Pulse Wrestling WWE Rankings: March 1, 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 February 2), 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.)


WWE Champion – Randy Orton (same)
Intercontinental Champion – Jeff Hardy (same)
1. Triple H (2) – Outlasted everyone else in the Elimination Chamber to head to WrestleMania
2. John Cena (1) – Cena fights his way into the WrestleMania Main Event
3. Shawn Michaels (4) – Will he be able to retire the Nature Boy?
4. Umaga (3) – The Bulldozer is losing some steam, but will represent Raw against Batista at WrestleMania
5. John Bradshaw Layfield (6) – Looks to have a big secret for Mr. McMahon
6. Chris Jericho (5) – Seriously, is there any bigger disappointment right now?
7. Mr. Kennedy (7) – Kennedy may have made a mistake by revealing his plans to Orton
8. Ric Flair (8) – Still one of the best, but it looks like HBK will have his number
9. Paul Burchill (NR) – An impressive re-debut so far
10. Snitsky (9) – Raw’s resident monster jobber

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

World Tag Team Champions – Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly (same)
1. Carlito & Santino Marella (1)
2. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (NR)
3. D-Generation X (2)
4. Paul London & Brian Kendrick (NR)
5. Super Crazy & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan (5)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Candice Michelle
  • Charlie Haas
  • DH Smith
  • Drew McIntyer
  • Drillbit Taylor
  • Jerry Lawler
  • Jim Ross
  • Katie Lea Burchill
  • Lillian Garcia
  • Mike Adamle
  • Mr. McMahon
  • Robbie McAllister
  • Ron Simmons
  • Steve Austin
  • Todd Grisham
  • Val Venis
  • William Regal

    Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Rory McAllister (Injured since February 2008)

    World Heavyweight Champion – Edge (same)
    United States Champion – Montel Vontavious Porter (same)
    1. The Undertaker (3) – Taker lasted through the Chamber to take on Edge at ‘Mania
    2. Batista (2) – The Animal looks to take out The Bulldozer in a SmackDown vs. Raw match
    3. The Big Show (NR) – Show is back, and he is in the big money match
    4. Finlay (4) – The fighting Irishman looks to be headed to a big time match at WrestleMania
    5. Kane (7) – Big Red Machine moves up a few spots
    6. Big Daddy V (6) – V continues to be destructive
    7. The Great Khali (5) – Khali is lost without Ranjin!
    8. Mark Henry (8) – Had a good run on Raw for a few weeks, but nothing came from it
    9. Chuck Palumbo (10) – Finally went over Noble
    10. Jamie Noble (9) – Lost to Palumbo, but seems to have won over McCool

    ECW Champion – Chavo Guerrero (same)
    1. CM Punk (1)
    2. Shelton Benjamin (2)
    3. Elijah Burke (3)
    4. Kofi Kingston (5)
    5. Stevie Richards (NR)

    WWE Tag Team Champions – John Morrison & The Miz (same)
    1. Tommy Dreamer & Colin Delaney (NR)
    2. The Edge Heads (1)
    3. Jesse & Festus (NR)
    4. Shannon Moore & Jimmy Wang Yang (2)
    5. Deuce & Domino (5)

    SmackDown’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:

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

    SmackDown’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:

  • Gregory Helms (Injured since May 2007)
  • Matt Hardy (Injured since November 2007)
  • Rey Mysterio (Injured since February 2008)
  • Torrie Wilson (Injured since December 2007)

    ECW’s 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

    *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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