I loaded in all the wrestler interactions (as opponents on opposite teams) from 1970-2012 based on my tabulations created from TheHistoryofWWE results.
I used the Fruchterman Reingold Layout with Node size determined by degree.
I'm using "degrees" as the node size and only showing people with 75+ degrees. Otherwise, it's a solid wall of random people. Guys who didn't wrestle a lot of other people are left off, which took away a few bigger names (I think Kevin Nash fell off) whereas tag wrestlers get an advantage because they have more cross-interactions (hence Sir Mo making this list).
Essentially, the program provides what it calls "Modularity Class" which is essentially separating people into groups that are mostly interconnected with each other. It's interesting to see what people are the center, namely people who wrestled a whole lot of different people spanning several eras especially guys who joined the 80's and lasted into the 90's like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Jim Neidhart, Steve Lombardi (he has worked with a lot of people over the years), Tito Santana. There's also the guys who started in the 80s/90s and returned in the 2000s like Ray Traylor, Road Warrior Animal, Jim Duggan, Curt Hennig, Tatanka. Then within each grouping there are the guys who worked with almost everyone from their era such as Bob Holly in the late-90s/2000s, or SD Jones & Johnny Rodz & Nikolai Volkoff (first as a Mongol) for the 70s/80s.
You can download a Scalable Vector Graphic version which will hopefully open in your browser.
If anyone has any experience with Gephi, or good online utilities for sharing svg files - I'd love to learn more!
- Chris Harrington
You can see a much deeper version here