Every single wrestler aims towards capturing a championship, regardless of which company they work for; but one thing every single wrestler on the planet works towards is topping the PWI 500.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated is a magazine which recognises wrestlers from allover the world, taking into account how well their wrestling year has been before compiling the all-important PWI 500, a list of the 500 greatest wrestlers on the planet.
In the 23rd annual PWI 500; former WWE Champion John Cena topped the list once again, making him the first ever wrestler to land top spot three times, beating the likes of Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The magazine recognises the following as Cena’s standout accomplishments which helped him to the top of the list once more:
The most important one, defeating The Rock at WrestleMania 29 for the WWE Championship in their highly anticipated rematch; one year after The Rock defeated John Cena at the exact same event.
The magazine also saw John Cena’s Royal Rumble victory earlier this year, his Money in the Bank win last year as well his two pins of CM Punk on Monday Night Raw; all these accomplishments were enough for Cena to win during the evaluation period of July 1, 2012 through to June 30, 2013.
John Cena met with PWI publisher Stu Staks, telling him: “Even after celebrating 11 years on WWE TV, no accolade goes unappreciated. And for my critics – and that’s who you are – to be willing to give me a pat on the back and say, ‘job well done’, this means more to me than you could ever know.”
John Cena is currently out for six months as he recovers from a partial triceps tear, he previously topped the PWI 500 in 2007 and 2007 consecutively. Cena entered the top ten in 2004 where he debuted at #10, before finally topping the list two years later and has remained in the top ten ever since.
CM Punk came in at number two; whilst other notable WWE superstars who made it to the top ten included Sheamus at #6 with World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler at numbers eight and nine respectively.
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