Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 06/23

#1 Randy Orton [--] (35-14-2)
He may have established a great tag team record in 2013, but I've said all along, nothing about those matches made Randy Orton out to be a tag team competitor. Having finally had a Tag title shot alongside Bryan Danielson, it looks as if The Viper is ready to strike out definitively as his own man! The pair exchanged wins on RAW (Orton; 6/17) and Smackdown (Danielson; 6/21). It's not quite the post-Team Hell No feud I was expecting, but I'm glad it's here, just the same. Danielson (and Kane) were noted absences from solo competition at various points throughout their Tag Team title reign. With Danielson free to compete again, I say thee, Yay!

#2 [--] Sheamus (32-11-1)
#3 [--] Alberto Del Rio (31-7-2) [World Champion]
#4 [--] Kane (24-18-0)
#5 [--] Bryan Danielson (24-21-0)
#6 [--] Mark Henry (18-6-0)
#7 [--] The Miz (18-7-1)
#8 [--] Jack Swagger (18-8-2)
#9 [--] Ryback (18-9-2)
#10 [--] Roman Reigns (17-3-1) [Tag Team Champion]

#1 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (16-3-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (14-9-0)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (12-2-0)
#4 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (12-2-0)
#5 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (11-3-0)
#6 [--] Brodus Clay & Sweet Tea Tensai (8-4-1)
#7 [--] Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (8-5-0)
#8 [+2] Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow (5-8-1)
#9 [-1] Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (4-3-0)
#10 [-1] Naomi & Cameron (4-3-0)

Superstar Spotlight:
#6 Mark Henry (18-6-0)
The thought that Mark Henry might actually be calling it quits had me more than a little bummed. It's no secret he's had his fair share of injuries -- as you'd expect of a man that size. I didn't want to believe it. I didn't have to.

With a snappy pink suit and the verbal agility of a rare kind of monster - The World's Strongest Man made puppets of us all. He toyed with our emotions and then he slammed us on the mat. And it was glorious.

Mark Henry's had a long career and paid plenty of dues along that path. He was a surprise power house earlier in the year, a surprise winner at Wrestlemania [04/07/2013], and an even bigger surprise absentee in the WWE Championship picture over the past few months. I couldn't be more pleased to think he's going to get the shot after all. Not only that -- but he goes into the match having bodyslammed the champ! Ahahaha! How can you not laugh insanely at that?!

Much as I'd like to believe Mark Henry has a WWE Championship reign in him before he leaves -- something he described as needing to be earned. I believe he has earned that right. The only thing stopping him now is timing.

John Cena took part in a rare thing in April, concluding a Three Act epic defined by his three Wrestlemania encounters with The Rock. The story that took place was ultimately one of redemption as Cena was beaten by the best and forced to rise again. I don't like John Cena. I am of the belief he was fast tracked there under false pretences. I believe much of what's followed has left him with feet of clay as he cashed in on credibility he never fully earned. I do believe everything about the Mania story and its conclusion was right, though. And I don't think you undermine that with a brief title reign. It's a great story -- the constantly denied veteran [Henry] against the illegitimate golden child. It just isn't the right time. [Not that I couldn't be persuaded... *cackle*]

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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