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  • PWI 500 2021 List In Full

    Published on September 21, 2021

    PWI 500 2021 List In Full

    As we all now know, AEW Champion and self proclaimed ‘Best Bout Machine’ Kenny Omega was recently ranked as the number one greatest male wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, who released their annual and much debated PWI 500 a couple of weeks ago.

    Of course, the news generated a ton of discussion online, with wrestling Twitter typically split on whether Omega’s number one spot was deserved in comparison to other stars from AEW and other promotions.

    But what wasn’t discussed as avidly was the list in it’s entirety, with a whole heap of ludicrously talented wrestlers moving up and down the 500 after a very difficult year for the business.

    Number one with a Bullet (Club). Image: AEW

    With the Covid-19 pandemic completely altering the face of the industry, it’s been nearly impossible to properly judge who the most over talents are without crowds there to react to them until the last couple of months.

    But with Omega becoming the ‘Belt Collector’ over this past year, it really was hard to look past him as numero uno, even if the likes of Roman Reigns, Shingo Takagi and Jon Moxley could have all legitimately laid claim to first place.

    The PWI list is often considered to be pretty much entirely kayfabe, and there are certainly more than a few eye raising rankings within the 500, but either way, it always makes for interesting reading.

    Below is the full list, including more than a handful of WT interviewees who have sat down for our LockDown Sessions over the past 18 months over on the official Wrestling Travel YouTube channel.

    So, as you’re working your way through the PWI 500, stop by and check out some top quality original content with over a dozen of the best wrestlers in the world…

