Real Talk 21: The (Unofficial) SoCal 50 and (Unofficial) SoCal 51-75!

Ladies and gentlemen, the (Unofficial) SoCal 50 and (Unofficial) SoCal 51-75!

Every year, Pro Wrestling Illustrated releases their PWI 500, listing the 500 “best” in professional wrestlers in the world. The list always causes controversy, and always seem to rile up the emotions of professional wrestlers, fans, promoters, bookers, and pundits. The rankings process for the PWI 500 always has its critics, but one thing we can all agree on: Mr. Ooh La La and the Japanese Pool Boy always deserved their rankings! Today, PWI released the latest edition of their PWI 500, and as usual, people are unhappy about it.

Last year, I decided that SoCal deserved its own (unofficial) list, The (Unofficial) SoCal 50!

The SoCal 50 is put together a little more scientifically than PWI’s 500 list. I put together a list (unofficially) of the Top 50 workers in SoCal based on whoever came to my mind and didn’t suck. Things like championships, rankings, people putting their friends over, and people trying to get themselves ranked were not taken into account. None of that shit. This was just me going “ok, come up with names that pop into your head of wrestlers that don’t suck, and list them in the order they come into your head with no real method of ranking these people.”

The Top 3 guys are, in my opinion, the legit Top 3 best wrestlers in SoCal right now though, but not in order. That’d be too hard for me to decide. Everything else is just random.

And now, without further Apu, here is the 2nd Annual (Unofficial) SoCal 50!
  1. Tito Escondido
  2. Eli Everfly
  3. Jeff Cobb
  4. B-Boy
  5. Ray Rosas
  6. Scorpio Sky
  7. Adrian Quest/Astro Viajero
  8. Andy Brown
  9. Ryan Taylor
  10. Penta el Zero M
  11. Lil’ Cholo
  12. Willie Mack
  13. Brody King
  14. Rico Dynamite
  15. Joey Ryan
  16.  Douglas James
  17.  Che Cabrera
  18.  Rey Fenix
  19.  Brian Cage
  20.  Tyler Bateman
  21. Rey Horus
  22. Hoss Hogg
  23. Jesse James
  24. Jake Atlas
  25. Rocky Romero
  26. Famous B
  27. Dicky Mayer
  28. Laberinto
  29. Jarek 1:20
  30. Rey Mysterio Jr.
  31. Zokre
  32. Phoenix Star
  33. Joe Heiken
  34. Mariachi Loco
  35. Shayna Baszler
  36. Kikutaro
  37. D’Marco Wilson
  38. Bestia 666
  39. Steve Pain
  40. Peter Avalon
  41. Donnie Suarez
  42. Rick Knox
  43. Shotzi Blackheart
  44. Mike Camden
  45. John Hennigan
  46. Chris Kadillak
  47. Ruby Raze
  48. Darwin Finch
  49. Heather Monroe
  50. Ryan Kidd

Last year, I developed some unreasonable controversy with my list. Turns out, some workers thought they were being told they sucked because they weren’t in the Top 50. To avoid controversy, I created the (Unofficial) SoCal 51-75. So, to everyone who made this edition of the (unofficial) list, congrats!

The (Unofficial) SoCal 51-75
  • 51. Luchasaurus
  • 52. Super Panda
  • 53. Alonzo Alvarez
  •  54. Nate Coy
  •  55. Lucas Riley
  •  56. Chaz Herrera
  •  57. Dan Joseph
  •  58. Jorel Diez
  • 59. Dylan Bostic
  •  60. SoCal Crazy
  •  61. Corey Jackson
  •  62. Michael Hopkins
  •  63. Human Tornado
  •  64. Seiya
  • 65. Enigma
  •  66. Legacy
  •  67. Koto Hiro
  • 68. Anthony Idol
  • 69. Dirty Ron McDonald/Seabass
  • 70. Super Boy Jr.
  • 71. Ty Ray
  • 72. Ju Dizz
  • 73. K.C. Douglas
  • 74. Guy Cool
  • 75. Ultimo Panda
The lesson to learn from this.

The real thing to take away from here is this: the PWI 500 is just a stupid fucking list that nobody should take seriously. A lot of the rankings on those lists after the top 20 are based on promoters and others involved in wrestling who send in things like profiles and photos. Shit’s not worth being emotionally invested in. The PWI 500 is seriously less credible than my list.

About the Author

SoCal's favorite son. Won 1st Place in my division at the 2013 Gracie Worlds. 2019 East San Fernando Valley Water Champion. Keyboard Warrior.