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What is the PWI 500 list 2021? Top wrestlers revealed

Joshua Rogers September 9, 2021
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Pro Wrestling Illustrated has released its list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world for 2021. PWI’s Al Castle appeared on radio recently and announced who the top spot is. Here’s the PWI 500 2021 top ten and where you can read the list in full.

What is the PWI 500 list?

Pro Wrestling Illustrated recently released its list of the 500 best wrestlers in the world for 2021.

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The PWI list is based on a number of criteria and is evaluated from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

The criteria for ranking are as follows:

  • In-Ring Achievement (win-loss records, championships, tournaments won)
  • Influence (visibility and prestige within a promotion and/or the industry)
  • Technical Ability (quality of manoeuvres, matches, and ring psychology)
  • Competition (success against the most varied and high-quality opponents)
  • Activity (minimum ten matches total or six matches in separate months)

Kenny Omega ranked #1 on 2021 PWI 500 list

AEW World Champion Kenny Omega has been announced as the #1-ranked wrestler in the 2021 Top 500 list from Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Omega ranked #13 on the 2020 list, which was topped by Jon Moxley. He ranked #8 on the 2019 list, which was topped by Seth Rollins. Omega ranked #1 in 2018, making this his second year at #1.

This year’s edition features Kenny Omega on the cover.

Top 10 wrestler on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s 500 list 2021

The top ten wrestler’s on PWI’s 500 list for 2021 is as follows:

  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

The PWI top 500 wrestlers 2021 full list can be found on Reddit here.

The PWI 500 issue is available for pre-orders now, while the digital edition is for sale at

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.