Pro Wrestling Illustrated

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Pro Wrestling Illustrated March 2014 cover.gif
Daniel Bryan on the March 2014 cover
Publisher Stu Saks
Frequency Monthly
Publisher Kappa Publishing Group
First issue September 1979
Country United States
Language English
Website www.pwi-online.com
ISSN 1043-7576

Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) is an American internationally sold professional wrestling magazine. PWI is headquartered in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania and published by Kappa Publishing Group.[1]

History[edit]

The first issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated was released in 1979. The magazine soon became known for not breaking kayfabe in its articles as it traditionally treated all "angles", or storylines, as real. However, in more recent years, the magazine has taken an editorial approach between kayfabe and "Shoot" writing, differentiating between on-screen feuds and controversies behind the scenes. PWI is not limited to covering only prominent professional wrestling promotions, as it also covers multiple independent promotions in the United States. PWI also publishes other special issues, which include: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts since 1996, Women of Wrestling, and a weekly newsletter entitled PWI Weekly from 1989 to 2000. It was eventually acquired by Golden Boy Enterprises.

PWI has given out annual awards and recognitions since its inception. These awards had previously been given out by another Victory Sports Magazine property- Sports Review Wrestling. PWI has also given out monthly rankings for the big promotions, some select independents, and an overall rankings in singles and tag teams. Additionally, readers are given the ability vote for the winners of the year-end awards with ballots being included in special year-end issues. A special PWI Awards magazine is issued annually, which reveals winners and the number of votes counted. The following is a list of categories in which PWI has issued awards.

PWI world championship status[edit]

The following shows which championships were recognized by the magazine’s editors as world titles.[2] According to the latest PWI Almanac, PWI also recognizes select world title reigns from 1905 - July 1948, prior to the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Championships Dates
NWA World Heavyweight Championship January 5, 1948 - January 11, 1991;
June 19, 2002 - May 13, 2007
AWA World Heavyweight Championship May 18, 1960 - December 12, 1990
WWE World Heavyweight Championship April 29, 1963 – present
WCW World Heavyweight Championship January 11, 1991 - March 26, 2001
ECW World Heavyweight Championship August 27, 1994- April 11, 2001
World Heavyweight Championship (WWE) September 2, 2002 – December 16, 2013
TNA World Heavyweight Championship May 13, 2007 – present

PWI 500[edit]

PWI has published its list of the top 500 professional wrestlers each year since 1991 in an annual special edition magazine called the PWI 500. PWI writers choose the position of the wrestler following a designated evaluation period, which spans June 1 of last year through May 31 of this year. Anything a wrestler accomplished before or after that period--whether it's winning a world title or doing an opening match job--is not considered. Also, they follow a criteria that includes win-loss record, championships won, quality of competition, major feuds, prominence within a wrestler's individual promotion(s), and overall wrestling ability.[3] As of 2013, only Jushin Liger has appeared in every edition of the PWI 500.[4] In 1993, Jacqueline Moore was the first woman to be ranked in the list, she was #249. Here are the top ten ranked wrestlers for each year:

