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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.
**This week's Rundown is proudly presented by Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Taco**
+ Edge! Edge! Edge! I hope they find some sort of roll for him on TV, he's too much of a talent to not be on my screen weekly in some form or fashion.
+ Glenn Jacobs did yet another brilliant psychological in-character promo, projecting the demented Kane's fear of his own humanity onto Randy Orton. Amazing job as always, and the twist with Orton bringing Paul Bearer into the mix adds another layer to the story, and shows that Kane is still struggling with his humanity – which makes him all the more angry at Orton. Notice that as soon as Bearer said Kane came to save him, Kane realized his humanity was taking over and horrendously returned his own father into a freezer – just to prove to himself that he is, in fact, a monster.
+ I like Cole putting his foot down on certain issues, like Brock hitting Mathews. It makes him a wholer character, much like JBL was on announce, hating on some heels and liking some faces.
+ I LOVED the CM "Drunk" in-ring segment, when it was made clear he wasn't actually drunk. Still weird anyone would take THAT big of a chance with their title, from a storyline perspective. I mean, he could've very easily not been given another chance and stripped of his title after the cops ruled him drunk.
+Bryan's fast-counting was brilliant. It's been a while since we've seen one of those.
+ I wouldn't mind Hornswoggle doing the entrance with Clay… As long as he doesn't do anything else in his matches.
+ I was going to NO! the Colonz's losing streak, but if it's part of a bigger picture I'm all for it.
+ The Lesnar packages throughout the night were good for new fans who aren't aware of his WWE career. By the way I found it funny that ALL his packages were about matches against current TNA stars. Coincidence? I mean, there were other matches that they could've shown (vs. Taker HIAC), but they only showed RVD, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle and Hulk Hogan.
+ The opening segment, while long, was very entertaining.
+ Sandow debuts next week! Sandow debuts next week!
+ The divas' match wasn't too bad. It had some cool spot ideas.
+ Jacob Kaye was the best squashee of RyBack's so far, on all accounts. Seriously, he was impressive. I'd hire him for a career jobber, he's really good at it.
+Wow, this storyline with AJ is really intriguing.
+ The Henry that Henry's been in recent weeks is the Henry that Henry should always be. Henry.
+ I love how much they've slummed (is that a word? In any case, it should be) Long. From losing his job to losing his girl to being humiliated… And besides, he plays it off wonderfully.
- I would just like to say that I HATE Lesnar's theme. And when they play it 3-4 times a week is absolute torture.
- Jericho/Punk is really getting repetitive by now, and while the in-ring sobriety test was a nice change of pace, I hope this feud ends on Sunday.
-As a rule of thumb, WWE should never have Khali in the ring for over 3 minutes at a time. That's just bad business.
- Once again, Lesnar should not be allowed much time on the mic. He is absolutely unable to carry a segment. Especially not opposite Laurinaitis (who, although he stumbled over his words, at least has rhythm)
- If WWE wants to get them over, then why are O'Neil and Young allowed to speak? And for not knowing who Yoshi's partner would be, they sure had a couple of puns aboutJacksonthat were practiced enough that they could say them in unison
- Where the hell did Jinder Mahal come from? Did WWE feel like they need someone for Orton to RKO in that segment?
- I'm all for Cesaro being dominant… But why at the expense of the rising Kidd? I mean, he should be in a tag team with Gabriel in a matter of weeks, and shouldn't be made to look weak. Also – He should stick to the pop-up Uppercut as a finisher. Whatever that next move was, it looked horrible in my eyes. It was basically a face bump with a lot of theatrics surrounding it. There's a reason AJ Styles locks the arms with his legs and there's a reason triple H hooks the arms for a Pedigree. It's because otherwise those moves will make no sense – you have to prevent the opponent from protecting their head when you drop them on it.
- In what way is Khali beating… nay, squashingRhodesa smart decision? Seriously, that has to be the biggest NO! in a while!
? While I dislike Truth, being relegated to jobber status to Tensai is really a sad fall for the once-near main event level talent.
? Speaking of Awesome Truth, Miz being relegated toUStitle status is a move I am unsure about. While he deserved main event status, he has fallen by the wayside in his work ethic. Not only would theUStitle put him back on TV regularly, but it would perhaps ignite the fire he needs to prove himself worthy of main event status once more. If he loses to Santino, however, there is no justifying that match.
? I wouldn't mind Santino and Ryder being a tag team one bit… if Santino wasn't US Champion!
? I am on the fence regarding Nikki winning the divas' championship. On one hand, it's nice to see WWE remember who Kharma swore to take aim at when she returned. On the other hand – there's really no need for the title to be on Nikki for Kharma to write the Bellas off TV. And besides, it makes Beth look really not as dominant as she used to be.
While RAW wasn't bad, it by no means justified a 3 hour show. It was just an extended show, half of which could've been easily left off for a solid 2 hour show. Because there was nothing justifying 3 hours, it felt SO LONG.
And over on Smackdown it's about to become Squasherville. Next week 4 of the 6 matches will be squashes – Tag match with O'Neil and Young, RyBack, Cesaro, and now Sandow. Bringing all this talent aboard simultaneously makes each of them shine less.
Don't forget to come back next weekend for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!