Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 03/20

#1 Edge [--] (14-1-1) (WWE)
[World Heavyweight Champion]

Edge continues to maintain a surprisingly high win percentage as Alberto Del Rio's campaign for a Wrestlemania miracle starts to look ever so slightly dubious. The Rated-R superstar won't win my support by being a dominant title holder, but if Del Rio pulls off the win of the year, then I suppose it makes it all the sweeter when history painted it such an impossible task!

Other stuff happened this week, but I'll be damned if I have much to say about it.

#2 [--] Alberto Del Rio (9-4-2) (WWE) [Royal Rumble]
#3 [--] Randy Orton (9-4-0) (WWE)
#4 [+4] Rey Mysterio (8-4-0) (WWE)
#5 [-1] Robert Roode (7-0-0) (TNA) [Tag Team Champion]
#6 [-1] James Storm (7-0-0) (TNA) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [+3] Eve Torres (7-3-0) (WWE) [Divas Champion]
#8 [-2] Chris Masters (7-3-0) (WWE)
#9 [RE] Madison Rayne (7-3-0) (TNA) [Knockouts Champion]
#10 [-3] Justin Gabriel (7-3-0) (WWE) [Tag Team Champion]

#1 [--] Robert Roode & James Storm (7-0-0) (TNA) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [+1] Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov (6-5-0) (WWE)
#3 [-1] Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater (5-3-0) (WWE) [Tag Team Champions]
#4 [--] Sarita & Rosita (3-1-0) (TNA) [Knockouts Tag Team Champions]
#5 [--] Layla & Michelle McCool (3-1-0) (WWE)
#6 [RE] Angelina Love & Winter (3-2-0) (TNA)
#7 [-1] Edge & Randy Orton (2-0-0) (WWE)
#8 [-1] John Morrison & R-Truth (2-0-0) (WWE)
#9 [-1] Rey Mysterio & R-Truth (2-0-0) (WWE)
#10 [-1] Edge & Kelly Kelly (2-0-0) (WWE)

Superstar Spotlight:
#65 Cody Rhodes

(2-3-0) (WWE)

For the life of me, I never imagined I could have a reason to want to spotlight Cody Rhodes... lo and behold, there's a first time for everything!

Despite his pedigree, which includes the sometimes underrated Dustin Rhodes (Goldust); Cody struck me as the least inspiring of the long lived Legacy trio combination, which included running budy Ted Dibiase Jr (#70) and ringleader, Randy Orton (#3). When Legacy finally made their long awaited split, I had my money on Dibiase being the more successful of the goon duo, based largely on his more immediately impressive physique and what I thought was potential. Instead, Ted embarked on a string of disappointments, which has produced only one memorable highlight, an awful rendition of the immortal Frank Sinatra's "My Way" on RAW.

While Ted2 languishes through a lack of direction, Cody at least found himself a gimmick. Wrestling in shockingly unflattering attire (that looked awfully like underwear and socks); the skinny ankled Rhodes played the dandy card, claiming "Dashing" as his moniker amidst a series of vanity promos. This gained traction with some fans, I personally found it increasingly easy to dislike Rhodes and the time he took from other stars on Smackdown. That is, until he broke his nose in an angle against Rey Mysterio (#4)!

Granted, my first thoughts went to how long Smackdown could have a break from Rhodes' tired gimmick. When it became apparent he'd be involved in the action sooner than later, it didn't take a genius to start thinking about the classic archetype of vanity gone mad. If Dusty Rhodes was the "American Dream", it got me very excited to consider the possibility of a suited and clear masked Cody as the "American Psycho". I'm pleased to say that seems to be exactly where they're going, complete with a Rhodes who wrestles in-ring in suit pants and jacket, something I support whole heartedly! The suit improves the silhouette, the mask gives Rhodes a bit of character, and the attitude finally makes him a wrestler with something resembling credibility!

I'm not sure his feud with Rey Mysterio, which took a shock turn when he ripped the luchadore's iconic mask off, has the makings of classic, but... win, lose, or draw, Cody Rhodes has direction that finally makes him an interesting contributor, who reinjects a sense of character that seems to have been gradually lost as the the "Attitude Era" was committed to the history books.

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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