10. Matt Riddle
Former UFC welterweight Matt Riddle compiled one of the most spectacular rookie years in wrestling history in 2016, and hasn’t lost a lick of momentum in 2017. Whether defending his PROGRESS Atlas Championship against the likes of Rampage Brown and Trent Seven or competing with opponents as diverse as ACH and Drew Galloway during one of EVOLVE’s monthly double headers, he is one of the world’s most consistent performers, and the US indie scene’s MVP.
Riddle unsurprisingly leans heavily on his MMA experience in the ring, combining stiff, bruising strikes with slick submission holds, but his appeal stretches far beyond that. His affable charisma and laid-back 'bro' character has helped him form an unbreakable bond with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and his popularity shows no signs of waning.
With Chris Hero gone, Riddle has inherited his mantle as the most reliable American indie worker on the planet. His presence practically guarantees a good to great contest, and while his match quality ceiling isn’t as high as Hero’s was, barely a week passes without Riddle producing at least one fight that’s worth going out of your way to track down.