The Rainmaker Is #1
Pro Wrestling Illustrated released its annual list of the 500 top wrestlers in the sport and current IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Kazuchika Okada, tops the list. Among the chief reasons for Okada taking the top spot are his two matches against Kenny Omega that've been lauded by some as two of the best matches in pro wrestling history and that Okada is currently on day 436 of his 4th run as champion. Okada has been champ throughout PWI's evaluation period of July 31, 2016 through June 30, 2017 and unless he drops the title within the next 6 weeks or so, he'll have the longest single reign as IWGP Heavyweight Champion in history. The top 10 reads as follows:
1. Kazuchika Okada
2. AJ Styles
3. Kevin Owens
4. Roman Reigns
5. Kenny Omega
6. Shinsuke Nakamura
7. Dean Ambrose
8. Samoa Joe
9. Bobby Roode
10. The Miz
Okada also happens to be the first Japanese wrestler to top the PWI 500. Okada came in second last year, making him the 2nd Japanese wrestler to reach that high on the list as Mitsuhara Misawa made it to #2 in 1997.
These lists are usually pretty fun to discuss and debate considering that there are always disgruntled fans who disagree with either the top spot or much of the rest of the list in general.
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