WWE's Grandest Stage of All: The Updated List

Ryan SzAnalyst IIApril 8, 2012

WWE's Grandest Stage of All: The Updated List

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    Last year I had decided to create a list series that would rank every male performer who had ever fought at WrestleMania at least twice. I created a point system that would remove any personal bias on my part, and went through every WrestleMania card.

    The results were shocking, to say the least. From where wrestlers ranked, to how readers reacted, those results were very interesting, with many people upset at how some were ranked.

    Another thing that came up after the list was done were the requests of many readers to do an update following this year's WrestleMania to show where the wrestlers were ranked now, hence this list. So, again, I say this isn't a list of "power rankings," but rather a list where rankings were made according to a point system to take away any bias about a wrestler.

    And if you are interested, here are the parts from last year's list before the updated points.

     

    Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6     Part 7     Part 8     Part 9

Point System

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    In order to get the rankings I created a point system that would give a clear description of why the wrestler is ranked the way that they are. Also note that I considered main event matches and title matches separately, but if a wrestler was in a main event that was also a title match, they got points for both, the only case where a wrestler gets points in two categories at once.

     

    Fight in WM = 2 pts, this is the participation award since it is difficult for a wrestler to make it

    Wrestlemania, so by having a regular non title match, but not winning it, they get 2 pts.

    Win in WM = 5 pts, this is simple enough, you win your non title match, you get 5 pts.

    Fight in MITB = 5 pts, since there could be multiple wrestlers in the MITB match a wrestler gets 5 pts for participation.

    Win in MITB = 15 pts, with how difficult it is to win the MITB the wrestler who does win gets a nice bump in points by getting 15.

    Fight in european/tag/cruiserweight/hardcore title match = 5 pts (title level 1)

    Win in tag/cruiserweight/hardcore title match = 10 pts

    Fight in IC/US/ECW title match = 10 pts (title level 2)

    Win in IC/US/Diva/Women title match = 15 pts

    Fight in world title match =15 pts

    Win in world title match = 20 pts

    Fight in main event = 20 pts, the biggest honor a wrestler can have bestowed upon them is being able to wrestle in the main event of the biggest show of the year.

    Win in main event = 25pts, the biggest accomplishment a wrestler can have at Wrestlemania, only to be topped if it's also a title match, or the wrestler somehow finds a way to break the Undertaker's streak.

    Fights ending in a no contest or draw are counted as a win for both competitors.

    Fights ending in double DQ or countout count as a loss for both competitors.

    Dark matches count as long as they are not battle royals and were not part of either Sunday Night Heat or Free for All.

Tie Breakers

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    If more than one wrestler has the same amount of points, I have ranked them according to the following tie breakers.



    1. Win/Loss record


    2. If that is the same then the wrestler with more high profile matches (title or main events) gets the bump up in ranking.

    3. If the wrestlers are still tied up to this point then they are just going to be ranked alphabetically.

    4. Wrestlers who wrestled under multiple gimmicks get counted as one person if any gimmick did not have two or more Wrestlemania matches (example: Papa Shango/Godfather/Goodfather). If a wrestler wrestled multiple matches as all gimmicks (example: Akeem and One Man Gang are separate.)

Primo and Justin Gabriel

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    Primo

    WM record: 2-0

    Ranking before/now: not ranked/68

    points before/now: 10/ 20

    change in rank: +79

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVIII


    Primo is up first with his second performance at Wrestlemania. Both performances were with the Tag Titles on the line and he was successful in both matches. With this win, he becomes ranked on the list and skyrockets up with one of the biggest moves of the year, jumping 79 spots.


    Justin Gabriel


    WM record: 0-2

    ranking before/now: not ranked/ 143

    points before/now: 2/4

    change in rank: +3

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVII, XXVIII


    Justin Gabriel makes it onto the list after last Sunday's Tag Title match. The unfortunate thing is that both times at Wrestlemania have resulted in a loss for the young star. On the positive side, he has nowhere else to go but up on the list and it is the early part of his career so expect him to begin climbing next year.

