"

"Has gone from being underrated to a more appreciated talent with 101 having a lot of faith in him and he re-paid that in kind with an entertaining match against Steve Corino and a great match against Kris Travis. I do feel that Trav surprised me by having the better year with what he was given, but Kirby didn't exactly slouch himself either"

"Always over wherever he goes"

"Most underrated wrestler in the UK. Never seen him have a bad match"

"Quickly becoming one of the best. Gets around, works hard and has been a part of some terrific matches this year"

"Unparalleled as an entertainer, the most intelligent professional wrestler in Britain bar none"

"Always popular, better half of Project Ego, Needs to sort out his hair, starting to look a bit like TV monk Cadfael in the hair department"

"Has improved so much since I first saw him a few years ago. Full of charisma and charm and takes everything that’s dealt at him in his stride"

No. 8 - Mark Haskins

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Who is he?

One of the true success stories in British wrestling over the last few years, Oxfordshire's "Star Attraction" Mark Haskins has risen from FWA Academy roster member to internationally respected wrestling star. Protege of "Specialist" Mark Sloan, spent the 2010 eligibility period appearing for IPW:UK, Premier Promotions, All Star Wrestling, 4FW and FWA before appearing on the first Dragon Gate UK show and becoming an regular fly-in for their tours ever since. Making his 3rd appearance in the rankings, Haskins secures the exact same ranking he did last year. Showing 100% dedication to his craft and continuous improvement, I don't mind saying that Mark Haskins has been my own personal favourite wrestler to watch over the last 3 years.....

Haskins' IPW:UK and All Star appearances alongside Joel Redman and others as a part of heel unit The Thrillers (including the Undisputed British Tag Team Title feud with LDRS of the New School) were covered extensively in Redman's own write-up at #18.....

On his own, Mark was a regular for classic-styled south-east Premier Promotions, as well as supplementing his tag IPW:UK appearances with a string of strong solo outings in the group, including beginning the summer of 2009 as the British Cruiserweight Champion and appearing on all of their summer tour and camp shows..... In September 2009, Haskins was included in the annual "Hardcore Lottery" tournament in Chatham. Defeating old Cruiserweight title rival British Eagle in a Falls Count Anywhere first-rounder, Haskins earned himself a place in the 4-way elimination no-DQ final. He outlasted Martin Stone, but was eliminated by Jon Ryan in vicious fashion (Wagner Driver through a chair) before Ryan fell to Chatham icon Jimmy Havoc.....

After notching up a succesful Cruiserweight title defences against Jonny Storm in Swanley and Sabian in Chatham, Haskins was again matched with a familar masked enemy for "Brawl at the Hall" in November. Before that, however, Haskins was chosen by Sloan as one of Team UK for the UK debut of Japanese promotion Dragon Gate Pro Wrestling in Oxford. Impressing all present with his charisma, presence and in-ring ability, Mark used his Star Kick (superkick) and Cradle to the Grave (pumphandle lift into a martinete-style piledriver) to defeat Warriors stable-member KAGETORA in a good match. Then, back in IPW:UK, Haskins dropped his Cruiserweight belt to Lion Kid (British Eagle's new gimmick, which also debuted on the DG:UK show) in a superb contest in Sittingbourne.....

As a direct result of his impressive DG:UK performance, Mark then found himself flying to Japan on a regular basis as a full-time member of the main Dragon Gate roster, featuring on al of their tours. As such, his UK appearances have scaled back considerably in 2010, to the point where he is almost now treated as an import in the same way as Pac, Doug Williams and Oblivion..... Returning to IPW:UK in April for the 2010 "Sittingbourne Spectacular", Haskins was suddenly, without explanation, no longer associated with The Thrillers and instead appeared as a straight-laced, fair-playing athlete as opposed to the cocky, arrogant and cheating sneak fans had always known him as (perhaps his Japanese expolits had instilled a new respect into him?). There, Mark main evented in a magnificent match against a fellow Dragon Gate Brit, Pac, and his Cradle to the Grave was enough to see his hand raised in his biggest IPW:UK appearance to date..... When he returned the next time, Haskins and Pac teamed to face tag champions LDRS of the New School (Zack Sbra Jr and Marty Scurll) in another brilliant bout.....

What do the fans think?

"The UK's best pro wrestler in my opinion. He's got it all: the look, the work rate, the character. Recent DG tours prove he is The Man"

"Amazing worker, has steadily become the best in the country"

"I despised this guy. He was the shit chav who spit on fans for heel heat. I thought about a lot worse things than the guy just quietly disappearing from the UK scene. But... This isn't the same guy from four years ago. There has been a total transformation. You can see how much time, effort and dedication he has in honing his craft. We've all read from Mark Sloan about how Haskins is so serious to make it as a wrestler he quit his job and simply lives and breathes wrestling now... And it shows. It really does. The guy deserves everything he has right now and more. And the scary thing is... This guy is probably going to get better on each Dragon Gate tour he does, much like PAC before him. And speaking of PAC, while I personally would rate Morishima/Mastiff above it, their match more than admirably followed it and was a worthy main event. This probably may be his last appearence in the rankings as I will be surprised if next year he isn't considered as much of a one-off special appearence on UK shows as PAC is now."

"The best thing to come from Mark Sloan's training system. Should also be a heel as much as possible, suits him much more"

"Just an incredible talent"

"Average guy turned fantastic. The guy has a future in Japan and this is probably the last year we'll see him full time in the UK, however that is great news for him"

"Possibly one of the best on the scene right now which explains his recent tours with Dragon Gate, Haskins seems to be possessing the full package these days to be one of the best in the UK"

"Could this be his last year on this list? "The Star Attraction" has transcended his name"

"Solid, consistent. Potential to be one of the very best the UK has ever produced"

"What Joel lacks in charisma Haskins packs in in bunches. I'm yet to see a bad match from him and I can see why he is rated so highly"

"Probably the last year he’ll be in this poll because of Japanese tours. No reason needed, he’s awesome"

"He was my favourite last year and his only gone and got better. What can i say that hasn't already been said? He really does deserve all the success he’s had and more. I just hope it continues"

"His ongoing success speaks for itself. He is great as a heel but given that he is a great ambassador for British wrestling I have no problem cheering him either. There is no way he will be on this list next year, he will just be a special attraction in the UK this coming year as Pac is now"

"What a year for this guy! Has never failed to impress me with his continuing improvement and development and his recent bookings and exposure in Dragon Gate has been as much Japan’s gain as it’s been the UK’s loss. Onwards and upwards"

"Make the most of him while he's here...."

"Very likely the next permanent Japanese export. Has the kind of natural charisma that just can’t be taught, ring ability thats years ahead of his young age. The fact Dragon Gate are so high on him speaks louder than any words"

"This guy won’t be in this next year cause he will probably headlining cards in Japan. This guy is awesome. If Leroy is the total package as a face, this guy is the same as a heel"

"Breakout year. Started the voting period continuing his epic feud with The Leaders and ended it as a member of Dragon Gate. His match against PAC showed how much he`s come on since his days as a Chav"

"I struggle to believe this is the same guy. Has just improved so much he may as well be a different person. Unfortunately I've only seen him twice in the past year, but had such strong showings against KAGETORA and PAC in particular that I have to put him high up in my list. Is definitely doing himself proud in Dragon Gate and I hope I can see more of him this year"

"Man alive, Haskins' rise from heel referee in FWA:A to the top of British Wrestling is something I doubt anyone beyond Mark Sloan ever called. Known for years as being the most instantly hateable figure on a UK show since Aviv Mayaan packed it in (and always ten times the worker he was) people soon got used to him tearing it up in insane spot-fu tag matches with Joel Redman as a partner. But there was more to come, and he went on to be a stunningly good Steamboat babyface in his hometown, and is now moving into being the new highlight reel British face. If he's not number one this year, he either will be soon, or he'll be spending so much time abroad he won't feature at all"

No. 7 - Johnny Moss

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Who is he?

