Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 03/24

#1 Sheamus [+1] (18-5-1)
After a month at #2, Sheamus returns to the top of the winners list thanks to his team-up with Randy Orton, and their campaign against the triple threat of The Shield!

The strange bed fellows got even stranger as Ryback departed from their arrangement of convenience, replaced by Big Show! This impromptu turn of fortune should do good things for The Giant, who remained in the Top 10 after a six-man tag win on Smackdown against the consummate jobbers: 3 Man Band.

#2 [-1] Alberto Del Rio (17-1-1) [World Champion]
#3 [--] Randy Orton (17-7-1)
#4 [--] Jack Swagger (12-0-0)
#5 [--] Ryback (12-4-0)
#6 [--] Bryan Danielson (12-8-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [--] Kane (12-9-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#8 [--] Mark Henry (10-2-0)
#9 [--] Big Show (10-9-1)
#10 [--] The Miz (9-6-1)

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

Superstar Spotlight:
#11 Wade Barrett (8-10-1)
[Intercontinental Champion]
At this point, the Intercontinental Championship is pretty used to being subjugated to token gestures. Over the past half a decade it's been difficult to keep a firm grasp on who has the belt at any given time. IC Champs have a knack for fading into the scenery.

Wade Barrett, with his gritty beard and taped fists, at least has the character to avoid being ignored all together. Having played jobber to the likes of Alberto Del Rio for weeks on end, he's finally been put to work in a capacity that comes close to reflecting his status as Intercontinental Champion. His KC rank just outside the Top 10 doesn't do justice to just how little impression Wade Barrett has been able to leave on the once coveted secondary strap. It looks like it'll be a nauseating Wrestlemania meet-up between he and The Miz -- who had the honor of besmirching a second tier champion even worse off than Barrett, on Smackdown: US title holder Antonio Cesaro.

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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