We've been looking at the top WWF/E stars over different decades. Check out our previous lists on the Top 50 WWF Stars Of The 1980s, the Top 50 WWF Stars of the 1990s and the Top 50 WWE Stars Of The 2000s for context.
Although the 2010s just finished a short time ago, it was a decade of turbulence for professional wrestling. Gone, for the most part, were the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era stars who defined the 2000s, and until the end of the decade, WWE truly didn't have much competition to speak of.
However, this turbulence gave way to opportunities for many, including a revived womens division, new stars through NXT, and an opportunity for industry veterans to shine on a new stage.
In selecting the Top 50 WWF Stars Of The 2010s, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the star in the WWE between the years 2010 and 2019?
Were they involved in memorable matches and angles?
Did they win any WWE championships during this time (not crucial, given announcers and managers on this list, too)?
Are they often associated with the 2010s wrestling scene?
Ready? Here we go!
Zack Ryder (today known as Matt Cardona) had a career resurgence in the early 2010s, thanks in part to his popular web series. By the time the decaded ended, Ryder feuded with Kane, won the Intercontinental Title at WrestleMania and re-formed his tag team with Curt Hawkins.
Matt & Jeff Hardy
While Matt and Jeff Hardy had most of their WWE success in the 2000s, their return to the company in 2017 was a huge moment. The Hardy Boyz competed in both tag team and singles matches during their most recent WWE run.
Alexa Bliss began as a wrestler and manager in NXT, but came to the main roster in 2016. There, she captured the Raw, SmackDown and Womens Tag Team Championship (with Nikki Cross) in short order, facing everyone from Bayley to Ronda Rousey in that time.
Though better known for what he accomplished after leaving WWE in 2016, Cody Rhodes had a successful run in the first half of the decade. He became the Intercontinental Champion and teamed successfully with both Damien Sandow and his brother Goldust.
While Dolph Ziggler has been in the WWE system since 2004, the 2010s were where The Showoff had his most success. Ziggler won the U.S., Intercontinental and World Championships, and he also won the 2014 Survivor Series main event against The Authority.
The Bella Twins
WWE Hall of Famers Nikki and Brie Bella both captured the Divas Championship in the early 2010s and were part of many storylines, including a sister vs. sister feud in 2014. They also helped launch the Total Divas reality show, which generated mainstream coverage for WWE.
AJ Lee joined WWE's main roster in 2011, and by years-end she was involved in romantic storylines involving Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. The following year, she became Raw General Manager, managed Dolph Ziggler and became a three-time Divas Champion before leaving the company in 2015.
Rusev (today known as Miro) debuted on WWE's main roster in 2014 with his future wife Lana, leading to a long undefeated streak and three runs with the U.S. Championship. The Bulgarian Brute battled John Cena at WrestleMania XXXI, and feuded with Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Bobby Lashley and others.
UFC legend Ronda Rousey made her unofficial WWE debut at WrestleMania XXXI, appearing in a segment with The Rock. By 2018, she signed a full-time contract and soon captured the Raw Women's Championship, holding it for 231 days before losing it at Mania XXXV.
Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio debuted on SmackDown in June 2010. Less than six months later, he won a 40-man Royal Rumble and unsuccessfully challenged for the World Title at WrestleMania XXVII against Edge. By decade's end, Del Rio had captured Money In The Bank and won four world championships.
Corey Graves retired from the ring in 2014, but his WWE career was just beginning. He became a regular announcer for NXT and then was drafted to Raw in 2016, adding a strong heel commentary dynamic to the show that arguably hasn't been around since the heyday of Jesse Ventura.
Finn Balor was recruited from NJPW to WWE in 2014, and quickly captured the first of two NXT Championships upon his debut. Upon moving to WWE's main roster, Balor became the first Universal Champion, which ended immediately due to a shoulder injury. He also has captured the U.S. and Intercontinental Titles.
The Miz ended 2010 as WWE Champion, even successfully defending the title at WrestleMania XXVII against John Cena. Throughout the decade, Miz would create several new alliances while becoming a record-setting eight-time Intercontinental Champion.
While The Rock was far more active in WWE in the 2000s, he did come back at WrestleMania XXVII as host, leading to back-to-back WrestleMania matches with John Cena. In addition, The Great One held the WWE Championship in 2013 and participated in several big cameos.
