Sunday, September 22, 2013

Wrestling: The Kayfabe Countdown - 09/22

#1 Randy Orton [--] (50-19-5)
The Miz interjects himself into Randy Orton's path as what's best for business becomes a question the shows aren't able to demonstrate. Anything resembling The Miz' return to WWE Championship stakes for sends a shiver up my spine, but if Orton's favoured status is all about relegating him, it'll be worth it. It's an unenviable task as Bryan Danielson resumes his on again/off again battles with The Shield: defeating Roman Reigns in solo action (RAW; 8/16) and the trio on Smackdown (8/20).

#2 [--] Bryan Danielson (45-24-2)
#3 [--] Alberto Del Rio (43-15-5) [World Champion]
#4 [--] Sheamus (36-14-2)
#5 [--] Roman Reigns (27-10-3) [Tag Team Champion]
#6 [--] Seth Rollins (27-14-2) [Tag Team Champion]
#7 [--] Kane (27-21-0)
#8 [--] Dean Ambrose (26-18-1) [United States Champion]
#9 [--] The Miz (25-11-2)
#10 [--] Ryback (25-16-1)

#1 [--] Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins (26-9-2) [Tag Team Champions]
#2 [--] Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns (20-8-1)
#3 [--] Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins (20-8-1)
#4 [--] Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso (19-13-1)
#5 [--] Kane & Bryan Danielson (14-9-0)
#6 [--] Sheamus & Randy Orton (11-3-0)
#7 [--] Brodus Clay & Sweet Tea Tensai (9-11-1)
#8 [--] Titus O'Neil & Darren Young (7-15-0)
#9 [--] Naomi & Cameron (6-3-0)
#10 [new] Luke Harper & Erick Rowan (5-0-0)

Superstar Spotlight:
#17 Big Show (18-17-1)
Well, we've been here before... During odd months he's the "world's largest athlete" and wielder of the right hand of doom. On Monday nights in September 2013: The Big Show is the gentle giant with a heart of gold, a fist of steel, and eyes filled with tears.

Big Show has been a passive participant in the reign of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and their "best for business" model. He's decked friends and legends -- all in the name of keeping the job he so desperately needs. There are complimentary shades of his original arrival in WWF in 1999. Back then, the long haired Giant was acting as enforcer for Vince McMahon -- his ultimate recruit into the composite Corporate stable. At Wrestlemania XV, it all boiled over, ending with Big Show arrested for knocking the owner of the WWF out in the middle of his ring. A bold high that started Big Show's inconsistent run through the next decade-plus.

In keeping with the notion that Triple H is assembling a new version of The Corporation [8/25/2013]; I like the idea that Big Show would provide the muscle he [or Kane] supplied in 1999. The more a new Corporation can reference the original -- the better, in my eyes. I like the way The Shield echo the flak jacketed Big Bossman and I'd love to see more. I just wish we could get there without having to sit through rote segments of Big Show crying. Something that feels all too familiar to the past few years. More distant instances may be forgotten, but the crying Big Show who steamrolled AJ Lee while feuding with World Heavyweight Champion Bryan Danielson is still fresh in mind.

Most theories anticipate another turn for Big Show. A devastating right hand delivered to Triple H, The Shield, or Randy Orton. All of that makes sense and could be satisfying. What ever the conclusion, I just want to see the tears stop. Storylines and characters are something WWE has lacked in recent memory, but these constantly come at the cost of character credibility, competitive drive, and entertaining television. This cannot continue. Lets go.

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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