Hailing from Workington, Cumbria, the man known across English and Scottish wrestling as "The Vigilante" transformed his body from one of a big, stocky powerlifter to a jaw-dropping one of a lean, defined muscle-machine. Product of NWA UK Hammerlock, Moss equals his highest ever ranking by maintaining his exact 2009 placing after a massive year which has seen him presented as a top star in 1PW, IPW:UK, FWA, BCW, SWA, BCW, ICW, 3CW, TTP and others. Mixing frightening intensity, incredible power, amazing ground wrestling and brutally hard-hitting impact, Moss is surely close to a call from "the world's largest pro wrestling organisation".....

Living so close to the border, "Vigilante" has continued to be a regular for the numerous Scottish promotions for which he has been treated as a top-line star for years. In SWA, Moss fell to fellow hard-hitter Adam Shame at annual supershow "The Gathering" in September 2009. Staying north of the border for 3CW's Scottish debut, Johnny unsuccessfully challenged Darkside for the 3CW Heavyweight Title in the main event in Dumfries. He returned to SWA at "Rebirth" the following March with a victory over Wolfgang, which put him through to the 2nd round of the NWA British Heavyweight Title tournament, setting up a clash with BT Gunn.....

Over in BCW, Mossy beat "Highlander" Colin McKay in a Tables match at the biggest show of the year, December's "No Blood, No Sympathy VII", then defeated El Ligero at "Aftermath" the very next day in a rematch of their IPW:UK cracker from a few years ago. His next appearance saw him tag up with his protege Tank to down TJ Rage and Logan Storm.....

After several attempts to bring him in to face champion Leroy Kincaide fell apart due to injury, unreliable transport and flooding, Johnny finally returned to IPW:UK in June 2010 at "Unfinished Business" to challenge new Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Dave Mastiff for the in the main event, going down in a good match. He was brought back in August to team with Kincaide, but the pair found themselves unable to get along and went down to Mikey Whiplash and Robbie Dynamite.....

After defeating Nigel McGuinness for 1PW in Sheffield, Mossy made his FWA debut in October 2009, winning a Battle Royal on the pre-show to claim a place in the Brtish Title Tournament. Later that night, Moss destroyed FSW's Dave Rayne in convincing fashion to move through and face Martin Stone, reprising the pair's utterly fantastic 2007 3CW feud. Taking place in Nottingham, eventual tournament winner Stone moved through in a reportedly terrific match.....

What do the fans think?

"This is the guy whose matches I show to non-wrestling fans. No-one else in the UK has the look and the intensity to match him, and I get genuinely excited when I hear he's on a show"

"He's the best. PBW, BCW, SWA and ICW, he's without a doubt the best I've seen on British shows. He can literally do everything. His size, his shape, his skills, even his finisher....he is the definition of WOW"

"Simply put - a MONSTER of a man"

"The best wrestler I have seen in the UK by a mile, his matches have never disappointed"

"Easily the guy you'd want to show your sceptical brother-in-law if he scoffed at the idea of British wrestling. An absolute beast of a man and a genuinely versatile wrestler"

"That Nottingham show against Stone, ka-pow. He's an all round entertaining guy, he's got a look, a good character he plays to a tee and makes every match an enjoyable roller coaster, which is only a good thing"

"Last year (or the year before I can't remember) he came into 1PW and seemed to be pushed to the moon without showing us who he was. But fast forward to the back end of 2009 and start of 2010 and he's another one of the best in the UK. Amazing physique to go with it too and one you could see fit in WWE any day soon"

"He really does have the best physique in the business"

"Probably the best worker in Britain today. Simply fantastic"

"Monster"

"Brilliant wrestler, brilliant look and one of the most intense and consistent wrestlers in the UK. The fact that WWE of TNA have not taken him on yet is quite frankly a travesty"

"Has WWE written all over him. Someone you wouldn't want to meet down a dark alley"

"Such a dominating presence and yet is up there with best Brits workrate wise, that is very hard to come by nowadays"

"Absolutely the best wrestler in Britain right now"

"Match with Stone at FWA Hotwired was one of my favourites of the year. Him destroying Dave Rayne was a fantastic spectacle – never really had much interest in him until that, but was wowed by it"

"Has just about everything for me, an all-round brilliant wrestler. Looks like he'll knock your block off if you look at him the wrong way and involved in some damn fine matches, especially vs Martin Stone at FWA Hotwired, my personal favourite match of the year"

"Well let’s start with the obvious, the look. What a monster. I think Moss will continue to improve with time but very few things give me as much enjoyment as sitting watching Moss just throw people around, especially Dave Mastiff"

"Just look at him. He'll hurt us all if we don't put him in"

"Incredible physique. Looks like he could snap your neck with one hand. Suplex machine. One guy you defo wouldnt like to get on the wrong side of"

"The man looks like he belongs in a Roman colliseum"

"The man IS British Wrestling. He's no skinny boy, and theres certainly no chance of him being somewhat of a poofter. There's no slapping his leg when he's kicking. He is a hard man with an amazing amazing build. He can moonsault, 450, and do everything a skinny prick can, but only when he's face. When he's a heel, he's a real fucking heel. He's a no nonsense cunt. His technical ability is so underrated its not even funny. He will be in Japan or America"

"If you had to draw up a blueprint of a pro wrestler, Johnny Moss would be the man you'd copy. The sight of him suplexing Dave Moralez is still one of the greatest things I have seen live"

"He is without a doubt THE complete package in the UK right now. As a trainer alone, he's helped make the Zack Sabre's and the Prince Devitt's into what they are and as a wrestler he's become easily one of the very, very best around. I'd say Mossy is due an American run asap and I am flabbergasted that he's never even had a dark match or something! When we talk about the full package: wrestling, body, crowd work, promo's etc. then Mossy is only run close by one person in the whole of Britain"

"Scares the shit out of me. FACT"

"Just the fucking man as far as having an immediate visual impact goes. Moss looks like a beast, and with the right opponent can tear the house down with a hard hitting technical brawl like no-one else in the country. Scary heel, kick-arse face, hugely underrated on the mic. The most important thing I can say about Johnny Moss is that when he walks through the curtain I get excited at the prospect of fools getting beat up, and that is what wrestling is all about"

"So intense that he makes you feel sorry for his opponent even if his opponent is a cocky heel. He doesn’t just get you interested in the match; as soon as he walks through the curtain you have no choice but to pay attention"

"Pure intimidation, someone you wouldn't want to piss off and those German suplexes look deadly"

No. 6 - Kris Travis

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Who is he?

Sheffield's Travis comes off his greatest ever in-ring year with his highest ever ranking, a 5-place rise on 12 months ago. As the regular tag team partner of Martin Kirby in Project Ego, "The Shooting Star" has appeared in 1PW, 3CW, PBW and FWA, while also coming out on his own in featuring for PW101, DPW, SSW, NBW/GNP and the promotions already mentioned. He beats "Vigilante" Johnny Moss to 6th place with just a single ranking point in the votes....

As with others, the tag team accomplishments of Travis (including tag team title reigns in both 1PW and 3CW and appearances in FWA and in Scotland for PBW) have already been covered in the entry of his regular partner, in this case Martin Kirby and #9. For the sake of time and space, there is no point repeating the substantial list again here.....

In 1PW, Travis continued his singles feud with former WWE star Kevin Thorne (formerly Mordecai). Following the hardcore tag war in Sheffield in July 2009, the pair engaged in a wild grudge bout at the "4th Anniversary Show" in Doncaster last November, immediately after Project Ego had lost their tag straps to Fight Club. Following the involvement of fire, Thorne won after he blew mist into Trav's face. The two warring rivals settled their issues in 1PW's last ever show, in Liverpool, in May 2010 This time a climatic Last Man Standing match, Travis defeated Thorne to win the feud in a reportedly great match.....

