Top 3 US Promotions Legend: Smackdown! RAW ECW TNA RoH
Total in Top 100: WWE 35 (RAW 16, SD! 12, ECW 7); TNA 22; RoH 10
Top 5 Wrestlers Last Five Years (avg rank): Cena (4), Angle (10), Michaels (13), Batista (14.4), Joe (15.2) Top 5 Wrestlers Last Four Years: Cena (3.25), Angle (3.5), Edge (4.5), Joe (10.5), Mistico (10.75) Top 5 Wrestlers Last Three Years: Angle (2.7), Edge (3.3) , Cena (3.7), Joe (6.7), Michaels (7.3)
I'll have more stats later this weekend, but I suspect I actually have to do SOME work at work today.
1.Randy Orton Age: 28 Previous Year: 15 Five Year Avg: 16
2.Kurt Angle Age: 39 Previous Year: 4 Five Year Avg: 10
3.Triple H Age: 39 Previous Year: 51 Five Year Avg: 16.4
4.Samoa Joe Age: 29 Previous Year: 12 Five Year Avg: 15.2
5.Edge Age: 34 Previous Year: 2 Five Year Avg: 15.4
6.The Undertaker Age: 43 Previous Year: 5 Five Year Avg: 23.8
7.Shawn Michaels Age: 43 Previous Year: 6 Five Year Avg: 13
8.Nigel McGuinness Age: 32 Previous Year: 25 Five Year Avg: 84.6
9.John Cena Age: 31 Previous Year: 1 Five Year Avg: 4
10.Shinsuke Nakamura Age: 28 Previous Year: 96 Five Year Avg: 247.6 (78.6)*
11.Takeshi Morishima Age: 29 Previous Year: 10 Five Year Avg: 221.2 (34.7)*
12.Ultimo Guerrero Age: 36 Previous Year: 11 Five Year Avg: 30.2
13.Bryan Danielson Age: 27 Previous Year: 17 Five Year Avg: 39.8
14.Christian Cage Age: 34 Previous Year: 7 Five Year Avg: 18.8
15.Batista Age: 39 Previous Year: 13 Five Year Avg: 14.4
16.Keiji Muto Age: 45 Previous Year: 119 Five Year Avg: 63.8
17.Mistico Age: 25 Previous Year: 3 Five Year Avg: 108.8 (10.75)*
18.Jeff Hardy Age: 30 Previous Year: 29 Five Year Avg: 221.4 (35)*
19.Ric Flair Age: 59 Previous Year: 70 Five Year Avg: 38.8
20.Hiroshi Tanahashi Age: 31 Previous Year: 40 Five Year Avg: 221 (34.3)*
21.AJ Styles Age: 30 Previous Year: 32 Five Year Avg: 16.2
22. Perro Aguayo Jr. Age: 29 Previous Year: 8 Five Year Avg: 42.6
23.MVP Age: 34 Previous Year: 47 Five Year Avg: 288 (146)*
24.CM Punk Age: 29 Previous Year: 42 Five Year Avg: 46
25.Tomko Age: 32 Previous Year: 100 Five Year Avg: 142.4
26.Mesias Age: 32 Previous Year: 206 Five Year Avg: 290.2 (149.7)*
27.Jay Lethal Age: 23 Previous Year: 95 Five Year Avg: 202.2 (127.5)*
28. Dr. Wagner Jr. Age: 42 Previous Year: 48 Five Year Avg: 61.8
29.Chris Jericho Age: 37 Previous Year: NR Five Year Avg: 213.2 (21.3)*
30.Kensuke Sasaki Age: 42 Previous Year: 57 Five Year Avg: 42.2
31.Austin Aries Age: 30 Previous Year: 102 Five Year Avg: 96.2
32.Cibernetico Age: 33 Previous Year: 26 Five Year Avg: 233.8 (55.67)*
33.Kane Age: 41 Previous Year: 65 Five Year Avg: 36
34.Booker T Age: 43 Previous Year: 18 Five Year Avg: 23
35.Mr.Kennedy Age: 32 Previous Year: 21 Five Year Avg: 208 (134)*
36.Chavo Guerrero Jr. Age: 37 Previous Year: 46 Five Year Avg: 66.8
37.Umaga Age: 35 Previous Year: 22 Five Year Avg: 97.2
38.Robert Roode Age: 31 Previous Year: 71 Five Year Avg: 98.4
