Sunday, May 05, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 05/05

#1 Randy Orton [+1] (24-10-1)
For the first time in 2013: Randy Orton goes outright #1!
He held equal top billing with Sheamus for two weeks of The Kayfabe Countdown earlier in the year [Jan. 27, Feb. 3]. The Celtic Warrior doesn't just concede his top ranking status, but slides all the way down to third, giving way to former #1: Alberto Del Rio!

Even with the shuffle, it remains a three-man race, but the likes of Mark Henry and Jack Swagger are closing in! Kane & Bryan Danielson couldn't be counted out, but it seems the wheels are shaking loose on the long reigning Tag Team Champions. Of course, it seemed like they were heading for a split a few months ago, so weakness is only worth as much as the next match.

#2 [+1] Alberto Del Rio (23-4-1)
#3 [-2] Sheamus (22-9-1)
#4 [--] Mark Henry (18-4-0)
#5 [+2] Jack Swagger (17-4-1)
#6 [-1] Kane (17-12-1) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [-1] Bryan Danielson (17-13-1) [Tag Team Champion]
#8 [--] Ryback (15-5-0)
#9 [--] Big Show (14-12-1)
#10 [--] Wade Barrett (13-14-1) [Intercontinental Champion]

#1 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (12-5-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (9-2-0)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (7-0-0)
#4 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (7-0-0)
#5 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (7-0-0)
#6 [--] Brodus Clay & Tensai (5-2-1)
#7 [--] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (4-6-1)
#8 [--] Sheamus & Big Show (3-1-0)
#9 [--] Randy Orton & Big Show (3-1-0)
#10 [--] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (3-1-0)

Superstar Spotlight:
#21 Fandango (6-1-1)
Wrestlemania crowds propelled the Fandango entrance theme to the top of UK iTunes charts, but is it really a good thing to have your song be that over? Initially, I would've said it was a great start for a guy making his in-ring debut on the grandest stage of them all. A month later, I'm not so sure.

Fandango might be the kind of gimmick that gets under the skin of your average American pro wrestling crowd. He's pretentious, effete, fey, a dancer. He's also the kind of instantly identifiable gimmick WWE have lacked for many years and I think that makes him a valuable asset. He won't remain that way for long, however, if he's thrust from a Wrestlemania debut against Chris Jericho, into dancing comedy feuds with The Great Khali.

I like the Dancing with the Stars pop cultural reference. The song really is damn catchy, and the entire presentation of the entrance is sublime. The only thing that's missing is the competitive wrestling that should be the backbone of so many more storylines and characters. The guy can move and is easily a chance for an Intercontinental Championship run somewhere down the line. I just want to see that character entangle him with better rivals, to in turn showcase more than just dancing.

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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