Wrestler Wrankings™: 2013-14 Season, Week 9

Antonio Cesaro appears to the the ultimate prototype of a modern pro-wrestler. Then why does he seem to suck?

Antonio Cesaro is a curious case.

Last season, he stormed onto the WWE scene, ended the flimsy United States Championship reign of Santino Marella at SummerSlam, and immediately began an assault on the Wrestler Wrankings.

He racked up points by taking on all comers and managed to quickly soar up the Wrankings with a combination of remarkable health, consistency, and title defense bonus points. Simply put, for his opponents he was Swiss Death.

Though he held the United States Championship through WrestleMania 29, things seemed to change for Cesaro as the season neared a conclusion. Perhaps it was the pressure of competing in wrestling's major leagues for the first time, or maybe the grind of wrestling up to three times per week on television was simply too much for his chiseled body to withstand. Either way, the wins got more sparse and the performances increasingly uneven.

Shortly after WrestleMania, Cesaro lost his title to the lackluster Kofi Kingston. Hardly a "wildcat," Kofi has lived his whole career squarely in the mid card and, save for a brief moment in the spotlight at Madison Square Garden against Randy Orton, has made nary a lasting mark on the wrestling world. Perhaps this will be the year that Ghana native finally breaks out, but it would be a surprise to the entire wrestling world if it was to happen.

Getting back to Cesaro, while he still shows flashes of his old brute brilliance, he just doesn't feel like the same uber-promising prospect anymore. For now, he's just a strongman that loses more often than he wins and seems to fade into the background whenever he faces top competition.

Let's hope that Cesaro can ditch the hokey yodeling, put the chip back on his extremely large shoulder and get back to kicking ass in the ring, and that right soon.

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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 29 and culminates with WrestleMania 30. The wrestler who accumulates the most points over the course of the season, wins the coveted Wrankings Championship!

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Monday Night Raw -- 6/3/13
  • Sheamus - 2 points (win)
  • Miz - 2 points (win)
  • Curtis Axel - 2 points (win)
  • Daniel Bryan - 2 points (win)
  • Alberto Del Rio - 2 points (win)
Main Event -- 6/5/13
  • Sheamus - 2 points (win)
  • Justin Gabriel - 2 points (win)
SmackDown -- 6/7/13
  • Fandango - 2 points (win)
  • Curtis Axel - 2 points (win)
  • Kane - 2 points (win)
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WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 9 *TOP TEN*

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1. ALBERTO DEL RIO -- 20 points

2. Randy Orton -- 19

3. Kofi Kingston -- 17.5

4. Sheamus -- 17

5. Fandango -- 14

6. Miz -- 13

7. Ryback -- 12.5

T8. Big E. Langston -- 12

T8. Curtis Axel -- 12

T10. Dolph Ziggler -- 11

T10. Wade Barrett -- 11

T10. Chris Jericho -- 11

...

notable:

T18. Antonio Cesaro -- 6

Thanks for reading Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!

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