Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 03/17

#1 Alberto Del Rio [--] (16-1-1)
[World Heavyweight Champion]
This week is notable for two key reason: Alberto Del Rio suffers his first loss for 2013! Even more amazing: It's to The Big Show! Who knew the big man could beat anybody of note? Probably not a huge number of people, given that the result came on Wednesday's Main Event. Del Rio fared much better on RAW, taking out a win in his umpteenth Champion vs Champion bout, this time with United States belt holder, Antonio Cesaro -- another guy who can't seem to buy a win any more.

#2 [--] Sheamus (16-5-1)
#3 [--] Randy Orton (15-7-1)
#4 [+2] Jack Swagger (11-0-0)
#5 [+2] Ryback (11-4-0)
#6 [-2] Bryan Danielson (11-8-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [-2] Kane (11-9-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#8 [--] Mark Henry (9-2-0)
#9 [+1] Big Show (9-9-1)
#10 [-1] The Miz (8-5-1)

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

Superstar Spotlight:
#46 Chris Jericho (1-8-0)
He's the first guy who'll tell you win/loss records don't matter in this game. Maybe the man called Chris Jericho really believes that, or maybe it's just conditioning. Either way, for a fan, it's truly galling to see someone of this stature make a surprise return, only to spin his wheels is yet another aimless string of losses.

Had Chris Jericho been privy to more convincing reigns at the top, it might have been easier to accept him as the torch baring jobber to the next wave. It still smarts that he was overlooked as winner in the 2012 Royal Rumble -- a result too perfect to overlook, particularly in favour of what eventuated. Time and again he's cut short his dues. Even more so than The New Age Outlaws [3/10/2013], here's a guy who can still go. A legitimate contender ready to contest the title. In the nineties, we were conditioned to rush people out the door in anticipation of the next great thing. A decade and a half later, we should be realizing the turnover of the millennium has ended. The acceleration of greatness is over. Cherish what we've got.

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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