Seth Rollins topped this year’s PWI 500, also featured in the top 10 were names like Roman Reigns, Kazuchika Okada, and Kofi Kingston. Below is the full top 10:
1. Seth Rollins
2. Daniel Bryan
3. AJ Styles
4. Kofi Kingston
5. Kazuchika Okada
6. Johnny Gargano
7. Roman Reigns
8. Kenny Omega
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi
10. Will Ospreay
WWE congratulated Rollins with the following release:
Burn it down, earn the top spot.
Universal Champion Seth Rollins joined a very elite club when it was revealed today that he topped the 2019 “Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500” – the publication’s annual ranking of the top 500 sports-entertainers of the year.
The 29th edition of the “PWI 500” sees Rollins in the No. 1 spot, as selected by the staff of “Pro Wrestling Illustrated.” The selection process is based on achievements during the evaluation period of July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. WWE Superstars earned the top four spots on the list, with Rollins being followed by Daniel Bryan, United States Champion AJ Styles, and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston.
Rollins’ notable achievements during the timeframe include his two victories over Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at WrestleMania 35 and SummerSlam, winning the 2019 Royal Rumble and capturing the Raw Tag Team Championship twice, as well as the Intercontinental Title.
A thrilled Rollins told “PWI,” “As difficult as it can be, this is all I ever wanted — to be in this position, to be having this conversation with you — talking about being the absolute best wrestler on the entire planet. I don’t think there is a single part of me that would trade any second of it.”
The Beastslayer joins Bret Hart, “Stone Cold” Austin, Triple H, and John Cena as the only Superstars to earn the No. 1 spot twice.
“Those guys obviously are elite,” Rollins said. “They are in a class all their own. They are Hall of Famers. So, to be mentioned amongst them is pretty special.”
WWE.com congratulates Rollins on this incredible accomplishment.
To order the “PWI 500” edition, visit pwi-online.com.