Sunday, 5 June 2011

New Weekly Feature: Ray's 'Rasslin' Rankings

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Ray's 'Rasslin' Rankings - Period Ending June 5th 2011

Each week's resident rankings expert, Ray Mullan, will scouting the major north american wrestling promotions in order to bring you an in-depth rankings report for the top championships in Pro Wrestling as statistics and analysis. Find out where your favourite wrestler's ranked this week...

The Top 10 and Tag-Team rankings are based on television and Pay-Per View win-loss records over the course of the month, quality of opposition, and inherent skill of each wrestler or team. All other rankings are based on the official current positions of challengers to the Top Title in each category (I.E. Should a wrestler win a number 1 contenders match, he will automatically be afforded that ranking regardless of current win-loss record).

The number in parentheses indicates a wrestler's position in that category in the previous rankings report; (-) indicates that the wrestler was not rated in that category in the last report. (C) indicates the wrestler was champion in that category last report.

Without further ado, ladies and gentleman, the inaugural Ray's 'Rasslin' Rankings:

#Top 10 Rankings: Singles#Top 10 Rankings: Tag Teams
1John Cena
WWE Champion
1Beer Money
TNA World Tag Team Champions
TNA World Heavyweight Champion
2Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin
ROH Tag Team Champions
3Randy Orton
World Heavyweight Champion
3Michael McGillicutty & Dave Otunga
WWE World Tag Team Champions
4Mr. Anderson
#1 Contender to TNA World Championship
4Big Show & Kane
#1 Contenders to WWE World Tag Team Championships
#1 Contender to WWE Championship
5Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli
#1 Contenders to Tag ROH Team Championships
6Eddie Edwards
ROH Heavyweight Champion
6Dark City Fight Club
NWA Tag Team Champions
7Kurt Angle
#2 Contender to TNA World Championship
7The British Invasion
#1 Conteners to TNA World Tag Team Championships
8Kofi Kingston
#1 Contender to WWE World Championship
8AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels
9The Sheik
NWA Heavyweight Champion
9Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater
10Davey Richards
#1 Contender to ROH Heavyweight Championship
10Mexican America

#Top 10: WWE RAWTop 10: WWE SmackdownTop 10: TNA IMPACT Wrestling
CJohn Cena
(-) 240, West Newberry, MA
Randy Orton
(-) 245, St. Louis, MO
(-) 255, Venice Beach, CA
1Kofi Kingston
(-) 221, Ghana, West Africa
(-) 280, Dublin, Ireland
Mr. Anderson
(-) 243, Green Bay, WI
2CM Punk
(-) 222, Chicago, IL
Ezekiel Jackson
(-) 309, Harlem, NY
Kurt Angle
(-) 240, Pittsburgh, PA
(-) 235, Charlotte, NC
(-) 240, Toronto, ON
(-) 252, Brooklyn, NY
4The Miz
(-) 231, Cleveland, OH
Sin Cara
(-) 170, Mexico City , Mexico
Eric Young
(-) 225, Vancouver, BC
5Rey Mysterio
(-) 175, San Diego, CA
(-) 323, Hell
(-) 350, Parts Unknown
6Dolph Ziggler
(-) 221, Hollywood, CA
Mark Henry
(-) 392, Silsbee, TX
Jeff Jarrett
(-) 235, Nashville, TN
7Evan Bourne
(-) 183, St. Louis, MO
Daniel Bryan
(-) 190, Aberdeen, WA
Rob Van Dam
(-) 237, Battle Creek, MI
8Alberto Del Rio
(-) 240, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Wade Barrett
(-) 265, Manchester, England
AJ Styles
(-) , Gainesville, GA
9Jack Swagger
(-) 263, Perry, OK
Tyson Kidd
(-) 195, Calgary, AB
Christopher Daniels
(-) 224, Los Angeles, CA
10Drew McIntyre
(-) 252, Ayr, Scotland
Cody Rhodes
(-) 223, Marietta, GA
(-) 147, Tijuana, Mexico

Putting together a Top 10 is never easy, but thanks to number 1 contendership victories for both Mr. Anderson and Sheamus, the first slots for TNA and Smackdown were relatively easy to fill in this week. John Cena keeps taking a beating and keeps on coming back, say what you want about the "Super Hero" comebacks, i'll not criticise - with a 5/1 Win/Loss record he earned the top spot.

The RAW number one contendership goes to United States Champion Kofi Kingston. The West African superstar is a US champion that fans can be proud of, someone no one can say is unworthy of holding the belt. Kofi appears to be a fighting champion, defending the belt with regularity. Despite the non-title loss to CM Punk, Kofi gets the nod this week.

This month was certainly one for surprise rankings, with Ezekiel Jackson, Crimson and Eric Young all cracking their respective Top 10's. Young in particular is on an uncharacteristic roll with a tag victory on Xplosion, singles victories over Robbie E and Mr. Anderson (or should that one go to the "Not So Great Muta"?), not to mention a Television Title win over Gunner. Crimsons undefeated streak is impressive and the number of top names left in his wake over the past month is impressive, with the likes of Samoa Joe, Abyss and Matt Hardy all on the receiving end of the Red Sky. Similarly Ezekiel Jackson has racked up five wins without defeat this month, including a DQ victory over IC Champion Wade Barrett. Could we have another Goldberg on our hands with one of these two?

Also on the up are the two newest "Luchadors" in North American wrestling with Sin Cara and Sangriento both with impressive consecutive wins since their debuts, watch out for these two.

Beer Money sit at the top of the Tag-Team rankings despite the events on IMPACT Wrestling this past thursday. Few would argue that there is a better Tag-Team in wrestling today than Beer Money, but with Roode on the shelf and seemingly with one eye on a singles career this may be the last we see of Beer Money atop the rankings for some time. With the defacto number 2 team, TNA's Motor City Machine Guns, also lost through injury the number 1 spot appears to be wide open for a hungry tag-team to snatch, and the World's Greatest Tag-Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) have certainly been living up to the name of late, stay tuned.

You may be surprised to see the inclusion of AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in the tag-team rankings. Fortune's finest ae certainly no slouches in the ring but full time Tag-Team wrestlers they are not. Two impressive tag wins over Bully Ray and tag partners Tommy Dreamer and Gunner, both in matches with differing stipulations more than deserved mention.

That's all for now. If you have any comments or questions pertaining to the rankings, feel free to drop me a line at or tweet me via @raymullan. Thanks for reading, see you next week!

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