39.Suwama Age: 31 Previous Year: NR (?) Five Year Avg: 351.8 (128)*
40.JBL Age: 41 Previous Year: NR Five Year Avg: 125 (31)*
41.Matt Hardy Age: 33 Previous Year: 36 Five Year Avg: 141.4 (51.5)*(
42.James Storm Age: 31 Previous Year: 82 Five Year Avg: 62.4
43.John Morrison Age: 28 Previous Year: 56 Five Year Avg: 82.2
44.Adam Pearce Age: 30 Previous Year: 167 Five Year Avg: 191.6 (114.2)*
45.Kaz Age: 31 Previous Year: 229 Five Year Avg: 163
46.CIMA Age: 30 Previous Year: 52 Five Year Avg: 16
47.Minoru Suzuki Age: 40 Previous Year: 86 Five Year Avg: 16
48.Petey Williams Age: 26 Previous Year: 93 Five Year Avg: 16
49.Jay Briscoe Age: 24 Previous Year: 78 Five Year Avg: 16
50.Mark Briscoe Age: 23 Previous Year: 83 Five Year Avg: 16
51.Big Show 52.Claudio Castagnoli 53.Giant Bernard 54.The Miz 55.William Regal 56.Finlay 57.Yuji Nagata 58.Chris Hero 59.Rey Mysterio Jr. 60.Eric Young 61.Rhino 62.Shelton Benjamin 63.Carlito 64.Scott Steiner 65.Mark Henry 66.Chuck Palumbo 67.Homicide 68.Averno 69.Chris Sabin 70.Alex Shelley 71.Zorro 72.Hernandez 73. Dos Caras Jr. 74.Jimmy Jacobs 75.Orlando Colon 76.Kofi Kingston 77.Alan Stone 78.Brother Ray 79.Cody Rhodes 80.Lance Cade 81.Sonjay Dutt 82.Brother Devon 83.The Great Khali 84.Sting 85.El Hijo del Santo 86.Kenta Kobashi 87.Mitsuharu Misawa 88.Tyler Black 89.Masato Tanaka 90.Naomichi Marufuji 91.Santino Marella 92.Hardcore Holly 93.Satoshi Kojima 94.Ron Killings 95.Curry Man 96.Trevor Murdoch 97.KENTA 98.Charly Manson 99.Elijah Burke 100.Toshiaki Kawada 101.Nick Dinsmore 102.Chessman 103.Roderick Strong 104.Abyss 105.Mephisto 106.Festus 107.Davey Richards 108.Rocky Romero 109.Atlantis 110.El Condor 111.Brian Kendrick 112.Negro Casas 113.Halloween 114.Tommy Dreamer 115.Rey Bucanero 116.Paul London 117.Jerry Lynn 118.Wataru Inoue 119.Jushin Liger 120.Brent Albright 121. Blue Demon Jr. 122.Shark Boy 123.Hector Garza 124.Blitz 125.Jamie Noble 126.Matt Morgan 127.Black Reign 128.Black Warrior 129.Kevin Steen 130.Johnny Devine 131.Paul Birchill 132.Kip James 133.Sangre Azteca 134.Snitsky 135.Togi Makabe 136.Erick Stevens 137.Masato Yoshino 138. Mr.Niebla 139.B.G.James 140.Zack Ryder 141.Curt Hawkins 142.Juventud Guerrera 143.El Generico 144.Jimmy Wang Yang 145.Jack Evans 146. Mr.Aguila 147.Jesse 148.Joe Doering 149.Vladmir Kozlov 150.Lance Hoyt 151.Mike Knox 152.BJ Whitmer 153.Joey Matthews 154.Big Daddy V 155.Masahiro Chono 156.Delirious 157.Mike Quackenbush 158.Milano Collection AT 159.Shannon Moore 160.Jimmy Rave 161.Rellik 162.Necro Butcher 163.Eddie Colon 164.Yoshihiro Takayama 165.Deuce 166.Matt Striker 167.Chicano 168.Mike DiBiase 169.Domino 170.Steve Corino 171.Shawn Spears 172.Marco Corleone 173.Bryan Logan 174.Yoshinobu Kanemaru 175.Glen Osbourne 176.Manabu Nakanishi 177.Shad Gaspard 178.Go Shiozaki 179.Eric Perez 180.Rory Fox 181.Dragon Kid 182.Toru Yano 183.Joey Ryan 184.Charlie Haas 185.JTG 186.Kevin Nash 187.Ted DiBiase Jr. 188.Human Tornado 