Minor Shows: 11-2-0 Raw: 14-10-2 Smackdown: 11-6-0 PPV: 1-5-0 Title Matches: 9 Raw/SD Main Events: 3 PPV Main Events: 0 2012: 12th (210pts)
Year in Review
Like the last few wrestlers I have talked about 2013 started off with a high moment for The Miz when at the 20th Anniversary edition of Raw he was given the blessing and andorsement from Ric Flair to use the Figure 4 Leglock as his finisher. Granted Miz might have the worst psychology leading up to the move ever but he now has it in his repertoire and it has been effective in winning him matches.
Having the move seemed to do the trick for leading up to Wretlemania for The Miz had a pretty good run of it picking up wins against Tensai, Darren Young x2, Primo, Cody Rhodes x3, Damien Sandow, Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett and The Prime Time Players (handicap match), while only losing the Rumble, 3 US Title shots against Cesaro and 1 Intercontinental Title shot against Barrett and a match each against Swagger and Ziggler.
At the pre-show of Wrestlemania he was able to win a Title match finally when he beat Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title but lost it straight back to him the next night on Raw. After that match however Miz would go on an 8 match win streak which would finally end in a match at Payback which saw Curtis Axel win the Intercontinental Title in a Triple Threat Match.
The second half of the year was more uneventful for The Miz than the first half was. He would have his last chance at a title at the Money in the Bank PPV in July against Axel and he traded as many losses as he gained wins so he wasn't affective as he was. He did manage to have some slightly meaningful feuds with Fandango and Kofi Kingston, the last making everyone scratch their head if Miz had turned heel or was still a face. The one good thing for The Miz that came out of the final half of the year was his role in the movie The Christmas Bounty.
Well hopefully soon the WWE can figure out if Miz is supposed to be face or heel, that might go a long way to helping him go forward. As to what I see for him in the future well it would have to be same old, same old. He would just be there on our TV cropping up if we want him to or not. He will most likely get a title shot at something here or there failing to beat the champion each time. Really I don't see much else they can do for him nowadays?
30 Day Challenge
Day 11: The Young Bucks
Today for the Indy wrestler I would like to see sign with the WWE we get a two for one deal when I present a tag team known as the Young Bucks who are made up of brothers Matt and Nick Jackson. Those who have watched TNA over the years will recognise these two as they competed there a few years back as Generation Me. The Young Bucks are a mixture of the look of the Hardys mixed with the arrogance of E&C with the ability to electrify of London & Kendrick making them the best tag team out there in the wrestling world. If you have never seen these guys compete well then you are I for a treat.
The match below is for the 10th Anniversary show of ROH from March 4 2012 and is of The Young Bucks challenging for the Tag Titles against The Briscoes.
19. John Cena
Minor Shows: 0-0-0 Raw: 16-3-0 Smackdown: 5-0-0 PPV: 6-3-1 Title Matches: 10 Raw/SD Main Events: 15 PPV Main Events: 3 2012: 9th (241pts)
Year in Review
Well isn't this a bit of a surprise? Cena is a a name you would expect to be near the very top of the list, especially with the year he had in 2013. He was the Royal Rumble winner therefore giving him the title shot against The Rock at Wrestlemania, a match that he won therefore making him WWE Champion once again. He would then hold that title for 4 months beating off challenges from Ryback and Mark Henry before finally losing the title to Daniel Bryan at Summerslam. After a small hiatus he would come back at Hell in a Cell to beat Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title, which he would hold for 2 months beating off challenges from Damien Sandow and Del Rios rematch before losing it to Randy Orton in the title unification match at TLC.
So why is a guy who won the Rumble and had 2 major title reigns so far back in this countdown? Well that is quite simple, in 2013 he only managed to have 34 matches. Knowing that he was injured and took a couple of months off you would expect his matches to be a little down but compared to how much everyone else had to perform that is a very low number. This is to be expected though as being the major star he has to be protected therefore meaning very rarely appearing on Smackdown and never on the minor shows. Also as a major star it means there might be numerous Raws where a promo would suffice and no in ring action is needed.
Even though he only had limited matches it is the importance of those matches that get him here. Cena gets the extra points boosts from his win/loss record being a high 79% (27/34), his main event ratio being just over half his matches and the fact he still managed to have nearly a third of his matches being for a title. So while he may not have had many matches he made sure that the majority of them counted.
For the record the only people to beat Cena this year were The Shield x2, Curtis Axel x2, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton with the draw being against Ryback.