Travis was also presented as a major star in Pro Wrestling 101, also based out of South Yorkshire. There, Travis instead turned on a feuded with Kirby, the pair stealing the show with their effort at the promotion's final ever event, coming in March at the Sheffield Hubs..... Staying in Yorkshire, and Kris was a part of heel General Manager Christopher Brammer's group in Morley-based DPW. Following a loss to stablemate Rainz in August, Brammer informed Trav that his services were no longer required. "Shooting Star" returned at the organisation's 2nd anniversary event in March 2010 to get his revenge win over Rainz, continuing his issue with Brammer.

In NBW/GNP, babyface Kris was in the middle of a bitter feud with traitorous new heel Bubblegum. Nothing was settled between the two during their one-on-one in September, as their hatred was unable to stay within the rules and they fought to a double-DQ. Travis beat Nathan Cruz in November, before signing his contract for a final bout with Bubblegum in January. Again, the pair ended up brawling all over the Creswell Social Centre. Fought with a "Loser leaves forever" stipulation, Travis defetaed Bubblegum in the main event of the March show to finally put the latest version of their years-long rivalry to bed and send 'Gum packing from the promotion.....

Returning to his heel fitness fanatic gimmick for 3CW in March, Travis fell to defeat at the hands of "Pop Sensation" Jason Mason in a unbelievably ridiculous match in March in Northallerton.....

What do the fans think?

"Gets better as time goes on, can perform any role to near perfection"

"Feud with Thorne was mental as fuck. If Travis can just kick himself up a notch he can get even better"

"Not only did he have a excellent match against Martin Kirby at 101 in March and a fantastic tag match with Kirby against The LDRs, but he actually turned a feud with Kevin Thorne into something I enjoyed and was interested in. Over one weekend over March I saw him as the cocky heel fitness instructor, the anti-hero face rebelling against management, and then the... Cocky heel non-fitness instructor in his match against Kirby. And then that fight against Kevin Thorne that saw him perform some insane spots and absolutely murder Thorne with kicks. I don't know if I ever expected any of these matches from the past year from Kris Travis. I mean, I knew he was good. But this past year.... His body of work, that I've seen, has improved dramatically"

"Amazing feud with Kevin Thorne"

"Absolutely blistering performances with Kevin Thorne reflect on how awesome Travis has come along. Will continue to shine"

"Very talented"

"Outstanding dedication to entertain the fans"

"Some of the most vicious matches with Kevin Thorne that got the crowd's emotions involved"

"A great series of matches against Kevin Thorn in 1PW"

"The stronger of the two out of him and Kirby"

"High potential and skilled wrestler, with an entertaining character"

"Extremely talented and proven himself in singles and tags. Great, heated feud with Kevin Thorne in 1PW, involved in great tag matches and good at comedy too"

"Top class performer. Cocky and arrogant: my cup of tea"

"Another good year for Travis has seen his continuing improvement both in his in ring work and his personality and character development. Maybe still a little on the lean side to be taken seriously as a credible World title contender but if he remains as dedicated as he seems to be then who knows what he may achieve?"

"Between his feud with Kevin Thorn, Martin Kirby and tag matches as part of Project Ego, Travis has proved why he deserves to be in the top 5 this year"

"Surely a big star in the making. Dripping with charisma, great look/shape, fantastic in-ring ability. Knows when to play up the cheating, tweener roll with Kirby in Project Ego, but can also dumb it down for hate filled fights i.e. vs. Kevin Thorne at 1PW, vs. Martin Kirby at 101"

"Great character who happens to be a great wresler as well"

"This guy has everything. An awesome worker"

"His feud against Martin Kirby produced a couple of great fights, as did his feud with Kevin Thorne. Match against The Leaders with Kirby gave us the best tag contest since the FWA's return"

"Cocky, Arrogant & an awesome in ring worker. He makes you want to punch him in the face every time he comes to the ring with his ‘I’m better then you’ attitude, the mark of a true heel. His work with Kirby as part of Project Ego has never disappointed, and neither man is scared to be the ‘butt’ of any joke. His recent match with El Ligero was an absolute stunner, I can’t wait to see these 2 meet up again"

"Quick and athletic; Travis has the best turnbuckle knee to the face in the country. Kicks, snappy punches and aerial attacks add depth to his character. Put his body on the line numerous times and lost a lot of blood in his feud with Kevin Thorn for 1PW"

"A break out year for Travis really. He made a feud and wild brawls with Kevin Thorne entertaining, had a great match against Martin Kirby in 101 and his team with Kirby has just gotten better and better"

"Part of one the best tag teams in the world. Excelled as a singles star as well this year"

"Probably the best prospect for the next American signing"

"Good wrestler, but spends far to much time putting his cock in his opponent's face during matches"

"His match vs Thorne at 1PW's ill fated New Divide show is the reason I voted for him initially. That one match showed Trav to be the star he's always threatened to be. An absolute epic encounter, that match"

"He’s come such a long way, and seems to keep getting stronger and stronger as a performer"

 

to be continued...

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No. 5 - Zack Sabre Jr

Who is he?

Intense and firey strikes-and-submissions machine at times, cheeky and mischievous scamp at others, Chatham's Zack Sabre Jr makes his 4th consecutive appearance in the rankings and, in doing so, equals the exact same ranking he achieved last year in cracking the top 5..... Whether it be fast-paced, non-stop-action tag thrillers, slow-burn hold-for-hold, technical mat battles or all-out, passionate, hate-fuelled grudge wars, Zack has proven to be a master of all styles.....

Zack has been best known for being one half of the LDRS of the New School with Marty Scurll, appearing in IPW:UK, FWA, TXW, BAWA and others. The pair had matches with The Thrillers, Northern Xposure, Stixx and Malen and Cheech and Cloudy, and reigned as the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions.

As a soloist, Zack appeared additionally for Triple-X Wrestling and AMP in England, PBW, SWA and BCW in Scotland and even enjoyed a championship run as a headliner and established star in WXW in Germany.

In the Coventry-based TXW promotion in which he initially first came to the attention of the wider UK wrestling industry, Zack took centre stage in the main storyline this year, that being his long and grueling championship chase for the TXW Title. Zack thought that he had won the new championship in the "Clusterfuck" match on the promotion's comeback show, but was cheated out of victory by sneaky Adam Shame, who everyone had thought was already eliminated. From there, Zack started his road to the title, having to fight through every challenge and roadblock that Shamer put in the way. At "Summerfest" in October 2009, Zack clashed with Shame on opposite sides of the 6-man tag team main event as Sabre, Marty Scurll and Falcon faced the "Tartan Army" of Shame, Scott Renwick and Damien O'Connor. Though his team came out on the losing end of the fantastic bout, there was no doubt as to Zack's championship intentions..... Next up was "XXX Invasion Tour" in January 2010, where Zack faced Renwick one-on-one. The match got out of control as the entire roster became involved in a ridiculous brawl where Zack, again, was left looking the main threat to Shame's belt.....

In a change of pace, Zack tussled with British wrestling supremo Johnny Kidd in a World of Sport Rules match on the April show, Sabre coming out on top in a reportedly (and expectedly) excellent contest. Later that night, Adam Shame used Zack's own armbar finisher to successfully defend his title against Devilman, and Shamer and Zack came face-to-face as Zack was officialy announced the next challenger to the TXW belt..... On a collision course, Shame and Sabre "picked each other's poison" at "X-Seven" in July. Sabre managed to overcome Tartan Army member Damien O'Connor in a Lumberjock match (entire heel roster at ringside, dressed in ginger wigs and tartan hats), which again kicked off a massive fight. That eventually settled down into Shame beating Zack's old friend and partner Jimmy Havoc in a deathmatch, after which Sabre and Shame once again went to war, brawling all over the building with ferocious intensity and gritty, realistic hatred to close the show..... It came after the end of the voting period for the rankings, but Zack Sabre Jr finally beat Adam Shame for the Triple-X Wrestling Championship after a year's hunt in the superb main event of "Destination XXX" in September.....