189.Nic Nemeth 190.Chris Harris 191. Volador Jr. 192.La Sombra 193.Heath Miller 194.Super Crazy 195.Consequences Creed 196.Rory McAllister 197.D.H.Smith 198.Robbie McAllister 199.Ruckus 200.Pac 201.Katsuhiko Nakajima 202.Jigsaw 203.Scott Lost 204.Rob Eckos 205.Ricky Reyes 206.Billy Bax 207.Tiger Mask IV 208.Matt Cross 209.El Sagrado 210.Stevie Richards 211.Tatsumi Fujinami 212. L.A.Park 213.Rikishi 214.Ryusuke Taguchi 215.Evan Bourne 216.Jay Bradley 217.Josh Prohibition 218.Shinjiro Otani 219.Drew McIntyre 220.D'Lo Brown 221.Elix Skipper 222.Jake Hager 223.Chris Masters 224.Shawn Daivari 225.Naruki Doi 226.Sheamus O'Shaunessy 227.Low-Ki 228.Kid Kash 229.Hiromi Horiguchi 230.2 Cold Scorpio 231.Ace Steel 232.Adam Flash 233.Kenzo Suzuki 234.Hiroyoshi Tenzan 235.Ricky Vega 236.Teddy Hart 237.Minoru Fujita 238.La Mascara 239.Puma 240.Heavy Metal 241. T.J.Wilson 242.Taru 243.Balls Mahoney 244.Danny Doring 245.Colt Cabana 246.Chris Cage 247.Josh Daniels 248.KUDO 249.La Parka 250.Sabu 251.Takeshi Rikio 252.Chad Collyer 253.Jason Blade 254.Olimpico 255.Masaaki Mochizuki 256.Pepper Parks 257.Damian 666 258.Matt Logan 259.Ephesto 260.Christian York 261.Mike Mondo 262.Rob Conway 263.Shocker 264.Nunzio 265.Xavier 266.Vito 267.Kenny Dykstra 268.Chris Joel 269.Alex Koslov 270.Gran Akuma 271.Ron Zombie 272.Icarus 273.Derek Frazier 274.Noriega 275.Lince Dorado 276.Intocable 277.Jun Akiyama 278.Eddie Kingston 279.Mad Man Pondo 280.Scott Cardinal 281.Michael Sain 282. Lizmark Jr. 283.Shingo Takagi 284.Super Hentai 285.Chad Parham 286.Maximo 287.Kevin Dunn 288.Mean Marcos 289.Hallowicked 290.Kotaro Suzuki 291.Brazo de Plata 292.Joe Bravo 293.Phoenix Star 294.Brain Damage 295.Ricky Landell 296.Bam Neely 297.Felino 298.Larry Sweeney 299.Joker 300.Devon Moore 301.Ricky Marvin 302.Zokre 303.Bobby Fish 304.Tank Toland 305.Helios 306.Black Pain 307.Pelle Primeau 308.Naoya Ogawa 309.Chuck Taylor 310.Bruiser 311.Rhett Titus 312.Abismo Negro 313.Blue Panther 314.Savio Vega 315.Ultimo Dragon 316.Kevin Thorn 317.Frederick of Hollywood 318.Val Venis 319.Tom Brandi 320.Mitch Ryder 321.TAKA Michinoku 322.Damian 323.Tyson Dux 324.Aden Chambers 325.Crazy Boy 326.Adam Flash 327.Taku Iwasa 328.Incognito 329.Anthony Bravado 330.Thunder 331.Andrew Ryker 332.Spike Dudley 333.Jorge Rivera 334.The Atomic Dogg 335.Lightning 336.Bryan Kelly 337.Judas Young 338.Taiyo Kea 339.Kaz Hayashi 340.Hyjinx 341.Sterling James Keenan 342.Arik Cannon 343.Shane Hagadorn 344.El Pantera 345.Kassidy James 346.Max Von Bauer 347.Doug Williams 348.Al Snow 349.Sinn Bowdie 350.John McChesney 351.Shayne Hawke 352.Truitt Fields 353.John Kermon 354.Cruzz 355.Orlando Jordan 356.Robert Anthony 357.UltraMantis Black 358.Steve Lewington 359.Johnny Kashmere 360.2 Dope 361.Mikey Whipwreck 362.Tajiri 363.Mike Kurel 364.N8 Mattson 365.Takashi Iizuka 366.Noel Rodriguez 367.El Gran Apache 368. Afa Jr. 369.Qeenan Creed 370.Diabolico 371.Shane Storm 