IP Wrestling WWE Rankings: July 1, 2006

Here is the latest update of Inside Pulse Wrestling’s OFFICIAL rankings of the WWE RAW and Smackdown rosters … posted on the first Saturday of each month. Check out this link for the last rankings (as of June 3), and click here to see any changes in the RAW and SD rosters since the last rankings report. The ECW roster has been added as the third brand. Since RVD defends the WWE/ECW Title on both Raw and ECW, he is listed for both.

(Previous ranking for each superstar is in parentheses following each name. Italicized comments are included where appropriate. See below* for an explanation of our ranking system.)

RAW SUPERSTARS

WWE Champion – Rob Van Dam (1)
Intercontinental Champion – Johnny Nitro (NR-SD)
1. (tie) Edge (2) – Has a Title Shot at Saturday Night’s Main Event in a Triple Threat
1. (tie) John Cena (WWE Champ) – Has a Title Shot at Saturday Night’s Main Event in a Triple Threat
3. Randy Orton (NR-SD) – Big wins over Angle & Kane keep him above DX
4. Triple H (3) – Stuck in the DX angle with Vince, but is always a threat to be #1
5. Shawn Michaels (4) – Reuniting DX, plus a knee problem is keeping him down
6. Shelton Benjamin (IC Champ) – Nitro defeated him at Vengeance, plus no where to be seen on Raw
7. Carlito (8) – Looks to be in a program with Nitro for the IC
8. Umaga (7) – If Raw wasn’t littered with so many top tier guys, UUUUUUUUmaga would easily be in the top five
9. Kane (6) – Continues on his downward spiral since May 19th
10. Ric Flair (10) – Picked up the DQ win over Foley at Vengeance, but it looks like that feud will not end there

Woman’s Champion – Mickie James (same)
1. Trish Stratus (1)
2. Melina (6)
3. Victoria (3)
4. Torrie Wilson (4)
5. Candice Michelle (5)

World Tag Team Champions – The Spirt Squad (same)
1. DeGeneration X (NR)
2. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (1)
3. Val Venis & Viscera (NR)
4. Mick Foley & Edge (4)
5. Eugene & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan (NR)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Armando Alejandro Estrada
  • Charlie Haas
  • Gene Snitsky
  • ‘Imposter’ Kane
  • Jerry Lawler
  • Jim Ross
  • Jonathan Coachman
  • Lillian Garcia
  • Lita
  • Maria
  • Matt striker
  • Rob Conway
  • Todd Grisham

    Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Beth Phoenix (Injured since June 2006)
  • Chris Masters (Suspended Non-Kayfabe)
  • Danny Bashem (Hasn’t been on TV since May 2005)
  • Hulk Hogan (Hasn’t been on TV since October 2005)
  • Rene Dupree (Injured since August 2005)
  • Stacy Keibler (Hasn’t been on TV since August 2005)
  • Steve Austin (Hasn’t been on TV since February 2006)
  • The Rock (Hasn’t been on TV since 2004)

    No longer listed on WWE.com or appearing on TV:

  • Rob Van Dam – Drafted by ECW
  • The Big Show – Signed with ECW
  • Goldust – Released by WWE
  • Johnny Parisi – Released by WWE
  • Shelton’s Momma – No longer on TV

    SMACKDOWN SUPERSTARS

    World Heavyweight Champion – Rey Mysterio (same)
    United States Champion – Bobby Lashley (same)
    1. Mark Henry (2) – Got screwed out of the title by Chavo, but still has Mysterio’s number
    2. King Booker (4) – Stuck in a feud with Lashley, but the King is a proven Main Eventer
    3. The Great Khali (3) – Still sitting on his huge win over ‘Taker at Judgment Day
    4. The Undertaker (5) – Hasn’t been seen since Judgment Day, will he take Great Khali’s challenge for the Bash?
    5. Finley (7) – Little Basterd seems to be a distraction, but Finley has been undefeated all month
    6. Mr. Kennedy (NR) – Undefeated in his return, but he needs to get some more impressive wins
    7. Matt Hardy (8) – Still pretty much invisible, but with Velocity gone, hopefully we will see the return of Mattitude
    8. William Regal (NR) – On TV quite a bit as part of Booker’s Court
    9. Vito (NR) – He loves wearing dresses
    10. Gunner Scott (10) – The rookie making the top 10!

