top_100_wrestlers_yohe_project

Steve Yohe organized a vote on the "Greatest 100 Wrestling Stars".
This list was published Dec 2013.
 
The voters were selected by invite/approval.
A simple list from 1-100 of the top wrestling stars in history in the eyes of each voter. 

In the end 26 people voted - list of voters

Keep in mind: 
  • Individuals only - no voting for tag teams 
  • Time Period was 1860 to present day (2013)
  • While drawing & Box Office, importance outside of wrestling, longevity, working ability, style influence were all encouraged as criteria to consider, it was left it open to interpretation of the individual voters. 


RESULTS


rank name points ballots first place
1 Lou Thesz 2425 26 6
2 Jim Londos 2384 26 12
3 Hulk Hogan 2318 25 2
4 Ed “Strangler” Lewis 2303 26 1
5 Frank Gotch 2300 26 3
6 Bruno Sammartino 2247 26
7 Ric Flair 2225 25 1
8 Andre The Giant 2220 26
9 Rikidozan 2208 26
10 Buddy Rogers 2102 25
11 El Santo 2091 23 1
12 Antonio Inoki 1987 24
13 Steve Austin 1975 23
14 Joe Stecher 1929 24
15 Shohei Baba 1801 22
16 Gorgeous George 1770 23
17 Verne Gagne 1769 24
18 The Rock 1765 23
19 George Hackenschmidt 1725 24
20 Harley Race 1637 23
21 Antonino Rocca 1573 24
22 Nick Bockwinkel 1562 25
23 Dory Funk Jr 1487 24
24 Mil Mascaras 1481 23
25 Dusty Rhodes 1459 22
26 Stanislaus Zbyszko 1443 24
27 Terry Funk 1421 23
28 Gene Kiniski 1349 22
29 The Destroyer 1333 25
30 Mitsuharu Misawa 1323 20
31 Wild Bill Longson 1308 21
32 Jack Brisco 1298 22
33 Edouard Carpentier 1285 23
34 Jumbo Tsuruta 1283 22
35 Killer Kowalski 1253 21
36 William Muldoon 1246 19
37 Freddie Blassie 1236 24
38 Randy Savage 1231 22
39 Stan Hansen 1217 21
40 The Sheik 1152 21
41 Farmer Burns 1118 18
42 Bret Hart 1101 22
43 Whipper Watson 1086 21
44 Yvon Robert 1080 20
45 John Cena 1064 21
46 Dick The Bruiser 1043 21
47 Pat O’Connor 1018 23
48 Gus Sonnenberg 1013 18
49 Shawn Michaels 982 18
50 The Undertaker 964 19
50 Kenta Kobashi 964 17
52 Johnny Valentine 960 24
53 Blue Demon 941 16
54 John Pesek 902 17
55 Ray Stevens 855 22
56 Earl Caddock 852 17
57 Bobo Brazil 844 19
58 Bruiser Brody 823 17
59 Tiger Mask I (Sayama) 814 17
60 Riki Choshu 807 16
61 Bob Backlund 787 19
62 Keiji Muto 781 19
63 Maurice Tillet 765 15
64 Genichiro Tenryu 757 16
65 The Great Gama 709 12
66 Akira Maeda 695 18
67 Bronko Nagurski 685 16
68 Evan “Strangler” Lewis 649 15
69 Toshiaki Kawada 647 15
70 Fritz Von Erich 636 15
71 Tom Jenkins 630 13
72 Perro Aguayo 629 15
73 Tatsumi Fujinami 607 18
74 Don Leo Jonathan 605 14
75 Roddy Piper 594 14
76 Big Van Vader 578 16
77 Jerry Lawler 572 14
78 Danny Hodge 559 20
79 Ed Don George 554 15
80 Dick Shikat 551 14
81 Abdullah The Butcher 520 17
82 Billy Robinson 517 13
83 Kurt Angle 516 13
84 Ray Steele 515 11
85 Triple H 505 15
86 El Hijo Del Santo 500 14
87 El Solitario 498 8
88 Frank Sexton 492 10
89 Shinya Hashimoto 488 14
90 Ricky Steamboat 469 14
91 El Canek 464 9
92 Mad Dog Vachon 456 14
92 Orville Brown 456 13
94 Wladek Zbyszko 452 14
