In wrestling or any other artform, few things are more satisfying than uncovering a hidden gem. Investing in them early, when they're still working on a relatively small stage, then watching them grow, develop, and improve as a performer, through every success, failure, and setback, is incredibly fulfilling.
Doing this in 2019 can be tough; not because fans are short of choice, but because the sheer volume is overwhelming. Hot prospects can be found at every level from WWE's heady heights all the way down to the smallest indie bingo hall. With that in mind, this article focuses on names that might be unfamiliar to those who watch main roster WWE and main roster WWE alone.
"Next big thing" is a heavy descriptor. Not all of these performers are destined to headline WrestleMania before they retire, but they will become increasingly huge deals over the next few years, so anyone wanting to keep their finger on the pulse must jump on the bandwagon before it hits full steam.
Following these names and their journeys to the top is going to be loads of fun. Get started with the matches recommended within, then go exploring...
WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A fan since 1992, still geeking out for everything from WeeLC to mid '80s Jim Crockett Promotions. Give him a follow @andyhmurray. You'll have a great time. Maybe.