The New Day
The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E) debuted as a heel faction in late 2014, but they would eventually become wildly popular. In addition to setting the record (at the time) for longest-reiging tag team champions, Kingston also captured the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXXV.
Paul Heyman returned to WWE in May 2012, resuming his role as advisor to Brock Lesnar during The Beast Incarnate's most successful career run, which included ending The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. Heyman also counselled CM Punk, Cesaro and Curtis Axel for brief periods.
Bray Wyatt began the 2010s as New Nexus member Husky Harris, but was repackaged in NXT as leader of The Wyatt Family. In 2013, the group made their way to Raw, with Wyatt facing everyone from John Cena to The Undertaker and winning the WWE Championship in 2017, before transforming into The Fiend.
Becky Lynch spent most of the decade in NXT and on SmackDown, and while she experienced decent success, it wasn't until 2018 that her career really took off. As "The Man," Lynch became wildly popular, winning the 2019 Royal Rumble and the historic main event at WrestleMania XXXV, holding both Raw and SmackDown Womens Championships.
Sheamus began the 2010s as King Of The Ring and by 2012, he won both that year's Royal Rumble and captured the World Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII. He would hold the title for more than 200 days, win the Intercontinental Championship more than once, and form a successful team with Cesaro.
Although WWE Hall of Famer Triple H was winding down his in-ring career in the 2010s, he still had back-to-back matches with The Undertaker, feuds with Brock Lesnar and Sting, and one final run as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He also co-led heel faction The Authority with wife Stephanie McMahon.
Seth Rollins debuted on WWE's main roster in 2012 as one-third of The Shield. The Architect eventually turned on the group and by WrestleMania XXXI, became WWE World Heavyweight Champion. He soon became a Triple Crown Champion and boasts victories over Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Sting.
Randy Orton (who also placed at # 8 on our list of Top 50 WWE Stars of the 2000s), came into his own during this decade. He regained the WWE Championship at 2010's Night Of Champions and would go on to win both Money In The Bank and the Royal Rumble, as well as several other championships.
Daniel Bryan (today known as Bryan Danielson) returned to WWE in 2010 and went on to capture virtually every championship in WWE as well as Money In The Bank. His WWE career peaked with a championship victory over both Batista and Randy Orton in the main event of WrestleMania XXX.
While WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker was slowing down in his career in the 2010s, he still managed to have top matches with the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk, Bray Wyatt, John Cena and others. He also posted losses at WrestleMania to both Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, following a run in UFC and almost a decade away from wrestling. Upon return, The Beast Incarnate would win multiple world championships as well as Money In The Bank, and would conquer foes including John Cena, Triple H, Roman Reigns and The Undertaker along the way.
After many years in other organizations, Samoa Joe debuted on WWE's NXT brand in 2015, where he would become a three-time champion. On the main roster, Joe won the U.S. Championship twice and feuded with the likes of Roman Reigns, AJ Styles and Rey Mysterio.
Cesaro (today known as Claudio Castagnoli) debuted on WWE's main roster in 2012 and quickly won the U.S. Championship. He also formed successful teams during the 2010s with the likes of Jack Swagger, Tyson Kidd and Sheamus.
Christian began the 2010s as ECW Champion shortly before the brand ended. The following year, he captured the World Heavyweight Championship, leading to a lengthy feud with Randy Orton. He retired in 2014 but stuck around as a WWE personality.
Michael Cole began the 2010s as a heel character and announcer, which led to a match with Jerry The King Lawler at WrestleMania XXVII (which he won). After retiring from the ring, Cole became the top commentator in WWE, permanently replacing Jim Ross in that spot.
While Jinder Mahal has been around WWE since 2010 and not typically presented as a top star (e.g. as a member of the Three Man Band), he experienced a career high in May 2017 when he won the WWE Championship from Randy Orton and shockingly held the title until November of that year.
Jimmy and Jey Uso debuted on WWE's main roster in 2010. While it took them a few years to become top stars, they came into their own around 2014 and have gone on to capture both the Raw and SmackDown tag team championships numerous times.
Braun Strowman joined WWE's main roster in 2015 as part of The Wyatt Family, but it wasn't until the following year that Strowman was pushed as a singles performer. The Monster Among Man would win several accolades, including singles and tag team titles, as well as 2018's Greatest Royal Rumble.
