Weekly Rundown – New and Improved (and early)

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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 the WWE week as it pertains to the 2 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!

 RAW

+ It’s good that we have what appears to be 2 new legitimate tag teams in Santino & Brodus and Ziggler and Swagger. I would have Santino drop the US title and pair him with Brodus permanently, and that’ll also give Brodus something to finally do.

+ The Jericho-Punk saga touches very serious subjects, and it takes them seriously and they are being done very tastefully. The only problem I have with this feud is the emotion it requires to elicit vis a vis acting from Punk is beyond Punk’s acting abilities. His promo in the ring had powerful text, but the lack of tears and the artificial-sounding pause caused by difficulty took away from it.

+ I have to say that the in-ring segment of the 3 stooges was entertaining, and that the crowd didn’t give them a chance (not that I blame the crowd that much, the idea of the stooges hosting RAW is abysmal – that segment was by no means your regular stooge skit). The Hogan impersonation was really spot on, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that particular stooge is a long time WWE fan. I’m not going to get into the whole “was it a rib at TNA” argument – personally, I think it was just something he said he could do (and probably offered doing – odds are they didn’t come up to him and said “hey, how good is your Hogan? OK, well, can you learn his whole lingo and mannerisms for us in a week’s time for live TV?”) and they just went with his idea.

+ Henry’s mini-storyline with Punk is really well done in my eyes.

Smackdown

+ Orton vs. Henry was great, it was a shame it didn’t get… a finish. Regardless, Henry seems to be getting back to his dominant self.

+ Time to say I really like the idea of a face Kidd tagging with Gabriel. I also like the idea of Kidd potentially feuding with Slater until Gabriel returns, as it brings focus for that team while giving two undercard workers something to do (though we still have to see if they indeed intend to go in that direction). I also really like Slater’s neckbreakers, how over the Usos are, and how awesome Kidd’s work is. A lot of good things surrounding this tag match.

+ 2 out of 3 falls match? YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! AJ is taking the blame and still doing Bryan’s bidding? YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! Well, actually, NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! because that way I can’t have her…

+ Drew seems to be finally having a new storyline.

+ Damien Sandow is so awesome. I CAN’T WAIT for his debut. The thing is, besides having an intellectual gimmick you can tell he’s really very intelligent and very sophisticated, so it works beautifully with him.

NO!

 RAW

- Why did the locker room come out to separate Brock and Cena at the beginning of RAW? Not only were 90% of them not doing anything, but also almost none of them should really care enough to come out to break it up. Also, having 60 guys not being able to effectively hold back 2 guys really makes the 60 look weak in comparison. This whole portion of the segment made it drag on much more than it needed to.

- The ClayTino – Swaggler match accomplished the burial of Ziggler wonderfully. While it got Santino and Clay over as a team, I don’t think the cost it took was necessary. On a completely different note, Swagger not coming in to break the pin didn’t make sense.

- This is more of a personal taste, but I don’t really like slapstick. So The 3 Stooges didn’t really do anything for me in their backstage promos.

- The WWE Championship being defended before Cena vs. Otunga(!), and before a 1 minute match between Del Rio and Ryder cheapens the title, Punk, and Henry.

- Lesnar REALLY needs a mouthpiece, or alternatively minimal mic time.

- Is it just me, or was the crowd horrible? This also relates to Lord Tensai’s match which they took a needless metaphorical dump upon by, I guess thinking they were clever in chanting his past gimmicks.

Smackdown

- Opening segment was really dull, I’m starting to see what Matt is talking about in saying Sheamus has good one-liners and not much more going for him on the mic.

- Why are there always people laughing at RyBack’s matches? It takes away from the experience of seeing RYBACK wrestle, as it makes it less about him (Which is a shame, seeing how AWESOME he was with just two moves.)

- As far as I am concerned, the “patriotic” segment with Sgt. Slaughter and Hacksaw “Jim Duggan” was a complete waste of time

Maybe?

? This all relates to what happened in the opening RAW segment – 1. Cena vs. Lesnar at Extreme Rules – not so sure it should be this soon. 2. Lesnar returning heel – is it really a smart choice? The reason this is all Maybied is that no one really knows what the long term plan is, so it’s impossible to pass judgement just yet.

? Ryder vs. Del Rio from RAW – on one hand, Ryder did get only 2 moves in. On the other hand, they were his pre-finishers and he made it appear like he was going to win. The worst thing about the match, I think, was his length. They went from gear 1 to 2 to5 ina minute’s time, and it felt unnatural. Had this match been given more time Ryder would’ve been given more offense, surely.

As you probably have noticed, this week’s Rundown was very different from Rundowns past. Two major changes are the removal of the Constants indefinitely, as well as the change of names for the 3 categories. Well, the removal of the Constants is based on reader criticism (so if there’s something you’d like changed in the format let me know and I’ll seriously consider it). The reason for the name changes for the 3 categories is – well, I just thought I’ll capitalize on the (rightful) attention the “YES!” Chants have been getting lately. Also, as you probably guessed, the reason this week’s rundown is up early is because the wrestling week (as far as WWE is concerned) ended early.

This week was not as good as last week, unfortunately, though what chance did it really stand at doing that? Save the punch to Cena’s face, I feel (and I seem to be at a minority opinion here from what I can fathom) that the opener went for epic, and missed wildly just because there was no reason for almost anyone to come out to break Brock and Cena up.

Well, that’s it for this week. Come back next Saturday for a new edition of the Rundown!

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  • cisumt

    Cena vs Lesnar at Extreme Rules surprised me but part of me feels like this could be a sign that Vince doesn’t completely trust Brock to finish out his one year contract and is trying to get all the money matches out of him that he can before he gets the notion to leave again. In the end it may not be a big stage like Summerslam but it will probably end up being a better match because of the reaction you would expect from a Chicago crowd.

  • Patrick_Peralta

    Bryan was great once again. along with Piper and AJ. I do hope Drew is finally getting a push. As it is I only care about Bryan's segments and that's it. the rest just bores me and I have no interest in.

  • Terra Ryzing

    "The WWE Championship being defended before Cena vs. Otunga(!), and before a 1 minute match between Del Rio and Ryder cheapens the title, Punk, and Henry."

    I 100% agree with this. First of all, Otunga should be nowhere near the main event, not now, not ever. The guy seriously needs to go away. People say he's improved but I don't think the guy can wrestle his way out of a wet paper bag. The only reason Otunga is getting pushed is cuz of Vince's weird fetish for big guys.

    Second, am I the only one that still believes you should end the show with the WWE champion, especially when the title is on the line? I think if they ended RAW with the CM Punk/Jericho/Henry segment that would've capped off RAW perfectly. We didn't need Cena/Lesnar again to end the show, we had that in the beginning.

  • David

    The Stooge who did the Hulk Hogan impression. He also did a Stone Cold impression on Smackdown back when Chris Jericho was the Undisputed Champion. He also had a "match" against Bret Hart on an episode of Nitro. He use to do wrestling impressions alot on MadTV.

    • Guy Landau

      So my hunch was right – fan. (thanks for the info by the way)