The King of Stats names the Tsar of Steel (Part 6: 25-21)
Nov 22, 2013 - 6:10:24 AM
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Welcome back one and all to my search for the best wrestler to step foot into an enclosure, I am the King of Stats and this is part 6 of my quest to find out who is the Tsar of Steel. Don’t worry everyone even though I have a mega-tournament going on I have not forgotten this series and eventually I will bring you the winner and my goal is by years end to have this all wound up. Today we will be looking at numbers 25 through to 21 thus bringing us to the all important top 20. So Mizfan you have anything to say before we get started?
Are we still doing this? Good grief, what did I get myself into?!?
Well since you seem to be a man of little words at the moment Mizzie I guess you better start us off with number 25 then.
25. Booker T
w/ Kane, Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious lost to Davey Boy Smith, Dusty Rhodes, Sting & The Shockmaster - War Games, September 19, 1993, WCW Fall Brawl
lost to Kevin Nash - 9-man War Games, WCW Title, September 4, 2000, WCW Nitro
beat Kevin Nash - Steel Cage, WCW Title, September 17, 2000, WCW Fall Brawl
lost to Vince Russo - Caged Heat, WCW Title, September 25, 2000, WCW Nitro
lost to Scott Steiner - Steel Cage, WCW Title, November 26, 2000, WCW Mayhem
beat The Big Show - Steel Cage, October 7, 2002, WWE Raw
lost to Shawn Michaels - Elimination Chamber, World Title, November 17, 2002, WWE Survivor Series
lost to Bobby Lashley - Steel Cage, US Title, June 27, 2006, WWE Smackdown
w/ Scott Steiner & LAX beat James Storm, Robert Roode & The Rock ‘n Rave Infection - Steel Cage, December 10, 2007, TNA Impact
w/ Sharmell beat Payton Banks & Robert Roode - Steel Cage, April 13, 2008, TNA Lockdown
lost to Samoa Joe - Steel Cage Weapons, TNA Title, August 10, 2008, TNA Hard Justice
lost to Samoa Joe - 20-man Gauntlet Steel Cage, March 17, 2009, TNA Impact
w/ Kevin Nash, Kurt Angle & Scott Steiner lost to Team Jarrett - Lethal Lockdown, April 19, 2009, TNA Lockdown
w/ Scott Steiner & The British Invasion lost to Beer Money Inc & Team 3D - Lethal Lockdown, September 20, 2009, TNA No Surrender
Holy crap, what did Booker do to deserve so many cage matches in the fall of 2000? Did they think putting a black man in a cage would save the company? Did that come out more racist than I anticipated? Am I asking too many rhetorical questions? My apologies to our readers, especially the one black one out there. Fist bump? There must be something about the end of a decade that makes Booker to jump inside those steel walls. The man has virtually nothing in the first half of the 90s, then about a billion right at the turn of the century. Follow that up with a very light 5 years and then a whole ton come down in the last couple years of the 00s. I’m not sure what to make of this pattern to be honest, but it sure looks like he lost a lot.
That fall of 2000 is pretty stacked for cage matches isn’t it? That however has been a pattern running through a lot of those big name wrestlers from that particular time as WCW had a tendency to through steel into the mix in their big match-ups then. As to the second spike in matches, well that comes down to his time in TNA who also have a tendency to throw anybody in a cage, especially in April at Lockdown. However as you pointed out the cage has never really been a favourite of Bookers, coming out on the losing end more often than the winning. The worst part though is having a singles loss to Vince Russo on his record, that is just really unforgivable.
24. Bobby Roode
lost to Dustin Rhodes - Best Two Out Of Three Falls Prince Of Darkness Steel Cage, April 24, 2005, TNA Lockdown
w/ Eric Young lost to Team 3D - Steel Cage, March 14, 2006, TNA Impact
w/ A1 & Eric Young lost to Team 3D – Anthem Steel Cage, April 23, 2006, TNA Lockdown
beat Petey Williams - Steel Cage, April 15, 2007, TNA Lockdown
w/ James Storm & The Rock ‘n Rave Infection lost to Booker T, Scott Steiner & LAX - Steel Cage, December 10, 2007, TNA Impact
w/ Payton Banks lost to Booker T & Sharmell - Steel Cage, April 13, 2008, TNA Lockdown
w/ James Storm lost to Team 3D - Street Fight Steel Cage, TNA & IWGP Tag Titles, April 19, 2009, TNA Lockdown
w/ James Storm & Team 3D beat Booker T, Scott Steiner & The British Invasion - Lethal Lockdown, September 20, 2009, TNA No Surrender
w/ James Storm beat The British Invasion - Steel Cage, Tag Titles, October 20, 2009, TNA Impact
w/ Desmond Wolfe, James Storm & Sting lost to Team Hogan - Lethal Lockdown, April 18, 2010, TNA Lockdown
w/ James Storm lost to The Motor City Machine Guns - Best of Five Series (match 3) Steel Cage, Tag Titles, July 26, 2010, TNA Impact
w/ AJ Styles, James Storm, Kazarian & Matt Morgan lost to EV 2.0 - Lethal Lockdown, October 10, 2010, TNA Bound for Glory
w/Daniels, James Storm & Kazarian beat Immortal - Lethal Lockdown, April 17, 2011, TNA Lockdown
w/ James Storm beat Murphy & Gunner - Steel Cage, Tag Titles, April 19, 2011, TNA Impact
beat James Storm - Steel Cage, TNA Title, April 15, 2012, TNA Lockdown
Hey, it’s my guy! Anyone who listens to my weekly Thursday night show on LOP Radio, IMPACTheRevolution, knows that I am a huge fan of the It Factor of Professional Wrestling. I suppose that’s neither here nor there, but I’d be nuts not to cheaply plug my show when given the chance right? Anyway, we have another clear case of TNA syndrome here, and I don’t just mean inconsistent booking and underwhelming surprises. TNA does very much love their cage matches, so Roode has had quite a lot of them in only 7 years or so. I think he’s done pretty well for himself inside the steel, especially when working with (and against) James Storm. He’s off the chain(link) after all, so it only makes sense.
