The Complete “PWI Top 500” List for 2008: Who Comes in at #1?

Nick Paglino


Pro Wrestling Illustrated has published its list of the top 500 wrestlers each year since 1991, in an annual special edition magazine called the ‘PWI 500’. Randy Orton tops the list this year. Orton is on the cover of the magazine and the headline reads: “Randy Orton #1 – “Who Else?” John Cena topped the list the past two years.

Here is the list in its entirety.

1.Randy Orton

2.Kurt Angle

3.Triple H

4.Samoa Joe

5.Edge

6.The Undertaker

7.Shawn Michaels

8.Nigel McGuiness

9.John Cena

10.Shinsuke Nakamura

11.Takeshi Morishima

12.Ultimo Guerrero

13.Bryan Danielson

14.Christian Cage

15.Batista

16.Keiji Muto

17.Mistico

18.Jeff Hardy

19.Ric Flair

20.Hiroshi Tanahashi

21.AJ Styles

22.Perro Aguayo Jr.

23.MVP

24.CM Punk

25.Tomko

26.Mesias

27.Jay Lethal

28.Dr. Wagner Jr.

29.Chris Jericho

30.Kensuke Sasaki

31.Austin Aries

32.Cibernetico

33.Kane

34.Booker T

35.Mr.Kennedy

36.Chavo Guerrero Jr.

37.Umaga

38.Robert Roode

39.Suwama

40.JBL

41.Matt Hardy

42.James Storm

43.John Morrison

44.Adam Pearce

45.Kaz

46.CIMA

47.Minoru Suzuki

48.Petey Williams

49.Jay Briscoe

50.Mark Briscoe

51.Big Show

52.Claudio Castagnoli

53.Giant Bernard

54.The Miz

55.William Regal

56.Finlay

57.Yuji Nagata

58.Chris Hero

59.Rey Mysterio Jr.

60.Eric Young

61.Rhino

62.Shelton Benjamin

63.Carlito

64.Scott Steiner

65.Mark Henry

66.Chuck Palumbo

67.Homicide

68.Averno

69.Chris Sabin

70.Alex Shelley

71.Zorro

72.Hernandez

73.Dos Caras Jr.

74.Jimmy Jacobs

75.Orlando Colon

76.Kofi Kingston

77.Alan Stone

78.Brother Ray

79.Cody Rhodes

80.Lance Cade

81.Sonjay Dutt

82.Brother Devon

83.The Great Khali

84.Sting

85.El Hijo del Santo

86.Kenta Kobashi

87.Mitsuharu Misawa

88.Tyler Black

89.Masato Tanaka

90.Naomichi Marufuji

91.Santino Marella

92.Hardcore Holly

93.Satoshi Kojima

94.Ron Killings

95.Curry Man

96.Trevor Murdoch

97.KENTA

98.Charly Manson

99.Elijah Burke

100.Toshiaki Kawada

101.Nick Dinsmore

102.Chessman

103.Roderick Strong

104.Abyss

105.Mephisto

106.Festus

107.Davey Richards

108.Rocky Romero

109.Atlantis

110.El Condor

111.Brian Kendrick

112.Negro Casas

113.Halloween

114.Tommy Dreamer

115.Rey Bucanero

116.Paul London

117.Jerry Lynn

118.Wataru Inoue

119.Jushin Liger

120.Brent Albright

121.Blue Demon Jr.

