Weekly Rundown: Money In The Bank

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, 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

+     This is the first time a Joker’s wild Tag tournament actually feels a bit random. In the past it was always just whoever’s in a rivalry. While this holds true in the sense that these 4 men had BFG series matches against one another in the past month (each team respectively were opponents in single’s matches – Hardy vs. Park and Joe vs. AJ), it still feels random enough, while creating interest in the match.

+     AJoe vs. Jeff-Parks told a great story in that it advanced 3 of the 4 characters. You could see how the character came into play in Joe, AJ and Parks, and Jeff doesn’t really need progression right now. So it was well done.

-         Bradley’s green-ness showed in the tag match. He came in completely unrelated to anything and attacked Magnus and irish whipped him. That should have been a DQ as he was in no way legal and should have not been allowed in the ring at all (as opposed to had he just tagged out and attacked Magnus in the allotted 5 seconds).

+     The final Joker’s Wild tag tournament match between Aries/Daniels & Kaz/Roode was also interesting from a story perspective.

+     The knockouts’ ladder match was fantastic. Those were female competitors, and that finish meant they weren’t ashamed of being female. They didn’t imitate the men to get a good match, they had a great match in their own way.

?    I get that Magnus is getting a push right now, I just have to question how fast it is happening. We’ve seen this before with Gunnar and Crimson, and we all know how those two ended. You could argue that Magnus has more validity, but I think putting such a spotlight on him this suddenly can backfire badly.

SmackDown!

-         MITB will be great. It is one of the better PPVs WWE produces on a consistent basis. However, saying “I don’t remember a more anticipated MITB PPV”, as Cole did, is NOT how you advertise it because that’s an absolute lie. MITB 2011 was perhaps the most anticipated PPV in WWE history.

+     What a great opener in Christian vs. Bryan.

-         Teddy Long says outright that Vickie was fired. 2 seconds later, the following segment is sold on finding out if she was fired. That’s just bad production.

?    I’ll just assume there’s a bigger story behind Axel losing twice in a row to Jericho before judging it.

+     I liked the divas segment. It was very well executed and got Kaitlyn her revenge.

+     Ziggler coming out as Sin Cara was very nice to see.

+     The final segment on Smackdown was very well done in order to get the WWE All Star MITB over.

Money in the Bank

+     I liked the opening video, it was well done and made the MITB matches seem prestigious.

+     I recently thought about Colter’z gimmick. Just 20 short years ago this gimmick would’ve probably been a clean cut babyface, but I’m glad we have evolved to allow such “patriotic” gimmicks to be put under a critical light.

+     The WHC MITB match had a lot of great spots. Ambrose’s skinning the cat onto the ladder was one of the most innovative spots I’ve ever seen. So was Rhodes dropkicking Swagger with Cesaro on his shoulders, and The Shield interfering. Kudos to whoever put this match together.

+     Sandow hiding out early on only to come back and win with minimal effort was also a show of intelligence from the character, and amplifies it to no end – very intelligent, but lacking heart. He isn’t a heel because he’s smart, he’s a heel because he’s a prick about it.

+     Even in defeat, Rhodes looked a million bucks, which I think is important. The Shield came out looking strong as well. I see this match as a push for both Sandow and Rhodes, where Rhodes turns face and feuds with Mr. MITB Sandow.

+     AJ vs. Kaitlyn was a good divas’ match. Not as good as their previous encounter, but both women showed some good skills in subtleties in the match.

+     Jericho vs. RyBack was well done.

+     As far as I saw both Ziggler and Del Rio called the shots in the WHC match together. And boy, did they deliver. The ending makes sense from a storyline perspective.

+     While it started slow, Henry vs. Cena eventually delivered. Cena overcoming the giant was well done from a story perspective.

+     Sheamus did well to make it seem like he really wants the case, which is hard to do in a ladder match, timing-wise.

-         Just as I thought this was going to be a NO!-less PPV, Heyman turns. Heyman turning on Punk to me feels forced.

?    I also have to question the outcome of the match. To me Orton is too unreliable to be back in this spot already, but on the other hand this is a perfect way to eventually turn him heel.

RAW

+     I liked the opening segment. I like Braddox, I liked Cena in it as well. I liked the randomness of Fandango coming out and I liked how it set up the opener. Overall, It was well done.

+     I have no idea why The Shield attacked Henry. I don’t care why they attacked Henry. All I know is it was awesome.

?    While I’m against Ziggler going full blown face, the way he dumped AJ, which in itself is a move in that direction, was very heel-y.

+     RVD vs. Y2J? I am loving Maddox Era.

-         Here’s what I don’t get. Why would exposing the knee brace affect Del Rio’s superkick to a kneeling opponent? He hits with the foot, not the knee in any way.