You just know that at some stage Cena will win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it has his name written all over it. When will it be? I am not too sure but I believe it will be close to years end ready for next years Wrestlemania season. Do I want to see him champion again, well given the right challenges I am more than happy to see it, I wouldn't be much of a fan otherwise.
30 Day Challenge
Day 12: Made In Sin
Keeping up with the tag theme from yesterday I am going to go a slightly different route today and present to you a women's tag team I think should be signed by the WWE and thus giving them two extra ladies of the ring. Made In Sin is made up of Taylor Made and Allysin Kay and are one of the prominent tag teams of SHINE. They form part of the heel stable Valkyrie with Rain, Ivelisse Velez and April Hunter which has dominated SHINE for the last year. As an added bonus while they work well as a team they are both accomplished singles competitors as well.
Unfortunately I am unable to find a match involving both of them so here is a match from AIW in late 2012 that sees Allysin Kay go up against Mia Yim in a fans bring the weapons match.
18. Jimmy Uso
Minor Shows: 24-12-0 Raw: 10-10-1 Smackdown: 9-7-0 PPV: 0-2-0 Title Matches: 2 Raw/SD Main Events: 8 PPV Main Events: 0 2012: 41st (94pts)
17. Jey Uso
Minor Shows: 24-11-0 Raw: 10-10-1 Smackdown: 9-8-0 PPV: 0-2-0 Title Matches: 2 Raw/SD Main Events: 8 PPV Main Events: 0 2012: 37th (102pts)
Year in Review
I have decided to do the Uso's together in one column instead of two for two separate reasons. 1. If you all have noticed I have been running about a day late on these columns for the last few days now and this will be a chance for me to get back on track and 2. The fact I would have written the same thing for both of them anyway it seemed redundant to do it twice.
Coming into 2013 the Uso's were a long way from being stars. While they were a known team that had been around for a few years they were still floundering around on the minor shows as a minor attraction. In fact in the first 4 months of the year the only time they appeared on a major show was the March 25 edition of Raw where they lost a handicap match against Mark Henry. May saw them Triple this when they teamed with Kofi Kingston to lose to the Shield on 6th on Raw and then lost to Reigns and Rollins only on the 19th on Smackdown.
June saw a change in the Uso's though as on Raw on the 6th of June they donned Face paint for the first time and managed a victory over the Prime Time Players. The next time they appeared on Raw on the 24th they beat Tons of Funk and 3MB to become the number 1 contenders for the titles. Between the new attitude developed by donning the face paint and there push to the title hunt the Uso's would now see more time on the major shows and after only having appeared on Raw 4 times and Smackdown twice in the first 6 months they managed to make 32 appearances throughout the last 6 months.
While not being able to win the titles in either of their chances the Uso's have made sure that the champions have known they were there. While The Shield were champion the Uso's had managed to get numerous non-title victories over them and has racked up many victories over the other tag teams thus keeping themselves near the top of the pecking order. They have also managed to keep themselves injected into major story lines by being one of the first people to come out and help someone in their time of need.
As to why Jey managed to beat out Jimmy by one point even though they have the same win/loss record is because of where they both lost a singles match. Jey lost to Seth Rollins on the July 12 edition of Smackdown while Jimmy had lost to Jack Swagger on the February 23 edition of Saturday Morning Slam. Because Jey's loss had happened on a major show he was awarded one extra point which saw him beat his brother for the second year running. The only other time where these two went solo in a singles match (that wasn't a Battle Royal where both were involved together) were wins for both brothers with Jimmy beating Michael McGillicutty on the April 26 edition of Superstars and Jey beating Darren Young by DQ on the May 4 edition of Saturday Morning Slam.
The Uso's have been my favourite team in the WWE for the last few years and I am glad this last six months that they have managed to work themselves up the card. I don't know what the future holds for them but hopefully it will be good. Stuff it it worked for Kaitlyn last week so let's try it again. Nothing short of them winning the titles will make me happy. Ok I said it now let's see it come true, oh and Super Chris's I have no other reason than it will make me happy for this one.
30 Day Challenge
Day 13: CIMA
Since I have to do two of these today to make sure the challenge stays on target I thought I would do a Dragon Gate double and present 2 Japanese wrestlers who I think would be a great addition to the roster at WWE and would put Yoshi Tatsu to shame. The first of these is the legend CIMA. At 36 years old and having 17 years of experience behind him he may be a bit old for the WWE to want to sign him you would not see that from watching him perform, he can still throw it down with the best of them. In 2013 he managed to hold both the major title of Dragon Gate and the tag titles (with AR Fox) of Dragon Gate USA at the same time showing he can still hang at the major end of the card.
