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News: Puro In The 2011 PWI 500 (Updated)

It’s here-the PWI 500 was officially revealed by Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine yesterday both in print and on it’s blog (actually, they did 100 at a time online culminating with the Top 100 today). I’m taking a quick glance through it (online it lists only rankings, not the more detailed stuff in the print version), here are where some of the puroresu stars ranked this year:
The top Japanese wrestler was Takashi Sugiura at #5. Only The Miz, Randy Orton, John Cena & Kane ranked higher. Sugiura was the only Japanese wrestler in this year’s Top 10 (on average there are usually 2). He’s also the top NOAH star. The highest-ranked All-Japan star was Suwama at #14, in New Japan it was #21 Hiroshi Tanahashi. The rundown, and bear in mind the ranking period this time was June 1, 2010-May 31, 2011 (I’m also including some current/recent/former Dragon Gate USA guys):
#5-Takashi Sugiura
#14-Suwama
#21-Hiroshi Tanahashi
#23-Ultimo Dragon
#41-Satoshi Kojima
#45-Shinsuke Nakamura
#54-Makabe (note to PWI’s blogger: It’s Togi Makabe, NOT Togo!)
#64-Go Shiozaki
#70-Naomichi Marufuji (he only missed about 3 months of this grading period with his current injury)
#73-Prince Devitt
#80-Jushin Liger
#85-Kenny Omega
#86-Shingo Takagi
#90-BxB Hulk
#95-Yuji Nagata
#102-Jon Moxley
#108-Jimmy Jacobs
#111-Minoru Suzuki
#121-MVP
#123-Minoru (Minoru Tanaka)
#125-Ryota Hama (major drop, was Top 25 last year)
#127-Hirooki Goto
#130-Giant Bernard
#134-Kaz Hayashi (Note: A lot of guys close to each other starting here)
#135-Ryusuke Taguchi
#137-Yoshi Tatsu (WWE)
#138-Yohsihiro Takayama
#139-Toru Yano
#142-Takuma Sano
#144-Karl Anderson
#145-Wataru Inoue
#148-Kotaro Suzuki
#149-Mohammed Yone (PWI-NOT Mohammad! They need someone like me to do this!)
#151-Joe Doering
#154-Kota Ibushi (remember the period ended BEFORE his Jr. Title win and maybe before BOSJ ended)
#155-Takeshi Morishima
#157-KONO
#158-Taiyo Kea
#159-Bid Daddy Voodoo
#166-Masato Tanaka
#168-Yoshinobu Kanemaru (PWI-NOT Kanemura! This is almost getting embarrassing!)
#171-CIMA
#173-KENTA
#176-Masakatsu Funaki
#179-Kensuke Sasaki
#181-Akitoshi Saito
#183-TAJIRI
#184-Yujiro Takahashi
#186-Tetsuya Naito
#188-Pac (WAY too low)
#193-Jun Akiyama
#194-Bison Smith
#197-Masato Yoshino (also WAY too low)
#204-Taiji Ishimori
#209-Masa Chono
#212-Naruki Doi
#220-Brodie Lee
#227-Jado (seems rather high considering he was injured for a while)
#238-Keiji Muto (ranking period ended before tag team title win)
#241-Keith Walker
#243-Gedo
#254-Tiger Mask 4
#265-Akebono (maybe a bit low)
#268-Johnny Gargano
#273-Mascara Dorada
#274-Tozawa (presumably Akira Tozawa)
#280-Chuck Taylor
#281-Jigsaw
#286-Okada (presumably Kazuchika Okada, name he uses in TNA)
#298-Rich Swann
#300-Dragon Kid
#396-Ricochet (calling it now, he’ll be one of the biggest movers up next year)

And although it has no relevance here but I always enjoying finding out who the 500’s “Mr. Irrelevant” is…
#500-Gino Martino

And where the hell is Daisuke Sekimoto? Or did I somehow miss him? I’d say the same about Seiya Sanada too-Champions Carnival did happen during the period. I think it’s the same issue with most American wrestling publications (and outside of the Kappa Publishing ones and WWE’s “magazine” there…oh, wait, there aren’t any, right?) and websites-all the focus is on WWE, TNA and a few indies. Japan, Mexico and Europe get little to no attention. I admit I still love the 500 and if I see it on my local newsstand (too bad Target doesn’t carry it, could pick it up during/after a shift and cheaper with my discounts) I will still buy it and digest it religiously over the next year, but it’s too much WWE-oriented/biased these days. If only there was a way for them to do more international coverage…

You can see the entire 500 (and leave feedback too, they want it) at prowrestlingillustrated.blogspot.com. Of course comments here are welcome, and gripes but keep it clean. Save the smarky stuff for PWI.

UPADTE: Added Ultimo Dragon at #23, a commenter correctly noted that I missed him the first time through. As always, the help’s appreciated.

  1. Sixteen Degrees
    08/12/2011 at 3:04 am

    representingpuroresu :
    Ah, indeed I did. Thanks for pointing that out. That definitely surprises me, given his Japan appearances seem to be limited to Fujinami’s promotions and Real Japan (and to some extent SMASH) he must be more active outside Japan but I never hear about it.

    Well, he also appears for Michinoku Pro. Although he isn’t a champion there and it still wouldn’t really be enough to claim he is top 100. To me the PWI has to judged on it’s own logic, and this is completely illogical.

  2. 08/10/2011 at 8:06 pm

    Ah, indeed I did. Thanks for pointing that out. That definitely surprises me, given his Japan appearances seem to be limited to Fujinami’s promotions and Real Japan (and to some extent SMASH) he must be more active outside Japan but I never hear about it.

  3. Sixteen Degrees
    08/10/2011 at 7:19 pm

    You missed Ultimo Dragon at #23. Of all of them, this was the one that puzzled me the most.

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