Weekly Rundown: And The Slammy Goes To…

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.

 

Week 1

YES!

Impact Wrestling

+ Interesting way to open Impact Wrestling. Someone outbid Roode, and at this point we do not yet know who that is.

+ Wes and Garrett had their back comfortably turned to the attack.

+ Joseph’s OVW storyline, unlike the Direct Auto insurance commercial last week, is a less obvious, but more effective way to put over the training facility.

+ “Already got you a gift certificate”… Daniels remains as awesome as ever.

Smackdown

+ Cody should never shave that thing. It’s getting him as over as one gets.

+ Aksana keeping the hold on Kaitlyn was a fresh change of pace for a divas’ match. It could have been built better, but for what it was and the amount of time divas get, it was good.

+ YES! is back!

+ I didn’t expect Del Rio to lose to Kofi, nor did I expect Cesaro to beat Sheamus (albeit by countout)

TLC

+ The opening was very appropriate. This is the most horrific gunning incident in the history of the United States, and deserves all the mention in can get. Not to get into politics.

+ It was a great idea to open with the fast paced Tables match. And Rhodes Scholars’ promo was brilliant on so many levels. I went back to listen to it a second time. Finally – Cody’s Moustache is still the most over superstar in WWE.

+ Ziggler delivered a great promo backstage.

+ The TLC match was everything it needed to be. It got the right people over and was entertaining throughout. It was an incredible showing by all 6 men, and 5 of them are the future of WWE. I for one do not mind one bit.

+ Ziggler vs. Cena closing the show is absolutely the right call. It was a good match with an intriguing finish. Ziggler also seems to have inserted the Superkick into his arsenal as a finish. That’s a very smart move, as both Big Show and I think (see below).

RAW

+ BOOGEYMAN!

+ NEW AGE OUTLAWS!

+ FLAIR! That whole segment was surreal beyond belief. Who’d have thought 1 day prior that this would happen on RAW?

+ SIMMONS! DAMN!

+ MEAN GENE, JR AND STEAMBOAT!

+ BIG E LANGTON! Uh… actually no. The only thing l like about his work is his unrelenting run into his opponent [as he did to Cena]. I despise his finisher [as he did to Cena], what is that thing supposed to hurt, anyway? Him attacking Cena is the biggest overpush in history.

+ I had a feeling AJ would win Kiss of the Year. The segment that followed was… interesting.

+ Tensai being in that comedy segment with Santino is the best thing that could have possibly happened to him, as it looks like he’s headed somewhere at least. Perhaps back to being Albert. Tensai being in the ring while return of the year was announced was surely a rib.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- Is Velvet’s new gimmick “Mrs. Ass”?

- Was AJ’s promo supposed to be a heel turn? Dixie’s reaction sure seemed to point at that. But it was one of the better babyface promos I’ve heard in a long time – AJ IS the corporate janitor, and it IS time he starts putting himself first. Everyone understood it and it was as clear as day.

- Your main event is Bully Ray vs… JESSE?! The large amount of offense Jesse got in is inexcusable, though you can’t have a squash for a main event. Of course, there are other ways to solve this, like… NOT MAKING BULLY VS. JESSE THE MAIN EVENT!

Smackdown

- Am I the only one thinking talent sitting ringside has been overdone recently?

- Is Big Show 8 years old? Sheamus didn’t hit him, he technically touched him… If anything him throwing Ricardo Rodriguez into Big Show was more hitting him than that… Big Show shouldn’t be THAT type of heel. Furthermore, since Show gave up on making Sheamus lose the shot because then he’d go rampant on him, Show attacking Regal made zero sense.

- I don’t like WWE making that much of a caricature out of Sandow – in commentary they said he graduated from high school at the age of twelve and scored a perfect 1600 on his SATs. He isn’t Sheldon Cooper, he’s just an intellectual. You don’t have to graduate high school at 12 years old to be intelligent.

- Is the Aksana/Kaitlyn match supposed to be the payoff to the blonde assailant storyline?

- Khali & Hornswoggle managed by Natalya… Firstly – Ugh. Secondly – Natalya deserves MUCH better.

TLC

- There was no reason for Cesaro to enter first into his match, he is the champion.

- I hope Cesaro’s cliché Anti-America gimmick ends soon, it did the job in getting him over initially, now it’s time for him to have more to him than that.

- Barrett used Jinder Mahal’s finisher on Kofi as a regular move. Pay attention people, see what moves are already in use on the roster and how.

- RyBack used a Spear in the TLC match, but the announcers did all they could to avoid calling it a Spear, probably for Goldbergian reasons. Well, if you care that much about the Goldberg chants, how about just avoiding the Spear altogether?

- Naomi is a spot monkey. The sad thing is she could still add a lot to the divas’ division as it is at the moment.

