Weekly Rundown: I Don’t Have A Good Title This Week

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

+ I like Graves. Glad to see him back, in what appears to be a prominent role.

+ Emma is finally starting to take a specific direction. It’s about time.

+ Hero vs. Regal was a very realistic and intriguing encounter.

Impact Wrestling

+ The new intro looks much more professional, and inviting to new fans. It highlights homegrown along with established talent, as it should. I would love Roode, AJ, and Joe to have their names mentioned as well, but it’s nitpicking at the end of the day.

+ Great opener to get the crowd going, though I disagree with the result.

+ Well, I stand corrected. Full Metal Mayhem IS a ladder match now.

+ I like the twist with Daniels and Kaz recruiting AJ. I can see AJ realistically agreeing just because of how messed up he is right now.

SmackDown!

+ I really liked Big E’s introduction of Ziggler.

+ Ziggler, despite his hoarse, did a good job in turning the favoring crowd against him.

+ Jericho, being the rockstar that he is, knows how to activate an audience.

+ I am all for The Shield becoming the next Tag Team champions.

+ Barrett has really made that Ballpin Hammer Elbow look effective. This match did well to make Barrett look dominant – hey, at least it was a win – but I am ready to see him get into a new feud for the title.

+ I liked the Shield/HHH/3MB segment, even though it made no sense for 3MB to attack Triple H in the first place.

+ I liked the main event from a booking perspective – it kept Ziggler looking strong while moving Fandango/Jericho forward.

RAW

+ Lesnar’s attack on 3MB was well done, all down to his facials and his interaction with Heyman. It made him seem like an almost-uncontrollable monster, with Paul Heyman being a sole voice of reason in his head.

+ Lesnar vs. HHH III is a great idea, if Lesnar goes on top as I expect him to. It will make him seem as dominant as he should.

+ Heyman sold the Steel Cage stipulation beautifully! He made it sound so good!

+ WWE seems to be going in an interesting direction with the WHC. I don’t mind Ziggler going under clean as it appears to be part of a bigger picture.

+ RyBack’s promo showed a different side to his character that I am interested in seeing more of.

+ Fandango’s segment was a lot of fun. Go Fandango yourself had me laughing.

+ The Shield’s attack at the end of the show was very well done, a lot of subtleties were wonderful in it.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- Well, so much for 2 out of 3 falls. The first 2 falls happened what – a minute into the match?

- I really hope Pearce being eliminated is part of a bigger plan to bring him back, perhaps as part of A&8, like TNA will apparently do with Ivelisse Velez.

- What ever happened to Ryan? He came in with a high stock. He can still be used in the X-Division.

SmackDown!

- I wish WWE would show character progress that sticks. They essentially nullified Big Show’s Iron-Clad contract with that backstage segment. At least they remembered it. That’s… new.

- Cesaro goes under clean again… I hope this is at least the beginning of a program.

- I agree with JBL – Ziggler wearing the title like that is disrespectful. I figure it won’t be done ever again.

RAW

- Well, from the looks of it Cesaro is in the company doghouse. That’s a shame.

- So much for Barrett looking strong…

- I don’t like Rhodes Scholars lacking direction.

- I guess I’m the only person to not be a believer in the Fandangoing craze. To me it is far from being the next YES!. But, all the power to it if I’m wrong, which I appear to be.

- What was up with the HORRIBLE finish to the Divas match?

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: What did you think of RyBack’s backstage taped promo?

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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  • Mr.V

    Awesome promo … totally a old-school-style work of Paul Heyman that’s for sure.
    I’ve stated it before on this site but you asked.
    It completely explained everything up to this point by taking history items that would have normally been left in the dustbin of wwE and made them into a compelling case. That’s Heyman for ya … take what you got so far no matter what that is and use it.
    Also, Ryback speaking on tape was also Heymans style of hiding a person’s weakness (live talking) and accentuating their strengths (looking & sounding like an intense crazy freekin monster!)
    I love this style of promo I think it works every time. I thought it was just a little long for the marks but that’s about the only complaint I have.
    Well, other than instead of kriptonite he should have said “If you are Superman then I’m Doomsday!!” (I read that somewhere I did not come up with that one)

    On the 3MB with HHH thing I thought that was a very creative way to get more face time for the “B” three man team. They should be doing stuff just like this all the time trying to make a name for themselves and failing humorously yet still remaining positive and confident that they are the best thing ever.
    I did not like how they were dispatched by the Shield so quickly they could be booked just a little stronger than this but all-in-all they got 9 guys over in one promo … that’s not bad.