Weekly Rundown – An Exceptionally Good Week, or Was I Just in an Exceptionally Good Mood?

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. Also, I am always open to constructive criticism of the writing format, phrasing, etc.

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 the WWE week as it pertains to the 2 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!

 RAW

+ Triple H’s opening promo really felt real and made a lot of sense in his promo, even if it was a little longer than it needed to be. And then Heyman came out, and the whole thing got more interesting. I am excited to see where they take this thing from here on out.

+ I like the idea of US & WWE champion vs. IC Champion & #1 Contender. Especially since it seems like they are going in the direction of US & IC unification, if the announcers’ quotes of each man are anything to go by.

+ Do we even need to YES! the “YES!” chants anymore?

+ I’m really excited for Layla vs. Beth – it’s bound to be the best divas’ match in a while.

+ Cena’s Make A Wish video is really well done. I don’t know if it’s a new video or I just didn’t notice it before, but regardless it’s really good.

+ Big Show’s acting during his extended segment with Johnny really saved it from being a drawn out mess. The direction they are taking with Show is really intriguing.

+Kingston’s TiP to Miz – while I completely disagree with the match’s outcome – was BEAUTIFUL!

Smackdown

+ O’Neil and Young are growing on me as a team.

+ Damien. F’n. Sandow. That genius sonammagun (read with Santino’s voice) held the mic as you would a wine glass. And while his finisher used to be a swinging Neckbreaker which closely resembled my own finisher, his current finisher which is a double cutthroat (some would call it a straightjacket. Said some would be mistaken, as a straightjacket is arms crossed over the body, not head.) Neckbreaker. While without the swing, him adding a cutthroat effect to his finisher makes it even more resembling to my own. Perhaps he’s seen some tape and was inspired. Perhaps he reads this weekly feature here on WNW and saw me mentioning my cutthroat Neckbreaker and was inspired. And perhaps – and I only say this for the sake of including all the options – it was a coincidence that I read too much into. I really liked the comedic effect of Tatsu calling Sandow a chicken – this is a classic comedic effect that worked well in this scenario. And yes, for those wondering Sandow DOES, in fact, bring the pretentious out of me.

+ They are rotating all the new stars in a very smart way, with each getting TV time each week without necessarily squashing (save Cesaro, who was suspiciously left out of this week’s broadcast completely).

+Bryanvs. Ryder was a nice short match. Would’ve preferred to see a longer match, but at least it was by no means a squash.

+ Bryan on commentary was great – didn’t speak too much, and you could see the subtleties of his mic work as you could see his excitement for Punk’s ribs being compromised before he even said anything about targeting them.

+ Nice to see a clean finish to the main event.

NO!

 RAW

- I think Laurinaitis was supposed to stop Show when he was still on the outside, thus getting him counted out, but failed to get the mic in time for some reason so they had to improvise the go home with Kane getting the pin. It was visible that the Chokeslam was awkwardly done, as Kane didn’t know he was going for the Chokeslam yet until Big Show jumped down.

- Cena was way too goofy in his promo with Laurinaitis. And, knowing WWE’s reasoning for it, there was no real justification for it. Not to mention that the whole “LOSER” debacle was, as someone who’s experienced it first hand, absolute bullying. Way to showcase your flagship boy, WWE.

- Am I the only one who sees the board making business decisions according to match outcomes? Much like Teddy vs. Laurinaitis without a proper explanation (that the winner will show who’s a better talent scout; This explanation, as you probably recall, was never given.), what does Laurinaitis losing to Cena prove about his adequacy as GM? On the flip side, why does him winning prove he’s worthy of being GM? Makes no sense.

Smackdown

- The opening segment was a bit meh for me. It did nothing to further anything, and mostly just took time that could have went to the opening tag match.

Maybe?

? Well, it seems Miz is feuding with Clay now. On one hand it gets him on TV, on the other we’ve seen what feuding with Clay did to Ziggler & Swagger.

Here’s a comment question for the week:

Of all the new talents (RyBack, Tensai, Sandow, Cesaro, O’Neil, Young) who would you want to see get pushed the most and why?

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

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  • Bob

    I would love to see Sandow get the biggest push out of all the up and coming talent. He brings much needed intelligence to the show. Not to mention that his beat down against Tatsu was nicely done.

  • Richie

    I, much like yourself, am on the Sandow bandwagon. The guy is excellent. After him I would like to see Cesaro get a hefty push.

  • Charles

    Not particularly bothered about who they push, as long as its not Tensai!

  • British bulldog

    I would love to see o’neil and young get a big push and try to really push the tag division. Also, I love the sandow thing, wouldn’t mind seeing him get a push.

  • dave c

    hmmm, tough question, it comes down to either cessaro or sandow, but seeing as i like sandow's mic work better, i'm going with sandow

  • H.M.

    "- Am I the only one who sees the board making business decisions according to match outcomes? Much like Teddy vs. Laurinaitis without a proper explanation (that the winner will show who’s a better talent scout; This explanation, as you probably recall, was never given.), what does Laurinaitis losing to Cena prove about his adequacy as GM? On the flip side, why does him winning prove he’s worthy of being GM? Makes no sense."

    Never considered this. Good call and valid point.

    • A.C.

      I think and I hope that Cena defeating Laurinaitis is a way of getting him off of Raw and Smackdown. My concern is who will replace him as GM? Will it be better or worse? Any way you slice it, the outcome will make or break the future of WWE.

  • BOB

    I want Sandow to do classic old skool moves, double axe handles, suplexes, piledrivers(i know they are banned) and chain wrestling none of this punching and kicking style that everyone seems to do these days. I think it would suit his gimmick.

    Have you thought that the board want to fire him anyway and are using this as a reason to do so? He has been throwing his weight about so before get fired they are going to humiliate him? but ofcourse it will go wrong and on Raw after OTL HHH comes out and says we wanted to fire you before but cena said lets do it this way but guess what HHH fires him anyway?? but theboard making business decisions on match outcomes (like u said) makes more WWE sense.

    • Guy Landau

      I thought about this scenario, but I doubt WWE is actually going to follow through with the only logical explanation. Besides, it does not explain Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny.

  • H.M.

    As for pushes, I'd love to see Ryback and Sandow get them. I can't really decide to be honest. Ryback is one of the sharpest and most hard hitting powerhouses/big guys WWE's pushed in a while(they push a lot of them at some point but most aren't really that effective ie. Snitsky, Mike Knox, Tensai) and Sandow looks like the total package with a hilariously awesome intellectual saviour gimmick to boot.

    • Guy Landau

      I completely agree with every single word you said, and needless to say those are the two I would push as well.

  • Jobbo

    I could see Sandow and Cesaro as a tag team in the future. If i had to pick one based on mic skills Sandow was gonna go all the way.