122.Shark Boy

123.Hector Garza

124.Blitz

125.Jamie Noble

126.Matt Morgan

127.Black Reign

128.Black Warrior

129.Kevin Steen

130.Johnny Devine

131.Paul Birchall

132.Kip James

133.Sangre Azteca

134.Snitsky

135.Togi Makabe

136.Erick Stevens

137.Masato Yoshino

138.Mr.Niebla

139.B.G.James

140.Zack Ryder

141.Curt Hawkins

142.Juventud Guerrera

143.El Generico

144.Jimmy Wang Yang

145.Jack Evans

146.Mr.Aguila

147.Jesse

148.Joe Doering

149.Vladmir Kozlov

150.Lance Hoyt

151.Mike Knox

152.BJ Whitmer

153.Joey Matthews

154.Big Daddy V

155.Masahiro Chono

156.Delirious

157.Mike Quackenbush

158.Milano Collection AT

159.Shannon Moore

160.Jimmy Rave

161.Rellik

162.Necro Butcher

163.Eddie Colon

164.Yoshihiro Takayama

165.Deuce

166.Matt Striker

167.Chicano

168.Mike DiBiase

169.Domino

170.Steve Corino

171.Shawn Spears

172.Marco Corleone

173.Bryan Logan

174.Yoshinobu Kanemaru

175.Glen Osbourne

176.Manabu Nakanishi

177.Shad Gaspard

178.Go Shiozaki

179.Eric Perez

180.Rory Fox

181.Dragon Kid

182.Toru Yano

183.Joey Ryan

184.Charlie Haas

185.JTG

186.Kevin Nash

187.Ted DiBiase Jr.

188.Human Tornado

189.Nic Nemeth

190.Chris Harris

191.Volador Jr.

192.La Sombra

193.Heath Miller

194.Super Crazy

195.Consequences Creed

196.Rory McAllister

197.D.H. Smith

198.Robbie McAllister

199.Ruckus

200.Pac

201.Katsuhiko Nakajima

202.Jigsaw

203.Scott Lost

204.Rob Eckos

205.Ricky Reyes

206.Billy Bax

207.Tiger Mask IV

208.Matt Cross

209.El Sagrado

210.Stevie Richards

211.Tatsumi Fujinami

212.L.A. Park

213.Rikishi

214.Ryusuke Taguchi

215.Evan Bourne

216.Jay Bradley

217.Josh Prohibition

218.Shinjiro Otani

219.Drew McIntyre

220.D’Lo Brown

221.Elix Skipper

222.Jake Hager

223.Chris Masters

224.Shawn Daivari

225.Naruki Doi

226.Sheamus O’Shaunessy

227.Low-Ki

228.Kid Kash

229.Hiromi Horiguchi

230.2 Cold Scorpio

231.Ace Steel

232.Adam Flash

233.Kenzo Suzuki

234.Hiroyoshi Tenzan

235.Ricky Vega

236.Teddy Hart

237.Minoru Fujita

238.La Mascara

239.Puma

240.Heavy Metal

241.T.J. Wilson

242.Taru

243.Balls Mahoney

244.Danny Doring

245.Colt Cabana

246.Chris Cage

247.Josh Daniels

248.KUDO

249.La Parka

250.Sabu

251.Takeshi Rikio

252.Chad Collyer

253.Jason Blade

254.Olimpico

255.Masaaki Mochizuki

256.Pepper Parks

257.Damian 666

258.Matt Logan

259.Ephesto

260.Christian York

261.Mike Mondo

262.Rob Conway

263.Shocker

264.Nunzio

265.Xavier

266.Vito

267.Kenny Dykstra

268.Chris Joel

269.Alex Koslov

270.Gran Akuma

271.Ron Zombie

272.Icarus

273.Derek Frazier

274.Noriega

275.Lince Dorado

276.Intocable

277.Jun Akiyama

278.Eddie Kingston

279.Mad Man Pondo

280.Scott Cardinal

281.Michael Sain

282.Lizmark Jr.

