WWE and the UFC have much more in common than UFC President Dana White would like you to believe:
- Both organizations feature the best in their respective sports battling it out for the fans on a regular basis.
- Both organizations rely on crossover badasses such as Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey to capture the public imagination and drive profits.
- Both organizations inject a fair bit of pageantry into the proceedings to spice things up.
- Both organizations lean heavily on social media to enhance fan engagement.
- Both organizations have a young, supremely talented, champion with mainstream recognition. Or at least, they did...
WWE's Champion is Seth Rollins who, for all his faults, has never had a major disciplinary issue and has yet to miss any time due to injury. He's certainly a handful behind the scenes, but tends to save his truly heinous acts for his opponents in and around the squared circle. Like him or lump him, Seth Rollins is going to be a mainstay of WWE programming for many years to come.
For UFC, it's all about Jon Jones. The world's greatest mixed martial artist was on a path that led to immortality as one of the greatest combat athletes in history. But that path is not a given. It's full of decisions that affect not just Jones, but the UFC as a whole.
Due to his alleged hit and run and a litany of recent decisions that range from quizzical to downright sinister, Jones will not be fighting in the octagon for the foreseeable future. In a world where Brock Lesnar has renewed his commitment to WWE and Ronda Rousey has made overtures to ply her trade in a WWE ring, this is an alarming development.
With WWE Network completely outclassing the UFC's inferior on-demand service, this is the last thing that the UFC needs.
All that being said, there sure was a lot of wrestling this week!
Between Extreme Rules, King of the Ring, and a wrestling saturated RAW (thanks to KotR qualifying), there was a record 61 points doled out this week.
You might think that this would produce an inflation effect that would simply dilute the value of any individual points earned, but this was not the case this week, as the points were heavily weighted towards the top of the Wrankings. Of those 61 points, 44.5 went to wrestlers that are currently in the Top 10.
In other words, the rich got richer. Or as I call it, the DiBiase Effect.
OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA
ANY WIN = 2 POINTS
US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS
NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X
SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS
WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS
The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 31 and culminates with WrestleMania 32. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!
Extreme Rules-- 4/26/15 (1.5x bonus included)
Monday Night Raw-- 4/27/15
King of the Ring-- 4/28/15
Main Event-- 4/28/15
Smackdown -- 4/30/15
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 5 *TOP TEN*
1. John Cena -- 16.5 points
2. Seth Rollins -- 15.5
3. Randy Orton -- 14.5
4. Neville -- 13
5. Ryback -- 10
T6. Bad News Barrett -- 9
T6. Stardust -- 9
T8. Fandango -- 8
T8. Sheamus -- 8
10. Roman Reigns --7
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!