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Historical Wrestler Wrankings - WCW 1998, Part 1: 'Souled Out'

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You wanted it, so you got it!

Welcome to Historical Wrestler Wrankings, the semi-regular column where we rank and score the purest form of sport yet devised by man ... professional wrestling.

We're headed down south to "Where the Big Boys Play" for what should have been the most stacked and fantastic season of wrestling in the history of the sport: World Championship Wrestling (WCW) 1998.

Why did we choose 1998? Well for one it's an interesting and memorable year in wrestling, but it also brought the advent of WCW Thunder. A second show, which compares directly with Smackdown, should give us a more accurate and interesting comparison to the current Wrankings season.

We'll start with Nitro the day after historic Starrcade '97 and culminate with the much less historic Starrcade '98. Yes, we're tackling the season that brought you the fallout from Sting vs. Hulk Hogan, the Wolfpac, the breakup of the Steiner Brothers, President Ric Flair, and the total waste of the most incredible roster of wrestlers ever assembled. Most importantly though, there actually was a heck of alot of great wrestling action. So snuggle up to your Raven's Flock flannel, practice your Goldberg chant, and enjoy the demise of WCW's incredible span of dominance over the World Wrestling Federation!

Our formula, results, and the rankings as of Souled Out '98, after the jump.

OFFICIAL WCW 1998 WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA

ANY WIN = 2 POINTS

US, CRUISERWEIGHT, OR TELEVISION TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT

WCW WORLD TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS

NON "BIG 4" PPV = x1.5 BONUS

SUPERBRAWL, BASH AT THE BEACH, HALLOWEEN HAVOC = x2 BONUS

STARRCADE= x3 BONUS

In case you're not familiar with Wrestler Wrankings, the idea is simple. We score the in-ring wrestling action based on the above formula. Tag teams, diva's matches or any other type of competition is not included. These Wrankings are for singles competitors only. Handicapped matches are dealt with by splitting the win points among the team members of the larger team if they win and the winner of a battle royal gets a single win bonus just like a normal match. The wrestler with the most points at the conclusion of the season (Starrcade '98) wins the coveted Wrankings championship!

Now without further delay, let's get to the scores:

Nitro 12/29/97

Hollywood Hogan - 3 (World title bout, no contest)

Sting - 3 (World title bout, no contest)

Booker T - 3 (TV title, win)

Disco Inferno - 1 (TV title, no win)

Diamond Dallas Page - 3 (US title, win)

Mortis - 1 (US title, no win)

Ultimo Dragon - 3 (CW title, win)

Eddy Guerrero - 1 (CW title, no win)

Chris Benoit - 2 (win)

Curt Hennig - 2 (win)

Lex Luger - 2 (win)

Bill Goldberg - 2 (win)

Nitro 1/5/98

Diamond Dallas Page - 3 (US title, win)

Chris Jericho - 1 (US title, no win)

Booker T - 3 (TV Title, win)

Prince Iaukea - 1 (TV title, no win)

Bil Goldberg - 2 (win)

Rick Martel - 2 (win)

Juventud Guerrera - 2 (win)

John Nord - 2 (win)

Randy Savage - 2 (win)

Nitro 1/12/98

Juventud Guerrera - 3 (CW title, win)

Rey Misterio Jr - 1 (CW title, no win)

Booker T - 3 (TV title, win)

Perry Saturn - 1 (TV title, no win)

Bill Goldberg - 2 (win)

Chris Benoit - 2 (win)

Marty Janetty - 2 (win)

Steve McMichael - 2 (win)

Lex Luger - 2 (win)

Thunder 1/16/98

Rey Misterio - 3 (CW title, win)

Juventud Guerrera - 1 (CW title, no win)

Ernest Miller - 2 (win)

Chris Jericho - 2 (win)

Bill Goldberg - 2 (win)

Nitro 1/19/98

Booker T - 3 (TV title, win)

Mortis - 1 (TV title, no win)

Chris Benoit - 2 (win)

Chris Jericho - 2 (win)

Rick Martel - 2 (win)

Lex Luger - 2 (win)

Ernest Miller - 2 (win)

Giant - 2 (win)

Thunder 1/23/98

Scott Steiner - 2 (win)

Dean Malenko - 2 (win)

Giant - 2 (win)

Chris Benoit - 2 (win)

Bill Goldberg - 2 (win)

Rick Martel - 2 (win)

Rey Misterio Jr. - 2 (win)

WCW/nWo Souled Out 1/24/98 (1.5x bonus included in scores)

Chris Jericho - 4.5 (CW title, win)

Rey Misterio Jr. - 1.5 (CW title, no win)

Booker T - 4.5 (TV Title, win)

Rick Martel - 1.5 (TV title, no win)

Chris Benoit - 3 (win)

Bill Goldberg - 3 (win)

Larry Zybysko - 3 (win)

Kevin Nash - 3 (win)

Bret Hart - 3 (win)

Lex Luger - 3 (win)

PART 1 WRANKINGS

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1. BOOKER T -- 16.5

2. Chris Benoit -- 11

3. Bill Goldberg -- 10

4. Chris Jericho -- 9.5

T5. Rick Martel -- 7.5

T5. Rey Misterio Jr. -- 7.5

Thanks for reading and we'll see you next time.

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