Sports Illustrated published last Friday the list of which, according to their criteria, are the ten best woman wrestlers of 2018. Justin Barrasso, the creator of the list, clarifies that the wrestlers have been chosen based on a combination of their work in the ring, the attention that this work has achieved and the impact that each had on the business during the year.
Thus, the chosen ones have been:
10 – Jordynne Grace, independent wrestler
9 – The NXT wrestler Bianca Belair
8 – Former NXT women’s champion Kairi Sane, and Shayna Baszler, current NXT women’s champion
7 – The winner of the second edition of the Mae Young Classic Toni Storm tournament
6 – Alexa Bliss, former Raw women’s and winner of the women’s MITB this year
5 – Asuka, current SmackDown women’s champion and winner of the first women’s Royal Rumble
4 – The current Raw women’s champion, Ronda Rousey
3 – Impact Wrestling wrestler, Tessa Blanchard
2 – Charlotte Flair, former SmackDown women’s champion
1 – Becky Lynch, former women’s champion of SmackDown
Honorable Mention: Penelope Ford, Sasha Banks, Meiko Satomura, Bayley, Chelsea Green, Io Shirai, Taya Valkyrie, Britt Baker, Rubi Riott and Natalya Neidhart.
After the publication of the list, some of the wrestlers mentioned reacted by sharing it on social networks and adding motivational messages, such as the case of Tessa Blanchard. For its part, the number one ranking Becky Lynch took the time to launch a challenge to all those who were behind it:
Line up all the other dopes on this list, and I’ll slap the heads off them all. https://t.co/2IdZbg47jy
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) December 29, 2018
It should be remembered that this year has been very prominent for women’s wrestling. The first women’s Royal Rumble in history was joined by the first ever WWE women’s PPV, Evolution, held last October. For its part, Ring Of Honor crowned its first WOH champion in April and Impact Wrestling continues to work on giving relevance to its female roster.