Pulse Wrestling WWE Rankings: February 2, 2008

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 January 5), and click here to see any changes in the RAW, SD, or ECW rosters since the last rankings report.

(Previous ranking for each superstar is in parentheses following each name. See below* for an explanation of our ranking system.)

RAW SUPERSTARS

WWE Champion – Randy Orton (same)
Intercontinental Champion – Jeff Hardy (same)
1. John Cena (NR) – The Royal Rumble winner decides to cash in his Title Shot at No Way Out
2. Triple H (2) – Has been holding down the #2 spot, & Snitsky, for a while now
3. Umaga (1) – The Samoan Beast has a date in the Elimination Chamble
4. Shawn Michaels (5) – Finally kicked Kennedy out of his way, looks to Main Event ‘Mania via the Elimination Chamber
5. Chris Jericho (3) – His war with JBL looks to be continuing
6. John Bradshaw Layfield (6) – Left a bloody mess by Y2J, but will get his chance at a title shot in the Chamber
7. Mr. Kennedy (4) – Will he be the one to retire The Nature Boy?
8. Ric Flair (7) – Defeats MVP to stay alive, but now has Kennedy to deal with
9. Snitsky (10) – Lots of TV time with HHH, but lots of losses to go along with it
10. Brian Kendrick (NR) – Lots of TV time, but zero wins

Woman’s Champion – Beth Phoenix (same)
1. Mickie James (1)
2. Maria (4)
3. Melina (2)
4. Jillian (3)
5. Ashley (NR)

World Tag Team Champions – Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly (same)
1. Carlito & Santino Marella (1)
2. D-Generation X (3)
3. The Highlanders (4)
4. JBL & Randy Orton (NR)
5. Super Crazy & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan (5)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Charlie Haas
  • DH Smith
  • Drew McIntyer
  • Jerry Lawler
  • Jim Ross
  • Lillian Garcia
  • Mike Adamle
  • Mr. McMahon
  • Ron Simmons
  • Steve Austin
  • Todd Grisham
  • Trevor Murdoch
  • William Regal

    Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Candice Michelle (Injured since October 2007)
  • Lance Cade (Injured since December 2007)
  • Paul London (Injured since November 2007)
  • Val Venis (Injured since October 2007)

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

  • Bobby Lashley (Removed from WWE.com, rumored to have quit. Non-Kayfabe)

    SMACKDOWN/ECW SUPERSTARS

    World Heavyweight Champion – Edge (same)
    United States Champion – Montel Vontavious Porter (same)
    1. Rey Mysterio (1) – Came up close at the Rumble, and will get another shot at Edge at No Way Out
    2. Batista (3) – Lasted the longest in the Rumble, and has a spot in the Chamber
    3. The Undertaker (2) – The Deadman was unlucky #1 in the Rumble
    4. Finlay (4) – Loves to fight, but got DQed in the Rumble
    5. The Great Khali (7) – Earned a spot in the Chamber by being HUGE
    6. Big Daddy V (ECW 4) – Has a spot in the Chamber
    7. Kane (5) – How did Kane get left out of the Chamber?
    8. Mark Henry (6) – The self-proclaimed Silverback remains not much of a concern to anyone
    9. Jamie Noble (8) – Still winning week after week
    10. Chuck Palumbo (9) – Finally snapped on McCool

    ECW Champion – Chavo Guerrero (1)
    1. CM Punk (Champ)
    2. Shelton Benjamin (2)
    3. Elijah Burke (3)
    4. Tommy Dreamer (7)
    5. Kofi Kingston (NR)

    WWE Tag Team Champions – John Morrison & The Miz (same)
    1. The Edge Heads (2)
    2. Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang (1)
    3. Finlay & Hornswoggle (NR)
    4. Big Daddy V & Mark Henry (4)
    5. Deuce & Domino (5)

    SmackDown Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Cherry
  • Dave Taylor
  • Festus
  • Funaki
  • Jesse
  • Jonathan Coachman
  • Justin Roberts
  • Kenny Dykstra
  • Maryse
  • Michael Cole
  • Michelle McCool
  • Ranjin Singh
  • Theodore Long
  • Vickie Guerrero
  • Victoria

    SmackDown Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Gregory Helms (Injured since May 2007)
  • Matt Hardy (Injured since November 2007)
  • Torrie Wilson (Injured since December 2007)

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

  • Anastacia (Removed from WWE.com)
  • Ashley (Moved to Raw Roster)
  • Lena Yada (Moved to ECW Roster)

    ECW Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Armando Estrada
  • Balls Mahoney
  • Boogeyman
  • Joey Styles
  • Kelly Kelly
  • Kevin Thorn
  • Layla
  • Lena Yada
  • Matt Striker
  • Mike Knox
  • Nunzio
  • Tazz
  • Tony Chimel

    ECW Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Stevie Richards (Injured since October 2007)

    *In this monthly feature, the Pulse Wrestling editorial board ranks the heavyweight, women, and tag team divisions on World Wrestling Entertainment’s RAW, SmackDown, ECW brands. Rankings include the top ten heavyweights on each brand, top 5 tag teams on each brand, top 5 women in the Raw Brand, top 5 ECW Title contenders in the SD/ECW*** brands, and include everyone listed on WWE.com’s RAW, SmackDown, & ECW 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.

    ***Due to the SmackDown/ECW working relationship, it will be treated as one brand in the rankings with SD SuperStars being contenders for the ECW Title, and ECW SuperStars being contenders for any of the title belts on SD. However, the rest of the roster will be listed separately. This will continue until, if ever, the working relationship ends.

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