Since January of 2013, we have been ranking the very best independent wrestlers on a weekly basis. The concept spawned from former ESPN.com writer, Jon Robinson, who ranked the best WWE wrestlers from 1 to 10 on ESPN.com every week. Jon Robinson is no longer there, but he has given us the blessing to carry on with our project as an homage to his fine work. In fact, he was one of our very first followers on Twitter. Our goal is to not only to educate everyone on some upcoming names in smaller promotions, but to rank the best independent wrestlers from the bigger promotions.
This is a KAYFABE list, meaning it is not centered around our opinion of who the best worker is on a weekly basis, but rather, more sports-oriented in the thought process of wins being the most important factor in getting ranked. Many various independent wrestling writers spend their time debating who the “best in the world” is while we simply seek to prove it via wins and losses.
In order to be ranked and to avoid personal biases, we have a group of 7 voters from the U.S. and Canada (and a collective fan poll) who have 3 main criteria for voting (in a similar manner to ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings):
- Win-loss record for the week & overall
- Strength of opponents for the week
- Overall public perception of the wrestler in question (i.e. Kevin Steen has a stronger following than a regional independent wrestler who most people have never heard of)
Only wrestlers who did not wrestle for the WWE or TNA during the voting period are qualified. This means that OVW wrestlers who are contracted to TNA are eligible, providing that they did not wrestle for TNA during the voting period. NXT wrestlers are not eligible for this list. Any wrestler who does NOT wrestle during the week are not eligible for that week’s list. This is a list of wrestlers who primarily compete in the U.S. or they can qualify by going on an extended tour of the U.S. (i.e. if Jushin ‘Thunder Liger goes 3-0 on American soil).
As with most things this is not an exact science, but simply the opinions of many very dedicated independent wrestling fans who base their votes on data compiled in various databases throughout the weeks, months, and years of shows.
With all that being said, please sit back and enjoy this week’s rankings and if you have any questions/comments, please feel free to tweet us @IndyPowerRankin, visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/IndyPowerRankings, or email us at IndyPowerRankings@Gmail.com.
Our Official Indy Power Rankings Voters:
Travis Desmond (@PhenomenalTLD)
Victor Philpott (@vicvonerich)
Jer Polk (@the1andonlyjer)
Peter Stockdale (@MeatyThoughts)
Robbie Strothman (@UltraMantisBlue)
Matthew Grant (@m4tthewgrant/@weeklywpodcast)
Michael Ewing (@mewing77)
Randy Carver (@KentaKobaCarver)
Chrisjen Hayme (@chrisjenhayme)
YOU-Make sure you vote in the weekly online poll. Your tallied votes count as one full vote in the Indy Power Rankings!