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The Heel Report: 01.20.13: Super Weak!
Posted by James Wright on 01.20.2013

This is the Heel Report. A weekly chart spanning from Tuesday's NXT to the Raw Super Show, ranking the heels in professional wrestling based on their actions, wins and losses.

Each Week there are ten places, with points out of ten awarded based on these positions. These points are then added to a rolling chart that will continue each week to show who is wrestling's overall top heel.

This is a place where the heels of wrestling can be praised for all the hard work they do trying to get us all to hate them, so without further ado let's get on with the report…

Weekly Top Ten

1st Place: Robert Roode

This might seem like a bit of a strange one but in a week where the heel rankings were all so close it was only Roode and Aries that pulled ahead and arguably Aries took more punishment in their main event Triple Threat so by the skin of his teeth the ‘IT' Factor managed to steal the top spot on the chart.

2nd Place: Austin Aries

The man just behind Roode looks to be out of chances when it comes to the TNA title, losing to Hardy once again at Genesis, thanks in part to his ‘partner' Robert Roode. It looks like the two are developing as some type of double act and I for one am excited to see how it will develop. It is a shame that Hardy beat both men to the point where they will no longer be in the title scene, but really it is time that someone else got a shot.

3rd Place: Daniels & Kazarian

…And the man who gets that shot is going to be Christopher Daniels. I grouped Daniels & Kazarian this time because Kazarian was intrinsic to Daniels' win and played a part throughout the match, not to mention he is now his ‘official' manager, which seems a bit pointless but whatever. I am glad Daniels is getting a shot at Hardy as I think the two could really have a decent feud as long as Hardy doesn't just bury them with his ‘will to win'.

4th Place: Mr. Anderson

Finally a ‘member' of Aces & 8s who actually has the standing to win a match on a PPV against a real competitor. Mr. Anderson might have had more turns in his TNA career than I can count but he has always remained at a pretty consistent level of being a top guy when he is actually on TV. His won over Joe in his first PPV back helps to cement him as a permanent fixture of the group that so far is severely lacking in star power, in a promotion that doesn't have the roster or airtime to allow relative unknowns to rise to the top of the company like the WWE is able to do, not that they always use these resources of course. I just hope Anderson continues to be an asset to the group and that there is actually a point to his being a member.

5th Place: C.M. Punk

For a lacklustre show, Punk's role on the 20th Anniversary of Raw was pretty tailored back, limited to a short match with the Funkasaurus and a brawl with the Rock. It's nice to see the WWE breaking away from the virtually non-physical build that Cena and Rock had before their Mania match, but then again hearing Punk and Rock verbally spar would have been much more entertaining so maybe they did things a little backwards.

6th Place: Big Show

All in all the Big Show had a pretty bad week, what with losing the World Heavyweight title on Smackdown and then getting confetti-ed on Raw…one may be slightly worse than the other. The Big Show had a rather unremarkable title reign, but at least it showed that he didn't just burn out after going up against John Cena last year, he actually managed to move to Smackdown and take over the main event for a little while, pretty much like Ziggler probably will in the near future really.

7th Place: Big E. Langston

While Ziggler will probably be Smackdown-bound I see Big E staying around on Raw where he could be a big presence in a short amount of time if he is booked to his strengths like the Ryback was last year. Big E. has already started speaking and this week he stared down Sheamus, beat down Hornswaggle, and got in as many shots as he could to John Cena without as of yet having any real comeuppance, what's more he is super-over on NXT and the new champion over there, so in both face and heel terms he is sitting pretty at this point.

8th Place: Dolph Ziggler

Things between the Zig Zag man and his group are moving way faster than anticipated, Big E is already talking and there already seems to be friction between the two as Ziggler accidently nailed Langston with his MitB briefcase on Raw. Ziggler really isn't being given a fair shake by the WWE in his matches with Cena, sure they are more competitive than a lot of Cena's matches, but why have Dolph throw everything at Cena, just for Cena to kick out and then take out Ziggler with one move? It is the type of thing we have seen over and over again and it doesn't need to be established that Cena is probably going to win no matter what, sure Ziggler gets to be in some relatively high profile matches, but does he have to lose so decisively to do so?

9th Place: Devon

The Sargent in Arms of Aces & 8s fought a match against the newly trained Joseph Parks, and boy what a…okay so it was pretty rubbish, I still dig just how much commitment the guy has been putting into his character, to the point where you don't believe he even knows the basics, but come on. At some point they have to reveal that Parks and Abyss are the same person and honestly it might be that they are holding back because if it had been Devon vs. Abyss the result probably would have been pretty different.

10th Place: Wade Barrett

Once again a former Nexus member benefits from a main eventer having to take some time off. Barrett seems pretty blessed when it comes to his run-ins with Randy Orton in that he has been able to beat the Viper at various stages in his career despite Orton's relative standing in the company. Sure it will be the Shield that take out Orton once again, but you have to think it is because of his constant absence that the WWE allowed Orton to lose cleanly to Barrett on Monday Night Raw.

(Week 76):

1. Alberto Del Rio (281)

2. Daniel Bryan (274)

3. Robert Roode (273)

4. Cody Rhodes (259)

5. Dolph Ziggler (251)

6. The Big Show (227)

7. C.M. Punk (194)

8. The Miz (188)

9. Mark Henry (181)

10. Bully Ray (170)

That's all for this week, sorry for the streamlined edition but I had a bunch of big deadlines for this week and couldn't find the time to do the report any sooner. Next week should be sooner, bigger and better though so come back for that, for now though this is James Wright signing off.


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