Friday, August 08, 2014

WWE Q2 Results & New Articles & Audio

So, I'm now writing several articles each week over at Bleacher Report.

This week I did a lot of coverage of the WWE Q2 Results:

BR 8/6/14 - Wrestlenomics: Updated 2014 WWE Win-Loss Analysis Through Aug. 5
BR 8/5/14 - Triple H and Stephanie McMahon Discuss Creative at Needham Fireside Chat
BR 8/5/14 - WWE Confirms It's Shutting Down Magazine Division
BR 8/4/14 - Breaking Down Biggest Ramifications of Latest WWE Network Subscription Numbers
WC 8/1/14 - How did WWE Answer those Q2 Questions?
BR 7/31/14 - WWE 2nd-Quarter Conference Call Announces Global WWE Network Launch
WC 7/28/14 - Important Questions WWE Must Answer in the Q2 Call

I also recorded several hours of great audio including:
Tomorrow I will have a new Wrestlenomics Radio Episode at a special time: Saturday, 8/9/14 at 11 AM EST. I'll have Aaron Taube, who is an excellent reporter for Business Insider as a guest.

Other fun material to think about:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My WWE Network 6/30/2014 Prediction

On Thursday morning, WWE will release their Q2 Financial results. Since we see monthly KPI numbers, we already have a good idea about how some of the key drivers for the business (attendance, traditional PPV buys, Home Entertainment sales) are faring. However, an exceptionally important subject where we don't have a good understanding is the state of the WWE Network. In particular, we want to know how many paid subscriptions the service has as of 6/30/2014.

The previous post-WM30 announcement of of 667,287 subscriptions signaled that the WWE Network service was growing a much slower clip than they internally expected. Now, the looming question remains - without a juggernaut attraction such as Wrestlemania, how much more growth did the WWE Network experience in May & June?  Will they hit the bottom of the original projections - 1,000,000 subscribers by year's end?

Last month, I decided to take a poll on a professional wrestling message board that I frequent - the Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly website.  I'm a great believer in the wisdom of the masses and crowd sourcing.  Why not put Surowiecki's thesis to the test?


I offered chunks in increments of 50,000. Since I believed that the Q2 number will be above the number announced during the first week of April (667,287) and it would be below the revised goal for year's end (1,000,000), I wanted to concentrate on delineating between those middle buckets.

Some observations:

  • Over 85% of votes believed the WWE Network would report less than 800,000 subscribers
  • More than a third of the voters did not even believe the WWE Network would achieve 5% growth and hit the 700,000 mark
  • Only a very small handful of voters (less than 4%) were optimistic that WWE would be above 900,000 subscribers
If we look at the weighted average for this poll (assuming the bottom bucket represents "667k-700k" and the top bucket represents "1M-1.05M", it's about 750,983.  (Median, similarly, would be about 750,000.) If you exclude those two votes in the most extreme (1M+) bucket, and you accordingly drop two votes from the most conservative (below 700k) bucket, you'd get about 745,242.

For my estimate, I took the midpoint between the two estimates: median (750,000) and adjusted average (745,242).  That brought me to my guess of 748,113.  Again, I have no inside knowledge. In fact, I'm using the estimate from this poll to bring me to the approximation. I feel like that "hard-sell" we've seen this month for appealing to viewers to sign up, and the reports of Cost-Cutting Measures in WWE are evidence that the service is underperforming expectations, but that's the extent of my "other information" that I'm using to inform my estimate.

If my estimate is true, that would represent about 80,000 new signups since Wrestlemania which would certainly be sluggish.

My friend, Brian Papa, passed along a prediction that appeared on the "Silicon Valley Obession" 'Secret' iPhone app:

That's certainly in the range of estimates that the poll above gave, but I really doubt that such an important number is being "leaked" through this service. We can get to the same estimate without such unsourced wackiness.

Where will WWE publish this important 6/30/14 WWE Network number?  It will likely show up in (at least) three places: the Trending Schedule (which lays out revenue by quarter - look on the last page), the 10-Q SEC filing (which usually doesn't show up for one/two business days after the quarter conference call) and monthly KPI report (which likely will be released tomorrow alongside the normal 8-K report).

How do I do on WWE Network predictions in the past?
Let's see if we can be on the money again!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Does CM Punk belong in the WON HOF?

With CM Punk apparently retiring in 2014 and reaching the magic eligibility age (35), it's an interesting question whether CM Punk will qualify for the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

Some thoughts:

1. Greatest 100 Wrestling Stars
When Steve Yohe organized votes for the "Greatest 100 Wrestling Stars", the list (published Dec 2013) had CM Punk finishing at #184. Punk finished right around some Japanese wrestlers who are in the HOF (Dump Matsumoto, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hiroshi Tanahashi) and some wrestler who are not (Tom Connors, Josh Barnett, Little Beaver).

Given the giant time-frame for eligible wrestlers (1860 to 2013) and the open-ended criteria ("while drawing & Box Office, importance outside of wrestling, longevity, working ability, style influence were all encouraged as criteria to consider, it was left it open to interpretation of the individual voters.") along with who were the voters (not biggest fans of modern product), I'm not surprised Punk finished so low.

By contrast, Bret Hart was #42, Shawn Michaels was #49, Randy Savage was #38, Triple H was #85, Undertaker was #50, John Cena was #45 and Ric Flair was #7, Hulk Hogan was #3, The Rock was #18, Bruno was #6. 

Thus, it seems like CM Punk was seen as more like a fourth or fifth tier wrestler in the eyes of the historians that voted in this poll. I think that's a little harsh.
2. Annual WON Awards
Let's look at something with a much larger pool of voters.  Here's some notes from CM Punk's finishes in the WON Awards:

2013 LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR): #5. C.M. Punk
2013 MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: #4. C.M. Punk
2013 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #2. C.M. Punk
2013 MOST CHARISMATIC: #6. C.M. Punk
2012 LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR): #2. C.M. Punk
2012 MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: #5. C.M. Punk
2012 BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW: #9. C.M. Punk
2012 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #1. C.M. PUNK
2012 MOST CHARISMATIC: #4. C.M. Punk
2011 LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR): #2. C.M. Punk
2011 MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: #6. C.M. Punk
2011 BEST BOX OFFICE DRAW: #4. C.M. Punk
2011 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #1. C.M. PUNK
2011 MOST CHARISMATIC: #3. C.M. Punk
2011 BEST TECHNICAL WRESTLER: #10. C.M. Punk
2011 MOST OVERRATED: #9. C.M. Punk
2011 BEST GIMMICK: #1. C.M. PUNK
2010 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #3. C.M. Punk
2010 MOST CHARISMATIC: #9. C.M. Punk
2010 BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: #3. C.M. Punk
2009 LOU THESZ/RIC FLAIR AWARD (WRESTLER OF THE YEAR) : #4. C.M. Punk
2009 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #2. C.M. Punk
2009 MOST CHARISMATIC: #7. C.M. Punk
2008 MOST OVERRATED: #8. C.M. Punk
2008 MOST UNDERRATED: #7. C.M. Punk
2006 BEST GIMMICK: #4. C.M. Punk
2005 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #2. CM Punk
2005 MOST UNDERRATED: #7. CM Punk
2004 MOST OUTSTANDING WRESTLER: #9. C.M. Punk
2004 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #5. C.M. Punk
2004 BEST TELEVISION ANNOUNCER: #8. C.M. Punk
2003 BEST ON INTERVIEWS: #5. CM Punk
2003 BEST GIMMICK: #2. CM Punk

This paints the picture of a guy who had a good gimmick and was a great talker. 

