Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 9/26

#1 The Big Show (29-12-2) (WWE)
As Smackdown makes the move to SyFy, Big Show is among the headlining talents WWE will push to garner audience interest. This has been reflected by a string of victories over former top-champ CM Punk, which culminated last week in a odd-one-out match at the Pay-Per-View, WWE: Night of Champions. His success will no doubt continue as he carries the load of the mid-card, beneath the efforts of Kane and Undertaker, who seem unlikely to end the year at that position. A title shot might be in the future?...

#2 Kofi Kingston (27-19-2) (WWE)
#3 Rey Mysterio (23-11-3) (WWE)
#4 R-Truth (23-16-4) (WWE)
#5 Randy Orton (22-14-4) (WWE) [WWE Champion]
#6 The Miz (22-22-4) (WWE) [Money in the Bank]
#7 Michelle McCool (21-12-0) (WWE) [Womens Champion]
#8 Kane (21-13-3) (WWE) [World Heavyweight Champion]
#9 Drew McIntyre (21-22-3) (WWE) [Tag Team Champion]
#10 AJ Styles (20-9-5) (TNA) [TV Champion]

#1 Tyson Kidd & DH Smith (16-12-0) (WWE)
#2 Robert Roode & James Storm (12-12-2) (TNA)
#3 Layla & Michelle McCool (10-7-0) (WWE)
#4 Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin (9-8-2) (TNA) [Tag Team Champions]
#5 Big Show & The Miz (7-4-1) (WWE)
#6 Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne (6-1-0) (TNA)
#7 Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (6-2-0) (WWE)
#8 Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer (6-4-0) (WWE)
#9 Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes (5-0-0) (WWE) [Tag Team Champions]
#10 Hernandez & Matt Morgan (5-2-1) (TNA)

Superstar Spotlight:
#102 Batista
(4-11-6) (Not Signed)

With a WWE championship reign under his belt before he departed, you couldn't say the win/loss record of Dave Batista is in any way an accurate measure of his success. Before leaving to pursue other endeavours (such as acting, apparently), "The Animal" set about offending the sensibilities of every man, woman and child in the arena, by turning his nose up and walking away from competition. It was part of a persona that made him Smackdown's uber-heel, leading to a shady deal that ended John Cena's title reign at Elimination Chamber after mere minutes, when Mr. McMahon granted Batista a title shot straight after the titular match. It was his count out defeats and silent disdain for the audience that really elevated his final months to the plane of art, though.

It's been a bit of a game, since his May exit, to see how long Batista could remain in the top 100. The fall finally came at the end of last week, when Bryan Danielson captured his fifth WWE win and the US title belt at Night of Champions. Surpassed by Taylor Wilde after her successful tag title defense on Impact this week; it seems Batista is destined to tumble ever downward.

Special Note: Reports have revealed that Amazing Red (#116) has defeated Jay Lethal (#58) at a House Show on the 23rd to claim the TNA X-Division championship. The Kayfabe Countdown only acknowledges televised win/loss records, but will note the surprise belt change. Additional: Reports from a 25th House Show claim Jay regained the X-Division title! The match may be incorporated into the next Impact.

The Kayfabe Countdown is based on the cumulative tally of wrestler win/loss records, based on televised matches from WWE and TNA 2010 broadcasts. At present, they includes TNA: Impact!, WWE: RAW, WWE: NXT, WWE: Superstars, WWE: Smackdown, and monthly Pay-Per-View events.

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