- Brooklyn Brawler, Miz? Really? Really? Really?

- Brooklyn, Brooklyn, I get that you want Ziggler to win, so do I. But “you can’t wrestle” chants? Isn’t that a bit outdated? It has been proven time and time again that Cena is one of the better wrestlers on the roster. Get sick of him winning, get sick of his gimmick, but don’t try to bend reality. I advise everyone to watch Wrestling with Rosenberg : The Big Show and Wrestling With Rosenberg: CM Punk

in order to realize what Pro Wrestling is about from the eyes of the wrestler. It isn’t just fancy moves – in fact, it’s rarely that at all. After you watch these you should realize, if you’re still in the mindset that was popular 2 years ago that Cena is a bad wrestler, that it is in fact untrue. [I have no earthly idea why the font here is that large, try as I may I was unable to make it normal.]

RAW

- BOOGEYMAN! Came out and did nothing…

- NO! NO! NO! Team Hell No should have won LOL moment of the year! NO! Bryan was right! It belongs to him! NO!

- So… 3MB is the new Heath Slater preRAW 1000? Except they’re doing it through 6 men tags?

Maybe?

? Hogan’s segment with Bully, while intense, was badly acted. It was a good effort, but I didn’t really like the result.

? I’m pretty sure 3MB was going for a “so bad, it’s good” approach in the PPV on MizTV. They pulled the first part out, but the jury is still out on the second one. Also – did Del Rio turn babyface? This may be the change he needs to be fresh again.

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: Who is your projected/most wanted Breakout Star for 2013 [current upstart to win a World Title]? The nominees are: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Damien Sandow, Antonio Cesaro, Big E Langston, or anyone of your choosing from the NXT Roster.

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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  • Maxx Stylez

    I only have one yes to add to your analysis. YES YES YES to Tommy Dreamer on Raw!

  • Tyler Bowles

    Nice, Sheldon Cooper Reference!:)

  • Kdls1

    Cesaro, mans got talent. He's also the best United States champion in recent memory.

  • RobUK

    I no the slammys don’t really mean anything… But punk and Bryan not nominated for a match of the year? Either apart or when they were feuding…? Really..? Really…? Really…?

  • David

    I totally agree with on John Cena being one of the better wrestlers on the roster.

  • DELPHINE

    Khali is very underestimated, but he was awesome at this weeks Raw.
    &
    Randy Orton >>> heel, nuff said.

    • Guy Landau

      He added a kick to his arsenal, which is a move in the right direction, but for me from that to being awesome there is a long road.

  • http://www.phenomforever.com Mayank S

    I disagree with cena being one of the better wrestlers on the roster. I agree that he can't wrestle much and still can't see beyond those 5 moves. I have rarely seen him take risks, do any high flying or entertaining moves in the ring. Look at Alberto del Rio, for example. Look at the submission cross arm breaker that he does – the way he executes it is fantastic, and look at his kick at the corner of the ring in which he steps on the opponent with one leg and kicks with the other – it is breathtaking to look at. Give me a break, cena does not know anything and there are at least 10 wrestlers better than him in the WWE roster, if not more.

    • Guy Landau

      The things you put focus on in a match (i.e. move execution) show your lack of understanding of what is important in a wrestling match, talking from a wrestler’s perspective. The execution of a move is the least important thing in a match – remember all the botches in Cena/Punk (most of them by Punk, by the way) and Taker-Michaels 1? By that logic Big Show is a bad wrestler. Taking high risk moves is plain unnecessary when you’re in Cena’s size and position. Watch The video of Big Show, I hope it will show you where the emphasis is put by one when he is in the ring.

      • David

        Hey Guy, I'm curious why you think John Cena always gets accused of the 5 moves of doom. Doesn't ever WWE wrestler basically have a set of moves he uses in their matches?

        • Guy Landau

          I think it’s a combination of factors.
          Cena was booked in a very Hogan-esque way as champion. He was down all match, then he would hit his comeback and win. It has changed since then, but having him hold the title for 3 years with Edge breaking the reign up twice and being booked like that for the majority of it, with his only offense more or less being the 5 moves of doom made then “doom”y. Like Khali’s chop and the WCW fingerpoke, “doom” has become a meme to describe a wrestling move being stronger than it should be. If Cena’s only offense is those moves, it makes them seem “Doom”y. Now, Cena was in the limelight back in ’06, and he was booked in a Hogan-esque fashion as I said, in a much more critical generation. He was also the first in a long time to have such a formulaic comeback (Michaels also had one, but it was used more subtly). All faces started using comebacks leading up to finishers only a bit afterwards, and it was usually not made as obvious. Note that there’s a differnce between a sequence.

          • David

            The 5 moves of doom didn't orginate with John Cena. It actually started with Bret "the Hitman" Hart. And many consider him one of the best wrestlers of all time.