Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 04/10

#1 Edge [--] (17-1-1) (WWE)
[World Heavyweight Champion]

Sin Cara made his eagerly anticipated arrival, getting the better of Sheamus in a surprising choice of starting points. I can't say I was especially wrapped in his revised attire, more colourful than the whites better known to Mistico, but it was certainly an interesting and surprising start! I'm disappointed that the choice of attack doesn't reflect the main event potential hype packages of his signing suggested, but I'm still quite excited by his arrival. He isn't quite the post-Mania debut of a scale like Brock Lesnar or Goldberg, but I dig it.

Less promising is saying goodbye to Superstars, which made its final US broadcast this week. Santino Marella and Chris Masters owe their impressive rankings on the Countdown to the show, which has specialized in offering some of the interesting third-tier talents that aren't seen on RAW and Smackdown every week. Almost a supercharged FCW brand unto itself, Superstars had started developing some great on-going feuds between the likes of Masters and Tyler Reks, which was genuinely interesting. Fortunately, motivated fans can follow Superstars on, where it will continue to be available weekly. Superstars will also continue to air in overseas markets.

#2 [--] Rey Mysterio (11-5-0) (WWE)
#3 [--] Randy Orton (11-5-0) (WWE)
#4 [--] Alberto Del Rio (11-7-2) (WWE)
#5 [--] Santino Marella (11-8-0) (WWE)
#6 [--] Eve Torres (8-4-0) (WWE) [Divas Champion]
#7 [--] Chris Masters (8-4-0) (WWE)
#8 [RE] The Big Show (8-4-0) (WWE)
#9 [-1] Justin Gabriel (8-7-0) (WWE) [Tag Team Champion]
#10 [-1] Layla (8-7-0) (WWE)

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

Superstar Spotlight:
#123 Christopher Daniels

(0-1-0) (TNA)

Sin Cara (Mistico) made a big splash with his debut on RAW, but in the interest of spreading the love (and awareness), I've got to turn the spotlight on "The Fallen Angel", Christopher Daniels!

The "piss ant" (as he was called by Ric Flair in a stunned promo) made a return to TNA, presumably abandoning the now television-less Ring of Honor, which he jumped ship to last year. It's a glimmer of hope in an otherwise matte finish for Total Non-Stop Action, who as a company seem to be content to resigning themselves to a minimum of wrestling on TV, and a string of familiar old scenarios.

Daniels has flirted with the big time before in TNA and as the TNA Championship situation says goodbye to Jeff Hardy and hello to a limited and repetitive routine of Rob Van Dam, Ken Anderson, and Sting, I'm going to hope that Daniels can find his way into the picture. It would certainly be refreshing for this lingering Hogan/Bischoff era to finally crown a champion who hasn't had his best days in WWF or WCW.

The Kayfabe Countdown is based on the cumulative tally of wrestler win/loss records, based on televised matches from WWE and TNA 2011 broadcasts. At present, they includes TNA: Impact!, WWE: RAW, WWE: Superstars, WWE: Smackdown, and monthly Pay-Per-View events. 

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