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Although not yet in stores, the digital version of Pro Wrestling Illustrated's PWI 500 issue has been made available. Two different people have typed out the whole thing, so I've grabbed their work and shamelessly copied it over in my own handwriting (correcting some typos in the process...I hope)

Our yearly contribution to this list on the Internet is to intersperse the previous year's rankings where available. Because I had a little time, FIVE years of rankings are included - mostly machine generated, but I hand checked the top 200 for name changes. Some day I'll be bored enough to check the other 300, but you find if I've missed any, let me know and I'll fix 'em.

PWI didn't appear to have a #204 and they also liked Bray Wyatt enough to list him twice. I'm sure you'll immediately notice some interesting things about this list as well. (EDIT: This list has since been "corrected" to reflect changes announced by PWI in the interim - 8/29)

  1  10   3   8  24 CM Punk
2 30 51 55 38 Bobby Roode
3 3 2 3 9 John Cena
4 15 44 27 13 Daniel Bryan
5 12 10 94 226 Sheamus
6 193 181 42 277 Jun Akiyama
7 25 32 77 107 Davey Richards
8 18 9 12 2 Kurt Angle
9 57 99 45 65 Mark Henry
10 6 83 88 73 Alberto del Rio
11 22 39 7 20 Hiroshi Tanahashi
12 37 43 59 42 James Storm
13 76 25 23 31 Austin Aries
14 2 4 5 1 Randy Orton
15 33 22 28 14 Christian
16 17 50 113 189 Dolph Ziggler
17 31 17 25 51 Big Show
18 9 37 92 -- Eddie Edwards
19 146 354 -- -- L.A. Park
20 122 54 112 129 Kevin Steen
21 16 20 13 18 Jeff Hardy
22 4 79 37 33 Kane
23 35 41 48 79 Cody Rhodes
24 5 14 -- -- Takashi Sugiura
25 63 73 49 82 Devon
26 28 16 57 28 Dr. Wagner Jr.
27 7 33 -- -- Mr. Anderson
28 24 1 19 21 AJ Styles
29 -- 5 2 29 Chris Jericho
30 40 77 43 78 Bully Ray
31 29 26 35 76 Kofi Kingston
32 13 46 61 103 Roderick Strong
33 39 21 18 222 Jack Swagger
34 -- 269 -- -- El Terrible
35 21 60 9 84 Sting
36 51 55 80 94 R-Truth
37 11 15 -- -- Rob Van Dam
38 64 68 120 178 Go Shiozaki
39 118 134 83 27 Jay Lethal
40 286 230 -- -- Kazuchika Okada
41 89 -- -- -- Crimson
42 71 76 31 62 Shelton Benjamin
43 164 107 173 -- Magnus
44 94 101 238 245 Colt Cabana
45 130 192 154 53 Tensai
46 53 19 17 88 Seth Rollins
47 45 7 24 10 Shinsuke Nakamura
48 26 47 58 95 Christopher Daniels
49 1 12 56 54 The Miz
50 32 38 86 126 Matt Morgan
51 42 31 29 4 Samoa Joe
52 187 174 194 430 Sami Callihan
53 79 -- 122 184 Charlie Haas
54 229 271 346 --- Michael Elgin
55 59 97 239 464 Gunner
56 19 109 --- --- Wade Barrett
57 20 56 21 --- Jeff Jarrett
58 34 92 30 45 Kazarian
59 268 363 --- --- Johnny Gargano
60 100 350 97 91 Santino Marella
61 155 206 100 11 Takeshi Morishima
62 49 61 51 44 Adam Pearce
63 74 62 81 49 Jay Briscoe
64 144 122 214 --- Karl Anderson
65 81 86 107 50 Mark Briscoe
66 67 304 176 204 Robbie E
67 38 48 39 26 El Mesias
68 73 217 --- --- Prince Devitt
69 147 104 110 68 Averno
70 140 117 199 140 Zack Ryder
71 99 228 --- --- Tommaso Ciampa
72 143 125 76 163 Primo
73 41 70 211 93 Satoshi Kojima
74 185 --- --- --- Brodus Clay
75 115 417 --- --- Adam Cole
76 -- 346 158 76 Epico
77 -- 342 --- --- Leo Kruger
78 114 423 --- --- Mike Bennett
79 98 273 --- --- YAMATO
80 58 138 108 112 Negro Casas
81 -- -- 139 234 Hiroyoshi Tenzan
82 -- 333 362 238 La Mascara
83 46 118 163 143 El Generico
84 97 207 --- --- David Otunga
85 101 96 202 453 Kenny King
