Weekly Rundown: A JR Encore Performance

This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more. If you disagree – which is encouraged – feel free to voice your opinion (in a civil manner) in the comments section.

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.

 

YES!

Impact Wrestling

+ Hogan is an old school promo guy, and it showed during the opening segment. He did all the classic face promo routines and the crowd was eating from the palm of his hand. No innovation, because there was REALLY no need for it.

+ I was afraid the opener was going to be classic TNA booking with the 3 men outside playing a huge factor, but luckily the opposite was done – they were all thrown out.

+ I’m all for this Hollywood boyfriend of Tara’s – if it’s Joey Ryan.

+ TNA’s honesty and realism are refreshing – whether it be about Devon, the fact they are going through legal issues, How the discovery of the main event unfolded (I was going to NO! the lame reveal and ask why they didn’t just say it outright, but again there’s a sense of realism with the way it was done).

+ ah, Bully… Say what you will about the person, he’s one of the most impressive performers right now in the world.

+ “Luck’s for losers”… Why is Aries having the same mentality as CM Punk – a champion from the OTHER company – not surprising me? Not to mention – they’re goof friends.

+ Joe is now the 3rd Grand Slam TNA Champion, the only others being AJ and Abyss. Fitting, isn’t it? I also really liked the finish to Joe vs. Anderson. It goes back to the realism aspect.

+ Hogan and Sting being kidnapped aliviated some concerns I had about the realism of Hogan and Sting knowing the warehouse address and not calling the cops.

+ Evan’s answer to whether he put his best effort forward convinced me even more he deserves this opportunity.

Smackdown

+ Big Show going after the WHC makes perfect sense. Orton vs. Show being a #1 Contender’s match is a great idea, I just wish it would’ve been announced as such from the getgo.

+ Nice match between Cesaro and Santino, and I hope this is the end of this feud.

+ Great match by Natalya and Beth, but WWE is really putting Beth down on her way out, huh? They illegitimized the Glam Slam as a viable finishing move. Though I don’t understand that move if she still won.

+ An 8 team tournament for the #1 contendership is a great idea

+ Sheamus cutting Miz off was great, considering he did the same.

+ RyBack’s weekly fodder is Tensai… That’s at least fresh.

RAW

+ Punk’s explanation to why he kicked Foley last week is great in that it keeps him in that fine line with believing he’s a good guy while being bad.

+ The idea of Heyman as RAW GM made me giddy.

+ The idea of… Team Hell No, which is the worst choice for them, joining that segment made me all the more giddier (no, that’s not grammatically correct, but just like I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS, its lack of grammaticness – also not a word – doesn’t make it any less true).

+ J.R. Appreciation night – I never thought I’d live to see the day McMahon would allow such a thing.

+ Big Show’s statement  in the debate and regarding its usefulness was spot on.

+ Rhodes Scholars are great. Sandow mentioning that Sheamus wasn’t even wearing pants had me in stitches.

+ Solid match between Sandow and Sheamus. The interference by Rhodes and the “double Brogue” were redundant, however.

+ The Punk-JR interaction was great, especially considering how it pertains to a potential feud with one “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. I don’t think JR knew he would be asked to go to the back, but I think WWE having RyBack come out and ask him to come back was also a pleasant surprise for him. I could be reading too much into this, but I figured McMahon was bound to do something behind JR’s back. I just think he was kind enough that day to do it and then surprise JR by reverting it.

+ Ricardo was great on commentary, playing the naïve superfan to del Rio perfectly. Kofi sold not being able to get to the ropes well, considering he easily could.

+ Solid main event. Not a single babyface involved but Hell No are appointed viewing whenever they’re on.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- I’m sorry, but Chavo in TNA so far is going very poorly. He’s really not justifying his spot on the roster.

- It was all but obvious Tara was going to beat ODB and become #1 Contender; the announcers even said ODB was the only thing “standing in Tara’s way”.

- Evan getting a no eventually is the biggest injustice I’ve ever heard! He has EVERYTHING right and he’s so young, so he can evolve under the TNA brand! If I were him I’d go to FCW now, he is more or less my favorite wrestler, and he even proved he can speak on the mic! This better be a storyline, because if it isn’t it is the gravest injustice I’ve seen since Bryan was fired from WWE for the whole tie debacle.

