PoP! Top 300 Wrestlers Year Two

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What you’re about to read is something of a failed experiment.

A year ago, in response to the Pro Wrestling Illustrated list of the top 500 wrestlers in the world, I decided to make my own list of the top 300. It was an exercise I did mostly for fun and to prove the point that anybody can make a list. This year I decided to do it again, but this time around I shackled myself to the PWI 500 a bit too much. This time around I used their list as my starting point and chose to rank only wrestlers that they ranked as well.

As a result of this, I only reached 273.

This happened for a number of reasons. Firstly, the PWI 500 doesn’t rank female wrestlers. I didn’t realize this until I was quite a ways into my list and I’m completely baffled by the lack of their inclusion. Women’s wrestling as a whole is quite possibly the best that it has ever been. When you have a list that has quite a few no name wrestlers on it, you can’t possibly claim that there’s no room for the women here. My list is incomplete without them. Next year when I do this list again, I won’t be using the PWI 500 as I have here. It’s clear that their staff is out of touch with the current wrestling product.

My list was also cut short by the amount of wrestlers on the PWI 500 that I haven’t watched wrestle in the past calendar year. There’s only so much time in a day and I can’t watch everything. I’m sure I could have ranked wrestlers on reputation alone to help fill out my 300, but that seems dishonest to me. There are also several wrestlers that I would have ranked, but they were unfortunately left off of the PWI 500. I’m very upset about the lack of Captain New Japan on the list.

So here you have it, my list of the top 300 wrestlers in the world (that are also on the PWI 500). My rankings are mostly based on match quality, but also take things like promo skills and impact on the business into account. Each wrestler’s PWI rank is listed next to their name in a set of parentheses. Feel free to agree or disagree with my list in the comments. Next year we’ll get back to a full 300.

