Considering the size of the task at hand, some mistakes are inevitable. Sometimes they are hardly noticeable, and sometimes they are doozies. This year we had a little bit of both, and in every case, we feel terrible.
We sincerely apologize, both to our readers and, in particular, to the hard-working wrestlers who were inadvertently omitted from this year's "PWI 500." We promise to be more careful next year to ensure similar mistakes don't happen again.
Let's go over the errors:
• In the "doozy" category, we failed to include reigning IWGP champion Hiroshi Tanahashi, who had a dominant year in New Japan.This was obviously a huge oversight on our part--made worse by the fact that he was mentioned in so many other Japanese wrestlers' profiles. Certainly, an argument could be made that Tanahashi, who shattered all kinds of records between 2011 and 2012, should have been ranked above them all. We can tell you this much: At one point, Tanahashi was ranked very high on our list. But somewhere in the process of shuffling wrestlers around before finalizing the list, we omitted him altogether and did not notice until it was too late. We're embarrassed by the mistake and sincerely apologize to Tanahashi, and to our readers.
• Bray Wyatt is ranked twice, at numbers 167 and 244. The error stemmed from the fact that, at one point, we had him under two different names, Bray Wyatt and Husky Harris. And so a scan of the list in search of repeats did not catch the duplication. And because different writers wrote the two profiles, neither realized the mistake. Later, we changed Harris to is current wrestling character, Wyatt, but did not catch the fact that we was still listed twice. Again, we apologize for the error. For the record, Wyatt should officially be ranked at number 167. Number 244 belongs to Yoshihiro Tajiri.
• We made a similar mistake with Silver King, who is also ranked twice. He’s at 182 as Silver Kain, the name he occasionally uses when wrestling under a mask, and at 283 as Silver King. Again, because the names are different, we didn’t immediately notice the error. Officially, he’s number 182.
• Because of a layout error, there is no entry under number 204. The spot should have gone to Cody Deaner.
We will convene a staff meeting over the next few weeks to see how to handle subsequent publications of the 2012 "PWI 500."
In the meantime, below are the bios of the omitted wrestlers.
HIROSHI TANAHASHI (5’11”, 230, 19, 22) Dominant New Japan superstar shattered multiple records over the past year, during which he wore the prestigious IWGP heavyweight championship for the fifth and sixth time . . . His fifth run with the title began in January of last year and lasted 404 days, the second longest in NJPW history, behind only Shinya Hashimoto’s 1996-97 reign . . . He tied Tatsumi Fujimami’s record for most IWGP title reigns and bested Yuji Nagata’s record for most title defenses during a reign at 11 . . . Those included wins against Giant Bernard, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito, Toru Yano, and Nagata .. . Lost the title to Kazuchika Okada in February, but won it back near the end of the evaluation period in June . . . Also saw some success tag teaming with Hirooki Goto in The Billion Powers . . . Somewhat undersized for a heavyweight , but makes up for it with a dizzying array of innovative moves, including his Bridging Dragon Suplex.
CODY DEANER (6’, 220, 12, 267) Wrestling redneck competes in the Ontario independent circuit, including for TWA Powerhouse, ProWrestling Xtreme, and Great Canadian Wrestling . . . Teamed with Derek Wylde to capture the TWA tag team championship at Summerbash 2011 . . . Previously worked in TNA.
TAJIRI (5’8”, 210, 18, 183) Former WWE and ECW sensation remains active in Japan, both as a wrestler and a promoter . . . Was a driving force behind the SMASH promotion before it folded this year . . . In April, the “Japanese Buzzsaw” founded a new company, Wrestling New Classic.