Wrestler Wrankings™: 2012-13 Season, Week 49

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Sheamus may be the favorite, but don't count out Alberto Del Rio just yet. This and more in your weekly scoreboard for the world's purest form of sport.

#1 Sheamus has been, by far, the most consistent and dominant force in professional wrestling this year. While #4 CM Punk was boasting of his greatness and jealously guarding his lengthy WWE Title reign, Beaker's long lost cousin was tearing through the competition, winning matches and defending the World Heavyweight Championship against all comers. For most of the season it seemed a fait accompli that the Wrestler Wrankings Championship would be his!

That is, until the Shield made their presence known at Survivor Series.

The surgical strikes employed by Ambrose, Rollins, and Reigns initially focused solely on (successfully) derailing #3 Ryback's magical season. Gradually though, they've begun to meddle in the affairs of other top stars such as #7 Randy Orton, #8 John Cena, and the returned Chris Jericho.

Brazenly assaulting some of the toughest athletes in the world may be ill-advised (as well as illegal), but nonetheless the Shield have been able to back up their tough talk with an undefeated record in sanctioned matches. Truly , the Shield are a legitimate wrestling force and here to stay.

Perhaps emboldened by their success, the Shield interfered in what looked like a sure victory for Sheamus over his longtime rival #5 Big Show this week on Smackdown. This attack not only denied Sheamus two Wrankings points, but also served to put him on notice for the foreseeable future. With his safety in constant jeopardy, Sheamus will likely be advised by his handlers to pare down his singles schedule between now and Wrestlemania and, in the event he did compete, his performance will surely be compromised either by hypervigilence of another attack or another outright assault.

With Sheamus concentrating on vengeance, is there an opening for another competitor to steal away the overall Wrestler Wrankings title? An obvious candidate is #2 Alberto Del Rio. He has the World Heavyweight Championship and the title bout point bonuses that come with it. He is also already booked in a singles match at Wrestlemania, which will net him a 3x point bonus.

Alberto Del Rio scored four points this week and Sheamus none (thanks to the Shield.) As a result, Sheamus' point advantage over Del Rio currently stands at 40.5 points. This is a huge margin, but can it be overcome?

Let's give Del Rio the benefit of the doubt and extrapolate that in each of the four weeks between now and Wrestlemania he'll score 4 weekly points from the aggregation of RAW, Main Event, and Smackdown, while Sheamus scores zero.

Coming into Wrestlemania 29, Del Rio would then have 141 points to Sheamus' 165.5. That's still a 24.5 point deficit to make up. Let's again assume that Sheamus' feud with the Shield culminates with a tag team encounter at Wrestlemania that, win or lose, will net him zero Wrankings points. That would leave Alberto Del Rio's performance at as the sole remaining variable. Here are the 4 most likely Wrestlemania scenarios for the Mexican Aristocrat and their Wrankings point implications:

SCENARIO #1 -- Alberto Del Rio loses to Jack Swagger

Alberto Del Rio -- 9 points (World Heavyweight Title Bout, no win, 3x bonus)

Final Wrankings score = 150 -- 15.5 points shy of Sheamus

SCENARIO #2 Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger

Alberto Del Rio -- 15 points (World Heavyweight Title Bout, win, 3x bonus)

Final Wrankings score = 156 -- 9.5 points shy of Sheamus

SCENARIO #3 Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger AND Dolph Ziggler successfully cashes in Money in the Bank after the match.

Alberto Del Rio -- 24 points (World Heavyweight Title bout x2, win, 3x bonus)

Final Wrankings score 165 -- .5 points short of Sheamus

SCENARIO #4 Alberto Del Rio defeats Jack Swagger AND Dolph Ziggler unsuccessfully cashes in Money in the Bank after the match

Alberto Del Rio -- 30 points (World Heavyweight Title Bout x2, win x2, 3x bonus)

Final Wrankings score = 171 -- 5.5 points ahead of Sheamus

If I were a betting man, I would certainly favor Sheamus to win the Wrankings title. However, as a sportsman, I am excited to see Alberto Del Rio with a fighting chance to take the crown at the biggest event in the history of professional wrestling. Let's just hope Dolph Ziggler's considerable hubris encourages him to cash in what's left of his precious briefcase when the time is right.

***

OFFICIAL WRESTLER WRANKINGS FORMULA

ANY WIN = 2 POINTS

US OR INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE BOUT = 1 POINT

WWE OR WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT = 3 POINTS

NON "BIG 4" PPV BONUS = 1.5X

SUMMERSLAM, SURVIVOR SERIES, ROYAL RUMBLE = 2X BONUS

WRESTLEMANIA = 3X BONUS

The WWE season begins on the day after WrestleMania 28 and culminates with WrestleMania 29. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!

***

Monday Night Raw -- 3/4/13

  • Alberto Del Rio - 2 points (win)
  • Ryback - 2 points (win)
  • CM Punk - 2 points (win)
  • Miz - 2 points (win)
  • Mark Henry - 2 points (win)
  • Jack Swagger - 2 points (win)

Main Event -- 3/6/13

  • Randy Orton - 2 points (win)
  • Cody Rhodes - 2 points (win)
  • Sin Cara - 2 points (win)

SmackDown -- 3/8/13

  • Alberto Del Rio - 2 points (win)
  • Ryback - 2 points (win)
  • Mark Henry - 2 points (win)
  • Sheamus - 0 points (NC, Shield interference)
  • Big Show - 0 points (NC, Shield interference)

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WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 49 *TOP TEN*

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1. SHEAMUS -- 165.5 points

2. Alberto Del Rio -- 125

3. Ryback -- 122.5

4. CM Punk -- 116.5

5. Big Show -- 98

6. Antonio Cesaro -- 92

7. Randy Orton -- 73.5

8. John Cena -- 72.5

9. Miz -- 56

10. Dolph Ziggler -- 50

Thanks so much for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you next week!

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