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AEW’s Jon Moxley is #1 on 2020 PWI 500 List

Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s vaunted PWI 500 list for 2020 has arrived and All Elite Wrestling’s Jon Moxley is number one.

The annual list, which turns 30 this year, boasts the top 500 wrestlers in the world. The top 100 wrestlers on the PWI 500 were revealed, as reported by Heel By Nature. Included are WWE’s Adam Cole at number two and AEW’s Chris Jericho at number three.

A slew of other AEW athletes featured in the top 100 are:

  • Cody Rhodes at number 7,
  • Kenny Omega at number 13,
  • MJF at 22,
  • “Hangman” Adam Page at 33,
  • PAC at 39,
  • Brian Cage at 51,
  • Fenix at 52,
  • Darby Allin at 55,
  • Lance Archer at 59,
  • Sammy Guevara at 61,
  • Matt Jackson of the Young Bucks at 73,
  • Pentagon Jr. at 74,
  • Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks at 75,
  • Orange Cassidy at 84,
  • Ricky Starks at 92,
  • Jungle Boy at 93
  • Scorpio Sky at 97

 

Along with Adam Cole, a number of WWE wrestlers also made their way in high positions on the PWI 500:

  • Drew McIntyre was placed at number 4,
  • “Monday Night Messiah” Seth Rollins at number 8,
  • Kofi Kingston at number 9,
  • AJ Styles at 10,
  • Keith Lee at 11,
  • Brock Lesnar at 12,
  • Roman Reigns at 14,
  • Bray Wyatt at 16,
  • Braun Strowman at 19,
  • Aleister Black at 23,
  • WALTER at 25,
  • Shinsuka Nakamura at 26,
  • Andrade at 27,
  • Roderick Strong at 29,
  • Tommaso Ciampa at 30,
  • Daniel Bryan at 32,
  • Finn Balor at 35,
  • Kevin Owens at 37,
  • Baron Corbin at 41,
  • Rey Mysterio at 43,
  • Bobby Lashley at 44,
  • Johnny Gargano at 46,
  • Randy Orton at 48,
  • Ricochet at 56,
  • Drew Gulak at 60,
  • Matt Riddle at 80,
  • Pete Dunne at 81,
  • Apollo Crews at 82,
  • The Miz at 87,
  • Velveteen Dream at 90,
  • Humberto Carrillo at 91,
  • Dolph Ziggler at 95,
  • Karrion Kross at 96
  • John Morrison at 100

 

Apart from WWE and AEW, other professional wrestling promotions are represented greatly in the top 100 slots of PWI’s 500 list, such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), Major League Wrestling (MLW), Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor (ROH), Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Independent talent like EFFY (77) and AJ Gray (63) also make an appearance.

Only two women wrestlers cracked the top 100 — Impact Wrestling’s Kylie Rae (78) and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide’s Tessa Blanchard (83).

The cover of Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s 500 issue for 2020 is a homage to the publication’s 500 issue from 1998, featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Jon Moxley’s pose on the 2020 issue mirrors Austin’s.

The entire 2020 PWI 500 list can be read via digital subscription to Pro Wrestling Illustrated or by purchasing a copy of the the special collector’s issue on newsstands.

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