The match I have for you here sees CIMA defend his Dragon Gate title against Shingo Takagi from July 21 and I highly recommend you take some time out of your day to watch this match.
Day 14: Eita
For my second Dragon Gate wrestler I will go to the other end of the scale where I will present to you 22 year ole Eita. Where CIMA had years of experience Eita has only been around for two. Where CIMA has own multiple title Eita has barely one any. However in saying this Eita has still got a long way to go and he will make a major impact in the future. One thing he has got going for him is that he won a tournament in Dragon Gate in 2012 which know sees him going by the name of the King of Chops and honestly he deserves that title.
The match I have here for you sees Eita in a Three Way Dance against Hornet and Ricky Marvin on June 15 2013 competing for the POWERSLAM Wrestling World Heavyweight Title in Mexico.
16. The Big Show
Minor Shows: 5-0-0 Raw: 9-4-2 Smackdown: 12-8-2 PPV: 0-6-0 Title Matches: 5 Raw/SD Main Events: 18 PPV Main Events: 1 2012: 4th (283pts)
Year in Review
2013 did not start the greatest for The Big Show losing his World Heavyweight Title just two weeks into the New Year when he faced Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing on the January 11 edition on Smackdown. In what seemed like weird booking to me the rematch between the two would once again be a LastMan Standing match at the Royal Rumble which would once again see Del Rio reign supreme. In what would end up even weirder booking though was the fact their third match at Elimination Chamber was in fact just a standard match with no stipulation whatsoever, a match that once again Del rio won again. It is booking 101, you start off with the simple match and work your way to the feud ending stipulation, you don't do it in reverse.
Show would then move on to feud with The Shield, teaming with Randy Orton and Sheamus which ended up with Show feuding with his partners after Wrestlemania. Once again we saw weird booking for everybody was left scratching their head as to wether Show was face or hell from week to week. Eventually at the end of May he had to take 2 months off to deal with some niggling injuries.
On his return the strange booking would continue when he was thrust into the Authority storyline. Due to John Laurinaitis the year before The Big Show had an Ironclad Contract which meant no matter what he couldn't be fired by anyone. However this didn't stop the storyline dictating that Show would sit back and be pushed around by The Authority. He would eventually be fired even though he couldn't be which thus led us to him suing the company. To stop the law suit from happening The Authority was forced to apologise, give him his job back and grant him a title shot at Randy Orton at Survivor Series, a match that he lost.
Instead of continuing the storyline and leading to a match between Show and Triple H the whole feud was suddenly dropped due to how poorly received the match at Survivor Series was. Thus with his current storyline no longer there Big Show had nothing to do so he was thrown into a tag team with Rey Mysterio and started challenging for the Tag Titles.
Other than the weird booking that Show has had this year the other thing he has to boast is one of the worst PPV records of the year. While only appearing in half the PPV's of the year he was not able to win a match in any of them leaving him with a 0-6 record for the year. He would start the year off losing the first 4 PPV's with his matches against Del Rio at the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber then teamed with Randy Orton and Sheamus to lose to The Shield at Wrestlemania. That first run of losses would end when he would lose to Orton at Extreme Rules. It would be Orton again who beat him in his next PPV at Survivor Series and then he would team with Mysterious to lose to Cody Rhodes and Goldust in a 4-way tag at TLC. With his next PPV match being against Brock Lesnar I don't see this losing streak finishing in a hurry.
After Survivor Series you feel like the WWE has lost their faith in Show being a top draw for them anymore and if his match coming up against Lesnar is any indication well you know he is about to go back to being the Worlds Biggest Talent Enhancer. Heres hoping though that creative finally gets their head around the booking idea for him this year though, my head is sick of being scratched over him.
30 Day Challenge
Day 15. Drew Gulak
Last night I was sitting back and watching my VOD of EVOLVE 24 and I knew during that exactly who I would be talking about today. The show I was watching was from the 22nd of September and would feature the Style Battle final. This is a tournament that EVOLVE run each year where they get a bunch of guys of varying styles and they have a tournament to find a winner. This was the third year it was run with both the previous winners AR Fox and Jon Davis, both who I have already highlighted, becoming big successes after their victory. Drew Gulak is the 2013 winner. A regular for CZW where he is their current champion Gulak is not the high flying show pony that the majority of the others wrestlers I have highlighted so far but is a more ground based style due to his amateur wrestling background.
The match I have for you here is from the Beyond Wrestling show called Swamp Sessions which took place on July 27 2012 and sees Gulak face Biff Busick, the guy that he beat in the Style Battle final.
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