86 96 49 72 60 Eric Young
87 55 71 66 72 Hernandez
88 395 376 381 --- Zema Ion
89 188 183 137 200 PAC
90 277 --- 164 --- Damien Sandow
91 192 291 --- --- Jey Uso
92 189 296 --- --- Jimmy Uso
93 296 358 --- --- Hunico
94 124 69 130 197 Harry Smith
95 186 146 161 --- Tetsuya Naito
96 87 94 64 63 Carlito
97 69 63 63 215 Evan Bourne
98 109 123 106 311 Rhett Titus
99 206 364 --- --- Richie Steamboat
100 61 141 --- --- Justin Gabriel
101 43 42 36 17 Sin Cara
102 232 --- --- --- Kyle O'Reilly
103 105 130 118 83 Great Khali
104 257 199 99 313 Blue Panther
105 103 352 424 --- The Almighty Sheik
106 --- 414 240 228 Kid Kash
107 220 235 218 437 Luke Harper
108 113 58 73 241 Tyson Kidd
109 66 100 192 --- Heath Slater
110 47 88 32 70 Alex Shelley
111 44 80 67 52 Antonio Cesaro
112 --- 218 488 --- Ryback
113 14 121 132 39 Suwama
114 --- 136 47 56 Finlay
115 60 23 96 104 Abyss
116 197 --- --- --- Masato Yoshino
117 --- 108 40 117 Jerry Lynn
118 54 75 297 135 Togi Makabe
119 208 189 93 195 Xavier Woods
120 23 386 --- --- Ultimo Dragon
121 131 91 191 192 La Sombra
122 86 --- 146 283 Shingo
123 --- --- 282 255 Masaaki Mochizuki
124 274 --- --- --- Akira Tozawa
125 36 74 70 58 Kassius Ohno
126 137 78 219 --- Yoshi Tatsu
127 280 161 186 309 Chuck Taylor
128 127 35 82 --- Hirooki Goto
129 160 139 68 61 Rhino
130 104 209 198 --- Low-Ki
131 56 36 --- --- D'Angelo Dinero
132 70 52 91 90 Naomichi Marufuji
133 --- --- --- --- Genki Horiguchi
134 88 81 160 191 Volador Jr.
135 --- --- --- --- Mike Dalton
136 119 366 --- --- Mason Ryan
137 --- --- --- --- Jay Spadley
138 --- --- --- --- Mahabali Veera
139 --- --- --- --- Jimmy Susumu
140 213 380 --- --- Derrick Bateman
141 --- 336 --- --- TJ Perkins
142 --- 324 --- --- Bo Dallas
143 95 105 65 57 Yuji Nagata
144 --- --- --- --- RJ Brewer
145 370 --- --- --- Rush
146 62 45 --- --- Douglas Williams
147 226 245 178 --- Drake Younger
148 --- --- --- --- A. R. Fox
149 90 98 341 392 BxB Hulk
150 80 317 --- --- Jushin Liger
151 78 93 142 --- Ezekiel Jackson
152 171 158 114 46 CIMA
153 135 215 --- --- Ryusuke Taguchi
154 50 --- --- --- El Zorro
155 --- --- --- --- Uhaa Nation
156 --- --- --- --- Rey Escorpion
157 205 197 --- --- Darren Young
158 --- 65 22 121 Blue Demon Jr.
159 91 124 188 159 Shannon Moore
160 --- 365 --- --- Caprice Coleman
161 175 255 190 141 Curt Hawkins
162 345 306 223 261 Mike Mondo
163 --- 251 --- --- El Hijo Del Santo
164 --- --- --- --- Cedric Alexander
165 111 64 111 47 Minoru Suzuki
166 336 --- --- --- Jinder Mahal
167 126 29 10 12 Ultimo Guerrero
168 --- 331 --- --- Bray Wyatt
169 249 --- --- --- Titus O'Neil
170 --- --- --- --- Ryo Santo
171 106 201 --- --- Alex Riley
172 149 89 --- --- Mohammad Yone
173 77 --- 229 --- Matt Jackson
174 173 132 74 97 KENTA
175 152 195 140 --- Joe E. Legend
176 337 436 --- --- Camacho
177 196 232 148 123 Hector Garza
178 162 177 116 36 Chavo Guerrero
179 83 --- 235 --- Nick Jackson
180 269 221 200 171 Shawn Spears
181 --- --- --- --- Mark Haskins
182 168 --- 337 174 Yoshinobu Kanemaru
183 217 157 307 --- Silver Kain
184 --- 250 --- --- Kota Ibushi
185 85 142 318 --- Kenny Omega
186 68 34 44 187 Ted DiBiase Jr.
187 --- 162 136 22 El Hijo del Perro Aguayo
188 --- --- 453 473 Chance Prophet
189 275 330 177 208 Matt Cross
190 151 --- 133 148 Joe Doering
191 52 30 125 219 Drew McIntyre
192 --- --- --- --- Jake Carter
193 317 341 385 --- Robert Anthony
