Weekly Rundown: It’s the Final Rundown(?)

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).

This will be a jumbo week – including NXT arRIVAL and Smackdown. However, this is also the last Rundown, at least in its current form, for the foreseeable future, as my schedule is most likely not going to allow me to do these anymore. And yes, the title of this week’s Rundown is meant to be read to the tune of Europe’s song – which is incidentally Bryan Danielson’s indies theme.

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

NXT: arRIVAL

+     As expected, Zayn vs. Cesaro was a show stealer of any show. It had great callbacks to their previous match as well to their indie careers, and told an amazing story. The hug at the end was very apropos.

-         The Hyperdrive doesn’t work for me as a finisher at all. It barely looks painful as a regular move, much less a finisher.

+     I really enjoyed Stephanie’s promo before the Women’s Title match

+     And what a match it was. Divas, take notice. Men, take notice. And I have to say Paige’s new finisher is so much better than her last one. Paige’s breakdown was great.

-         Hey! Xavier! “The most athletic nerd on the planet” is taken!.. Damn, I guess now I’ll have to come up with a new nickname.

+     NXT arRIVAL did a great job at introducing its brightest stars to the WWE Universe. Think of the impression this event leaves about Neville, Zayn, The Ascension, Paige and Emma & Rusev.

Smackdown

?    I saw the edited Smackdown broadcast, and I have to wonder what goal did moving the segments around, and so roughly at that, help anything. It feels like the show starts in the middle and then begins, because they edited it so poorly.

+     I’m glad they turned Batista heel. And he gave a great turning promo. He belongs in heelville, he blossoms as a heel. Although the knee slap was a bit too much, isn’t this guy supposed to be a great actor? You don’t get into a Marvel movie just like that…

+     Well, it looks like The Real Americans are spearheading towards a breakup.

+     The Shield as usual show their great chemistry in that backstage segment. Regardless of where this storyline is going, I’m intrigued.

+     Well, there’s no better way to get heat than to destroy internet darlings. Ziggler did get in enough offense for it to not be a squash match.

+     I think this was Bray’s best promo yet. He said a lot of true things, voiced a lot of very valid criticism towards modern western society.

RAW

+     Oh boy… This is going to be good. The Punk tease from the get-go was awesome, what a way to open the show in Rowdy Chicago. Heyman sitting down in a Punk-like manner to tell the story of Punk was also great. And putting the blame back on Taker is a great way of advancing his storyline with Lesnar against Taker.

+     Congratulations to the Usos for finally winning the WWE Tag Team Titles. They have definitely earned it.

+     Because Big E didn’t know his rightful position on Cesaro’s shoulders (not to take anything away from Big E, it happens), Cesaro basically had to deadlift him to the right position. This man is so strong it’s incredible.

+     I liked how Rollins was the one to say “you two figure it out”. This can still go in many directions, but it’s the realest storyline WWE has produced in a while. And of course the match was fantastic.

+     Batista’s promos as a heel work so much better. I said it before and I’ll say it again. And by the way, for those wondering how much of what he said was Kayfabe – Batista is a Bryan fan from before Bryan was in WWE. He specifically asked for a match against him on RAW when Bryan was still a WWE NXT (the “reality” show) rookie, for the sake of getting to work with him.

+     Sheamus vs. Christian was better than the fans gave it credit.

+     I was going to NO! the divas match because I was expecting the loudest CM Punk chant of the night, but the fans were surprisingly polite for it. Either that or the crowd sounds were lowered.

?    The in-ring exchange between Bryan and The Authority was very well done, but it was just too long.

?    It was clear Aaron Paul didn’t belong, but here’s hoping this is Ziggler turning the corner. A victory over Del Rio is a big deal.

+     Paul Bearer is a shoe-in this year for the WWE HoF, especially considering his passing last year.

+     OK, so Cesaro is probably going to turn face any day now.

-         What was the point of Rusev coming out if he didn’t wrestle? It was hardly better than the regular vignettes.

+     It looks like WWE are going in a direction that has Bryan both in the title picture and against Triple H. We’ll see how that plays out – I see 2 scenarios; Either Triple H inserts himself and Bryan into the title match or Bryan goes against Triple H with a condition that if he wins he gets inserted into the WWE WHC match.

+     It seems WWE’s answer to “The Chicago Problem” was just to put out a really solid show all around, and I think it worked.

That’s all for a while now. Until next time, whenever that is.

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