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.

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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

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