... last updated through 4/15/2013... does not include Battle Royals and other Rumbles...
Chris Harrington (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How often do we see the exact same people in the ring?
The dataset I was looking at was just RAW, Smackdown! and PPV results since 2000.
(This leaves out the secondary [i]and tertiary[/i] shows including ECW, NXT, Superstars, Main Event, Sunday Night Heat, pre-PPV shows on Youtube/WWE.com, Jakked, Velocity, Metal, Saturday Morning Slam and any other shows I forgot.)
The definition of what I called an "original" match was- "did all the people in the ring appear in another match on RAW/Smackdown!/PPV in the past?".
So, under this definition both a tag match with four people and a four-way singles match would count as a duplicate, for instance:
5/7/2012 RAW: Chris Jericho & Alberto Del Rio defeated World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus & Randy Orton at 13:05
5/20/2012 PPV: World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defeated Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Alberto Del Rio at 15:54
However, every single person had to be the same to count it as a repeat, so while Hell No and the Prime Time Players have wrestled a number of times (at least 10 between RAW/Smackdown/PPV), 6-man tags with additional people are counted as a fresh match-up.
For instance, these are counted as separate, fresh matches:
9/10/2012 RAW: Kane & Daniel Bryan defeated Darren Young & Titus O'Neil at 8:31 (this was during Lawler's heart attack) - this was the first Hell No/PTP tag match.
11/30/2012 SMACKDOWN: WWE IC Champion Kofi Kingston, WWE Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan & Kane defeated Wade Barrett, Darren Young & Titus O'Neil - this is a 6-man with two new people.
I'm going to focus on the last 7 years because I'd really need to add 96-99 data to ensure the 2000-2004 data is accurate:
Obviously, whenever we add a new star, particularly a new top star (like Sheamus, ADR, Dolph Ziggler), that generates the potential for new matchups.
Looking at the last year of RAW, on an average show of about 7.3 matches:
A. 44.9% = 3.5 matches are brand spanking new (4/22's Shield vs Undertaker/Hell No)
B. 18.3% = 1.4 matches are being repeated for the first time (4/15's Swagger vs Dolph Ziggler which happened on last year's 6/18/12 RAW)
C. 20.7% = 1.6 matches are being repeated for 2nd-4th time (4/22's R-Truth/Cesaro)
D. 16.1% = 1.3 matches are being repeated for the 5th+ time (4/22's Ziggler/Jericho)
Since 2007, the people with 100+ matches across RAW/Smackdown/PPV who have the largest percentage of their matches in each bucket:
A. Brand New Matches (Ted Dibiase Jr, Zack Ryder, Heath Slater, Natalya Neidhart, Layla, Drew McIntyre, R Truth, Mickie James, Finlay, Great Khali, Kelly Kelly, Santino Marella, Chavo Guerrero Jr, Cody Rhodes, Carlito, Michelle McCool, John Morrison, MVP, Eve, Mark Henry)
B. Matches on their first repeat (Michelle McCool, Ted Dibiase Jr, Layla, R Truth, Cody Rhodes, Natalya Neidhart, Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, Kelly Kelly, Christian, Santino Marella, Great Khali, Mike Mizanin, Jack Swagger, Eve, Finlay, Rey Mysterio Jr, John Morrison, Alberto Del Rio, Carlito)
C. Matches on their 2nd to 4th repeat (Melina, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Eve, Alberto Del Rio, Undertaker, Carlito, Santino Marella, Zack Ryder, Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy, Beth Phoenix, Mark Henry, Christian, Michelle McCool, Jack Swagger, Daniel Bryan, Kane, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes)
D. Matches on their 5th+ repeat (Randy Orton, Undertaker, Edge, John Cena, Batista, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Sheamus, Kane, Triple H, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio Jr, CM Punk, Big Show, Kofi Kingston, Wade Barrett, Shawn Michaels, Alberto Del Rio, Daniel Bryan, Matt Hardy)
Orton leads the final category by far - 119 times versus Cena's 83 and Kane's 73.
However, the feud that never ends?