He was a very good wrestler, often the best in North America (Tanahashi won 2012 & 2011). But I notice that the time-frame (mostly 2008- 2013) is pretty compressed. And there's nothing special about Box Office numbers to call out.

CM Punk certainly had some good feuds:
2013 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 4. C.M. Punk vs. Brock Lesnar (23) 623
2013 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 5. C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman (82) 535
2013 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 10. C.M. Punk vs. The Rock (6) 142
2012 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 4. C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (49) 512
2012 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 6. John Cena vs. C.M. Punk (16) 291
2011 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK (190) 1,551
2010 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 9. Rey Mysterio vs. C.M. Punk (13) 309
2009 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 1. C.M. PUNK VS. JEFF HARDY (302) 2,201
2004 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 3. Samoa Joe vs. C.M. Punk (138) 1242
2004 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 9. C.M. Punk vs. Ricky Steamboat (16) 172
2003 FEUD OF THE YEAR: 2. Raven / CM Punk

And some great matches:
2013 WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: 4. Brock Lesnar vs. C.M. Punk 8/18, Los Angeles, CA (76 first place votes)
2013 WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: 10. Undertaker vs. C.M. Punk 4/7 East Rutherford, NJ (15 first place votes)
2012 PRO WRESTLING MATCH OF THE YEAR: 8. C.M. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan 5/20 Raleigh (4 first place votes)
2011 WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR: 1. JOHN CENA VS. C.M. PUNK 7/17 CHICAGO (333 first place votes) 
2004 WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR: 3. Samoa Joe vs. C.M. Punk 10/16 Chicago Ridge (163 first place votes)
2004 WORKED MATCH OF THE YEAR: 7. Samoa Joe vs. C.M. Punk 6/12 Dayton (12 first place votes)

Still, you can look at other people who had hot, short careers.  Examples like Mistico (who was a much hotter box office star in Mexico) or Bob Sapp in Japan but neither would be considered "top tier" or probably barely "second tier" once you take them out of their limited time-frame context.

3. Final Thoughts

Ironically, CM Punk left the company during the year that he likely would have had the highest profile. As you look at Daniel Bryan being injured, the company using part-time returning stars (Jericho, Batista, RVD) and programming super part-timer Brock Lesnar (currently in a major SummerSlam feud with John Cena), it's easy to imagine CM Punk playing an enormous role in 2014 WWE. However, he took off after the Royal Rumble and so instead we're only left with the prior years to judge him. Will he return in a few years to the ring? Only time will tell.

However, at this point, I am not convinced that CM Punk will be garnering my vote in the 2014 iteration of the WON HOF ballot.

WWE Viewer Demographics

WWE puts some demographic information on the Corporate Website and in their investor presentations.
http://corporate.wwe.com/company/faq.jsp

Who watches WWE programming?WWE is watched by 15 million fans each week in the United State alone. Our diverse audience spans generations of fans. Approximately 35% of WWE's audience is female and 24% are under the age of 18.

You can also look at the June 2014 Investors Presentation (page 16) which breaks out the age demographics as 21% (2-17), 23% (18-34), 21% (35-49) and 35% (50+).


It is important to note that this uses a very "loose" definition of WWE viewer. As discussed in the 8/19/2013 WON which noted that while Variety touted WWE's "20 million people watched WWE's five show!" claim, they didn't really explain things like:
a) It counted all shows (and replays) with Total Divas airing 17 that week
b) It counted everyone who watched at least "six minutes" of the show
c) It's not a "all-time record" (Hogan/Andre had 33 million viewers in 1988, Attitude Era had more viewers)

Additionally, last year Scarsborough published their demographic findings on Boxing, UFC and WWE fans over at the Sports Business Journal:
http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2013/04/22/In-Depth/Fight-fan-avidity.aspx

That has a good breakdown by age, gender and education level. The numbers generally match WWE's findings (not the silliness with the "number of households with WWE affinity" but otherwise the gender/age splits.) I recommend checking that out. Additionally, Dave wrote about it in the Observer in the 5/6/13 WON issue.


NINE WWF/WWE Singles Feuds w/ most matches in least time!

Looking at people who had 10+ singles (or multi-man singles) matches against each other within 200 days or less!

#1 The Rock vs Triple H (June 1999 through November 1999) 11 matches in 161 days

WWF RAW is WAR #315 @ Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 6/7/1999
Cast: The Rock defeats Triple H (w/Chyna) by DQ (1:23)

WWF RAW is WAR #316 @ Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 6/8/1999
The Rock Must Win To Face The Undertaker For The World Title At King Of The Ring: The Rock defeats The Undertaker & Triple H (w/Chyna & Paul Bearer) (11:13)

WWF RAW is WAR #318 @ Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 6/28/1999
The Rock defeats Triple H (w/Chyna) by DQ (1:40)

WWF RAW is WAR #319 @ Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA 6/29/1999
Steel Cage: The Rock defeats Triple H (w/Chyna) (13:56)

WWF Fully Loaded 1999 @ Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York, USA 7/25/1999
Falls Count Anywhere Strap: Triple H defeats The Rock (19:21)

WWF SmackDown #2 @ Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, USA 8/24/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Match (Special Referees: Shane McMahon & Shawn Michaels): Triple H (w/Chyna) (c) defeats The Rock (9:41)

WWF SmackDown #6 @ Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, USA 9/21/1999
Brahma Bullrope Strap Match (Special Referee: The British Bulldog): Triple H (w/Chyna) defeats The Rock (6:09)

WWF Unforgiven 1999 @ Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 9/26/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Six Pack Challenge (vacant) (Special Referee: Steve Austin): Triple H defeats Kane and Mankind and The Big Show and The British Bulldog and The Rock (20:28)

WWF RAW is WAR #331 @ Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA 9/27/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title: The Rock defeats Triple H (c) by DQ (7:15)


WWF Rebellion 1999 @ National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England, UK 10/2/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Steel Cage: Triple H (w/Chyna) (c) defeats The Rock (20:33)

WWF Survivor Series 1999 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, USA 11/14/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: The Big Show defeats The Rock and Triple H (c) (16:15)

#2 Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston (July 2010 through January 2011) 12 matches in 190 days

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #567 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA USA 6/29/2010
Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (6:50)

WWE Money In The Bank 2010 @ Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA 7/18/2010
SmackDown Money In The Bank Ladder: Kane defeats Christian and Cody Rhodes and Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre and Kofi Kingston and Matt Hardy and The Big Show (26:17)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #571 @ Corpus Christi, Texas, USA 7/27/2010
Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) defeats Kofi Kingston by DQ (13:49)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #572 @ Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, USA 7/28/2010
Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) defeats Kofi Kingston (c) (10:45)

