EDMONTON, AB: This year’s edition of the PWI 500 has hit shelves, and as per usual, Albertan talent is well-represented.
Two major players in the Albertan independent wrestling scene saw their names listed in this year’s rankings, with both Bobby Sharp (PWA) and Steve Rivers (RCW) making the cut in 2019.
This year’s rankings saw Bobby Sharp ascend up the rankings, jumping up from #489 last year to #474. Over the past year, Sharp has engaged his own personal quest for gold, capturing both the PWA Tag Team Championships and the HIW Wildside Provincial Championship amongst numerous title opportunities in the province. Sharp has consistently proven to be one of the most versatile workers in Western Canada, with the ability to excel in both singles and tag team action. Currently, Sharp is engaged in a long-term feud with wife Kat Von Heez.
This year’s PWI500 also saw Steve Rivers wiggle his way in at #498. 2018 was a shocking one for both Rivers and his Sexy American Superstars teammate Bradley Graham. Early in the year, both Rivers and Graham made the shocking move from Monster Pro Wrestling to Real Canadian Wrestling, and quickly ascended to the top of the promotion’s tag team division. Shortly after debuting, the duo captured the RCW Tag Team Championships. However, since losing the titles to Dirty Inc.’s Maverick Jack and Cody Chimera, Rivers has not been seen in-ring due to a “suspension” handed out by RCW management.
Notable exclusions from last year’s list include both Tyler James (#481) and Chris Perish (#493). Surprisingly, this marks the first time in six years that Perish hasn’t broken the top 500.
Since its introduction in 1991, the PWI500 has served as a ranking system of sorts for professional wrestlers worldwide. This year’s edition is headlined by WWE’s Seth Rollins.
To grab your own digital copy of the PWI 500 for 2019, check out www.pwi-online.com.
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