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.
On Monday we covered brand specific wins and losses, and yesterday we took a look at the overall numbers. Today we’re looking at “who beat who”, with our versus statistics.
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.
Roster Members Beaten (Brands)
The numbers below account for wins over individuals on the wrestler’s own brand (going off the final roster for 2018).
And whether a wrestler beat someone once or 10 times, it only counts each individual opponent as one (more on that later). Not included are non-contracted opponents such as enhancement guys, and battle royals. I decided to take these out of contention, as this would have meant Asuka and Shinsuke would have instantly got 29 individual victories for winning the Rumble, giving them an almost insurmountable lead before the end of January in the overall stats. On the spreadsheet, you’ll see either “BR” or “RR” to denote people who the wrestler in question “defeated” in a battle royal or Royal Rumble, so if you like you can convert them to 1’s to see how that would have impacted things.
|Show||Wrestler – Brand Members Beaten|
|Raw||Finn Balor – 23|
|Smackdown||Rusev – 20|
|NXT||Danny Burch / Oney Lorcan – 10|
|NXT UK||Tyler Bate / Zack Gibson – 6|
|205 Live||Cedric Alexander – 12|
Roster Members Beaten (Overall)
This list shows the individuals with the most victories over fellow roster members company-wide, as well as those who were beaten by the most individuals on the roster. Again, this doesn’t account for wins/loses over non-contracted wrestlers, and battle royals.
|Most Beaten / Most Lost To||Wrestler – Roster Members Beaten/Lost To|
|Most Roster Members Beaten||1. Braun Strowman – 34
2. Finn Balor / Jimmy Uso – 29
3. Dolph Ziggler – 27
4. Bobby Roode / Rusev – 25
5. Bobby Lashley / Karl Anderson / Roman Reigns / Xavier Woods – 24
|Most Roster Members Lost To||1. Bobby Roode / Konnor – 31
2. Viktor – 30
3. Dash Wilder / Scott Dawson – 28
4. Chad Gable – 27
5. Bo Dallas / Curis Axel / The Miz – 23
Thanks for reading! Admittedly, this is the shortest article, and annoyingly the hardest to maintain on the spreadsheet. On anything other than top of the line laptops, Google Docs would slow to a crawl whenever I opened this particular tab. And for all that effort, I got two tables out of this. Thankfully, I know the solution. Should I repeat this next year (that’s largely dependent on how well these articles do), I’ll add a second column to each roster member. The first will still only keep track of if “Wrestler X” has beaten “Wrestler Y”, but the second column will track how many times they have defeated them.
Tomorrow we’ll switch gears to look at each month of the year. Who went January to December without missing a month? Who had the longest leave of absence? Who only turned up for one month? 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
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