Wrestling has rarely been hotter on Great Britain's fair shores: new promotions pop up on a weekly basis all across the United Kingdom, our compatriots help fill large swathes of whichever stadium WrestleMania happens to be trying to fill in the US,and our wrestlers are making waves across the globe with their skill in the ring and on the mic.
A list of every single one would be rather a large undertaking, and so here is a humble presentation of the five are currently making the most noise as our best exports:
Regardless of how soon Finn Balor is or isn't promoted to the main roster his body of work during his tenure in NXT has made him a star across the planet.
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Under his former ring name of Prince Devitt the Irishman had made a very respectable name for himself as the leader of Bullet Club in NJPW and by appearing in as many promotions as he could across the British isles.
But from the moment he entered the fray in NXT, alongside Hideo Itami, to face down The Ascension a true star was born. As written many times before, his promos need work, but his character and ring work are all in place for when he does make the move up to Raw or SmackDown.
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One of Triple-H's personal favorites, we could very well have the biggest Brit wrestling star of all time as long as Vince McMahon is amenable.
Drew Galloway can legitimately lay claim to being called the busiest man in pro wrestling. A man possessed with proving his worth since his release from WWE in 2014, Galloway currently wrestles for numerous promotions, the most notable being TNA, EVOLVE, Insane Championship Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
From his blistering promo upon his return to ICW, to his rapid ascent to the world title in TNA, to his astonishing angle in EVOLVE essentially pitting TNA against WWE, Drew has created big waves in two short years. Despite losing the title to Bobby Lashley, he remains in the main event mix and his performances have always had a real power and believability to them.
A class act all around, hopefully, WWE are paying attention and have the Scotsman in their sights for the future: he deserves to perform on the big stage.
Winner of this year's NJPW Best of the Super Juniors tournament, Will Ospreay has exploded (not literally) since his match with Ricochet in the opening block of the tourney garnered widespread praise and criticism also.
Vader notably compared it to a gymnastics routine with no psychology. He and those who agreed with him are wrong; the match was a masterpiece and is officially available on YouTube to judge for yourself. Signed by NJPW to a two-year contract shortly before the event took place, Ospreay now divides his time between Japan and Britannia companies such as Rev Pro.
Interestingly, before he was signed by NJPW, both TNA and WWE had expressed interest in acquiring his signature and so, at only 23 years of age, he clearly has a bright future ahead of him.
Zack Sabre Jr.
Zack Sabre Jr. was always someone on WWE's radar due to his friendship with Finn Balor, and the strength with which his friend put him over whenever interviewed. Whether he is signed immediately after the Cruiser Weight Classic or not, it seems clear that WWE is his eventual home promotion.
An 11-year veteran, Sabre has already competed the whole world over in places such as Pro Wrestling NOAH, PWG, and PROGRESS. Recently having the honor of facing Kurt Angle for Rev Pro raised his profile on the other side of the pond as well as at home, and he seems to be reaping the rewards of his hard work.
It seems reasonable to suggest either he or Kota Ibushi will win the Classic, and the Englishman's stock will go through the roof - if this happens, it will bewell-earnedd success.
You might well balk at the inclusion of someone seen as a joke wrestler, but Grado plays his role damn well, and when the occasion demands he brings it inside the squared circle. Currently dividing his time between TNA and ICW, Grado forms an essential part of the card as he brings the feel-good factor that comes with someone who is a pure entertainer.
After seeing him perform live you can certainly attest to the power he has over the crowd from your own experience. Having challenged for the title previously, perhaps a run with TNA's X-Division title isn't out of the question - whilst a second run with the ICW World Title should never be discounted either. Grado is one of a kind and a real British success story.
With apologies to Wales for not making the list (Mandrews?), what favorites of yours have been missed from the list? Let us know in the comments below.
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