95 Billy Graham 448 12
96 Hans Schmidt 435 12
97 The Crusher 433 10
98 Rey Misterio Jr 407 12
99 Ray Mendoza 401 6
100 Henri De Glane 392 14
101 Gory Guerrero 374 9
102 Dara Singh 373 8
103 Pat Patterson 356 11
103 Karl Gotch 356 8
105 Bill Miller 355 9
106 Mildred Burke 349 11
107 Everett Marshall 328 10
108 Sandor Szabo 308 10
108 Joe Savoldi 308 5
110 Mick Foley 291 13
111 Jushin Liger 277 10
112 Ad Santel 274 4
113 Dynamite Kid 270 8
114 Jim Browning 268 8
115 Toots Mondt 251 6
116 Danno O’Mahoney 249 8
117 Mick McManus 246 8
118 Primo Carnera 229 6
119 Eddie Guerrero 220 7
120 Nobuhiko Takada 219 10
121 Enrique Torres 209 9
122 Chris Benoit 203 7
123 Col. J. H. McLaughlin 202 7
124 Rene Guajardo 198 4
125 Eddie Graham 196 7
126 Steve Casey 181 8
127 Negro Casas 176 4
128 George Gordienko 173 3
129 George Bothner 172 3
130 Dick Hutton 171 3
130 Carlos “Tarzan” Lopez 171 3
132 Bobby Managoff 170 5
133 Brock Lesnar 167 7
133 Villano III 167 5
135 Black Shadow 166 3
136 Jackie Pallo 165 3
137 Bert Assirati 163 9
137 Cavernario Galindo 163 5
139 Man Mountain Dean 158 4
140 Wahoo McDaniel 157 11
141 Fred Beell 150 6
142 Manami Toyota 146 6
142 Atsushi Onita 146 4
144 Billy Joyce 143 2
145 Masahiro Chono 135 5
146 Lord Lansdowne 134 3
147 Pedro Morales 132 8
147 Wilbur Snyder 132 4
149 Joe Malcewicz 131 3
150 Danny Mc Shain 129 6
151 Duncan C. Ross 128 4
152 Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) 127 6
153 Bill Watts 126 5
153 Dos Caras 126 4
153 Mr Moto 126 2
156 Ivan Poddubney 124 2
157 Ivan Koloff 123 5
157 Cien Caras 123 4
159 Joe Acton 122 4
160 Yusuf Ismail (Terrible Turk) 121 2
161 Dr Ben Roller 120 6
162 Kintaro Oki 119 3
163 Sting 118 7
163 Mark Lewin 118 5
165 Don Eagle 116 5
165 Ernst Roeber 116 3
167 Ernie Ladd 114 6
168 Ted Dibiase 113 7
169 Clarence Eklund 108 4
170 Kinji Shibuya 107 2
171 Road Warrior Hawk 101 2
171 Road Warrior Animal 101 2
173 Chigusa Nagayo 100 5
174 Jack Reynolds 99 3
174 Chief Little Wolf 99 3
174 Hiro Matsuda 99 2
177 Mr Wrestling II (Tim Woods) 92 1
178 Jackie Fargo 89 3
178 Don Curtis 89 1
180 Luther Lindsey 88 1
181 Dump Matsumoto 87 6
182 Tom Connors 85 2
182 Josh Barnett 85 1
184 CM Punk 84 5
184 Little Beaver 84 2
184 Kazushi Sakuraba 84 1
187 Sky Low Low 83 3
188 Hiroshi Tanahashi 82 4
189 Zebra Kid 80 2
190 Jack Sherry 79 1
191 Marin Plestina 78 1
192 Hans Steinke 76 2
192 Nat Pendleton 76 1
194 Pepper Gomez 75 4
194 Taro Miyake 75 3
196 Rolland Bock 74 1
197 Theobaud Bauer 73 1
198 Akira Hokuto 72 3
199 Jack Taylor 69 1
200 Ernie Dusek 66 2
201 Charles Olsen 65 2
201 Satanico 65 2
203 Earl McCready 64 4
203 Jack Carkeek 64 2
205 Rudy Dusek 63 1
206 El Rayo de Jalisco 62 2
206 Emil Dusek 62 1
206 Paul Jones 62 1
206 Matty Matsuda 62 1
210 Karloff Lagarde Sr 61 3
210 Joe Dusek 61 1
212 Karl Pojello 60 1
213 Konnan 59 1
214 Otto Wanz 58 3
214 Yukio Tani 58 1
216 Horst Hoffman 57 2
216 Jerry Graham 57 2
216 Henri Irslinger 57 2
216 Wild Red Berry 57 1
216 Big Show 57 1
221 El Charro Aguayo 56 1
222 Dr Wagner 55 2
