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.
+ Taz was a bit naughty in the opening segment. He said “just to recap” after the initial commercial break, breaking the fourth wall in a sense.
+ I liked how Roode, after saying he’ll go back to what brought him to the game, used a beer bottle to get the victory over Hernandez – just like he did against Storm when he won the WHC. The ref being suspicious of Roode after seeing the beer bottle remnants was also a nice touch.
- I have a big issue with WHC vs. X Champion not being a main event of any show.
+ Sabin vs. Manik was really good. Like, REALLY good. As far as I am concerned it was a rare match held back by a lukewarm finish which I think was a result of time constraints.
- The post-match brawl, however, was terrible.
- There appeared to be a bending problem with the ring ropes on Impact. 3 times I saw people try to go over them when clotheslined only to fail.
- I hated the AJ/Aries finish. Another bad finish to a great match.
? I am going to reserve any judgment of Tito Ortiz being #August1Warning until I see where it goes.
- Ooooh… Vickie, that’s the wrong use of “whom”. “Daniel Bryan, WHO is a great competitor”. He is the subject of the sentence, and so he is referred to as who and not whom. You’re welcome.
+ The triple threat for the WHC is great on paper, even before seeing it. I’ll talk about the match itself later on.
+ This is beside the point, but did everyone see Punk’s Grammar Slam? It is fantastic. I’m bringing it up because A. Go watch it and B. All over the internet I see people mimicking Sandow by writing “your welcome” which is a travesty all on its own. Go watch Punk’s video about “your vs. you’re” to see how I usually respond to that.
+ Here’s my take on A-Ry’s commentary. I like his work in general, and I especially like how he finds ways to put himself over without hurting the quality of his commentary. For example, when talking about Sandow/Rhodes, he mentioned his association with The Miz and how he would have been insulted had he been appointed “protector of the case” by Miz. It reminds the viewer that he is a wrestler and it adds flavor to what he’s saying.
- There is no reason for Sin Cara still having that ring light! You know what – squash him Big E! Squash him like a bug!
+ It seems Punk is on his way to becoming the main Smackdown guy. If the ratings are up, he could very well be the reason why.
+ Fandango vs. Punk was a great match, much more than I expected it to be (in that it was given a lot of time).
- The RVD/Christian/Orton backstage segment felt waaaay too contrived, with each one cutting the other off.
+ Is… is WWE starting a divas feud that isn’t over the title, in Layla vs. Kaitlyn?!
+ The main event didn’t disappoint. Great work by all 3. RVD seemed a bit off at points, but nothing too serious. I also like Christian winning.
+ Strong promo by Bryan to open the show. He hit a lot of nails right on the head there, though I’m not sure Cena would never wrestle again outside of WWE. I could very well be wrong, I don’t know him, but I wouldn’t jump to these types of conclusions.
+ Barrett’s involvement was a bit random, but I was truly on the edge of my seat for the whole segment. That beard shirt is one of the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
+ I hope Ricardo is getting a face turn.
+ I love Cody. Going around, quoting Oscar Wilde… Oh, Cody, you devil you.
- Apparently nowadays you can tell the Bellas apart by their bra size.
+ John Cena’s promo was well done. You can agree or disagree, but chanting “boring” is just not fair.
+ Shield vs. Orton, Cena and Bryan is a great idea. I am hopeful that The Shield somehow wins, though since they are no longer undefeated I am doubtful. However, that match has the potential to be off the hook.
- Once again, Wyatt Family vs. Tons of Funk is a disaster. They need longer matches, this doesn’t do the Wyatts any justice.
+ It appears that Kane is back.
+ The divas appear to be getting some much needed attention. There are actually more than 2 characters getting attention at a time.
+ Punk vs. Lesnar was a great brawl. I can’t wait for the match.
+ Triple H’s backstage segment was well done.
+ I like The Real Americans, they showed good team work.
+ A DQ is the only viable finish to the 6 men tag where The Shield don’t go under clean, considering all 3 of their opponents need to be strong as any one of them could walk out of Summerslam with the title.
+ I liked the ending to RAW with the pseudo cash-in and The Shield dismantling Bryan and Cena.
+ Overall I felt like this was a really solid RAW. Good effort by WWE.
That’s all for this week. Don't forget to come back next week for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!