Various Members of Team Teddy and Team Johnny

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    Drew McIntyre

    WM record: 1-1

    ranking before/now: not ranked/113

    points before/now: 5/10

    change in rank: +33

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVIII

     

    The Miz

    WM record: 3-1

    ranking before/now: 22/21

    points before/now: 60/65

    change in rank: +1

    Wrestlemanias in: XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    Jack Swagger

    WM record: 2-0

    ranking before/now: not ranked/74

    points before/now: 15/20

    change in rank: +73

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVIII

     

    Dolph Ziggler

    WM record: 1-2

    ranking before/now: 121/102

    points before/now: 7/12

    change in rank: +19

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    Santino Marella

    WM record: 1-1

    ranking before/now: not ranked/120

    points before/now: 5/7

    change in rank: +26

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVII, XXVIII

     

    R-Truth

    WM record: 0-2

    ranking before/now: not ranked/121

    points before/now: 5/7

    change in rank: +25

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVIII

     

    Kofi Kingston

    WM record: 1-3

    ranking before/now: 89/82

    points before/now: 15/17

    change in rank: +7

    Wrestlemanias in: XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    Great Khali

    WM record: 1-1

    ranking before/now: not ranked/124

    points before/now: 5/7

    change in rank: +22

    Wrestlemanias in: 23, XXVIII

     

    Booker T

    WM record: 1-5

    ranking before/now: 44/40

    points before/now: 34/ 36

    change in rank: +4

    Wrestlemanias in: X8, XIX, XX, 22, 23, XXVIII

     

    Mark Henry

    WM record: 1-2

    ranking before/now: 120/101

    points before/now: 7/12

    change in rank: +19

    Wrestlemanias in: 22, XXV, XXVIII

     

    The GM match from Wrestlemania really helped a lot of superstars get their names added to the list and helped others jump up in the rankings. Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, Great Khali, Santio Marella, and R-Truth, all entered the list with Swagger making the biggest jump by 73 spots, due in part to him winning the Money in the Bank a couple years back. Others like Kofi Kingston and the Miz made smaller moves since they have gone deeper into the rankings, especially the Miz who should be breaking into the top 15 within the next couple of years.

Cody Rhodes and Big Show

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    Big Show

    WM record: 4-8

    ranking before/now: 15/13

    points before/now: 98/113

    change in rank: +2

    Wrestlemanias in: XV, 2000, X-Seven, XIX, XX, 21, 22, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    Last Sunday was a big day for the Big Show as he was not able to become most likely the last WWE Grand Slam Champion, but he was also able to get the monkey off his back that was winning a big match at Wrestlemania against rival Cody Rhodes. While the win was important to Big Show it didn't move him up the rankings too much, although from where he is on the list, it is quite a steep hill getting into the top 10.

     

    Cody Rhodes

    WM record: 1-2

    ranking before/now: 122/86

    points before/now: 7/17

    change in rank: +36

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    Cody Rhodes may have lost last Sunday, but he made a huge leap in rankings as he had his first title match at Wrestlemania. Expect to see Cody to continue to climb up the list as he appears to be one of the Superstars on the rise within the WWE as apparent by his lengthy run as IC Champion.

Sheamus and Daniel Bryan

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    Sheamus

    WM record: 2-1

    ranking before/now: 96/45

    points before/now: 12/32

    change in rank: + 51

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    How much difference a year makes for a young superstar. Last year, Sheamus was near the bottom of the list after having two matches at Wrestlemania in the previous years. After last year's match with Daniel Bryan for the US title, both men faced off again, this time for the World Heavyweight Title. His win in that match skyrocketed him up the ranks over 50 spots. And with him being in the beginning of his career, expect Sheamus to continue moving up the list.

     

    Daniel Bryan

    WM record: 1-1

    ranking before/now: not ranked/48

    points before/now: 15/30

    change in rank: +98

    Wrestlemanias in: XXVII, XXVIII

     

    The year's biggest mover on the list is the previously unranked Daniel Bryan. With two title matches at Wrestlemania to his resume, Daniel soared up the rankings going up almost 100 spots. Similar to Sheamus, expect Bryan to move up quite a bit in the coming years.

CM Punk and Chris Jericho

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    CM Punk

    WM record: 3-3

    ranking before/now: 37/24

    points before/now: 39/59

    change in rank: +13

    Wrestlemanias in: 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVI, XXVIII

     

    After proving for the time being that he is the “best in the world”, CM Punk made quite a jump in ranking after he beat Chris Jericho in their WWE title match on Sunday. With his win, he jumps up 13 spots and into the top 25 of the list. If the WWE continues to have him as a staple in the main event scene, expect CM Punk to climb up the rankings in the coming years.

