Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 03/10

#1 Alberto Del Rio [--] (15-0-1)
[World Heavyweight Champion]
Alberto Del Rio d. Wade Barrett (RAW; 3/4)
Alberto Del Rio d. Dolph Ziggler (Smackdown; 3/8)

#2 [--] Sheamus (14-5-1)
#3 [--] Randy Orton (13-7-1)
#4 [+1] Bryan Danielson (11-7-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#5 [+1] Kane (10-8-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#6 [-2] Jack Swagger (9-0-0)
#7 [--] Ryback (9-4-0)
#8 [new] Mark Henry (8-1-0)
#9 [-1] The Miz (8-5-0)
#10 [-1] Big Show (7-9-1)

#1 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (7-3-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Brodus Clay & Tensai (4-0-0)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (2-0-0)
#4 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (2-0-0)
#5 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (2-0-0)
#6 [--] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (2-2-0)
#7 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (1-0-0)
#8 [--] The Great Khali & Hornswoggle (1-0-0)
#9 [--] Hornswoggle & Natalya Neidhart (1-0-0)
#10 [--] Dolph Ziggler & AJ Lee (1-0-0)

Superstar Spotlight:
#20 Road Dogg & Billy Gunn (1-0-0)
With mainstream tag team wrestling in tatters after years of abuse and neglect from WWE: one of their great tag triumphs was truly a sight for sore eyes!

The Road Dogg Jesse James and Bad Ass Billy Gunn were the Attitude Era sensation collectively known as The New Age Outlaws. Though glorified jobbers at the start: the pair made good with the perfect late nineties blend of charisma, promo skills and legitimate wrestling talent. For the latter, I obviously lean toward Billy Gunn, whose missed opportunities I've lamented many times before [11/21/2010]. For sheer spectacle, there's no denying the legitimate interest that accompanied any New Age Outlaws tag match on a late nineties WWF card!

With Wrestlemania [literally] looming over every WWE event -- you can't help but think these are the perfect guys to accommodate a jump start to the tag division! Granted, you're probably not going to build the promotion around these guys in PG 2013, but the excitement and history their presence rings is more than enough to carry a nostalgia run into a special event. Dropping the belts on TV leaves more than enough time to finally confirm the split feud between current champions: Kane and Bryan Danielson. It's also a great way to put a new team over on the grandest stage of them all -- someone like Titus O'Neil & Darren Young (The Prime Time Players), or Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (Rhodes Scholars), who are too good to break-up without getting the title reign they earned!

The Kayfabe Countdown is based on the cumulative tally of wrestler win/loss records. Tallied results only include matches broadcast during WWE 2013 programming. At present, this includes RAW (Mondays), Main Event (Wednesdays), Smackdown (Friday), and monthly Pay-Per-View events.

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