Missouri Rankings Update: Big Upsets Shake Things Up… Strangely
Posted by Ben Simon on November 7, 2016
The new Official Missouri Rankings list, good through the end of 2016, has been calculated and published. Head over to the MO Rankings page for the latest publication. To qualify for the Top 10, a wrestler must have the highest ratings with consistent activity (RD ≤ 200). Rankings are published every two months.
MOVEMENTS & EXPLANATIONS
CBrandon Espinosa is 12 defenses deep in his reign. Scheduled to face Dirden on 10/22, the match was changed. This may have benefitted Espy, but not Dirden; more on that later.
#1Ricky Cruz lost a Dynamo Pro Championship match to #6Mike Outlaw on 10/22. Outlaw rises three spots on the list and Cruz stays put at the top for now. Ricky’s rating is being chipped away, but his earlier dominance still prevails mathematically. Cruz acknowledges he only has a couple of matches left before retirement.
The real oddball of this list is #2Outtkast. ‘Kast hasn’t had a singles match since June, yet since that time, he has risen from #7 to #5 and now #2! This is due to the wrestlers above him losing unexpectedly and falling down the ladder. For sure, a sweet deal for the Bum Rush Brother.
#3Jon Webb beat the imposing heavyweight Brian Breaker. The WLW Jr. Heavyweight king catapults four spaces.
Welcome back #4Mike Sydal! The HRW High Risk Champion went 2-0 this period to return to the list.
#7Jake Dirden tumbles four rungs down after getting pinned by Jackal. There’s no additional penalty for this, but Jackal did win with a Cena-style “Five-Knuckle Shuffle.” The wild Dirden must avoid future losses like this one and regain focus.
#8Kyle Roberts and #9The Iceman reappear on this period’s list. Roberts impressively went 4-0. The dancing machine Iceman didn’t wrestle, but advanced the same way Outtkast did: space above opened up.
Gary Jackson, Leland Race, Moondog Rover, and Brian James depart the Top 10 for now. Notably, “Night Train” Jackson had been in our Top 10 since it was first published. For his exit, blame two consecutive cheap losses to 2.0 members A.J. Williams and Da’Marius Jones.