By Darren Gutteridge, Dot Net Contributor (originally published at FoulEntertainment.com)
Welcome to the 2018 WWE Statistics Series! Over the past 12 months, I’ve compiled stats on every single show WWE produced. I have no real explanation as to why I started, outside of a vague notion that combining my love of spreadsheets (don’t judge me) with WWE may help me re-engage with the product that I had spent most of 2017 avoiding entirely. And while I’m still not a regular viewer of Raw and Smackdown, collating these stats has certainly helped me keep up.
Over the next 5 days, there will be a new article every day, starting with the most basic today – wins and losses.
I’ll explain some of the nuances of the stats as we go (you can explore the entire spreadsheet on Google Docs), but I’d first like to thank Cagematch.net for their exhaustive record keeping that helped me start, maintain and double check this mammoth undertaking. Also everyone on ProWrestling.Net for the easy to skim TV reports, which I used in place of watching the shows when my free time was short.
And now, the breakdown.
The following stats are, to the best of my knowledge, accurate. They were taken from every televised WWE show between episode 1284 of Raw on January 1st and episode 1336 of Raw on December 31st. Matches were only counted if they aired on TV or the WWE network, and only if they aired during 2018 (this discounts any events taped in 2018 that won’t air until 2019). Also, any wins or losses that occurred whilst a wrestler wasn’t under WWE contract were not counted (this largely effects NXT UK talent). They had to appear on the roster pages of either the WWE website or Wikipedia (or both) to be counted.
This first set of stats is broken down by brand, only counting wins and losses that took place on the show in question. So for example, Finn Balor won 27 times on Raw in 2018, putting him at the top for that show, but this doesn’t mean he was necessarily the Raw roster member with the most wins overall across all shows. We’ll reveal who has that honour tomorrow. Also, for a full breakdown of what constitutes a “Network Special” and what constitutes a “PPV”, please see the lists at the very bottom of this article.
|Show||Wrestler – Wins|
|Raw||1. Finn Balor – 27 wins
2. Seth Rollins – 25 wins
3. Braun Strowman – 22 wins
|Smackdown||1. Becky Lynch – 17 wins
2. AJ Styles – 16 wins
3. Rusev – 15 wins
|NXT||1. Lars Sullivan – 10 wins
2. Bianca Belair / Kairi Sane / Roderick Strong – 9 wins
3. Lacey Evans / Pete Dunne / Shayna Baszler – 8 wins
|NXT UK||1. Jordan Devlin / Zack Gibson – 7 wins
2. Dave Mastiff / Rhea Ripley – 6 wins
3. Eddie Dennis / Joe Coffey / Toni Storm / Tyler Bate – 5 wins
|205 Live||1. Cedric Alexander – 16 wins
2. Drew Gulak / Gran Metalik / Lince Dorado – 12 wins
3. Akira Tozawa / Mustafa Ali – 11 wins
|Main Event||1. Gran Metalik / Zack Ryder – 10 wins
2. Tyler Breeze – 9 wins
3. Apollo Crews / Dash Wilder / Kalisto / No Way Jose / Scott Dawson – 8 wins
|Network Events||1. The Miz – 10 wins
2. Asuka / Charlotte Flair – 8 wins
3. AJ Styles / Braun Strowman – 7 wins
|PPV||1. Ronda Rousey – 7 wins
2. AJ Styles / Braun Strowman – 6 wins
3. Carmella / Seth Rollins – 5 wins
|Show||Wrestler – Loses|
|Raw||1. Finn Balor – 19
2. Mickie James / Sasha Banks / Scott Dawson – 18
3. Apollo Crews / Bo Dallas / Curtis Axel / Dash Wilder – 17
|Smackdown||1. Rusev / The Miz – 12
2. AJ Styles / Andrade Almas / Billie Kaye / Shelton Benjamin / Sonya Deville – 10
3. Aiden English / Big E / Carmella / Cesaro / Mandy Rose / Peyton Royce – 9
|NXT||1. Nick Miller / Otis Dozovic / Shane Thorne / Vanessa Borne – 7
2. Aliyah / Dakota Kai / Lacey Evans / Raul Mendoza / Roderick Strong / Tucker Knight – 6
3. Adam Cole / Angelo Dawkins / Candice LeRae / Montez Ford – 5
|NXT UK||1. Kenny Williams / Mark Andrews / Mike Hitchman / Saxon Huxley – 5
2. Amir Jordan / Ashton Smith / Killer Kelly / Nina Samuels / Tucker – 4
3. Flash Morgan Webster / Ligero / Tyson T-Bone / Wolfgang – 3
|205 Live||1. TJP / Tony Nese – 15
2. Akira Tozawa – 11
3. Kalisto – 10
|Main Event||1. Curt Hawkins – 19
2. Ariya Daivari – 11
3. Mike Kanellis / Mojo Rawley – 9
|Network Events||1. Rusev – 9
2. Bobby Lashley / Bobby Roode / Lana – 6
3. Finn Balor / Jimmy Uso / Naomi / Natalya / Roderick Strong / The Miz – 5
|PPV||1. Baron Corbin / Becky Lynch / Charlotte Flair / Kevin Owens / Nia Jax / Sami Zayn / Seth Rollins / The Miz – 7
2. Asuka / Carmella / Mandy Rose / Naomi / Ruby Riott / Rusev / Sonya Deville – 5
3. Alexa Bliss / Bayley / Daniel Bryan / Dolph Ziggler / Finn Balor / Jeff Hardy / John Cena / Kofi Kingston / Lana / Mickie James / Randy Orton / Samoa Joe / Sasha Banks – 4
Because who doesn’t love ratios?! This shows who had the best winning records, and the worst losing records, on each of the shows. So Ronda Rousey’s perfect, Raw-topping ratio represents her 8 wins for 0 losses – so no one with more wins than her on episodes of Raw has more losses. Smackdown was the only anomaly, as part-time Big Red Mayor Kane only worked 2 matches on the show this year, so he technically has the best ratio, but I included Asuka to show you who was the best of those that stuck around all year.
|Show||Wrestler – Wins:Losses|
|Raw||Best: Ronda Rousey – 8:0
Worst: Rhyno – 0:16
|Smackdown||Best (100%): Kane – 2:0
Best (Full Time): Asuka – 13:2
Worst: Killian Dain – 0:6
|NXT||Best: Lars Sullivan – 10:0
Worst: Vanessa Borne – 0:7
|NXT UK||Best: Zack Gibson – 7:0
Worst: Kenny Williams / Mik Hitchman – 0:5
|205 Live||Best: Cedric Alexander – 16:3
Worst: Ariya Daivari – 1:5
Thanks for reading! Tomorrow we’ll tackle the overall records for the year. Who had the most wins overall? Who went the whole year undefeated? Who was WWE’s biggest loser? Find out tomorrow, or look for yourself by checking out the comprehensive set of spreadsheets for yourself. You can also follow me on Twitter – @TheGutteridge
Network Specials include: All Kickoff Shows, Mixed Match Challenge, Mae Young Classic, UK Tournament, Greatest Royal Rumble, Crown Jewel, Super Showdown, Starrcade and Tribute to the Troops.
PPVs include: Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, Fastlane, WrestleMania 34, Backlash, Money in the Bank, Extreme Rules, SummerSlam, Hell in a Cell, Evolution, Survivor Series and TLC.
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