With rumors swirling that CM Punk is considering leaving WWE when his contract expires in a few months, it got me thinking about just how much I enjoy watching him on WWE programming.

It also hit me that over the past year three of my favorites – Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and Edge – have all either left the business or taken a break.


That in turn got me thinking about putting together a list of my top 10 favorite wrestlers who are currently active in either WWE or TNA.

The criterion for the list is simple: Who are the guys I most look forward to seeing on my TV screen week in and week out?10. MR. ANDERSON – Yes, he is basically a poor man's Stone Cold. And yes, he sometimes needs to tone it down a notch. But I find his tweener character to be compelling, and after all these years, I still dig his announcer shtick.

9. CHRISTIAN – Is there any doubt that he is the most underrated performer in the business? There are few active wrestlers who are better in the ring, and while he may not be the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, "Captain Charisma" certainly isn't lacking when it comes to the "it" factor (regardless of what Vince McMahon thinks).

8. JACK SWAGGER – Another guy who is underrated. He's developed into a terrific in-ring performer and has proved that he can cut a promo when given an opportunity. Swagger displays good intensity but also has shown a flair for comedy.

7. BEER MONEY – Robert Roode and James Storm are by far the best current tag team in the business. Both of them are good workers (Roode is bordering on great) and strong on the mic. Roode has the potential to be a top singles wrestler some day.

6. ALBERTO DEL RIO – He's a better-than-average worker, but what makes him stand out is that he has all the heel mannerisms down pat. Because of his great delivery, he gets his message across on his promos even if you don't speak Spanish.

5. MATT MORGAN – I've been saying for years that he is the guy TNA should be building around. He's an agile 7-footer who can cut a promo and has some charisma. For a man his size, Morgan is a better worker than one would expect. What is TNA waiting for? Put the world title on him already.

4. BULLY RAY – We've known for years that the former member of Team 3D can cut a great promo regardless of whether he's a babyface or a heel, but he has taken his game to another level since becoming a singles heel. He's a heat magnet who just might be the most believable character in the business today.

3. RANDY ORTON – While he's probably better as a heel, Orton is still a compelling character as a psychotic, remorseless babyface. I don't think there is a more intense character in the business, either in the ring or on the mic.

2. THE MIZ – It wasn't all that long ago that I would have put him on a very different type of list, but I cannot tell a lie: When The Miz's music hits and he makes his entrance, I mark out – especially if he has a microphone in his hand. He has truly become the guy fans love to hate, and even if he's not your cup of tea, you have to admire his work ethic and passion for the business.

1. CM PUNK – No surprise here. Punk has a hard-hitting style in the ring and is absolutely money on the mic. His portrayal of a Charles Manson-like cult leader during the Straight Edge Society story line was brilliant, and I think he was just starting to scratch the surface when WWE pulled the plug on it.