194 244 --- --- --- Conor O'Brian
195 120 131 98 323 Tyson Dux
196 199 210 167 145 Jack Evans
197 --- 114 221 --- Michael McGillicutty
198 --- --- --- --- GAMMA
199 75 67 230 438 Rob Terry
200 --- 268 296 341 Corey Graves
201 288 252 257 278 Eddie Kingston
202 212 110 128 225 Naruki Doi
203 --- 143 144 89 Masato Tanaka
204 163 180 156 --- Tyler Reks
205 267 204 168 427 Cody Deaner
206 165 172 393 223 Chris Masters
207 --- --- --- --- Briley Pierce
208 153 84 90 185 JTG
209 325 253 --- --- N8 Mattson
210 276 282 --- --- Derek Wylde
211 116 283 159 372 Johnny Curtis
212 107 129 62 111 Brian Kendrick
213 --- 72 121 32 Cibernetico
214 --- --- --- --- Brad Maddox
215 141 106 131 156 Delirious
216 --- 170 --- --- Shawn Daivari
217 253 323 --- --- Dragon Rojo Jr.
218 289 222 247 157 Mike Quackenbush
219 110 163 71 64 Scott Steiner
220 --- --- --- --- Apollyon
221 172 --- --- --- Trent Barreta
222 385 370 --- --- Josh Alexander
223 294 --- 401 --- Darin Corbin
224 397 419 430 --- Papadon
225 234 --- --- --- Chris Angel
226 181 --- --- --- Akitoshi Saito
227 --- --- --- --- Richochet
228 --- 318 --- --- Shaun Tempers
229 --- --- --- --- Psicosis II
230 --- --- --- --- El Texano Jr.
231 300 242 --- --- Dragon Kid
232 133 133 75 102 Chessman
233 210 --- 336 --- Hartley Jackson
234 227 --- --- --- Jado
235 366 --- --- --- Devon Moore
236 264 186 102 48 Petey Williams
237 291 254 141 108 Rocky Romero
238 177 144 162 116 Paul London
239 273 --- --- --- Mascara Dorada
240 320 276 265 289 Hallowicked
241 161 112 84 170 Steve Corino
242 --- --- --- --- Virus
243 --- 178 149 81 Sonjay Dutt
244 --- --- --- --- Bestia 666
245 183 167 --- --- Yoshihiro Tajiri
246 207 166 --- --- Extreme Tiger
247 --- --- --- --- Ricky Cruz
248 --- --- --- --- Takao Omori
249 134 151 119 339 Kaz Hayashi
250 243 --- --- --- Gedo
251 --- --- --- --- BJ Whitmer
252 --- --- --- --- Manabu Soya
253 223 --- 465 --- Byron Saxton
254 --- --- --- --- Dean Ambrose
255 --- --- --- --- Masada
256 --- --- --- --- Famous B
257 263 --- 338 373 Kahagas
258 200 203 331 342 Arik Cannon
259 272 267 --- --- Ryan Eagles
260 382 --- --- --- Jake Manning
261 388 --- --- --- Alex Silva
262 --- --- 234 --- Daisuke Sekimoto
263 121 --- 33 23 MVP
264 --- --- --- --- Kai
265 215 402 --- --- Big E Langston
266 278 171 175 183 Joey Ryan
267 --- --- 195 --- Lance Archer
268 --- --- --- --- La Parka Jr.
269 --- --- --- --- Krimson
270 209 257 --- --- Masahiro Chono
271 93 102 79 67 Homicide
272 265 265 --- --- Akebono
273 --- 315 181 160 Jimmy Rave
274 --- --- --- --- Gilbert
275 --- --- --- --- Rey Bucaniero
276 298 --- --- --- Rich Swann
277 361 374 --- --- Shane Haste
278 281 259 314 202 Jigsaw
279 --- --- --- --- Dr. Nicholas Dinsmore
280 --- --- --- --- John Silver
281 305 --- --- --- Harlem Bravado
282 310 335 427 --- Silas Young
283 --- --- --- --- Facade
284 304 --- --- --- Lance Bravado
285 299 389 --- --- Matt Riviera
286 261 398 398 350 John McChesney
287 --- 226 253 270 Gran Akuma
288 --- --- --- --- Gurv Sihra
289 284 244 203 199 Ruckus
290 180 147 155 --- Ray Gonzalez
291 --- --- --- --- Anthony Nese
292 --- --- --- --- Harv Sihra
293 --- --- --- --- Robby Heart
294 --- --- --- --- Kuimuna
295 339 --- --- --- Ace Hawkins
296 --- --- --- --- Rick Victor
297 282 220 264 272 Icarus
298 72 193 104 114 Tommy Dreamer
299 303 294 248 256 Pepper Parks
