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So here we are, boys and girls. At the culmination of the inaugural CRL 100 list of the greatest wrestlers of 2011/2012. We've all laughed, we've all cried, we've all been surprised and probably angry as well, but now it's time so say goodbye and count down the final 25. But before we're done we will have named the 25 men and women in wrestling who tore down barriers, built up legends and through incredible hard work and perseverance managed to place their names above all others. These 25 had a year that they will never forget, and had matches that left us in awe. Maybe they brawled so fiercely that it took your breath, or flew so gracefully that they seemed inhuman. Or hell, maybe they just made you laugh and knew how to kick someone upside the head properly.
Err...Not That You Don't Know How To Kick People Properly, Mr. Ki. Please Don't Hurt Me.
Whatever the reason they're here, the fact remains that they are. And with that, let's find out just who in the fuck they are.
Well here we are, boys and girls. The third installment of this year's CRL 100, counting down number 50 through 26 on the countdown of my choices for the best wrestlers in the world over the past 12 months. We've already counted down 50 of these magnificent warriors, and we've had surprises and controversies galore. But if you think that stuff was crazy, you haven't seen anything yet as we're about to unveil the order of everyone's favorite wrestlers. So just keep this in mind as we continue forward from here: for every person who thinks someone like Chris Jericho should be number 1, there's someone who thinks he shouldn't be on the list at all, and people who have every opinion in between.
Finding Someone Who Ranks Him Behind Michael Cole Though, That's A Toughy.
So get on your debating shoes, and get out your dueling cane. Because we're plunging onwards into the heart of the storm. See you on the other side.
Heyyyyy, boys and girls out there in internet land. This is your main man Cewsh, and I'll be spinning the ones and twos all night long to serve your every heavily researched and meticulously organized list reading desires.
We Assume You're All Librarians With A Fetish For Ordered Numbers.
We've got a real good part to the list here tonight, with promotions represented for the first time and some fairly big upsets in the ranking battles. We have the world's craziest mom, the world's palest luchador, and not one but TWO men who have been wrestling industry pariahs in recent years. Where will they, and the other 22 men and women stack up as we close the book on the bottom half of this year's countdown? There's only one way to find out. Unless you you just ask someone. Then that, I guess, would count as another way as well. But since you're sitting right here you might as well let me do it.
Good evening boys and girls, and welcome to a super, DUPER special event very much like other things that you have previously seen and yet...different.
Er...Yeah. Pretty Much Just Like That.
You see, tonight I am proud to unveil the debut CRL 100. What is this mysterious conglomeration of numbers and letters, you ask? Well that's very simple. It stands for Cewsh Reviews List 100, and it is the first in a yearly reckoning of the best wrestlers of the past year as determined by, naturally, Cewsh. Wait! I can see you closing this tab and moving on to another one featuring the kind of porn that it would be weird to even talk about. And that's understandable, because when it comes to wrestling related lists, let's be honest. They suck. If they aren't comprised entirely of WWE guys with a token indy guy thrown in, then they're based on criteria so bafflingly vague that it's impossible to figure out why in the hell they ever bothered in the first place. I know, believe me. I've suffered right along with you through lists that keep men and women segregated, and lists that actually have the balls to declare the Miz the best wrestler on Earth in a given year. But that all ends today. You see, with my CRL 100, I have painstakingly whittled down every single active wrestler in this industry until I got the 100 most ass kicking, body rocking, shit talking, walk walking sons (and daughters) of bitches walking the Earth today. Some will come from WWE, but others will proudly represent New Japan, All Japan, DDT, Pro Wrestling NOAH, CMLL, AAA, Shimmer, Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, WSU, Anarchy, Dragon Gate and even more than that. Every effort has been made to remove personal bias and nonsensical notions from the making here, and with any luck what I have crafted here is a list you can look to and be proud of, born of research, hard decisions and experience.
And hey, if that fails, lists are great for killing time, right?
Welcome, cats and kittens, to yet another installment of the blog that is always incisive and ever divisive, Cewsh Reviews! We have a special treat for you tonight, as we have gathered today to review an episode of Monday Night Raw for only the third time in Cewsh Reviews history. But why tonight, you ask? Because it's the 1,000th time the show has come on, and 1,000 is, like, a really big number and stuff. But tonight isn't just about reaching a symmetrical number in the history of WWE programming. It's also being branded as a new beginning for WWE and a night to enjoy the twin spectacles of nostalgia and whatever you would call nostalgia for things that will happen in the future. Possibly Futalgia, though that sounds like a kind of Athlete's Foot. Joining me on this journey through time, is our very own Professor of Wrestling History and full time Doctor Who enthusiast MichaelC, and our special guest making his return to Cewsh Reviews, Psycho! So you can tell for tonight's special review, we'll be doing it up proper, and although you can't tell, we're all wearing tuxedos and pretty dresses and are gesturing wildly with out top hats and monocles for the show to get on with it already.
So without any further ado, let's do a motherfucking review!
Welcome, cats and kittens, to yet another installment of the blog that is responsible for everything having an X in it in the 90s, Cewsh Reviews! We have a special treat for you tonight, as we take a fancy little ride down the East Coast to Orlando and once again enter a world full of color, wonder and ire.
And Of Course I Mean The New Sitcom Announcin' Buddies, Starring Jeremy Borash And Mike Tenay.
Of course we could only be talking about Total Nonstop Action, and tonight we review what many are beginning to regard as the centerpiece of their wrestling year, Destination X. Tonight the entire show, (or most of it anyway,) is based entirely around the fabled X-Division, and at the top of the card, arguably the greatest X-Division champion of all time, Austin Aries, will do battle with Bobby Roode to not only become the World Heavyweight Champion, but also to bring the X-Division into manhood at last. But we're getting ahead of ourselves. We've got bitter feuds, a whole host of newbies and a beloved feud from the past to see on our way to the end. So kick your feat up, and start feeling EXTREME, and let's get this show on the road.
So without any further ado, let's do a motherfucking review!