  1. Kazuchika Okada (2)
  2. AJ Styles (4)
  3. Tetsuya Naito (12)
  4. Kenny Omega (23)
  5. Tomohiro Ishii (37)
  6. Kevin Owens (6)
  7. Hiroshi Tanahashi (27)
  8. Will Ospreay (16)
  9. Yuji Okabayashi (60)
  10. Sami Zayn (40)
  11. KUSHIDA (48)
  12. Daisuke Sekimoto (63)
  13. Jay Lethal (5)
  14. Shinsuke Nakamura (7)
  15. John Cena (10)
  16. Shuji Ishikawa (110)
  17. Zack Sabre Jr. (28)
  18. Ricochet (15)
  19. Shingo Takagi (43)
  20. Kota Ibushi (73)
  21. The Young Bucks (46 and 49)
  22. Fenix (89)
  23. Naomichi Marufuji (80)
  24. Finn Balor (3)
  25. Akira Tozawa (177)
  26. Michael Elgin (18)
  27. Chris Hero (125)
  28. YAMATO (181)
  29. Katsuyori Shibata (35)
  30. Roderick Strong (13)
  31. Pentagon Jr. (68)
  32. Go Shiozaki (41)
  33. Takashi Sugiura (44)
  34. Bobby Fish (26)
  35. Kento Miyahara (39)
  36. Kyle O’Reilly (32)
  37. Marty Scurll (204)
  38. Seth Rollins (8)
  39. Jun Akiyama (202)
  40. HARASHIMA (178)
  41. Cesaro (55)
  42. Roman Reigns (1)
  43. Samoa Joe (14)
  44. SANADA (144)
  45. Jay Briscoe (30)
  46. BUSHI (82)
  47. TJ Perkins (234)
  48. Johnny Gargano (114)
  49. Matt Sydal (129)
  50. Kamaitachi (269)
  51. Minoru Suzuki (84)
  52. Dean Ambrose (9)
  53. Tommy End (174)
  54. Dragon Lee (251)
  55. Mascara Dorada/Gran Metalik (291)
  56. EVIL (229)
  57. Satoshi Kojima (211)
  58. Hirooki Goto (47)
  59. Tomoaki Honma (276)
  60. Christopher Daniels (86)
  61. Mil Muertes (77)
  62. Austin Aries (54)
  63. Chris Jericho (21)
  64. Tommaso Ciampa (105)
  65. Masato Yoshino (268)
  66. Dalton Castle (176)
  67. Masakki Mochizuki (292)
  68. Yuji Nagata (196)
  69. Johnny Mundo (62)
  70. Drew Galloway (11)
  71. CIMA (205)
  72. Volador Jr. (241)
  73. Taiji Ishimori (278)
  74. Jushin Thunder Liger (261)
  75. Gedo (399)
  76. Mark Briscoe (83)
  77. ACH (74)
  78. Isami Kodaka (91)
  79. Kohei Sato (150)
  80. Rey Mysterio Jr. (76)
  81. Big E (38)
  82. Neville (66)
  83. Jeff Cobb (50)
  84. Kofi Kingston (42)
  85. Shelton Benjamin (186)
  86. BxB Hulk (198)
  87. Kenoh (250)
  88. Masato Tanaka (352)
  89. Adam Cole (45)
  90. The Miz (22)
  91. Drago (128)
  92. Cedric Alexander (116)
  93. Alex Shelley (140)
  94. Rusev (34)
  95. Big R Shimizu (245)
  96. Chris Sabin (155)
  97. King Cuerno (117)
  98. Karl Anderson (69)
  99. Brock Lesnar (19)
  100. Hajime Ohara (255)
  101. Flamita (340)
  102. Daisuke Harada (247)
  103. Randy Orton (59)
  104. Jay White (363)
  105. Mike Bailey (145)
  106. Matt Hardy (33)
  107. Frankie Kazarian (92)
  108. Shane Thorne (147)
  109. Nick Miller (154)
  110. Luke Harper (85)
  111. Xavier Woods (58)
  112. Dolph Ziggler (36)
  113. Rocky Romero (103)
  114. Lio Rush (180)
  115. Matt Riddle (281)
  116. Drew Gulak (118)
  117. Bobby Roode (70)
  118. Togi Makabe (75)
  119. Trent Barreta (107)
  120. PJ Black (141)
  121. Trevor Lee (61)
  122. Lince Dorado (294)
  123. Sheamus (17)
  124. Kalisto (25)
  125. Lance Archer (101)
  126. Rich Swan (136)
  127. Zeus (192)
  128. Jack Evans (207)
  129. Shinjiro Otani (295)
  130. Colt Cabana (157)
  131. Wade Barrett (142)
  132. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (98)
  133. Cage (95)
  134. Aerostar (215)
  135. Angelico (124)
  136. Chad Gable (123)
  137. Ryusuke Taguchi (113)
  138. Matt Cross (138)
  139. Yukio Sakaguchi (285)
  140. Brian Kendrick (168)
  141. Silas Young (213)
  142. Chuck Taylor (235)
  143. Bad Luck Fale (252)
  144. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (220)
  145. Noam Dar (106)
  146. Yuji Hino (232)
  147. Jason Jordan (119)