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1991[5] Hulk Hogan Lex Luger Ric Flair Randy Savage Sting Scott Steiner Ricky Steamboat Steve Williams Arn Anderson Rick Steiner
1992[6] Sting Randy Savage Rick Rude Bret Hart Ricky Steamboat Jerry Lawler Scott Steiner The Ultimate Warrior Steve Austin
1993[7] Bret Hart Big Van Vader Shawn Michaels Sting Yokozuna Ric Flair Lex Luger Rick Rude Mr. Perfect Scott Steiner
1994[8] Hulk Hogan Ric Flair Big Van Vader Shawn Michaels Steve Austin Razor Ramon Sting Ricky Steamboat Owen Hart
1995[9] Diesel Shawn Michaels Sting Bret Hart Sabu Hulk Hogan Big Van Vader Randy Savage Razor Ramon Mitsuharu Misawa
1996[10] Shawn Michaels The Giant Kenta Kobashi Ahmed Johnson Kevin Nash Rey Mysterio Hulk Hogan Sabu Ric Flair
1997[11] Dean Malenko Mitsuharu Misawa Steve Austin Diamond Dallas Page Lex Luger The Undertaker Shinya Hashimoto The Giant Jushin Liger Chris Benoit
1998[12] Steve Austin Bill Goldberg Mitsuharu Misawa The Undertaker Kenta Kobashi Booker T Ken Shamrock Chris Jericho
1999[13] Rob Van Dam Rey Mysterio, Jr. The Rock Diamond Dallas Page Keiji Mutoh The Undertaker Goldberg Taz
2000[14] Triple H The Rock Chris Benoit Kenta Kobashi Jeff Jarrett Justin Credible Mike Awesome Jushin Liger Chris Jericho Kensuke Sasaki
2001[15] Kurt Angle Steve Austin Keiji Mutoh Booker T Triple H Scott Steiner Kane Rhyno
2002[16] Rob Van Dam The Undertaker Keiji Mutoh Chris Jericho Eddie Guerrero Kurt Angle Edge Yuji Nagata The Rock Triple H
2003[17] Brock Lesnar Triple H Kurt Angle Keiji Mutoh Chris Jericho The Big Show Booker T Kenta Kobashi Eddie Guerrero Rob Van Dam
2004[18] Chris Benoit Eddie Guerrero Triple H Kenta Kobashi Randy Orton Toshiaki Kawada John Cena A.J. Styles Shawn Michaels Chris Jericho
2005[19] Batista John Cena Randy Orton Triple H JBL Kurt Angle A.J. Styles Edge Shelton Benjamin Hiroyoshi Tenzan
2006[20]

John Cena

Kurt Angle Edge Samoa Joe Mistico Rey Mysterio Brock Lesnar Kenta Kobashi Shawn Michaels Jeff Jarrett
2007[21] Edge Mistico Kurt Angle The Undertaker Shawn Michaels Christian Cage Perro Aguayo, Jr. Bobby Lashley Takeshi Morishima
2008[22] Randy Orton Kurt Angle Triple H Samoa Joe Edge The Undertaker Shawn Michaels Chris Jericho John Cena Shinsuke Nakamura
2009[23] Triple H Chris Jericho John Cena Edge Randy Orton Nigel McGuinness Hiroshi Tanahashi CM Punk Sting Último Guerrero
2010[24] A.J. Styles John Cena CM Punk Randy Orton Chris Jericho Batista Shinsuke Nakamura The Undertaker Kurt Angle Sheamus
2011[25] The Miz Randy Orton John Cena Kane Takashi Sugiura Alberto Del Rio Mr. Anderson Rey Mysterio Eddie Edwards CM Punk
2012[26] CM Punk Bobby Roode Daniel Bryan Sheamus Jun Akiyama Davey Richards Kurt Angle Mark Henry Alberto Del Rio
2013[27] John Cena CM Punk Hiroshi Tanahashi Bully Ray Kazuchika Okada Sheamus Jeff Hardy Alberto Del Rio Dolph Ziggler Kevin Steen

PWI Female 50[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2008[28] Awesome Kong Beth Phoenix Gail Kim Mickie James MsChif Sara Del Rey Roxxi Laveaux Melina Michelle McCool Candice Michelle
2009[29] Mickie James Angelina Love Melina MsChif Tara Awesome Kong Beth Phoenix Michelle McCool Maryse Taylor Wilde
2010[30] Michelle McCool Mercedes Martinez Cheerleader Melissa Eve Torres Madison Rayne Mickie James MsChif Maryse
2011[31] Madison Eagles Mercedes Martinez Mickie James Natalya Madison Rayne Cheerleader Melissa Tara Sara Del Rey
2012[32] Gail Kim Beth Phoenix Cheerleader Melissa Sara Del Rey Jessicka Havok Layla Miss Tessmacher Saraya Knight Mercedes Martinez Tara
2013[33] Cheerleader Melissa Mickie James Saraya Knight Jessicka Havok Kaitlyn Gail Kim Kacee Carlisle Tara AJ Lee Mercedes Martinez

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  • 2005 Pro Wrestling Illustrated Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts.

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