We’re back but, this time around with a new twist. Going forward we will no longer be producing individual company rankings and instead the ranking will concentrate on an overall Top 20. All major companies and independent cards have been taken into consideration. As always, we are following our usual criteria which is as follows

  • Wrestlers win/loss records during the previous month
  • The position of the match on the card (a win in the main event is worth more points than a win in the opening match. A Loss in the main event minuses less points than losing in the opening match of the night.)
  • PPV and TV Show wins are worth more points than house shows
  • Title match wins and losses are also worth more points.

1. Daisuke Sekimoto (Big Japan)

The hottest Non-NJPW Japanese wrestler in the world at moment had an excellent May… He defended the KO-D Tag Title with Kazusada Higuchi against Kota Umeda and MAO in DDT on the 1/5… Fought to a Time Limit Draw against Hideki Suzuki for Big Japan Strong World Heavyweight Title at BJW Endless Survivor… He teamed with Suzuki to defeat Fuminori Abe and Takuya Nomura at the 13/05 BJW TV Show… Wrestled Shota Umino at New Japan’s Lions Gate Project on the 15/05… Back in DDT Sekimoto teamed with Higuchi to defeat MAO and Mike Bailey in a non-title match… Defeated Frank Atsushi in match and frankfurter competition on the 24/05… Puroresu Fans are still holding out hope that Sekimoto will turn up in this year’s G1

2. AJ Styles (WWE)

The Phenomenal One is the reigning WWE Champion and is still embroiled in a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura… Fought to a No Contest with Nakamura at Backlash after the terrible double low blow angle… But was then defeated by Nakamura on the 5/15 SmackDOWN Live which allowed the Rockstar to name the stipulation for their match at Money in the Bank… The feud continued on the road in 6 Mans (Styles with the Club and Nakamura with the Bar)… The stipulation Nakamura choose was Last Man Standing and will potentially by the blow off to this feud

3. Volador Jr (CMLL)

The talented Mexican was absent from Best of the Super Juniors line up for the first time since 2015… Teamed with Flyer to qualify for the Torneo Gran Alternativa Final defeating El Hijo Del Signo/El Terrible, Atlantis/Magia Blanca and Mephisto/Yago… He and El Sky Team teammate Valiente successfully defended their CMLL World Tag Team Title again Caristico and Ultimo Guerrero on 5/7… He and Flyer defeated Templario and Ultimo Guerrero to win the Torneo Gran Alternativa 2018 on the 5/18 Super Viernes

4. Kazusada Higuchi (DDT)

Successfully defended the KO-D Tag Title with Daisuke Sekimoto against Kota Umeda and MAO in DDT on 5/1… on the 5/8 Show he Defeated Yuki Ueno but the fought to a Double KO with Ueno at DDT Audience… Teamed with Sekimoto to defeat Mao and Bailey in a Non-Title match on 5/22… Won the Right to Challenge Anytime, Anywhere Rumble pinning Kota Umeda to be able to claim a shot at the KO-D Openweight Title at any time… Will face Shiegehiro Irie for the KO-D Openweight Championship on the 25th June

5. Flyer (CMLL)

The 23-Year-old Nephew of Volador Jr teamed with his uncle to qualify for the final of the Torneo Gran Alternativa… They defeated the team of Templario and Ultimo Guerrero to win the Tournament in his biggest achievement to date… The Rookie member of the Torneo Gran Alternativa tag team tends to be somebody that CMLL has big plans for in the future

6. Naoki Tanizaki (DDT)

The former Toryumon trainee defeated Isami Kodaka to capture the Union Pro MAX Title in a unification match that also included Tanizaki’s Dove Pro Heavyweight Title (Tanizaki’s home promotion) at DDT BASARA 66 – Ichinen Ten Ni Tzsu… Defended the Union Pro MAX Title against Takumi Tsukamoto at DDT BASARA 68 – Osaka No Jun Satsuki Kara

7. Bobby Lashley (WWE)

May was Lashley’s first full month on the WWE roster… Teamed up with Braun Strowman to defeat the team of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Backlash… Lost a Money in the Bank Qualifying triple threat to Kevin Owens which also involved Elias on the 5/14 RAW after interference from Sami Zayn… is now involved in a cringe inducing feud with Zayn which has featured some of the worst Television segments in WWE history

8. Danshoku Dino (DDT)

Legendary comedy wrestler is also a legitimately good in-ring performer… Defeated Makoto Oishi on the 5/8 DDT Live Show… then teamed with Oishi to defeat Keisuke Ishii and Kouki Iwasaki on the 5/22 DDT Live Show… One the 5/29 DDT Live he defeated Tanomusaku Toba in a Kiss Only Match

9. Seth Rollins (WWE)

The reigning Intercontinental Champion is pound for pound the best performer in the whole of the WWE at this time… He defeated The Miz at Backlash in the A-Lister last shot at the title for a while (having been traded to SmackDOWN Live)… Defeated Mojo Rawley on Raw and then defeated Kevin Owens on the RAW from London… On the 5/28 RAW he lost to Jinder Mahal by disqualification after Seth continuously used a chair on Mahal… Was attacked by Elias after to set up his title defence at Money in the Bank this Sunday

10. Roman Reigns (WWE)

The never-ending push of the Big Dawg continues… Main evented Backlash against Samoa Joe which caused many fans to just leave the building… Lost a triple threat Money in the Bank Qualifying match won by Finn Balor when Jinder Mahal interfered… On the 5/21 RAW Reigns lost to Kevin Owens by DQ when Mahal again interfered… Seth Rollins ran in for a save and it became a tag match that Rollins and Reigns won… Is due to face Mahal at Money in the Bank

