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.
+ Gabriel showed a very technical, methodical style in his match with Leo Kruger. Not only does it show how versatile he is, it makes perfect sense from a historical perspective as far as match psychology goes. Kruger and Gabriel have wrestled each other for years, as is well documented and something Regal never fails to mention. Gabriel wants to beat his rival at his own technical game, and also throw him off with an unexpected style of wrestling in the match. This is something he succeeds at at first, but he fails to keep up with it as when he goes back to his own risky element Kruger waits for his spot to take advantage. He eventually finds the right balance of aerial and no risk, as he hits a 450 Splash out of nowhere.
+ If you want to understand the deeper psychology of matches in NXT, pay close attention to Regal’s commentary. He will often drop wisdom pearls about what you are seeing that can really enhance the viewing experience.
+ While you don’t see it on the main roster, Aksana can go! That was a very impressive Spinebuster.
+ Conor O’Brian nowadays is outright impressive. He has improved so much from his original NXT days. I adore Graves’ work as well for that matter, but O’Brian has a more “Superman” effect on the viewer.
+ Corey Graves and Conor O’Brian made a heel vs. heel match work, and that says a lot for both men.
+ Shield appear to have a bright future ahead of them if they ever turn face.
+ Daniels and Kaz were both good in the opening segment. Kaz in mentioning Hogan’s… perversions towards his daughter, and Daniels in general (especially calling Bully “Bully Raymond”, like it’s his real, full name.)
+ Magnus works well as a face. Hopefully this is a sign he’ll get used more.
+ Sting coming up to Morgan and asking him to join the team is a HUGE rub for Morgan.
+ Two title matches in the same Impact, it’s a shame they weren’t advertised ahead (or if they were, I didn’t hear about it).
+ While the segment was embarrassing, it’s great to see EY back in such a prominent spot.
+ Both Gut Check knockouts look deserving. That said, they both need some polishing.
+ This AJ storyline is intriguing. I can’t wait to see where they take this.
+ The VP has been revealed by Angle. TNA is finally moving forward with the A&8 storyline.
+ Sandow’s promo before facing Del Rio was awesome.
+ While I don’t like how the US title match was unadvertised, it was a pretty good match.
+ Johnny Curtis’ latest gimmick appears to have more to it than I originally thought.
+ Interesting finish to Smackdown.
+ I really liked the opening sequence of old, the set, the police sirens in the background, the name palettes, the ring ropes... It all brought me back, and I was barely even alive back when all of those were prominent! (saw old Monday Night Wars footage regularly, so this is a familiar environment for me.)
+ Wow, WWE doesn’t waste time getting to the point, huh? Taker out in first segment, everyone is vying for a match with him.
+ The set looks great, once you see it. It was kind of hard during Taker’s entrance, but I really liked the old school themes of it.
+ While I disagree with the clean finish, the counter of the Neutralizer to Shellshock was beautiful.
+ Mark Henry vs. RyBack is a program I’ll be interested in seeing.
+ Cena/Rock was, as expected, great. Some may think it’s too tame, but it was perfect for the first week of build. It was exposition, a declaration of intentions. The intensity was there full force last year. This year you have to go a different route to begin with. The intensity will be there, but this is exactly what the first promo of this program needed to be.
+ OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW?! New Age Outlaws in action, and they were pretty good considering it’s been years since they’ve been in the ring (back in TNA).
- It appears that the screaming woman from the Impact Zone has found a new home in the NXT audience.
- Oh God… Is Emma supposed to be babyface?! Being weird is OK, but you have to really know the logic behind the apparent lack of logic of your character. My character is that of an extravagant psychopath, but I had to really get him before I could do him. If Emma understands her character, she isn’t showing enough continuity and unison in her performance to make it look as if it is so.
- King and Van Dam had some serious lapses in psychology that are beyond glossing over and turning a blind eye to. Also – What on earth happened in the end of the match? Or more importantly – why were they unable to cover up for it?
- The team reveal segment was just pathetic. I mean, who didn’t see that “Sorry about your damn luck” coming, or “Showtime” for that matter?
- Del Rio’s response to Sandow, however, was abhorrent.
- An unadvertised US title match? Way to value your titles, WWE.
- Sheamus wants to face ‘Taker? Doesn’t that mean Taker, Barrett and The Shield in a 5 on 1 handicap match? Just find him a single program already, and stick with it. It would’ve been one thing if Shield got involved and attacked all 3 men from Smackdown as revenge, leaving Punk to pick up the scraps, but that did not happen.
- I wonder what regular fans not familiar with wrestling lingo think of Zack’s new “Push Me” ring gear, considering it’s on his posterior…
- It was glaringly obvious on RAW that Flair should be with Ziggler. I want Ziggler to face Miz on WM with Flair turning on Miz in the PPV.
- Old School RAW is the #1 trend worldwide on twitter, according to the purposefully outdated screenshot I saw on RAW. Why do we get twitter trends in an old school themed RAW?
- Cena Sucks, Buffalo? Really? Because I saw Cena being very awesome last week, and for years prior for that matter. But last week was proof. I saw Cena work better than most wrestlers ever last week and I saw him give a great promo this week, like we all know he can, but it just really bugs me that for some that would never be enough.
- Maybe it was just my European broadcast, but I saw nothing Social Media about Smackdown.
- Where was Jericho?
- Is it just me or are the secondary champions losing a bit too much lately?
? Johnny Curtis plays the Fandango character well, but we have yet to see if this character has any potential to work in any sort of capacity.
Weekly Comment Question:
Your question of the week is: Fandango – Yay or Nay? Why?
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