The 2018 PWI 500 has been revealed and this year marks the first time in the 28-year history of the list that non-WWE superstars have topped the list consecutively.
Last year it was Kenny Omega’s rival Kazuchika Okada, but this year the man himself has been given the honor of being named the number one wrestler on the list.
Omega is above the likes of AJ Styles who came in second, but also topped the list back in 2010, Okada, who was named number one last year, Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, Tetsuya Naito and The Miz.
It’s been a fantastic year for Kenny Omega since the list is judged from July 31, 2017, to June 30, 2018 and even though the NJPW star came in fifth last year, it appears that he has done enough over the past 12 months to be pushed to the top of the list.
Senior Writer Dan Murphy coordinates the list and spoke to WrestlingInc about the way it comes together: “Not only has Kenny Omega managed to set a new standard for excellence in his matches in New Japan Pro Wrestling, but he has also captured the imagination of the fans in a way few other wrestlers have been able to do in recent years, in a very real way, Kenny Omega embodies 2018 in professional wrestling. His success on his own terms has made him an international phenomenon.”
Omega is scheduled to face Pentagon Jr. at this Saturday’s All In pay-per-view which is live from Chicago and could include a number of surprises. All In is the biggest non-WWE event of the year and includes some of the biggest stars from the world of wrestling.