5 best wrestlers who debuted in WWE in 2000s
WWE have had a lot of wrestlers who took the company to new heights, and engrossed fans like no other. While the 80s belonged to Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, the 90s were ruled by Undertaker, Austin and Shawn Michaels. The 2000s have also produced some fascinating performers who will be remembered as some of the greatest ever. Here are the top 5.
From the 'Legend Killer' to the 'Apex Predator'
Randy Orton is a third generation wrestler who has probably outshone all the predecessors of his family in the business. Orton debuted in the WWE in 2002 and went on to become the youngest world heavyweight champion ever. He also defeated legends like Shawn Michaels in his early days at the WWE. Orton became famous for his stealthy attitude in the ring.
One of the most iconic female wrestlers ever
Trish Stratus began her WWE career in 2000s. In 2001, she won the Women's Championship and established herself as one of the top female WWE superstars. Stratus is a record 7-time holder of the women's championship and her feud with Lita during their heydays helped both women to boost their stardom. Stratus was also declared the 'Diva of the Decade' by WWE.
The Beast is surely one of the greatest ever
Brock Lesnar debuted in WWE in 2002 and was seen as the next face of the company. He defeated The Rock for the WWE Undisputed Championship and even had a feud with Hulk Hogan. Lesnar also won the 2002 King of The Ring tournament. Lesnar has the record of holding the WWE Championship (now Universal Championship) for a record 504 days.
The controversial CM Punk deserves a mention here
CM Punk is a unique figure in professional wrestling. He is someone who made it big in the WWE despite his anti-establishment stands. He is sometimes considered the modern Stone Cold for his outspoken nature which made him a popular figure among the WWE fans. Punk is a combined 5-time WWE and WWE Heavyweight Champion. He is best remembered for his 'Pipebomb' speech.
One of the most popular wrestlers ever
John Cena was the face of WWE for almost a decade and carried the franchise on his shoulders after superstars like The Rock and Stone Cold retired in the early 2000s. Cena has won the most number of WWE Championships ever (16) and leveled Flair's record in the process. Cena has also headlined WrestleMania on five different occasions.Share this timeline