Weekly Rundown: NXT competitors run in on a main event and form a faction? That has never been done before!

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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.



Impact Wrestling

+ Notice how hard it was for Storm to put him #1 contendership on the line? THIS is what it should have been like when Hardy put his #1 contendership for Aries before BFG up against Bully Ray.

+ While they were a bit off to start with, Kash vs. RVD was better than I expected it to be.

+ Jesse was surprisingly decent in his work against EY.

+ Joseph Park to wrestling camp… Much like Bully as A&8 leader, imagine how satisfying the reveal of Joseph Park as Abyss is going to be. This is how you build a storyline over a long period of time, well done TNA.

+ Bully and Brooke. Huh.

+ I like the focus they are putting on AJ now.

+ It was nice to see A&8 being human in dealing with Doc’s reinstating.


+ MizTV was nice, if a bit long. Both teams showing dysfunction was interesting. Sandow is, as usual, great. “One Word Wonder” is a linguistic gem.

+ Nice finish to Smackdown

Survivor Series

+ Great opening sequence to the opening match between Epico and Kidd

+ Sin Cara has really improved his crispness. Don’t get me wrong, he still has zero psychology or flexibility in his work, but at least he became good at what HE does.

+ Great, great match between Show and Sheamus, realism really adds so much to a match. I didn’t like the finish, it pulled me out of what was otherwise an amazing match.

+ ZIGGLER THE SOLE SURVIVOR of an incredible Traditional Survivor Series match. The Superkick finish was a very nice touch as well.


+ Raw was the first time I’ve ever seen someone work over an EYE, in Barrett.

+ Orton vs. del Rio was good, it was the first time in a while I’ve seen Orton sell like that.

+ There was some very intense promo work by Ziggler to AJ, well done.

+ PTP on commentary was a lot of fun

+ Heyman’s comments on last week were spot on from where he’s standing. I’m not one clamoring for the attitude era, partially because of stuff like that. Heyman was right about the people asking for the attitude era and chanting ECW at him.



Impact Wrestling

- So, TNA takes a page out of WCW’s book to switch the announce teams after hour #1, but then they morph it into a 3 men booth  with a guy who was never necessary to make announce better?

- Why did they have Storm win, only to lose it to Roode 1 day later on tape?  Why not just have Roode win in the first place?

- So, what has Kid Kash done to earn an X Division title match?

- Not that I’m complaining, but why is Magnus getting yet another TV Title match? I get that it was done just to get him out there for A&8’s attack, but there wasn’t enough logic behind it.

- Hardy’s voiceover thoughts are HORRIBLE. Please, make it stop.


- So… now Natalya is face again? Uh, OK. But… Why? And she has an angle with Khali? Oh, lovely!

- “Truth, would you say Sin Cara is alluring?” –“Alluring?” –“That would be a no, Josh” –“Alluring, I don’t know what that means…” TOTAL RADIO SILENCE FOR A MINUTE.

-  Oh, speak of the devil… Khali is main eventing Smackdown… Yay… Just to put this into perspective – This is a man who failed to sell being knocked out by the KO punch. He just needed to lie still and not move and he couldn’t even do that.

Survivor Series

- Bonus Survivor Series elimination match? Why wasn’t it announced in advance? Wait, who’s in this thing anyway? Oh, that’s why they didn’t announce it… Some of these people I’m glad are on the card (Tensai, Kiddriel, PTP), don’t get me wrong, but nothing says “no build” like a 5 on 5 elimination bonus match.

- Otunga of all people? Were there really no other heels available?

- I really dislike the false finishers strategy of Punk and Cena when they battle each other. I knew that neither the first GTS nor the first AA would end it, and that’s never good. Also – what the hell was up with that finish? Rollins, Roman Reigns (who I have yet to see the greatness in, by the way) and Ambrose debuting in a very Nexus fashion (NXT guys ruin a main event? Who would have ever imagined...) on the main roster? Unless this is the beginning of a Punk & Heyman-led stable, I am not happy.


- Ah, great. Tensai vs. RyBack. AGAIN.

- Oh god, enough with this “evidence”! This storyline has got to stop and move onto being strictly Cena/Ziggler!

- When was the last time a fall for the face in a 2 out of 3 falls match was not a DQ after the heel overworked him in a corner?

- Bad work by the producers on Miz/Otunga. Miz isn’t nearly as established enough as a babyface to play Damsel, definitely not to Otunga who isn’t nearly proven enough in the fans’ eyes. The crowd did love him when he had offense, but he just should have had more offense, or a much shorter match.


Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is: What are your initial thought on the new NXT Stable?

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!

  • Ellen

    "New"(?) NXT stable? Here we go again!

  • Nate

    Wade barret and his group off NXT superstars
    ( The nexus) attacked during the main event. The title is wrong lol.

    • Guy Landau

      It was a joke. I really need to get a sarcasm font… Nexus is exactly why I wrote the title, this HAS been done before, almost verbatim.

      • Patrick Peralta

        Yeah since the days of the horseman radom attaks have been done. it's part of wrestling as a fan you either like it or not.

