Weekly Rundown: To New Beginnings!

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.

A note to begin with: I am trying a new format for the Rundown, let me know what you think.

 

Impact Wrestling

+     I liked the silent tribute to the tornado victims. It wasn’t as extravagant as I expected TNA to make it, which is not to be taken for granted as this was a live show and they could have put in a segment relating to it loudly in a “look we’re helping” sort of way.

-         Hogan just HAD to throw in a plug for his shop, didn’t he? Does he not realize how cheap that makes him and TNA out to be?

+     Other than Hogan’s cheap plug, though, I thought this segment was well done on all account. From Hogan trying to reverse Bully’s verdict to Sting not having any of it to Brooke wanting to quit to Bully coming out and making the claims he made, it all felt right.

-         TJ Perkins is a good wrestler for the X Division, don’t get me wrong. My problem is with the Suicide gimmick. It’s tactless for no reason. It isn’t over. It’s a failed video game’s failed character for God’s sake! If the character was over it was one thing, then I wouldn’t mind them giving at established character’s history to Perkins to get him over quickly. But Suicide wasn’t ever over. I would prefer it if Perkins debuted a new gimmick that has a better chance of working on its own in this particular scenario.

+     It’s good to see TNA hasn’t abandoned the X-Division for World Title shot concept. It’s still to be determined how it will play out though.

?    While I was disappointed the Gutcheck match didn’t take place as I love analyzing these, Wes wanting into the tournament makes perfect sense.

-         Is it just me or did Magnus come back too quickly from HAVING HIS HEAD RAN OVER BY A FORKLIFT?

-         Too many people are out simulatenously by A&8. This repetitiveness in storyline made me forget Joe was even out because of A&8. It isn’t exciting anymore.

+     Dissention among the ranks continues. It’s all very subtle, but it’s there. Anderson started questioning Bully about AJ. It’s small, but it continues the path A&8 have been taking in recent weeks.

-         Angle kicking out of a Mic Check added nothing to his match with Anderson. The match ended 1 minute later, and it was never followed up on in any way in the match. All it was is a cheap false finish that was expectable a mile away. False finishes are good when they add to the match, and this one didn’t. This is has become a classic Angle move in TNA.

+     I liked Frankie’s subtle hint at the Hemme debacle, saying a lot of people have been offended lately, and turning to Aries he then said “have they not?”. I personally think too much was made of Aries playing up his character.

+     Shark Boy is back! Shell Yeah!

+     I liked how they reinstated Gunner. I always liked him and I think his work in development did him good.

+     I really like where the Joseph Park storyline is going. He’s challenging for the TV Title in Slammiversary. He’s teaming with Sting next week against their Slammiversary opponents, so we essentially get Abyss & Sting back, against Team 3D. Then there’s Sting asking Joseph to bring Abyss back and blaming him of kayfabing him, implying he realizes Joseph is Abyss.

+     The Slammiversary card is shaping up to be good.

-         Velvet was borderline pathetic in the Knockouts Title match. I don’t know what happened, but she just wasn’t there.

+      “You can give your heart to Jesus but your soul belongs to the club” was a very powerful line by Bully. The final segment simply worked, with DOC not being out before the very end and it was something I noticed. I like A&8 having 8 members, it gives a little extra meaning to the name (assuming D-Lo will eventually be patched back in). AJ attacking everybody in the end was well done, though still reminiscent of Sting. I hope TNA finds a way to take this in an original direction, but I’m not looking at this storyline on a by-the-week basis. We’ll see where it goes as a whole as I have faith in this storyline. Regardless, TNA has produced a very strong show and a very strong card for Slammiversary. Well done.

SmackDown!

+     I liked the opening segment. There was nothing incredibly amazing about it, but it had its moments and while it was over 10 minutes long it didn’t feel like it dragged. I like the dynamic between Barrett, Fandango and Miz as an IC title feud.

-         Why weren’t both the US and IC title matches advertised? I don’t understand what WWE has against adding prestige to their titles, OR getting people to watch their shows. If they want the secondary titles to be defended on TV regularly then fine, it’s their titles with their own functions. BUT not advertising said matches cheapens the titles and makes some viewers who might tune out otherwise, tune in. Two title matches in one night is HUGE, and it doesn’t matter which titles are in question. Not advertising the titles makes them seem like an afterthought, which needlessly cheapens each title.

+     Good, Hell No is starting to break up. This is the right time to do that. I like Bryan’s character development as well, and him adding the mudhole stomping of a downed opponent from his indie days is a nice nod to his long-time fans.

+     Sandow is the kind of heel you agree with, the heel that says it like it is but the audience doesn’t want to hear it. These are the best characters in my honest opinion. The Gordian knot bit was done for comedic purposes obviously (a quick Google search shows Gordian wasn’t a farmer, but rather a king), but everything he said before that was spot on. I was actually expecting him to use some sort of scissors to break the knot in an outside the box thinking sort of way.