11. Mistico (CMLL)

With his partner Electrico, Mistico made it to the Quarter Finals of the Torneo Gran Alternativa losing to the team of Mephisto and Yago… Teamed with Volador Jr and Angel de Oro to defeat Los Hijos del Infierno 5/11 Super Viernes… Lost to the La Sangre Dinamita trio teaming with de Oro and El Soberano Jr

12. Kraneo (CMLL)

Teamed with Blue Panther and Valiente to defeat La Sangre Dinamita 5/4 Super Viernes… Teamed with Audaz to get to the Quarter Final of Torneo Gran Alternativa losing to Templario and Ultimo Guerrero… Teamed with Atlantis and Diamante to lose to the Los Ingobernables team of El Terrible, La Bestia del Ring and Rush 5/18 Super Viernes

13. Caristico (CMLL)

The original Sin Cara teamed with Ultimo Guerrero in an unsuccessful attempt at El Sky Team’s CMLL World Tag Team Title 5/7 Lunes Arena Puebla… Got all the way to the Semi Final of the Torneo Gran Alternativa with his tag partner Sky Jr. They defeated El Barbaro Cavernario and El Coyote and Akuma and Euforia respectively until losing to Templario and Ultimo Guerrero

14. The Club (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) WWE

The Club seem to have been revitalised since their move to SmackDOWN Live… They teamed with AJ Styles across the house show circuit to defeat Shinsuke Nakamura and The Bar… Defeated The Usos on the 5/22 SmackDOWN Live to become number 1 contenders to the SmackDOWN Tag Team Titles… Anderson and Gallows are due to Face The Bludgeon Brothers at Money in the Bank

15. Toni Storm (Freelancer)

Possibly the hottest female free agent in wrestling and reigning wXw, Progress and Stardom Champion… Defended he wXw Women’s Title against Tenille Dashwood at wXw Superstars of Wrestling 2018… On Night three of PROGRESS’ Super Strong Style 16 she successfully defended her Progress Women’s Title against Charlie Morgan… Defeated fellow WWE target Kay Lee Ray in a wXw Women’s Title defence at Das 20. Mal Markthalle… Dropped the Progress Women’s Title to Jinny at Progress Chapter 69: Be Here Now… It is being reported that Storm has signed a WWE Contract so expect her to drop the wXw Women’s Title and the Stardom title in June (As of publish date she had already dropped the Stardom Title)

16. Zack Sabre Jr (NJPW)

The highest ranking New Japan wrestler mostly due to his escapades around the world… Won the Progress Super Strong Style 16 Tournament defeating Chuck Mambo, David Starr, Keith Lee and WWE’s Kassius Ohno… Minoru Suzuki and Sabre defended their RevPro Undisputed British Tag Team Title against the CCK team of Chris Brookes and Travis Banks at RevPro Epic Encounter 2018… Defeated WALTER at wXw Das 20. Mal Markthalle… At Progress Chapter 69: Be Here Now he defeated Mark Andrews… Defeated Jordan Devlin at RevPro Mayhem

17. Braun Strowman (WWE)

The Monster Amongst Men teamed with Bobby Lashley to defeat Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Backlash… Qualified for Money in the Bank defeating Kevin Owens 5/7 RAW… Defeated Finn Balor 5/21 RAW but then lost to Balor on the next RAW by DQ when Kevin Owens attacked Balor… He is potentially the favourite for Money in the Bank match but also doesn’t necessarily need the Brief Case as he already is established in the main event scene

18. Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL)

The reigning NWA World Historic Middleweight Champion unsuccessfully challenged for El Sky Team’s CMLL World Tag Team Titles with Partner Caristico on 5/7… Qualified for the Torneo Gran Alternativa Final teaming with Templario and defeating Mascara Ano 2000/Universo 2000 Jr, Audaz/Kraneo and Caristico/Star Jr… But the team were unsuccessful in the Alternativa final losing to Flyer and Volador Jr… Successfully defended his Middleweight Title again Stuka Jr on 5/22 at Arena Mexico

19. Natalya (WWE)

Ronda Rousey’s newest best friend had an excellent May and is the highest ranked WWE Women’s wrestler… She teamed with Ember Moon and Sasha Banks to defeat the Riott Squad on 5/14 RAW… She qualified for the Women’s Money in the Bank match defeating Dana Brooke, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan… Her eventual turn on Rousey is inevitable and may potentially either involve the Money in the Bank or Rousey’s title shot against Nia Jax at the same Pay Per View

20. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW)

The reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion and the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon is the only regular heavyweight to work a full month schedule while the Best of the Super Juniors were going on… He was involved with two 4 on 4 matches at Dontaku 2018 Nights 1 and 2… After the Night 2 match he was attacked by a masked Chris Jericho confirming their match for Dominion… He travelled to America for The War of Worlds Shows and he defeated Beer City Bruiser Night 2… Naito teamed with BUSHI in an unsuccessful shot at The Briscoe’s ROH World Tag Team Titles on Night 3… again teamed with BUSHI to defeat Tiger Mask and Toa Henare on Night 4 of the Best of the Super Juniors… At BoSJ Night 7 teamed with Hiromu Takahashi to defeat Ryusuke Taguchi and Henare and on Night 8 he and BUSHI defeated ACH and Henare… Will defend his Intercontinental Championship against Chris Jericho at Dominion in the co-main event