Power ranking athletes in traditional sports is a fairly simple process. After all, there are metrics in place to rate them. It can be something as simple as wins as losses or something as complicated as the baseball stat du jour, a mathematical formula requiring three advanced degrees just to understand the preamble, let alone actually do the equation.
Pro wrestling is anything but simple. Storyline wins and losses have to count for something. But, since it is scripted entertainment, so does an athlete's performance, both in skits and in the ring. Finally, how the promotion perceives the wrestler and how important their matches are to the card has to be considered and given proper weight.
Using these three factors, I've ranked the WWE's top 20 superstars coming out of the Royal Rumble, tracking push, wins and losses on Raw, Smackdown and pay-per-view, as well as my own subjective appraisal of their performances.
We'll continue to track the top 20 over the course of the entire year, following the ebb and flow of a business that is anything but static. Have your own opinion about the WWE's top 20 superstars? Let me know in the comments.