At the Castle of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, it was revealed that All Elite Wrestling athlete Kenny Omega is number one on the annual PWI 500 list. This is the second time for Kenny, in fact, the first. it was in 2018, while last year it stood at number 13.
The period considered is from 1st July 2020 to 30th June 2021 and wrestlers are judged on the basis of the record of wins and losses, technical skills, influence in sport, success against the highest levels of competition, success against the greatest number of opponents different and activity.
So the top 10 this year is made up of the following athletes: Kenny Omega Roman Reigns Bobby Lashley Drew McIntyre Kota Ibushi Jon Moxley Will Ospreay Finn Bálor Shingo Takagi Rich Swann.
What an extraordinary year for Kenny Omega
Taking into consideration all the criteria used to compile this ranking and to crown Kenny Omega as the best wrestler of 2021, it is easy to see why this decision was made.
In fact, during the chosen months, Omega won the AEW World Title and the IMPACT World Title and was part of the tag team that won the AEW Tag Team Champions at the very beginning of this period. This list, as you can easily guess from the names in the top 10, includes various athletes around the world who are part of various federations, so to get to those levels you really need to do an impeccable job and get noticed as much as possible.
500 athletes taken from all over the globe are really a lot and evaluating them doesn't have to be easy too. Kenny Omega has really done an extraordinary job that has put him in the spotlight of the wrestling world, earning him belts, respect, fame, glory, and even the very first place in this ranking.
Hoping this athlete's overtime work doesn't stop there, the World Wrestling family team up to congratulate him and wish him another wonderful year full of success. With the AEW Championship, AAA Championship, and IMPACT Wrestling World Championship in his possession, Kenny Omega is the most accomplished wrestler in the world at the moment.
The Cleaner is currently embroiled in a feud with Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston in AEW. Omega will be in action on next week's Bloods and Guts special where he teams up with Michael Nakazawa to square off against Moxley and Kingston.