It has been said that popularity isn't everything, it's the only thing. For these 10 wrestlers, popularity is slowly growing. We previously identified who could be considered the best wrestlers that weren't well known, and now we've identified this next group of wrestlers. For some, recognition is already apparent, whether from competing on the independents in North America and the United Kingdom, to stealing the show in Japan. Each of these athletes have spent time developing their craft, some developing it for so long, that it's a shame they haven't received enough acclaim in North America.
For others, it is an introduction into the careers of wrestlers who have yet to appear on a global scale, but are on the verge of breaking through that ceiling. They are far from overnight sensations, as some have been competing for over a decade.
What is fortunate for some of these wrestlers is that they will be competing in the WWE's Cruiserweight Global Series on the WWE Network. However, these 10 all have something in common: not that they haven't been heard of, but rather they haven't been heard about enough. Over the course of this article, familiarize yourself with these talented men from all over the world. You may not have the accessibility to watch them compete, but take a moment and allow yourself to explore this collection of stars and they will show why they may just be wrestling's best kept secret. Thankfully, the secret is out.
10 Naomichi Marufuji
8 “Speedball” Mike Bailey
7 Mikey Whiplash
6 Ethan Page
5 Jimmy Havoc
4 Tommy End
3 Kota Ibushi
2 Zack Sabre Jr.
1 Will Ospreay
Ospreay's growth and development over the past few years had been remarkable. Whether competing for Progress Wrestling, Revolution Pro Wrestling or NWA: UK Hammerlock, in singles or tag action, his work is undeniable. A number of today's wrestlers will often point to the level of competition in the UK as being something to look out for. He has met a number of other talented wrestlers on the independent scene, including Ricochet and Rich Swann, along with the late Kris Travis. Ospreay has also had incredibly competitive matches against the likes of Zack Sabre Jr and current WWE superstar Apollo Crews. Ospreay has recently earned a great deal of notoriety for his match up against Ricochet as part of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
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