First and foremost, I want to personally thank Bray Wyatt and Kane for ensuring that I took a 7 minute 45 second power nap at the beginning of Summerslam, so that I was rested and ready for all the great action that would follow.
Now that I've given credit where it's due, let's address the unquestionable truth: the events of Summerslam have radically changed the face of both the WWE and the Wrestler Wrankings. Let's examine how...
John Cena: The hero of the entire Federation for the past decade? Gone.
Daniel Bryan: The upstart facially follicled fan favorite? Now a jilted ex-champion with a clear mission for revenge. (Also, the recipient of an incredible 16 points!)
CM Punk: The brash anti-hero that has captured the imagination of the WWE? Humbled and beaten, but respected more than ever.
Brock Lesnar: The monster who returned to dominate the WWE? Conspicuous in his absence.
Christian: The reliable hand that was looking for a last shot at glory? Defeated and discarded.
Rob Van Dam: The exciting known great who was here to entertain on the lower echelon of the card? On fire and unable to be kept from the main event scene.
Bray Wyatt: The mysterious and charismatic leader who promised to be an unorthodox and formidable for to all who opposed him? Still has some work to do.
Of course, the sequence of events that led to Randy Orton's latest WWE Championship win were breathtaking and unforgettable. We are richer as fans for having witnessed them. But seemingly forgotten in all this was one of the best matches of the last ten years, with one of the best match names ever.
"The Best vs. The Beast" lived up to every expectation that we as fans could have had. It was the exact type of breathtaking encounter you hope for when two talented wrestlers with contrasting styles and an axe to grind step through the ropes. Since I'm apparently the type of person who loves watching two dudes nearly kill each other in front of a crowd of 20,000 people over a perceived slight, i loved it. I haven't seen a match with this kind of... well, Ruthless Aggression, since Vince McMahon kicked CM Punk's ass last year. Bravo to all involved!
Now, I'm not saying that I want or need matches to feature that kind of raw violence to keep me tuning in, but the possibility of dramatic clashes such as this one sure does keep me from tuning out.
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!
Summerslam -- 8/18/13 (2x bonus included in scores)
Monday Night RAW -- 8/19/13
Main Event -- 8/21/13
SmackDown -- 8/23/13
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 20 *TOP TEN*
1. ALBERTO DEL RIO -- 59 points
T2. Randy Orton -- 48
T2. Daniel Bryan -- 48
4. Curtis Axel -- 43
5. Dolph Ziggler -- 34
6. Christian -- 30
7. John Cena – 31.5
8. Sheamus -- 30
T9. Ryback -- 26
T9. Miz -- 26
Thanks for reading Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!