Sometimes I use my editorial space here at the top of Wrestler Wrankings to dig up old wrestling relics of the past and dream of days gone by. Other times I use this platform to rail against the injustices of the wrestling world.
(You don't have to thank me. I know I'm a hero.)
But there won't be any pontificating or soapboxing this week. Why? Well, Monday Night Raw was just too damn good for any such nonsense.
Too often, wrestling enthusiasts like you and I are forced to make excuses for the product that WWE churns out. We're willing to grade on a curve because we want wrestling to be as good as we know it can be. There was no need for that this week.
The best way for me to verbalize how good the episode was, is that is wasn't just a good wrestling show, but instead just a good and entertaining television program, with no provisos.
Great matches, unusually good commentary, excitement over both the WWE Network and Ultimate Warrior Hall of Fame announcements (seriously, how great was that Warrior highlight reel!), and did I mention great matches?
The card was stacked top to bottom with meaningful and entertaining bouts. Of course, the Daniel Wyatt saga progressed, but we were also treated to important singles tilts like Cena/Ambrose II and the shocking Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston fight.
This rekindling of a years old feud produced one of the most surprising upsets since 123-Kid usurped Razor Ramon's bag of money. More importantly, the lack of the two points for Orton allowed Alberto Del Rio to regain the Wrankings lead. Hardly an acceptable turn of events for the face of WWE!
It's often difficult to see things in perspective as they are happening. This is especially true in terms of quality waxing and waning over time. In financial markets, it's usually about the time that analysts begin bragging of a bull market that the economy goes in the tank.
Let's not lose sight of what's going on here. WWE's signature program, Monday Night RAW, has been consistently good for going on several months now and particularly entertaining for the past month or so, since Seattle and that fateful Ascension Ceremony. Do your best to appreciate a good thing while we have it. Vince only knows it can't last forever!
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!
Monday Night Raw -- 1/13/14
Main Event -- 1/15/14
SmackDown -- 1/17/14
WRESTLER WRANKINGS, WEEK 41 *TOP TEN*
1. ALBERTO DEL RIO -- 115.5 points
2. Randy Orton -- 114.5
3. Daniel Bryan -- 98.5
4. John Cena -- 73
5. Curtis Axel -- 72.5
6. Big E. Langston -- 60
7. Dolph Ziggler -- 53.5
8. Fandango -- 48
T9. Ryback -- 44
T9. Kofi Kingston -- 44
Thanks for reading, Cagesiders. We'll see you back here next week!