    Cruiserweight Champion – Gregory Helms (same)
    1. Super Crazy (1)
    2. Psicosis (5)
    3. Jamie Noble (3)
    4. Kid Kash (2)
    5. Simon Dean (6)

    WWE Tag Team Champions – Brian Kendrick & Paul London
    1. The Pitbulls (Noble & Kash) (2)
    2. Funaki & Scotty 2 Hotty (5)
    3. The Kings Court (Regal & Finley) (NR)
    4. The Gymini (4)
    5. The Mexicools (1)

    Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Ashley Massaro
  • Daivari
  • John Bradshaw Layfield
  • Jillian Hall
  • Josh Matthews
  • Kristal Marshell
  • Little Basterd
  • Michael Cole
  • Michelle McCool
  • The Miz
  • Sharmell
  • Steve Romero
  • Sylvan
  • Tatanka
  • Teddy Long

    Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Batista (Injured since January 2006)
  • The Boogeyman (Injured since April 2006)
  • Chris Benoit (Injured since May 2006)
  • Doug Bashem (Hasn’t been on TV since May 2005)
  • Hardcore Holly (Injured since November 2005)
  • Joey Mercury (Suspended Non-Kayfabe)
  • Paul Burchill (Injured since June 2006)

    No longer listed on WWE.com or appearing on TV

  • Randy Orton – Signed with RAW
  • Road Warrior Animal – Released by WWE
  • Nunzio/Little Guido – Signed with ECW
  • Tazz – Signed with ECW
  • Kurt Angle – Drafted by ECW

    ECW WRESTLERS

    ECW Heavyweight Champion – Rob Van Dam (1 Raw)
    1. Kurt Angle (1 SD) – Looks to be taking time off, but until he goes, he’s still the default #1
    2. Sabu (NR) – Seems to be sliding a bit, thanks to a loss to Cena
    3. The Big Show (5 Raw) – Pummeling Dreamer week after week
    4. The Sandman (NR) – So, he beat a fat stripper, Macho Libre, and The Zombie…ya, that’s hardcore
    5. Tommy Dreamer (NR) – Still the heart and soul of ECW
    6. Balls Mahoney (NR) – The chair swinging freak defeated Tanaka at One Night Stand
    7. Justin Credible (NR) – This former ECW Champ is seems to be getting jobbed out
    8. Roadkill (NR) – Took a loss to Sabu, but hey, he got on TV!
    9. Tony Mamluke (NR) – The Tag Division hasn’t quite taken off yet, but expect him to stay with the FBI
    10. Danny Doring (NR) – Without Roadkill, he’s just another dude

    Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Al Snow
  • Beulah
  • Big Guido
  • Bill Alfonso
  • C.W. Anderson
  • CM Punk
  • Doug Bashem
  • Francine
  • Fertig
  • Jason
  • Jazz
  • Joey Styles
  • Kelly
  • Little Guido
  • Masato Tanaka
  • Mike Knox
  • Mikey Whipwreck
  • Paul Heyman
  • Stevie Richards
  • Tazz
  • Terry Funk
  • Test
  • Trinity
  • The Zombie

    *In this monthly feature, the Inside Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the heavyweight, women/cruiserweight, and tag team divisions on World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW, Smackdown, ECW brands. Rankings include the top ten heavyweights, top 5 women (RAW), top 5 cruiserweights (SD), and top 5 tag teams on each brand, and include everyone listed on WWE.com’s RAW and SD Superstars pages, plus regular, unlisted competitors from each brand.

    These rankings take into account (in order):
    – Current title status**
    – Declared and presumed storyline rankings
    – Recent victories and quality of opponents
    – Quality of matches (psychology, workrate, and entertainment value)
    – Quality of TV exposure (length, placement during show, and crowd response)

    **Both primary and secondary heavyweight champions are listed at the top of each brand’s rankings, with the assumption that Intercontinental or United States Champions are de facto top contenders unless otherwise stated on television or online by WWE.