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PWI 500 list released which now is inclusive to women

Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) has released this year’s list for its PWI 500. For those that don’t know, this is PWI 500’s 30th Anniversary with it dating back to 1991. Since 2008 there has been a PWI Women’s list which originally was a top 50 until it expanded in 2018 to a top 100. This year, PWI has chosen to be more inclusive with their PWI 500 list and have women on it as well.

Now previously there have been three women such as Jacqueline, Chyna, and Sara Del Rey who have broken into the PWI 500, but there was never a clear inclusivity for all genders. This opens the door for all spectrums of the LGBTQ community as well.

Just as with any list it has its critics. PWI has frequently discussed the method they use for their rankings. In July they went over this information when they announced that the PWI 500 list will no longer be male based. You can read the thread below from their posts on Twitter.

So who made this list? It was announced that Jon Moxley tops the list at the number one spot. The first female we see on the list comes in at number 78. Here are the women that were included:

78. Kylie Rae

83. Tessa Blanchard

110. Allie Kat

160. Faye Jackson

173. Trish Adora

318. Solo Darling

324. Willow Nightingale

374. Ruby Raze

409. Chakara

455. Laynie Luck

471. Ashley Vox

473. Leyla Hirsch

477. Delmi Exo

485. Ava Everett

491. Molly McCoy

Here are a few responses from the women that made the list:

The women of WWE did not make this list, however, according to the Twitter posting back in July, PWI stated that the likes of Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Asuka would certainly top the Women’s 100 list. That list normally comes out later on in the year. Asuka topped that list in 2017. Since then Ronda Rousey was number one in 2018 and Becky Lynch took the top spot in 2019.

What did you think of the women included in the PWI 500? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!!

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