Chris Jericho explained why he agrees with the PWI 500 standings that ranked AEW Champion Kenny Omega ahead of the all-conquering Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
The PWI 500 has been a fixture of the wrestling world since 1991. Ranking the top 500 wrestlers of the year is no mean feat and fans will always make their case for their own favourites to top the list.
This year’s edition of the list saw AEW World Champion Kenny Omega claim the number one spot after a banner year that saw him capture the AEW Title, the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship, and hang on to the AAA Mega Championship. This placed Omega one spot ahead of Roman Reigns who has been no slouch since he returned to WWE TV at SummerSlam 2020. Reigns had held the WWE Universal Championship for over a calendar year and main evented his fifth WrestleMania as he saw off the challenge of WWE Hall Of Famer Edge and Daniel Bryan.
Chris Jericho spoke to PWI editor Kevin McElvaney and senior writer Al Castle on a recent episode of his Talk is Jericho podcast. The first AEW World Champion explained why he thought Kenny Omega had done enough to edge out Reigns for the number one spot:
“I don’t think Roman had as many great matches as Kenny did. Just by proxy of what WWE is and what AEW is and like you said, combine that with what he is doing in Mexico and the Impact stuff. And that’s kind of Kenny’s gimmick. And Roman might have a little bit more on the character department where Kenny has really pulled that up as well with Don Callis. So to me, I think you picked it right. Kenny is number one and I think Roman is number two.”
Kenny Omega recently commented on the list after it was published, saying he believes Roman Reigns could easily have been ranked at number one.