Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 10/24

#1 The Big Show [--] (32-14-2)
(WWE: Smackdown)

It was a clean sweep for Team Smackdown this week as Big Show led the group to victories on RAW, Smackdown, and the Bragging Rights PPV this weekend. Show survived a team battle royal as well as the fourteen-man elimination tag match he captained to pick up a triple threat of victories, fighting alongside Kayfabe Countdown rival, Kofi Kingston. Big Show's reign as upper most victorious wrestler of 2010 isn't yet secured, but the former Tag Team Champion, whose movie Knucklehead opened in select theatres over the weekend, looks assured to be the face of WWE Smackdown since it's move to SyFy. With the Undertaker buried alive and Kane standing tall as World Heavyweight champion, one wonders if Big Show won't refocus his attention on gold in the coming months, assuming the Phenom stays down, of course...

#2 [--] Kofi Kingston (32-20-2) (WWE)
#3 [--] Rey Mysterio (28-11-3) (WWE)
#4 [--] Randy Orton (27-15-5) (WWE) [WWE Champion]
#5 [+2] Drew McIntyre (26-25-3) (WWE)
#6 [+4] Cody Rhodes (25-14-2) (WWE)
#7 [-2] R-Truth (24-18-4) (WWE)
#8 [-2] The Miz (24-27-4) (WWE) [Money in the Bank]
#9 [-1] AJ Styles (23-11-5) (TNA) [Television Champion]
#10 [-1] Kane (23-14-4) (WWE) [World Heavyweight Champion]

#1 [--] Tyson Kidd & DH Smith (16-15-0) (WWE)
#2 [--] Robert Roode & James Storm (14-14-2) (TNA)
#3 [--] Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin (10-8-2) (TNA) [Tag Team Champions]
#4 [--] Layla & Michelle McCool (10-10-0) (WWE)
#5 [--] Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes (9-2-0) (WWE)
#6 [+3] Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (7-2-0) (WWE)
#7 [--] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (7-3-0) (WWE)
#8 [-2] Big Show & The Miz (7-4-1) (WWE)
#9 [-1] Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne (6-1-0) (TNA)
#10 [--] Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer (6-4-0) (WWE)

Superstar Spotlight:
#71 Undertaker
(8-5-1) (WWE)

He's been one of the most enduring characters in WWE's modern history and it's that longevity over two decades that has many commentators and fans speculating about his pending retirement. The "Deadman" has been battling half-brother Kane through a series of matches that recall the highpoints of his flamboyant existence, bringing back the special effects and trademark match stipulations that made The Undertaker a stand-out performer during the gimmick-laden boom period of the Attitude Era. A welcome change of pace in today's bland product, even if it struggled to live up to the classics.

After surviving mythological showdowns, Hell in a Cell, and the betrayal of his manager, Paul Bearer; The Undertaker succumbed to yet another indignity when he was buried alive by Kane and the members of Nexus after seemingly reigniting the flame of his otherworldly powers. Though buried, a bolt of lightning promised The Undertaker's spirit would remain with the WWE Universe for some time. It's not the first time Undertaker has lost a match of this type, afterall, with each defeat usually signifying some sort of transformative experience. The only questions that remain now are -- when will the deadman rise again, and in what form?...

Special Note: Includes results from WWE: Bragging Rights Pay-Per-View, where John Cena (#12) and David Otunga (#34) won the Tag Team Championships in an impromptu title challenge.

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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