WWE SummerSlam 2010 @ Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 8/15/2010
Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) vs. Kofi Kingston - No Contest (7:05)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #574 @ Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California, USA 8/17/2010
Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) by DQ (8:45)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #575 @ Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, USA 8/18/2010
Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) by Count Out (14:15)

WWE Night Of Champions 2010 @ Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, USA 9/19/2010
Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler (w/Kaitlyn & Vickie Guerrero) (c) defeats Kofi Kingston (12:41)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #590 @ Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, USA 12/7/2010
Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler (c) by DQ (12:45)

WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 @ Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA 12/19/2010
Intercontinental Title Triple Threat Ladder: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) defeats Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston (8:57)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #593 @ Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, USA 12/28/2010
Intercontinental Title Triple Threat: Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) defeats Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston (16:15)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #594 @ Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona, USA 1/4/2011
Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston defeats Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (c) (5:30)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #594 @ Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona, USA 1/4/2011
Intercontinental Title: Kofi Kingston (c) defeats Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie Guerrero) (0:45)

#3 Kurt Angle vs The Rock (June 2000 through December 2000) 11 matches in 181 days

WWF SmackDown #44 @ All State Arena in Chicago, Illinois, USA 6/13/2000
The Rock defeats Kurt Angle by DQ (6:01)

WWF RAW is WAR #370 @ Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 6/26/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title #1 Contendership: The Rock defeats Kurt Angle and Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (8:56)

WWF SmackDown #50 @ Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas, USA 7/25/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle defeats The Rock (c) by DQ (7:39)

WWF SummerSlam 2000 @ Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 8/27/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: The Rock (c) defeats Kurt Angle and Triple H (20:11)

WWF SmackDown #62 @ Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA 10/17/2000
Four Corners: Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeats Chris Benoit and The Rock and Triple H (9:04)

WWF No Mercy 2000 @ Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York, USA 10/22/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title No Disqualification: Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeats The Rock (c) (21:45)

WWF RAW is WAR #387 @ Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, USA 10/23/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (c) vs. The Rock vs. Triple H - No Contest (8:51)

WWF SmackDown #64 @ Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, USA 10/31/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title: The Rock defeats Kurt Angle (c) by DQ (7:45)

WWF Rebellion 2000 @ Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK 12/2/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Four Corners No Disqualification: Kurt Angle (c) defeats Rikishi and Steve Austin and The Rock (8:51)

WWF SmackDown #69 @ Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA 12/5/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Fatal Four Way: Kurt Angle (c) vs. Steve Austin vs. The Rock vs. The Undertaker - No Contest (6:33)

WWF Armageddon 2000 @ Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, USA 12/10/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Six Way Hell In A Cell: Kurt Angle (c) defeats Rikishi and Steve Austin and The Rock and The Undertaker and Triple H (32:20)

#4 Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton (June 2013 through December 2013) 11 matches in 183 days

WWE Monday Night RAW #1047 @ Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 6/17/2013
No Disqualification: Randy Orton defeats Daniel Bryan by Ringrichterentscheid (14:40)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #722 @ Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio, USA 6/18/2013
Daniel Bryan defeats Randy Orton by Count Out (14:48)

WWE Monday Night RAW #1048 @ North Charleston, SC, USA 6/24/2013
Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton - Double DQ (1:15)

WWE Monday Night RAW #1048 @ North Charleston, SC, USA 6/24/2013
Street Fight: Daniel Bryan defeats Randy Orton (15:40)

WWE Money In The Bank 2013 @ Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 7/14/2013
WWE Heavyweight Title Contract Money In The Bank Ladder: Randy Orton defeats Christian and CM Punk and Daniel Bryan and Rob Van Dam and Sheamus (26:38)

WWE SummerSlam 2013 @ Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 8/18/2013
WWE Heavyweight Title Match (Special Referee: Triple H): Randy Orton defeats Daniel Bryan (c) (00:09)

WWE Night Of Champions 2013 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, USA 9/15/2013
WWE Heavyweight Title: Daniel Bryan defeats Randy Orton (c) (17:40)

WWE Battleground 2013 @ First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York, USA 10/6/2013
WWE Heavyweight Title Match (vacant): Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton - No Contest (25:00)

WWE Hell In A Cell 2013 @ AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, USA 10/27/2013
WWE Heavyweight Title Hell In A Cell Match (vacant) (Special Referee: Shawn Michaels): Randy Orton defeats Daniel Bryan (22:17)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #746 @ BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA 12/3/2013
Randy Orton defeats Daniel Bryan (8:45)

WWE Monday Night RAW #1073 @ American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, USA 12/16/2013
Daniel Bryan defeats Randy Orton by DQ (24:57)

#5 CM Punk vs Chavo Guerrero Jr (December 2007 through June 2008) 10 matches in 157 days

ECW on Sci Fi #82 @ in Richmond, Virginia, USA 12/30/2007
CM Punk defeats Chavo Guerrero by Count Out (15:41)

ECW on Sci Fi #83 @ Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA 1/8/2008
CM Punk defeats Chavo Guerrero by DQ (14:50)

ECW on Sci Fi #84 @ BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, USA 1/15/2008
Chavo Guerrero defeats CM Punk by Count Out (11:18)

ECW on Sci Fi #85 @ John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA 1/22/2008
ECW Heavyweight Title: Chavo Guerrero (w/Edge) defeats CM Punk (c) (6:00)

ECW on Sci Fi #87 @ American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA 2/5/2008
Gulf Of Mexico Non Title: CM Punk defeats Chavo Guerrero
WWE No Way Out 2008 @ Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 2/17/2008
ECW Heavyweight Title: Chavo Guerrero (c) defeats CM Punk (7:25)

ECW on Sci Fi #91 @ Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA 3/4/2008
ECW Heavyweight Title: Chavo Guerrero (c) defeats CM Punk (16:38)

ECW on Sci Fi #103 @ World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 5/27/2008
Chavo Guerrero (w/Bam Neely) defeats CM Punk (11:24)

WWE One Night Stand 2008 - "Extreme Rules" @ San Diego, California, USA 6/1/2008
ECW Heavyweight Title #1 Contendership Five Way Singapore Cane: The Big Show defeats Chavo Guerrero (w/Bam Neely) and CM Punk and John Morrison and Tommy Dreamer (8:35)

ECW on Sci Fi #104 @ Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 6/3/2008
Fatal Four Way: CM Punk defeats Chavo Guerrero and John Morrison and Tommy Dreamer (5:06)

#6 Fandango vs Kofi Kingston (August 2013 through January 2014) 10 matches in 170 days

WWE Monday Night RAW #1054 @ Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA 8/5/2013
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) (3:45)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #729 @ BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois, USA 8/6/2013
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeats Kofi Kingston (4:45)

WWE Main Event #48 @ Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 8/27/2013
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) by DQ (10:30)

WWE Main Event #51 @ U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 9/17/2013
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) (13:18)

WWE Monday Night RAW #1062 @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA 9/30/2013
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) (3:02)

WWE Main Event #60 @ Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA 11/19/2013
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeats Kofi Kingston (12:11)

WWE Main Event #61 @ Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, USA 11/26/2013
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) (9:18)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #748 @ AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, USA 12/18/2013
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeats Kofi Kingston (2:58)

