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    2012 PWI Female 50 Revealed

    Pro Wrestling Illustrated has today announced its top 50 female wrestlers for 2012 in the annual PWI Female 50.

    As revealed earlier this week, TNA star Gail Kim took the top spot.

    Former Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix comes in at #2 this year, followed by independent stars Cheerleader Melissa, Sara Del Rey and WSU World Champion Jessicka Havok rounding out the top five.

    RELATED: Gail Kim Tops 2012 PWI Female 50

    Also in the top five, former Divas Champ Layla is at #6, former Knockouts Champion Brooke Tessmacher at #7, SHIMMER Champion Saraya Knight at #8, former WSU World Champion Mercedes Martinez at #9 and new Knockouts Champion Tara at #10.

    Elsewhere on the list, the reigning Divas Champion, Eve Torres ranks at #22 and NCW Femmes Fatales Champion, Kalamity, is at #35.

    The full list is available in the January 2013 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. You can pick up the digital version of the magazine at www.pwi-online.com.

    Read the press release below:

    [notice]The 2012 PWI Female 50 issue is now available for viewing and digital download at www.pwi-online.com. It will be released on newsstands later this month.

    “All candidates were primarily evaluated for their accomplishments during the period of September 1, 2011, through August 30, 2012, though accomplishments outside that time parameter also were taken under consideration,” said PWI Senior Writer Dan Murphy. “We evaluated each woman on championships won, quality of opposition, won-loss record, technical proficiency, and momentum/promotional ‘push’ during the evaluation period.”

    This year’s Top 10 are: 1. Gail Kim 2. Beth Phoenix 3. Cheerleader Melissa 4. Sara Del Rey 5. Jessicka Havok 6. Layla 7. Miss Tessmacher 8. Saraya Knight 9. Mercedes Martinez 10. Tara.

    The full issue – including photos and bios – is available at www.pwi-online.com.

    Pro Wrestling Illustrated has been recognized as the sport’s number one magazine since its inception in 1979. Founded by legendary publisher Stanley Weston, PWI set out on a course to alter the landscape of pro wrestling journalism. Over the years, utilizing the talents of the world’s finest writers, editors, photographers, and designers, PWI succeeded beyond Weston’s wildest dreams.[/notice]

    The full countdown is as follows:

    1. Gail Kim
    2. Beth Phoenix
    3. Cheerleader Melissa
    4. Sara Del Rey
    5. Jessicka Havok
    6. Layla
    7. Miss Tessmacher
    8. Saraya Knight
    9. Mercedes Martinez
    10. Tara
    11. Hailey Hatred
    12. Natalya
    13. Jazz
    14. Velvet Sky
    15. Madison Rayne
    16. Mickie James
    17. LuFisto
    18. Winter
    19. Tamina Snuka
    20. MsChif
    21. ODB
    22. Eve Torres
    23. Kelly Kelly
    24. Brittney Savage
    25. Melanie Cruise
    26. Kellie Skater
    27. Sarita
    28. Athena
    29. Nicole Matthews
    30. Paige
    31. Angelina Love
    32. Portia Perez
    33. Rosita
    34. Jessie McKay
    35. Kalamity
    36. Alicia Fox
    37. Tasha Simone
    38. Taeler Hendrix
    39. Rachel Summerlyn
    40. Kacee Carlisle
    41. Sassy Stephie
    42. Cherry Bomb
    43. Allysin Kay
    44. Alicia
    45. Brittany Force
    46. Lexxus
    47. Marti Belle
    48. Amber O’Neal
    49. Leva Bates
    50. Veda Scott