Hello and welcome to the WrestleTalk news
– I’m Oli Davis. Who is the best wrestler in the world? It’s
a question hotly debated in chat rooms, YouTube comments sections, and awkward family gatherings
where my 8-year-old nephew says it’s Roman Reigns.
It’s not, Sam, it’s not. You don’t even watch New Japan.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated has an annual effort to settle the debate – or, more likely, cause
people to debate even harder – with its PWI 500: a somewhat kayfabed list of the best
500 wrestlers in the world over the last 12 month period, voted on by the magazine’s
editors and writers. And this year’s rankings have now been unveiled:
At the bottom of the top 10, we kick off with The Miz. Tetsuya Naito next at No. 9. Cody
Rhodes is eighth. Roman Reigns is No. 7 – I TOLD YOU, SAM. I TOLD YO-
– at 6 we have Braun Strowman. Seth Rollins is fifth. Brock Lesnar as No. 4. Kazuchika
Okada third. AJ Styles at number two. And in first place, the 7 star current IWGP Heavyweight
Champion in New Japan, Kenny Omega. Oh, this? This is just another excellent pro
wrestling publication – the WrestleTalk Magazine. Order the brand new issue now by clicking
the ‘i’ above my head! One of the more noted absences from the Top
10, considering he’s the current NXT champion and has headlined three TakeOvers back-to-back
in an incredible feud with Johnny Gargano, is Tommaso Ciampa. So he took to Twitter to
give his version of the PWI 500 – where the top 10 are all him:
1. Tommaso Ciampa 2. The Greatest Sports Entertainer of All Time 3. The Champ 4. The Main Event
5. Mr. Takeover 6. Psycho Killer 7. Tommy Sports Entertainment 8. BLACKHEART 9. (See
# 1-8) 10. (Photo Below) – with a photo of, you guessed it, Tommaso Ciampa!
If WWE had it their way, Ciampa would count Becky Lynch as one of his esteemed heel colleagues.
But it turns out they might have actually listened to us for once!
Fan favourite Becky was positioned as the plucky underdog going into SummerSlam, where
her best friend Charlotte stole victory from her in the last moments of their Women’s
Championship triple threat. This made Becky snap, finally attacking Charlotte to a huge
reaction from the crowd. It seemed we were getting badass babyface Lynch!
Until she cut a heel promo blaming the fans on SmackDown two days later, and WWE Producer
Road Dogg blamed the fans for being told a badly booked story. So in trying to make a
new villain, WWE managed to create one of most loudly received babyfaces in the company.
You had one job! This Tuesday’s SmackDown was no different,
with Lynch attacking Charlotte after her title defence against Carmella, and saying she’d
be getting her women’s championship back at Hell in a Cell “you bitch” – a line
which got the biggest reaction of the night. According to John Pollock on the Rewind-A-SmackDown
podcast, this was by design, as WWE are now moving away from Becky being an out-and-out
heel: “So I was told this after [this week’s
Smackdown] that last week, based on the reaction Becky got, that they have slightly changed
the direction here where the idea now is much less of a heel/babyface dynamic and instead
it’s two ex-friends that both have valid points and neither is going to back down from
the other and still getting Becky to the same place they wanted to but not so much wanting
Charlotte to be a heel as a result of this.” As a special treat for the SWAFT Nation, if
you visit WrestleCrate.co.uk and use the discount code WTTV, you’ll get a free Scott Hall
autograph in your first box! WrestleCrate is a monthly mystery box full of loads of
wrestling goodies, which has items from the biggest promotions in wrestling.
Has a huge Hell in a Cell match been spoiled by WWE’s Super Show-Down event? Click the
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a future episode. I’ve been Oli Davis, and that was wrestling.