Weekly Rundown: Hell in a Cell and a Guy Landau Match

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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.

 

YES!

Impact Wrestling

+ Great opener – this is X-Division at its best. A good match psychologically, with a fast pace fitting the style – and an opener – to boot.

+ Way to put Ryan in the spotlight early on – already he appears to be challenging RVD for the X-Division title.

+ Daniels was great in his promo – he told A LOT of truth, perhaps more than the office allowed him to. Saying Chavo is riding Eddie’s coattails and calling Hernandez and Chavo’s tag team “Dos Stereotypos” is perhaps too true to be spoken.

+ Very interesting match between Joe and Robbie T. Robbie T is limited, but they managed to make it work.

+ Very intense promo between Devon and Bully, with one setback I’ll discuss in the NO!

+ Good idea to have Angle face Hardy as it was a foregone conclusion that Hardy would win, and Storm is too hot to lose a match right now.

+ Great match in the main event for the most part, as Angle finally set up a match that (almost) didn’t involve false finishers. That match gave both men’s finishers prestige and priority because they tried to hit them a LOT before succeeding, and it wasn’t enough to put the other man away in a way that made the person look strong instead of make the finisher look weak. The roll-up finish made it all the more clear that both men were too strong. The build-up to the finishers intensity-wise and in regards to what caliber of moves they were using before finally hitting the finishers made the finishers seem very powerful instead of how Angle matches usually make them seem when constructing matches – slightly more powerful regular moves.

Smackdown

+ Very interesting opening segment with Barrett attacking Orton from behind. I would not mind that feud being rehashed.

+ Sandow and Bryan on commentary were brilliant. It’s hard to keep in character for so long, but they both managed splendidly.

+ Barrett vs. Orton was a great TV match. However, it just proved to me that the Souvenir is a horrible finisher. Barrett does not have the elbow strikes to justify it, nor does he have the control and quickness of a Kassius Ohno.

+ Sandow’s pre-match promo was an “INDUBIDABLY!” (in case the joke isn’t obvious, that’s a Sandow “YES!”).

Hell in a Cell

+ Nice opener, despite the two HUGE misqueues. Great finish.

+ This is a little thing that I really really like – in the Tag Team titles match, Rhodes Scholars worked over Kane’s knee. On Smackdown, they said they had a gameplan against Kane but wouldn’t reveal it. Usually these things are being said for the sake of having them said, but I’m glad to see that in this case their plan actually came to fruition.

+ Brilliant match between Miz and Kingston – this type of match is what Kingston is best for.

+ Sin Cara and Mysterio wearing the other’s mask in the back on their own is a good idea – keeps the partner’s mask on theirs but still keeps the outfit symmetrical.

+ Sheamus vs. Big Show, for all its simplicity, was an absolutely MASTERFUL match with a great story. This is finisher kickouts done correctly. GREAT finish to an instant classic of a match, beautifully done on all levels. Well done to both men.

+ DAMN!

RAW

+ Good opening promo, though I have no idea why WWE would suddenly book Team Foley vs. Team Punk on such short notice, as they had all of 2 and a half hours to assemble their teams.

+ I wouldn’t mind Truth & Kingston vs. Cesaro & Miz.

+ I was surprised by the length of Gabriel vs. del Rio AND the amount of offense Gabriel had.

+ Survivor Series will be interesting, especially considering it will probably also include Cena vs. Ziggler.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- What was up with the Jeff Hardy overdub of him walking out of the office? It took any sort of realism the segment had right out of it. It was also badly edited.

- Just as I gave TNA props for never having the champion go out first, no matter who it is, they let Van Dam come out first for his title match.

- Why did TNA take a page out of WCW’s book in the announce booth? I never felt it adds anything to the show, and all it does is make TNA look like a WCW wanna-be. All announcers were good, but it just felt redundant. I’m especially against it if it means JB doesn’t get to do the main event announcements, as he’s great at it. I get it that this is a promotion for him, but I don’t see why he can’t do both as he’s calling hour one.

- As I said before about situations changing ad hoc and a posterioirily (after the fact), I don’t like TNA suddenly changing the circumstances of when Bully Ray betrayed Devon, as it changes Devon’s character for the past two years completely in a way TNA never intended back then – it’s like George Lucas’ edits to Star Wars.

- I wish it was clearer what A&8’s position was in TNA – are they under contract?  Are they contracted wrestlers? Is just Devon contracted? Logic says they aren’t contracted, but are just allowed entrance to the Impact Zone. However, if that is so how can Bully challenge Devon for OFN?

- WHERE. THE HELL. WAS AJ?!