?    While I want Ziggler in the WHC picture, I see why this detraction with Big E and AJ right now is necessary.

+     This is the best use right now for R-Truth in my eyes. He isn’t relevant right now so taking him out for the Wyatt Family is great. As for Wyatt’s promo, well, I’m used to it from NXT but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Also – his finisher, the Sister Abigail, is perfect for the character.

?    Here’s what I’m hoping for now – a 3 way tag match with 3 men in each team. Henry, Kane & Undertaker vs. Wyatt Family vs. The Shield.

-         The divas match tonight had so much wrong with it.

+     Paul Heyman is downright amazing. His promo with Punk was phenomenal work. After the brawl between Lesnar and Punk you could see Heyman was on the verge of tears after yelling at Punk “get out of my life”. You could see the “why did it have to come to this” look on his face. This is some amazing subtle work by Heyman, as it shows that he is acting out of heart-ache. He was insulted by Punk, and at the end of the day that is what this is all about. “I dumped CM Punk, CM Punk didn’t dump me!” Heyman is acting strictly out of his hurt feelings.

+     The backstage segment with Maddox, Triple H and Stephanie was well done. It was a nice little comedy segment.

+     The Battle of the Moonsaults, AKA Y2J vs. RVD, ended up being a very fun main event.

-         Cena’s excessive use of the word(s) “y’all” really annoyed me in the final segment. He also went a bit too far with the names.

+     That said, Cena asking if there’s anyone he’s forgetting, and the following “YES! YES! YES!” was a wonderful thing. If there was ever a moment where “smart” fans did exactly what Cena wanted them to do, that was it. He also made the fans think he wasn’t going to go for Bryan, which made it that much better when he did. That last scene on RAW was amazing.

That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to come back next week for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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  • John

    I really don’t understand why everyone is talking about how great the Knockouts ladder match was this week in TNA.. It wasn’t anything special and i believe people are overrating it just because it was a women’s match! Lets not start patronising women’s wrestling by giving out unnecessary praise.

    Having said that, good rundown.

    • Loren Goldstein

      I think part of the reason its getting praise is when was the last time you saw a divas match that had any sort of stipulation to it?

    • GuyLandau

      Here’s the thing, though. I completely agree. I liked the match for how they made it their own. It didn’t feel like a male’s match to me, in the sense that people usually see good women’s matches (as being similar to male matches, that is). I liked it BECAUSE they used their femininity for the match. The hair tying was brilliant, and a definite “girly” spot. That’s the one that sticks to mind but I did see a few others I don’t remember at the moment. They took a ladder match and instead of copying the boys they did it girl-style, and did it fantastically at that.

  • Sean Weatherly

    Guy, to add onto your plus from the Bray Wyatt promo, listen to the entire thing again as if he was just talking to Kane. It was downright phenomenal. He’s talking to him and hits these points:

    “There ain’t no such thing as a hero” referencing him as a face, saying it isn’t him

    “The man who made you is a liar” referring to Paul bearer

    “Your own flesh and blood turned his back on you” talking about Undertaker

    Bray then goes on to say “he would never turn his back on you” then finishes it off with “follow the buzzards Kane”. I think he’s trying to recruit Kane. That was a phenomenally scripted promo and it was fantastic. Also, the way Wyatt changed up on the fly to combat the WHAT? chants and get rid of them was great also. This guy’s got a future.

    • GuyLandau

      That’s a very interesting point. I thought he was trying to recruit Kane based on the Follow the Buzzards, but I didn’t think to look at the whole thing in that light.

  • 1degenerate

    Too early for Orton to be back in the spotlight? He hasn’t had a top match or a Title shot in about 2 years! You act like it was last week he had a title shot.

    • GuyLandau

      Time did fly by, but I still think that after 2 violations of the wellness policy, even after years of consistently good behavior, Orton is still prone to fall at any moment, and that his second strike coming after a period of time in which the consensus was that he matured a lot, I think Orton has proved that he is a loose cannon in relation to other top guys in the company.

  • Lochy

    I disagree with your opinion about the way Heyman turned on Punk. Even though, I saw it coming, I thought it was great. The way Heyman looked at Punk, with just no remorse for his once best friend and how Punk looked at Heyman, with almost tears in his face, as a man he once called family had just betrayed him. I thought it was very well done.

    I do agree though, Heyman and Punk on Raw…was just wow. Lesnar vs Punk may be the match, but Heyman vs Punk is the feud.

    • Guy Landau

      It was executed greatly, but what I meant was that I saw no reason for Heyman to turn on Punk. Until RAW, that is. But, as I write these while watching the events, I sometimes forget to go back and change it, as is the case here, because a plausible explanation for Heyman’s betrayal was presented on RAW – not necessarily by the words said, but as I mentioned, by Heyman’s face.