Saturday, September 22, 2012

50: The Private Stash


Last month PWI published its list of the top 500 wrestlers of 2012. As usual, I recognize only about half of them, not keeping up with "straight" pro wrestling all that well, apparently. I love lists like this because I like "best of" lists in general and PWI's annual listing often suggests names of wrestlers I might be interested in who, for whatever reasons, have not yet popped up on my radar. For understandable reasons, PWI favors wrestlers signed with the big companies (WWE, TNA Impact, ROH) and physically bigger wrestlers--the small guys get mentioned, more often than not, in the bottom half of the list. Here's my condensed version of the list, handpicking the names on PWI's list that I count among my personal favorites. The number in parentheses denotes PWI's ranking this year.
  1. CM Punk (1)
  2. Davey Richards (7)
  3. Dolph Ziggler (16)
  4. Eddie Edwards (18)
  5. Roderick Strong (32)
  6. Seth Rollins (46)
  7. Sami Callihan (52)
  8. Charlie Haas (53)
  9. Johnny Gargano (59)
  10. Jay Briscoe (63)
  11. Prince Devitt (68)
  12. Zack Ryder (70)
  13. Tommaso Ciampa (71)
  14. Adam Cole (75)
  15. Mike Bennett (78)
  16. El Generico (82)
  17. PAC (88)
  18. Rhett Titus (97)
  19. Justin Gabriel (99)
  20. Heath Slater (108)
  21. Chuck Taylor (126)
  22. Low Ki (129)
  23. TJ Perkins (140)
  24. AR Fox (147)
  25. KENTA (173)
  26. Kota Ibushi (183)
  27. Tyler Reks (203)
  28. Chris Masters (205)
  29. Ricochet (226)
  30. Jake Manning (259)
  31. Alex Silva (260)
  32. Jigsaw (277)
  33. Lance Bravado (284)
  34. Anthony Nese (291)
  35. Damien Wayne (303)
  36. Aden Chambers (310)
  37. Caleb Konley (320)
  38. Mike Posey (333)
  39. Drew Gulak (345)
  40. Jimmy Jacobs (371)
  41. Timothy Thatcher (393)
  42. Patrick Bentley (413)
  43. Kyle Matthews (417)
  44. Steven Walters (424)
  45. Player Dos Stupefied (426)
  46. Corey Hollis (431)
  47. Paredyse (439)
  48. Samuray del Sol (441)
  49. Luke Robinson (449)
  50. Elia Markopoulos (481)

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