222 Joe Turner 55 1
224 Dick Murdoch 54 2
224 Pirata Morgan 54 1
226 MS-1 53 1
227 Yukon Eric 52 2
227 Matsada Sorakichi 52 1
229 Curt Henning 49 2
229 Edwin Bibby 49 1
231 Bobby Bruns 48 1
232 Atlantis 47 2
232 Charlie “Midget” Fischer 47 1
234 Ben Sherman 46 2
234 Edge 46 2
234 Pet Brown 46 1
234 Anibal 46 1
238 Medico Asesino 45 3
238 Dr Wagner Jr 45 1
238 Aja Kong 45 1
241 George Zaharias 44 1
241 Ivan Gomes 44 1
243 Chris Jericho 43 3
243 Tiger Jeet Singh 43 1
243 El Angel Blanco 43 1
246 Chief Chewacki 42 1
246 William Demetral 42 1
246 L.A. Park 42 1
249 Leroy McGuirk 41 2
249 Judo Gene LeBell 41 1
249 Leo Nomelini 41 1
252 Sammy Steamboat 40 1
253 Randy Orton 39 2
253 Harvey Parker 39 1
255 Yussif Mahmout 38 1
256 Carlos Colon 37 3
256 Dan McLeod 37 2
256 Waino Ketonen 37 1
259 Murcielago Velazquez 35 1
260 Baron Michele Leone 34 2
260 Paul Orndorff 34 2
260 Mike Sharpe 34 1
260 Kiyoshi Tamura 34 1
260 Espanto I 34 1
265 Bearcat Wright 33 3
265 Paul Boesch 33 1
265 Ben Sharpe 33 1
265 Jimmy Snuka 33 1
265 Steve Williams 33 1
265 Espanto II 33 1
271 Huracan Ramirez 32 3
271 H. M. Dufur 32 1
273 Emile “King Kong” Czaja 31 2
273 Yussiff Hussane 31 1
273 Negro Navarro 31 1
276 Volk Han 30 1
276 Sputnick Monroe 30 1
276 El Signo 30 1
279 El Texano 29 1
279 Gus “Americus” Schoenlein 29 1
281 Ilio DiPaolo 28 2
281 Gus Kallio 28 2
281 Junkyard Dog 28 1
284 Seelie Samara 27 1
284 Dan Koloff 27 1
286 Killer Karl Kox 26 2
286 Reginald Siki 26 1
288 Ruffy Silverstein 25 1
290 Dean Detton 24 2
290 Greek George 24 1
292 Loffy Blomfield 23 3
292 Curtis Iaukea 23 2
292 Masakatsu Funaki 23 1
295 John McMahon 22 2
295 Dientes Hernandez 22 1
295 Jimmy Demetral 22 1
295 Fabulous Moolah 22 1
299 Jack O’Brien 21 1
299 Dave Levin 21 1
288 Rolando Vera 25 2
301 George Gracie 19 1
301 Rito Romero 19 1
303 Octavio Gaona 18 1
303 Ira Dern 18 1
305 Hugh Nichols 17 1
305 Terry Gordy 17 1
307 Alexander Aberg 16 1
307 Wayne Munn 16 1
309 Rusher Kimura 15 2
309 Chiyo Obata 15 1
309 Joe Pazandak 15 1
309 Shinsuke Nakamura 15 1
313 Carl Abs 14 1
313 Kazuyuki Fujita 14 1
313 Sammy Cohen 14 1
316 Jimmy Esson 13 1
317 Gypsy Joe (Gilberto Merendez) 12 1
317 Dick Daviscourt 12 1
317 Daniel Bryan 12 1
317 Jaguar Yokota 12 1
321 Blue Panther 11 1
321 Dick Cardinal 11 1
323 Rick Martel 10 2
323 Black Gordman 10 1
323 Euclydes “Tatu” Hatem 10 1
323 Kotetsu Yamamoto 10 1
327 Umanosuke Ueda (Mr Ito) 9 1
327 George Pencheff 9 1
327 Masahiko Kimura 9 1
327 Alfonso Dantes 9 1
331 Charlie “Kid” Cutler 8 1
331 Kerry Von Erich 8 1
331 Joe Leduc 8 1
331 Tony Charles 8 1
335 Johnny Rougeau 7 1
335 Fritz Hanson 7 1
335 Roy Dunn 7 1
335 Ricky Morton 7 1
339 Dino Bravo 6 1
339 Ken Shamrock 6 1
339 Benny Sherman 6 1
342 Abe Coleman 5 1
342 Bull Nakano 5 1
342 Billy Riley 5 1
345 Sputnik Monroe 4 1
345 Bill Eadie 4 1
345 Ray Gunkel 4 1
345 Raul Romero 4 1
349 Vincent Lopez 3 1
349 Karl Von Hess 3 1
349 Lizmark 3 1
352 Billy Wicks 2 1
353 George Kidd 1 1
353 August Sepp 1 1
353 George Tragos 1 1