300 --- --- --- --- Scotty Vortekz
301 178 90 --- --- Luke Gallows
302 283 270 --- --- Ares
303 --- --- --- --- Damien Wayne
304 239 --- 396 250 Sabu
305 311 --- --- --- Craig Classic
306 84 223 --- --- Jesse Neal
307 360 394 413 --- Vance Nevada
308 --- --- --- --- Kenneth Cameron
309 --- --- --- --- Tiberious King
310 316 308 270 324 Aden Chambers
311 329 --- 445 --- Brandon Espinosa
312 190 211 432 --- Jon Davis
313 --- 145 124 172 Marco Corleone
314 233 190 117 162 Necro Butcher
315 --- --- --- --- BLK Jeez
316 378 --- 450 --- Danny Havoc
317 198 202 428 --- Kory Chavis
318 195 248 --- --- Oliver John
319 --- --- --- --- Jason Jordan
320 --- --- --- --- Caleb Konley
321 153 --- --- --- Mikael Judas
322 --- --- --- --- Roscoe Jackson
323 338 --- --- --- Alexander Rusev
324 --- --- 441 --- Pinkie Sanchez
325 --- 479 --- --- Ray Alexander
326 --- --- --- --- CJ Parker
327 --- --- --- --- Joey Rico Dynamite
328 --- --- --- --- Peter Avalon
329 --- --- --- --- Jake O'Reilly
330 404 415 302 --- Grizzly Redwood
331 --- --- --- --- Scott Reed
332 --- --- --- --- Willie Mack
333 438 470 --- --- Mike Posey
334 434 --- --- --- Shaun Ricker
335 369 447 482 --- Mike Sydal
336 363 239 249 275 Lince Dorado
337 --- --- 184 --- Devon Storm
338 367 381 379 --- Asylum
339 290 280 278 247 Josh Daniels
340 202 --- 449 --- Tim Storm
341 --- --- --- --- Stryknyn
342 --- --- --- --- Derek Sanders
343 --- --- --- --- Se7en
344 --- 392 --- --- KENSO
345 --- --- --- --- Drew Gulak
346 203 57 254 --- Electroshock
347 --- --- --- --- Greg Excellent
348 433 --- --- --- Chris Wylde
349 --- --- --- --- Dru Onyx
350 365 --- --- --- Kyle Sebastian
351 371 --- --- --- Leakee
352 --- --- 477 418 Luke Hawx
353 136 87 153 --- Amazing Red
354 372 376 389 --- Matt Burns
355 --- --- --- --- Craven Knyte
356 240 238 --- --- Percy Watson
357 --- --- --- --- Andrew Alexander
358 262 391 246 205 Ricky Reyes
359 --- --- --- --- Brandon Gatson
360 343 --- --- --- Andy Ridge
361 --- --- --- --- Jake Christ
362 --- 176 145 269 Alex Koslov
363 254 233 103 207 Tiger Mask IV
364 398 405 483 --- Josef Von Schmidt
365 353 --- 354 --- Steve Boz
366 --- --- --- --- Scotty O'Shea
367 356 --- --- --- DJ Hyde
368 387 --- --- --- RJ City
369 --- --- 280 303 Bobby Fish
370 318 307 232 198 Robbie McAllister
371 108 150 50 74 Jimmy Jacobs
372 --- --- --- --- Mustafa Aziz Daniels
373 364 --- --- --- Dave Crist
374 --- --- 486 --- Notorious T.I.D.
375 --- --- --- --- Mike Hughes
376 --- --- --- --- John E. Stone
377 --- --- --- --- Chip Day
378 --- --- --- --- Chris Silvio
379 --- --- --- --- Ashley Sixx
380 409 --- --- --- Kekoa The Flyin' Hawaiian
381 --- --- --- --- Super Dragon
382 --- --- --- --- Slyk Wagner Brown
383 --- 385 339 304 Tank
384 --- --- --- --- Vaquero Fantasma
385 --- --- --- --- Dasher Hatfield
386 --- --- --- --- Dash Maverick
387 --- --- --- --- Aaron Draven
388 --- --- 437 --- Micah Taylor
389 393 --- 274 --- Cobian
390 436 427 --- --- Jimmy Cicero
391 --- --- --- --- Bobby Moore
392 --- --- --- --- James Bronson
393 --- --- --- --- Timothy Thatcher
394 --- --- --- --- Ahtu
395 --- --- --- --- Azrieal
396 --- --- --- --- Aiden Veil
397 --- --- --- --- Seth Delay
398 386 --- --- --- Bloody Harker Dirge
399 --- --- --- --- Oliver Cain
400 --- 420 --- --- Breaker Morant
401 --- --- --- --- Garett Bischoff
402 --- --- --- --- Dandido Jr.
403 430 --- --- --- Sexxxy Eddie
