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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.
+ TNA Knockout action is far superior to WWE's, there's no denying it.
+ TNA does something that WWE unfortunately does not do – Have an idea, stick with it and get their resolution – at least since Prichard is at the helm. Beforehand it was one storyline that holds for a year (“They”, followed by Immortal the following year), but now every story has a purpose – from Joey Ryan’s Gut Check to Madison Rayne’s crush – these were built over months. I originally said Rayne’s crush was pointless, but low and behold – I stand corrected. Months after it has begun, the storyline had a resolution with Taryn Terrell becoming Knockout referee. Ryan losing his Gut Check opportunity was so long ago – and that's also getting resolved. Long term storytelling is something I really miss today in wrestling, and I’m glad TNA are going back to it.
+ Great match between Joe and RVD. Devon vacating the TV title is one of the best things that could’ve happened to it, and to Joe.
+ Great story told in the main event by all 3 participants.
+ I said it before and I’ll say it again – RyBack is the best man I’ve ever seen at dominating competition.
+ I love Cole’s balanced character.
+ I have to admit – del Rio’s imitation (until he spoke) made me laugh. Ricardo was hilarious throughout the match.
+ JBL is back, Yay! “Only difference between me and del Rio – I didn’t have to drive”, "Pick one or the other, it's a binary question" and other great one-liners by the most must-hear former WWE superstar in WWE history, cracked me up.
+ RyBack was OVER on RAW, both in his match (which, again, showed how good he is at looking dominant, this time while getting his established opponents over) and the final segment.
+ Punk & McMahon’s segment on the first hour was wonderful. It wasn’t July 2011 quality, but it was great by today’s standards.
+ Seems like WWE heeded my advice (meaning they came up with the same idea) in regards to Cara and Mysterio. Their outfit looks much better when it’s the same color.
+ Barrett vs. Sheamus definitely was a step in the right direction for Barrett.
+ Kidd got a surprising amount of offense against Cesaro. I can’t call that match a squash, which in itself is good.
+ Great match between Bryan/Kane and Ziggler/del Rio
+ I liked Eve’s work against Kaitlyn. All things considered, she is definitely the most worthy Diva to hold the title in my eyes.
+ While the Larry King segments were awful for the most part, Kane calling him Skeletor was worth it all.
+ I don’t know what is it about McMahon’s work, but he’s very enjoyable to watch, even at his advanced age.
- While I liked it originally, the Tara-boyfriend storyline is getting annoying. It’s a stupid idea if her boyfriend isn’t Ryan, or it doesn't have some sort of overall payoff.
- TNA are desperately trying to make King Mo a bigger superstar than he is, and all they are doing is making themselves seem minor league.
- … Why did the crowd turn on Aries suddenly? He said "I don't need any of you" once in the match, but he's been that way for his entire face run.
- Sheamus acts heelish, but since it’s towards other heels the crowd cheers… He is not a likable character as far as I’m concerned. In fact, he's sort of a bully.
- Again – Alicia is being turned with no explanation. I really wish the females will be taken more seriously, as I mentioned - something like how they are treated in TNA will suffice.
- I REALLY don’t like how the Intercontinental champion is being buried recently.
- Cena’s opening segment went a tad long. It would have been fine had it been shorter.
- Little Jimmy’s dance segment… Heel Cole didn’t see Little Jimmy, and a face Cole does - so a face Michael Cole is illogical – wonderful.
- No Vince, there isn’t room for that stuff. Not imaginary children and not leprechauns. I'll give the goat-faced Vegans a pass, though.
- Even with what little he had to do in it – Sin Cara still managed to botch the hell out of his tag match.
- Speaking of tag matches, the camera work in Hell No vs. Zigglerio (hey, I did my best with this one) was horrible. A lot of important spots or spot-teases were missed because of either bad angling or over-focus on the managers.
? What’s the deal with the way Morgan was brought back? “By the way, Morgan hasn’t appeared for 6 months, so don’t allow him into the building” is not a good excuse, they didn't say he's no longer under contract, so why not let one of your performers in?
? Bully is Sting’s partner… Huh. It's rather obvious where this is going, and I am as of now still undecided of my feelings in regards to how this will pan out. I guess I'll have to see how it works out in the grander scheme of things to decide.
? Interesting that WWE gave a heel vs. heel main event on Smackdown. I’m assuming they thought about it along the lines of Bryan & Kane – Regardless of Face/Heel divide, they are appointed viewing. It’s interesting to note Ziggler was for the most part playing the face.
? You must be wondering what I think of Punk hitting the fan – well, it was wrong, obviously, but the blame doesn’t fall solely on Punk. A lot of it does, but he should not have been put in that position (security-wise) in the first place. He was being pushed constantly, risking a fall down the stairs. That said, had I been Punk I would’ve went down a couple of stairs to distance myself from the fans that picked on me - NEVER resorting to retaliation against a fan.
Weekly Comment Question:
Your question of the week is: Do you think Punk’s actions were justified? Why or why not?
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