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST


I went ahead and organized it chronologically (wrestlers that appeared on 4+ ballots)


Thanks to Steve Yohe and all the voters for their hard work on this poll!

TOP 100 WRESTLERS VERSUS WRESTLING OBSERVER HALL OF FAME


Excluding promoters, commentators and managers (like Heenan & Albano), the wrestlers that are in the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame which I didn't see on the list here were:
* The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane and Dennis Condrey)
* Masa Saito
* Martín Karadagian
* Hiroshi Hase
* Most of The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts) - Terry Gordy was ranked #305
* Último Dragón
* Lioness Asuka
* Devil Masami
* Jackie Sato
* The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello, Roy Heffernan, and Don Kent)
* Dory Funk Sr.
* Tony Stecher
* Stu Hart
* Kensuke Sasaki

DezWalker noted:
Born in 1970's (peak would be 2000's) - 7
Born in 1960's (peak would be 1990's) - 20
Born in 1950's (peak would be 1980's) - 19
Born in 1940's (peak would be 1970's) - 21
Born in 1930's (peak would be 1960's) - 15
Born in 1920's (peak would be 1950's) - 29 (19 of the top 100)
Born in 1910's (peak would be 1940's) - 11
Born in 1900's (peak would be 1930's) - 15
Born in 1890's (peak would be 1920's) - 7
Born in 1880's (peak would be 1910's) - 5
Born in 1870's (peak would be 1900's) - 6

PERCENTAGE ON BALLOTS


All Ballots
Lou Thesz (1), Jim Londos (2), Ed “Strangler” Lewis (4), Frank Gotch (5), Bruno Sammartino (6), Andre The Giant (8), Rikidozan (9)

85%+ of Ballots
Hulk Hogan (3), Ric Flair (7), Buddy Rogers (10), El Santo (11), Antonio Inoki (12), Steve Austin (13), Joe Stecher (14), Gorgeous George (16), Verne Gagne (17), The Rock (18), George Hackenschmidt (19), Harley Race (20), Antonino Rocca (21), Nick Bockwinkel (22), Dory Funk Jr (23), Mil Mascaras (24), Stanislaus Zbyszko (26), Terry Funk (27), The Destroyer (29), Edouard Carpentier (33), Freddie Blassie (37), Pat O’Connor (47), Johnny Valentine (52)

70-85% of Ballots
Shohei Baba (15), Dusty Rhodes (25), Gene Kiniski (28), Mitsuharu Misawa (30), Wild Bill Longson (31), Jack Brisco (32), Jumbo Tsuruta (34), Killer Kowalski (35), William Muldoon (36), Randy Savage (38), Stan Hansen (39), The Sheik (40), Bret Hart (42), Whipper Watson (43), Yvon Robert (44), John Cena (45), Dick The Bruiser (46), The Undertaker (50), Ray Stevens (55), Bobo Brazil (57), Bob Backlund (61), Keiji Muto (62), Danny Hodge (78)

55%-70% of Ballots
Farmer Burns (41), Gus Sonnenberg (48), Shawn Michaels (49), Kenta Kobashi (50), Blue Demon (53), John Pesek (54), Earl Caddock (56), Bruiser Brody (58), Tiger Mask I (Sayama) (59), Riki Choshu (60), Maurice Tillet (63), Genichiro Tenryu (64), Akira Maeda (66), Bronko Nagurski (67), Evan “Strangler” Lewis (68), Toshiaki Kawada (69), Fritz Von Erich (70), Perro Aguayo (72), Tatsumi Fujinami (73), Big Van Vader (76), Ed Don George (79), Abdullah The Butcher (81), Triple H (85)

40%-55% of Ballots
The Great Gama (65), Tom Jenkins (71), Don Leo Jonathan (74), Roddy Piper (75), Jerry Lawler (77), Dick Shikat (80), Billy Robinson (82), Kurt Angle (83), Ray Steele (84), El Hijo Del Santo (86), Shinya Hashimoto (89), Ricky Steamboat (90), Orville Brown (92), Mad Dog Vachon (92), Wladek Zbyszko (94), Billy Graham (95), Hans Schmidt (96), Rey Misterio Jr (98), Henri De Glane (100), Pat Patterson (103), Mildred Burke (106), Mick Foley (110), Wahoo McDaniel (140)