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston: 22 times on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett: 18 times on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Randy Orton vs. Triple H: 17 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Edge vs. John Cena: 17 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
John Cena vs. Mike Mizanin: 16 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
John Cena vs. Randy Orton: 16 on RAW Smackdown/PPV
Big Show vs. Kane: 16 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Edge vs. Kane: 15 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Chavo Guerrero Jr vs. Rey Mysterio Jr: 15 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Chris Jericho vs. Edge: 15 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Kofi Kingston vs. Mike Mizanin: 14 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
CM Punk vs. John Cena: 14 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
Trish Stratus vs. Victoria: 14 on RAW/Smackdown/PPV
(Bold = feuds active in 2012/2013).
I was looking for feuds that took place in consecutive weeks.
2005-2006 had some gems of consecutive week feuds....
1. MICKIE JAMES VS LITA - 5 WEEKS
Yes, we had mustard bathes, one-armed women's wrestling and JBL buying underwear. What a way to go out!
2. Booker T vs. Bobby Lashley (did they continue this feud in TNA?)
You had Regal (not wrestling, sigh!), the lovely Sharmell, a "kiss my feet" stipulation and a Gunner Scott run-in.
3. Booker T & HeWhoShallNotBeNamed
I think Booker T suffered a groin injury in that last match, so Randy Orton ended up being his "stand-in".
There's a lot of people who had three matches in consecutive weeks including
David Otunga/Evan Bourne/Kofi Kingston/Michael McGillicutty
Rob Van Dam/William Regal
Jeff Hardy/John Morrison
Crash Holly/Hardcore Holly
Beth Phoenix/Eve/Kelly Kelly/Natalya Neidhart
Big Show/Kane (never forget the chain-wrestling match)
Kofi Kingston/Randy Orton
Bill DeMott/Rikishi (because, the world needed to see it)
CM Punk/William Regal
Andy Simmons/Umaga (technically, this was all in one night)
Daniel Bryan/Dolph Ziggler
Antonio Cesaro/Justin Gabriel
Jack Swagger/Jerry Lawler
Booker T/Rey Mysterio Jr
Randy Orton/Triple H
Bradshaw/Hardcore Holly (men hit men hard)
CM Punk/Mark Henry
Bubba Ray Dudley/D-Von Dudley/Lance Storm/William Regal
Cody Rhodes/Mike Mizanin
Bubba Ray Dudley/D-Von Dudley/Spike Dudley/Tazz
Daniel Bryan/Darren Young/Kane/Titus O'Neil (will the PTP ever get a run with the belts?)
Charlie Haas/Eddie Guerrero/Shelton Benjamin/Tajiri (a great feud)
Charlie Haas/Hardcore Holly/Joey Mercury/John Morrison
Dolph Ziggler/Great Khali
Chavo Guerrero Jr/Hornswoggle (GAWD did this never end?!)
Dolph Ziggler/Kofi Kingston
Chris Benoit/Chris Jericho
Edge/John Cena/Triple H (three way dance!)
Chris Benoit/Randy Orton
Evan Bourne/Jack Swagger
Gene Snitsky/Shelton Benjamin - baby-kicker vs guy who took the best superkick in history
Chris Jericho/Eddie Guerrero
Jack Swagger/Rey Mysterio Jr
Chris Jericho/Evan Bourne
Jeff Hardy/Rob Van Dam
Chris Jericho/Steve Austin
John Cena/Rene Dupree -
Chris Masters/Cody Rhodes - masterlock vs mustache!
AJ/Brie Bella - technical masterpieces!
Christy Hemme/Trish Stratus - proof Trish could work with anyone.
Randy Orton/Wade Barrett - all told, these guys wrestled 3 times on PPV, 7 times on RAW and 8 times on Smackdown!
Sheamus/Wade Barrett - UK violence~!
Chuck Palumbo/Jamie Noble
Cody Rhodes/David Hart Smith/Drew McIntyre/Tyson Kidd
I really need to add in ECW results, because I'm sure that Chavo/Hornswoggle feud had at least ten million matches.