SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles has taken the #1 spot on this year’s Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50.
Eagles beats out competition from WWE and TNA stars as well as independent stars to claim the #1 spot this year.
Last year’s top ranked female was Michelle McCool.
Madison is also the first independent name to claim the top spot. Since inception in 2008, the list has predominantly been ruled by WWE and TNA talent in the #1 spot. In 2008, Awesome Kong (Kharma) ruled the roost while part of TNA. In 2009, Mickie James — then a WWE Diva — was #1.
The official PWI website has a preview article for the next issue, which will feature the full top 50 list.
Read an excerpt below:[notice]Madison Eagles is not a household name.
She’s not a Diva. She’s not a Knockout. To a large portion of wrestling fans, she is completely unknown.
But that’s about to change.
The 6’1″ Australian has been selected by the editors of PRO WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED as the top female wrestler in the sport, and she heads the 2011 “PWI Female 50.”
The reigning SHIMMER champion has had a tremendous year, successfully defending her title against the cream of the crop of the independent circuit, including Mercedes Martinez, MsChif, Cheerleader Melissa, and Ayako Hamada. She has competed in Japan, Canada, and her native Australia (where she also holds the PWA Australia Women’s title) and has dominated competition worldwide.
She may not be world famous, but she has enjoyed worldwide success. And our editors took notice.
“I am honestly very surprised and honored,” Eagles said when she was informed she had landed the top spot. “There are so many great wrestlers, and being recognized at the top of this list is an epic moment for me.”[/notice]
Read the full piece here.
What do you think about Madison taking the #1 spot?