25%-40% of Ballots
El Solitario (87), Frank Sexton (88), El Canek (91), The Crusher (97), Gory Guerrero (101), Dara Singh (102), Karl Gotch (103), Bill Miller (105), Everett Marshall (107), Sandor Szabo (108), Jushin Liger (111), Dynamite Kid (113), Jim Browning (114), Danno O’Mahoney (116), Mick McManus (117), Eddie Guerrero (119), Nobuhiko Takada (120), Enrique Torres (121), Chris Benoit (122), Col. J. H. McLaughlin (123), Eddie Graham (125), Steve Casey (126), Brock Lesnar (133), Bert Assirati (137), Pedro Morales (147), Sting (163), Ted Dibiase (168)

15%-25% of Ballots
Ray Mendoza (99), Joe Savoldi (108), Ad Santel (112), Toots Mondt (115), Primo Carnera (118), Rene Guajardo (124), Negro Casas (127), Bobby Managoff (132), Villano III (133), Cavernario Galindo (137), Man Mountain Dean (139), Fred Beell (141), Atsushi Onita (142), Manami Toyota (142), Masahiro Chono (145), Wilbur Snyder (147), Danny Mc Shain (150), Duncan C. Ross (151), Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree) (152), Dos Caras (153), Bill Watts (153), Cien Caras (157), Ivan Koloff (157), Joe Acton (159), Dr Ben Roller (161), Mark Lewin (163), Don Eagle (165), Ernie Ladd (167), Clarence Eklund (169), Chigusa Nagayo (173), Dump Matsumoto (181), CM Punk (184), Hiroshi Tanahashi (188), Pepper Gomez (194), Earl McCready (203)


