WWE Universal Champion Named #1 In This Year’s Edition
Pro Wrestling Illustrated published its 29th annual PWI 500 list for 2019, ranking the top 500 male wrestlers in the world.
Seth Rollins had the honor of ranking #1 in this year’s edition, with 6 of the top 10 being employed by WWE.
Seth Rollins released the following statement to PWI – “As difficult as it can be, this is all I ever wanted—to be in this position, to be having this conversation with you—talking about being the absolute best wrestler on the entire planet. I don’t think there is a single part of me that would trade any second of it.”
WWE.com covered this year’s issue congratulating Rollins on his achievement.
The criteria for the “PWI 500” (in order of importance) are as follows:
- Win-loss record
- Technical ability
- Influence on the sport
- Success against the highest grade of competition
- Success against the most diverse competition
Top 100 2019 Pro Wrestling Illustrated
1. Seth Rollins
2. Daniel Bryan
3. AJ Styles
4. Kofi Kingston
5. Kazuchika Okada
6. Johnny Gargano
7. Roman Reigns
8. Kenny Omega
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi
10. Will Ospreay
11. Samoa Joe
12. Jay White
13. Tommaso Ciarpa
15. Cody Rhodes
16. Jay Lethal
17. Kota Ibushi
18. Adam Cole
19. Finn Balor
20. Jon Moxley
23. Jeff Cobb
24. Kento Miyahara
25. Tetsyta Naito
26. Velveteen Dream
27. Braun Strowman
28. Pentagon Jr.
29. Johnny Impact
30. Bobby Lashley
31. Shinsuke Nakamura
32. Juice Robinson
33. Buddy Murphy
34. Aleister Black
35. The Miz
36. Drew McIntyre
37. Matt Taven
38. Randy Orton
39. Baron Corbin
40. Kevin Owens
41. Nick Aldis
43. Zack Sabre Jr.
44. Adam Page
45. Tony Nese
46. Dolph Ziggler
47. Minoru Suzuki
48. Brian Cage
50. Hirooki Goto
51. Robert Roode
52. Marty Scurll
53. Rey Mysterio Jr.
54. Pete Dunne
57. Dragon Lee
58. Jordan Devlin
59. Cedric Alexander
60. Jeff Hardy
62. Jey Uso
63. Jimmy Uso
64. Kaito Kiyomiya
65. Low Ki
67. Shingo Takagi
69. Matt Riddle
70. Sami Zayn
72. Big E
73. Tomohiro Ishii
75. Matt Jackson
76. Nick Jackson
78. Naomichi Marufuji
79. Brody King
80. Austin Theory
82. Roderick Strong
83. Chad Gable
84. Kyle O’Reilly
86. Xavier Woods
87. Drew Gulak
88. Rich Swann
93. Bobby Fish
94. Tama Tonga
95. Eddie Edwards
96. Minoru Tanaka
97. Tanga Loa
98. Dash Wilder
99. David Starr
100. Zack Ryder
If you wish to read the full list in the 2019 PWI 500 you can subscribe to PWI’s 500 digital magazine, or pick up a copy on newsstands.
Cody Rhodes ‘Bash At The Beach’ Trademark In Limbo Due To WWE Trademark, Cody’s Legal Team Responds
10:30 PM ET – UPDATE: Cody Rhodes has filed a response through his legal counsel indicating why he should be able to own the “Bash At The Beach” trademark.
The United States Trademark office refused the initial trademark due to the similarities with WWE’s “The Bash” trademark.
Cody’s legal team provided several other trademarks using the words “BASH” indicating it won’t cause confusion.
The intiial refusal was based on the fact that both words used “BASH” and are wrestling services.
Read the full response below.
Bash At The Beach Trademark In Limbo
Cody Rhodes trademark for “Bash At The Beach” has been initially refused by the United States Trademark Office.
HeelByNature.com has obtained trademark filings which outline the refusal and next steps needed for Cody to be approved of the trademark.
The USPTO issued refusal order to Cody’s legal representative Michael Dockens of Shumaker Loop & Kendrickon 5/20/19.
The reasoning behind the refusal was “likelihood of confusion” with WWE’s trademark “The Bash”.
United States Trademark Filings indicate the following:
Here, the dominant portion of the registrant’s mark, “BASH” is the first and dominant term of the applied-for mark BASH AT THE BEACH. The marks sound similar and have a similar meaning when viewed in the context of the wrestling services to which they relate.
Although applicant’s mark has been refused registration, applicant may respond to the refusal(s) by submitting evidence and arguments in support of registration.
Cody’s legal team had 6 months from the refusal order to submit proper evidence to support the registration of the trademark. The cutoff date for them to send in proper documentation was 11/20/19. It’s not known if Cody’s legal team has submitted those documents.
WWE initially registered the trademark for “The Bash” in 2009. The application was renewed in 2011 The filing was renewed in 2018 for an additional 10 years.
Yesterday, Cody made post indicating he may be heading to court. “Sounds like I’ll be going to court soon, time to go suit shopping”
Below are the documents obtained by HeelByNature.com that outlines the refusal order issued by the United States Trademark Office.
Follow up, Cody’s application for “Bash at The Beach” was refused in due to confusion with “The Bash”. His deadline for appropriate documents ended yesterday. Not sure if he filed them. https://t.co/4VhPvY13cm pic.twitter.com/EjClyJFH5V
— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) November 21, 2019
All Elite Wrestling plans to use the “Bash At The Beach” name for two Dynamite events on 1/15/20 and 1/22/20.
NXT Beats AEW In Viewership For The First Time In The Wednesday Night Wars
NXT Viewership Rises In Wednesday Night Wars
NXT on USA has defeated AEW Dynamite for the first time in the Wednesday Night Wars.
Last night’s episode of NXT drew an average of 916,000 viewers, while AEW Dynamite drew 893,000 viewers.
AEW ended up ranking higher than NXT in demographic ratings. In the 18-49 demographic AEW led 0.39 to 0.30. The lead was much larger in the 18-49 male demo with AEW drawing a 0.52 to 0.39.
NXT featured several top stars from RAW and SmackDown, and was the go-home show for NXT Takeover and Survivor Series.
ACH fka Jordan Myles Released From WWE
ACH has been granted his release from WWE.
The former Jordan Myles posted a photo on Twitter showing him sign forms on WWE letterhead.
— Super A.C.H (@ACHisSuper) November 21, 2019
— HeavyMetalWrestling (@HeavyMetalPro) November 21, 2019
ACH has already begun taking independent bookings, and will perform on 11/22 for Heavy Metal Wrestling against Chandler Hopkins.
Judging by how soon he is working, WWE did not impose a no-compete clause.
Can’t hold me down no more.
This is FOR THE WRESTLING CULTURE. pic.twitter.com/wA2UbBFiZP
— Super A.C.H (@ACHisSuper) November 21, 2019
Last week ACH hosted a Q&A session on Twitter where he addressed a number of topics, including his status with WWE and dealing with mental health issues.
ACH has been very vocal about his negative feelings towards WWE following a controversial t-shirt design.
WWE has yet to publicly acknowledge his release.