Weekly Rundown: Did They Go Too Far?

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 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 week in WWE & TNA as it pertains to the companies’ respective major shows… and NXT, 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!

NXT

+ The Fink AND JR in the same evening, along with a title match? This is a stacked NXT.

+ The opener was the best Divas match we’ve seen in several years.

+ This is a stacked NXT!

+ Kassius Ohno being in near tears attacking Regal was brilliant. It shows that despite what he said last week, Ohno idolizes Regal and for Regal to attack him again really got to him.

Impact Wrestling

+ I liked the opening segment. All 3 men did what they were supposed to do.

+ The #1 Contender tag match was solid. It had 1 quirk I’m willing to overlook in Bad Influence’s offense, but it was a solid tag match which is something TNA doesn’t deliver on usually.

+ Adam Pearce vs. Magno?! You’ve got to be kidding me, this is the best Gut Check in history. I’m really pulling for Pearce.

+ Hogan hearing Sting’s music while talking to Hardy was a great touch. I don’t know if the segment was live or they played Sting’s music on cue (NOT queue as I have been misspelling since I’ve started writing these), but either way it added a little something extra to the segment, and the follow-up in the ring in my eyes. It added some flow to the show.

+ Hey, Petey’s back! But why isn’t Christian York in that match? He lost a triple threat for the title as well. Still very much against the triple threat stipulation by the way, it leaves the X-Division being nothing but spot monkeys.

+ Hardy vs. Bully in a Full Metal Mayhem match, huh? Here’s the thing though – TNA is trying to market it as their version of the TLC but it isn’t – it’s a match for pinfall and submission, not a ladder match.

Smackdown!

+ I LOVED the opening segment, from start to finish.

+ Heyman is always golden on the mic.

+ I liked the idea behind the mixed tag match. I also like AJ vs. Kaitlyn for the tag titles.

+ Renee Young is finally on Smackdown! I followed her career up to this point, and she really deserves this spot.

+ I have to say, the finish to Smackdown was well done.

RAW

+ It’s really astonishing seeing how polarizing Cena is. It makes sense from a historical perspective, but if you were to watch WWE for the first time, Cena has become quite a unique phenomenon. Regardless, I thought the opening segment touched on everything it needed to. It presented the situation clearly in a way that if someone was to watch this as the first segment in this program they will get everything. Despite what the fans, who dismissed Cena before he even said a word, think, I thought this segment was well done and that thing about the WWE title is also raising questions of a different side of Cena.

+ Swagger is really improving on mic by the week. Well done, Colter.

+ I really liked Ziggler vs. Bryan. They brought out some interesting things for it. The Tarantula by Bryan and the story involving his kicks were both interesting pieces of programming for a match. The post-match stuff was interesting as well.

+ Michaels is in HHH’s corner. Nice.

+ The WHC segment on the show was well done by all parties involved.

+ Fandango critiquing Jericho was a very unique way to build to the match.

+ You know, The Bellas vs. The Funkadactyls wasn’t half bad.

+ This is a controversial topic, but I loved the ending to RAW. It was masterfully done by all involved. Here’s the thing, and that’s how I’m looking at it: Punk didn’t pour… um… Paul Bearer on ‘Taker from any perspective. That Urn was there for YEARS, alongside Bearer. The urn isn’t Bearer’s, nor was it ever said to be such. Punk emptied Taker’s essence on him, and the Urn represents Taker, not Bearer. The only part about Bearer was the imitation by Heyman, which was pretty spot on.

NO!

NXT

- You could recognize Ricardo Rodriguez as El Local by his tattoos, as we have seen Ricardo shirtless before. It’s fine if they intend to reveal El Local eventually as Rodriguez, but he should be out with a broken ankle at the moment, so that makes no sense.

Impact Wrestling

- Sting and Hogan in a shouting match just didn’t work for me. The idea was good but the execution was poor.

- There was a WrestleMania commercial DURING Impact Wrestling. Great promotion of your flagship show, Spike.

Smackdown!

- Can the secondary champions not lose on a weekly basis? Is that too much to ask for?

- I’m sorry, this was done since the beginning of time but it’s not right – why does working over the whole leg – the thigh, back of the knee, etc. – make the opponent more susceptible to the Ankle Lock? Unless you’re softening up the ankle, it doesn’t work. It’s the same thing as working over your chest to work over your arm. The proximity does not justify it.

- It’s clear that creative is burnt out – we have seen a lot of recycled material to promote every match on the card at ‘Mania. The only match I can think of that didn’t do the same thing twice is Cena/Rock, and that’s because it had a total of 3 weeks of build to it where both participants were present.

- While I love the trio of Sandow, Rhodes and Cesaro, what is the benefit of Cesaro Yodeling?

RAW

- How many times have we seen 3MB being the 3 men fodder for the faces team in the build for their match against The Shield? This 6-men tag/faces win/Shield music starts/Shield comes out formula has been done more or less every week since this feud started.

- Big E’s finisher SUCKS.

- Why was there an edict preventing anyone from mentioning that Undertaker was the man to end Shawn Michaels’ career? They talked about it so much, so it became really obvious when Undertaker’s name wasn’t brought up even once.

- The IC title isn’t defended on the main card, the US title isn’t defended at all… Wrestlemania is burying the secondary titles.

- There’s too much stuff going on that isn’t noteworthy. Too many occurrences I have nothing to say about at all.

- The Rock lost me at “running for president”. That was a bad mental image. The rest of the promo was good, though there was a general feeling of taking the easy route throughout it.

- Oh COME ON! Cesaro isn’t even getting an entrance now? Had Fandango interfered two seconds earlier WWE could’ve… you know… NOT buried their US champion.

- I have to say I’m disappointed WWE dropped the Cody/Kaitlyn storyline. It was interesting, and they didn’t even have to not include The Bellas for it to be effective.

Maybe?

? Can we trust Henry and RyBack really broke the record? Were these weights the right weight?

? CM Punk had intensity tonight, but I can see now for the first time a case being made for this angle being disrespectful. Let me be clear – this is about the INTERVIEW segment, NOT the ending to RAW.

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: What do you think? Did WWE go over the line on RAW in regards to Bearer?

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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  • cobra

    I have to agree with you on Big E. Langston’s finishing move. I’m a big believer if it doesn’t work on a bear, you shouldn’t do it in the ring

    • GuyLandau

      For that matter, that wouldn’t work on Hornswoggle. I mean, what body part is it supposed to hit, anyway?

      • Loren Goldstein

        Stomach?

        • GuyLandau

          The person taking it covers the face as in a face bump. Sometimes. And what about it hurts the stomach? It isn’t a gutbuster by any means

          • Loren Goldstein

            Oh I wasn’t thinking it was a vary effective finisher by any means :)

      • cobra

        Fans of Saturday Morning Slam (though I think I maybe the only one who visits this site) would have gotten what I was saying.

  • The Breaker

    I have to say, Punk’s remark during the backstage interview where he spoke of Paul Bearer’s “streak of waking up every morning” coming to an end was a bit much.

    • GuyLandau

      Exactly.

    • Loren Goldstein

      I got a chuckle out of it, but then again I sometimes have a darker sense of humor. The way I look at it, they are making the best out of a bad situation, and by bad situation I’m talking the build up for this match. Punk is talking like a true heel, one who would say or do anything to get under someone’s skin. Of course in this situation that person seems to be the viewers. I’m sure that there have been many talks over where the line is and I for one do not believe that Punk has crossed that line yet.

      • The Breaker

        That’s a fair viewpoint. Punk’s job has been to get under the skin of as many people as possible, and in that sense his skill is unparalleled.