POINTS PER BALLOT


Top Hundred ranked by points/ballot - for those that appear on at least 6 ballots
1. Lou Thesz: 2425 points on 26 ballots = 93.3 points/vote
3. Hulk Hogan: 2318 points on 25 ballots = 92.7 points/vote
2. Jim Londos: 2384 points on 26 ballots = 91.7 points/vote
11. El Santo: 2091 points on 23 ballots = 90.9 points/vote
7. Ric Flair: 2225 points on 25 ballots = 89 points/vote
4. Ed “Strangler” Lewis: 2303 points on 26 ballots = 88.6 points/vote
5. Frank Gotch: 2300 points on 26 ballots = 88.5 points/vote
6. Bruno Sammartino: 2247 points on 26 ballots = 86.4 points/vote
13. Steve Austin: 1975 points on 23 ballots = 85.9 points/vote
8. Andre The Giant: 2220 points on 26 ballots = 85.4 points/vote
9. Rikidozan: 2208 points on 26 ballots = 84.9 points/vote
10. Buddy Rogers: 2102 points on 25 ballots = 84.1 points/vote
12. Antonio Inoki: 1987 points on 24 ballots = 82.8 points/vote
15. Shohei Baba: 1801 points on 22 ballots = 81.9 points/vote
14. Joe Stecher: 1929 points on 24 ballots = 80.4 points/vote
16. Gorgeous George: 1770 points on 23 ballots = 77 points/vote
18. The Rock: 1765 points on 23 ballots = 76.7 points/vote
17. Verne Gagne: 1769 points on 24 ballots = 73.7 points/vote
19. George Hackenschmidt: 1725 points on 24 ballots = 71.9 points/vote
20. Harley Race: 1637 points on 23 ballots = 71.2 points/vote
99. Ray Mendoza: 401 points on 6 ballots = 66.8 points/vote
25. Dusty Rhodes: 1459 points on 22 ballots = 66.3 points/vote
30. Mitsuharu Misawa: 1323 points on 20 ballots = 66.2 points/vote
36. William Muldoon: 1246 points on 19 ballots = 65.6 points/vote
21. Antonino Rocca: 1573 points on 24 ballots = 65.5 points/vote
24. Mil Mascaras: 1481 points on 23 ballots = 64.4 points/vote
22. Nick Bockwinkel: 1562 points on 25 ballots = 62.5 points/vote
31. Wild Bill Longson: 1308 points on 21 ballots = 62.3 points/vote
87. El Solitario: 498 points on 8 ballots = 62.3 points/vote
41. Farmer Burns: 1118 points on 18 ballots = 62.1 points/vote
23. Dory Funk Jr: 1487 points on 24 ballots = 62 points/vote
27. Terry Funk: 1421 points on 23 ballots = 61.8 points/vote
28. Gene Kiniski: 1349 points on 22 ballots = 61.3 points/vote
26. Stanislaus Zbyszko: 1443 points on 24 ballots = 60.1 points/vote
35. Killer Kowalski: 1253 points on 21 ballots = 59.7 points/vote
65. The Great Gama: 709 points on 12 ballots = 59.1 points/vote
32. Jack Brisco: 1298 points on 22 ballots = 59 points/vote
53. Blue Demon: 941 points on 16 ballots = 58.8 points/vote
34. Jumbo Tsuruta: 1283 points on 22 ballots = 58.3 points/vote
39. Stan Hansen: 1217 points on 21 ballots = 58 points/vote
50. Kenta Kobashi: 964 points on 17 ballots = 56.7 points/vote
48. Gus Sonnenberg: 1013 points on 18 ballots = 56.3 points/vote
38. Randy Savage: 1231 points on 22 ballots = 56 points/vote
33. Edouard Carpentier: 1285 points on 23 ballots = 55.9 points/vote
40. The Sheik: 1152 points on 21 ballots = 54.9 points/vote
49. Shawn Michaels: 982 points on 18 ballots = 54.6 points/vote
44. Yvon Robert: 1080 points on 20 ballots = 54 points/vote
29. The Destroyer: 1333 points on 25 ballots = 53.3 points/vote
54. John Pesek: 902 points on 17 ballots = 53.1 points/vote
43. Whipper Watson: 1086 points on 21 ballots = 51.7 points/vote
91. El Canek: 464 points on 9 ballots = 51.6 points/vote
37. Freddie Blassie: 1236 points on 24 ballots = 51.5 points/vote
63. Maurice Tillet: 765 points on 15 ballots = 51 points/vote
50. The Undertaker: 964 points on 19 ballots = 50.7 points/vote
45. John Cena: 1064 points on 21 ballots = 50.7 points/vote
60. Riki Choshu: 807 points on 16 ballots = 50.4 points/vote
56. Earl Caddock: 852 points on 17 ballots = 50.1 points/vote
42. Bret Hart: 1101 points on 22 ballots = 50 points/vote
46. Dick The Bruiser: 1043 points on 21 ballots = 49.7 points/vote
88. Frank Sexton: 492 points on 10 ballots = 49.2 points/vote
71. Tom Jenkins: 630 points on 13 ballots = 48.5 points/vote
58. Bruiser Brody: 823 points on 17 ballots = 48.4 points/vote
59. Tiger Mask I (Sayama): 814 points on 17 ballots = 47.9 points/vote
64. Genichiro Tenryu: 757 points on 16 ballots = 47.3 points/vote
84. Ray Steele: 515 points on 11 ballots = 46.8 points/vote
102. Dara Singh: 373 points on 8 ballots = 46.6 points/vote
103. Karl Gotch: 356 points on 8 ballots = 44.5 points/vote
57. Bobo Brazil: 844 points on 19 ballots = 44.4 points/vote
47. Pat O’Connor: 1018 points on 23 ballots = 44.3 points/vote
97. The Crusher: 433 points on 10 ballots = 43.3 points/vote
68. Evan “Strangler” Lewis: 649 points on 15 ballots = 43.3 points/vote
74. Don Leo Jonathan: 605 points on 14 ballots = 43.2 points/vote
69. Toshiaki Kawada: 647 points on 15 ballots = 43.1 points/vote
67. Bronko Nagurski: 685 points on 16 ballots = 42.8 points/vote
75. Roddy Piper: 594 points on 14 ballots = 42.4 points/vote
70. Fritz Von Erich: 636 points on 15 ballots = 42.4 points/vote
72. Perro Aguayo: 629 points on 15 ballots = 41.9 points/vote
115. Toots Mondt: 251 points on 6 ballots = 41.8 points/vote
101. Gory Guerrero: 374 points on 9 ballots = 41.6 points/vote
61. Bob Backlund: 787 points on 19 ballots = 41.4 points/vote
62. Keiji Muto: 781 points on 19 ballots = 41.1 points/vote
77. Jerry Lawler: 572 points on 14 ballots = 40.9 points/vote
52. Johnny Valentine: 960 points on 24 ballots = 40 points/vote
82. Billy Robinson: 517 points on 13 ballots = 39.8 points/vote
83. Kurt Angle: 516 points on 13 ballots = 39.7 points/vote
105. Bill Miller: 355 points on 9 ballots = 39.4 points/vote
80. Dick Shikat: 551 points on 14 ballots = 39.4 points/vote
55. Ray Stevens: 855 points on 22 ballots = 38.9 points/vote
66. Akira Maeda: 695 points on 18 ballots = 38.6 points/vote
118. Primo Carnera: 229 points on 6 ballots = 38.2 points/vote
95. Billy Graham: 448 points on 12 ballots = 37.3 points/vote
79. Ed Don George: 554 points on 15 ballots = 36.9 points/vote
96. Hans Schmidt: 435 points on 12 ballots = 36.3 points/vote
76. Big Van Vader: 578 points on 16 ballots = 36.1 points/vote
86. El Hijo Del Santo: 500 points on 14 ballots = 35.7 points/vote
92. Orville Brown: 456 points on 13 ballots = 35.1 points/vote
89. Shinya Hashimoto: 488 points on 14 ballots = 34.9 points/vote
98. Rey Misterio Jr: 407 points on 12 ballots = 33.9 points/vote
113. Dynamite Kid: 270 points on 8 ballots = 33.8 points/vote
73. Tatsumi Fujinami: 607 points on 18 ballots = 33.7 points/vote

