Pro Wrestling Illustrated released its PWI 500 yesterday, with Daniel Bryan being given the top spot. What follows next month is the revealing of the number one position in the PWI Female 50, which means speculation can kick off as to who will get the honour of being named the best in the world.
Since its inception in 2008 Amazing Kong, Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Madison Eagles, Gail Kim and Cheerleader Melissa have been number one, and Kim and Melissa may be in the running for becoming the first two-time winner. Kim has enjoyed two TNA Knockouts Championship runs during the selection period between the start of September 2013 and the end of August this year – she won the title at Bound For Glory last October before losing it this January, and took the belt again in July – while Melissa is 18 months into her second reign as SHIMMER Champion, having turned back the challenges of the likes of LuFisto, Hiroyo Matsumoto, Mia Yim and Yumi Ohka.
So who else could be in the frame? From a indie perspective, the pickings are somewhat slim. Ivelisse Velez should rank pretty highly considering she won the SHINE Championship at the start of the year and has turned back every challenger for that belt. LuFisto has gone unbeaten this year in Women Superstars Uncensored and won the promotion’s top title in May, though her defeats at the hands of Melissa over the SHIMMER Title will likely count against her in what is a kayfabed list based on significant victories and defeats. Jessicka Havok may also feature in the top 10 due to her WSU Title reign, though a series of inconclusive endings at SHINE over the assessment period may pull her down the list.
Aside from Kim, the only other TNA contenders would be Madison Rayne as she held the Knockouts Championship for three months in the early portion of this year and Angelina Love who held the belt for a similar amount of time, but has not done much of note elsewhere.
There may be two real contenders in WWE though. Paige has held the Divas Championship on two occasions, closed out the assessment period as the titleholder and also relinquished the NXT Women’s Title without ever being beaten for it, in addition to going on a huge win streak on TV and at house shows in order to build up her credibility after her main roster debut. However, the favourite has to be AJ Lee, who turned back every challenge put in front of her, culminating in her defeating 13 opponents in one stroke at WrestleMania XXX in April. After dropping the belt and going on hiatus, she regained the title on her first match back, which means that her win-loss record in title matches since last September is pretty damn sparkling – though the doubt may be thrown in as she lost a lot while on the road during her mammoth run as Divas Champion.
So that’s our feelings as to who will win the PWI Female 50, which will be announced next month – but do you agree with our thought process, or is there somebody else who you feel is in the running? Let us know in the comments, and we will report the winner and the full list when they become available.