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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.
+ I’m all for a return of the Main Event Mafia. They spiked ratings back in the day and they are still a draw from the looks of things.
+ Suicide came out to the match kind of odd, like he was mocking himself… Which made perfect sense by the end of the segment. There was a lot wrong with Suicide on first watching that looks so right in hindsight. His hesitation before using his finishers, as he doesn’t know how to, namely.
+ Keeping with the idea in the last YES!, I like the Suicide gimmick being retired for Perkins working apparently as Manic. It’s about time.
- Here’s the thing – What was Aries planning on doing after he won the title? Was he just planning on staying Suicide, which makes the only logical next step murdering TJ Perkins so it’ll never come out? He didn’t seem like he had any intention to reveal himself, so what did he plan on doing before Hogan came out? Have a 2nd career as Suicide?
+ Big O vs. Ryan Howe – if there’s something I love is analyzing Gut Check prospects. Here we go: Early on you could see The Big O knows his place in the ring. He used simple power moves, and didn’t do stuff that was not necessary of him. He knows how to look impactful and that’s very important for a guy his size. He is still green as grass, but it’s a good place to start and I’m sure OVW could straighten out the rest. I also liked his subtle selling after the match. For someone who started wrestling very recently he seems to really have the important stuff down, well done. Howe tried very hard to be a high flyer but failed. He failed in selling being a small guy and he failed hitting like a small guy, and the problem is, I think, that he isn’t that small of a guy. He’s average size. He looks small against Big O which is perhaps why he went to high flying, but there are other ways if it doesn’t work for you. I doubt that’s the case though, as he seemed pretty experienced at climbing the top rope. Perhaps it was just the nerves of going on national TV, but he failed most of his spots. He failed the crossbody, the calf kick, and other rather basic high flyer stuff. He hit a good dropkick and his regular strikes looked good, he could work well if he just didn’t try to be flashy in his work. There are other ways to excite a crowd inside a ring, he should find them. He was very crisp in anything that WASN’T high flying, so it’s a shame he tries going outside his element.
- Mickie should’ve worked the leg A LOT more than she actually did. Also – Velvet’s outside headscissors was absolutely horrible. It didn’t look anything like a move, it was very obviously choreographed. There were a lot of awkward spots in this match, not something you’d expect to happen in the top of any division.
+ Robbie E gets his gimmick so well. Him and Jesse look like they belong together. “Bro-Mans” is a great name.
? Is Aries face now?
? The Dublin Street fight was goofy and ridiculous at times, but it also had its moments of brilliance.
+ While I can see why some would resent the way Miz TV ended up going, I actually liked it. It showed how much the IC title means to Miz that he forgot all about his intended interview when Axel was out. That “Star Wars” line sounded so rehearsed though…
? I’m not sure how I feel about the Kaitlyn-AJ storyline in the way it has manifested since Payback. On one hand – it’s a fresh storyline and moreso – it’s an actual storyline for the divas. On the other hand the women’s equality fighter in me can’t help but feel this is perpetuating some very bad stereotypes about women. This is Slut-shaming meets attacks on looks (which are completely unfounded, by the way), and I don’t know which is worse.
- I just noticed, halfway through the show, that Josh Mathews isn’t on commentary. Doesn’t bode well for his commentary that I didn’t even notice he was absent.
+ RyBack vs. Gabriel was a really good match for the time it got. It told a story and was well executed.
- I really don’t get putting The Shield under as much as they have been put under lately.
- Isn’t it funny how when Alberto Del Rio is a heel the fans start sounding like Zeb Colter?
? While Bryan’s new shirt is nice, I think a modified YES! shirt would sell better.
+ I know the opening segment was long, but it was good, and it was necessary. Everyone who isn’t RVD came out, and RVD was mentioned. It got the match over for the fans. The segment was, at the same time, self-aware. Punk said he didn’t want to come out and do this same old dance, but Christian said “best”. It was a tad mechanical, but it did do the job.
+ THIS is how you make a champion vs. champion match seem important. Showing the histories of both titles makes the fans, especially newer fans, realize just how prestigious they are.
+ WWE mentioned that Israel now gets RAW live. They usually refrain from mentioning Israel’s name, saying “middle east” instead.
- Why didn’t Ziggler come out with AJ and Big E? Nothing has happened in storyline to cause them not to come out. And here I was thinking WWE would allow Ziggler and Punk to be complex characters.
+ Kane vs. Orton w/ Bryan made perfect sense. All 3 had very clear and logical motives in the match. Bryan forcing Kane to win by cheating means he can still claim in his heart that he’s better.
? I would have given Fandango a victory his first night back against a midcarder, but the way WWE went is fine as well, I suppose.
- WOW, what a way to bury RyBack. Having him ask for stoppage against The Miz? Miz gets over like that, sure, but RyBack is really falling down the ladder.
+ Axel & Punk vs. PTP was well booked. This RAW has a lot of good in-ring storytelling. The only thing I think WWE could’ve done better in this match is Paul Heyman’s reactions to Punk being screwed. He was a little too unsympathetic towards Punk.
- So much bad stuff with the Divas this week… I won’t even go into it.
+ Colter remains great. He personifies the extreme right of the US very well from everything I’ve seen.
- There’s a problem with booking clear cut heel vs. heel matches in that the crowd has no one to cheer for. Both men cut heel promos coming out for the match, so the fans really didn’t have anyone to cheer for.
+ Del Rio and Cena didn’t need finisher false finishes to have a great match.
+ Wyatt Family. Those of you who haven't been watching NXT, you're in for a treat next week.
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