    1. KENNY OMEGA
    2. ROMAN REIGNS
    3. BOBBY LASHLEY
    4. DREW MCINTYRE
    5. KOTA IBUSHI
    6. JON MOXLEY
    7. WILL OSPREAY
    8. FINN BALOR
    9. SHINGO TAKAGI
    10. RICH SWANN
    11. CODY RHODES
    12. RANDY ORTON
    13. BIG E
    14. DARBY ALLIN 
    15. TETSUYA NAITO 
    16. KARRION KROSS 
    17. ULTIMO GUERRERO 
    18. SUWAMA 
    19. CHRIS JERICHO 
    20. JONATHAN GRESHAM 
    21. ORANGE CASSIDY
    22. LAREDO KID 
    23. KEIJI MUTO 
    24. KEITH LEE 
    25. KAZUCHIKA OKADA 
    26. MJF 
    27. BRAUN STROWMAN 
    28. WALTER 
    29. EVIL 
    30. NICK ALDIS 
    31. JACOB FATU
    32. CESARO 
    33. PAC 
    34. ADAM PAGE 
    35. AJ STYLES 
    36. DANIEL BRYAN 
    37. ADAM COLE 
    38. MIRO 
    39. JAY WHITE 
    40. MOOSE 
    41. DRAGON LEE
    42. EL HIJO DEL VIKINGO 
    43. JOHNNY GARGANO 
    44. TRISH ADORA
    45. JEY USO 
    46. JAKE LEE 
    47. LEE MORIARTY 
    48. SETH ROLLINS 
    49. AJ GRAY 
    50. KYLE O’REILLY 
    51. JUN AKIYAMA 
    52. HIROMU TAKAHASHI 
    53. LIO RUSH 
    54. ALEX HAMMERSTONE 
    55. REY FENIX 
    56. SHEAMUS 
    57. PAGANO 
    58. SHUN SKYWALKER 
    59. TOM LAWLOR 
    60. GO SHIOZAKI
    61. NICK GAGE 
    62. HIROSHI TANAHASHI 
    63. KEVIN OWENS 
    64. TONY DEPPEN 
    65. APOLLO CREWS 
    66. SAMMY GUEVARA 
    67. TAKASHI SUGIURA 
    68. CARISTICO 
    69. JUNGLE BOY 
    70. KOFI KINGSTON 
    71. SANADA 
    72. ROHIT RAJU 
    73. BRONSON REED 
    74. BRAY WYATT 
    75. EDDIE KINGSTON
    76. RIDDLE 
    77. ERIC YOUNG 
    78. TREVOR MURDOCH 
    79. NAOMICHI MARUFUJI 
    80. SAMI ZAYN 
    81. SANTOS ESCOBAR 
    82. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA 
    83. BRIAN CAGE 
    84. MYRON REED 
    85. DAMIAN PRIEST 
    86. EDDIE EDWARDS 
    87. MINORU SUZUKI 
    88. ARON STEVENS 
    89. THE MIZ 
    90. TRACY WILLIAMS 
    91. TJP 
    92. CHRIS DICKINSON 
    93. POWERHOUSE HOBBS 
    94. CHRIS BEY 
    95. EFFY
    96. WHEELER YUTA 
    97. WARHORSE 
    98. DA POPE 
    99. BLACK TAURUS 
    100. PETE DUNNE 
    101. ZACK SABRE JR. 
    102. EL DESPERADO 
    103. REY MYSTERIO JR. 
    104. LANCE ARCHER 
    105. JEFF HARDY 
    106. JOEY JANELA 
    107. JOSH ALEXANDER 
    108. BRODY KING 
    109. FRED YEHI 
    110. JAY LETHAL 
    111. ALLIE KATCH
    112. RICHARD HOLLIDAY 
    113. SCORPIO SKY 
    114. SAMI CALLIHAN 
    115. PENTAGON JR. 
    116. MATT JACKSON 
    117. NICK JACKSON 
    118. A-KID 
    119. MISTICO 
    120. EITA 
    121. JOSH WOODS 
    122. RICKY STARKS 
    123. ETHAN PAGE 
    124. JR KRATOS 
    125. KAITO KIYOMIYA 
    126. TOMMASO CIAMPA 
    127. BANDIDO 
    128. MUSTAFA ALI 
    129. QT MARSHALL 
    130. KZY 
    131. JAY BRISCOE 
    132. KUSHIDA 
    133. XAVIER WOODS 
    134. CALVIN TANKMAN
    135. BRIAN PILLMAN JR. 
    136. KONOSUKE TAKESHITA
    137. JD DRAKE 
    138. SHANE TAYLOR 
    139. JEFF COBB 
    140. MONTEZ FORD 
    141. EC3 
    142. DEXTER LUMIS 
    143. YUKI UENO 
    144. CARA NOIR 
    145. RICOCHET
    146. MANCE WARNER
    147. DOMINIK MYSTERIO 
    148. TETSUYA ENDO 
    149. JAKE SOMETHING 
    150. CAMERON GRIMES 
    151. OTIS 
    152. ANGELO DAWKINS 
    153. CEDRIC ALEXANDER 
    154. MASATO TANAKA 
    155. KATSUHIKO NAKAJIMA 
    156. ACE AUSTIN 
    157. GREAT-O-KHAN 
    158. PRESTON VANCE 
    159. KARL ANDERSON 
    160. TORU YANO 
    161. EUFORIA 
    162. SHUJI ISHIKAWA 
    163. MARIUS AL-ANI 
    164. TREY BAXTER
    165. LEON RUFF
    166. AREZ 
    167. LOGAN CREED 
    168. WILLIE MACK 
    169. FRANKIE KAZARIAN 
    170. SHELTON BENJAMIN 
    171. DANHAUSEN 
    172. RICKEY SHANE PAGE 
    173. GRAN GUERRERO 
    174. KENOH 
    175. ILJA DRAGUNOV 
