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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, 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).
So without further ado, let's get started.
Impact Wrestling (Destination X)
+ TNA switched back to the original MEM tune. Thank God, that remix they tried working with just didn’t fit. I love the MEM theme, I’m glad to see it back.
- I have a fear that the only reason TNA had Sabin win his match with Bully was so that they could tout that every time the X title has been cashed in a new champion has been crowned.
? Bully’s attorney looked a LOT like Kevin Nash. Or was that just me? Either way, for an unknown he was well spoken.
- There were a lot of awkward moments in the Ultimate X match. There were nice spots, but a lot of the time it was just awkwardly executed. You could see when something was off.
- I have to question the choice of having a heel vs. heel Knockout’s match. The crowd clearly didn’t care enough.
+ I liked Joe kicking out of BME the first time as it barely hit. Daniels then hit it a second time and it was enough.
+ AJ vs. Hardy was great in terms of showing off AJ’s character, though the announcers sort of jammed it down the viewer’s throat. I fully expect the final 4 to be AJ, Joe, Magnus and Anderson.
+ The opener did a lot of things right. No one lost clean as all the people involved are due a push, and Rhodes-Sandow got advanced.
+ Punk’s promo was good, as expected.
+ It’s good that the Shield vs. Henry & Usos saga is going to possibly end before Summerslam.
+ Del Rio’s victory over RVD was very innovative.
? Ziggler was a complete douche to AJ. Like, a COMPLETE douche. There’s being complex and then there’s being a dick and getting cheered for it. I think that line has been crossed, though I have to admit I laughed at the “Babe, look out” spear by Kaitlyn.
- Smackdown is always so short! What excuse was there not to give the Wyatt debut more time?! That was pathetic!
+ I loved every single aspect of the closing segment.
+ Vince McMahon telling Bryan he lacked “ruthless aggression” was a nice touch; That was what Cena told Angle he possessed his very first night on Smackdown! way back in 2002.
+ Thank God The Shield won the 6 men tag. Hopefully this is the end of this feud for now.
+ I think it’s good that Fandango is walking out on his matches. While there seems to be not quite an elaborate storyline for him at the moment, this is at least something that is being done with the character.
+ Christian vs. Del Rio was superb. Del Rio did a great job of going after the arm and Christian did a great job selling it. There were a couple of botches in the match, but the veteran Christian did a fantastic job covering them up. It’s been a while since I’ve seen work over a body part be this good on both ends, and with the finish being just realistic enough where the face wins.
+ I haven’t thought of this until now, but I really like the turns happening in the ring as has been the case the last couple of PPVs. Del Rio, Ziggler and Rhodes all turned mid-match, through their ring-work alone. This to me feels like the most organic route for Pro Wrestling to take in character development in general.
+ Is Daniel Bryan becoming the modern day, nice-guy Stone Cold Steve Austin? The reason I make that claim is that his feud with Vince, if continued (especially if he wins the title at Summerslam) could become very interesting. Like a PG equivalent of Austin-Vince, with Bryan being a much better role model.
+ I also like how Bryan is incorporating the Small Package as a finish, the way he used to do in the indies. I always liked that, and I think he could pull it off.
+ The Wyatts segment was well done on a number of fronts.
- I liked the use of “ruthless aggression” when it was subtle. They shoved it down our throats far too much during the show though.
- I know Cole and King tried to go out of their way to say Natalya wasn’t ugly but they made it sound like she is and they’re just being polite. Natalya Neidhart is absolutely a gorgeous woman, and it’s a shame WWE at large is treating her like she’s ugly. The announcers making duck jokes after the match doesn’t help either.
- The fans’ reactions to the second divas match of the night (several loud whistles throughout it) were disgusting. That along with the announcers talking strictly about Total Divas and barely about the match made it seem irrelevant.
? While I hate that this is the storyline, Natalya does finally have a storyline, so… That’s a good thing.
- Is it just me or are there a lot of people in the midcard that WWE has nothing for? R-Truth, Barrett, Swagger, Cesaro, arguably Fandango, Justin Gabriel… There should really be more midcard feuds on WWE television. Though to be fair I don’t watch Superstars or Main Event, so it may just be that midcard feuds are relegated to those shows.
- Why wasn’t the bell run when CM Punk interfered in Axel’s match?
? I honestly have no clue how I feel about the suggested makeover for Bryan, and from what I’ve been able to gather the fans aren’t sure either. I think the results of a poll on WWE.com were 51% against the makeover with 49% for it. That’s hardly conclusive. On one hand he looks clumsy right now, on the other hand this look is part of what sets him apart. Then again, would making him more clean-cut not improve upon his popularity en-masse?
+ I’m not usually a fan of Table matches, but RyBack vs. Cena had a lot of cool spots and innovation in it.
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