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This is a term that I´ve always remembered fondly from the PWI magazine. Each year, the mag would feature the stat o chart, a very interesting lineup of the 20 best wrestlers of the year.

The wrestlers´ability to absorb punishment interested me very much. It was measured 1.0 - 10. I´d like to ask this forum to tell me what they think the different numbers mean.

I could get us started off by explaining what 10 means to me.

10: The wrestler will use his neck muscles to absorb blows to the head, keeping his body tense enough not to sustain the physical impact. Body shots will make him stumble back a step or two. Very hard shots to the side of his face will make him spin around, using his body to lessen the impact, or fall, if they are arial moves.

If he is knocked over the top rope with a clothesline or dropkick, he will land on his feet and stumble slightly, or stagger to one side to maintain his balance.

Now, how would you say at 9.5, what the wrestler does absorb punishment?
 

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Sabu must be a 17 in that case!
 

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when someone mentions wrestlers absorbing pain i think of people like mick foley who got thrown off hell in a cell. sabo who used his body to hurt other people even if it meant injuring himself in barbed wire and also chris beniot who used his head for about everything!:L
 

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I would assume both Jeff hardy and John Cena would be given 10s by PWI. Both guys spend a lot of time getting "beat up" in their matches and kick out of many pins with their, "undying will to succeed." Cena vs. The Miz I Quit atrocity first comes to mind.

As far as what it means, who knows? PWI is a kayfabe magazine that ranks wrestlers by booking. The arbitrary number is probably closely associated with kicking out of pins after finishers.
 

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Okay, I´ll suggest what 9.5 means to me. Please, share your views on what I´ve written, my commentaries as a base.

Ability to absorb punishment 9.5

The wrestler uses his body to absorb blows (i.e. swaying, stepping back, contracting)while maintaining a good vertical balance. He will sustain a dropkick but will sway his arms to stop himself falling. If he is clothes lined over the ropes, he would land on his feet but stumble to keep himself upright. He may be taken off his feet by a flying move, or at least be driven to two knees.
 

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Okay, I´ll suggest what 9.5 means to me. Please, share your views on what I´ve written, my commentaries as a base.

Ability to absorb punishment 9.5

The wrestler uses his body to absorb blows (i.e. swaying, stepping back, contracting)while maintaining a good vertical balance. He will sustain a dropkick but will sway his arms to stop himself falling. If he is clothes lined over the ropes, he would land on his feet but stumble to keep himself upright. He may be taken off his feet by a flying move, or at least be driven to one knee.
I think two knees for 9.5 would also be acceptable.

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This is a strange thread topic.

i was thinking it was just about asigning numbers to wrestlers on how well we think that they can absorb punishment..?

Austin - 9
Big Show - 6
Kofi Kingston - 3.5

Couple of random ones for the sake of it.
 

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Yes, two knees is more like it. I was thinking about Scott Hall when he was Razor Ramon. He was typically a 9.5. I remember when Bret Hart gave him an inverted atomic drop, he jumped up and down to shake off the impact.

What other physical reactions of 9.5 are there? This number is actually the hardest one for me to judge.
 

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Yes, I agree. Another for 1.0 could be:

The wrestler´s stomach muscles are hard enough to withstand punches, kicks or other shots to the stomach well enough so that his body doesn´t react to them unless he takes a lot of them.
 
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