Smackdown

- Why was Miz reduced to jobber-squashing? He won every single active male title in WWE except the World Heavyweight Championship, he main evented WrestleMania, he beat John Cena and got the best of The Rock. Very few have such credentials, especially for such a short career so far. He shouldn’t be needing to have matches with enhancement talent to prove his worth, he shouldn’t have to prove his worth at all!

- The Eve situation is a big waste of time. Eve is a great talent, but this storyline does not do her justice.

Hell in a Cell

- So as an excuse for not having Show vs. Sheamus in HIAC, WWE says that the hell is their finishers? Yeah, nice try…

- Why is Survivor Series only 2 weeks away?!

- I really did not like the finish to RyBack vs. Punk. It made Punk look weak AND made RyBack lose.

- RyBack vs. Punk, as a whole, did not deserve to be a main event. It barely used the cell and was way too short. It felt like an extended RyBack squash. Now, this isn’t a knock on RyBack, because as you will see later on with my own match, sometimes you have to work around limitations handed to you – Punk and RyBack were GIVEN only 12 minutes, probably because otherwise RyBack would have been made to look weaker than Vince wanted him to look, and the booking of the match as RyBack barely leaving his feet made it a non-main event by all means. This isn’t a knock on RyBack, as he and Punk worked well with what they were given, but rather a knock on Vince McMahon for booking the match like an extended squash… of the WWE champion.

- Have there always been holes in the cell made specifically for climbing, and that were so obvious?

RAW

- First WWE steals TNA’s rogue official storyline (Brad Maddox as Garrett Bischoff), and then, in the SAME SHOW, they rip off, of all things, the Dixie/AJ (Styles) situation, and doesn’t even bother to change one of the names involved?

- While I’m in the minority in liking 3MB, I COMPLETELY disagree with Slater making The Playmaker his finisher, What was wrong with the Snap

- Not to be Buzz Killington or anything, but 1 Million USD isn’t a very large amount of money. WWE sold merchandise under the pretense that buying it would help fight breast cancer, and I highly doubt the revenue for that, worldwide, is only in the 1 mil ballpark. Besides, 1 million dollars, from an organizational standpoint, is very little money. You could argue that the awareness WWE gave was the big deal, but I don’t like WWE banking on it with the merchandise they sold. That hold segment was very tacky in my eyes, with very little substance. It’s an important cause, the small sum given back is what bugs me.

 

Maybe?

? Aries vs. Anderson had an interesting finish, but I think it was botched – I don’t think Aries had knucks on but it apparently was intended that he would.

? While I liked Rhodes Scholars vs. Hell No and it added to Hell No’s dynamics, I didn’t like the finish. Although, it keeps Rhodes Scholars undefeated, and that is something that has yet to really be done with tag teams in modern-era WWE.

Now, as an extra treat (and an apologie for this being up late), a fan video of my last match (which was unfortunately in August) is up on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

For those interested, I will give some background (and translations from Hebrew) in the comments section. I will briefly say the new character I play is loosely based off of Moriarty from BBC’s Sherlock.

Match

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: Are you excited for the classic Survivor Series match? Why?

Leave your answers in the comment section, and feel free to also inquire about the match I linked to.

A quick note: There will not be a Rundown next week, as I will be in no way able to watch anything next week  as I will be on a field trip and nowhere near technology of any kind.

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  • Guy Landau

    In the promo I say: “Surpriiiise! Those of you who know me certainly didn’t expect this, I’m usually such a square! Well, no more! Now, I am freeeeeeeeee! And I see you all for what you are – Ordinary. Oh so ordinary. Ordinary and predictable. The problem is… You’re so… BORING! Which brings me to my opponent – You try SO hard to be unique – With your hair, your “tough attitude”… But the truth is, you’re just as ordinary and boring as they are. So here’s what I’m going to do – I’m going to play with you for a bit, and when you’ll bore me – which is bound to happen rather quickly – I will destroy you”.

  • Wrewr

    Good blog Guy. You are exactly right. Wwe blatantly ripped off Impact it was shameless.

    • XKonn247

      Rogue ref… Charles Robinson in WCW. The affair angle… Any angle involving opposite sexes ever!

      • Guy Landau

        The video of entering an elevator with the video evidence was taken almost verbatim from the AJ/Dixie accusation.
        The rogue ref thing – the thing is, he’s a wrestler, and this is most likely an angle to get him to become a worker – like Shane Sewell and Garrett Bischoff before him, both from TNA. This isn’t about Rogue Ref, this is about Rogue Ref turned wrestler. Also – it was Nick Patrick in WCW.

        • Guy Landau

          oh yeah, ’99 for the 4 Horsemen. Still, THE WCW Rogue ref was Nick Patrick.