The Nexus debuted on WWE programming in 2010 following the first season of NXT. Wreaking havoc over the WWE roster, the seven-man faction headlined SummerSlam against Team WWE. When the group went their separate ways, members Wade Barrett and Ryback would have successful runs.
NJPW standout Shinsuke Nakamura made headlines by signing with WWE in 2016 where he captured the NXT Championship twice. He was moved to the main roster and in 2018, won the Royal Rumble and challenged WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania XXXIV.
The Big Show
While The Big Show (today known as Paul Wight) was more successful in the late 1990s and early 2000s, he still had a very successful decade in WWE. Show teamed with Chris Jericho and Kane, captured the World Championship from Mark Henry and the Intercontinental Championship from Cody Rhodes.
Paige (today known as Saraya) was one of the founding stars of NXT, winning that promotion's inaugural Womens Championship in 2013. A year later, she showed up on Raw and captured the Divas Championship in her debut. She would help re-energize WWE's womens division before retiring in 2018.
Athough WWE Hall of Famer Mark Henry joined the company in 1996, the 2010s were arguably his best decade Henry captured the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011, introducing foes to his Hall of Pain. In 2013, he teased retirement as a way to ambush John Cena and he kept wrestling until early 2017.
Rey Mysterio is another star who had his greatest success in earlier years, but still had a meaningful run during the 2010s. Mysterio held the World, Intercontinental and United States Championships during this time, leaving the promotion in 2015 and returning back by 2018.
In 2010, WWE Hall of Famer Kane won Money In The Bank and the World Championship in the same night. As well, The Big Red Machine had memorable matches with the likes of The Undertaker, Edge, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, and was also a member of The Authority.
WWE Hall of Famer Edge was a top contender to the World Championship, winning the title at the end of 2010 in a Fatal Four-Way Match at that year's TLC. He also defeated Dolph Ziggler for another World Title -- his eleventh overall --before forced to retire (while as champion) in April 2011.
Sasha Banks had a memorable run in NXT, becoming the promotion's champion and having a Match Of The Year with Bayley. On the main roster, Banks would capture the Raw Womens Championship five times and have epic matches with the likes of Bayley and Charlotte Flair.
Kevin Owens was recruited to WWE from Ring Of Honor in 2014 and quickly won the NXT Championship. A year later, Owens made his main roster debut by challenging U.S. Champion John Cena. By 2016, Owens became one of the top heels (and promos) on the roster and captured the Universal Championship, thanks to help from Triple H.
Dean Ambrose (today known as Jon Moxley), debuted in 2012 as one-third of The Shield and became the group's breakout singles star with a lengthy U.S. Championship reign. When the group went their separate ways, Ambrose targeted Seth Rollins and in 2016, he won Money In The Bank and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
AJ Styles made his WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble and was an immediate hit with fans. He would go on to become a Triple Crown Champion, including a lengthy run with the WWE Championship, and memorable feuds with John Cena, Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.
Batista began the 2010s as WWE Champion, leading to a match with John Cena at WrestleMania XXVI. He left the company shortly thereafter to pursue a career in Hollywood. Returning in 2014, he won that year's Royal Rumble and had a main event match at WrestleMania XXX against Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
Chris Jericho made several returns to WWE during the 2010s, battling the likes of CM Punk, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens in memorable feuds. But perhaps his biggest WWE contribution that decade was The List Of Jericho, which helped make him one of the most popular stars in the promotion.
Charlotte Flair debuted in NXT in 2012 and had tremendous success on the brand. She then moved to the main roster, and is credited for helping lead the Womens Revolution, winning championships on Raw and SmackDown and having big matches with Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Ronda Rousey.
While CM Punk was part of the WWE system in the late-2000s, he made global headlines with his "Pipe Bomb" promo in 2011, leading to a win over John Cena at that year's Money In The Bank. He would go to have main event matches with The Undertaker, Ryback and The Rock before leaving the promotion in early 2014.
Roman Reigns debuted on WWE's main roster in 2012 as one-third of The Shield and became the top singles act of the group once it disbanded. The Big Dog would headline WrestleMania numerous times, boasting wins over The Undertaker, Triple H and Drew McIntyre, among others, while also capturing several titles.
Count how many times in this column alone John Cena's name is mentioned, and its proof why Cena continued to be the biggest WWE star for two decades in a row. He continued winning World Championships (tying Ric Flair's record of 16), headlined multiple WrestleManias and battled the likes of The Rock, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, The Nexus, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt and Rusev.