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 along with several other key factors each week.
In order to be ranked and to avoid personal biases, we have a group of voters from the U.S., UK, South Africa, 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. Chris Hero has a stronger following than a regional independent wrestler who most people have never heard of)
Any matches consisting of wrestlers in WWE, TNA, ROH, GFW, Lucha Underground, All Japan, NOAH, CMLL, AAA, or NJPW are ineligible for this list. We simply ignore all matches in these promotions as we do not consider them independent wrestling companies as of 2016. Any wrestler who does NOT wrestle during the week are not eligible for that week’s list. This is a list of wrestlers who are free to compete around the world for multiple promotions without true exclusivity (thus making them an independent wrestler).
As with most things this is not an exact science, but simply the opinions of many very dedicated independent wrestling fans (and wrestlers, ring announcers, etc…) 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)
- Travis Polk
- Chris Pugh (@HashtagWrest)
- Trevin Adams (@_Trevin_Adams)
- Leon Muston (https://www.facebook.com/watchingtheindies)
- Cody Springer
- Jesse Von Ruden (@JesseVonRuden)
- YOU-Make sure you vote in the weekly online poll. Your tallied votes count as one full vote in the Indy Power Rankings! Not only that, the winner of the online poll will be deemed “People’s Champ” for the week.
Each official vote cast is worth an amount of points. Each #1 vote cast by one of our official voters (or cumulative fan vote) is worth 10 points, #2 is 9, #3 is 8, and so on. The weekly online poll is tallied the same way. Whoever comes in first in the fan poll gets 10 points toward their final total. Once all points are totaled, the wrestler(s) with the most points is #1, second most is #2, etc…
Here’s an audio breakdown of what the voters look for when they vote: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fillingthevoidrn/2015/08/04/indy-power-rankings-reveal