Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Every week I, along with several other wrestling blogs (including my blogging Gordon Brolie, TH of The Wrestling Blog), will be sending in my top ten wrestlers to WrestleSpective. My votes are compiled with those of the other bloggers and that gives us the Power Poll. Here's this week's rankings (go to WrestleSpective to view the full write-up, and check out all of the other awesome wrestling content there - you'll find it especially awesome if you're a stat-geek (or any other specific-type-of-wrestling geek) like me):

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Photo - My own camera from the live event in Toronto last Friday

1. Randy Orton (1)
2. Kane (2)
3. John Cena (3)
4. Chris Jericho (10)
5. Alberto del Rio (3)
6. The Undertaker (NR)
7. Roderick Strong (NR)
8. Sheamus (NR)
9. Daniel Bryan (6)
10. The Miz (9)

1. Roderick Strong
- IN KAYFABE: Captured the ROH World Championship for the first time in his career by defeating Tyler Black.
- OUT OF KAYFABE: The ROH Title might be the toughest belt to win in all of wrestling, what with only 14 champions in 8 years of operation. It is won and defended in a way that ensures the best man always walks out with the title. It's tough to not put Roddy at the top of this list.

2. Randy Orton
- IN KAYFABE: RKO'd Michael Tarver; threw Justin Gabriel through a table; shoved Wade Barrett by his face, off the apron and through a table; dodged Edge's Spear (sending Edge and Jericho through a table); RKO'd John Cena through a table; went backstage and RKO'd everyone at the Gorilla position (he was so fired up, I'm positive that this happened).
- OUT OF KAYFABE: I saw him in person at a live event and he stood out the most out of everyone who wrestled, looking like a serious, serious star. That's what Bobby Bottleservice had to use both his camera and camera phone to take pictures of him at the same time.

3. Chris Hero
4. Claudio Castagnoli
5. Shelton Benjamin
6. Charlie Haas
- IN KAYFABE: I'm placing all four of these guys together because of the match they had last Saturday at ROH Glory By Honor IX. The Kings of Wrestling get the edge just for winning the match.
- OUT OF KAYFABE: Slap the porpoise was this a good match. The absolute rabid frenzy the crowd was in for the entirety of the bout didn't hurt either. If there's one reason to buy this event on GoFightLive or buy the DVD when it comes out, it's this match.

7. Daniel Bryan
- IN KAYFABE: Def. The Miz in a Submission match on RAW when The Miz pulled out due to a "hernia," although I believe he had a torn motivator cuff (or torn heartilage, can't decide) if you catch my drift. Def. Alex Riley in a Submission match on RAW when he was named as Miz's replacement. Then he made the Miz tap (right on the US Title!) to the LeBell Lock, giving him all of the momentum he could possibly ask for going into his Championship match at Night of Champions.
- OUT OF KAYFABE: Need I say more? Child please! Bryan also got the rub from hometown boy Chad Ochocinco.

8. Chris Jericho
- IN KAYFABE: Def. The Hart Dynasty in a handicap Steel Cage match on RAW to get reinstated in the Six Pack Challenge match for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions.
- OUT OF KAYFABE: Called out the lunacy of the whole anonymous e-mail GM bullshit by telling Michael Cole to SHUTUP and JUST READ IT and WHAT'S HIS EMAIL ADDRESS?! and countless other one-liners that everyone else was thinking, but didn't have the power to say. There was something special about Jericho poking fun at the GM concept and just tearing down Cole. Because it is so very annoying and frustrating, to hear someone on the show itself as the voice of reason just fed up with this idea is like the weight of a hundred Matt Hardy's has been lifted off of me. Also, while Cole is quite the turd burglar on RAW, he himself is now the voice of reason on NXT, finally flipping out and going postal on everyone. I've been waiting so long for this day. So. Long. Maybe I should've voted for Cole instead of Jericho. ... (please forgive me for ever even thinking that).

9. John Morrison
- IN KAYFABE: Came within SECONDS of pinning the WWE Champion and inserting himself into the sixth and final spot in the Six Pack Challenge match.
- OUT OF KAYFABE: Showed the world what he can do just in terms of athleticism, not even wrestling. Although it was nice to see him connect with his moves AND look completely believable at the same time in the ring. His match with Sheamus was super fun (how'd he get up on the Tron so fast?! I thought Paul Ellering was gonna try and talk him down (too soon?)) and his cartwheel counter off the stage was pretty damn impressive. I hope they keep showing how insane it is that he can do that hardcore training/whatever the fuck it's called, because he's like a real life Spider-Man. Also I should mention how truly bizarre, jarring, hilarious and fucked up the zoom-in on his face was after he dismounted from doing chin-ups backstage. It was as if Tim Heidecker was guest directing that one backstage segment.

10. Kaval
- IN KAYFABE: Debuted on Smackdown! in a losing effort against Drew McIntyre; was "all sweaty, ew!"
- OUT OF KAYFABE: Pretty much EVERY spot in that match felt completely unique and exciting, and that, I can almost 100% guarantee, is thanks to Low Ki. That was a super fun and exciting short little match (one that I'm sure will be (or already has been - I'm a little late on this) championed by TH over at the Wrestling Blog). You don't see a match like this every week in the WWE. Hopefully we will, since Kaval is here to stay. SWEET.

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