Weekly Rundown: King Returns

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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.

 

Quick note: Because Smackdown was on Tuesday and I was, well… not, I didn’t get to watch it. Therefore, this edition of the Rundown includes Impact, Turning Point and RAW.

 

YES!

Impact Wrestling

+ Since there was no Rundown last week, I want to take this opportunity to address the AJ/Storm/Roode match at TP. I think it’s a great idea, if Roode wins regardless of who takes the fall. I can see strong booking cases for both Storm and AJ taking the fall – Storm will not get a match for the title before BFG, meaning he won’t be made to look weak, and when he finally does get a shot (probably at next year’s BFG) he’ll win the title to huge ovations. AJ, on the other hand, could take this opportunity where he’s stripped of title contention to go back to the X-Division to help build it back up. AJ, RVD, Daniels, Kaz, Ryan and the likes are exactly what the TNA X-Division needs to finally be rejuvenated. Either way this is a great call, booking-wise, and it will be a great match. Overall my bet is Roode wins and AJ takes the fall.

+ Interesting vignette with the TP lineup turning into the Ancient Evil return vignette. I’m intrigued who it is.

+ I am liking this Jesse thing, to an extent. While I don’t think it’s a storyline worthy of Tara or the title, watching Jesse make fun of himself and his alleged, nonexistent “celebritae” is great. I fully believe the boyfriend reveal was meant to be anticlimactic, and that he was brought in as a pseudo celebrity as a self-rib. The crowd’s “You’re not famous” chants are the reaction TNA went for. He’s also obviously a big wrestling buff. Early-Miz comparisons could be made here – I know this is a big statement, but remember that Early-Miz SUCKED. He obviously did receive some wrestling training, if basic.

+ Nice touch by TNA in that whenever Bully introduced a table against A&8, they ended up using that table against TNA roster members. Keen eyed individuals could see Bully is basically setting up the table for A&8 each week, and TNA setting up clues for their twists is something I actually really like in TNA. Also in that same segment – those hammer shots looked nasty.

Turning Point

+ Way to open the PPV! This was a wonderful thing for a wonderful cause. It also gets TNA publicity without wasting a single buck off of their own budget, don’t think I don’t take that into account.

+ Joe cut his Mohawk! Good, I hate Mohawks. Huh? What do you mean this sort of stuff is meaningless and should not affect the review of a show?

+ Tenay mentioned Joe’s 2 years-long ROH World Title reign, like it was nothing. Good on TNA mentioning Ring of Honor like that, but it was odd nonetheless.

+ JB’s reaction to EY and ODB’s makeout session was what makes JB so great.

+ EY and ODB have great chemistry, and they had a fun tag match. I just wish it didn’t’ involve 3 title holders… EY deserves a push though, and I hope that I was right in my prediction regarding AJ and that EY will be one of the names joining him in the renewed X Division. I also want to note Jesse wasn’t half bad. He’s greener than The Hulk, but he wasn’t half bad for what little experience he has. HE EVEN TRIED HOOKING THE LEG IN A RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP. He gave up at the end for some reason (perhaps it was difficult because it was a double RLS, I have never attempted that), but I give him an A for effort on that one.

+ I love Joseph Park matches.

+ As I have said a couple of times already – AJ taking the loss was the right call, and now he’s free to salvage the X-Division. Fun little idea: What happens if AJ is X-Division champion at Destination X? Can he still cash it in? The Beer Money tease in the match was a great moment.

+ Austin Heely Aries. That is all.

RAW

+ I love how Ziggler noticed Cena was wearing his gear to dinner. That was such a mess made by production, and at least it was acknowledged.

+ Is “you drive me crazy” a clue that AJ never said those things, as she wouldn’t call herself “crazy”, ever?

+ A SMACKDOWN recap on RAW! I never thought I’d live to see the day…

+ Look at Regal’s work, that is how it’s done. One of the greatest in-ring workers of all time, looked great in defeat just by selling, and made Show look even better. It was realistic, which is really missing from wrestling nowadays. Look at his subtleties in the ring, they are so important.

+ Maddox vs. RyBack was well done, though I wonder what’s next for Maddox… I liked the EMTs and Ambulance coming for him. It was unorthodox, but funny, and it gets RyBack over.

+ Oh, Daniel… Hell No is so awesome.

+ As expected, Punk vs. Cena was a great TV match.

NO!

Impact Wrestling

- Looking at the opener, there was no reason whatsoever that AJ would kick out of the Payoff by Roode. It’s an opening match, not a main event. Why burn the crowd early? Besides, there is no reason for anyone to kick out of a finisher in an essentially meaningless, implicationless TV match.