What do the fans think?

"Amazing technical wrestler, amazes me some of the things he can do"

"I wish he was in Scotland way way way more. There's just something about him, PBW, BCW and SWA have all used him, but wish they'd use him way more. His strikes are frightening, but he's way more than that"

"STIFF KICKS and a great technical wrestler"

"Great technical ability"

"Live, I've seen him have a great back and forth match against Joey Hayes, and then probably my favourite all UK tag match I've ever seen in LDRs vs Project Ego. On DVD I've really enjoyed the LDRs/NX feud and he also has had two great matches against Munenori Sawa and TJP in WXW. WXW having so much faith in him he's now their Heavyweight Champion. He scored very highly in my list last year and the guy has only got better since then... Unfortunately I've just not had that much opportunity to see him live as much as I'd like. This guy would be on every single UK show I attend if I could have my way"

"Awesome year for Zack, great matches include Stixx at FWA and against Lightining Kid at AMP. Brilliant to watch"

"Amazing technical talent, great tag team and singles wrestler"

"I think the Leaders are the best tag team in the country today and there feud with Northern Xposure have produced some outstanding matches. Furthermore their TLC match with Thrillers at the IPW:UK Anniversary show was incredible"

"Technical genius, and is great as either a face or a heel"

"He still does not seem to realise how truly great he is"

"Flag-bearer for British technical wrestling"

"I have never seen a wrestler look so small but hit soo hard, great things really do come in small packages. His style is exciting and hard hitting and I'm yet to see him in a bad match"

"Constantly putting on some of the best matches in the UK and getting the recognition that he deserves across Europe as well. Awesome talent"

"It's funny as Zach is a fairly skinny guy who doesn't cut promo's and has little intensity but he seems to have this natural charisma about him that makes him awesome. Crowds take to him instantly and his kicks are as good as Martin Stones punches. I really enjoy his LDRS work but I'd love to see more of him as a singles wrestler"

"as reliable and hard working as they come. Another guy who can have a good match with just about anybody. For what he lacks in personality he more than makes up for with his heavy hitting strikes and holds and counter holds. Another one of our young talents that could easily go from strength to strength on the international scene"

"Steals the show on most events. The Leaders are still the best team in Britain"

"Excels in most styles whether it be chain, shoot style or high impact/fast paced tag matches with the LDRS. Awesome BattlARTS style match with Munenori Sawa at this years 16 Carat Gold in Germany. Needs to work on charisma abit more and he'd be nearing the complete package"

"One of the most famous UK names in Europe nowadays. Winning titles everywhere. His kicks look and sound vicious. Not yet seen him have a bad match"

"Excellent Techincal ability and shines in the ring whether singles or tag. Also was good as a comedy heel in AWW. Zach Sabre Sr at Triple X pushed him up a few places. That combined with the more agressive side he showed that night, another dimension to his skills"

"The news that Zack Sabre will be back for PBW this year is excellent. His matches at BCW, SWA and PBW's main shows towards the end of the year where all so different. I can certainly see what all the fan fare is about"

"Awesome mat artist, a fact that his kick-based offence sometimes clouds. Battles with the Lightning Kid and Scott Renwick for AMP and TXW respectively have been blinders. A 6-man outing for the latter, tagging with Falcon and regular partner Marty Scurll was a perfect example of high-octane, storyline driven British wrestling"

"Great knowledge of how to structure a match around that killer armbar of his. Feel like he's just that bit better than Scurll"

"For me, he's the best in the land. I could watch him all day and not get bored"

"His body is a bit better than I've seen and I like the new black trunk, black kick pads look. Although he doesn't yet have the promo ability, (I don't think he wants to really) his technical ability is off the chart and his strikes frighten me. It could be said that he sometimes doesn't try to make his opponents look good, but I'll forgive him, because when he's against another bloody good wrestler you're in for a treat. Really wish he was brought up to Scotland more"

"Always a delight to watch, absorbing mat wrestling and some of the best strikes in Europe. The Leaders team with Scurll is what fun tag team wrestling is all about, with tons of great matches across the country to their credit. Zack always turns in a top class performance and is nearly always in the best match of the night. It's no coincidence he gets booked against international talent so much, as he has great matches with everyone and you'll go out of your way to see him measure up against an indy darling or puro champion. Constantly getting better too, the fucker"

"Awesome worker to watch, perhaps not the casual fan's cup of tea but for a wrestling fan he's a wet dream"

No. 4 - El Ligero

Who is he?

ARRIBA! Popular Leeds-based masked man who is amongst the very busiest and well-travelled wrestlers on the UK circuit, appearing on all shows of all sizes, in front of every different type of wrestling audience, in every single corner of the country. Since making his comeback from injury in the summer of 2010, All Star Wrestling, 1PW, PW101, XWA, GPW, 3CW, GNP/NBW, FSW, DPW, SSW, FWA, PBW, RDW, BCW and PTW are just a few of the places he has entertained crowds this year, which has resulted in him securing his 4th consecutive top 10 finish in the annual rankings, 3rd consecutive Top 5, and being one of only a small handful to have been ranked in the rankings in each and every one of the 6 years they have been running. Though he slips a single place in 2010, Ligero has performed every role possible, from kid-friendly mid-card flyer to genuine promotional lead babyface and championship challenger.....

In 3CW, Darkside was recognised as the Champion, but was unable to attend their biggest show of the year, "Darkest Deeds". As such, the promotion held a 20-man rumble to crown a new champion that night in Billingham, with Ligero making a surprise and unannounced return from a injury long layoff as the 20th entrant. After a brief battle with the promotion's nuber one heel Cameron Kraze, Ligs tossed Kraze over the ropes to claim the belt..... Ligero was recognised as the 3CW British Champion whil Darkside, who had not been beaten, sill reigned as 3CW Heavyweight Champion until the belts could be unified (think the actual and interim champions in UFC). The first opportunity was seemingly at "Fight Before Christmas" in Billingham, where the two champions stood face to face and agreed to the match, only for bitter former champion Cameron Kraze to declare his interest. Kraze picked out former 3CW star Mohmed Ameen (working as a pizza delivery boy, after losing his fortune earlier in the year to Dragon Aisu) as his tag partner, and a main event tag match was signed. In the match, Ligero and Darkside suffered from a difference of opinion, creating an opening for Team Cameron Kraze (as they would become known) to score the win and add fuel to Cameron's championship claim..... Ligero and Darkside were finally due to settle the championship situation at "Free For All VII" in February 2010, though their hard-fought contest ended with no victor as Kraze and Ameen invaded and attacked both combatants. It was decided to add Kraze to the mix, staking his own 3CW Lord of the Ring title, as the championship chaos was to be resolved in a 3-way at the "6th Anniversary Show". Ligero and Darkside beat Kraze and Ameen in a tag rematch in Northallerton in March, before the big show back at Billingham in April. There, a red-hot atmosphere greeted the 3 men as they fought around the hall and exchnaged desperately close near falls off big moves aplenty. The babyfaces teamed up to eliminate Kraze from procedings, then a little later it was Ligero that hit his C4L (springboard tornado DDT) on Darkside to attain the status of top name in the promotion and form the 3CW Triple Crown Championship..... Since then, Ligero has retained his title in another top match with Scotland's "Bad Boy" Liam Thomson.....