     

    Chris Jericho

    WM record: 4-7

    ranking before/now: 12/12

    points before/now: 109/124

    change in rank: –

    Wrestlemanias in: 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVIII

     

    After an incredible match with CM Punk, Chris Jericho was ultimately forced to tap out to the Anaconda Vice costing him the chance to be WWE Champion. With that loss, Jericho gains 15 points, but remains in the 12 spot, though that's nothing to complain about considering the wrestlers behind and in front of him on the list.

Kane and Randy Orton

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    Kane

    WM record: 7-7

    ranking before/now: 20/19

    points before/now: 73/78

    change in rank: +1

    Wrestlemanias in: XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    At this late point in his career, don't expect Kane to move up too much more on the list. After winning against Randy Orton this last Sunday, Kane moved past the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase who was only a couple points ahead of him. Even though he moved up one spot, it's doubtful he'll go up too much farther and eventually be passed over by younger stars like the Miz.


    Randy Orton

    WM record: 4-5

    ranking before/now: 16/16

    points before/now: 92/94

    change in rank: -

    Wrestlemanias in: XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

     

    In his current place on the WWE heirarchy, Randy Orton is stuck in the same spot that he was in last year at 16th. Now while I expect him to be moving back up the ranks throughout this year, so expect him to make a run towards the top 10, especially if is in a title match.

Undertaker and Triple H

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    Undertaker

    WM record: 20-0

    ranking before/now: 5/5

    points before/now: 210/215

    change in rank: -

    Wrestlemanias in: VII, VIII, IX, XI, XII, 13, XIV, XV, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

    The Deadman proved on Sunday that he can still put on a fantastic match. And like most everyone else in the top 10, his spot at number 5 is secure for the future as the only current superstar that is close to his score is Chris Jericho who is 91 points behind him. How much longer the Undertaker will continue to have matches at Wrestlemania will be in question for a while, but his legacy has been cemented in wrestling history.

     

    Triple H

    WM record: 7-9

    ranking before/now: 2/2

    points before/now: 303/305

    change in rank: –

    Wrestlemanias in: XII, 13, XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, 21, 22, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

    While he had an outstanding match against the Undertaker on Sunday, neither a win or a loss would have pushed Triple H into the top spot on the list. At this point in his career, Triple H will remain in the top 5, but he will most likely never attain the top spot on the list.

John Cena and the Rock

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    John Cena

    WM record: 6-3

    ranking before/now: 4/4

    points before/now: 215/235

    change in rank: –

    Wrestlemanias in: XX, 21, 22, 23, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII

    With his loss against the Rock, John Cena remained in his current spot on the list. Though expect him to overtake the number three spot from Shawn Michaels who is only three points ahead of him. Though barring a career ending injury, he'll have to wait a couple years before going for the top 2 spots which are currently held by Triple H and Hulk Hogan, respectively.

     

    The Rock

    WM record: 5-4

    ranking before/now: 8/6

    points before/now: 147/172

    change in rank: +2

    Wrestlemanias in: 13, XIV, XV, 2000, X-Seven, X8, XIX, XX, XXVIII

    The Rock made a pretty big jump in the top 10 on the list with this year's win in the main event against John Cena, moving up two spots to being just outside the top 5. And it looks like he will remain there for the foreseeable future as there isn't any current superstar that is going to make a run at his score and in order for the rock to get any higher he's going to have to get past the Undertaker's score, who is 43 points ahead of him.

The List as It Stands

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    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the list. And if enough of you request it and I can remember, I will gladly do the update again after next year's Wrestlemania. And here now is the list with the updated scores and rankings.