  148. Tyler Breeze (209)
  149. AR Fox (233)
  150. YOSHI-HASHI (314)
  151. Jack Gallagher (273)
  152. Hallowicked (296)
  153. Timothy Thatcher (71)
  154. Ray Rowe (97)
  155. Shane Strickland (258)
  156. T-Hawk (275)
  157. Hideyoshi Kamitani (312)
  158. TAKA Michinoku (347)
  159. Masakatsu Funaki (375)
  160. Sami Callihan (172)
  161. Texano Jr. (57)
  162. Jeff Hardy (67)
  163. Dragon Azteca Jr (195)
  164. Eita (323)
  165. David Finlay Jr. (431)
  166. Apollo Crews (72)
  167. Tracy Williams (398)
  168. Kohei Suwama (254)
  169. Ultimo Dragon (330)
  170. Mark Andrews (165)
  171. Andrew Everett (156)
  172. Goldust (179)
  173. Heath Slater (212)
  174. Moose (104)
  175. Andrade Almas (131)
  176. Jado (410)
  177. Jack Swagger (164)
  178. Tama Tonga (299)
  179. Adam Page (191)
  180. Ultimo Guerrero (210)
  181. Daisuke Sasaki (284)
  182. Taichi (337)
  183. Simon Gotch (175)
  184. Ryback (31)
  185. Alberto Del Rio (29)
  186. Zack Ryder (109)
  187. Cody Rhodes (111)
  188. Tye Dillinger (206)
  189. R-Truth (173)
  190. Tony Nese (137)
  191. The Mack (288)
  192. Yoshinobu Kanemaru (223)
  193. Chase Owens (306)
  194. Ethan Page (307)
  195. Stuka Jr. (380)
  196. Eric Young (88)
  197. KAI (238)
  198. Scott Dawson (135)
  199. Luke Gallows (65)
  200. Dash Wilder (132)
  201. Eddie Kingston (383)
  202. Maybach Taniguchi (289)
  203. Matt Taven (183)
  204. BJ Whitmer (239)
  205. Bray Wyatt (56)
  206. Kazushi Sakuraba (302)
  207. Tajiri (248)
  208. Baron Corbin (53)
  209. Big Cass (120)
  210. Bubba Ray Dudley (149)
  211. Chavo Guerrero Jr. (221)
  212. Tiger Mask IV (267)
  213. Curtis Axel (182)
  214. Aiden English (171)
  215. Hanson (108)
  216. Kane (52)
  217. Toru Yano (346)
  218. Kotoka (351)
  219. Kenny King (148)
  220. Donovan Dijak (318)
  221. Jason Kincaid (237)
  222. Ricky Reyes (304)
  223. Yosuke Santa Maria (344)
  224. Fred Yehi (415)
  225. Jervis Cottonbelly (439)
  226. Joey Ryan (158)
  227. Sin Cara (133)
  228. Will Ferrara (286)
  229. Ariya Daivari (280)
  230. Dave Crist (420)
  231. Mark Henry (197)
  232. Big Show (102)
  233. Jey Uso (90)
  234. James Storm (79)
  235. Jimmy Uso (99)
  236. Erick Rowan (151)
  237. Caleb Konley (259)
  238. Mojo Rawley (193)
  239. Darren Young (189)
  240. Epico (166)
  241. Primo (170)
  242. Braun Strowman (163)
  243. Mike Bennett (51)
  244. Rhett Titus (160)
  245. D-Von Dudley (153)
  246. Jax Dane (78)
  247. Enzo Amore (122)
  248. Jun Kasai (341)
  249. Daga (218)
  250. Andy Dalton (378)
  251. Yoshi Tatsu (271)
  252. Fandango (224)
  253. Bryan Myers (361)
  254. No Way Jose (334)
  255. Caprice Coleman (243)
  256. Elias Samson (203)
  257. Bo Dallas (199)
  258. Titus O’Neil (161)
  259. Rockstar Spud (100)
  260. Rob Conway (121)
  261. Tyson Dux (130)
  262. Yujiro Takahashi (303)
  263. Viktor (216)
  264. Wesley Blake (217)
  265. Buddy Murphy (227)
  266. Colby Corino (453)
  267. Konnor (226)
  268. Da Mack (300)
  269. Tanga Roa (324)
  270. Joey Daddiego (326)
  271. Cheeseburger (377)
  272. Angelo Dawkins (350)
  273. Cody Hall (359)

 

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Kelly Harrass is a comic shop worker and writer from Milwaukee, WI. You may know him as one of the regular hosts of the PoP!-Cast and the co-host of PCW. Find him on Twitter @comicgeekelly and email him at kharrass@panelsonpages.com

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  1. Dave says:

    I printed out a copy of this to jizz on, you harpy.

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