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.
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.