Weekly Rundown: A Week of Great Matches

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.

 

NXT (available for free on hulu.com for those in the US)

-         Oh man, why did WWE change Neville’s theme?

+     Renee has expanded to calling the males’ action as well! Yay!

+     It’s good that Graves is heel again and that his farce team with Neville that was created only because Oliver Gray is injured is over. However:

-         You can’t backstab someone by running into the ropes in front of them! That was one of the worst turns I have ever seen because Neville saw it coming a mile away.

+     While it’s clear Breeze is over, both him and Parker need to work with the crowd more. This match looked really scripted, simply because they didn’t adapt the match to the crowd. With the lack of knowledge of the characters prior to the match you would think Breeze is the face and Parker is the heel, because they didn’t respond.

-         Boy, the commentary during the divas’ match was atrocious, because of how both Regal and Tony reacted to Renee. And why did Renee start talking fashion in the middle of a match? I get that the guys asked her that (which is part of what I mentioned just now) but she didn’t have to respond.

-         And I’m sorry but the divas’ match was uncharacteristically atrocious. Summer Rae and Emma had the least amount of chemistry I’ve seen in a long time.  All 4 can work, but it didn’t look it from this match.

+     For anyone questioning Bo’s ability to work, watch this NXT Title match. Did he kick out of false finishes prematurely? Yes. Did his spear suck? Yes. But these are small potatoes that are very much easily corrected. This was Bo’s first real main event caliber match and he lived up to it.

+     I also like the booking of the finish. Bo can still claim he won clean and didn’t realize that he used the exposed turnbuckle, thus playing up the fact that he’s oblivious to the hatred he generates.

RAW

+     I don’t know if the parables in Bryan vs. Orton to HHH vs. Undertaker are intentional (HIAC, HBK as guest ref) but regardless I feel like they add to the feeling of the event.

-         I hate when WWE tries to get heat on workers in their hometown. It won’t work, it never works, and it makes no sense.

+     Miz going after Orton before the match makes perfect sense. Very logical booking by WWE.

+     Wyatt actually made him going after Miz logical.

+     Goldust and Cody going after the Tag Titles makes a lot of sense. I also like how their picture on the tron when the match is announced is almost the exact same pose. It’s a little thing, but it adds.

+     WWE Bringing NXT into RAW in any form is great. JBL, the GM of NXT not knowing who Xavier Woods is is not.

+     I can still gloat for refusing to judge Los Matadores ahead of time. They’re entertaining as all hell.

?    I’m not sure about Triple H going full-fledged heel. On one hand, it could be argued he’s still the same complex character who was just insulted by the YES! chant, which is why he’s had enough of playing games. On the other, I think this drawing his character in black instead of letting the fans decide doesn’t bode well for future round, three dimensional characters.

+     Truth vs. RyBack was better than I expected it to be.

-         I have to say the Tensai Giant Swing was disappointing.

+     Axel trying to go for the win, essentially aiming too high, is a great fit for his character and a driving force for this storyline.

+     Before even discussing the match itself – I really like the big-match feel of Rhodes Bros vs. Shield.

+     I didn’t remember what a great worker Goldust was. It’s great to have him back, he’s a true asset.

+     Now onto the match itself: Wow, what a match. Everyone was on their game, and in usual Shield fashion, I loved the finish – although this time they were the recipients of an awesome finish, not the catalysts.

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

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