WWE Main Event #65 @ American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA 12/19/2013
Fandango (w/Summer Rae) defeats Kofi Kingston

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #753 @ Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 1/21/2014
Kofi Kingston defeats Fandango (w/Summer Rae) (2:49)

#7 The Rock vs Mankind (September 1998 through February 1999) 11 matches in 189 days

WWF RAW is WAR #278 @ Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, USA 9/15/1998
Triple Threat: Ken Shamrock vs. Mankind vs. The Rock - No Contest (12:30)

WWF In Your House 24: Breakdown @ Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 9/27/1998
Triple Threat Cage: The Rock defeats Ken Shamrock and Mankind (18:47)

WWF Survivor Series 1998 - Deadly Game @ Kiel Center in St. Louis, Missouri, USA 11/15/1998
WWF World Heavyweight Title Deadly Game Tournament Final Match (vacant): The Rock defeats Mankind (17:10)

WWF IYH 26: Rock Bottom @ General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada 12/13/1998
WWF World Heavyweight Title: Mankind defeats The Rock (w/Shane McMahon & Vince McMahon) (c) by referee's decision (13:32)

WWF Sunday Night Heat #21 @ Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington, USA 12/14/1998
Fatal Four Way: The Rock (w/Shawn Michaels) defeats Ken Shamrock and Mankind and The Big Bossman (6:13)

WWF RAW is WAR #293 @ Worcester Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 12/29/1998
WWF World Heavyweight Title No Disqualification: Mankind (w/Billy Gunn, Chyna, The Road Dogg, Triple H & X-Pac) defeats The Rock (w/Kane, Ken Shamrock, Shane McMahon, Test, The Big Bossman & Vince McMahon) (c) (8:48)

WWF Royal Rumble 1999 - No Chance In Hell @ Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA USA 1/24/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title I Quit: The Rock defeats Mankind (c) (21:46)

WWF Half-Time Heat @ Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona, USA 1/26/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Empty Arena: Mankind defeats The Rock (c)

WWF In Your House 27: St. Valentine's Day Massacre @ The Pyramid in Memphis, TN  2/14/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Last Man Standing: Mankind (c) vs. The Rock - Draw (21:54)

WWF RAW is WAR #299 @ Jefferson County Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, USA 2/15/1999
WWF World Heavyweight Title Ladder: The Rock defeats Mankind (c) (12:58)

WWF RAW is WAR #304 @ Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York, USA 3/22/1999
Winner Gets To Be Referee For The Main Event Non Title: Mankind defeats The Rock by DQ (6:36)

#8 Booker T vs Chris Benoit (October 2005 through December 2005) 10 matches in 174 days

WWE SmackDown #307 @ Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, USA 6/28/2005
Six Man Elimination: John Bradshaw Layfield defeats Booker T and Chris Benoit and Christian and Muhammad Hassan (w/Daivari) and The Undertaker (44:00)

WWE SmackDown #308 @ Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, USA 7/4/2005
WWE United States Title #1 Contendership: Chris Benoit defeats Booker T (7:04)

WWE No Mercy 2005 @ Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, USA 10/9/2005
WWE United States Title Fatal Four Way: Chris Benoit (c) defeats Booker T and Christian and Orlando Jordan (10:26)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #323 @ Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada, USA 10/18/2005
WWE United States Title: Booker T (w/Sharmell) defeats Chris Benoit (c) (15:36)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #325 @ Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA 10/30/2005
WWE United States Title: Chris Benoit defeats Booker T (w/Sharmell) (c) by Count Out (7:31)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #328 @ Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, England  11/22/2005
WWE United States Title: Booker T (c) vs. Chris Benoit - Draw (17:04)

WWE Survivor Series 2005 @ Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan, USA 11/27/2005
WWE United States Title Best Of Seven Series Match #1: Booker T (w/Sharmell) [1] defeats Chris Benoit (14:21)

WWE SmackDown Special @ US Bank Arena in Cincinatti, Ohio, USA 11/29/2005
WWE United States Title Best Of Seven Series Match #2: Booker T (w/Sharmell) [2] defeats Chris Benoit [0] (16:04)

WWE Friday Night SmackDown #330 @ Colonial Center in Columbia, South Carolina, USA 12/4/2005
WWE United States Title Best Of Seven Series Match #3: Booker T (w/Sharmell) [3] defeats Chris Benoit [0] (18:53)

WWE Armageddon 2005 @ Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, USA 12/18/2005
WWE United States Title Best Of Seven Series Match #4: Chris Benoit [1] defeats Booker T (w/Sharmell) [3] (20:11)

#9 Kurt Angle vs Triple H (August 2013 through January 2014) 10 matches in 177 days

WWF RAW is WAR #376 @ Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA 8/7/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title #1 Contendership Triple Threat: Kurt Angle and Triple H defeat Chris Jericho (6:46)

WWF SummerSlam 2000 @ Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA 8/27/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: The Rock (c) defeats Kurt Angle and Triple H (20:11)

WWF Unforgiven 2000 @ First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 9/24/2000
No Disqualification Match (Special Referee: Mick Foley): Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeats Kurt Angle (17:28)

WWF RAW is WAR #384 @ MCI Center in Washington, District Of Columbia, USA 10/2/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title No#1 Contendership: Kurt Angle defeats Triple H (8:22)

WWF SmackDown #62 @ Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA 10/17/2000
Four Corners: Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) defeats Chris Benoit and The Rock and Triple H (9:04)

WWF RAW is WAR #387 @ Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, USA 10/23/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Triple Threat: Kurt Angle (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (c) vs. The Rock vs. Triple H - No Contest (8:51)

WWF RAW is WAR #388 @ Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 10/30/2000
Kurt Angle defeats Triple H by DQ (5:52)

WWF Armageddon 2000 @ Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama, USA 12/10/2000
WWF World Heavyweight Title Six Way Hell In A Cell: Kurt Angle (c) defeats Rikishi and Steve Austin and The Rock and The Undertaker and Triple H (32:20)

WWF Royal Rumble 2001 @ in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA 1/21/2001
WWF World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle (w/Trish Stratus) (c) defeats Triple H (w/Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) (24:18)

WWF SmackDown #77 @ Gund Arena in Columbus, Ohio, USA 1/30/2001
Triple Threat: Kurt Angle defeats The Rock and Triple H

Monday, July 28, 2014

Important Questions for $WWE to answer in their Q2 call

My new piece with several questions for WWE (for Thursday, 7/31's Conference Call) is up at WhatCulture: http://whatculture.com/wwe/important-questions-wwe-must-answer-during-q2-call.php

I recorded a great Wrestlenomics podcast on Sunday with JOEAPOOLZA including Joe Lanza and Joe Gagne talking NJPW's G1 Tournament, Texas Indy Wrestling, Japanese Indy Sleaze, old VHS tapes and lots more. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/indeedwrestling/2014/07/27/wrestlenomics-radio-w-joes-voices-of-wrestling-gagne

If you missed the links to my wacky pro-wrestling ranking lists:

[ Also, Great coverage of impending non-renewal of TNA by Spike over at F4W. (Audio, Report) ]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mookieghana's North American Indy Power 325 Rankings (YTD 2014)

Following the Lucha 1000 and Japan 400 / Joshi 100, I have now completed the YTD 2014 North American Indy 325.