283.Shingo Takagi

284.Super Hentai

285.Chad Parham

286.Maximo

287.Kevin Dunn

288.Mean Marcos

289.Hallowicked

290.Kotaro Suzuki

291.Brazo de Plata

292.Joe Bravo

293.Phoenix Star

294.Brain Damage

295.Ricky Landell

296.Bam Neely

297.Felino

298.Larry Sweeney

299.Joker

300.Devon Moore

301.Ricky Marvin

302.Zokre

303.Bobby Fish

304.Tank Toland

305.Helios

306.Black Pain

307.Pelle Primeau

308.Naoya Ogawa

309.Chuck Taylor

310.Bruiser

311.Rhett Titus

312.Abismo Negro

313.Blue Panther

314.Savio Vega

315.Ultimo Dragon

316.Kevin Thorn

317.Frederick of Hollywood

318.Val Venis

319.Tom Brandi

320.Mitch Ryder

321.TAKA Michinoku

322.Damian

323.Tyson Dux

324.Aden Chambers

325.Crazy Boy

326.Adam Flash

327.Taku Iwasa

328.Incognito

329.Anthony Bravado

330.Thunder

331.Andrew Ryker

332.Spike Dudley

333.Jorge Rivera

334.The Atomic Dogg

335.Lightning

336.Bryan Kelly

337.Judas Young

338.Taiyo Kea

339.Kaz Hayashi

340.Hyjinx

341.Sterling James Keenan

342.Arik Cannon

343.Shane Hagadorn

344.El Pantera

345.Kassidy James

346.Max Von Bauer

347.Doug Williams

348.Al Snow

349.Sinn Bowdie

350.John McChesney

351.Shayne Hawke

352.Truitt Fields

353.John Kermon

354.Cruzz

355.Orlando Jordan

356.Robert Anthony

357.UltraMantis Black

358.Steve Lewington

359.Johnny Kashmere

360.2 Dope

361.Mikey Whipwreck

362.Tajiri

363.Mike Kurel

364.N8 Mattson

365.Takashi Iizuka

366.Noel Rodriguez

367.El Gran Apache

368.Afa Jr.

369.Qeenan Creed

370.Diabolico

371.Shane Storm

372.Johnny Curtis

373.Kahagas

374.Romeo Roselli

375.Bobby Dempsey

376.Rudy Switchblade

377.Jim Duggan

378.Trent Acid

379.Kafu

380.Jerry Lawler

381.Shiima Xion

382.Atlas DaBone

383.Scott Wright

384.Navajo Warrior

385.Sal Rinauro

386.Robin Knightwing

387.Scott Zenzen

388.Joey Knight

389.Sean Waltman

390.Jamin Olivencia

391.Kevin Grace

392.BxB Hulk

393.Sho Funaki

394.Azrieal

395.J.D. Michaels

396.Richard Rondon

397.Titan

398.Antonio Thomas

399.Ace Darling

400.Colin Delaney

401.Larry Huntley

402.Chasyn Rance

403.Rycklon

404.Billy Roc

405.Nate Bash

406.Iceberg

407.Armando Estrada

408.Charles Evans

409.Mike Reed

410.Johnny Gargano

411.Jumping Jeff Jeffrey

412.Jonny Puma

413.Benjamin Sailer

414.The Stro

415.Leslie Leatherman

416.Freak Nastty

417.Ali Akbar

418.Luke Hawx

419.Derek Wylde

420.Milwaukee Mauler

421.Robere Shields

422.Omega

423.Dan Eckos

424.Hawaiian Lion

425.Johnny Ova

426.Zachary Shane

427.Cody Deaner

428.Ric Converse

429.Mega

430.Sami Callahan

431.Soldier Ant

432.Sean Royal

433.Kornbred

434.Tank

435.Hade Vansen

436.Prince Nana

437.Brodie Lee

438.Rob Terry

439.Fire Ant

440.Dan Paysan

441.Red Anderson

442.Andy Dalton

443.Zach Gowan

444.Carlitos

445.Dylan Starr

446.Eric Everlast

447.Ron Falco

448.Joe Gibson

449.Jeremy Wyatt

450.Mister St.Laurent

451.Omar Akbar

452.Shawn Cook

453.Kenny King

454.Kirby Mack

455.Drew Blood

456.Nate Laws

457.Brian Soscia

458.Shorty Smalls

459.Crazy Rudy

460.Ric Byrne

461.T.J. Mack

462.Maifu

463.Mikal Judas

464.Phil Shatter

465.Robby Starr

466.Saifu

467.Phil Atlas

468.Jimmy Olsen

469.Mike Tobin

470.Corporal Robinson

471.Slim J

472.Ryan McBride

473.Chance Prophet

474.Hiram Tua

475.Mozart Fontaine

476.Matt Riviera

477.Hook Bomberry

478.Mastiff

479.Pinke LaRue

480.Chris Stone

481.Supreme Lee Great

482.Teddy Stigma

483.Greg Marasciulo

484.Apovslypse

485.Player Uno

486.Jimmy DeMarco

487.Wade Chism

488.Tim Donst

489.Leono

490.Dre Blitz

491.Igotta Brewski

492.Larry Zbyszko

493.Super Calo

494.Marshall Gambino

495.Hydra

496.Mickey Gambino

497.Worker Ant

498.The Guy with Red Hair

499.Kliff Hanger

500.Kurt Adonis

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