It was discovered today that, due to an egregious editorial oversight, main-event wrestler CM Punk was not included in Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine’s annual tally of the top 500 wrestlers in the world.
The PWI 500, as the rankings have become known, is a long and hotly debated tradition in professional wrestling, serving as an annual gauge of the industry’s leading talent and up-and-coming stars.
Punk, who has consistently headlined WWE pay-per-views and been one of the most talked-about wrestlers of his generation, was inexplicably omitted from this year’s PWI 500.
“We regret the error,” said Stu Saks, longtime publisher of the venerable publication. “We honestly meant to include Punk on the list. We blame the intern.”
According to Saks, Punk was scheduled to rank second on the list, but due to a careless editing mistake, that spot was instead claimed by relatively obscure Canadian independent wrestler Tyson Dux.
Sources close to Punk say he is “furious” — not because he was omitted from the list, but because John Cena was ranked number one.