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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.
+ Evan Markopoulis is my favorite Gut Check contestant so far, by far. He’s got absolutely the right attitude and mindset for a competitor. He sold great for Williams and gave a great performance that made Williams look good – as a rookie that’s what he’s supposed to do, especially facing Williams. Letting Williams control the match for the amount of time that he did is absolutely the right choice, considering how much more experience Williams has. In fact, Mr. Markopoulis was brilliant in his delivery of nuances as far as timing goes. One thing I saw that needs improving is his striking – he needs to find a better looking punching technique (though his jabs looked OK from what I could tell considering the difficult camera angle we saw.) I definitely see much potential in this kid. This match looked REALISTIC, which is something TNA matches lack a lot of the time. He reminded me of… well, myself, a lot – as I mentioned last week, We started out the same age and we are the same age now. He seems to get how to work a proper match with the MATCH quality being the top priority – which is rare nowadays. We are both skinny and not at all scary, which made the fall to Williams a very sensible move.
+ Roode vs. Storm was a great way to not have a real match but still have a match. It was entertaining and yet took nothing away from their imminent encounter on BFG.
+ Tara calls out Christy and is dating (potentially) Joey Ryan? I did not see that development coming.
+ Great match between Ray and Aries. Ray going out on top is interesting – both from Ray and Aries’ perspective.
+ Edge(!) addressing Kane & Bryan. It really does not get any better than this. Great opening segment (by that I consider the Edge-segment, Sandow vs. Kane, and the post-match segment) by all 4 men. There was too much awesome to break it down. It’s silly, but it’s the best silly thing that has ever happened in WWE history.
+ Great match between Sheamus, Orton, del Rio and Ziggler.
+ I realized the direction WWE was going in as far as the next tag titles match go as soon as I saw Rhodes was Bryan’s opponent, and until the show ended I did not get over how genius it was.
+ Kane and Bryan’s love story is better than that of Darcy and Liz in Pride & Prejudice. Cole was very accurate in calling them a “family”.
+ DREW IS BACK ON TV! DREW IS BACK ON TV! He even hit Future Shock! On TV! (in case you can’t tell, I’m sort of excited). Is there a former jobber stable in the works, with all the most talented jobbers? YAY!
+ Is Cesaro making the Pop-Up Uppercut his new finisher? If so, thank God. That previous move was awful. I think him getting rid of Aksana is also a step in the right direction. I’m liking his WWE incarnation more and more by the week.
+ WHAT A GREAT FINISH TO SMACKDOWN! Team Friendship more or less killing half the tag division.
+ Punk and Heyman opening the show is very logical considering last week. This should be obvious, but on WWE TV unfortunately the logical isn’t usually the truth. Some of what proceeded in the opening segment was not, as you are bound to see in the NO! for RAW. Heyman’s subtleties are absolutely brilliant, and something every character portrayer in WWE should look upon for inspiration. He made an otherwise lackluster.
+ This Brad character is actually pretty well-spoken. I won’t be surprised if he’ll make the transition to wrestling eventually as a character, considering his build as well. While I don’t recognize him, I can easily see him being a developmental talent.
+ Babyface Cole is much more tolerable. It’s going to take some getting used to, but I don’t mind that
+ Great opener between Ziggler and Kofi. They haven’t feuded long enough before this for the counter-hold exchanges to be justified, but I’m willing to let it slide.
+ CoBro as a team is something I’ve been for since their mini-inception. I hope they stay together as neither has much to do in the singles division now.
+ Foley & Punk was one of those special segments that only 3 people in WWE today can get to the level of which verbally – CM Punk, Triple H and John Cena.
+ Good match between RyBack and Miz – it was very realistic and RyBack showed why he’s the best man I’ve ever seen at dominating. I just hope Miz and IC title aren't going to be dropped at all by this - if there's ever a rematch Miz should get more offense in. Still, it was well done.
+ The 2nd Kane-Bryan segment was really funny. It’s good that they are not taking themselves too seriously with this – I’m talking about the writers, by the way.
+ I was afraid it was forgotten about, but WWE at least hinted at the PTP-SinTerio feud that started last week.
+ Road Scholars! They are a legitimate tag team, finally! Also - I want Sandow’s shirt. I want it badly.
+ Big Show’s back, yay! I was wondering what happened to him. Tensai vs. Brodus was also nice up to that point. I liked the double finisher miss spot.
+ I liked Cena’s PG curse tirade. It may have been goofy, but it fit perfectly as he did restrain himself beforehand – it was kept realistic. All in all that segment, like almost every Punk-Cena segment, was pure gold.
- Under what pretense did the illegal participants in the tag opener go into the ring oh so constantly? TNA tag matches are losing control way too easily.
- Why did Shaq appear for 5 seconds, never to be heard from again?! Even if it was just for an advertisement, Shaq should’ve at least went out to the arena at some point.
- If Joseph Parks loses very specific memories in regards to 8A I will be pissed.
- Commercials. Back Suplex by Bully Ray. More commercials
- Nope. No NO! for this show. It was the best Smackdown in years. Ok, Ok, one thing… Why weren’t all the teams ringside during the main event? They had 3 of the 6.
- Just how many times have referees been called out to the ring in a segment in the past months?
- Why was AJ wearing shorts in the opening segment? Hardly GM-y of her.
- Why did Punk have prepared footage of AJ’s proposal? He didn’t expect her to come out, after all. It could have been explained with 1 sentence that he was expecting her to come out but it wasn’t. And what’s the subtle shift with Punk suddenly having an affair previously with AJ? Don’t change the past, WWE, Punk rejected her from the getgo so as to not mislead her, because he was babyface. Saying he slept with her Ed Hoc is like George Lucas’ edits to Star Wars – bad and unnecessary. I know these are nitpicks, but little details are usually what separates good TV from bad TV.
- I was really bummed that Foley wasn’t used to FINALLY bring Dean Ambrose in – it was so perfect.
- Why was Kidd doing the job to Barrett?! He should be stacking up victories, not doing this! He got early offense, but it was more obligatory offense than anything to actually go on.
- Cara’s botches are no longer limited to moves working the opposite body part – if this man was a star in Mexico, I must question the quality of Mexican Wrestling.
- The 3rd Kane-Bryan segment was an absolute nose dive. It was the definition of toilet humor. Also, Bryan's image with his head on Shelby's lap is no doubt making it's way around the internet as a fellatio reference.
- NO! Why was team Hell No selected?! Team Friendship is by far the best name for this team!
- Alicia Fox was heel just two weeks ago. This is exactly what I’m talking about in regards to why the Divas can never move forward.
? Santino over Cesaro on Smackdown was done to advance the story, but I don’t know how I feel about Santino getting yet another match with Cesaro.
? This is touchy so I’ll only touch upon it very briefly – While it’s great to see Lawler is recovering, I really hate seeing that unfortunate happening turned into a source of ratings and merchandise like it has. “Long live the king” is a great slogan for a T-Shirt after such a thing, but that’s the problem – why are WWE making a slogan T-Shirt out of a legitimate heart attack?
? Ricardo was not used for comedy in the 6 men tag on RAW – he just sort of half-wrestled - And I don’t know how I feel about that.
? RyBack at the end of RAW was sort of… random. Is that WWE’s way of starting a push for him? I’m not sure I mind a RyBack push, as long as it doesn’t involve a lengthy undefeated streak, simply because those are hard to book and won’t help stop the “GOLDBERG” chants.
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