372.Johnny Curtis 373.Kahagas 374.Romeo Roselli 375.Bobby Dempsey 376.Rudy Switchblade 377.Jim Duggan 378.Trent Acid 379.Kafu 380.Jerry Lawler 381.Shiima Xion 382.Atlas DaBone 383.Scott Wright 384.Navajo Warrior 385.Sal Rinauro 386.Robin Knightwing 387.Scott Zenzen 388.Joey Knight 389.Sean Waltman 390.Jamin Olivencia 391.Kevin Grace 392.BxB Hulk 393.Sho Funaki 394.Azrieal 395. J.D.Michaels 396.Richard Rondon 397.Titan 398.Antonio Thomas 399.Ace Darling 400.Colin Delaney 401.Larry Huntley 402.Chasyn Rance 403.Rycklon 404.Billy Roc 405.Nate Bash 406.Iceberg 407.Armando Estrada 408.Charles Evans 409.Mike Reed 410.Johnny Gargano 411.Jumping Jeff Jeffrey 412.Jonny Puma 413.Benjamin Sailer 414.The Stro 415.Leslie Leatherman 416.Freak Nastty 417.Ali Akbar 418.Luke Hawx 419.Derek Wylde 420.Milwaukee Mauler 421.Robere Shields 422.Omega 423.Dan Eckos 424.Hawaiian Lion 425.Johnny Ova 426.Zachary Shane 427.Cody Deaner 428.Ric Converse 429.Mega 430.Sami Callahan 431.Soldier Ant 432.Sean Royal 433.Kornbred 434.Tank 435.Hade Vansen 436.Prince Nana 437.Brodie Lee 438.Rob Terry 439.Fire Ant 440.Dan Paysan 441.Red Anderson 442.Andy Dalton 443.Zach Gowan 444.Carlitos 445.Dylan Starr 446.Eric Everlast 447.Ron Falco 448.Joe Gibson 449.Jeremy Wyatt 450. Mister St.Laurent 451.Omar Akbar 452.Shawn Cook 453.Kenny King 454.Kirby Mack 455.Drew Blood 456.Nate Laws 457.Brian Soscia 458.Shorty Smalls 459.Crazy Rudy 460.Ric Byrne 461. T.J.Mack 462.Maifu 463.Mikal Judas 464.Phil Shatter 465.Robby Starr 466.Saifu 467.Phil Atlas 468.Jimmy Olsen 469.Mike Tobin 470.Corporal Robinson 471.Slim J 472.Ryan McBride 473.Chance Prophet 474.Hiram Tua 475.Mozart Fontaine 476.Matt Riviera 477.Hook Bomberry 478.Mastiff 479.Pinke LaRue 480.Chris Stone 481.Supreme Lee Great 482.Teddy Stigma 483.Greg Marasciulo 484.Apovslypse 485.Player Uno 486.Jimmy DeMarco 487.Wade Chism 488.Tim Donst 489.Leono 490.Dre Blitz 491.Igotta Brewski 492.Larry Zbyszko 493.Super Calo 494.Marshall Gambino 495.Hydra 496.Mickey Gambino 497.Worker Ant 498.The Guy with Red Hair 499.Kliff Hanger 500.Kurt Adonis
Edit: For those interested, here's where I found the list. (Drowned in Sound -- of all places)
* For the five year average, some wrestlers were unranked in previous years, giving them a score of 501. In parenthesis is the average if the unranked years are eliminated.
**All stats processed thru top 50. (edited by Super Shane Spear on 9.8.08 1532)
Kevin Steen 2007: 180 2008: 129 El Generico 2007: 244 2008: 143 Dan Paysan 2007: 384 2008: 440 Player Uno 2007: 435 2008: 485 Tank 2007: 441 2008: 304 or 434 - guessing Quebec Tank is #434 Shayne Hawke 2007: 467 2008: 351
Another year, another top 10 with two guys I don't know. (McGuinness and Nakamura, for those that care.) Surprised Orton's #1, let alone that high. It always bothered me that WWE never used the PWI500 to start feuds. WCW had some wrestlers at least mention their placing back in the day.