As before, I used several variables in my methodology:
  • Total Matches Wrestled
  • Singles Win Percentage (Estimated Singles Wins)
  • Tag Win Percentage (Estimated Tag Wins)
  • Place on 8-match Card
However, since this was looking at "independent" wrestlers, I gathered results from almost 200 Pro-Wrestling companies (from CageMatch.net) holding events in USA and Canada.  "Eligible" wrestlers were selected from this list based on working matches in non-major* companies along with working matches for companies located in various states spread across several regions.

You'll notice several wrestlers who are prominently employed by a major company. They qualified for this list because they also wrestled a lot of matches for independent promotions.  Everyone's rankings were weighted based on the four-match factors along with looking at their records w/ & w/o major companies included as well as added emphasis towards people who competed in more diverse regions (such as wrestling on both coasts or in both Central  & Southern States or US & Canada, and so forth.)

(*) Major companies were considered WWE, TNA, Ring of Honor, WWC, Dragon Gate USA and Evolve.

RankWrestler2014 MatchesFederation with most AppearancesSingles
win %
Tag
win %
Place
1 Michael Elgin
73
Ring Of Honor (23)
71%
88%
6
2 Kevin Steen
53
Ring Of Honor (20)
55%
46%
5
3 Chris Hero
51
Ring Of Honor (8)
54%
75%
6
4 Jimmy Jacobs
49
Ring Of Honor (15)
56%
64%
5
5 Joey Ryan
39
Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (8)
65%
68%
4
6 Rich Swann
47
EVOLVE Wrestling (7)
37%
40%
5
7 Johnny Gargano
33
DREAMWAVE Wrestling (8)
54%
33%
6
8 Athena
27
Anarchy Championship Wrestling (5)
48%
100%
4
9 ACH
47
Ring Of Honor (20)
48%
21%
4
10 Kyle O'Reilly
48
Ring Of Honor (22)
29%
53%
5
11 Candice LeRae
28
Women Superstars Uncensored (6)
50%
69%
4
12 Nick Jackson
20
Ring Of Honor (4)
50%
67%
7
13 Davey Vega
30
Beyond Wrestling (6)
39%
43%
4
14 Trent Barreta
31
EVOLVE Wrestling (7)
29%
50%
6
15 Leah Von Dutch
19
Absolute Intense Wrestling (4)
63%
NA
6
16 Matt Hardy
39
Big Time Wrestling (6)
76%
63%
7
17 Ron Mathis
38
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (18)
65%
77%
5
18 Lince Dorado
42
I Believe In Wrestling (10)
64%
54%
5
19 AJ Styles
26
Ring Of Honor (6)
81%
100%
7
20 JT Dunn
37
Combat Zone Wrestling (10)
60%
71%
5
21 David Starr
36
Combat Zone Wrestling (11)
67%
65%
5
22 Gory
32
Pro Wrestling eXpress (10)
71%
59%
5
23 Jack Pollock
26
Pro Wrestling eXpress (15)
50%
75%
6
24 Caleb Konley
47
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (12)
58%
33%
5
25 Ethan Page
38
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (9)
41%
78%
4
26 Matt Cage
32
Beyond Wrestling (11)
69%
67%
4
27 Jason Kincaid
23
National Wrestling Alliance (9)
67%
60%
5
28 Drake Younger
24
Supreme Pro Wrestling (6)
50%
67%
6
29 Matt Conard
29
Black Diamond Wrestling (13)
61%
40%
5
30 Josh Crane
37
IWA Mid-South (14)
46%
42%
4
31 Mia Yim
24
SHINE Wrestling (6)
56%
71%
5
32 Dave Crist
34
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (14)
70%
58%
4
33 Kimber Lee
33
Women Superstars Uncensored (8)
53%
50%
3
34 LuFisto
22
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (5)
73%
60%
5
35 Gangrel
19
West Coast Wrestling Connection (7)
70%
63%
5
36 Matt Cross
26
Absolute Intense Wrestling (7)
81%
50%
4
37 Chris LeRusso
31
Black Diamond Wrestling (13)
52%
14%
5
38 Tommy Dreamer
17
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (3)
40%
50%
6
39 Matt Jackson
17
Ring Of Honor (4)
NA
69%
7
40 Louis Lyndon
23
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (8)
43%
63%
4
41 Allysin Kay
14
SHINE Wrestling (7)
50%
75%
6
42 Tripp Cassidy
26
Evolution Pro Wrestling (9)
38%
54%
4
43 Facade
22
International Wrestling Cartel (9)
50%
50%
5
44 Gregory Iron
20
Smash Wrestling (4)
40%
50%
3
45 AR Fox
41
EVOLVE Wrestling (7)
45%
33%
5
46 Reby Sky
23
Big Time Wrestling (6)
73%
100%
4
47 Carlito
15
World Wrestling Council (7)
44%
67%
7
48 Ricky Starks
24
Canadian Wrestling's Elite (6)
32%
20%
4
49 Jessicka Havok
16
SHINE Wrestling (4)
63%
33%
5
50 Jay Flash
11
Black Diamond Wrestling (8)
38%
100%
6
51 John Skyler
30
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (11)
45%
22%
4
52 Leva Bates
19
SHINE Wrestling (7)
50%
56%
4
53 Matthew Justice
17
Pro Wrestling eXpress (9)
64%
50%
4
54 Nevaeh
23
Women Superstars Uncensored (5)
50%
38%
4
55 Roderick Strong
34
Ring Of Honor (19)
32%
56%
4
56 Tony Johnson
15
Black Diamond Wrestling (10)
82%
0%
5
57 Su Yung
21
SHINE Wrestling (5)
63%
60%
3
58 Jake Crist
30
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (12)
17%
57%
5
59 Christopher Daniels
27
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (10)
43%
40%
5
60 Timothy Thatcher
15
Supreme Pro Wrestling (3)
42%
33%
5
61 Brady Pierce
11
Renegade Wrestling Alliance (5)
100%
43%
5
62 Colt Cabana
17
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (4)
25%
56%
5
63 Sugar Dunkerton
13
Beyond Wrestling (8)
67%
50%
5
64 Andrew Palace
25
Black Diamond Wrestling (14)
33%
75%
4
65 Tyson Dux
28
Smash Wrestling (5)
42%
0%
4
66 Gary Jay
21
IWA Mid-South (10)
50%
22%
4
67 Shynron
22
Beyond Wrestling (8)
36%
NA
4
68 Chest Flexor
19
Black Diamond Wrestling (11)
0%
78%
5
69 Danny Duggan