- Wow, what a sharp turn. Aries and Hogan used to be VERY close, and now Hogan treats him like a nuisance with no mention of their past closeness

- Tenay spoke as if Sting and Angle were going to get the win when Sting had the Deathlock locked in on Doc, but neither man was legal.

Turning Point

- You should make it clear to the announcers what are the exact rules of your organization. The fact that the new announcer guy miscalled Joe and Magnus’ ending by saying Magnus’ arm was going to be dropped 3 times is inexcusable. I don’t know if he should’ve been debriefed better or done his homework, but it should not have come to that on PPV.

- What was the point of the Muscle Buster if Magnus was put away by a Rear Naked Choke a minute later? All it did was devalue the Muscle Buster. It’s not like the match benefitted from the finisher kickout, except perhaps create a false sense of grandeur in some people’s eyes because there was a finisher kickout for the sake of a finisher kickout. This was a theme throughout the show by the way, far too many matches had finisher kickouts in them – Hernandez out of the High-Low, RVD out of the Moustache Ride, Angle out of the… Angle’s match (obviously) etc. These are midcard matches, nothing warrants them having finisher kickouts – especially as in the above cases they didn’t add anything to the matches.

- I have come to the conclusion that I dislike Chavo Guerrero’s work. It’s often lazy, with Chavo thinking he’s such a great worker that he’s got nothing to prove.

- The Main Event was really off, and unfortunately I think Aries is the one to blame for it. He was off queue for a lot of the match, though Hardy is in part to blame as well.

RAW

- I think the preview voice on RAW (another thing TNA did first, by the way, and once again I have no idea why WWE picks THESE things of all things to rip off TNA) was a bit overly cool when talking about King’s return.

- When a team leader in Ziggler loses clean to an opposing team’s member in Orton, something is amiss. Especially when said leader is due a major push.

- This affair angle has got to end, quickly. It’s getting really convoluted, not that it was swimming in realism to begin with… For all who wanted PG to be pushed to the limit, this is what you are getting.

- Ah, RAWActive… The choice between 2 Jobbers and a much anticipated face turn. I missed meaningless choices.

- Notice Foley said nothing as to why his Traditional Survivor Series Tag match matters, he only said why Punk’s title match matters.

- Uh… When did The Colonz turn back heel? They turned face after the whole A.W. debacle… You know, when they feuded with their tag partners from RAW?

 

Maybe?

? I honestly don’t know how I feel about the whole Lawler segment. I can understand both sides of the situation.

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: What are your thoughts on Heyman and Punk’s segment in regards to King?

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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  • sdd619

    I agree with Eric Bischoff in saying Controversy creates cash, but would a distasteful thing like that on Raw be a good thing or not? I would say no, but i will say it was edgey TV that we all have been wanting, so the AJ/John Cena stuff & the Heart attack angle was what we got. I'm just wondering if the writing for Raw was a reflection of how upset Linda did not get elected & insulting us fans was our punishment for not voting for her

  • Mark3man

    I loved the angle, specially from kings point of view. He clearly loves the business or he wouldn’t be back on just 2 and half months The angle took punk to a new level of heelness, something that’s not been there for such a long time. Even though punks been a heel for a while he still gets pops so this will help, especially the way Paul E and punk have been acting on Twitter this week. Therefor I believe someone who loves the biz as much as Lawler would want this to take someone to the next level..So yeah I liked it and now the punk turn is complete

    • Mark3man

      Also I think it needed to be done. King is fine(touch wood) and he left during a feud with punk. Yes I know the man almost died bit had King received any other injury, everyone one would be in uproar if the main heel of the company and the man who was feuding with him when it happened didn’t me@ntion it or make light of it, upon his return once of RL. the all clear was given.

      P.s further to my comment above. Look at punks turn. Every step King has been the baby face jumping off point, it wouldn’t surprise me if he actually requested the angle on Monday to finish what he started.

  • Mark3man

    I know it wouldn’t happen aga in without Vince scripting it but how cool would it of been if the crowd bombarded the ring with all there litter. That will always be the bar IMO for a successful heel turn, that night is something ill never forget.

  • Maxx Stylez

    Guy, the “ancient evil” section was a part of a hype commercial for Halo 4, part of their viral marketing campaign. I got an email from microsoft with the same thing in it.

  • /travis.hyers Travis

    The heart attack segment was just heels being heels. Get over it. There was much worse in the past.