That's something I never understood about PWI back in the day. Rankings were supposed to be based on wins and losses, but they always ranked Flair (who rarely won, and had his title saved by run-ins on a nightly basis) ahead of Hogan (who beat everyone clean). Even as a stupid kid, I could see that Flair was a better technical wrestler and I knew his matches were more fun to watch than Hogan's, but there was no denying Hogan's far superior win/loss record which PWI seemingly refused to acknowledge.
And nowadays, it's weird looking at a PWI when it's sort of this weird work/shoot hybrid. From what I can tell, they never fully acknowledge that it's a work, but there's all this talk of "storylines" and "writers" and "angles" and it's SO WEIRD. Where is Matt Brock? I want articles written by an old drunk in a cheap hotel room, on a typewriter that has been carried from town to town (by train, whenever possible).
These kids today with their internets and their Meltzers don't know what they're missing.
Wish more Midwest guys would have made it...shocked Dingo missed the cut, he's had a breakout year(holding the IWA Mid-South title as well as the NWA Missouri belt). Also wish Michael Strider would have made it...hopefully working for Harley Race's fed will improve his visibility.
Originally posted by KJames199Where is Matt Brock? I want articles written by an old drunk in a cheap hotel room, on a typewriter that has been carried from town to town (by train, whenever possible).
I haven't looked at a PWI in many years. But I used to love Matt Brock's columns as a kid. I was not surprised but somewhat deflated when in an email from former writer Ed Emelett (may be misspelling his name) about 11 years ago he revealed that crusty old reporter Matt Brock never existed. The writers took turns being "Matt Brock". But Eddie Ellner was a real guy.
Wikipedia says: "Likewise, columnist Liz Hunter is fictitious, as are oft-quoted WWF/WWE "inside source" Thomas Pilliard and "wrestling psychologist" Dr. Sidney M. Basil." The latter two are obvious, even to me as a 12 year old.
Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco So know that we have stats, has anyone taken the time to see who the top movers and shakers were moving up or down the charts?
I'm off today, what the heck. The following were in the top 120 last year, and aren't in this year's chart: Bobby Lashley, Rob Van Dam, Gregory Helms, Marcus Cor Von, Yoshinari Ogawa, Vampiro, The Boogyeman, Jeff Jarrett.
Big Fallers include Chris Harris (from 66 to 190), Tiger Mask IV (from 69 to 207), L.A. Park (from 69 to 212), Chris Masters (from 89 to 223), Low-Ki/Senshi (from 50 to 227), La Parka (from 43 to 249), Sabu (from 58 to 250), Kevin Thorn (from 94 to 316), and Doug Williams (from 84 to 347)
The following were not ranked in last years chart (as far as I can tell-many are Japanese and Mexican, and may be listed under a different name) and are in the top 150 this year: Chris Jericho, Suwama, JBL, Rey Mysterio Jr., Chuck Palumbo, Orlando Colon, Kofi Kingston, Alan Stone, Kenta Kobashi, Tyler Black, Masato Tanaka, El Condor, Wataru Inoue, Blue Demon Jr., Blitz, Matt Morgan, Black Reign, Mr. Niebla, and Joe Doering.
Other top risers include Mesias (from 206 last year [as Muerte Cibernetica] to 26 this year), Shinsuke Nakamura (from 96 to 10), Triple H (from 51 to 3), and Keiji Muto (from 119 to 16). Interestingly, Nick Dinsmore rose from 190 to 101, after getting fired from the WWE and moving down to the indy level.
I also find it amusing that certain people find themselves ranked together two years in a row. In 2007, Snitsky was 130, and Togi Makabe was 131. This year, Snitsky falls to 134, and Makabe falls to 135. I feel there's someone at PWI who lobbies for Makabe's inclusion at Snitsky's level.
Or the plight of tag teams. Last year Brother Ray was 74 and Brother Devon was 80. This year Brother Ray is 78 and Brother Devon is 82. So PWI thinks that Brothey Ray is always a little bit better.
"Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go backstage. I'm proud of myself, I just beat Brad Armstrong!" - Arn Anderson on WCW Saturday Night in 1992, in the classiest display I've ever seen of someone putting over an underrated mid-carder that everyone in the locker room knew deserved better than the push he got.
Not as bad as some previous editions, but this also wasn't the blowaway show that the "relaunch" show should have been. GOOD: -Lynn/Killings: This champion vs champion was every bit as good as I expected and The Truth continues to impress.