Across in XWA, Ligero has also achieved main event status..... Returning at "Goldrush" in January 2010, Ligero was immediately placed into a 4-way for the vacant Flyweight Championship (given up when previous champion and bitter enemy of Ligero, Spud, had won the XWA Heavyweight Title) against CJ Banks, Sam Bailey and Marty Scurll. Indeed, it was Ligero that became a 2-time Flyweight Champion when he hit the C4L and pinned Scurll in what was supposedly an excellent contest..... Ligero's first defence of the title came at XWA's next show, "War on the Shore 6", reviving his 2007 feud against old rival "Bollywood Dream" RJ Singh. This time, it was revealed that Singh had made allies in high places when Ligero was distracted by the playing of heel XWA authority figure Greg Lambert's music and Singh hit his finisher to take the belt..... The pair were rematched at "Vendetta 2009" to supposedly settle the score once and for all in a Ladder bout, and it was the assistance of Greg's babyface cousin Tom Lambert that Ligs took advantage of to snatch the strap and become the first ever 3-time Flyweight Champion.....

Ligero made his return in GPW, just down the M6, in February at "Back With A Bang!!". For a contender's position, Ligero faced Sam Bailey, Ricky J McKenzie and Darkside in a 4-way. The bout would set up a GPW feud with his 3CW rival Darkside, as Ligero was counted out when Darkside prevented him from getting back in the ring..... On the back of that, the two met again the following month at "Out For Justice", as they joined warring tag title rivals The Mystics and Paradise Lost for a 6-man tag. Ligero gained the upper hand here, as he prevented Darkside from breaking up a pinfall attempt, thus earning hsi side the victory..... The two were supposed to fight one-on-one at the April "Jam Hot" event, but Darkside was unable to make the show and, instead, Ligero was added to a match with his former 3CW enemies Martin Kirby and Cameron Kraze. Much like in 3CW, Ligero and the other babyface tamed up to eliminate Cameron Kraze, leaving them to battle fairly for the win. Ligero pinned Kirby to earn a GPW Heavyweight Title shot at the next show..... At "A Few More Good Men" in May, Ligero and champion Juggernaut fought to a double-knock out, as GPW entered its summer break.....

Other notable appearances have included the debut of his darker heel persona El Negras Ligero for Pro Wrestling 101, under which he beat Robbie X at their afternoon show in the Doncaster Dome in November. When ROH star Davey Richards failed to appear for PW101's next event, however, Ligero reverted to his usual character to step in and face Lionheart in a showcase singles bout on the organisation's final show. He also appeared on the last ever 1PW event, being one of the men defeated by Martin Kirby in a 7-man Scramble match.....

What do the fans think?

"Haven't seen him have a bad match and, since he returned from injury, he's somehow got even better"

"Never stops wrestling and always puts on entertaining matches"

"Probably one of the most consistent guys on the UK scene. This past year he did spend more of it than he'd like on the shelf, but he's definitely not lost anything at all since he returned from an injury. In fact, he's probably still at that same level. Admittedly I did enjoy his stab at something else with Negras Ligero, and he did have a good match against Lionheart at 101, but I feel he was at such a high level... Not that much he did stood out from anything he'd done at the past. Great wrestler and one of the best.... But I don't think he really wow'd me by doing something new or which made him stand out. The downfall of being so consistently good"

"Great fun to watch, can connect with any audience"

"The amount of non-fans that have seen Ligs and been impressed speaks for itself, we need more Ligeros"

"I think he's getting even better. He's become the number one in so many companies and for a very good reason"

"The fact that this guy is continuously booked everywhere speaks volumes about what he can do and how he does it. Very few people engage the crowd like he does"

"Never once failed to entertain me at any show I've had the pleasure to see him perform"

"For me, he's the best wrestler in the UK at the moment without any doubt. Popular with people of all ages and I can't think of a bad match involving him"

"In my opinion, the best. I'd say almost underrated because while he gets great credit for his work, he's even better than that. I think his storytelling ability gets overlooked at times because of his character. An asset to all the millions of shows he’s on every year"

"Best wrestler in the UK. Period"

"Probably the most consistent performer on the British circuit. Whilst his routine is very well tried and tested he never has a bad match and has become a regular for many British promotions. Dipped his toe in heel waters in PW101 this year and showed a new previously unseen side to his talents"

"So good it's almost getting boring aside from the fact he's in so many God damn entertaining matches. Never turns in a weak performance"

"A great babyface hero for the kids. Really seems to love being a good guy and is a great highflyer"

"The antithesis of Cameron Kraze, El Ligero doesn’t give you a choice but to like him, and he does it without actually speaking more than 1 word. Matches with Cam, Darkside, Travis & Kirby have all been stand out, I have yet to see a bad El Ligero match. With him being a man of few words I shall leave it at that. ARRIBA!"

"never seen a bad Ligero match. Works his arse off. One of my favourite recent matches featured Ligero vs Kris Travis at NBW Revenge at Wombwell. Hardly anyone in the crowd, yet they still put on a great show which included the usual high-spots in the ring, along with a can of Monster, three CDs and a set of keys thrown at each other"

"The most mature storyteller on the scene. Needs to defeat his love of HBK lest it affect his matches"

"For me just seems to give us all in every match he has, his matches tell a good story and he never phones in on his performances"

"Really deserves to win. I see nobody wrestle more and he puts in good performance after good performance. Came back from a bad injury and hasn’t lost a beat. Definitely the hardest working guy I know, and gets my utmost respect for that"

No. 3 - Spud

Who is he?

Last year's runner-up, Birminham's Spud is the only man to secure a Top 10 ranking in each of the 6 years that the rankings have been running. The 2010 year has seen him gradually phase out his old plucky, courageous, firey underdog persona in favour of his cocky, arrogant little prick "Rockstar" heel persona that he had perfected over the years in the Midlands for AWW and Triple-X Wrestling. Indeed, it is "The Rockstar" that has been seen virtually everywhere, including XWA, IPW:UK, AWW, 1PW, AllStar and the new FWA, usually accompanied by his band, "Team Rockstar" (including, at various times, JD Sassoon, Ben Rage, Chris Champion, Stallion, Juggernaut and Alex Cyanide)

Already the reigning XWA British Flyweight Champion, the hated "Rockstar" Spud was also the number one contender for the Morecambe promotion's Heavyweight Title by virtue of his victory in the "Goldrush" rumble earlier in the year. At "Vendetta 2009" in July, Spud made the announcement that he would be taking up his guaranteed shot against reigning champion Sam Slam at the next event, in September. Not done, he spotted retired UK wrestling favourite Stevie Knight sat in the audience and began verbally berating him to the point that Knight snapped and went for him, leading to an immediate match which wound its way all over the Morecambe Dome. As usual, Spud resorted to foul tactics to gain the upper hand, pinning Knight after hitting him low. It wasn't the last the audience would see of Spud, as he wandered back out to ringside during the main event tag match to steal Sam Slam's British Heavyweight Title belt, causing Sam to become distracted and chase his next challenger to the back...... So, at "Last Fight at the Prom" in September, Spud faced Sam in the main event for the Heavyweight gold. A brilliant piece of drama and entertainment, it was here that Team Rockstar was unveiled, as XWA's head of security Stallion turned and took out the referee, allowing debuting Juggernaut to attack Sam. One title belt-shot later and Spud was counted the new XWA British Heavyweight Champion.....

