Someone has to be on top of the list so make it Rollins. Wrestling fans have been debating the sport since it began. Everyone has an opinion of their own and everyone has a favorite wrestler. While that can’t really be proven right or wrong, it’s a little bit easier to rank wrestlers based on their success. You can look at what a wrestler did over the years and have a decent amount of confidence in who had the best year. As is an annual tradition, that has been done again.

According to, Seth Rollins has topped this year’s PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) list, making the second time that he has earned the top spot. The list covers June to June of a year rather than beginning in January and takes into account wins and losses, quality of competition, the wrestler’s level of prominence in their promotion and various other factors. Rollins is the fifth person to win the honor twice, along with Bret Hart, Steve Austin, Triple H and John Cena. The remainder of the top five (in descending order) were Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston and Kazuchika Okada.

Rollins did have a big year. Check out his biggest win:


Opinion: This works just fine as Rollins certainly had a strong year. He won the Royal Rumble and defeated Brock Lesnar at the biggest show of the year for the Universal Title. Couple that with cutting the list off before we got stuck in the full on Rollins vs. Baron Corbin vortex and there aren’t many in his league. It isn’t a runaway for Rollins but it would be hard to find anyone flat out better.

Who would you have at the top of the list? Where would you rank Rollins? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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