A few days ago, long-time columnist Tito posted his list of who he thinks are the top ten current WWE superstars. Needless to say, his blog sparked much disagreement among members of the LOP Forums, and it got me thinking. Everyone has their own pick for favourite WWE superstar, but who is the overall best?
In an attempt to truly settle this debate, I have revived Beyond The Walls, but with a twist. I have selected sixteen male superstars from RAW and sixteen others from Smackdown!. I have even ranked them in seeds, with numbers 1 and 9 being the highest, while 8 and 16 shall be the lowest. This has been done to prevent some ridiculous match-ups from happening (i.e. Christian vs. Ted DiBiase), but also to see where people really stand among the WWE roster. That's because you, the reader, shall be voting for who you think is the better, more well-rounded superstar of the pairing, not which one is your favourite.
So when voting, please remember to consider each superstar's in-ring ability, skilfulness with a microphone, and what value he brings to the company. Of course, you could totally ignore that and just vote for whoever you like - the choice is yours. In the end though, this tournament is all about determining who is the best overall wrestler currently appearing on television, not who you mark out for the most.
If you've participated in Hustle Madness, then you know how the voting works. Either by leaving a comment below, messaging me on Facebook, tweeting me on Twitter, or sending me an email (see below for more), you will structure your choice as follows:
RAW - Cena, Miz, Kofi, Swagger, Mysterio, McIntyre, Bourne, Ryder.
Smackdown! - Orton, Henry, Barrett, Bryan, etc.
Simple? Makes sense? Then without further ado, I present to you the first round matchups. Oh, and just a little writer's note, I have excluded the likes of Chris Jericho, The Rock, and Triple H from this tournament because we are looking to find the best current WWE superstar, not the best part-timer. Fair enough?
#1 John Cena vs. #9 CM Punk
#2 The Miz vs. #10 Alberto Del Rio
#3 John Morrison vs. #11 Kofi Kingston
#4 The Big Show vs. #12 Jack Swagger
#5 Dolph Ziggler vs. #13 Rey Mysterio
#6 Drew McIntyre vs. #14 R-Truth
#7 Santino Marella vs. #15 Evan Bourne
#8 Zack Ryder vs. #16 Chris Masters
#1 Randy Orton vs. #9 Christian
#2 Sheamus vs. #10 Mark Henry
#3 Sin Cara vs. #11 Wade Barrett
#4 Daniel Bryan vs. #12 Cody Rhodes
#5 Ezekiel Jackson vs. #13 Kane
#6 Tyson Kidd vs. #14 Justin Gabriel
#7 The Great Khali vs. #15 William Regal
#8 Yoshi Tatsu vs. #16 Ted DiBiase
And there you have it. Voting begins today, Friday May 20, and will end at midnight on next Thursday, May 26, so you have plenty of time to get your votes in!
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