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Missouri Rankings Update: COVID-19 hiatus begins

Posted by Ben Simon on April 23, 2020

MO Rankings

SEE THE RANKINGS

The new Official Missouri Rankings list, good through June, 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 ≤ 175).  Rankings are published every two months.

For details on how the rankings work, read the Introduction

MOVEMENTS & EXPLANATIONS

This was an abbreviated period, with only three events at the beginning of March. One of those (MMWA 3/14) was during the pandemic, and is likely the last professional wrestling event in Missouri for many months.

No changes in the top five spots, and of them, only #1Ricky Cruz wrestled. He earned a victory over the overmatched Damion Cortess. #6Gary Jackson just barely passes the activity threshold and returns to the ranks with a win over Ryan Ash at the South Broadway pandemic event.

#9Ace Hawkins and #10Moses enter the Top 10 after the inactive departures of Sean Patrick, Steve Fender, and WLW king Derek Stone. Hawkins has explicitly announced the end of his regular wrestling career, so this is a bonus. For “The Deliverer” Moses, his debut on the list is earned, as the WLW Tag Team champ is on a five match winning streak.

The rankings system will not freeze during the COVID-19 event cancellations. While our abilities to hold events are on hold, time is not. Time factors decay into the wrestlers’ rating numbers. In the months ahead, we will see wrestlers drop from this list through no fault of their own.

When events return, the wrestlers’ ratings will be able to change rapidly based on a win or loss, much like when this system was in its infancy.

Missouri title belt in Studio B

Can the Missouri Title be decided in my empty garage?

The rules for the Official Missouri Rankings and the State title decree that title bouts can only take place at events sanctioned by the Missouri Office of Athletics. In theory, if a promoter staged Cruz vs. Crowley or Surge in his garage, and paid for a State inspector to be there, it could happen. The spectacle would come at a guaranteed loss to the promoter, so it is unlikely. The State also may not allow it.

Ever since the most recent MWR champion Farmer Billy Hills retired in October, promoters and wrestlers continue to ask how a new Missouri champion will be crowned. It will be one match, one-on-one, based on the rules stated on the bottom of our Champion page.

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