Weekly Rundown: A Horrible RAW And A Great Regal vs. Cesaro

This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more. If you disagree with me, feel free to voice your opinion in a civil manner in the comments section.

Hello and welcome to The Revamped Weekly Rundown, hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. For those who do not know, this is a weekly feature on WrestlingNewsWorld.com where I gloss over the important happenings in the week in WWE as it pertains to the company’s present and future in RAW and NXT in the form of bulletins for the positive happenings (A.K.A “YES!”, prefaced with + signs), the negative happenings (A.K.A “NO!”, prefaced with – signs), and the ones I could not decide what they were, but felt they were important enough to comment on (prefaced with ? signs).

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

RAW
+ Kane handing out Christmas joy in a rather aggressive manner to the Daniel Bryan shirt-wearing plant (as in, a person who was put there on purpose, not a rose bush) was a nice little touch.
? I think the good vs. bad Santa idea was done solely to get heat on Steph and Triple H, as even the way they presented it was ridiculous.
- God, the piped in chants on RAW were unbearable. It was so obvious they were fake.
- There is only so far you can go with a gimmick Christmas show. It’s the first match of the night and that line has already been crossed. Needless to say, it did not get better as the show progressed. (We had a horrible sing-off, we had a pole match, and a stupid gimmick Santa match. We also had Zeb Colter call Santa an illegal immigrant).
+ I see WWE went along with simply advertising Batista’s return.
+ I have to applaud WWE inserting in live commentary on RAW to make it seem live. It wasn’t noticeable had I not known the show was taped.
+ The only really good part of RAW was the main event. It was honestly a horrible show that I would have happily skipped.

NXT (available for free on hulu.com for those in the US)
? Well, being a recap show, there is only one match to talk about, but what a match it was. This whole recap will touch upon points from the Regal-Cesaro main event match:
+ I loved the technical start of it, with both Regal and Cesaro flaunting their European heritage.
+ They then moved on to a classic work-over-a-body-part, with Regal setting his own knee up and selling it beautifully as a damaged organ.
+ Regal took some pointers from the old catch master from the World of Sports wrestling days (the days of best of 3, numerous rounds-based, technically sound matches), Johnny Saint in his chain work, but also showed his own striking game that he does so well with Euro uppercuts and elbows, althewhile selling the knee.
+ Right before Cesaro went to finish him off, Regal beautifully timed a great comeback in which he took out BOTH arms of Cesaro simultaneously, which, along with Regals leg injury made way for great sequences that only the likes of Regal and Cesaro would know how to take advantage of, such as the beautiful Regal failing the Knee Trembler, followed by Cesaro headbutting him because he can’t use his arms, followed by Regal kicking him in the head. You really have to watch it to understand what made that moment great, as it showed in a very simple but effective way how neither man is willing to give up this fight.
? Cesaro putting his elbow back to its socket is very similar to Regal’s previous NXT/FCW matches, it’s the same thing Kassious Ohno did to his fingers and the same thing Dean Ambrose before him did to his shoulder. Even though it’s a rehashed spot I don’t mind it, because A: It’s an effective tool to show a match’s brutality, B: Regal rarely wrestles anymore and so can use it in every single match with no one really noticing it’s rehashed and C: the difference in opponent and organ it’s used on doesn’t hurt either in slipping it in unnoticed.
? Regal and Cesaro took the finish more or less verbatim from Taker/Michaels from ‘Mania 26, but it fit in great with the rest of the match.
+ Overall the story told in this match, that neither man was willing to go down, was done beautifully and as effective as it gets, without relying on finisher kickouts or any other false finishes. Rock-Cena, take notice.

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to come back next week for a brand new Weekly Rundown.

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  • Lance UpperCutt

    No mention of Regals promo? It was one of the best all year.

    • Guy Landau

      Full disclosure – As soon as I found out there would be only one match on the show I skipped most of it. I wasn’t much interested in the recaps, and I must’ve skipped Regal’s promo as well by accident.
      If I’m able to find a video I will add my opinion of it, as I’m currently away for the week.

      • Lance UpperCutt

        It’s on youtube – Cesaro also does a promo too.

        • Guy Landau

          I saw Cesaro’s fleetingly between skips, it was nothing to write home about. After watching the promo, it puts the match in a clearer light. The story told in the match would have been greatly intensified for me had I seen the promo beforehand.

  • BigMike

    Every wrestler down in FL should be lining up to learn from Regal, his mat grappling is beyond compare and he is well versed in ring Psychology, promos, submissions, and telling the story.

    • BlazeKing

      They are believe it or not. Regal is a regular at the P.C. from what I hear. Dean Ambrose got the rub from Regal that catapulted his career. Whenever Regal had a match in FCW/NXT and lost, he always went under to a person he considers a better man. Ambrose currently employs a lot of subtle Regal-like mannerisms and body language.