Roman Reigns Earns #1 Spot On Annual PWI 500 List

Every year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated releases a list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world, ranked across a variety of factors. This year’s edition has studied the data, and come to the conclusion that WWE Superstar Roman Reigns has accomplished enough during the previous voting year (which covers July 2015 to June 2016) to secure the top spot on this prestigious and highly-debated list. “The Guy”, as he apparently wishes to be called, took the honor largely on the strength of 3 WWE World Heavyweight Title victories, his (technically) hour-long stint in the Royal Rumble, and his position in the main event of the largest WrestleMania in history.

For your enjoyment, here’s the full Top 20:

1 – Roman Reigns (WWE)
2 – Kazuchika Okada (NJPW)
3 – Finn Balor (NXT)
4 – AJ Styles (NJPW/WWE)
5 – Jay Lethal (ROH)
6 – Kevin Owens (WWE)
7 – Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW/NXT)
8 – Seth Rollins (WWE)
9 – Dean Ambrose (WWE)
10 – Drew Galloway (TNA/ROH/EVOLVE)
11 – John Cena (WWE)
12 – Tetsuya Naito (NJPW)
13 – Roderick Strong (ROH)
14 – Samoa Joe (NXT)
15 – Ricochet/Prince Puma (LU/NJPW/DGUSA)
16 – Will Ospreay (REVPRO/NJPW)
17 – Sheamus (WWE)
18 – Michael Elgin (ROH/PWG/NJPW)
19 – Brock Lesnar (WWE)
20 – Chris Jericho (WWE)

Wait, did we forget to mention that the whole “prestigious” thing is totally not true and the PWI 500 is a list where only quantifiable “kayfabe” accomplishments, i.e. wins and losses, are used as criteria, and thus someone like Reigns, who won basically every single match he was in for the past year and had 3 World Title reigns, would obviously take the #1 spot? But people do still like to argue about the list regardless, so have at it!

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.