Pulse Wrestling WWE Rankings: July 5, 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 July 7), 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

World Heavyweight Champion – CM Punk (SD 5)
Intercontinental Champion – Kofi Kingston (ECW 5)
1. John Cena (1)
2. Chris Jericho (IC Champ)
3. John Bradshaw Layfield (3)
4. Batista (SD 1)
5. Shawn Michaels (4)
6. Kane (ECW Champ)
7. Lance Cade (7)
8. Rey Mysterio (NR)
9. Santino Marella (NR)
10. Jamie Noble (SD 10)

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

World Tag Team Champions – Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes (NR)
1. Cryme Tyme (3)
2. The Highlanders (NR)
3. Chris Jericho & Lance Cade (NR)
4. JBL’s Security Team (NR)
5. Darren Wade & Steve Anthony (NR)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Charlie Haas
-Chuck Palumbo
-Deuce
-‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
-Hardcore Holly
-Jerry Lawler
-Lillian Garcia
-Matt Striker
-Michael Cole
-Mr. McMahon
-Paul Burchill
-Paul London
-Ron Simmons
-Snitsky
-Todd Grisham
-Val Venis

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Candice Michelle (Injured since March 2008)
-Melina (Injured since June 2008)
-Randy Orton (Injured since June 2008)
-Steve Austin (Inactive since December 2007)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the Raw Roster or appearing on TV:
-Brian Kendrick (Drafted to SD)
-Carlito (Drafted to SD)
-DH Smith (Drafted to SD)
-Jeff Hardy (Drafted to SD)
-Jim Ross (Drafted to SD)
-Maria (Drafted to SD)
-Mr. Kennedy (Drafted to SD)
-Super Crazy (Drafted to ECW)
-Trevor Murdoch (Drafted to SD, than released, non-kayfabe)
-Triple H (Drafted to SD)
-Umaga (Drafted to SD)

SMACKDOWN/ECW SUPERSTARS

WWE Champion – Triple H (same)
United States Champion – Matt Hardy (same)
1. Edge (World Hvt. Champ)
2. The Big Show (4)
3. Jeff Hardy (Raw 2)
4. Montel Vontavious Porter (2)
5. Mr. Kennedy (Raw 6)
6. Umaga (Raw 5)
7. The Great Khali (6)
8. Vladimir Kozlov (8)
9. Shelton Benjamin (NR)
10. Carlito (NR)

ECW Champion – Mark Henry (SD 9)
1. Tommy Dreamer (2)
2. Chavo Guerrero (4)
3. John Morrison (3)
4. Finlay (SD 3)
5. The Miz (NR)

WWE Tag Team Champions – John Morrison & The Miz (same)
1. Finlay & Hornswoggle (NR)
2. Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins (1)
3. Jesse & Festus (3)
4. Chavo Guerrero & Bam Neeley (5)
5. Tommy Dreamer & Colin Delaney (NR)

SmackDown’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Brian Kendrick
-Cherry
-DH Smith
-Domino
-Eve Torres
-Funaki
-Jim Ross
-Jimmy Wang Yang
-Justin Roberts
-Kenny Dykstra
-Maria
-Maryse
-Michelle McCool
-Mick Foley
-Natalya
-Shannon Moore
-Shelton Benjamin
-Vickie Guerrero
-Victoria

SmackDown’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Big Daddy V (Injured since March 2008)
-Gregory Helms (Injured since May 2007)
-Ranjin Singh (Injured since March 2008)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the SmackDown Roster or appearing on TV:
-Batista (Drafted to Raw)
-Chuck Palumbo (Drafted to Raw)
-Deuce (Drafted to Raw)
-Finlay (Drafted to ECW)
-Hornswoggle (Drafted to ECW)
-Jamie Noble (Drafted to Raw)
-Jonathan Coachman (Removed from WWE.com)
-Mark Henry (Drafted to ECW)
-Matt Hardy (Drafted to ECW)
-Michael Cole (Drafted to Raw)
-Rey Mysterio (Drafted to Raw)

ECW’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Armando Estrada
-Atlas Ortiz
-Elijah Burke
-Evan Bourne
-Joey Styles
-Kelly Kelly
-Lena Yada
-Mike Adamle
-Mike Knox
-Nunzio
-Stevie Richards
-Super Crazy
-Tazz
-Theodore Long
-Tony Chimel

ECW’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Boogeyman (Injured since November 2007)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the ECW Roster or appearing on TV:
-Big Daddy V (Drafted to SD)
-CM Punk (Drafted to Raw)
-Kane (Drafted to Raw)
-Kofi Kingston (Drafted to Raw)
-Layla (Drafted to Raw)
-Matt Striker (Drafted to Raw)
-Shelton Benjamin (Drafted to SD)

*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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