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Brock 'The Beast Incarnate' Lesnar

John Cena

Goldberg

Roman Reigns

AJ 'The Phenomenal' Styles

Triple H

Dean Ambrose

Charlotte Flair

The New Day

The Undertaker

Seth Rollins

The Miz

Randy Orton

Sasha 'The Boss' Banks

Bray Wyatt

A former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar is the real deal. He's been the WWE's top star for the last few years, headlining the company's biggest shows despite only wrestling a few times a year.

He's been the top dog since 2014, when he ended The Undertaker's 23-year WrestleMania winning streak. In November, he was written to suffer his first pinfall loss in three and a half years. He got sweet redemption at WrestleMania 33, where he beat Goldberg to win the WWE Universal Championship.

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Although Brock Lesnar has been WWE's special attraction in recent years, the weight of the pro wrestling industry has mostly been on John Cena's shoulders for the last decade.

Cena is known as "the face" of the WWE, one you'll see on posters, merchandise and TV shows everywhere. With that responsibility comes some serious spoils: Cena is a 15-time WWE Champion and banks about $10 million a year for his grappling duties.

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Bill Goldberg is one of the WWE's biggest stars in 2017, who'da thunk it?

Those who watched pro wrestling in the late '90s will remember Goldberg. He had a crazy long winning streak in 1997-98, during which time he beat Hulk Hogan for the WCW Championship. At that time, he was arguably the biggest wrestling star on the planet.

Goldberg went on to work for the WWE in 2003/4, but retired after that. Last year, after 12 years, he came out of retirement to beat Brock Lesnar in under two minutes last November at Survivor Series.

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Roman Reigns is the most controversial wrestler today. Fans consider him the chosen one, groomed by the company to take Cena's place as the next face. The problem is, many fans have rejected him for this reason, feeling as though Reigns' ascent to the top has been too manufactured.

He's positioned as a top good guy, but you'll often hear him showered with boos by the TV audience. But Reigns is a great athlete, looks like a star and often has killer matches, so expect to see him a lot.

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AJ Styles is the best performer in the WWE today. A former star of companies like TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling, it took AJ 15 years to get to the WWE, but his finesse and spectacular offense is unmatched in the company.

He made his debut last January and has had countless great matches since. He also became the WWE Champion in just eight months, among the quickest to ever capture the prestigous title, which means WWE officials are very aware of just how good he is.

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Triple H is in the twilight of his wrestling career, grappling only a few times a year. But he's bigger than ever -- literally, look at those guns -- and last year was in the main event of the company's biggest ever WrestleMania.

The 14-time world champ has moved to a behind-the-scenes position in recent years, becoming the 2IC behind CEO Vince McMahon. When he shows up in front of the camera, it's usually a pretty big deal.

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Dean Ambrose is everything people make fun of wrestling for. He's wild, very shouty and over-the-top crazy. But it all works. Ambrose manages to make his ridiculous character feel real.

For that reason, plus his consistently putting on strong performances in the ring, he's one of the most loved wrestlers on the roster by fans.

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In the past few years, WWE have made women's wrestling matter. The female performers went from getting the "bathroom break" spot -- that is, given a few minutes to wrestle in between big matches -- to being headlining acts.

The woman leading the pack is Charlotte Flair, daughter of the legendary Ric Flair. One of the company's best athletes, Flair is undefeated on WWE pay-per-view events, and last year made history when she and Sasha Banks became the first women to main event a WWE pay-per-view.

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The women's division isn't all that's been revitalised recently: Thanks in large part to The New Day, the tag team scene is hotter than it's been in years.

The originally hated New Day, made up of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods, used quirky humour, pop-culture references and catch phrases to win the hearts of fans.

2016 was a huge year for the team, as they became the longest reigning tag champions of all time -- and sold an astonishing amount of merch in the process.

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The Undertaker is 27 years into his WWE run. 27 years.

It all appeared to have ended at WrestleMania 33, where he suffered a loss to Roman Reigns -- only his second loss ever at a WrestleMania. It looks like 'Taker is hanging up his boots, but his presence will likely be felt for years to come.

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If AJ Styles is the WWE's best wrestler, Seth Rollins is hot on his heels. Explosive, high-flying and silky smooth, Rollins has become one of the company's most versatile performers -- both in and out of the ring.

After besting his former mentor Triple H at WrestleMania 33, Rollins seems poised to get back into the world championship picture.

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The Miz is one of the WWE's best bad guys. He's just so hateable.

An alumni of MTV's "The Real World," his character became a Hollywood A-lister after he acted in a few of the company's straight-to-DVD movies. He's escorted to the ring by his real-life wife Maryse, who often helps him steal wins.

In an era where the bad guys are often the coolest, the hard-to-like Miz is a big asset.

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Randy Orton has been earmarked for success since day one. A third-generation wrestler, he became one of the company's chosen ones in the earler '00s.

17 years later, Orton is a 13-time world champion and a bona fide star. He won the 2017 Royal Rumble and at WrestleMania 33 took down Bray Wyatt to win his latest WWE Title.

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Charlotte may be leading the "Divas Revolution," but she couldn't have done it without Sasha Banks. The Boss has become one of the better wrestlers in the company, earning herself a strong following in the process.

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It's hard to call someone "the next Undertaker," because the Undertaker has had a career that will never truly be matched.

But if there was a "next Undertaker," Bray Wyatt would be the one.

This spooky character has an otherwordly presence that's similar to The Deadman's, and has been on the cusp of breaking through for years. He captured the WWE Championship for the first time in February, so 2017 could be the year of Wyatt.

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