PWI 500 Single-Elimination Tournament - 1991 - First Round

Since 1991, the magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated has been publishing its annual "Top 500 Wrestlers" listing the top male wrestlers in the world.

Taking the top 64 wrestlers from the list, I will be doing a March Madness-style tournament.

We will start with 1991, the first year of the PWI 500. If this proves popular, I will do subsequent years.

A link to the bracket can be found below.


  1. Voting will last at least a week per round.
  2. Each user may vote on all that round's matchups only once. If any user tries to vote twice, only their first post will be counted.
  3. At the end of the voting period, scores will be tallied and a new fanpost will be made for the next round.
  4. In the case of a tie, the wrestler with the higher seed will advance.

Due to the number of matchups, the first round will be slightly longer than a week.

It will begin on Thursday 6/1 at 9:00am ET and continue until Sunday 6/11 at 11:59pm ET.


Upper Left Quadrant

1 Hulk Hogan vs 64 Tony Atlas

32 Eric Embry vs 33 Big Van Vader

17 Ted DiBiase vs 48 Tom Zenk

16 Sid Justice vs 49 Konnan

24 Stan Hansen vs 41 Rick Martel

9 Arn Anderson vs 56 Richard Morton

25 Big Boss Man vs 40 Kerry Von Erich

8 Steve Williams vs 57 Marty Jannetty


Lower Left Quadrant

4 Randy Savage vs 61 Stan Lane

29 Ron Simmons vs 36 Sergeant Slaughter

20 The Great Muta vs 45 Cactus Jack

13 Curt Hennig vs 52 Terrance Taylor

21 Bret Hart vs 44 Brian Pillman

12 Jerry Lawler vs 53 Greg Valentine

28 Jeff Jarrett vs 37 Shawn Michaels

5 Sting vs 60 Michael Hayes


Upper Right Quadrant

2 Lex Luger vs 63 Robert Gibson

31 Steve Austin vs 34 Antonio Inoki

18 Road Warrior Animal vs 47 Dino Bravo

15 Road Warrior Hawk vs 50 Earthquake

23 Jake Roberts vs 42 Mr. Saito

10 Rick Steiner vs 55 The Patriot

26 Rick Rude vs 39 Irwin R. Schyster

7 Ricky Steamboat vs 58 Bam Bam Bigelow


Lower Right Quadrant

3 Ric Flair vs 62 Dan Spivey

30 Bobby Eaton vs 35 Abdullah the Butcher

19 Nikita Koloff vs 46 Davey Boy Smith

14 Barry Windham vs 51 Tony Anthony

22 Terry Funk vs 43 Eddie Gilbert

11 The Ultimate Warrior vs 54 Bob Backlund

27 Jushin Liger vs 38 Larry Zbyszko

6 Scott Steiner vs 59 Doug Furnas


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