Weekly Rundown: 0-2 in getting this up on time

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Hello and welcome back to yet another edition of the Weekly Rundown hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. This is a weekly feature on WrestlingNewsWorld.com where I gloss over the important happenings in WWE & TNA week as it pertains to the companies’ respective major shows, in the form of bulletins for the positive happenings (under the “YES!” column, and prefaced with + signs), the negative happenings (under the “NO!” column, and prefaced with – signs), and the ones I could not decide what they were, but felt they were important enough to comment on (Under the “Maybe?” column, and prefaced with ? signs).

 

So without further ado, let’s get started.

 

Quick note: because of a very hectic week I did not have time to watch Hardcore Justice or Impact. That is also the reason that this week the Rundown is (yet again) late. Fear not though, for next week the Rundown will return.

 

YES!

RAW

+ I liked the whole opening segment withBryancoming out and the main event being made.

+ FINALLY a RAWActive choice that isn’t too easy to predict. At the end it didn’t matter though, all 3 were out…

+ Slater got a surprisingly pleasant amount of offense on Truth, who made the finish very anticlimactic.

+ Very interesting development with Punk’s character on this past week’s RAW.

+ Notice Heyman stealing Damien Sandow’s line – “thank you for your irrelevant opinion”

Smackdown

+ While I shouldn’t be liking that segment, any TV time for William Regal is a good thing. He has the ability to make the most stupid jokes funny.

+ Great match between Bryan and Orton, and I’m glad Orton didn’t go over clean. I agree with Matt thatBryanshould’ve worked a leg submission for the win, but seeing as a he didn’t win, I suppose it would’ve been lost on most fans.

 

NO!

RAW

- RyBack’s matches being edited for crowd reaction has really gone too far.

- Pauly D isn’t the way to make your product respectable.

- Why on earth is Sin Cara getting victories?!

- Piper’s Pit was SO awkward.

- Wow, Christian has really fallen, hasn’t he? He’s almost a jobber now.

Smackdown

- While the finish to the Tag match was nice, in no way should Cody Rhodes lose as much as he has lately.

- Reks and Hawkins are too good for that treatment. But at least they’re getting TV time. I’m ashamed to admit that when Reks was talking about his “old job” last week, I suspected that this was what he meant.

- The whole cancellation of the WHC match was redundant. I’d have made Eve reinstate the match to get heat on her, with Sheamus’ status being in question all the way up to the match.

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  • Matt

    I totally agree with you on the Piper's Pit segment. It was totally off, Piper was totally off. The way he was constantly mumbling or interrupting the others was awkward. I mean it wasn't done as a heel's formula, but seemed like he simply didn't know what exactly he was doing. And the way he tried to get a chant going? If I didn't know better, I'd think he came out drunk..

    Could someone explain how the matches of The Ryback have been edited? Didn't watch Raw a lot lately, but the impression I got was that "Feed me more" seemed to be pretty over with the fans.

    • Guy Landau

      From what I understand (and you could notice it on the broadcast) the announcing suddenly became audible in the entire arena during the match after an especially loud "Goldberg" chant. That allowed the WWE to plant their own sounds in the arena along with the announcers' commentary, such as canned "feed me more" chants to either get the audience to go with it (via the herd effect) or just to make it seem to the home audience that he was getting over.

  • Jack Premier

    YES!!! – Guy’s wrestling knowledge and insight, up until the last 2 weeks. Guy typically has picked up on things that I miss from the broadcasts and gets me thinking every Saturday

    NO!!! – The last 2 rundowns. This one especially feels mailed in. I wouldn’t be so harsh if I hadn’t been a consistent reader before this. Guy I know how talented you are. You know this isn’t your best effort. Maybe a good idea would be to make the Rundown a special feature for special weeks (ppv’s, etc). Then you wouldn’t have to worry about providing weaker columns like this, especially when there was so much more going on in a go home week to the 2nd biggest ppv of the year.

    • ryan

      I agree with this, with the exception that I believe the Rundown needs to stay a weekly column. I look forward to eat every weekend. I had no complaints about last week, but I gotta agree this one was definitely mailed in. I would rather have waited until tomorrow and had it include more info. You could've included SummerSlam yesses and nos and used that as an excuse for it being late.

      • Guy Landau

        Yes, definitely mailed in this week because of HUGE time constraints. I actually watched both RAW and SD! today as I didn't have the time the whole week – and RAW moving to 3 hours definitely hasn't made it any easier. I had a show on Thursday that including debuting a new gimmick, so I had to prepare a lot for it (hopefully the video will be accessible in the coming week and if I'll get an OK from the higher-ups I'll post it in the next Rundown or the one afterwards) as well as school stuff to take care of all week long. This and last week were definitely one-offs, and I'll be back in fighting shape next week. However, with the school year starting after next week I may, in fact, have to scale back to making these a monthly feature about general happenings in the world of wrestling. Hopefully it wouldn't have to come to that, but I won't lie – it is a possibility.

      • Guy Landau

        Also – I don't make excuses. The Rundown was supposed to be up on Saturday, ESPECIALLY before a PPV as that starts off next week's Rundown. I seriously considered just missing the week because I knew I wouldn't be able to make it on par with my usual ones, but I made the decision to post this week's hasty Rundown instead. Perhaps that was a mistake, but there's nothing I can do about it now.

        • ranewber

          Good luck with the new gimmick.Just remember, if this column wasnt typically awesome, no one would notice if you “mailed it in!”