All of these accomplishments fell within the "PWI 500's" evaluation period, July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.
Reigns was thrilled when he was informed of the selection by PWI Senior Writer Dan Murphy.
"Thank you, man. It's crazy. Last year, was I what, three or four? To just remain in that same company, to be in that class with those guys, it's world class," he said. "It's a great honor and it goes with a lot of hard work. It's very flattering. It just shows that if you keep your head down and stick to your day-to-day, you grind it out and take the long road, good things happen. It's a great achievement and another great accolade."
Reigns is a polarizing figure and PWI Publisher Stu Saks anticipates some backlash from fans over the choice.
"Our cover headline comes right out and states it: 'Half of You Will Hate This! Roman Reigns Is No. 1.' Reigns is certainly not the sexy choice, but based on what he accomplished during the time frame for evaluation, we think he's the right choice," Saks said.
The entire Reigns podcast interview can be found at the iTunes Store and pwi-online.com. The print and digital edition of the "PWI 500" magazine can be obtained at that website.