Now a double-weight division champion in XWA, Spud made his first defence of the Heavyweight strap on a rare southern XWA show, held in Sudbury, Suffolk. Rematched with Sam in a 3-way which also included sensationally popular "Psychotic Warrior" Johnny Phere, it was again the interference of Team Rockstar that allowed Spud to retain in the top bout..... 2010 started off with "Goldrush" back in Morecambe, where it was announced that Spud was being forced to vacate his Flyweight Championship due to his Heavyweight commitments. Those commitments included that evening's main event, where Sam Slam was to receive his final rematch for the belt. As XWA fans had come to expect, Spud's lackeys again became involved in procedings as this time it was the monsterous Cyanide who was revealed as the latest recruit to Team Rockstar. Spud again frustrated the Morecambe crowd by coming away with yet another cheap win thanks to Cyanide, who was immediately identified as Spud's personal bodyguard..... Next up was "War on the Shore VI" in April, where a Spud-led Team Rockstar first made their presence felt by beating the crap out of "Heavyweight House of Pain" Stixx, choking him out with his own steel chain. Later that night, Spud made his next defence of his Heavyweight Title against 2010 Goldrush winner Johnny Phere. Just as it looked as though Team Rockstar's interference was again going to cause the ending that XWA fans had seen Spud get away with so many times over the past 2 years, Stixx returned to run them off and leave the champion at the mercy of the super-intense and fired-up Phere. Johnny hit his Ram Slam for the win, bringing "The Rockstar's" title reign to an end.....

In the summer of 2009, Kent-based IPW:UK was just about the only promotion where Spud had not yet moved to the rockstar character, still deploying his courageous babyface persona in his ongoing feud with TNA and Gladiators star Nick "Oblivion/Brutus Magnus" Aldis. The pair wrestled in Swanley and Hertford and it was the playing of Spud's music at "Summer Sizzler 2009" in Sittingbourne which distracted Oblivion, causing him a massive upset loss to Dan Head. The challenge was made for a No-DQ match at the "5th Anniversary Show" in September. A quick-paced, incredibly exciting affair, Spud came at the bigger, strong, more powerful Oblivion from all angles as they battled around the hall, before scoring a hard-fought victory with a sunset-flip-into-a-powerbomb from the top rope..... That victory would be the last time that Spud heard the cheers of the Sittingbourne crowd, as when he returned to IPW:UK in June 2010 for "Unfinished Business", he showed up with a completely different demeanour as "The Rockstar" finally made his way to the promotion. Given an immediate shot at Lion Kid for the British Cruiserweight Title, Spud used every trick in the book to come out with a cheap win and the championship gold in a thoroughly entertaining match. Since then, Spud kept his belt in a rematch over Lion Kid and set up a championship confrontation in the near future with former champ and latest UK Dragon Gate star "Star Attraction" Mark Haskins.....

In up Doncaster for 1PW, Spud danced, hid and fled on his way to an unlikely victory in the multiman mess which was the Annihilator Match at the "4th Anniversary Show" in November. As such, he claimed yet more championship gold in the 1PW Openweight Title.....

What do the fans think?

"How can you not love this gimmick? I liked underdog Spud alot, but this transformation into the bratty rock star is comic genius"

"Great heel. Maybe the most-over wrestler in the UK"

"He's been incredible everywhere I've seen him. Top notch character and wrestling. Best thing in this country"

"The best gimmick in this country for years, and grown to cult status. A good worker"

"Probably the most entertaining character in British wrestling"

"My list has included a fair amount of guys a few years ago I didn't like. Well, Spud was one of them. I hated his plucky underdog shtick. I hated his gurning sex face selling. But Rockstar Spud..... Damn. Absolutely fantastic character. I absolutely want to see him get the living shit kicked out of him, and unlike a few years ago, everyone else in the audience agrees with me"

"As he's always been, not the best "wrestler", but probably the best wrestler. Amazingly Madonna style reinvention of his character. Never seen crowds react in anticipation as much as they do for him. Funny as well as being comical cowardly"

"Hilarious, with talent"

"Great gimmick, copious amounts of heel heat. His reign as XWA Champion was gold"

"My favourite guy to cheer against no matter who he's facing. The cocky, arrogant, little weasel is by far the best character on the scene right now and does nothing but make me want to hit him when he walks past. Take it he's doing his job then"

"The best heel in the country"

"One of the few guys in the UK who has invested proper time into his character and understands it better than anyone. If more people followed his lead from a character standpoint the British wrestling scene would be a healthier place for it"

"The best wrestling entertainer in the country"

"Entertaining as hell"

"The best gimmick in the United Kingdom today"

"This is almost Austin Aries-level of character redefinition and plays the struggling little guy in matches near perfectly"

"The most hated heel in Britain"

"What can be said about Spud that isn't already said? I wish I were as cool as him"

"What an act! Seriously the guy gets it. That persona is so entertaining and so easy to hate at the same time. He should be on every single All-Star show and come to mention it any show that aims itself at families as it's easily the best gimmick on these shores"

"Works the crowd brilliantly, what a brilliant gimmick. Some brilliant promos but also great matches"

"Probably the best heel out there even though it really is hard not to cheer. A very entertaining persona that feels very fresh and offers some comedy that doesn't actually take away from his significance as a big player on the UK scene"

"Oozes heel charisma from every pore. Hateful bastard (in a good way!). Works the British rockstar gimmick to perfection"

"Despite an injury setback ruling him out for a chunk of 2010 this guy has totally captivated audiences with his Rockstar gimmick over the past 12 months. Once the guy that was derided by audiences due to his size and kid friendly nice guy persona is now booed for all the right reasons as he continues to revel in the comedy heel role....you do get the feeling that the brash, over confident, cocky portrayal is a major extension of Spud’s real life alter ego....it works for me"

"Still my favourite wrestler in the country, the best heel around"

"The most entertaining heel in the UK. Went from being the face you hate to love, to the heel you love to hate"

"All-round entertaining act, from his entrance to his in-ring antics. Can't think of a show all year that Spud hasn't been the most memorable thing from"

"Enjoyable prick"

"The most effective heel character in the country"

"This guy has to win the re-invention award for 2010 he has turned himself around from being a underdog happy clappy babyface to possibly the number one character in the UK scene"

No. 2 – Dave Mastiff

Who is he?

Formerly Dave Moralez, the “Human Hate Machine” returned from a successful spell in Ohio Valley Wrestling in the USA with a new name to continue his climb to the very top of British wrestling. In earning his second (and consecutive) top 10 finish, The Man They Call Dave claims his highest ever ranking, being one of the small few featuring in the list each and every year.

In IPW:UK, Big Bad Dave came out of the Contenders Series as the number 4 contender to the British Heavyweight Title, losing a good match to Martin Stone in the 3rd/4th place decider at “Summer Sizzler” in July 2009..... A broken ankle kept Moralez out of action over the rest of the summer, before he and Manchester’s Blossom Twins jetted out to Louisville, Kentucky, for their run in OVW..... When Johnny Moss was unable to make his scheduled appearance at “No Escape” in January 2010, Dave made an unannounced return as the surprise challenger to Undisputed British Heavyweight Champion Leroy Kincaide. A high-impact, hard-hitting and gruelling dramatic contest, Mastiff shocked everyone in the building by defeating Leroy to take the Championship.....

Mastiff’s first defense came against former LDN wrestler Danny Garnell in Swanley that April, who was being built up as the non nonsense hard man for his feud with Martin Stone. Mastiff won by disqualification when Garnell was caught using the steel pipe which was his signature during the Stone series..... The very next night at the “Sittingbourne Spectacular 2010”, Big Dave entered a magnificent performance in what was surely the biggest match of his career to date, a title defence against Pro Wrestling NOAH’s former GHC and ROH World champion Takeshi Morishima. A tremendous back-and-forth war that will surely finish highly in 2010 year end awards, Mastiff gave it everything he had, even showing off a jaw-dropping springboard Arabian Press(!). Ultimately, the mouth-watering potential of a rematch was left dangling in front of eager fans’ eyes as the pair fought to a 27-and-a-half minute time-limit draw. The match was significant for a number of reasons. Although, realistically, he had actually been there for some time, Mastiff was now accepted by fans as a top player and leader in British wrestling.....