Do you mind keeping keeping your cheap plugs off my column please, nobody has time for that, we are talking about tons of steel here. I will have to admit Roode has had some awesome cage matches over the years, his singles match against James Storm comes to mind first and the tag matches against 3D and the Machine Guns are not that far behind. There are other great matches there too which just goes to show the talent that Roode (and the supporting wrestlers as well) have when it is called upon for him to deliver. While at times TNA’s idea to put everyone inside of a cage may end up a little over the top if it means that we will get to see more of Roode in a cage then I am all for it.
23. Chris Sabin
lost to Shocker - 4-way Elimination Steel Cage, April 24, 2005, TNA Lockdown
beat Chase Stevens, Elix Skipper, Petey Williams, Puma & Shark Boy - Xscape Match, April 23, 2006, TNA Lockdown
beat Alex Shelley, Jay Lethal, Shark Boy & Sonjay Dutt – Elimination Steel Cage, X-Division Title, April 15, 2007, TNA Lockdown
w/ Alex Shelley lost to Kaz & Super Eric - 6-team Steel Cage, April 13, 2008, TNA Lockdown
lost to Jay Lethal - 10-man Steel Asylum, October 12, 2008, TNA Bound for Glory
lost to Samoa Joe - 20-man Gauntlet Steel Cage, March 17, 2009, TNA Impact
w/ Alex Shelley beat No Limit & LAX - Steel Cage, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles, April 19, 2009, TNA Lockdown
lost to Daniels - 8-man Steel Asylum, August 16, 2009, TNA Hard Justice,
no contest against Alex Shelley, Consequences Creed, Homicide, Jay Lethal, Kiyoshi, Suicide & The Amazing Red - Steel Asylum, January 4, 2010, TNA Impact
lost to Homicide - 4-man Xcape, April 18, 2010, TNA Lockdown
w/ Alex Shelley beat Beer Money Inc - Best of Five Series (match 3) Steel Cage, Tag Titles, July 26, 2010, TNA Impact
lost to Max Buck - 8-man Xcape, April 17, 2011, TNA Lockdown
w/Alex Shelley lost to Magnus & Samoa Joe - Steel Cage, Tag Titles, April 15, 2012, TNA Lockdown
lost to Bully Ray - Steel Cage, TNA Title, August 15, 2013, TNA Impact
From one TNA original to the next! Sadly I don’t quite have the same love for ol’ Sabin, whose disappointing title reign at the end of the summer really derailed a lot of positive momentum over in Impact land. Ah well, so it goes. Sabin’s true talent has always been in the tag and X divisions anyway, and that’s well reflected in this list. Whether he was working with his long time partner Shelley as part of the Motor City Machineguns, or bouncing off the walls solo, he generally put on a hell of a show. No idea what happened this year, maybe after two busted ACLs Sabin just isn’t the risk taker he used to be.
Well here once again is the X-Division curse in full effect. Just take a look at all that red in multi-man matches, honestly what ever happened to a simple 1on1 spot fest, why do they always have to be multi-man fiascos? If you had to point out 1 man who excelled in these multi-man matches it would be Sabin, even if he didn’t win the majority of them. While I have always enjoyed his old partner Alex Shelley more than I have Sabin he definitely still has some great selling points of his own. I will have to say though his cage match history reads like a major difference compared to his Ultimate X history, maybe the steel is a little off putting for him.
