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10 Next Big Things In Wrestling You Need To Know

10. Ace Austin (Impact)

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22-year-old Ace Austin is the kind of wrestler that would've thrived in TNA's most marketable niche ten years ago. A fast, fluid, and exciting high-flier, he's "X Division" to a tee, and he stood out the moment he debuted in Impact Wrestling last year.

Austin is still waiting for his breakthrough, though. A strong early-2019 saw him overcome fly-ins like Jake Atlas and Aiden Prince, as well as X Division stalwart Petey Williams. He has challenged for the belt itself in two separate scrambles and generally looked good whenever he's on camera, but tangling with the returning TJ Perkins has yielded two straight defeats. Recent weeks have seen him chase Eddie Edwards' wife, Alisha, in a series of daft backstage segments, though many fans would rather see Ace doing his thing between the ropes.

What's most encouraging about Austin is that he already possesses several traits that can't be taught. He has the intangibles down, showing considering charisma and the all-important X-factor since signing with Impact. Already on his way to becoming a fully-formed, three-dimensional star, all Austin needs is for his employers to invest in him.

Key Match: vs. DJZ (MLW Fusion 48 - 10 March 2019)

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