Originally Posted by WOOLCOCK
Cody's new Finlay sig is SWANK, tbhayley.
Best 10 workers in the company in terms of pure ability (not in order):
Christian/Orton is pretty much a two match series for me. First encounter on Smackdown and the rematch at OTL which is comfortably the best of their series. Everything after with Christian turning heel and being nowhere near as good as he is as a face worker, coupled with Orton being below average as a face worker..blurgghh. OTL had the best dynamic with Christian being the plucky underdog trying to outwrestle and break the preverbial glass ceiling in Orton.
Sheamus is probably a top 5/6 worker in the company atm, with Henry and Bourne both injured and Mysterio wasted with the horrendous Cara. He's a really underrated babyface in peril worker, structures his matches well and works a variety of matches very well: can brawl with Tensai, Show and Barrett, work quicker and more story driven matches with Bryan and Morrison and can even work agile sprints with someone like Ziggler. I still think his true test is to excel against someone like Cena or Del Rio, guys similar in size and style to him. I have no doubt he'll deliver against smaller or larger opponents, but the jury's still out on him vs a guy not too dissimilar to him imo. His performance against Morrison at TLC 2010 is still his absolute best imo. Such a wonderfully constructed ladder match full of smart pacing, structure, heat segment and timing all of Morrison's comebacks superbly so they came off as desperate and heroic instead of spotty.
Finlay SWAG tb
I might be alone, but I never found the first Christian vs Orton match in May to be very exceptional. It's good, but nothing to a point that did much for me. It's all about Over The Limit which was far and away too good for words. I enjoyed the rest of the series. Summerslam is a vague memory though. I know I considered MITB their weakest match. Only liked Christian winning, despite the crap "burial" by having Orton to remain looking strong post-match. Hate that garbage. Cage was a ton of fun. I'll always stand by the fact that turning Christian heel in 2011 was such an asinine move. There was a reason why fans put their first two matches - Over the Limit the consensus - as the best matches. Christian was a face. It was the better move and didn't have a taint of Orton's face work towards Christian's random & unconvincing heel alignment.
@ name dropping Tensai in the list for Sheamus. I really, really liked their bout from Smackdown on 8/3. It's so good. On the level I knew those two could give with 9 minutes. Has to be the best Tensai match since his WWE return.