The 2000s were such a hugely interesting decade for WWE as they witnessed the end of Attitude, the birth of Ruthless Aggression and, finally, the implementation of the PG rating. Stars were born, legends retired and others died between 2000 and 2010 as the permeable world of WWE managed to constantly throw up surprise after surprise.
Amongst all of the changes and challenges that WWE saw, one thing (mostly) remained, and that was first-class wrestling delivered by a handful of superior athletes. Arguments will rage on whether or not this period was better than what we have now or even if that period was better than the one before it, but there's no doubt that, by looking at it from a year-by-year basis, the 2000s belonged to a crop of very special performers.
From current WWE Hall of Famers to sure-fire future ones as well as a couple of question marks, the following eight wrestlers had some amazing in-ring years during this period. Yes, that means that there are those who were the best wrestler of the year multiple times, including one who did it two years on the trot.
Looking at every year between 2000 and '09, with a specific focus on overall match quality and the wrestler's progress, these are the best wrestlers from this incomparable decade.