Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 10/17

#1 The Big Show [--] (29-14-2)
(WWE: Smackdown)

Big Show's grip on the top spot is slipping after a few well timed defeats, but his Kayfabe Countdown competition will be working with him, not against, assuming teams remain the same for the inter-brand gimmick Pay-Per-View, Bragging Rights. The Big Show is set to captain a team currently consisting of Countdown rival, Kofi Kingston; Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Alberto del Rio, Edge, and Smackdown new face, Tyler Reks. They'll battle for bragging rights against a RAW team featuring The Miz as captain, Sheamus, R-Truth, John Morrison, Santino Marella, and CM Punk. The fourteen man tag match, (which Smackdown won last year), will feature October 24th, which is also when Show's new feature film, Knucklehead, opens in select theatres.

#2 [--] Kofi Kingston (29-20-2) (WWE)
#3 [--] Rey Mysterio (25-11-3) (WWE)
#4 [--] Randy Orton (25-14-5) (WWE) [WWE Champion]
#5 [--] R-Truth (24-17-4) (WWE)
#6 [+1] The Miz (24-24-4) (WWE) [Money in the Bank]
#7 [-1] Drew McIntyre (23-24-3) (WWE) [Tag Team Champion]
#8 [+2] AJ Styles (22-11-5) (TNA) [Television Champion]
#9 [--] Kane (22-13-4) (WWE) [World Heavyweight Champion]
#10 [-2] Cody Rhodes (22-13-2) (WWE) [Tag Team Champion]

#1 [--] Tyson Kidd & DH Smith (16-14-0) (WWE)
#2 [--] Robert Roode & James Storm (13-14-2) (TNA)
#3 [--] Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin (10-8-2) (TNA) [Tag Team Champions]
#4 [--] Layla & Michelle McCool (10-9-0) (WWE)
#5 [--] Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes (7-1-0) (WWE) [Tag Team Champions]
#6 [--] Big Show & The Miz (7-4-1) (WWE)
#7 [--] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (7-3-0) (WWE)
#8 [--] Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne (6-1-0) (TNA)
#9 [--] Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (6-2-0) (WWE)
#10 [--] Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer (6-4-0) (WWE)

Superstar Spotlight:
#26 Jeff Hardy
(16-8-4) (TNA)
[World Heavyweight Champion]

Under a cloud of controversy, Jeff Hardy emerged from last weekend's Bound for Glory triple threat match wearing his first major championship in TNA, the World Heavyweight title! The victory came as Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Jarrett and Hardy revealed themselves to be the mysterious "They" who had been commanding the psyche of TNA's unstable monster, Abyss. A twist of fate which included retroactive confirmation that Hardy had endorsed a brutal attack on his former ally and contemporary, Rob Van Dam (#14), and welcomed interference that secured him his first TNA title reign!

Hardy made a name for himself as one of WWE's biggest babyfaces during the decline of the Attitude Era, earning the respect of fans with highflying daring in ladder matches and others of that sort. With brother Matt, he became one of the premiere tag team competitors in WWF, besting the Dudley Boyz and other top teams. Jeff eventually emerged as a singles competitor, and after a stint in TNA during the mid-2000s; Hardy returned to WWE where he received the main event push many felt he was long overdue. As a top championship holding babyface he became one of the biggest names in the industry, but chose to leave WWE in 2009 despite these incredible highs. Drug related charges soon followed, but it seems Jeff has overcome these obstacles, rising to the top of TNA as a free man, and new TNA Heavyweight Champion. The question remains: will his new heel persona take off with the fans, or have TNA squandered one of their biggest aquisitions? Time will tell.

Special Note: After a month of speculation, Matt Hardy (#62) has officially been released from his WWE contract. In controversial Twitter remarks he has alluded to his goals to join either TNA or Ring of Honor, but is yet to be attached to either company. He will presumably be bound by a ninety day no-compete clause, which will prevent him wrestling in the U.S. for that length of time.

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: Superstars, WWE: Smackdown, and monthly Pay-Per-View events.

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