lost to Triple H - Elimination Chamber, World Title, January 9, 2005, WWE New Year’s Revolution
beat Triple H - Hell in a Cell, World Title, June 26, 2005, WWE Vengeance
w/ Rey Mysterio lost to MNM - Steel Cage, Tag Titles, January 3, 2006, WWE Smackdown
draw against The Undertaker - Steel Cage, World Title, May 8, 2007, WWE Smackdown
lost to Edge - Steel Cage, World Title, June 3, 2007, WWE One Night Stand
beat The Great Khali - Punjabi Prison, World Title, October 7, 2007, WWE No Mercy
beat The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell, World Title, November 18, 2007, WWE Survivor Series
lost to The Undertaker - Elimination Chamber, February 17, 2008, WWE No Way Out
lost to Chris Jericho - Steel Cage, World Title, November 3, 2008, WWE Raw
beat Cody Rhodes - Steel Cage, June 1, 2009, WWE Raw
beat Randy Orton - Steel Cage, WWE Title, June 7, 2009, WWE Extreme Rules
lost to Rey Mysterio - Steel Cage, January 12, 2010, WWE Smackdown
Absolutely nuts to think that before Bats ever stepped into a regular cage he was thrust into the Elimination Chamber and then Hell in a Cell, two of the most unforgiving structures in all of wrestling. Even wilder is how well he did on both occasions, I would rank both of his initial efforts as among the best editions of their match type. Honestly it was all downhill from there in terms of critical acclaim, but big Dave would have a few more memorable bouts inside the steel. And who could forget his incredible Spiderman leap, AKA the only interesting thing to ever be associated with the Punjabi Prison Match? I also find it odd to see how mixed his win/loss record is, considering how Super Bats was usually booked, but just goes to show you never know what can happen in a cage.
To be perfectly honest, I have in fact never seen one of the Punjabi Prison matches, maybe that is lucky on my behalf but it is something I will have to rectify soon. Batista is the sort of wrestler that Cage Matches were made for. He is already built for destruction and by adding in the steel enclosure that destruction is magnified. Then you add in the big name opponents he normally fought like Triple H, The Undertaker, Edge, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho, and the match quality (and brutality) just starts to go through the roof. The main thing that intrigues me though with Batista’s matches is that John Cena’s name is missing from the list. I wonder what those two could have accomplished if they had been put together inside of some sort of enclosure.
21. CM Punk
w/Julio DiNero & Raven lost to Abyss, Kevin Northcutt & Legend - Steel Cage, December 17, 2003, TNA Weekly PPV #76
lost to Bobby Lashley - Extreme Elimination Chamber, ECW Title, December 3, 2006, WWE December to Dismember
lost to Chris Jericho - Cage Match, World Title, September 15, 2008, WWE Raw
beat Jeff Hardy - Cage Match, World Title, August 25, 2009, WWE Smackdown
lost to The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell, World Title, October 4, 2009, WWE Hell in a Cell
lost to Chris Jericho - Elimination Chamber, World Title, February 21, 2010, WWE Elimination Chamber
lost to John Cena - Elimination Chamber, February 20, 2011, WWE Elimination Chamber
lost to Alberto Del Rio - Triple Threat Hell in a Cell, WWE Title, October 2, 2011, WWE Hell in a Cell
beat Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth & The Miz - Elimination Chamber, WWE Title, February 19, 2012, WWE Elimination Chamber
beat Jerry Lawler - Steel Cage, August 25, 2012, WWE Raw
beat Ryback - Hell in a Cell, WWE Title, October 28, 2012, WWE Hell in a Cell
beat Ryback & Paul Heyman - Hell in a Cell, October 27, 2013, WWE Hell in a Cell
Wow, what a mixed record we have here quality-wise! From a guy known for his good matches, there are quite a few stinkers in here. From the infamous December to Dismember main event to his fluke loss to Jericho after being randomly stripped of his title, not to mention that sad match with Taker that killed all his heat from the Straight Edge Society… and now not one but two matches where he had to carry Ryback? What did Punk do to deserve such cage related pain? Punk may be the best in the world at something, but cage matches is not it. He will always have that Hardy match to his credit though, which was a fantastically executed bout to end a great storyline.
Punk’s record does read like a list of stinkers doesn’t it? Yeah some of the matches like the Hardy one were good and others were not bad, just more forgettable than anything, but some of them need to be stricken from the record books. It is amazing though for a guy known for his brilliance in the ring just how many bad matches he has actually had over the years. Not all blame can be layed on his shoulders though as booking and opponents can also take a fair amount of the credit. Whe given the right partner and situation though Punk delivers in fine form and thus creating a match that needs to be watched again and again. Also over the last 2 years he is starting to manage to get a nice little unbeaten streak started, I wonder if it will continue in the not too distant future.
Well Wayne, here we have almost made it to the top 20 and we have already seen some major players fall by the wayside. Only you know what is coming next but I have to say, I’m on the edge of my seat to find out who is on top of this thing! Will it be a TNA standout, standing on the strength of a dozen Lockdown events? An old school superstar from the days when the cage match was practically the only gimmick available? Perhaps someone completely unexpected entirely? Tell me your secrets, Aussie!
Or is it none of the above? You, just like our readers will have to wait and find out. We have only got 4 columns left till we find out who will be named the Tsar of Steel and with only 5 weeks left before the end of the year that means they will be coming out at a pretty decent pace from now on.
On a side note if you haven’t voted in this weeks match-ups for The Greatest WWE Wrestler of All-Time tournament then please do so as I have some matches that are coming down to the wire and I would really like to get a more definitive winner for them.
I will be back on Sunday with the final part of round 1 of the tournament and then with luck the next column in this series will follow not long after. So until then remember THE STATS NEVER LIE.
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