Weekly Rundown: X-Division Done Right; Character Progression R Us; They’re Here

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

+     AJ’s gimmick is really coming together. The one thing I find a bit out of place is the hand gesture. He shouldn’t care enough to do it when he enters the ring, this is an all-business AJ Styles right now. I’ve even learned to accept the Calf Killer, although AJ’s leg bends awfully unnaturally.

+     Bradley wasn’t half bad against Hernandez. He needs a little extra something to make himself unique, though.

+     I like that the Tag division is getting rejuvenated…ish

+     Park intentionally showed gaps in his psychology through illogical actions because of the character’s inexperience. That’s how you make wrestling realistic. His domination over Hardy, however, was not.

-         If the X-Division title main event was a 3-way match, there is no reason that Manik’s injury will suddenly make count-outs a part of the match.

+     Other than that one countout mishap, the main event was so right on so many fronts. One, it brings prestige to the X-Div title, being the main event and being made a big deal. Two, it helps elevate Sabin. Three, it is just a darn good match, with the crowd on the edge of their seats. Four, it didn’t involve finisher spamming. There was one finisher kickout per person, and that’s it. That’s not finisher spamming, that’s just a match being a big deal. As long as it isn’t done too often, I like it. This just tells me that the X-Division needs to allow 1 on 1 title defenses again, because I think that people who were for the new rules forgot that THIS is what proper X-Division 1 on 1 matches look like.

SmackDown!

+     As usual, CM Punk’s promo to open the show was very compelling.

-         Del Rio’s rebuttal, however, was not. I love his methodical style, but on the mic he seems desperate to be something he can’t, because of a language barrier and because of trouble acting out complex emotions.

+     This is how you push people apart slowly, in AJ & Big E in regards to Ziggler. Slow dissention is definitely the way to go, although I would prefer a tweener Ziggler in a complex character sense. Same with CM Punk.

+     Orton & Christian told a great story in their match.

+     Thank God they allowed Ziggler vs. McIntyre time. Cena spent most of his face run on his back, even against opponents much lower on the card, but as long as he won it didn’t matter. That’s why I don’t mind Ziggler’s matches with 3MB.

+     Punk’s progression on this SD! Was great. It allowed him to be complex, as I think wrestling needs. You can have clear good and clear bad guys, but I think it is crucial to have some grey characters in this day and age.

RAW

+     While Vickie’s voice is grating as all hell, I liked the opening segment in that it got what it tried to accomplish.

+     What a great opener in Bryan vs. Sheamus.

+     Ziggler’s backstage segment with AJ makes me hopeful he and Punk still have a chance of not just slow-turning, but remaining complex.

+     I love Shield’s work. They really “get it” like few others do. How I wish this was the par to be a Pro Wrestler, as these guys truly know how to make wrestling an art form.

+     I like Henry’s new demeanor. He has become a great talker on top of all.

-         The IC champion loses clean. Axel was undefeated until now, so I was hoping this trend would stop at that.

+     I LOVED the backstage segment about the WHC MITB Ladder Match.

+     As the night progressed I liked the Wyatt house segments more and more.

+     The Job Evaluation segment was well done in terms of getting the storyline over and moving it forward. And I know while some might not like it, I am all for Maddox being GM of RAW.

?    What’s up with RyBack hugging Vickie? Is she going to manage him?

-         Did anyone notice the flop of the lower tron on Christian’s entrance? It read Michael McGuillicutty for a couple of seconds.

+     I love the Wyatt Family and I love Bray Wyatt’s gimmick. I loved their debut, it was very well done. Overall a lot of love going around in that segment. One thing though:

-         Assuming Kane is being written off MITB, why did he go over Christian?

-         Seriously, pick an alignment for Alicia Fox and STICK WITH IT. They turn her about every other week.

-         The divas match was good, it’s a damn shame the announcers didn’t really pay attention to it and were too busy with the Bellas.

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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