Paige scores top spot in the PWI Female 50

Paige wweWe were wrong.

We believed it was a two horse race between AJ Lee and Paige for the top spot in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 and we went for AJ because of her long reign with the WWE Divas Championship through the judging period of the year up to September. As it turns out, she was the runner up behind her former frenemy, who has jumped 11 places from last year’s list to reach the top spot. Taking into account titles won, win-loss records, quality of opposition, technical proficiency, overall activity and momentum, the 22-year old has risen to the top of the pack with her NXT Women’s Title reign and two spells with the Divas Championship.

2012 and 2013 winners Gail Kim and Cheerleader Melissa take 3rd and 4th respectively, with LuFisto coming a very respectable 5th. Other welcome new entries to the upper echelon include Ivelisse Velez (7), Courtney Rush (8) and Charlotte (10) – and you can expect the reigning NXT Women’s champ to be even higher next year considering her development to this point.

Big jumps include Brittany, Cameron, Bayley & Mia Yim, while Madison Eagles – who was 14th last year – is a noticeable active name missing from this year’s rundown.

Here’s the full list (last year’s placing in parentheses, or NL for not listed):

Gail Kim TNA1. Paige – WWE (12)
2. AJ Lee – WWE (9)
3. Gail Kim – TNA (6)
4. Cheerleader Melissa – Independent (1)
5. LuFisto – Independent (21)
6. Angelina Love – TNA (NL)
7. Ivelisse Velez – Independent (NL)
8. Courtney Rush – Independent (23)
9. Natalya – WWE (13)
10. Charlotte – WWE (NL)
11. Madison Rayne – TNA (NL)
12. Barbi Hayden – Independent (NL)
13. Jessicka Havok – TNA (4)
1 Saraya Knight Bacardi Bellatrix14. Saraya Knight – Independent (3)
15. Brittany – TNA (45)
16. Brie Bella – WWE (22)
17. Cameron – WWE (37)
18. Kacee Carlisle – Independent (7)
19. Bayley – WWE (47)
20. Mia Yim – Independent (41)
21. Kellie Skater – Independent (15)
22. Mercedes Martinez – Independent (10)
Athena Dave Muscarella23. Athena – Independent (25)
24. Nikki Bella – WWE (32)
25. Alicia Fox – WWE (35)
26. Cherry Bomb – Independent (28)
27. Su Yung – Independent (NL)
28. Kimber Lee – Independent (NL)
29. Emma – WWE (38)
30. Nicole Matthews – Independent (26)
31. Leva Bates – Independent (40)
32. Nikki Storm – Independent (NL)
33. Candice LeRae – Independent (NL)
34. Mickie Knuckles – Independent (NL)
35. Portia Perez – Independent (29)
Gail Kim Taryn Terrell TNA36. Taryn Terrell – TNA (17)
37. Nevaeh – Independent (39)
38. Marti Belle – Independent (NL)
39. Naomi – WWE (24)
40. Velvet Sky – TNA (11)
41. Becky Lynch – WWE (NL)
42. Veda Scott – Independent (43)
43. Amber O’Neal – Independent (42)
44. Sassy Stephie – Independent (36)
45. Christina Von Eerie – Independent (30)
46. Crazy Mary Dobson – Independent (NL)
47. Jessie Kaye – Independent (NL)
48. Heidi Lovelace – Independent (NL)
49. Angie Skye – Independent (NL)
50. Kat Von Heez – Independent (NL)

So what do you think? Leave a comment below about whether you think PWI made the right choice, and discuss where your favourite placed – or if they missed the list.

– Photos by WWE (Front page, 1), TNA (2,5), Dave Muscarella (4)

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