“Vigilante” Johnny Moss finally made it to his Sittingbourne title shot in June at “Unfinished Business 2010”, where he and Dave engaged in brutal athletic combat for the championship. Yet another fantastic Undisputed British Heavyweight Title match, Mastiff took the win over one of the UK’s best to solidify his position as the top dog..... Since the end of the voting period, Mastiff beat Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Go Shiozaki in another stormer in August, before besting Leroy Kincaide again in October. AT the time of writing, his next defence is scheduled against IPW:UK’s new big mega heel, Sha Samuels, in December.....

Elsewhere, Dave was aligned with heel General Manager Adam Curtis in 1PW, then returned to beat T-Bone in Warsop in February 2010. He followed this up with a comedy-based victory over Mad Man Manson in Ellesmere Port in May, before signing off with 1PW in defeat to Douglas Williams the very next night in Liverpool.....

In Coventry’s Triple-X Wrestling, Dave was entered into a 4-man tournament to crown a number one contender to new champion Adam Shame’s title. Mastiff was matched with longtime promotional favourite Devilman in his semi-final, but came out on the losing end at “American Wrestling Live!!” in August 2009..... Dave missed “Summerfest” in October, but returned at “XXX Invasion Tour” in January 2010 in a battle of the big men with eXodus, again falling in defeat.....

Other appearances for Dave this year have included DWA in Devon, AWW in Birmingham, SWA in Scotland and in FWA, where he is part of The Agenda, a heel stable formed of secret agents sent by Vince McMahon to murder other wrestlers and to try to bring down British wrestling so that fans spend more money on WWE.....

What do the fans think?

“An absolute beast in the ring. His springboard arabian moonsault is fucking amazing”

“The big man’s big man. An agile monster and excellent performer”

“Holy shit. This guy is a legit monster. He carried Adam Shame to a fucking brilliant match in SWA this year. I just can't believe he's not in every promotion all the time! I heard there's talk about him in TNA...that would rock!”

“Has come on loads since his OVW visit and run as IPW:UK champ”

“I hated this guy four years ago. Ask me four years ago what I thought of Dave Moralez and you would have gotten a barrage of foul language and hostility. I would never have expected that in four years time, I would consider him one of the very best on the UK scene. I guess it started with the NOAH show two years ago, where I softened and didn't think he was as bad as what I thought he once was. But since he came back from America late last year..... That match against Takeshi Morishima in IPW: UK in April was everything I expected and more, and definitely made the 5 hour train travel and hotel that night worthwhile. I never expected he would have a comedy match against Mad Man Manson and be able to play it for laughs himself rather than play it straight and let Manson do all the work. I never thought the prospect of Dave Moralez vs Doug Williams would one day be one I'd look forward too, but they had a great opening match in 1PW in Liverpool. And as for the Agenda storyline, about UK wrestlers using the British scene to move onto better things.... Stone and Mastiff are definitely the two who more than deserve it. Also, who the hell would have thought he could do a springboard arabian moonsault?!”

“Big, nasty and brutish. Looks different from anyone else on the entire UK scene and can wrestle just as well as he can brawl. Makes everything look real and intense”

“Just an amazing worker who seems to bring the best out in everybody”

“I saw him once a while back and just thought he was some fat guy that was attempting to wrestle. I see him sometime later and we've got one of the best in the UK today”

“Dave's Triple X stuff shows that there is so much to his character. I think he's amazing”

“Best big man in the country for me right now. Great in ring work, improved loads over the last year, next could be even bigger for someone like him”

“Best big-guy wrestler in Britain right now”

“Looks the part and when he wrestles he is all business. Has a level of believability that fans can buy into and his ability in the ring is not restricted at all as he can do it all. Not as complete as a Martin Stone as he needs more mic time but he will be in the next 12 months”

“The match with Morishima at Sittingbourne put him in the big league”

“The best worker in the UK today”

“Dave is everything a big man should be! He uses his aggression and intensity and along with a great ring presence to drag you in and then hits you with hard hitting action that is truly is a wonderful watch “

“He looks like a mean bastard and backs it up in the ring”

“The best big man in the UK by a country mile in my opinion. Who’d have thought that the guy I hated with a passion 4 years ago when he was part of Team Extreme would now be among my top British workers? The guy continues to impress and improve and now he appears to be adding aerial moves to his already impressive high impact arsenal will only garner Big Dave more and more glittering reviews in the future”

“Absolute beast. Not the best looking, not the most charismatic but ever improving and more than capable of having above average matches. Also possesses shocking athleticism for his size”

“Simply put, the best professional wrestler in Britain. Phenomenal workrate for a bigger man. Absolutely credible persona. Delivers quality every outing. Dave has had blinders in the last 12 months with everyone from lightweights like Lion Kid, to heavyweights like T-Bone, to international foes. His springboard moonsault is astonishing. He's even excelled at comedy in Triple X, highlighting the man's versatility. A traditional heel yet never outdated. Can't say enough about Mastiff - he is a deserved winner”

“Absolutely fantastic match against Takeshi Morishima, and had a good weekend for 1PW in May against Mad Man Manson and Doug Williams in two completely different styles of matches and performances. Never thought I would rate the guy so highly”

“Bizarrely charismatic as a lovable face, and, having put his goofy Team Charming past behind him, a great heel too. Can work a lot of different styles, but come on; we love him because he just beats the shit out of people. In fact, if this was "who do we love seeing beat the shit out of people list" he'd be on everyone's first ballot. Has that special class of talent that makes even crap matches with him in incredibly enjoyable, probably wrestling’s hardest and most important skill”

No. 1 – Martin Stone

Who is he?

He’s finally done it. Finishing in the top 5 the previous 3 years, Stone finally achieves the recognition of the fans, wrestlers, promoters and others which make up the British wrestling community to be crowned UK wrestling’s top wrestler. Just narrowly edging it past Dave Mastiff by the slightest of margins, Stone claims this accolade after a 12-month period which saw him hold the 1PW, PW101 and FWA Heavyweight Championships simultaneously, engage in a year-long feud with Danny Garnell in his “home” IPW:UK promotion and again travel to Scotland as the patriotic English “invader”.....

In 1PW, Stone was supposed to be part of a “Double Jeopardy” series for their Heavyweight Title at the “4th Anniversary Show” in November 2009. Two separate singles matches were going to take place simultaneously in the same ring, with the two individual winners immediately facing off for the belt. When scheduled challenger Ulf Herman failed to arrive, it was instead changed to a straight 3-way between Stone, Steve Corino and Sterling James Keenan. A poorly received bout, Stone won when he locked Corino in a hold and referee Steve Lynsky immediately called for the bell with no tapout – yep, 1PW’s re-enactment of the Montreal Screw Job..... Yet more signals of an impending heel turn were on show at 1PW’s next event in February 2010, when Stone walked out on partners Darren Burridge and Terry Frazier, leaving them to fall in defeat to the Prophets of Liberty.... With 1PW going down the toilet that May, and Stone not featuring on their last weekend of events, that was that.....

In the new Pro Wrestling 101 organisation, Stone was immediately brought in as the lead heel, matched against the guy set up as lead babyface, Martin Kirby, on the first couple of shows n the Doncaster area. At PW101’s afternoon event at the Doncaster Dome in November, Stone battered and beat Wade Fitzgerald in short order to continue his role as the no-nonsense bad ass in the promotion..... At PW101’s March “supershow” in Sheffield, the promotion was to crown its inaugural Heavyweight Champion. Stone confronted fellow contenders Kirby and Kris Travis after their match, staking his claim for the title, and then went head-to-head with former 1PW opponent Steve Corino in a singles match. After beating the “King of Old School” in a hard-hitting bout, the entire roster returned later that night for a rumble to determine the first champion. Stone lasted until the last 3 before he was eliminated, leaving Kirby and Corino to face-off in a singles bout for the belt. Corino, however, was announced as too injured to continue into the title bout, and so rumble runner-up Stone was back in the game, taking Corino’s place and pinning Kirby to lift the title..... PW101 went to the fall after the show.....

