Sunday, May 26, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 05/26

#1 Randy Orton [--] (30-11-1)
Another week, another pair of Randy Orton & Sheamus tag appearances! I really am starting to think there's something to this team, after all. Even though I never once find myself believing they have any intention of doing anything more than beating a common foe. If stats are anything to go by, there'll be no difficulty picking a captain -- but if you asked any WWE fan to pick the two most successful wrestlers in the game today, I'm not sure either would be up for the top spot. Easy come, easy go.

#2 [--] Alberto Del Rio (27-5-1)
#3 [--] Sheamus (26-10-1)
#4 [--] Kane (19-15-0)
#5 [+2] Bryan Danielson (19-16-0)
#6 [--] Mark Henry (18-6-0)
#7 [-2] Jack Swagger (18-8-2)
#8 [--] Ryback (17-6-1)
#9 [+1] The Miz (15-7-1)
#10 [-1] Big Show (15-15-1)

#1 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (13-7-0)
#2 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (12-1-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#3 [+1] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (10-1-0)
#4 [+1] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (10-1-0)
#5 [-2] Sheamus & Randy Orton (10-3-0)
#6 [--] Brodus Clay & Sweet Tea Tensai (6-3-1)
#7 [--] Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (5-4-0)
#8 [--] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (4-6-1)
#9 [--] Sheamus & Big Show (3-1-0)
#10 [--] Randy Orton & Big Show (3-1-0)

Superstar Spotlight:
#44 Curtis Axel (2-0-0)
The difficulties of Brock Lesnar's limited schedule and CM Punk taking a post-Wrestlemania hiatus force an unusual turn of events. Paul Heyman opts to unveil a brand new client. The Next Big Thing in WWE? Not bloody likely!

Curtis Axel is better known to the kids watching at home as Michael McGillicutty. Former NXT booster and man who seems doomed to never fully capitalize on his heritage as the son of late Intercontinental Champion: "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig.

Far from perfect: Axel made for a sorry substitute in a segment that put over the lasting effects of Triple H's Extreme Rules loss to Brock. A Smackdown encounter with Sin Cara (5/24) did little to depict this guy as a future star of any description. Only time will tell if there's a hidden gem to exploit here, but the slave name sets him off to a bad start -- and he isn't exactly oozing advantages to begin with.

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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