Pulse Wrestling’s WWE Rankings: July 4, 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 June 6), 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 (since 6.15.09)
United States Champion – Kofi Kingston (since 6.1.09)
1. Triple H (NR)
2. John Cena (2)
3. Montel Vontavious Porter (4)
4. Big Show (3)
5. Mark Henry (NR)
6. Jack Swagger (NR)
7. The Miz (6)
8. Santino Marella (10)
9. Evan Bourne (NR)
10. The Brian Kendrick (9)

WWE Diva’s Champion – Maryse (since 12.26.08)
1. Mickie James (2)
2. Beth Phoenix (3)
3. Gail Kim (NR)
4. Kelly Kelly (1)
5. Rosa Mendes (5)

Raw’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Festus
-‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
-Hornswoggle
-Jamie Noble
-Jerry Lawler
-Jillian Hall
-Lillian Garcia
-Michael Cole
-Mr. McMahon

Raw’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Batista (Injured since June 2009)
-Shawn Michaels (Inactive since April 2009)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the Raw Roster or appearing on TV:
-Brie Bella (Traded to ECW)
-Goldust (Traded to ECW)
-Matt Hardy (Traded to SD)
-Nikki Bella (Traded to ECW)
-Sim Snuka (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Vickie Guerrero (Quit, Non-Kayfabe)
-William Regal (Traded to ECW)

SMACKDOWN SUPERSTARS

World Heavyweight Champion – CM Punk (since 6.7.09)
Intercontinental Champion – Rey Mysterio (since 6.28.09)
1. Jeff Hardy (1)
2. Chris Jericho (2)
3. Edge (World Champ)
4. John Morrison (5)
5. Finlay (NR)
6. Dolph Ziggler (8)
7. Kane (NR)
8. The Great Khali (6)
9. R-Truth (10)
10. Charlie Haas (NR)

WWE Woman’s Champion – Michelle McCool (since 6.28.09)
1. Melina (Woman’s Champ)
2. Natayla (NR)
3. Eve (3)
4. Layla (4)
5. Maria (NR)

Unified WWE Tag Team Champions – Edge & Chris Jericho (since 6.28.09)
1. Carlito & Primo (Unified Tag Champs)
2. Ted Dibiase & Cody Rhodes (4)
3. Cryme Tyme (2)
4. The Hart Dynasty (3)
5. William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov (NR)

SmackDown’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Curt Hawkins
-Jesse
-Jim Ross
-Jimmy Wang Yang
-Justin Roberts
-Kung Fu Naki
-Mike Knox
-Ranjin Singh
-Ricky Ortiz
-Theodore Long
-Todd Grisham

SmackDown’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Matt Hardy (Injured since June 2009)
-Undertaker (Inactive since April 2009)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the SmackDown Roster or appearing on TV:
-Alicia Fox (Traded to Raw)
-Candice Michelle (Released, Non-Kayfabe)
-Gail Kim (Traded to Raw)
-Shelton Benjamin (Traded to ECW)
-Umaga (Released, Non-Kayfabe)

ECW SUPERSTARS

ECW Champion – Tommy Dreamer (since 6.7.09)
1. Christian (ECW Champ)
2. Vladimir Kozlov (4)
3. William Regal (NR)
4. Shelton Benjamin (NR)
5. Zack Ryder (9)
6. Paul Burchill (10)
7. Goldust (NR)
8. Shamus (NR)
9. Yoshi Tatsu (NR)
10. Tyler Reks (NR)

ECW’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-DJ Gabriel
-Ezekiel Jackson
-Gregory Helms
-Josh Matthews
-Katie Lea Burchill
-Matt Striker
-Tiffany
-Tony Atlas
-Tony Chimel

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the ECW Roster or appearing on TV:
-David Hart Smith (Traded to SD)
-Evan Bourne (Traded to Raw)
-Finlay (Traded to SD)
-Jack Swagger (Traded to Raw)
-Mark Henry (Traded to Raw)
-Natalya (Traded to SD)
-Tyson Kidd (Traded 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’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 the Unification of the WWE & World Tag Team Titles, the Champions can defend the titles against any team across all 3 brands. The Titles belong to SD, according to WWE.com, however Raw & ECW teams can appear in their rankings, and will be in red or purple respectively.

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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