404 --- --- --- --- Biggie Biggs
405 --- --- --- --- John Kermon
406 384 357 185 349 Sinn Bodhi
407 415 474 496 --- Crazzy Steve
408 --- --- --- --- Patrick Bentley
409 427 --- --- --- Matt Saigon
410 --- 316 --- --- Scorpio Sky
411 454 461 --- --- Bill Collier
412 --- --- --- --- Tyler Hilton
413 --- --- --- --- Anthony Darko
414 421 --- --- --- Damian Dragon
415 379 278 --- --- Mike Rollins
416 --- --- --- --- Gregory Iron
417 --- --- --- --- Kyle Matthews
418 403 429 --- --- Bobby Shields
419 --- --- --- --- John Skyler
420 --- 487 --- --- Primo Scordino
421 439 --- --- --- Gee Gee
422 --- --- --- --- Jayson Wayne
423 --- --- --- --- Napalm Bomb
424 376 --- --- --- Steven Walters
425 --- 489 --- --- Hellcat
426 --- --- --- --- Stupefied
427 --- --- --- --- Ethan HD
428 --- --- --- --- Dave Osborne
429 459 --- --- --- Kevin Douglas
430 --- --- --- --- Sara Del Rey
431 368 459 --- --- Corey Hollis
432 --- --- --- --- Rob Sweet
433 --- --- 266 260 Christian York
434 --- --- --- --- Greg Anthony
435 377 --- --- --- Sam Shields
436 428 --- --- --- Player Uno
437 --- 434 --- --- Chris Rockwell
438 --- --- --- --- Dany Only
439 359 --- --- --- Paredyse
440 --- --- --- --- Nitro
441 --- --- --- --- Samuray Del Sol
442 --- --- --- --- Jessie Godderz
443 --- --- --- --- Gideon Malice
444 --- --- --- --- Vordell Walker
445 --- --- --- --- AJ Kirsch
446 469 --- --- --- Nick Fury
447 --- --- --- --- Black Ice
448 441 --- --- --- Joe Gacy
449 --- --- --- --- Luke Robinson
450 495 496 --- --- Brandon Thurston
451 461 404 --- --- Rudy Switchblade
452 455 --- --- --- American Kickboxer II
453 --- 492 --- --- Billy Gibbs
454 --- --- --- --- Jamin Olivencia
455 460 460 --- --- Tommy Mack
456 --- --- --- --- The Bodysnatcher
457 --- --- --- --- Garrett Dylan
458 --- --- --- --- Jason Cypress
459 346 --- 357 --- Ophidian
460 462 --- --- --- Steve Stasiak
461 --- --- --- --- Cueball Carmichael
462 362 --- --- --- Franky the Mobster
463 --- --- --- --- Nui Tofiga
464 --- --- --- --- Rob Fury
465 --- --- --- --- Cheech Hernandez
466 --- 497 --- --- Gabe Saint
467 --- --- --- --- Johnny Spade
468 --- --- --- --- Larry Dallas
469 --- 379 394 --- Danny Daniels
470 476 478 491 --- Marc Mandrake
471 327 --- --- --- Mohamad Ali Vaez
472 --- --- --- --- Dave Dutra
473 465 486 --- --- Chris Cooper
474 410 471 --- --- Kid America
475 --- --- --- --- Tommy Reznik
476 --- --- --- --- Butch Long
477 --- 395 421 388 Joey Knight
478 --- --- --- --- Al Farat
479 --- --- --- --- Tyler Priegel
480 --- 494 --- --- Mr. Ooh La La
481 --- --- --- --- Elia Markopoulos
482 485 488 494 --- Barry Hardy
483 489 --- --- --- Brandon Bishop
484 --- --- --- --- Lumberjack Leroux
485 --- --- --- --- The Big O
486 --- --- --- --- Shooter Storm
487 --- --- --- --- Jimi The Hippie
488 492 --- --- --- Corey Blaze
489 456 --- --- --- Chrisifix
490 --- --- --- --- LJ Cruz
491 --- --- --- --- Anton Levigh
492 --- --- --- --- Perry Von Viscious
493 --- --- 417 414 The Maestro
494 467 458 --- --- Vince Beach
495 --- --- --- --- Silent Warrior
496 499 --- --- --- Johnny Adams
497 --- --- --- --- Lance Anoa'i
498 --- --- --- --- Nick Vickers
499 312 --- --- --- Shane Hollister
500 --- --- --- --- Brian Hardy
Top 100 folks from last year's list missing from this year's list: Rey Mysterio (#8), John Morrison (#27), Matt Hardy (#65), Orlando Jordan (#82), Vladimir Kozlov (#92)

