Weekly Rundown: 2 MITB Matches That Are Worlds Apart

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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).

 One more thing before we begin. I would just like to apologize to all of you for the appalling work The Choice did last week covering for me. I would also, at this opportunity like to thank Matt Andrews for the awesome work he did last week covering for me. Yeah, go figure.

So without further ado, let’s get started!

YES!

RAW

+ Did the crowd chant “Puteo” to Del Rio? I know what Puta means, so I’ll assume… Wow. And the quick work on Sin Cara? Seems he’s back in the doghouse. I for one am glad as I don’t like him one bit – To build off the momentum of the character they should place Hunico under the mask.

+ Heyman’s promo gave me chills.

+ Slater in this role is actually gaining my respect. He does it well, and his Neckbreaker is really impressive.

+ AJ’s facials are brilliant. “You’ll do anything to get attention” – look at her face when she says that. She gets an idea on how to get Punk’s attention, which we see later in the night.

+ TYSON KIDD, the most underrated talent in WWE, beat Tensai! AND, it served another purpose in advancing Tensai’s character.

+ The last 10 minutes of RAW were just awesome. From the exchange between Punk and Bryan to the AJ debacle, it was all very well done.

Smackdown

+ The Smackdown MITB match looks MUCH better after this week. Ziggler and Rhodes are two favorites to win, and regardless I wouldn’t mind most of the participants winning.

+ Alex Riley vs. Ziggler was really impressive in making it believable that Riley could win.

+ Cole pursuing AJ made me laugh, I’m ashamed to admit. The rest of the segment was awesome regardless of Cole, I’m not ashamed to admit.

+ FINALLY RyBack gets some fresh competition!

+ Ryder won a Battle Royal involving Kane, Big Show, Cena, Del Rio, Punk, Bryan, Santino, Christian, Ziggler, Rhodes, Tensai and other big names, and he did it completely clean. Perhaps the Ryder Revolution is resuming? Could Ryder get himself back into MITB next week?

Impact Wrestling

+ One thing TNA does great is intrigue. There are a lot of new things being attempted by TNA at the moment, from AJ’s angle to Abyss’ brother to Sting’s attackers there is a lot that is unforseeable.

+ CALLED IT! I called Madison’s crush being Hebner. This YES! isn’t for the angle, but strictly for me predicting its direction.

+ In contradiction to Darsow vs. Flip (see in the NO!), Kenny King vs. Lars Only was a match between two wrestlers I would love to see going forward in the X Division, save the Only botch in the match (pun intended) with the Dropdown Leghook Jawbreaker.

+ Hardy vs. Storm really got the reaction TNA was hoping for. There were very loud dueling chants throughout the match.

NO!

RAW

- Right, so for an 8 men tag match between the US champion, the IC champion, and the Tag Team champions we get the entrance of ONE of the Tag champions for all 4? I get that there were time constraints, but you could still play everybody’s themes shortly. Also, why was Clay allowed to intervene in the match? The ref was looking right at him, if they wanted to do this spot Otunga should have backed up from Clay into the ring without Clay touching him, especially since Clay got a piece of him after the match.

- “we hear backstage there’s no residual effect between Dolph Ziggler and Vickie”. In other words, WWE pulled the plug on a Ziggler face turn a mere days after they started it – again – and are making, in my eyes, a mistake. Stick by your plans, especially the good ones.

- Kane vs. Big Show was a sad excuse for a no DQ match, even for a TV match when it’s that caliber of talent. Besides, WWE should really decide whether Kane is face or heel.

Smackdown

- HORRIBLE way to open Smackdown with that party segment. The only redeeming part was Kane lighting the BBQ.

- How does Rhodes facing Christian make sense from a booking perspective? Does Long have another qualifying match up his sleeve in case Rhodes loses? Don’t get me wrong, it was a good match, it just didn’t make sense from a booking perspective to book Rhodes against someone who is already in the match.

- Isn’t Queen Diva familiar to anyone? The hand gesture along with the “Queen” moniker suspiciously remind me of Madison Rayne.

- The 6 men tag with Hacksaw, Slaughter and Santino vs. McIntyre, Hunico & Camacho was horrible. At least let McIntyre get a win against the legends, it’s not like they need it.

