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CZW Takes Over the PWI 500
Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 10:23am EDT

Earlier this week, the world famous Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 was released.  Pro Wrestling Illustrated, commonly referred to as PWI, is magazine published by Kappa Publishing Group and is headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Starting in 1991, PWI has released its rankings of the top 500 wrestlers in the world.  For over 20 years, wrestlers across the global have strived to simply make the illustrious list.  For some, making the PWI 500 is better than a championship!  But like most "Top Lists," the PWI 500 has been considered controversial.  Nevertheless, it is a sense of pride for a wrestler to make the list as well as for the promotion who housed the said wrestler.

This year Combat Zone Wrestling has a strong presence on the famed PWI 500, taking home 26 of the 500 spots.  That isn't including the 8 additional wrestlers who made appearances in CZW in 2013, bringing the total to a whopping 34!  CZW would like to congratulate all the competitors who made this year's list and wish those competitors continued success in the world of professional wrestling.

But that is not all...  The CZW Academy has a special distinction as one of its students has been named "Rookie of the Year."  That student recently made his debut at New Heights, followed by a spectacular victory to open last week's Tangled Web 6.  That man's name is David Starr. Starr started with the CZW Academy late in 2012 having transferred from the legendary Wild Samoan Training Center.  Since coming to the CZW family, Starr has quickly been making a name for himself.  In only two appearances on  crowds have already been chanting his catchphrase "Look at it!"  It is quite possible that in just a few more months, that we will be "looking at" a new CZW Champion!  So we now wish an extra-special congratulations to "The Product."

Here is where the Stars of CZW have fallen on this year's prestigious list:

55 - Adam Cole
66 - Sami Callihan
97 - AR Fox
146 - Drake Younger
197 - David Starr, Rookie of the Year
237 - Ruckus
247 - BLK Jeez
268 - DJ Hyde
270 - Devon Moore
275 - Pepper Parks
282 - Dustin Rayz
295 - Danny Havoc
321 - Tommy Dreamer
339 - Rich Swann
340 - Jake Crist
342 - Drew Gulak
346 - Dave Crist
365 - Mr. Tofiga
366 - Caleb Konley
389 - Azriael
405 - Joe Gacy
419 - Matt Tremont
420 - Bandido Jr.
435 - Shane Strickland
479 - Greg Excellent

Here are stars who have appeared for CZW in the last calendar year:

42 - Davey Richards
68 - Sami Zayn (the former El Generico)
99 - Colt Cabana
106 - Samuray Del Sol
221 - Robert Anthony
390 - Player Uno
443 - Sugar Dunkerton
447 - Aaron Epic

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