33
Canadian Wrestling's Elite (18)
91%
78%
6
70 Jay Cruz
22
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (8)
NA
48%
5
71 Tim Donst
19
Absolute Intense Wrestling (9)
56%
0%
4
72 Heidi Lovelace
46
IWA Mid-South (10)
54%
40%
4
73 Christina Von Eerie
15
SHIMMER Women Athletes (4)
55%
25%
3
74 Eddie Rios
15
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (4)
NA
50%
5
75 Aaron Williams
30
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (19)
57%
43%
6
76 Matt Tremont
25
On Point Wrestling (5)
61%
86%
6
77 Aaron Epic
37
I Believe In Wrestling (12)
43%
57%
5
78 Chuck Taylor
29
EVOLVE Wrestling (7)
29%
29%
4
79 B-Boy
22
Empire Wrestling Federation (6)
63%
67%
6
80 Mason Cutter
36
Beyond Wrestling (11)
NA
60%
4
81 Sabu
13
Big Time Wrestling (4)
60%
100%
7
82 Reed Bentley
28
IWA Mid-South (12)
58%
50%
5
83 Devin Cutter
36
Beyond Wrestling (11)
NA
60%
4
84 Mad Man Pondo
24
Juggalo Championship Wrestling (7)
63%
80%
6
85 Christian Rose
27
Beyond Wrestling (9)
59%
67%
5
86 BJ Whitmer
41
Ring Of Honor (20)
56%
64%
3
87 Trevor Lee
30
Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic (16)
48%
44%
5
88 Chance Prophet
10
Vicious Outcast Wrestling (3)
63%
0%
7
89 Mickie Knuckles
17
Women Superstars Uncensored (7)
83%
60%
5
90 Cedric Alexander
48
Ring Of Honor (22)
62%
13%
5
91 Tyler Cross
14
Black Diamond Wrestling (11)
50%
30%
5
92 Jon Bolen
10
Classic Championship Wrestling (2)
29%
50%
5
93 MASADA
15
Combat Zone Wrestling (7)
77%
100%
6
94 Drew Gulak
27
Combat Zone Wrestling (8)
59%
20%
5
95 Ace Perry
33
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (11)
47%
42%
4
96 Rhino
21
Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (6)
40%
73%
5
97 Tommaso Ciampa
34
Ring Of Honor (16)
52%
86%
4
98 Brian Cage
23
Fighting Spirit Pro (5)
60%
43%
5
99 Taeler Hendrix
10
Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (4)
56%
0%
5
100 Kahagas
13
National Wrestling Alliance (8)
73%
100%
6
101 Alex Colon
24
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (17)
50%
50%
5
102 Takaaki Watanabe
17
Smash Wrestling (4)
20%
0%
5
103 Shane Strickland
26
Combat Zone Wrestling (10)
52%
67%
4
104 Dan Sandwich
14
Black Diamond Wrestling (12)
45%
100%
4
105 Mike Dell
10
Inspire Pro Wrestling (4)
100%
0%
6
106 Chase Owens
22
National Wrestling Alliance (13)
68%
0%
5
107 Patrick Hayes
20
Pro Wrestling eXpress (9)
69%
50%
4
108 La Rosa Negra
17
Valkyrie Womens Professional Wrestling (4)
67%
0%
4
109 Biff Busick
34
Combat Zone Wrestling (9)
46%
0%
5
110 Hudson Envy
18
Alternative Wrestling Show (6)
54%
60%
5
111 N8 Mattson
19
Pro Wrestling All-Stars Of Detroit (6)
50%
67%
5
112 Beautiful Beaa
15
Pure Wrestling Association (10)
50%
100%
6
113 Christian York
8
Maryland Championship Wrestling (4)
38%
NA
7
114 Matt Striker
20
West Coast Wrestling Connection (6)
43%
60%
4
115 Josh Alexander
18
Smash Wrestling (5)
64%
43%
4
116 Sigmon
17
Canadian Wrestling's Elite (6)
60%
43%
5
117 Flex Armstrong
12
Big Time Wrestling (10)
80%
100%
5
118 Jimmy Nutts
16
International Wrestling Cartel (7)
55%
75%
5
119 Ganon Jones Jr.
19
Pro Wrestling eXpress (11)
67%
29%
4
120 Eddie Kingston
28
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (9)
35%
0%
5
121 John Wayne Murdoch
20
IWA Mid-South (10)
57%
0%
5
122 Alexandre Rudolph
18
Beyond Wrestling (9)
29%
70%
4
123 Luke Hawx
9
Ring Of Honor (2)
75%
100%
5
124 The Hurricane
5
Big Time Wrestling (2)
100%
100%
6
125 Darin Corbin
22
West Coast Wrestling Connection (9)
38%
42%
5
126 The Amazing Red
9
Victory Pro Wrestling (4)
60%
50%
6
127 Blind Rage
6
CHIKARA (3)
100%
67%
6
128 DJ Hyde
16
Combat Zone Wrestling (5)
67%
25%
5
129 Jack Gallow
14
Warriors Of Wrestling (6)
71%
57%
4
130 Ashton Vuitton
16
West Coast Wrestling Connection (12)
60%
67%
4
131 Dylan Bostic
28
Ohio Valley Wrestling (27)
43%
75%
4
132 Angel Dust
15
Resistance Pro Wrestling (4)
55%
75%
4
133 Hania The Howling Huntress
15
Women Superstars Uncensored (4)
31%
50%
4
134 Damien Wayne
14
National Wrestling Alliance (6)
17%
86%
6
135 The Estonian ThunderFrog
17
CHIKARA (5)
33%
75%
5
136 Lodi
14
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (7)
64%
33%
4
137 Angelina Love
28
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (22)
62%
57%
4
138 Mercedes Martinez
10
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
50%
0%
6
139 Devyn Nicole
10
Vicious Outcast Wrestling (3)
63%
0%
4
140 Cheerleader Melissa
14
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
55%
0%
5
141 RJ City
12
International Wrestling Cartel (6)
70%
0%
5
142 Payton Graham
15
Black Diamond Wrestling (8)
25%
67%
5
143 Cody Smith
13
West Coast Wrestling Connection (11)
67%
50%
5
144 Danny Havoc
14
Combat Zone Wrestling (10)
45%
0%
6
145 Zach Gowen
13
Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (5)
67%
43%
3
146 Scott Parker
16
CHIKARA (5)
0%
54%
4
147 Fire Ant
14
Dragon Gate USA (5)
33%
55%
5
148 QT Marshall
9
Jersey Championship Wrestling (5)
63%
100%
5
149 Davey Richards
66
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (59)
33%
92%
4
150 Gavin Jacobs
16
Black Diamond Wrestling (17)
43%
100%
4
151 Jim Duggan
6
Real Canadian Wrestling (3)
75%
50%
6
152 Edric Everhart
14
Black Diamond Wrestling (10)
0%
27%
5
153 Kazarian
24