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On first blush Devon being so high let alone higher than Bully Ray is laughable. What did La Park do that he's so high on the list?
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Since: 26.10.10
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The most interesting thing that I noticed was that Mr. Ooh La La is apparently still wrestling and still working the same Frenchie gimmick that went out of style in 1987.
kingleo
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Since: 26.11.04
From: Logan, UT

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#4 Posted on
Some corrections from PWI's Twitter feed

https://twitter.com/OfficialPWI/status/239000459975729152

Tajiri is supposed to be at #244 and Cody Deaner should be at #204.

https://twitter.com/OfficialPWI/status/239018102376001536

And a possible mix-up at the #11 spot.
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Whoa, Jack Swagger not only in at 33, but that's up 6 spots from last year. Is he wrestling in some parallel universe where he's getting a push?



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I'd expect Austin Aries to crack the top 5 next year. He's having the kind of quality run that Punk had last year. I really believe his victory promo from the Impact after Destination X is the kind of work that makes wrestling promotions.




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Fuck yeah. A list that recognizes Mark Henry as a top ten player works for me.

I'll stay within the top 50.

Devon has improved a ton, but he's not top 25 and is nowhere close to Bully Ray who should be top 15. Randy Orton and Christian also seems to be rated way to high.

Miz is lucky to make top 50, I know he was a player earlier in the year, but that bad streak he had was just really really bad.

I would have rated Aries higher, as well as AJ Styles. I just don't get whatever it is to get with Mr Anderson.

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I agree with their top two. Punk and Roode were phenomenal forces this year. Roode finally losing the belt while Punk kept going strong was probably the tiebreaker in the chase for the top spot.
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Since: 10.12.01
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Hey, would you like to see my ballot? (They only had me had do lucha guys, those collated together which some other lucha libre folks by one person, and I'm not sure how many more layers it goes thru before it gets to this. PWI probably doesn't know I was involved.)