- King Mo is an unknown, let’s face it. He’s only there because of he’s under contract, because of Belator.

Smackdown

- Why were the… “Hell No” segments from Monday RAW on Smackdown? Do they not have enough content to fill 90 minutes (after commercial cutdown)?

- Is there like a WWE-wide ban on leg sweeping during Russian… Leg Sweeps? I haven’t seen a single well-executed leg sweep for a couple of weeks now.

- Barrett’s return has been completely lackluster… I hope he gets a feud, and soon, because the changes to his character aren’t enough to warrant a whole reintroduction of him.

- Oh God, how many RAW recaps did this Smackdown have? Don’t count, the answer is “too many”

- What happened to the Samoan Wardance of The Usos? I LOVED that.

- Where were Encore?! They get a relatively impactful debut last week, and are nowhere to be found this week?

RAW

- Why did we start watching the SinTerio-Colonz tag match midway through?

- … Cristopher J. Stevenson? WHAT?! And what was the point of AJ psyching Kaitlyn? What the hell is going on here?!

- Miz is being made to look way too weak. He should’ve squashed Ryder – especially considering Ryder is possibly about to undergo a makeover if Z!TLIS is anything to go by – and not a moment too soon, as his act was getting old.

- The Debate. Is there really more to say? Show did what he could to salvage that segment, but it was still a WWE Debate.

- Unlike Smackdown, RAW’s RyBack vs. Tensai was just awkward.

- Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great initiative by WWE, but I would appreciate it more if they didn’t shove it down our throats, America style. They’re one midshow reference from maing “WWE – Making a ton of money, for kids” their slogan.

- I was excited for Encore, until I saw the first match they had after their inception. The band motive has eluded me beforehand, and I would’ve loved it if it wasn’t a part of the group. What’s wrong with a “World Elite” type motive, for example? Hell, I’d do that and put Hunico in there as well.

 

Maybe?

? While it’s good that Sin Cara and Mysterio share attire, why make it this ugly? Surely color matching would’ve sufficed.

? Well, by WWE logic shouldn’t Kane be the #1 Contender to the WWE title now? Perhaps WWE sobered up in regards to having RyBack face Punk and have now made Kane their backup.

 

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: What do you think of Encore, their concept and their members?

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

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  • mark3man

    Regarding Encore

    Anything is good that gets more guys relevant, and gives them story lines. Its a shame all the good story lines are taken up by the WWE games. How cool would the United Kingdom faction of been (without Sheamus though, because he isn't British(he's from Southern Ireland).

    • Guy Landau

      I was calling for a Uropia (Europe-Utopia) stable for ages. Nowadays it could be Regal, Barrett, Cesaro and McIntyre in Evolution fashion (Regal – past, Barrett – present, Cesaro & McIntyre – future). Hell, even a heel Sheamus.

      • Mark3man

        Europe stable with sheamus would be cool but just not British stable lol. What about a mid card stable, kind of like aces and eights or nexus with just everyone who is not been used. maybe giving the likes of McIntyre, swagger, jtg , Kidd, henning etc etc the chance to disrupt things, maybe get there names out there again. even pair them with heyman and punk as part of his respect kick. he kind of eluded to this when it was the summer of punk when he talked about the release of dh Smith, masters and gallows.

      • H.M.

        That's a pretty good idea.

  • David

    Hey Guy, you are correct about Samoa Joe being the 3rd Grand Slam Champion but there is a 4th wrestler in TNA history who has held 4 different titles, do you know who it is?

    • Guy Landau

      Depends – are you counting NWA titles as different titles?

      • David

        No the answer is Eric Young, he's held the X-Division, (Legends/Global/Televsion), Tag Team and Knockout's Tag Team. 4 different titles but not a grand slam champion since he never won the World Title.

        • Guy Landau

          Touche, I did not think of that. To be fair though, I hardly consider the knockout tag titles as titles.

  • Austin

    Great blog. If I were you I would've included Wade Barrett’s backstage segment with AJ as a major YES!. I thought it was one of the best segments of the night because Wade Barrett was just a boss.