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (13)
40%
47%
4
154 Willie Richardson
11
Resistance Pro Wrestling (6)
40%
83%
5
155 Justin Credible
7
Resistance Pro Wrestling (2)
25%
33%
6
156 Jessie Belle Smothers
14
National Wrestling Alliance (4)
71%
43%
4
157 Alex Matthews
16
Pro Wrestling eXpress (10)
70%
33%
4
158 Kellie Skater
7
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
67%
100%
5
159 Bobby Beverly
17
Pro Wrestling eXpress (8)
57%
0%
5
160 Sassy Stephie
15
SHINE Wrestling (4)
67%
33%
3
161 Barbi Hayden
11
Anarchy Championship Wrestling (4)
100%
NA
4
162 Hallowicked
13
CHIKARA (5)
67%
50%
5
163 Slyck Wagner Brown
8
Big Time Wrestling (3)
57%
NA
5
164 Mark Angelosetti
19
Wrestling Is Fun! (8)
17%
85%
5
165 Austin Bradley
32
Rockstar Pro Wrestling (19)
18%
32%
4
166 Missile Assault Ant
11
CHIKARA (5)
67%
20%
5
167 Jojo Bravo
21
Inspire Pro Wrestling (5)
44%
40%
3
168 Shane Matthews
14
CHIKARA (5)
0%
54%
4
169 Chase Aaryons
15
Black Diamond Wrestling (10)
80%
NA
4
170 CW Anderson
9
Organization Of Modern Extreme Grappling Arts (4)
60%
75%
5
171 Petey Williams
14
Collective League Of Adrenaline Strength And Honor (4)
38%
33%
5
172 Blaster McMassive
14
Wrestling Is Fun! (6)
0%
46%
5
173 Earl Cooter
15
Full Impact Pro (5)
33%
67%
5
174 Chris Sabin
30
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (19)
38%
0%
3
175 Dick Justice
17
Squared Circle Wrestling (7)
42%
60%
3
176 Jordynne Grace
17
IWA Mid-South (8)
40%
43%
4
177 Sean Casey
5
Vendetta Pro Wrestling (3)
100%
0%
6
178 Vader
7
Big Time Wrestling (4)
100%
100%
5
179 Jaka
16
Wrestling Is Fun! (6)
57%
44%
4
180 Danny Cannon
20
Beyond Wrestling (5)
53%
NA
3
181 Jock Samson
12
Ohio Championship Wrestling (5)
57%
25%
5
182 Jonathan Gresham
14
Beyond Wrestling (4)
23%
100%
5
183 Courtney Rush
11
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
63%
100%
4
184 Andre Kanan Alexander
14
Pro Wrestling Rampage (11)
58%
50%
4
185 Pepper Parks
19
Smash Wrestling (5)
47%
50%
3
186 Anthony Nese
19
New York Wrestling Connection (5)
33%
71%
4
187 Joey Vincent Martini
14
Pro Wrestling eXpress (7)
63%
20%
4
188 Colin Delaney
17
Absolute Intense Wrestling (5)
27%
50%
4
189 Alex Shelley
12
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (2)
25%
50%
4
190 Jessie Belle
19
Ohio Valley Wrestling (16)
44%
0%
4
191 Oleg The Usurper
15
Wrestling Is Fun! (6)
57%
25%
4
192 Santana Garrett
11
I Believe In Wrestling (4)
50%
67%
4
193 Chris Masters
6
Real Canadian Wrestling (2)
20%
0%
6
194 Frank Wyatt
22
Beyond Wrestling (9)
25%
57%
3
195 Cherry Bomb
14
SHIMMER Women Athletes (4)
29%
50%
3
196 Sebastian Suave
11
Smash Wrestling (6)
50%
60%
4
197 Qefka The Quiet
15
CHIKARA (6)
29%
50%
4
198 Bolt Brady
19
Beyond Wrestling (4)
20%
33%
3
199 Veda Scott
19
Absolute Intense Wrestling (7)
36%
20%
4
200 Tyler Nitro
15
Pro Wrestling Rampage (10)
45%
50%
4
201 TJ Cannon
5
Allied Independent Wrestling Federations (3)
100%
50%
5
202 UltraMantis Black
8
CHIKARA (5)
0%
71%
5
203 Marti Belle
20
New York Wrestling Connection (5)
22%
0%
4
204 Kerry Awful
17
Beyond Wrestling (6)
100%
69%
4
205 Adam Pearce
10
House Of Hardcore (3)
38%
0%
5
206 Seth Allen
14
Pro Wrestling eXpress (9)
40%
67%
4
207 Seleziya Sparx
16
Absolute Intense Wrestling (6)
42%
33%
4
208 Evan Gelistico
17
Saint Louis Anarchy (5)
0%
30%
4
209 The Beast
11
World Xtreme Wrestling (6)
33%
63%
4
210 Harley T. Morris
12
Black Diamond Wrestling (12)
75%
67%
3
211 Mallaki Matthews
21
Beyond Wrestling (8)
29%
57%
3
212 Marcus Knight
15
Pro Wrestling Rampage (11)
50%
0%
4
213 Shawn Blaze
13
Pro Wrestling Rampage (4)
44%
25%
4
214 Pierre Abernathy
9
Full Impact Pro (3)
NA
22%
4
215 Ashley Sixx
7
Squared Circle Wrestling (3)
67%
100%
5
216 Jake Manning
19
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (10)
25%
33%
4
217 Dasher Hatfield
16
Wrestling Is Fun! (7)
0%
85%
4
218 Frightmare
10
CHIKARA (4)
25%
67%
4
219 Sonjay Dutt
9
Absolute Intense Wrestling (2)
38%
0%
5
220 Gran Akuma
8
Full Impact Pro (4)
29%
0%
5
221 Portia Perez
6
SHIMMER Women Athletes (2)
50%
0%
5
222 Sean Reznikk
13
Black Diamond Wrestling (9)
63%
0%
4
223 Sammy Guevara
7
Inspire Pro Wrestling (4)
50%
100%
5
224 Nick Iggy
17
Beyond Wrestling (6)
0%
69%
4
225 Phil Atlas
5
Classic Championship Wrestling (2)
60%
NA
5
226 Bam Shaw
11
Big Time Wrestling (11)
17%
20%
5
227 Shanna
12
Women Superstars Uncensored (6)
38%
75%
4
228 Cassidy Stone
16
Pro Wrestling eXpress (11)
56%
50%
3
229 Brent Banks
18
Smash Wrestling (7)
33%
33%
3
230 D'Arcy Dixon
6
Resistance Pro Wrestling (3)
40%
100%
5
231 The Bouncer
10
Magnum Pro Wrestling (4)
0%
50%
5
232 Jax Dane
8
National Wrestling Alliance (6)
20%
67%
5
233 Dirty Money
5
Vanguard Championship Wrestling (2)
80%
NA
5
234 Ophidian
12
Wrestling Is Fun! (5)
60%
57%
3
235 Tanner Reynolds
17
Pro Wrestling eXpress (15)
36%
50%
3
236 Sinn Bohdi
8
Vendetta Pro Wrestling (4)
100%
43%
5
237 Zakk Sawyers
15
Beyond Wrestling (8)
46%
50%
3
238 Annie Social
6
Women Superstars Uncensored (4)
NA
67%
5
239 Jake Parnell
19
Beyond Wrestling (7)
40%
54%
3
240 Archibald Peck
5
CHIKARA (4)
33%
100%
5
241 Shelly Martinez
8
Santino Bros. Wrestling (3)
60%
50%
4
242 Jay Rios
12
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (6)
50%
30%
4
