Pulse Wrestling’s WWE Rankings: September 5, 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 August 1), 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 (since 6.15.09)
United States Champion – Kofi Kingston (since 6.1.09)
1. John Cena (1)
2. Triple H (2)
3. Shawn Michaels (NR)
4. The Big Show (6)
5. Jack Swagger (5)
6. MVP (4)
7. Mark Henry (3)
8. The Miz (8)
9. Evan Bourne (7)
10. Carlito (9)

WWE Diva’s Champion – Mickie James (since 7.26.09)
1. Beth Phoenix (1)
2. Gail Kim (2)
3. Jillian Hall (NR)
4. Alicia Fox (3)
5. Kelly Kelly (4)

Unified WWE Tag Team ChampionsChris Jericho & The Big Show (since 7.26.09)
1. Mark Henry & MVP (NR)
2. D-Generation X (NR)
3. Cryme Tyme (1)
4. Ted Dibiasie & Cody Rhodes (2)
5. The Hart Dynasty (3)

Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Big Dick Johnson
-Chavo Guerrero
-Chris Masters
-‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan
-Jamie Noble
-Jerry Lawler
-Lillian Garcia
-Michael Cole
-Mr. McMahon
-Rosa Mendes
-Santino Marella

Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Batista (Injured since June 2009)
-Maryse (Injured since July 2009)


World Heavyweight Champion – CM Punk (since 8.23.09)
Intercontinental Champion – John Morrison (since 9.5.09)
1. The Undertaker (NR)
2. Chris Jericho (3)
3. Dolph Ziggler (4)
4. The Great Khali (8)
5. Kane (5)
6. Matt Hardy (NR)
7. Finlay (6)
8. Mike Knox (10)
9. R-Truth (7)
10. Slam Master J (NR)

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

SmackDown’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Charlie Haas
-Curt Hawkins
-Jim Ross
-Jimmy Wang Yang
-Justin Roberts
-Kung Fu Naki
-Ranjin Singh
-Theodore Long
-Todd Grisham

SmackDown’s Inactive Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Edge (Injured since June 2009)
-Rey Mysterio (Suspended, Non-Kayfabe)

No longer listed on WWE.com as part of the SmackDown Roster or appearing on TV:
-Jeff Hardy (Forced to Leave Due to Match Stipulation 8.28.09)
-Ricky Ortiz (Released, Non-Kayfabe)


ECW Champion – Christian (since 7.26.09)
1. William Regal (8)
2. Tommy Dreamer (1)
3. Shelton Benjamin (3)
4. Sheamus (7)
5. Zack Ryder (5)
6. The Hurricane (NR)
7. Vladimir Kozlov (2)
8. Ezekiel Jackson (4)
9. Goldust (10)
10. Paul Burchill (NR)

ECW’s Unranked Wrestlers/Personalities:
-Abraham Washington
-Brie Bella
-Courtney Taylor
-DJ Gabriel
-Gregory Helms
-Josh Matthews
-Katie Lea Burchill
-Matt Striker
-Nikki Bella
-Tony Atlas
-Tony Chimel
-Tyler Reks
-Yoshi Tatsu

*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 RAW, according to WWE.com, however SD & ECW teams can appear in their rankings, and will be in blue 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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