Seth Rollins has enjoyed a highly successful year, going from capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase to cashing it in during the main event of WrestleMania 31.
His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed though. His impressive year has resulted in Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranking him number one in their annual PWI 500 list.
ROLLINS TOPS THE RANKINGS
The criteria for the rankings are outlined in every single issue, which include aspects such as the influence a superstar has and their win-loss record.
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Activity, technical ability as well as the success against the highest grade and most diverse competition are all looked at before deciding the final rankings.
The evaluation period this year started on July 1 2014 and ended on June 30 2015. Achievements outside of this timescale haven’t had any effect on the rankings.
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Last year Rollins ranked at number 12, this is his first time in the top ten and he’s sitting comfortably at number one.
He definitely deserves it too. He’s achieved a lot in the past year and PWI have highlighted some of the moments that justify his ranking.
Nobody will forget what Rollins did at WrestleMania. Losing to Randy Orton before cashing in his briefcase in the main event and pinning Roman Reigns to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
He retained the championship by defeating Orton at Extreme Rules.
The odds were then against him at Payback in a Fatal-4-Way match which also included Reigns and Dean Ambrose – yet he still kept hold of his title.
He went on to have two fantastic matches with Ambrose, at Money in the Bank and then once again at Hell in a Cell in a fantastic feud.
You could argue that he received help in the majority of these matches. However, based on the criteria outlined by PWI it’s difficult to argue against it.
Rollins is one of the most active stars in the WWE, and he is one of the finest wrestlers in the WWE. Always looking to step it up whenever the opportunity comes knocking.
Rollins is now the third Ring of Honor alumni to achieve this feat.
John Cena comes in at number two, after a third place finish in 2014.
Cena deserves his spot on the list after an impressive year which has seen him defeat Rusev clean at WrestleMania.
He helped elevate the prestige and importance of the United States Championship with his weekly open challenges.
He has also helped put on some of the best matches in recent years with the likes of Kevin Owens and Cesaro.
AJ Styles rounds up the top three.
What else can we say about AJ Styles? He’s one of the most consistent performers on the planet and has also enjoyed a great year.
He defeated Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 9 earlier this year. He also captured his second IWGP Heavyweight Championship in February by defeating Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Rounding up the top ten are:
#4: Roman Reigns
#5: Shinsuke Nakamura
#6: Randy Orton
#7: Jay Briscoe
#9: Alberto El Patron
#10: Kevin Owens
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