-         There was a 20 minute single RAW recap. I’ll say that again. A single RAW recap of Curtis Axel took 20 minutes off of Smackdown. You’d think that with RAW being 3 hours they’d have time to recap Smackdown, but it’s the already shorter Smackdown that takes a third of the show (which is 90 minutes after we consider commercials) for recaps of RAW. Once again, the 20 minutes was for 1 recap, I didn’t count how long the RyBack recap took.

+     WWE really knows how to put someone over when they want to. Heyman talking about Curtis Axel makes him seem like the biggest deal since The Rock. Interestingly enough, The Rock is the reason Axel is getting this push. Side note: There was a hilarious spot in his match with Sin Cara where he went for a Hurracanrana and Axel went into position to catch him for a headscissors takedown. The result was a funny arm trap Hurracanrana. I’m not sure how funny it is to non-wrestlers, but I found it hilarious.

+     In stark contrast to the IC title match not being advertised and, as far as I know, neither was the US title match, the US title match actually closed the show (before the bona fide main eventers were interjected, but you get my point.). The title matches were the opening and closing matches on the card, and that’s definitely a step in the right direction. It’s not the end of the journey, but it’s a step.

+     Speaking of the interjected main eventers, that 6 men tag was great television.

RAW

+     3 Stages of Hell, thank God! I know it’s even gimmickier, but at least it’s not just 1 horrible gimmick being an Ambulance match.

-         With all the “Say Hello To” people were doing in the opening segment, I really wanted one of them to end with “My Little Friend”.

-         It’s too soon for Big E to go all Han Solo on Ziggler and AJ, he should instead remain the sidekick. Wait a minute… Well, after that potentially unclear joke, what I was going to say is that Big E going solo right now will hurt his career. He should be established in his role first.

+     Hell No remain entertaining, which is why I think the time is right to break them up before they get stale. That is in the very near horizon.

-         Again with the unadvertised title matches! I really don’t see the logic in this.

+     Remember what I said last week about Kofi’s pace not working with Ambrose’s punctuality? Well, they took care of it this week. Ambrose didn’t have to wait for Kofi for a single solitary second, because all of Kofi’s offense that would have required it was averted. Kofi’s offense consisted almost exclusively of fast bursts of single moves, making it so that Ambrose would not have to be made to wait for him. I truly believe this was intentional either to cover Kofi’s weaknesses or because Ambrose refused to take a Boom Drop because of its lack of logic as a move when they went over the match with the trainer.

-         While you read this rundown, you can watch something completely irrelevant to the Rundown in the WWE app. Did someone count how many times this happened on the show?

+     Is it still necessary to compliment The Shield about their work? Is it still necessary to say how good their matches are?

?    I just figured out how dirty Cena’s new shirt was without a title belt beneath it… “The Champ Is Here” with a downward pointing arrow? Yeah…

+     THE WYATT FAMILY! YES! YES! YES! That would be all.

That’s all for this week. Don’t forget to come back next week for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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  • http://twitter.com/jmt5887 Joshua Tucker

    The US title Match was announced on Raw last week. The IC title match was announced to be on Main Event between Sin Cara and Barrett but it didn’t happen. I guess they decided to give us Miz/Barrett for the title to make up for that.

    Also earlier on this weeks Raw they announced that due to what happened at the end of the Smackdown title match Kofi was getting another shot on RAW at Ambrose for the title.

    I don’t think you were paying close enough attention sir.

    • GuyLandau

      I admitted I could be wrong about the US title match in the Rundown itself, but the IC title match was not advertised for Smackdown, or against this opponent. The fact that there was supposed to be a different match for the title that didn’t take place on a different show doesn’t make it any better. And by Advertising I don’t mean talked about in the same show, I mean advertised beforehand. God knows you won’t get a World Title match that wasn’t advertised just like that as an “oh by the way you’ll get a World Title match later tonight” (Angles are sometimes used to set them up ad hoc in the same show, if this was the case here I wouldn’t have minded, but it wasn’t). Kofi vs. Ambrose on RAW, as well as Hell No vs. The Shield and Barrett vs. Miz on Smackdown should have been announced in some way in advance.

      • http://twitter.com/jmt5887 Joshua Tucker

        We got Alberto Del Rio vs The Big Show for the World Title in a last man Standing match with no advertisement ahead of time.

        What I was saying is you made it sound like the Kofi vs Ambrose match just appeared out of nowhere with no warning before the actual match took place.

        • GuyLandau

          Del Rio vs. Big Show was announced in the previous RAW. I’m sorry if I was unclear, but I meant that the matches should be advertised ahead of the shows in which they are contested.

  • JohnnyC

    Love the new format. Keep it up!!!