Dr. Wagner Jr. Top 10
LA Park Top 10
La Sombra Top 10
Averno Top 20
Blue Panther Top 30
Mesías Top 30
Negro Casas Top 30
El Hijo Del Santo Top 50
Último Guerrero Top 50
Volador Jr. Top 60
Rush Top 70
Mr. Niebla Top 80
Máscara Dorada Top 90
Atlantis 101-199
Black Terry 101-199
Blue Demon Jr. 101-199
Cibernético 101-199
el Hijo del Perro Aguayo 101-199
Jack Evans 101-199
Mephisto 101-199
Negro Navarro 101-199
Terrible 101-199
Texano Jr. 101-199
Trauma I 101-199
Trauma II 101-199
Chessman 200-299
La Máscara 200-299
La Parka Jr. 200-299
Silver King 200-299
Drago 300-399
Electroshock 300-399
Guerrero Maya Jr. 300-399
Rey Bucanero 300-399
Joe Lider 400-500
Marco Corleone 400-500
Nicho el Millionario 400-500
Valiente 400-500

As you can tell, they ask just for the area the guy belongs at the part I was in. I ranked primarily based on how big a star they are, but not strictly so.

I don't know if this explains/confuses things, but I sent that ballot in early June. The list is probably two months old by the time people see it and things change; I know I'd swap Volador and Santo if I could do it today.

    Originally posted by graves9
    On first blush Devon being so high let alone higher than Bully Ray is laughable. What did La Park do that he's so high on the list?


LA Park has been the top star of AAA, turning from heel to face and feuding with Jeff Jarrett. I am not a big fan of that feud but it was a big deal thing.



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So, is Sara Del Ray the first woman to make the top 500? I'm not complaining in the slightest, I've been a fan of hers since I first saw her on ROH on HDnet.



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Since: 20.6.02
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    So, is Sara Del Ray the first woman to make the top 500? I'm not complaining in the slightest, I've been a fan of hers since I first saw her on ROH on HDnet.


I was so tempted to say Trish Stratus made it one year...but a quick search comes up empty. So I do believe you're right.




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Chyna had to have been at least once, considering her Royal Rumble appearances and Intercontinental championships.
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Miss Texas (Jackie) was the first (#249 - 1993).

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Huh. I thought Jericho had a Top 10 year easily. I'm guessing PWI's year begins and ends in June/July. Even so, with a great showing in the Rumble, being in a long string of impressive world title matches all year, he should definitely be higher than #29.

Pretty happy to see Mark Henry get recognized, though.
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    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    Huh. I thought Jericho had a Top 10 year easily. I'm guessing PWI's year begins and ends in June/July.
Cubs alluded to it above, but the "evaluation period" was between June 1 and May 31.



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I'm sorry, but Garret Bischoff made this list? Who the fuck is this person could, without making an ass of themselves, say that Garret Bischoff is deserving of being on this list and also say he's a 'better wrestler' than 98 other people listed here? What the fuck?!?!

Rey Mysterio went from #8 to completely off the list. Is this the furthest drop ever for someone on the list?

But seriously... Garret Bischoff? I been trolled!



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.39
    Originally posted by Cerebus
    I'm sorry, but Garret Bischoff made this list? Who the fuck is this person could, without making an ass of themselves, say that Garret Bischoff is deserving of being on this list and also say he's a 'better wrestler' than 98 other people listed here? What the fuck?!?!
This is the 22nd year of the list and I'm very disappointed how many people still don't quite "get it." A wrestler's push, warranted or not, is still a very important component to their PWI ranking, and there aren't too many folks who weren't on nationwide television during the evaluation period who didn't end up in this list. You're lucky he didn't place higher. (Or perhaps I'M lucky 'cause God knows what you'd have said THEN)

    Rey Mysterio went from #8 to completely off the list. Is this the furthest drop ever for someone on the list?
No. Just last year Chris Jericho went from #5 in 2010 to not on the list.

Hint: Click on the "PWI 500" icon to see threads on this board for previous years going back to 2002.

If you'd like to go back even further, there's always profightdb.com.

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Poor Samoa Joe. Stuck in TNA while so many other old ROH guys are above him in the PWI 500...and in life.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.27
Can't argue with the top two. The rest as usual is debatable. Good for Sara and yeah, Miz is lucky to be in the top 100.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.82
I actually got to see #295 Ace Hawkins at a free show last night. He was miles ahead of anyone else on the show, and actually got the listless crowd to start chanting for his opponent.

I guess there's a reason he was the rookie of the year last year. Hope everything works out well for him.



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