243 Pinkie Sanchez
12
Beyond Wrestling (7)
22%
33%
4
244 Kriss Stark
10
American Revolution Wrestling (4)
30%
NA
3
245 Brandon K
10
Pro Wrestling eXpress (8)
33%
100%
4
246 Krimson
8
Juggalo Championship Wrestling (3)
43%
NA
4
247 Markus Crane
21
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (8)
17%
53%
3
248 Caleb Stills
17
Xtreme Intense Championship Wrestling (8)
9%
60%
4
249 Jasmin
7
Absolute Intense Wrestling (2)
33%
100%
3
250 Max Smashmaster
12
Wrestling Is Fun! (7)
100%
60%
3
251 Joe Pittman
5
Evolution Pro Wrestling (3)
75%
0%
5
252 Worker Ant
6
CHIKARA (5)
100%
33%
4
253 Buxx Belmar
12
North Shore Pro Wrestling (4)
36%
0%
4
254 Benjamin Boone
12
National Wrestling Alliance (3)
0%
75%
4
255 Mike Bailey
5
Combat Zone Wrestling (2)
60%
NA
5
256 Kodama
13
CHIKARA (5)
NA
54%
4
257 Nikki Storm
10
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
40%
NA
4
258 Hurricane Helms
7
Continental Wrestling Federation (1)
0%
80%
4
259 Bulldozer
9
Black Diamond Wrestling (5)
29%
0%
4
260 Asylum
7
International Wrestling Cartel (3)
50%
40%
5
261 Carlos Rivera
10
World Xtreme Wrestling (7)
50%
33%
4
262 Broderick Shaw
11
Pro Wrestling Rampage (4)
75%
0%
3
263 Obariyon
13
CHIKARA (5)
NA
54%
4
264 Levi Connors
7
Mid-Ohio Wrestling (3)
40%
NA
5
265 Rickey Shane Page
11
Absolute Intense Wrestling (5)
0%
33%
5
266 Flip Kendrick
11
Absolute Intense Wrestling (6)
0%
60%
4
267 Ryan Swift
21
Pure Wrestling Association (10)
22%
33%
3
268 Oliver Grimsly
16
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (6)
13%
25%
3
269 Brian XL
8
Victory Pro Wrestling (2)
33%
0%
5
270 The Shard
7
CHIKARA (5)
NA
43%
4
271 Angie Skye
9
SHIMMER Women Athletes (3)
29%
50%
3
272 Mr. TA
10
Big Time Wrestling (10)
20%
20%
4
273 Malice
7
National Wrestling Alliance (4)
67%
0%
4
274 Oz Tyler
13
On Point Wrestling (6)
40%
33%
3
275 Remy Lavey
16
Black Diamond Wrestling (7)
50%
25%
3
276 Jester
17
Black Diamond Wrestling (17)
29%
0%
3
277 Steve Anthony
5
National Wrestling Alliance Houston (2)
75%
NA
4
278 Kongo
8
Ring Of Honor (3)
67%
0%
4
279 Todo Loco
13
Big Time Wrestling (7)
75%
0%
2
280 Jack Jameson
12
Anarchy Championship Wrestling (7)
0%
60%
4
281 Shane Andrews
10
Renegade Wrestling Alliance (5)
63%
50%
2
282 Mike Sydal
10
Dynamo Pro Wrestling (5)
0%
67%
4
283 Zac Vincent
7
National Wrestling Alliance (3)
57%
NA
3
284 Jun Hado
10
Real Canadian Wrestling (8)
40%
20%
3
285 Jenny Rose
10
Women Superstars Uncensored (5)
56%
0%
3
286 Destin Vaine
11
Black Diamond Wrestling (10)
14%
0%
4
287 Jewells Malone
7
Women Superstars Uncensored (4)
25%
0%
4
288 Dan The Man
10
DREAMWAVE Wrestling (5)
67%
57%
2
289 Nickie Valentino
9
Pro Wrestling eXpress (4)
14%
0%
4
290 Jaxson James
12
Premiere Wrestling Xperience (6)
33%
67%
3
291 Tursas
5
CHIKARA (5)
NA
40%
4
292 Mathieu St-Jacques
12
North Shore Pro Wrestling (3)
0%
36%
3
293 Thomas Dubois
11
Beyond Wrestling (3)
NA
36%
3
294 Corey Futuristic
8
International Wrestling Cartel (5)
0%
0%
4
295 Derek Direction
9
American Revolution Wrestling (4)
67%
0%
3
296 Evie
6
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
50%
50%
4
297 The American Viking
13
IWA Mid-South (9)
57%
0%
3
298 Sam Cassidy
13
International Wrestling Cartel (5)
0%
27%
3
299 Travis Sionys
13
West Coast Wrestling Connection (10)
36%
0%
3
300 Jervis Cottonbelly
7
CHIKARA (5)
50%
33%
3
301 N√łkken
5
CHIKARA (5)
NA
40%
4
302 Angelus Layne
14
IWA Mid-South (4)
27%
67%
2
303 Viper
6
Remix Pro Wrestling (2)
20%
100%
4
304 Spencer Wallace
5
Beyond Wrestling (2)
25%
0%
4
305 Mary Elizabeth Monroe
6
Ohio Valley Wrestling (3)
60%
NA
3
306 Aaron Anders
7
Wrestling For A Cause (5)
67%
75%
2
307 Ric Rumskey
8
Black Diamond Wrestling (8)
0%
40%
3
308 Knight Wagner
17
AAW: Professional Wrestling Redefined (10)
8%
50%
2
309 Kat Von Heez
5
Vendetta Pro Wrestling (2)
67%
0%
3
310 Bu Ku Dao
7
WildKat Pro Wrestling (2)
67%
50%
2
311 Amanda Rodriguez
7
Resistance Pro Wrestling (3)
20%
0%
4
312 Cheech
9
Squared Circle Wrestling (7)
22%
NA
3
313 Danny Miles
12
Big Time Wrestling (11)
20%
0%
3
314 Brandon Scott
6
World Xtreme Wrestling (3)
67%
NA
2
315 Kay Lee Ray
8
SHIMMER Women Athletes (5)
38%
NA
3
316 Shawn Adams
7
National Wrestling Alliance (4)
0%
33%
3
317 Rudy Russo
7
National Wrestling Alliance (3)
57%
NA
2
318 Brandon Gallagher
12
Dynamo Pro Wrestling (6)
9%
0%
3
319 William Huckaby
5
National Wrestling Alliance (3)
0%
0%
3
320 Chris Marx
5
Championship Wrestling Federation (3)
40%
NA
2
321 Nick Price
5
West Coast Wrestling Connection (3)
0%
0%
3
322 Joe Black
9
National Wrestling Alliance (6)
33%
0%
2
323 MsChif
5
Pro Wrestling Eclipse (1)
33%
0%
2
324 Josh Crow
5
Beyond Wrestling (4)
0%
0%
3
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While the list does heavily reflect wrestlers that have significant national exposure from major wrestling companies, there are a number of other talents who have not competed as prominently. Even though this exercise is completely statistically driven (and thus lacks the all-important critical thinking element), perhaps it still provides some interesting discussion points.

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-Chris Harrington
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@mookieghana