        • Guy Landau

          Really not the meat and gritty of what I’ve been talking about. The 2 attacks are the least important part of this, and not why I think they’re a Nexus clone

  • Doug

    IMO i thought Otunga actully looked like hes been improving on his in ring work, which is a good thing as i think he had the best mic skills of any of the 1st NXT cast. Now he just needs a character adjustment and i think he could shin as a really good mid card wrestler.

    • Guy Landau

      I have liked Otunga’s work for some time now, I was strictly talking name value. The fans don’t care about him, nor have they been given a reason to in the past 6 months.

  • David

    Yeah it’s been done before but let’s pretend for a minute that wrestling is real (as in not scripted) and put ourselves in the shoes of Rollins/Reigns/Ambrose. ‘Nexus tore Raw apart and made a name for themselves….Hey we can do the same by gate crashing a PPV main event’
    That thinking also works if you look at it from the POV of a wrestling fan not smart on the business who actually does think its all real.

    Lets see where it goes before moaning about it being a nexus copy. After all…how many story lines are actually original these days…

    • Guy Landau

      Good point, I really like your thinking. I just wish creative would think like that.

  • cisumt

    To me, this doesn’t really have the feel of the first Nexus angle. I think in the end it will come out that Heyman recruited these guys – including Maddox- just to save Punk’s title. The resulting faction will be more in the mold of Evolution where the three new guys get the rub from the established veteran. Over time, there will probably be one more big star added by either being a returning Lesnar, Big Show after he drops the belt, or a heel Randy Orton. I can see the comparisons to Nexus, but it just doesn’t seem like this storyline is headed anywhere near that direction.

  • justsomefan

    I can see Ziggler being attached to the 3 NXT guys, used to try to get an opportunity to cash in, add a returning Flair and a new Horseman stable is born…just a thought

  • Mark3man

    I had a weird idea today and was wondering what you this though. Punk to keep the title till mania and fight taker in a streak/streak match ( taker could easily drop the title to the wm mitb winner on raw if he can’t work) then have rock challenge show at the rumble instead, and have Brock/rock at wm for the whc with ziggles cashing in with help from ‘newus‘ ~new nexus, you can steal that guy lol, imagine how much that will push them guys, ziggler will always be able to say he took out one of them for the title.

    • Mark3man

      Even (as said above) have flair pulling the strings, even call them.the four horsemen, none of them can be any worse than mongo mcmichael

  • Cheddar

    Nexus debuted and attacked CM Punk and John Cena, who were having a match. They also attacked DOC, aka Luke Gallows. RyQuack was with them too. There were 8 of them. Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins debuted and attacked only RyQuack. Nobody went through a table, Ryquack had not taken his daily bowl of HGH so he could only push the table over. Nexus looked like little babies throwing a tantrum. These 3 guys looked like police handling things under martial law.

    If you are offended by words, like people making fun of a heart attack, then you have a problem. Words have actually never, nor can, kill anyone. My grandpa has had four heart attacks, I thought it was hilarious. You either laugh at it and get over it and say "okay, that happens to everybody, no big deal" or you become an entitled doucher and say "owww, my feewings got hwurt" and play morality police, which should never be done. The world is so PC today, and that is not a good thing. It's a bad thing.

    • William Shatner

      I wish the rest of the world thought like you (and I) do. Things would be so much more interesting instead of this pussified nightmare we live in. If people can't cope with a little hostility or snarkiness int heir lives then they really should just stay home and eat ice cream.

    • Guy Landau

      You're being overly disrespectful here. It's perfectly plausible for people to be offended by this – say, if they have recently lost a relative. I wouldn't mind it if it was done to serve a purpose, but it was done strictly for the sake of doing it. It was simply in bad taste. I oppose overly PC as well, but there's a difference between not being PC and just doing something in bad taste. That does not an entitled doucher baby make. If so then Stone Cold Steve Austin is an entitled doucher.

      And as for words killing, as unrelated to this particular scenario as it is (there were also no words involved with the angle), it happens ALL THE TIME, both indirectly (hate speech got the former Israeli prime-minister Itzhak Rabin murdered, people commit suicide because of unrelenting verbal assaults) and directly (people can die of grief which can be caused verbally and anger, which can be ignited by words, as you put it, causes heart attacks which as we all know can kill)

      Regardless – heed the beginning of the blog. Comment in a civil manner – your comment does not meet this criteria as it includes unnecessary insults. As I said, I'm not for PC, but I'm even less for unnecessary bashing and name-calling.

  • tylor

    So Guy, Ziggler used the superkick to finish Orton at SS? Now I know that wrestlers have a un-written agreement to not use other superstars (current or past) finishers. Do you know if HBK gave Ziggler the blessing to use this move and will it be in his arsenal from now on? If so, thats pretty classy by HBK.

    • Guy Landau

      I have no idea, but this isn’t the first time Ziggler has used a Superkick. Also, HBK didn’t invent the move. I would imagine he got HBK’s blessing,though.

      • Mark3man

        Hbk‘s responce on Twitter to this waste ask the guy who he stole the move off so think that pretty much answers that.