The Remaining by points/ballot - for those that appear on at least 6 ballots
85. Triple H: 505 points on 15 ballots = 33.7 points/vote
90. Ricky Steamboat: 469 points on 14 ballots = 33.5 points/vote
114. Jim Browning: 268 points on 8 ballots = 33.5 points/vote
107. Everett Marshall: 328 points on 10 ballots = 32.8 points/vote
92. Mad Dog Vachon: 456 points on 14 ballots = 32.6 points/vote
103. Pat Patterson: 356 points on 11 ballots = 32.4 points/vote
94. Wladek Zbyszko: 452 points on 14 ballots = 32.3 points/vote
106. Mildred Burke: 349 points on 11 ballots = 31.7 points/vote
119. Eddie Guerrero: 220 points on 7 ballots = 31.4 points/vote
116. Danno O’Mahoney: 249 points on 8 ballots = 31.1 points/vote
108. Sandor Szabo: 308 points on 10 ballots = 30.8 points/vote
117. Mick McManus: 246 points on 8 ballots = 30.8 points/vote
81. Abdullah The Butcher: 520 points on 17 ballots = 30.6 points/vote
122. Chris Benoit: 203 points on 7 ballots = 29 points/vote
123. Col. J. H. McLaughlin: 202 points on 7 ballots = 28.9 points/vote
100. Henri De Glane: 392 points on 14 ballots = 28 points/vote
125. Eddie Graham: 196 points on 7 ballots = 28 points/vote
78. Danny Hodge: 559 points on 20 ballots = 28 points/vote
111. Jushin Liger: 277 points on 10 ballots = 27.7 points/vote
141. Fred Beell: 150 points on 6 ballots = 25 points/vote
142. Manami Toyota: 146 points on 6 ballots = 24.3 points/vote
133. Brock Lesnar: 167 points on 7 ballots = 23.9 points/vote
121. Enrique Torres: 209 points on 9 ballots = 23.2 points/vote
126. Steve Casey: 181 points on 8 ballots = 22.6 points/vote
110. Mick Foley: 291 points on 13 ballots = 22.4 points/vote
120. Nobuhiko Takada: 219 points on 10 ballots = 21.9 points/vote
150. Danny Mc Shain: 129 points on 6 ballots = 21.5 points/vote
152. Big Daddy (Shirley Crabtree): 127 points on 6 ballots = 21.2 points/vote
161. Dr Ben Roller: 120 points on 6 ballots = 20 points/vote
167. Ernie Ladd: 114 points on 6 ballots = 19 points/vote
137. Bert Assirati: 163 points on 9 ballots = 18.1 points/vote
163. Sting: 118 points on 7 ballots = 16.9 points/vote
147. Pedro Morales: 132 points on 8 ballots = 16.5 points/vote
168. Ted Dibiase: 113 points on 7 ballots = 16.1 points/vote
181. Dump Matsumoto: 87 points on 6 ballots = 14.5 points/vote
140. Wahoo McDaniel: 157 points on 11 ballots = 14.3 points/vote

TOP 21 WRESTLERS AMONG THE TOP FIFTEEN RANKS


This looks at two pieces of information:

(A) How did the top 21 wrestlers fare among the top 15 places?
(B) How would a hypothetical "weighted point" vote compare to the current system?

