|Alberto Del Rio||119||25,218|
|Big E Langston||15||(95,267)|
Please note that these numbers are over three years, include overrun, are evenly weighted and include some noise (such as video packages). I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's an imperfect science. But there's some interesting things to be see, particularly in the 3-month trend lines.
For instance, look at R-Truth:
You can see how when he started working against Cena & the Rock, his numbers were huge. Then they returned to normal, which is no real impact. This says a lot that if WWE puts you in the spotlight, especially in the overrun segment, you're going to seem like a star. The question is just can you make a difference over the long run, especially when you're not in just in the top slot?
Another interesting test case is Mark Henry. .
When he's treated like a main eventer, there's flashes of being a big deal, but other times, he's just another guy
It's easy to contrast that with John Cena who is always large and in charge.
This is a three-month trending line (with a minimum of four appearance to earn a red dot) so you'll see a complete line even though Cena has been out periodically for his injuries.
And if we're going to talk about top guys, behold Randall Orton:
At live events he certainly gets loud reactions, but he hasn't been someone who meant a lot over the long haul, at least not since 2012. You do see the swell towards the end of the dataset (which went through 10/7/13) where he was increasingly returning the top of the card to feud with (who else) John Cena and Big Show.
Speaking of Paul Wight:
Big Show actually made my top 16 positive rating movers list.
That's unlike some of the newer faces - Dolph Ziggler, Big E Langston, Cesaro, Fandango, Sandow:
Then you have the divas, which are often put in the death spot. And it shows.
Next to Cena, CM Punk was probably the next regular performer with a strong track record:
The other proven group was The Shield (i'll show three, but it's all really the same story):
Lastly, there's Mr. Beardhat. (Seriously, what the hell?!)
Daniel Bryan's numbers aren't stunning. Again, it's going to be function of when you're pushed and when you're in the overrun segments, but until the last quarter, he was below average. However, the wild swings suggest there might be some momentum and future for him as a top level guy; we'll just have to see how it plays out!
Certainly, some food for thought.