Down in Kent for the IPW:UK promotion which had seen him rise from midcarder to genuine main event-level star a few years ago, Stone continued in his role as People’s Champion, remaining super-over with the audience. At “Summer Sizzler” in July 2009, Stone defeated his rankings runner-up Dave Moralez in a good bout to finish 3rd in the Contenders Series..... Next up, Stone beat James Mason and Jon Ryan in consecutive matches at the “5th Anniversary Show” in September to win the Global Gauntlet. Immediately following his victory, however, he was sneak-attacked by the invading debutant Danny Garnell, who had singled out Stone as his target in order to send the most effective message. Following a brawl which included The All Stars (Mikey Whiplash and Robbie Dynamite) and The Kartel (Terry Frazier and Martin Stone), a 6-man tag team elimination bout was set up for the annual “Brawl at the Hall” event in November. There, Garnell chose to walk out instead of facing a vengeful Stone, leaving Stone and Frazier victorious as the survivors.... Garnell’s interference caused Stone to lose a February bout to Dave Mastiff, leading to the pair’s first singles match a few days later in Sittingbourne at “No Escape 2010”. Stone’s frustrations were not satisfied, however, as Garnell was disqualified in short order for using a metal pipe. This led naturally into a No-DQ match on the next show, where Garnell again retained the upper hand when the stipulation allowed his debuting fellow invaders Chris Wyld and Yorghos Christopolous to interfere on his behalf and cost Martin the victory..... This ending then led to Stone facing Wyld and Yorghos in a handicap match at “Unfinished Business” in June. Stone overcame the 2-on-1 odds in an entertaining bout, thus earning the right to name the stipulation for his final climatic showdown with Garnell. Stone showed no hesitation, given the happenings of the last year, in naming a Steel Cage Match as his playground of choice.... It came after the end of the 2010 voting period, but Stone finally got his ultimate revenge on Danny Garnell inside the bars at the “6th Anniversary Show” in August.....

While all of this was going on at the ‘main’ IPW:UK shows, the ‘hardcore’ nightclub shows in Chatham was home to Stone’s never-ending mini-feud with blOkbUster. At “Hardcore Lottery 2009” in September, Stone finally smashed blOkbUster in an extremely short “Duelling Chairs” bout to move through to the final of the night’s tournament and seemingly end the rivalry. It wasn’t the case, however, as blOkbUster returned during the main event to cause Stone to be pinned by Mark Haskins in the 4-way that Jimmy Havoc would go on to win..... The issues remained unresolved as bUster again interfered on the November Chatham show, this time causing Stone to fall to US star Jimmy Jacobs.....

Elsewhere, Stone defeated Doug Williams, Johnny Midnight, Lionheart and Johnny Moss across several months in the tournament to crown the new FWA British Heavyweight Champion, setting up a final title decider with Andrew Simmons on Valentine’s weekend 2010. In a bout which would be his opponent’s last in the promotion (FWA “future endeavoured” Simmons following the bout, for failing to show up in what they determined to be the required shape for a main event title match, and his general attitude towards FWA’s non-wrestling staff before the show), Stone downed Simmons to win the belt. Immediately after, however, he turned on the fans and stated that he was only using British wrestling to further his own interests, revealing the heel unit known as The Agenda, who supposedly have links to The Illuminati. Since then, Stone has feuded with his IPW:UK buddy Leroy Kincaide over the championship.....

In Scotland, Stone appeared in the main event of PBW’s biggest show of the year, the annual “Maximum Impact” in October 2009. Challenging Lionheart for the promotion’s main championship in a Scotland vs. England showdown, Stone went down to the Scot in a popular decision. He returned for a rematch on PBW’s December show, but the result was the same.....

What do the fans think?

“This guy just screams THUG. His punches are a thing of beauty. It’s no bloody wonder this guy might have been signed to the WWE, he'll offer them something completely different. His matches in BCW and PBW are awesome”

“The best wrestler in the country, he has the entire package”

“The UK's Steve Austin? He's got the look, the skill and the mic work. Everything he's done so far this year has been cracking. The only reason I keep going back to the FWA”

“Definitely the best in the country. Looks good, gets the job done, and makes most of what he does look legit. Should stick to being a heel though, I think”

“He looks hard and can wrestle a variety of different opponents. Another one who can make you forget it's a work and just watch in awe”

“While I’d disagree with Alex Shane in saying he’s the best wrester in the world, he is very, very good”

“He's the best in Britain just now, really love watching him work”

“Has improved immensely over the last year and has been a great heel champion”

“The personification of the word ‘complete’ now. Can do it all and his promos, which were the chink in his armour, are now fantastic. His ring work is pretty much flawless”

“Really charismatic and athletic. Great all-rounder”

“Has improved and is very believable in the ring and on the microphone”

“Right up there with Ligero in terms of talent, and he could possibly be going to the USA to have a chance over there. Good on him, the guy thoroughly deserves it”

“’The Guv’nor’ has the best punches I've ever seen live. Seriously those things look real! His awesome and fully deserves a WWE contract. He clearly loves wrestling and works his socks off”

“This year has been his best ever. Took it up a whole notch with his promo work and storytelling. Everything seemed to click this year”

“One of the few UK guys with the complete package, good wrestling, mic skills, pulls off the East London hard man look very well and can also tell a great story. I really can't wait to see the culmination of his feud with Garnell in the cage match. Also, just really love his punches, they look great”

“An obvious pick....probably the best of the ‘heavyweights’ in the UK right now. Countless title wins under his belt (pardon the pun) and a knack of being able to play face or heel in numerous promotions, Stone could quite easily find himself receiving a call or two from a major International company in the near future....it would be well deserved in my book”

“The best heavyweight in the UK, full stop”

“Very solid on the mic, believable offence, keeps it stiff, has gotten in excellent shape for his future endeavours. Brings the intensity when playing heel”

“Heat machine and uber-talented”

“Future WWE star. Wrestled nearly everyone who’s anyone in the UK scene and been the top man here for many years”

“Brought the best out of BT Gunn in December”

“Hasn't put a foot wrong since I started watching him. Excellent wrestling, excellent on the mic. Best performer in England”

“Best wrestler in Europe right now, be it babyface or hell. His beating of Martin Kirby on the first 101 show was brutal but just so damn good. It'll be a shame to see him go”

“When I first saw him 3 years ago I thought this guy was phenomenal, when I saw him in 2010, he was so much better it’s unbelievable. Without a doubt the best "character" in the UK today. Has dragged the best of the spot workers to phenomenal matches, and has managed great matches with some aging shitehawks. When you see him against the upper echelon of Britain, that's when you know you are in for a real treat”

“He’s improved so much in every area this last year. He looks better in the ring, and physique wise. He can cut a good promo and can get any fan on the edge of their seat”

“Still the man in British wrestling. As fantastic as the Steve Austin babyface as he is as the Guy Ritchie heel, great in technical style matches, overbooked FWA angles, crazy brawls and TV style bouts. Good to brilliant mic skills that are still developing, but more importantly, a real intangible charisma. This is especially evident when he's playing the everyman role as a face, but he's legitimately threatening as a heel, too. And his punches and lariats rule. One criticism - some of the new moves he's recently added to his matches are the height of indy shite - An overdrive into a DDT? Really? I'm just messing, Martin.....please don't stab me”

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Никой не съм чул от тях,но номер 2 в класацията изглежда като английски клонинг на Самоа Джо .та поне с визия ме спечели.Пича на първа позиция също изглежда добре.

 

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