     

    ranking          name         points

     

    147. Bad News Brown 4

    146. Bob Backlund 4

    145. Brooklyn Brawler 4

    144. Justin Gabriel 4

    143.Raymond Rougeau 4

    142. Savio Vega 4

    141. Umaga 4

    140. Papa Shango/Godfather/Goodfather 6

    139. Jimmy Snuka 6

    138. Adrian Adonis 7

    137. Ahmed Johnson 7

    136. Akeem 7

    135. Al Snow 7

    134. Albert/A-Train 7

    133. Barry Windham 7

    132. Bart Gunn 7

    131. Bull Buchanan 7

    130. Butch Reed 7

    129. D'Lo Brown 7

    128. Doink the Clown 7

    127/126 the Godwins 7

    125. Great Khali 7

    124. One Man Gan 7

    123. Paul Roma 7

    122. R-Truth 7

    121. Santino Marella 7

    120. The Warlord 7

    119. X-Pac 7

    118. Crush 8

    117. Vince McMahon 8

    116. Marty Jannetty 9

    115. Bobby Lashley 10

    114. Drew McIntyre 10

    113/112. Legion of Doom 10

    111. Vader 10

    110. Virgil 10

    109. Dino Bravo 11

    108. Don Muraco 11

    107. Koko B. Ware 11

    106. The Barbarian 12

    105/104. The Bushwackers 12

    103. Dolph Ziggler 12

    102. Mark Henry 12

    101/100. The Nasty Boys 12

    99. Sheamus 12

    98. Val Venis 12

    97. Dynamite Kid 14

    96. Haku 14

    95. Hacksaw Jim Duggan 14

    94.Charlie Haas 15

    93. Hercules 15

    92. The Iron Sheik 15

    91. Scotty 2 Hotty 15

    90. Shane McMahon 15

    89. Terry Funk 15

    88. Test 15

    87. The Mountie 16

    86. Cody Rhodes 17

    85. Finlay 17

    84. Faarooq 17

    83. Honky Tonk Man 17

    82. Kofi Kingston 17

    81. Junkyard Dog 19

    80. Mr. Perfect 19

    79. Nikolai Volkoff 19

    78. Rikishi 19

    77/76. Dudley Boyz 20

    75. I.R.S./Mike Rotundo 20

    74. Jack Swagger 20

    73. Jeff Jarrett 20

    72. Jim Neidhart 20

    71. John Morrison

    70. Ken Shamrock 20

    69. Mr. Kennedy 20

    68. Primo 20

    67. Tatanka 20

    66. William Regal 20

    65. Rick Martel 21

    64. Jeff Hardy 22

    63. Road Dogg Jesse James 22

    62. Paul Orndorff 22

    61. Kevin Nash 22

    60. Billy Gunn 25

    59. Carlito 25

    58. Earthquake 25

    57. Lex Luger 25

    56. MVP 25

    55. Rick Rude25

    54. Tito Santana 25

    53. Goldust 26

    52. Chavo Guerrero 27

    51. Bam Bam Bigelow 27

    50. Ricky Steamboat 29

    49. Ax 30

    48. Daniel Bryan 30

    47. Greg Valentine 31

    46. Jake Roberts 31

    45. Sheamus 32

    44. British Bulldog 34

    43. Smash/Repo Man 34

    42. Ric Flair 34

    41. Shelton Benjamin 35

    40. Booker T 36

    39. Big Boss Man 37

    38. Razor Ramon/Scott Hall 37

    37. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake 39

    36. Eddie Guerrero 39

    35. Sgt. Slaughter 40

    34. King Kong Bundy 44

    33. Christian 45

    32. Matt Hardy 45

    31. Rob Van Dam 45

    30. Roddy Piper 46

    29. Brock Lesnar 47

    28. Owen Hart 47

    27. Andre the Giant 49

    26. Sid Vicious 55

    25. Rey Mysterio 57

    24. CM Punk 59

    23. Mankind/Cactus Jack/Mick Foley 59

    22. JBL 62

    21. The Miz 65

    20. Ted DiBiase 74

    19. Kane 78

    18. Batista 85

    17. Ultimate Warrior 85

    16. Randy Orton 92

    15. Kurt Angle 100

    14. Chris Benoit 102

    13. Big Show 113

    12. Chris Jericho 124

    11. Randy Savage 129

    10. Edge 135

    9. Yokozuna 147

    8. Stone Cold Steve Austin 149

    7. Bret Hart 167

    6. The Rock 172

    5. The Undertaker 215

    4. John Cena 235

    3. Shawn Michaels 238

    2. Triple H 305

    1. Hulk Hogan 334