Friday, September 21, 2012

PWI 500 2012

The annual Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 issue is now out on news stands and has been out for a few weeks in digital form. It’s always fun to see this list every year. But this year I was a little sad when I checked out the list. This was the first year since 2003 that there were no photos I took in the list. Because of that I decided to post some old photos I have of some of the wrestlers in the top 100. So enjoy a look back at some of the top stars of today.
IMG_2589#1 CM Punk. In 2004 Punk teamed up with Ace Steel to take on Dan Maff & BJ Whitmer in a Chicago street fight. Punk & Steel won the match. His ranking that year in the PWI 500 was #89. Chicago Ridge, IL.
IMG_1050#2 Bobby Roode. VS Booker T from 2008. That year Roode was #89 on the list. Spencer, IA.
IMG_5768#4 Daniel Bryan. In 2005 Bryan was known as Bryan Danielson and he wrestled in a match against Claudio Castignoli who is now known as Antonio Cesaro in the WWE. Danielson was # 76 on the list in 2005. Hammond, IN.
IMG_6171#6 Jun Akiyama. VS TAKA at Korakuen Hall. Tokyo, Japan. In 2005 Akiyama was ranked #76 on the list.
IMG_2549#7 Davey Richards. If you are a fan of Richards then check out his hard hitting match against Low Ki from the 2006 IWA Mid South TPI. Midlothian, IL.
IMG_0852#12 James Storm. VS Rhino. Spencer, Iowa.
169-6989_IMG#13 Austin Aries. VS Adrian Serreno. Minneapolis, MN.
IMG_5132#20 Kevin Steen. At the 2005 IWA MS TPI Steen went to the final round but lost to Matt Sydal. Hammond, Indiana.
173-7368_IMG#27 Mr. Anderson. Not long before Andeson went to OVW he took on rookie Thoruf Marius (Erick Rowan in FCW) in 2003. Maple Grove, MN
228-2900_IMG#28 AJ Styles. VS Shifty. Maple Grove, MN.
IMG_3231#32 Rodrick Strong. Strong went to  the finals of the 2006 IWA MS TPI against Arik Cannon and Low Ki. Midlothian, IL.
IMG_0916#39 Jay Lethal. VS AJ Styles. Spencer, IA.
IMG_5868#44 Colt Cabana. At the 2005 IWA MS TPI Cabana got a shot at the heavy weight title against champion Jimmy Jacobs. Hammond, IN.
IMG_5470#46 Seth Rollins. At the time of this photo Rollins was known as Tyler Black. Hammond, IN.
228-2828_IMG#48 Chris Daniels. In 2004 The Fallen Angel showed up in Midwest Pro Wrestling to take on Arik Cannon. Maple Grove, MN.
IMG_2108#51 Somoa Joe. As the ROH champion Joe defended the title against Homicide. Chicago Ridge, IL.
IMG_7601#54 Michael Elgin. Back in 2006 a young Elgin made his way to the midwest for the NIW Impact Invitational. Cottage Grove, MN.
IMG_1101#59 Johnny Gargano. VS Mat Fitchett. Minneapolis, MN.
IMG_8798#61 Takashi Morishima. Defending his ROH title against Austin Aries. St. Paul, MN.
IMG_3749#62 Adam Pearce & #64 Carl Anderson. Pearce & Anderson team up to take on Arik Cannon & Baby Slim at an NWA Midwest show in Cottage Grove, MN back in 2006.
280-8006_IMG#63 Jay Briscoe & #65 Mark Briscoe. VS CM Punk & Colt Cabana for the ROH tag team title. The Briscoe’s lost the titles at the end of this match in Chicago Ridge, IL.
IMG_1944#82 El Generico. VS Chris Bosh. Midlothian, IL.
IMG_5564#96 Evan Bourne. Before he was in the WWE Bourne wrestled as Matt Sydal. In this match from the 2006 Ted Petty Invitational for IWA Mid South Sydal beat El Generico.
IMG_8161#97 Rhett Titus. Back in 2007 Titus was in an opening match against Michael Elgin at an ROH event in St. Paul, MN.

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