Pulse Wrestling WWE Rankings: January 3, 2009

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 December 6 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/01/03/pulse-wrestling-exclusive-wwe-transaction-history-part-9-2009/), 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 – John Cena (since 11.28.08)
Intercontinental Champion – William Regal (since 11.10.08)
1. John Bradshaw Layfield (5)
2. Shawn Michaels (2)
3. Randy Orton (4)
4. Chris Jericho (1)
5. Rey Mysterio (6)
6. CM Punk (NR)
7. Kane (8)
8. Kofi Kingston (NR)
9. Mike Knox (9)
10. Santino Marella (7)

Woman’s Champion – Beth Phoenix (since 8.17.08)
1. Melina (1)
2. Mickie James (2)
3. Katie Lea Burchill (NR)
4. Jillian Hall (4)
5. Kelly Kelly (3)

World Tag Team ChampionsJohn Morrison & The Miz (since 12.13.08)
1. Cryme Tyme (2)
2. Cody Rhodes & Manu (1)
3. Kofi Kingston & CM Punk (World Tag Team Champions)
4. Rey Mysterio & John Cena (NR)
5. Mike Knox & Dolph Ziggler (NR)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Candice Michelle
-Charlie Haas
-D’Lo Brown
-Goldust
-‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
-Jamie Noble
-Jerry Lawler
-Layla
-Lillian Garcia
-Michael Cole
-Mr. McMahon
-Ron Simmons
-Sim Snuka
-Steve Austin
-Val Venis

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Batista (Injured since December 2008)
-Hardcore Holly (Inactive since June 2008)
-Ted Dibiase (Inactive since November 2008)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the Raw Roster or appearing on TV:
-Katie Lea Burchill (Moved to ECW)
-Paul Burchill (Moved to ECW)
-Snitsky (Released, Non-Kayfabe)

SMACKDOWN SUPERSTARS

WWE Champion – Jeff Hardy (since 12.14.08)
United States Champion – Shelton Benjamin (since 7.20.08)
1. Edge (WWE Champion)
2. Triple H (1)
3. Vladimir Kozlov (4)
4. The Undertaker (3)
5. The Big Show (5)
6. R-Truth (7)
7. Hurricane Helms (9)
8. The Great Khali (8)
9. Kizarny (NR)
10. Montel Vontavious Porter (10)

WWE Diva’s Champions – Maryse (since 12.26.08)
1. Michelle McCool (Diva’s Champion)
2. Natalya (2)
3. Victoria (4)
4. Brie Bella (5)
5. Nikki Bella (NR)

WWE Tag Team Champions – Carlito & Primo (since 9.26.08)
1. The Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson (1)
2. Jesse & Festus (2)
3. The Hardy Boyz (NR)
4. Corned Beef & Curry (NR)
5. Zach Ryder & Curt Hawkins (4)

SmackDown’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Eve Torres
-Jim Ross
-Jimmy Wang Yang
-Justin Roberts
-Kung Fu Naki
-Mr. Kennedy
-Ranjin Singh
-Ryan Braddock
-Scotty Goldman
-Tazz
-Vickie Guerrero

SmackDown’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-DH Smith (Inactive since May 2008)
-Umaga (Injured since August 2008)

ECW SUPERSTARS

ECW Champion – Matt Hardy (since 9.7.08)
1. Jack Swagger (1)
2. Mark Henry (3)
3. Finlay (2)
4. John Morrison (4)
5. The Miz (5)
6. Chavo Guerrero (7)
7. Ricky Ortiz (4)
8. DJ Gabriel (9)
9. Tommy Dreamer (8)
10. Paul Burchill (NR)

ECW’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Bam Neely
-Gavin Spears
-Hornswoggle
-Matt Striker
-Theodore Long
-Tiffany
-Todd Grisham
-Tony Atlas
-Tony Chimel

ECW’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Evan Bourne (Injured since October 2008)


*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’s/Diva’s in each brand, and include everyone listed on WWE.com’s RAW, SmackDown, & ECW Superstars pages, plus regular, unlisted competitors from each brand. Due to a storyline talent exchange between both ECW & Raw and ECW & SD, ECW wrestlers can appear on any of the other brands rankings, and will be shown in bold purple.

These rankings take into account (in order):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.

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