    176. ANDRADE EL IDOLO .
    177. FLAMITA 
    178. DOC GALLOWS 
    179. JORDYNNE GRACE 
    180. KENTO MIYAHARA 
    181. MANSOOR 
    182. LUKE JACOBS 
    183. VOLADOR JR. 
    184. DAVEY BOY SMITH JR. 
    185. ISAIAH SCOTT 
    186. ORTIZ
    187. SANTANA 
    188. EVIL UNO 
    189. BILLY DIXON 
    190. CHESSMAN 
    191. STU GRAYSON 
    192. EDITH SURREAL 
    193. TYLER RUST 
    194. HIROOKI GOTO 
    195. ROCKY ROMERO
    196. LA PARK 
    197. CHUCK TAYLOR 
    198. O’SHAY EDWARDS 
    199. KENTA 
    200. SANSON 
    201. FORASTERO 
    202. TIMOTHY THATCHER 
    203. R-TRUTH
    204. LUCHASAURUS
    205. MYSTERIOUS Q 
    206. ETHAN ALLEN
    207. T-BAR 
    208. EL HIJO DE LA PARK 
    209. JORDAN OLIVER 
    210. ADAM BROOKS 
    211. MACE 
    212. PSYCHO CLOWN 
    213. HARASHIMA 
    214. ALEX COLON 
    215. TRENT 
    216. SHOTARO ASHINO 
    217. ELIAS 
    218. WARDLOW 
    219. DAK DRAPER 
    220. TREY MIGUEL 
    221. CHRIS SABIN 
    222. TOMOHIRO ISHII 
    223. BOBBY GUNNS 
    224. CHRIS BROOKES 
    225. CUATRERO
    226. BRIAN JOHNSON 
    227. CHASE HOLLIDAY 
    228. YUMA AOYAGI 
    229. TITAN 
    230. LAYNIE LUCK 
    231. DARIUS CARTER 
    232. EL PHANTASMO 
    233. DANIEL GARCIA 
    234. EL LINDAMAN 
    235. KILLIAN MCMURPHY 
    236. FRED ROSSER 
    237. EL TEXANO, JR. 
    238. MATT HARDY 
    239. MIL MUERTES 
    240. DUSTIN RHODES 
    241. DAVID FINLAY 
    242. EL SOBERANO, JR. 
    243. MO ATLAS 
    244. TAICHI 
    245. ERICA LEIGH 
    246. FLIP GORDON
    247. JOHN SILVER 
    248. PARROW 
    249. TRE’ LAMAR 
    250. CIMA 
    251. BRYAN KEITH 
    252. DMT AZUL 
    253. REY ESCORPION 
    254. DAX HARWOOD 
    255. CASH WHEELER 
    256. CARMELO HAYES 
    257. LA HIEDRA 
    258. JIMMY LLOYD 
    259. KID LYKOS 
    260. MURDER CLOWN 
    261. SONNY KISS 
    262. PB SMOOTH 
    263. KID LYKOS II 
    264. CABANA MAN DAN 
    265. MARK BRISCOE 
    266. MAX THE IMPALER 
    267. ADAM PRIEST
    268. JAKE HAGER 
    269. RODERICK STRONG 
    270. SHAWN SPEARS 
    271. LA KNIGHT
    272. AC MACK 
    273. MV YOUNG 
    274. TAMA TONGA 
    275. REY HORUS
    276. DOLPH ZIGGLER 
    277. 2 COLD SCORPIO 
    278. VALIENTE 
    279. MATT MAKOWSKI 
    280. GRIFF GARRISON
    281. TANGA LOA 
    282. OCTAGON JR. 
    283. TREVER AEON
    284. JOHN MORRISON 
    285. JUICE ROBINSON 
    286. ARIK ROYAL 
    287. KARL FREDERICKS
    288. BRIAN MYERS 
    289. YUJI OKABAYASHI 
    290. DR. WAGNER JR. 
    291. CHARLI EVANS 
    292. TORU SUGIURA 
    293. ROBERT ROODE 
    294. CHAD GABLE 
    295. MAX CASTER
    296. MYZTEZIZ JR.
    297. MATT CARDONA 
    298. MVP 
    299. KEZ EVANS 
    300. MIKE BENNETT 
    301. JOHN WAYNE MURDOCH 
    302. KEISUKE OKUDA 
    303. COLT CABANA 
    304. ANTHONY BOWENS 
    305. JAKE ATLAS 
    306. FRANCESCO AKIRA 
    307. KOJI IWAMOTO 
    308. DEVON MONROE
    309. ISAIAH BRONER 
    310. DOMINIC GARRINI 
    311. A VERY GOOD PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER 
    312. JOE DOERING 
    313. JTG 
    314. DELMI EXO 
    315. LEE JOHNSON 
    316. RITCHIE TAYLOR 
    317. ALEX REYNOLDS 
    318. ASHLEY VOX 
    319. ATTICUS COGAR 
    320. CRAZZY STEVE 
    321. YUJI HINO 
    322. MASA KITAMIYA 
    323. ERIC RYAN 
    324. DAVIENNE 
    325. IKEMEN JIRO 
    326. DANTE MARTIN 
    327. SATOSHI KOJIMA 
    328. CHRIS RIDGEWAY 
    329. JAMES STORM 
    330. ATSUSHI KOTOGE 
    331. NASH CARTER
    332. WES LEE 
    333. KEVIN KU 
    334. ISIAH KASSIDY 
    335. 1 CALLED MANDERS 
    336. ZEUS
    337. ANGELICO
    338. MARQ QUEN 
    339. ANTHONY GREENE 
    340. RHINO 
    341. JON DAVIS 
    342. ANGEL GARZA 
    343. DARIUS MARTIN 