Impact Wrestling

- As implied earlier, both Dekota Darsow and Flip Casanova were terrible! Granted, Darsow has improved leaps and bounds from last year, but he still had too many misques and timing issues. And that Flip Casanova… “Flip” is all he can do in the ring! He couldn’t even hit a kick flush without breaking Dekota’s nose! All he has is impressive springboard moves, but no form, needless to say no psychology, and hell – even his flips are botched in the landing.

 - If TNA wants to include live event results in the BFG series, they have to at least show footage or report on happenings from live events, just like they did last year.

- Is it just me or is Crimson an afterthought now after his loss?

 

Maybe?

? The opening segment to RAW was entertaining at times, but unnecessary and all over the place at others. I don’t know what I think of it.

? Regarding the TNA TV Title not being defended in recent weeks, while the fact that an explanation was given is good, the fact that it’s ad hoc is not. It shows TNA didn’t plan for it and just forgot about the weekly TV Title defenses.

 

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is going to be: Who would you want to see win each MITB ladder match and why?

Leave your answer in the comments section below, and don’t forget to come back next weekend for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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  • Steve l

    Jericho just because and Cody because it is the jumpstart he needs.Dolph is already well on his way. An MITB win is just the spark Cody needs.

  • kdls1

    Jericho because he has gone under so many people since his return. And Tyson Kidd he is so underrated, it’s time for him to break out!

  • Christ 4 Life

    Tyson Kidd or Rhodes, and Cena

  • Rob UK

    Hmmm I would say Jericho because then we can move onto a triple feud with him, punk and bryan which would be out of this world.. The other is hard to call I’d be happy with either dolph or Cody but at a push I would say dolph. The guys been the best worker along with Bryan and punk over the last year and it’s time for his push to main event level.

    • unknown

      i had the same idea for jericho winning. i think it could be one of the best 3 person feuds.

  • H.M.

    I thought the Raw opening segment was great and would add it as a 'YES!' moment.

    As for MITB:

    Raw MITB – Jericho b/c he deserves a PPV win. Show and Cena can continue feuding and Kane can move onto something else.
    Smackdown MITB: Ziggler, Christian or Rhodes in that order. Too soon for Sandow and Kidd. Santino and Tensai seem unrealistic and would be a put down regardless.

  • Maxx Stylez

    They were chanting pendejo. Spanish slang for dumb@$$.

  • WyFo

    WWE Title MITB: Kane (It adds to Punk, Bryan, and Kane’s storyline with AJ.)
    WHC Title MITB: Tyson Kidd (It’s about damn time he gets a push)

  • gage

    Dolph for WHC bescause he is a fantastic worker, one of the best in WWE today, and just for a surprise, Rey Mysterio to return and win the WWE MITB match as he was the champ before he left.

    • Jessssssss

      Im totally with u dude!

  • Rob UK

    One idea I had (if I was in creative) is that Jericho could win the MITB match and try to cash it in later on punk after he’s beaten Bryan, but bryan stops Jericho and punk gets the win. So Jericho becomes the first not to cash in the money in the bank and also sets up the story line for a 3 person feud leading up to summer slam.

  • Richie

    Jericho with the flamboyant tweener character!!! Christian because his last run with the title was only because Edge retired. He deserved way better! IMO he’s the best veteran on smackdown!

  • cisumt

    I would be surprised if it wasn’t Cena to set up a rematch with Punk for the title at Summerslam. The other match is the tough one to pick because Cody and Dolph are equally smart moves. I’ll go with Dolph just because Cody is younger and has more time to break into the main event on his on or win Money in the Bank next year.

  • Tim

    Rhodes because he deserves it more then zig, Cody’s been there longer and has paid his dues, then again a Kidd win would be very shocking and I think he would get a huge pop if he went over. And then Jericho my raw pick because he has the total package and pure pro-in ring ability .

  • Guy Landau

    I say Jericho and Dolph, and I would add that I expect 1 cash in to occur in the PPV. Either Dolph takes the WHC from Sheamus after his match with Del Rio or Jericho takes the title from Punk/Bryan.

    • Steve C

      Guy I will be VERY surprised if you find anything to put in your Raw YES! column for this week which doesn’t involve punk AJ or Bryan! Worst episode iv seen in years! 2/10