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Missouri Rankings Update: End of the Road

Posted by Ben Simon on July 1, 2022

MO Rankings


It is with sadness that I announce the end of the MWR Official Missouri Rankings.

The MO Rankings page will stop at last period’s supplement (following the results of March and April 2022). To qualify for the Top 10, a wrestler must have had the highest ratings with consistent activity (RD ≤ 175). Rankings were published every two months.

For details on how the rankings worked, read the Introduction

The Rankings were published for 50 periods (or 100 months), beginning in January 2014. Since then, every singles bout from every card in the State has been tracked and double-verified. Overall, I tracked all 640 events (excluding select midget events) in Missouri during that time frame, with 552 wrestlers competing.

Those results were individually calculated using the Glicko rating system. The wrestlers are sorted by rating and activity, and Voila! We have a pretty solid list of the best pro wrestlers in Missouri at any time.

We crowned a champion twice! Ricky Cruz def. Jake Dirden in October 2015, and then after that lineage ended, Mike Outlaw bested Moses in October 2021. In both cases, the top two contenders had faced off.

You want records? The best wrestler in the system was “The Mile High Magnum” Dak Draper after August 2017. The lowest with a stable rating was Garrett Shanks, who hit bottom after December 2019.

I loved it, the wrestlers in the Top 10 liked it. The system was perfect and objective for seven years.

Unfortunately, cracks began to show in the match verifications last winter. In an unprecedented move, two wrestling companies withheld results and had their individual wrestlers withhold results as well. It was the closest thing to wrestling unionization I’ve seen outside of the Cauliflower Alley Club!

There are some events beginning this May-June period that have no bouts verified as having taken place. Therefore, May-June will not be calculated and the entire system will abort.

I considered going forward with a policy that disregards companies who “opt out” of results submission. Seems fair, except the basis of the Missouri Rankings is to cover all wrestlers’ matches. When MWR begins to disregard lawfully-held pro wrestling events due to the promoter, the wrestler pays the price.

Importantly, these particular promoters are also running shows in Missouri a lot, so the product would not be truly representative of Missouri wrestling.

The rankings system is defeated. Best to stop.

An announcement about the Missouri Heavyweight Championship, which the Rankings directly affected, will be made tomorrow. The champion is Mike Outlaw.

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