Sunday, April 28, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 04/28

#1 Sheamus [--] (22-9-1)
It was another week of recycling on WWE programming, this time on Main Event! Mark Henry took three wins from four matches in a big man spotlight similar to a Big Show feature, Feb. 20. Show didn't need it, this week, getting the better of Sheamus in The United Kingdom. The Undertaker was a surprise mainstay for the UK tour, duking it out with The Shield in varied iterations that ultimately put the three-man group over strong.

#2 [--] Randy Orton (22-10-1)
#3 [--] Alberto Del Rio (21-4-1)
#4 [+3] Mark Henry (18-4-0)
#5 [-1] Kane (17-10-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#6 [-1] Bryan Danielson (17-11-0) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [-1] Jack Swagger (16-3-1)
#8 [--] Ryback (14-5-0)
#9 [--] Big Show (14-12-1)
#10 [--] Wade Barrett (13-14-1) [Intercontinental Champion]

#1 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (12-4-0) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (9-2-0)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (6-0-0)
#4 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (6-0-0)
#5 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (6-0-0)
#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:
#18 Dean Ambrose (6-1-0)
While the team record for The Shield remains unblemished, Dean Ambrose has the distinction of taking his first loss for 2013. The honor of facing The Undertaker was bestowed upon The Shield's leader on this week's Smackdown, where he was pretty much out classed by a superior opponent. That might not sound like a great endorsement for Ambrose, but to my mind, it is the best result possible.

Regardless of The Undertaker's physical condition, he remains a character of awesome wrestling talent, skill and tradition. Nothing is so obviously wrong with Undertaker that he could have lost to Ambrose without it ringing completely false.  Dubious victories don't do talent any favours. Being in the match was special enough. There was a tone of mismatched styles and physiques that I kinda liked. It reminds me a little of Undertaker/Ken Shamrock -- another style clash that seems wrong on paper, but was intriguing. Having The Shield take "The Phenom" out in a post-match 3-on-1 assault: the most appropriate course of action.

I maintain that Dean Ambrose is too unskilled in the ring, and too unintentionally comical on the mic' to justify the heaps of praise he's received. I'm sceptical about his long term value because of that. You've got to give them credit for going all the way with it, though. I fully expected the experiment that is The Shield to end at Wrestlemania. Instead, the undefeated streak continues, and with Undertaker taking a devastating beating from The Shield, questions about streaks start to arise. I'm unconvinced The Shield can be strung out for another full year, but you never know! If nothing else, a compelling case for a Tag Team Championship match begins to emerge -- and that's a good thing for everyone.

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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