Fans want to see more performers who reflect their diverse ethnicities, thus representation in professional wrestling is still a hot topic. The BW500 offers an opportunity for fans to become acquainted with lesser-known wrestlers, in addition to the industry’s top names. Fans will immediately know the names at the top of the list, including WWE’s EST, Bianca Belair, who is ranked number one.
As WWE Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair is experiencing a strong run. Since April, when she reclaimed the title at WrestleMania 38, she has held this title for 163 days. She has successfully defended her title against opponents like Sonya Deville, Carmella, Asuka, and most recently Becky Lynch at SummerSlam.
The 2022 #BW500 is LIVE. The 500 Black Wrestlers You Should Know right now! A celebration of Black Wrestlers from all over the world. Like, QT and Share. REPRESENTATION MATTERS! pic.twitter.com/oq7KP61ioZ — Righteous Reg (@RighteousReg) September 12, 2022
The list was started in 2019 and initially included 250 wrestlers before being expanded to 500 in 2020. Some of the most popular and well-known stars in wrestling have occupied the number one place, including Sasha Banks in 2020 and Trish Adora in 2021.
Righteous Reg of Grapsody, the list’s originator, announced the list on Twitter.
“They are just numbers. Rankings don’t matter,” Reg published a social media post. “Enjoy the celebration of that massive amount of talent.”