#1 Randy Orton [--] (34-13-2)
So, you're telling me after fourteen tag matches with The Celtic Warrior: Randy Orton finally gets a Tag Team Championship match -- and it's with Bryan Danielson?! Oh, alright. Truth be told, this is the kind of circumstantial PPV match I get a kick out of. At least until I have to piece it all together in a few years from now. In any event; the real take away from this one is the long awaited split of Team Hell No and the fresh air that lets in!
Not a lot of changes to the top ranks after a jam packed week of competition. The Miz makes a detestable move up the list, while Alberto Del Rio turns heel whilst reclaiming the World Heavyweight Championship at Payback!
#2 [--] Sheamus (31-10-1)
#3 [--] Alberto Del Rio (30-6-2) [World Champion]
#4 [--] Kane (23-18-0)
#5 [--] Bryan Danielson (23-20-0)
#6 [--] Mark Henry (18-6-0)
#7 [+2] The Miz (18-7-1)
#8 [-1] Jack Swagger (18-8-2)
#9 [-1] Ryback (18-9-2)
#10 [--] Roman Reigns (16-3-1) [Tag Team Champion]
#1 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (15-3-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (14-9-0)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (11-2-0)
#4 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (11-2-0)
#5 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (11-3-0)
#6 [--] Brodus Clay & Sweet Tea Tensai (8-4-1)
#7 [--] Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (8-4-0)
#8 [--] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (4-3-0)
#9 [--] Naomi & Cameron (4-3-0)
#10 [--] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (4-8-1)
Will he or won't he? The answer is: Yes! CM Punk did indeed make his return as scheduled by manager Paul Heyman! It seemed all together too soon to expect the Straight-Edge Superstar back from hiatus -- let alone for another match with Chris Jericho -- but it all went according to plan. Two-fold if you're a believer in Curtis Axel: schmuck faced third generation star who claimed the Intercontinental Championship from Wade Barrett. I'm not going to try to understand it -- that's tempting the abyss. I'll just say: I wish "Bare Knuckle" Barrett would bloody well learn to throw a punch. If you're going to lose (so often), you might as well try to lose with style.
Positioned in a manner that makes losing with style an impossibility: Ryback! The once hot new contender continues to fizzle with diminishing returns, out of his depth in a three stages of time wasting match, which probably should've just stuck with being the originally scheduled Ambulance Match. The top of the ambulance was used as a weapon, which is worth a mention. Otherwise, it's diminishing turns all around from Ryback. John Cena is right where he should be, enjoying a post-Wrestlemania run with the belt. He should be stacking up monsters and knocking them down, one after the other. It's just such a damn shame Ryback had to be one of them. We've talked ad nauseum about the Goldberg plan that was the key to his original success [05/19/2013]. We've talked about where it all went wrong. We can but watch in horror as WWE do what they've become so good at: Creating new wasted opportunities.
Shame about Sheamus and Damien Sandow being bumped to the pre-show. These guys have been doing great work on Smackdown and deserved the PPV platform. I really think they could've squeezed one more match onto the seven match card - even with the three stages of hell. Still, at least they were given ample time in the Kick-Off slot.
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.