Sunday, June 09, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 06/09

#1 Randy Orton [--] (33-12-1)
The Viper's reign as a prolific tag team competitor [who isn't actually a tag team competitor] continued this week! With what seems to be the long awaited split of Team Hell No -- Randy Orton opted in as a substitute partner for Bryan Danielson (Smackdown; 6/7), resulting in a successful non-title defeat of Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (The Shield)! This left Sheamus to pursue other projects -- such as beating Damien Sandow's feats of intellectual pursuit! I'm not going to lie -- I've used lesser moves than a brogue kick to win board games. Woooo!

#2 [--] Sheamus (30-10-1)
#3 [--] Alberto Del Rio (28-6-2)
#4 [--] Kane (21-17-0)
#5 [--] Bryan Danielson (21-19-0)
#6 [+1] Mark Henry (18-6-0)
#7 [+1] Jack Swagger (18-8-2)
#8 [-2] Ryback (18-8-1)
#9 [--] The Miz (16-7-1)
#10 [new] Roman Reigns (15-2-0) [Tag Team Champion]

#1 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (14-2-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (13-9-0)
#3 [+1] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (11-1-0)
#4 [+1] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (11-1-0)
#5 [-2] Sheamus & Randy Orton (11-3-0)
#6 [--] Brodus Clay & Sweet Tea Tensai (8-3-1)
#7 [--] Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (7-4-0)
#8 [--] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (4-3-0)
#9 [new] Naomi & Cameron (4-3-0)
#10 [-1] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (4-8-1) 

Superstar Spotlight:
#22 Titus O'Neil & Darren Young (2-10-0)
Not to be confused with Cryme Time - The Prime Time Players are yet another tag team in much need of some serious love. They might not be the million dollar pair they claim to be, but their presence has been a steady reminder that there are options for WWE, should they decide to take tag team wrestling seriously again.

Overtures toward a reinvigoration date back to last year -- a tag team contender tournament a notable moment when things appeared to be heading in the right direction. Alas; team after team gets relegated to the scrap heap, Wednesday Main Event, or nothing at all, while one or two tow the line (between singles matches). Kane & Bryan Danielson (Team Hell No) were fun, worthwhile Tag Team Champions, but rather than enhance the flagging division, their reign became a spectacle that distracted from the rebuilding of a once proud tradition.

I don't know how far I truly believe The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil & Darren Young) should go -- but before a few untimely hiccups, it seemed as if the titles might be a reality. I'd like to think a title shot definitely is, but satellite contention is a must! An occasional win - also important!

Like last week's spotlight, Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (Team Rhodes Scholars) [06/02/2013]; O'Neil and Young have individually been saddled with a phenomenal number of defeats! Dwelling with the likes of Heath Slater and Zack Ryder, O'Neil has a 2013 record of 2-17-0. Young fairs slightly better having only 14 losses to his name. Win/loss records don't matter in wrestling -- but winning and losing does! It's high time these guys got a few W's on the board.

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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