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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.
+ Ziggler vs. Sheamus was solid, if a tad short for my liking.
+ Kane vs. Punk was really good! In my opinion better than their Smackdown encounter.
+ AJ and Kane's involvements inBryanvs. Punk are working very well so far. AJ plays her role to the T!
+ Big Show's video was very well done.
+ Ricardo as Sheamus was not only something that hasn't been done in a while, but it was also very well executed. (Not the imitation per se, but the whole sequence – Ricardo was Ricardo, and that is just how such a character would act in imitating his protégé's nemesis)
+ McIntyre vs. Sin Cara was better than I expected. Had Drew received an entrance you couldn't tell he was jobbing to Cara, and Cara barely (though he very much did in regards to the finish) botched.
+ This RyBack squash was great – I don't know if it was his opponents' sellability, but RyBack looked for the first time in a long time, dominating in a fresh way.
+ I am so glad WWE brought light to Christian's… Sudden change of heart, if you don't mind me calling it that. And Christian's explanation actually made some sense.
+ Christian vs. Ziggler is not a feud I would oppose seeing down the line. However, for someone who's trying to be taken seriously, Ziggler's been doing a lot of losing recently.
+ I am SO glad Sandow came out to interrupt the atrocity that was the Hornswoggle JRism.
- Cole vs. Cena? Knowing WWE, That'll probably be the main event of the next PPV.
- It's good that we see more of RyBack, but what about WWE showing us more from him? Him squashing two unknowns at the same time over and over is really getting old by now. I mean, how many times can the announcers sound surprised with RyBack's strength lifting two guys over his head, after they've seen it 10 times already?
- Right, soKingstonand R-Truth are selling their injuries, and right as Cole talks about the amount of pain they're in… Truth does a jumping split and a dance without physical repercussions?! Then, King tried to excuse it by saying only his upper body is injured… so he goes for a corkscrew elbow a couple of seconds later. Not to be outshone by Truth, Kofi goes in and does his usual schtick with a slight touch of his at his heavily banged up waist every so often to do an obligatory selling (in a way). In the words of a wise man – ARE YOU SERIOUS BRO?!
- A.W. has not been seen for WEEKS now! Remember his clients have a rematch clause? No? Neither do I.
- What Cena did to Cole is really, at it's core, bullying. "Say Uncle" anyone? The excuse WWE gives to these things that this sort of stuff happens to bad people in WWE is invalid, as in the bully's eyes nerds often come off like Michael Cole does on TV.
- How does it makeDel Riolook as a challenger when Sheamus, compromised arm and all, is able to overcome him as well as his lackey? Sure Del Rio ended up with the upper hand, but the way it was made to look Sheamus can beat BOTH Del Rio and Rodriguez simultaneously.
- Have you noticed John Laurinaitis has been scarcely seen on SD! since becoming GM? Every week someone else is filling in for him, so I wonder what is the point of him being Smackdown GM?
- Note to WWE: If you want to get a finisher over as devastating, don't let The Great Khali sell it.
- 1. Nrodus Clay. 2. Sin Cara. (AGAINST MCINTYRE!) 3. RyBack. 4. Antonio Cesaro. That's 4 squash matches in the same night.
- Hornswoggle as JR. No explanation necessary, I hope. Luckily WWE thought the same, as they made Sandow save the segment. You're welcome.
- "Can you comment on the look you and AJ shared on Monday?" – High school mentality much?
- Where wasBryan? Isn't he a Smackdown superstar?
? Sin Cara managed to botch an arm drag against Hunico… He performed the flips prior to it seamlessly, but forgot to actually, um… DRAG THE ARM. Also, it appears he can flip, but he can't dropkick properly. I am sorry, I know some of you were impressed with Sin Cara's return, but I still see a lot to be desired in his work. He goes to what he knows more now (Hurracanranas and rope flips), which is good, and he did perform his finisher better than he did on Smackdown, but I very much dislike his lack of psychology. Though, to be fair, it could be because that's just the nature of Mexican wrestling nowadays, and not his fault per se. I still want him off my screen, though. I think. And then again on Smackdown – He had a very good match with McIntyre, but then botched the finish. Hey, this is a Maybe? For a reason.
Trial Run: IMPACT WRESTLING
+ The AJ/Dixie/Kazniels storyline is interesting. It's something fresh that I, at least, don't remember ever seeing. If such a storyline was done before I'd love for anyone to comment on the matter below.
+ An AJ/Kaz & Daniels feud is what TNA is all about. Same goes for Joe/Aries, for that matter. With Roode as World Champion, TNA is doing a lot of things right right now, and it should be working out fabulously in theory. In theory.
+Abyss/Joseph/Bully Ray is very well done, including the pre-taped Abyss interrupting his "brother". I still do not know whether they are going to reveal that Joseph and Abyss are one in the same or whether they are actually going to keep them as separate characters. Regardless, one thing I can give TNA credit for is – they try to keep their product fresh and original.
- OK, it was good next week for newcomers, but weekly "previously on Impact…"s just make Impact seem like a Telenovela.
-Dixieis no actress, and neither is her husband. She did the best she could and it was pretty good for someone who is generally an executive, but this sort of storyline requires someone who can actually act it out. Otherwise it comes off as tacky, which in TNA I suppose is inevitable.
- Wait… I watched last week. What issues did Joe and Aries have? I don't remember it being on the show.
- Aries likes larger competition, huh? Well, if only the X Division didn’t have a225 lbsweight limit… Hey, wait a minute! Hogan is the one who implemented that in the first place! Gee, who's ever thought that'll be a bad idea?
- Brooke was OK, but why is she necessary?
- I hate sequences like that… OK, soTarahas a Boston Crab on Sky. Mickie comes from behind and locks on a Dragon Sleeper… Except in must've been very weak, asTarawas able (and thought it best) to continue the hold on Sky. Then, Tessmacher comes in and locks on a HEADLOCK on James (and, as expected, it's not strong enough to make her loosen the hold onTara)! Also, what was that horrible finisher Tessmacher used?!
- I'm sorry, the finish toDevonvs. Robbie E was absolutely dumb.
? Crimson mentions Goldberg and then issues an open challenge? Knowing TNA, Goldberg is going to be the one to accept it.
Well, this is it for this week. I would just like to apologize for the lateness of this week's Rundown, as some things (read: school work) got in the way.
Weekly Comment Question:
Your question of the week is going to be: Seeing as I'm completely torn on the issue – what do you think about Sin Cara since his return?
Leave your answer in the comments section below, and don't forget to come back next weekend for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!