The Honor Roll: ROH’s 50 Greatest Wrestlers Ever – Part 1 (166-101)

To celebrate Ring of Honor’s 15th anniversary, Place to Be Nation and Voices of Wrestling teamed up to present The Honor Roll: ROH’s 50 Greatest Wrestlers Ever and an offshoot poll ROH’s 10 Greatest Non-Wrestlers. We started the nomination process back in June, 2016, with discussion carrying through into the open voting period of this past February. We received 111 ballots for the ROH’s 50 Greatest Ever poll, and 42 ballots for the Non-Wrestler poll.

Criteria for the Top 50

There were no set criteria for the balloting or nominations. There were no minimum match requirements or time served in the promotion. Voters used their own criteria to weigh the merits of each performer. 166 different wrestlers and performers received votes. As part of the polling we asked voters to share when they started following the product. Here are the results for the Top 50 poll:

Early years (2002-2003) – 42
Golden years (2004-2008) – 45
HDNet era (2009-2010) – 8
SBG era (2011-present) – 16

The scoring here had the top 10 weighted, with the remaining 40 working backwards as such: 50th place = 1 point, 49th place = 2, etc.  The top 10 weighting was as follows:

1st – 65 points
2nd – 60 points
3rd – 57 points
4th – 54 points
5th – 51 points
6th – 49 points
7th – 47 points
8th – 45 points
9th – 43 points
10th – 41 points
(11 = 40, etc, etc)

In the results you’ll see the total number of points, the high vote, plus the number of ballots the performer appeared on.

For Part 1 of our reveal, we’re going to cut down our list from 166 to 101. If you’re #50 is missing, it could be a case of using one of your slots for a tag team (Young Bucks for example, although there were other teams that got votes). Those members were then broken out next to each other on the ballots. The ties noted here were wrestlers that had identical ballots. Tie breakers used were # of ballots, and then if still tied, whomever had the highest vote.

Sal Rinauro #164
164 (tie) Sal Rinauro, Maria Kanellis-Bennett, Johnny Kashmere
Total points: 1
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 50
163 Jose Maximo
Total points: 2
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 49
159 (tie) Joel Maximo, Hernandez, Grizzly Redwood, CW Anderson
Total points: 3
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 48
158 Taeler Hendrix
Total points: 4
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 47
157 TJ Perkins
Total points: 4
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 48
155 (tie) EZ Money, Dragon Lee
Total points: 6
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 46
154 Donovan Morgan
Total points: 6
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 48
153 Jigsaw
Total points: 6
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 47
150 (tie) Prince Nana, Joey Matthews, Allison Danger
Total points: 7
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 44
149 Pelle Primeau
Total points: 7
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 47
Cliff Compton #147
147 (tie) Cliff Compton, Nate Webb
Total points: 8
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 44
146 Joey Ryan
Total points: 9
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 42
145 Alberto El Patron
Total points: 9
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 44
144 Tony Mamaluke
Total points: 10
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 41
143 Human Tornado
Total points: 10
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 44
142 Alex Kozlov
Total points: 10
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 42
Jay White #140
140 (tie) Jay White, Tank Toland
Total points: 11
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 40
139 Awesome Kong
Total points: 11
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 45
137 (tie) Karl Anderson, Jonny Storm
Total points: 12
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 39
135 (tie) Ruckus, Brutal Bob Evans
Total points: 12
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 41
134 Rhino
Total points: 12
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 46
Cheeseburger #133
133 Cheeseburger
Total points: 12
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 42
131 (tie) Doc Gallows, Jeff Hardy
Total points: 13
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 38
130 Cheech
Total points: 14
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 37
129 Matt Stryker
Total points: 14
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 44
128 Jonathan Gresham
Total points: 15
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 40
127 Kevin Kelly
Total points: 16
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 35
126 Todd Sinclair
Total points: 17
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 34
125 Milano Collection AT
Total points: 17
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 41
Monsta Mack #124
124 Monsta Mack
Total points: 18
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 33
122 (tie) Dunn & Marcos
Total points: 19
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 33
121 RD Evans
Total points: 20
Number of ballots: 5
High vote: 44
120 Genki Horiguchi
Total points: 23
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 40
119 Kota Ibushi
Total points: 24
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 36
118 Sonjay Dutt
Total points: 24
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 33
Bobby Dempsey #117
117 Bobby Dempsey
Total points: 26
Number of ballots: 6
High vote: 41
116 Deranged
Total points: 27
Number of ballots: 1
High vote: 24
115 Truth Martini
Total points: 29
Number of ballots: 2
High vote: 36
114 Ryo Saito
Total points: 29
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 42
113 Teddy Hart
Total points: 30
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 31
112 Chad Collyer
Total points: 33
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 30
Moose #111
111 Moose
Total points: 33
Number of ballots: 5
High vote: 40
110 Mike Quackenbush
Total points: 36
Number of ballots: 5
High vote: 33
109 Kikutaro
Total points: 37
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 25
108 Larry Sweeney
Total points: 37
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 30
107 Hiroshi Tanahashi
Total points: 38
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 23
106 Izzy
Total points: 38
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 38
105 Jody Fleisch
Total points: 38
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 32
104 Dixie
Total points: 40
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 28
Lacey #103
103 Lacey
Total points: 41
Number of ballots: 3
High vote: 29
102 Katsuhiko Nakajima
Total points: 42
Number of ballots: 6
High vote: 36
Azrieal #101
101 Azrieal
Total points: 44
Number of ballots: 4
High vote: 26

To talk about the results and the project in general, you can sign-up for the Voices of Wrestling forum here. The Honor Roll sub-forum is located here. Follow us on Twitter at @voiceswrestling and @Place2BeNation.