Another week on the chart and Sir Money in the Bank (now sans his briefcase) has already raised his own profile beyond what it has been for several months. Bully Ray continues to be without his title despite efforts to get it back by hook or by crook, and the Shield continue to lose momentum as they are no longer competing against main event players, how the hell did the WWE mess that up? I have no idea, for now though let’s get on with the report…
Weekly Top Ten:
1st Place: Damien Sandow (10/10)
Sir Money in the Bank now has no briefcase to cash in, at least for the time being, a nice little spin on things. It serves him right for naming Cody keeper of the case since in some ways he had full right to take the case away from Sandow ‘for safe keeping’. It really does look like the WWE are planning a match between the two at Summerslam for the case and I would be all for that, the only problem is that I really can’t say who I would actually want to win the match since both men deserve a shot at the gold at this point, I suppose a lot of it will come down to who wins out of Del Rio and Christian at the event, although not necessarily.
2nd Place: Alberto Del Rio (9/10)
The world champ seems to have escaped the wrath of Ziggler for now, which is a shame because the only real reason people were okay with the finish to their match at Money in the Bank was due to the assumption that his big win would come at Summerslam. Instead Del Rio has gotten to keep the title and move on to wrestle other names, this week it might surprise some to learn that the world champion actually won some matches, one against Sheamus and the other against RVD, two pretty big wins when you think about it. I still think I’d rather have anyone else as champion though.
3rd Place: Mickie James (8/10)
Hardcore Country, a name that seems to make no real sense, successfully defended her Knockouts title this week against a game Gail Kim. Mickie really is on a role as heel champ and honestly I hope
they let her keep the belt beyond her inevitable rematch with Velvet Sky, after all who else can Sky feud with as champion that she hasn’t gone up against before? Plus Mickie James is just better.
4th Place: Bray Wyatt (7/10)
The Wyatt family still have yet to make a massive impact in the WWE and still their presence is felt and anticipated whenever they are set to appear. I really hope that it will be Bray himself against Kane at Summerslam as I feel like while he has two big guys to back him up, we as fans really need to see him as the real threat and the competitor to keep an eye on in the ring as well as on the mic.
5th Place: Ryback (6/10)
The new character of Ryback as a bully is certainly much better than their attempted idea to position him as a whiny cry-baby, which really wasn’t going to do anyone any favours, even if ‘cry-back’ works perfectly with his name. Unnecessarily putting Bryan through a table is a great dick move and I hope to see more of the same from the guy going forward.
6th Place: AJ Lee (5/10)
The psychotic divas champion gave her ‘state of mind’ address on Smackdown and it was clear that her mind was in no real state at all. I liked how here they juxtaposed the theme of stealing someone’s stuff with both a heel and a face and how each went about it and how the ‘victim’ reacted in both cases as well, it was a little like a moral lesson, albeit a casual one (the best kind!). I do wonder where AJ will go after her feud with Ziggler ends, will she finally break away from her serial monogamy, or is she doomed to constantly be on the arm of one wrestler or another as the divas division continues to be little more than a way to shill cheap reality television to crappy networks and offer the gentlemen viewers of the WWE some relief in times of need.
7th Place: Bully Ray (4/10)
The former TNA champion tried going down the legal route this week in an attempt to get his title back, but alas TNA has no real understanding of legal consequences and so his threats did very little to change the state of things, hopefully he can get back the title at the Hardcore Justice episode of Impact.
8th Place: Gail Kim (3/10)
It takes two to tango and in the match for the Knockouts title Gail Kim was every bit as impressive as Mickie James, she even managed to start a rivalry with another Knockouts referee in the form of ODB. You’d think Gail would have learnt the first time but apparently not, and what’s more ODB is like twice the size of the former Tiffany, what was she thinking?
9th Place: Luke Harper (2/10)
Had a nice match with Sheamus on NXT and picked up the pinfall against Tons of Funk on Smackdown, if either of Wyatt’s heavies gets to be called the second in command I would say it would be this guy.
10th Place: Erick Rowan (1/10)
The sheep, or should I say lamb of the group is Erick Rowan, I really don’t get why that mask has stuck around as it is ridiculous, still anything to cover up that ugly ginger beard of his.
2013-2014 Season Top Ten:
1st Place: Mark Henry (66)
2nd Place: Bully Ray (63)
3rd Place: Seth Rollins (59)
4th Place: Ryback (58)
5th Place: Dean Ambrose (56)
6th Place: Damien Sandow (52)
7th Place: Johnny Curtis (51)
8th Place: AJ Lee (47)
9th Place: Roman Reigns (46)
10th Place: Alberto Del Rio (38)
(Heel Hall of Fame)
**Heel Report 2010-2011 Winner: The Miz**
**Heel Report 2011-2012 Winner: Cody Rhodes**
**Heel Report 2012-2013 Winner: C.M. Punk**
That’s all for this week, it is far too hot to write anymore right now, let’s hope things cool down in time for Summerslam, which by the way is shaping up to be a half decent event. Speaking of half decent, I didn’t actually mind the first episode of Total Divas, it certainly wasn’t any worse than any other crappy reality TV show and could get the division some mainstream attention if it continues to pull in numbers bigger than TNA’s average weekly audience, so that’s something. Of course there could stand to be more Kaitlyn and AJ, you know the two actual champions in the last six months, but never mind, for now this is James Wright signing off.