Roman Reigns Hits #1 For PWI 2022, NXT Superstar Injured
Roman Reigns hits the #1 spot for PWI 2022, but who was snubbed? WNZ has all the details. Plus, an NXT star is injured.
Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) recently6 released its top 500 for 2022. Therefore, it’s not overly surprising that Roman Reigns has hit the #1 spot this year. However, there has been some fan backlash about some former stablemates of his that got the snub. More on this story, below.
Roman Reigns Hits #1 For PWI 2022
Simply put, WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns is on roll. Not only has he stomped over every challenger since his return in 2020, but now he has another accolade to enjoy.
Moxley not making the PWI Top 10 in a year where he wasn't pinned or submitted once and finished the evaluation period with the interim World Championship was a choice. 😬 https://t.co/IVAtx9k07t
— Will Washington (@WilliamRBR) September 14, 2022
PWI revealed that the Tribal Chief hit the number one spot for its yearly 500 top superstars list in 2022. This marks the second time in his career that he’s been acknowledged in this way.
Back in 2016, he was number one on that year’s top 500 list. Last year in 2021, Reigns finished second.
Roman is joined by some pretty incredible wrestling talents. Kaxuchika Okada took the second spot, while CM Punk was at number three.
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Meanwhile, Adam Page hit number four, with WWE U.S. Champion Bobby Lashley at the number five position. Cody Rhodes hit the top 10, at number six, with Bryan Danielson hitting the seventh spot.
Rounding out spots eight, nine, and 10 include El Hijo del Vikingo (AAA Mega Champion), Big E, and Jonathan Gresham. Those are the superstars who made the top 10 … but who were the ones snubbed?
The fact that Moxley and Rollins aren't apart of the PWI Top 5 let alone 10 is a robbery!
— Charlie Goldberg (@CJGoldberg) September 14, 2022
Roman Reigns Hits #1 For PWI 2022 – But Who Was Snubbed?
There are some fans out there who were frustrated a bit, at the PWI powers that be. This was because some superstars were snubbed from the top 10.
One day I'll be in the #PWI500 list but untill then we work.
Also, side note. Jon Moxley should of been top 5 in my opinion, number 12 doesn't cut it.
— The 'Broken Brawler' Casey Blackrose 🖤🥀 (@CaseyBlackRose) September 14, 2022
More notably, many noticed that Roman’s former Shield mates, Jon Moxley and Seth Rollins. You can look at the tweets posted by some, throughout this article.
It’s important to note that Moxley hit #12 this year, while Rollins was at #17, and both hit the top 20 ranks. These positions are nothing to fluff off, especially when you consider the list is a top 500 one.
Over to the land of NXT, there’s some unfortunate news. Sadly, a superstar is being reported as injured.
NXT Superstar Injured
With that said, there’s some conflicting information about the injury at hand. One source reveals it could be a head injury.
Looks like Tony may have hit his head off the corner of the ring at one point during his match. Meanwhile, two other sources say it’s a knee injury.
The Match Was Stopped
As per the report, the match D’Angelo was in stopped. Trainers tended to the superstar.
At this point in time, there’s no word on how long he may be out of action. There’s no information on the severity of his injury.
After several weeks of vignettes, Tony D’Angelo finally debuted on NXT 2.0 in October 2021. He faced Malik Blade in his first match and defeated him.
He’s enjoyed some success on the brand and has certainly connected with fans. On behalf of everyone here at WNZ, we wish him a speedy recovery.