    344. FLYER 
    345. CODY DEANER 
    346. JODY HIMSELF 
    347. MASAAKI MOCHIZUKI 
    348. CAVEMAN UGG 
    349. JORDAN CLEARWATER 
    350. ASHTON STARR 
    351. ALAN ANGELS 
    352. MATTHEW JUSTICE 
    353. CLARK CONNORS 
    354. ATLANTIS JR. 
    355. T-HAWK
    356. MATT SYDAL 
    357. DANNY LIMELIGHT 
    358. ODINSON 
    359. DAISUKE HARADA 
    360. WORLD FAMOUS CB 
    361. CHRIS ADONIS 
    362. KAITO ISHIDA 
    363. DREW GULAK 
    364. NORMAN HARRAS 
    365. ARIK CANNON 
    366. YASUFUMI NAKANOUE 
    367. DALTON CASTLE 
    368. RAY ROSAS 
    369. KEN BROADWAY 
    370. SLICE BOOGIE 
    371. FRONTMAN JAH 
    372. TYLER BATE 
    373. AKIRA TOZAWA 
    374. JORDAN CRUZ 
    375. MIKE OUTLAW 
    376. RHETT TITUS 
    377. RICKY SOUTH 
    378. SLAPJACK 
    379. JOEY ACE 
    380. KENNY KING 
    381. TAIJI ISHIMORI 
    382. MEI SURUGA 
    383. BALIYAN AKKI 
    384. JAMIE TAGATAESE
    385. JAKE CRIST 
    386. DAMO 
    387. ROYCE CHAMBERS 
    388. KYLIE RAE 
    389. LSG 
    390. MICKIE KNUCKLES 
    391. JOSHUA BISHOP 
    392. TROY HOLLYWOOD
    393. JACK EVANS 
    394. TOMMY DREAMER 
    395. YUJI NAGATA 
    396. MATT TAVEN 
    397. NARUKI DOI 
    398. JORDAN BLADE 
    399. DARK SHEIK 
    400. EEL O’NEAL 
    401. MURPHY
    402. DREW PARKER 
    403. ZIGGY HAIM 
    404. ISAMI KODAKA 
    405. TRAVIS HUCKABEE
    406. EL HIJO DE CANIS LUPUS 
    407. ROBBIE EAGLES 
    408. PRINCE AHURA 
    409. WILLOW NIGHTINGALE 
    410. BATEMAN 
    411. JESSICA TROY 
    412. W. MORRISSEY 
    413. MICHAEL OKU 
    414. ALEX KANE 
    415. JESSIE GODDERZ 
    416. MATT HAYTER 
    417. RAMPAGE BROWN 
    418. BRANDON WHATLEY 
    419. AEROBOY 
    420. MASHA SLAMOVICH 
    421. BRANDON KIRK 
    422. SHEA MCCOY 
    423. BOOMER HATFIELD 
    424. SAL RINAURO 
    425. KASEY CATAL 
    426. SB KENTO 
    427. KEVIN BLACKWOOD 
    428. REN NARITA
    429. EMI SAKURA 
    430. YOUNG MYLES 
    431. YUYA UEMURA 
    432. GABRIEL KIDD 
    433. HUMBERTO CARRILLO 
    434. ARI STERLING 
    435. BUSHI 
    436. DAN MOLONEY 
    437. SUGE D 
    438. CAMARO JACKSON 
    439. GRAYSON WALLER 
    440. OMAR AMIR 
    441. BILLIE STARKZ 
    442. ROYCE ISAACS 
    443. SYDNEY STEELE 
    444. KC NAVARRO 
    445. SAKI AKAI 
    446. KIP SABIAN 
    447. JOHNNY SWINGER 
    448. DEMONIO DEL AIRE 
    449. HARTLEY JACKSON 
    450. ZICKY DICE 
    451. MADMAN FULTON 
    452. BRETT ISON 
    453. KILLER KELLY 
    454. TEOMAN 
    455. JDX 
    456. DEREK NEAL 
    457. MR. GRIM 
    458. ARIYA DAIVARI 
    459. ONEY LORCAN 
    460. RYAN DAVIDSON 
    461. JAMIE SENEGAL 
    462. DIMITRI ALEXANDROV 
    463. ELI ISOM 
    464. TIMMY LOU RETTON 
    465. DOC SIMMONS 
    466. YOYA 
    467. SHO
    • 468. JANAI KAI 
    • 469. GREGORY IRON 
    • 470. FREDDIE HUDSON 
    • 471. ALICE CROWLEY 
    • 472. JADEN NEWMAN 
    • 473. ZOMBIE DRAGON 
    • 474. KEITA MURRAY 
    • 475. VINNY PACIFICO 
    • 476. COLE RADRICK 
    • 477. BAD LUCK FALE 
    • 478. BIG CALLUX 
    • 479. GINO MEDINA 
    • 480. DON’T DIE MILES 
    • 481. PETEY WILLIAMS 
    • 482. TRISTAN ARCHER 
    • 483. AARON HENARE 
    • 484. JAYSIN STRIFE 
    • 485. GRINGO LOCO 
    • 486. KUNG FU JANELA 
    • 487. COLBY CORINO 
    • 488. THE BOAR 
    • 489. AKIRA 
    • 490. JON WEST 
    • 491. RYAN NEMETH 
    • 492. DILLON MCQUEEN 
    • 493. ATHRUN AMADA 
    • 494. SWOGGLE 
    • 495. CHARLES MASON 
    • 496. ANTONIO HONDA 
    • 497. MR. IGUANA 
    • 498. ROBERT MARTYR 
    • 499. KAIA MCKENNA 
    • 500. LULU PENCIL 

    Looking ahead to 2022, who do you predict will be making a big move in next year’s PWI 500?

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