AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega takes the #1 spot ahead of WWE’s Head of the Table, Roman Reigns in the PWI 500 2021. For AEW’s second year in the PWI, they have regained the crown but do have less in the Top 10 this year.
WWE holds numerous spots, however, with Roman Reigns, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Finn Balor
Kota Ibushi, Will Ospreay, and Shingo Takagi represent New Japan Pro Wrestling, whilst Rich Swann is the lone “Independent” Star, mostly working with Impact Wrestling.
The evaluation period for this year’s PWI 500 is July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The criteria for ranking include win-loss record, technical ability, influence on the sport, success against the highest grade of competition, success against the most diverse competition, and activity.
#1: AEW World & AAA Mega Champion Kenny Omega
Kenny Omega in the 2020-21 PWI 500 period
As AEW Tag Team Champion
4 Successful Defenses
1 Loss against FTR at All Out 2020
As the Belt Collector
3-0 in Championship Eliminator
(notable win: A. Page at Full Gear 2020).
Wins AEW Title vs Jon Moxley at Winter is Coming.
Wins AAA title against Laredo Kid.
Wins Impact title against Rich Swann in a Title vs Title match.
6-0 in all defences.
(Fenix, Swann, Moxley, OC and PAC, Moose, Jungle Boy)
8-4 in all other matches.
(all defeats in tag matches)
Ends Evaluation Period as
AEW, AAA, and Impact Champion
25-6 record with no singles losses
#2: WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
#3: WWE Champion Bobby Lashley
#4: Drew McIntyre
#5: Kota Ibushi
#6: Jon Moxley
#7: RevPro British Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay
#8: Finn Balor
#9: IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi
#10: Rich Swann.