(A) #1. Lou Thesz had 26 votes - all placing in the top fifteen places.  The second most top-15 votes was #4. Ed Lewis (24 votes) followed by #2. Jim Londos and #5. Frank Gotch with 23 votes apiece.  
#3. Hulk Hogan and #9. Rikidozan had 22 top-15 votes while #11. El Santo and #8. Andre the Giant both had 21 votes. #6. Bruno Sammartino and #7. Ric Flair both had 20 top-15 votes.  Only #10. Buddy Rogers had less than twenty top-15 votes (with 19).

(B) Montreal Historian and Author Pat LaPrade had lobbied for a "weighted voting" system where a #1 vote would be worth far more than a #2 vote.  Using this system with descending point values (125, 115, 110, 105, 102, 99, 96, 94, 92, 90, 89, 88, 87, 86, 85), I scored the top 15 places for each wrestler against the "traditional" points they received under the original system (100, 99, 98, ...).  

The top five places remain the same.
No surprise that Lou Thesz remains first place under both methodologies (since he's the only wrestler to get all 26 voters to place him in the top fifteen).  Jim Londos retains his #2 spot (though he's only 2 points ahead of Ed Lewis on this restricted ballot).  Hulk Hogan, who finished third in the regular balloting, is also in third place with a weighted scoring on the basis of nine votes putting him either #1 or #2.  The original #4, Ed Lewis, is still in fourth place and Frank Gotch stays in fifth.

Then the upsets start to occur -- Rikidozan and El Santo fare far better with a weighting scoring (though they have the same ranking if you look at the "restricted" ballot original points scoring) -- it really says that the voters that didn't put them in the top 15 are the ones that drove their final placement at #9 and #11 respectively.  Those that originally finished in places #6 through #8 (Sammartino, Flair, Andre) drop behind the regional legends (Santo/Rikidozan) on both the restricted ballot and weighted ballot scoring to places #8 through #10.  The only other major move of note would probably be Hackenschmidt who would go from barely being top twenty (#19 in original scoring) up to #15 (largely on the basis of a voter delivering at least one strong #3 ranking).

Jim Londos has 23 votes here; his remaining 3 votes yielded 124 points = 41 points/voter = 60th place. avg.
Hulk Hogan has 22 votes here; his remaining 3 votes yielded 175 points = 58 points/voter = 43rd place. avg.
Ed Lewis has 24 votes here; his remaining 2 votes yielded 45 points = 23 points/voter = 79th place. avg.
Frank Gotch has 23 votes here; his remaining 3 votes yielded 113 points = 38 points/voter = 63rd place avg.
Rikidozan has 22 votes here; his remaining 4 votes yielded 163 points = 41 points/voter = 60th place avg.
El Santo has 21 votes here; his remaining 2 votes yielded 130 points = 65 points/voter = 36th place avg.
Ric Flair has 20 votes here; his remaining 5 votes yielded 328 points = 66 points/voter = 35th place avg.
Andre The Giant has 21 votes here; his remaining 5 votes yielded 302 points = 60 points/voter = 41th place avg.
Bruno Sammartino has 20 votes here; his remaining 6 votes yielded 383 points = 64 points/voter = 37th place avg.
Buddy Rogers has 19 votes here; his remaining 6 votes yielded 359 points = 60 points/voter = 41th place avg.
Steve Austin has 17 votes here; his remaining 6 votes yielded 407 points = 68 points/voter = 33th place avg.
Joe Stecher has 15 votes here; his remaining 9 votes yielded 580 points = 64 points/voter = 37th place avg.
Antonio Inoki has 14 votes here; his remaining 10 votes yielded 701 points = 70 points/voter = 31th place avg.
George Hackenschmidt has 9 votes here; his remaining 15 votes yielded 913 points = 61 points/voter = 40th place avg.
Shohei Baba has 9 votes here; his remaining 13 votes yielded 991 points = 76 points/voter = 25th place avg.
Gorgeous George has 8 votes here; his remaining 15 votes yielded 1031 points = 69 points/voter = 32th place avg.
Verne Gagne has 8 votes here; his remaining 16 votes yielded 1049 points = 66 points/voter = 35th place avg.
The Rock has 7 votes here; his remaining 16 votes yielded 1143 points = 71 points/voter = 30th place avg.
Harley Race has 4 votes here; his remaining 19 votes yielded 1278 points = 67 points/voter = 34th place avg.
Antonino Rocca has 2 votes here; his remaining 22 votes yielded 1386 points = 63 points/voter = 38th place avg.

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Chris Harrington,
Dec 10, 2013, 9:02 AM
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