The Paradigm Shift appears to have continued. Pro Wrestling Illustrated has released its annual list of their top 500 wrestlers in the world for 2020 and current AEW Champion Jon Moxley has earned the coveted #1 spot.

PWI tweeted the following regarding the accolade:

This year marks the 30th annual edition of the famous PWI 500 list. The wrestlers from 1-25 are as follows:

  1. Jon Moxley
  2. Adam Cole
  3. Chris Jericho
  4. Drew McIntyre
  5. Tetsuya Naito
  6. Kazuchika Okada
  7. Cody Rhodes
  8. Seth Rollins
  9. Kofi Kingston
  10. AJ Styles
  11. Keith Lee
  12. Brock Lesnar
  13. Kenny Omega
  14. Roman Reigns
  15. Nick Aldis
  16. Bray Wyatt
  17. Kota Ibushi
  18. Rush
  19. Braun Strowman
  20. Jacob Fatu
  21. Will Ospreay
  22. MJF
  23. Aleister Black
  24. Kento Miyahara
  25. WALTER

According to information from Heel by Nature, the evaluation period for this year’s PWI 500 is July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The criteria for ranking are as follows:

  • Win-loss record
  • Technical ability
  • Influence on the sport
  • Success against the highest grade of competition
  • Success against the most diverse competition
  • Activity

Moxley is scheduled to defend the AEW Championship against MJF at “All Out” on September 5. Check out what Moxley has been up to in AEW as of late:

Last year, Seth Rollins topped the PWI 500 as its No. 1 wrestler.

Editor’s Opinion:

While I don’t agree with the pick, I can certainly understand the reason for the award. Moxley has had an amazing year in AEW and ascended to the top in rapid fashion. He has done a good job representing the company in a positive manner and I can see why PWI would recognize him as the top wrestler in the world. Congratulations to him on this tremendous honor!

Do you agree that Jon Moxley is the best wrestler in the world? If not, who would you put in that place? Leave us a comment below, or post a comment on our Facebook page! Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!


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