Weekly Rundown: VERY Late, And I’m VERY Sorry

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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.

 

YES!

RAW

+ While it was brief, I love to hear Cena and Punk interact.

+ The Barrett Barrage returns! YES!

+ The wholeDel Riogear debacle and what came of it was brilliant. Though I wonder, why is the use of a boot on the feet legal, but not on the hands?

+ AW took the time to say he’s STILL the owner of All World Promotions, whether we liked it or not. I don’t mind it as long as he’ll use the mic wisely, which it looked like he did in RAW.

+ Great ring work all around on RAW.

+ I like Sandow feuding with Clay.

+ HBK in Triple H’s corner! Woohoo! That whole segment was well done.

+ Bryan is so awesome in so many ways.

+ Bryan vs. Cena was great, and guess what? Cena called a lot of it, as it was a joined effort from what I could tell.

Smackdown

+ Booker asking Sheamus to apologize is absolutely right. In no way was Sheamus’ antic on RAW a babyface thing to do, especially considering the Be A Star initiative.

+ Cody calling Sin Cara ugly is classic projection. Well done by whoever came up with him saying that.

+ Mahal facing two wrestlers is a very unique way to go about this feud.

+ A #1 Contenders Tag match makes perfect sense. The ending made sense as well.

+ For the first time since debuting, I have seen something I was impressed with from Cesaro.

Impact Wrestling

+ Bully Ray is a freakin’ great wrestler.

+ I am very impressed with Magnus’ development over the past year. He has grown into quite the wrestler.

+ Daniels really turned the “world tag team champions of the world” thing into a very prominent gimmick. Well done.

+ Bully vs. Storm is what a TV main event should look like. (In comparison to what is talked about in the Maybe? About Angle vs. AJ)

NO!

RAW

- Looking at AJ and Punk in the ring, you see how far WWE goes in forgetting their history. Think of those two a mere month back – how they interacted, how AJ was behaving… There is none of that there now. Punk mentioned their history, but you couldn’t see any of it in their chemistry.

- Once again, the choices for the fans are very biased towards a specific opponent.

- Bryan vs. Kane at SummerSlam out of more or less nowhere.

- I’m sorry, but Sheamus stealing del Rio’s car, as Cole so eloquently put it, is NOT a babyface thing to do.

- I do not like the IC champion taking a clean fall without it meaning that Kane is the new #1 Contender.

Smackdown

- In no way should Sin Cara get a victory over Cody Rhodes, ever.

- Kane has officially been lost as a character.

Impact Wrestling

- So Austin Aries can’t be champion of two divisions simultaneously but Devon can challenge for the Tag Titles while being TV Champion? OK…

- It’s a real problem when your champion is getting carried. Perhaps if the champion can’t hold her own, one would assume said champion should not be champion. Also, said champion should not be using as bad a finisher as the Tess Shock.

- If Hebner has a potential bias in the knockouts’ match, why would he be the referee?

- I said it before and I’ll say it again – If a champion is not felt as must-see enough to be on TV weekly, they should not be champion.

 

Maybe?

? If you want to keep both Orton and Show over, then a double count-out is smart. However, I think Orton should’ve taken a clean fall to Show like so many greats have before him – especially since Orton isn’t on the SummerSlam card while Show is a #1 Contender, and since Orton should, ideally, be reprehended for his actions

? While AJ vs. Angle was… Exciting, it was NOT a good match as far as I’m concerned. You just can’t have Angle kick out of the Clash – AJ’s only finishing move that is usually not kicked out of – in a TV match. For the Angle Slam there’s been precedent (so much so actually that I just can’t view it as a finisher anymore), but the Clash is “sacred” in that regard. This reminds me of the first main event with Hogan at the helm – where these 2 men had a 20 minute match that included almost exclusively from minute 5 countless finishing moves. A TV match should be about the road to the finisher, and the kickouts should be kept strictly for either VERY high profile TV matches (i.e. for the title) or PPV main events.

? If Cesaro doesn’t get a US title match after going over the champion twice, I will NO! the hell out of the whole situation.

 

Weekly Comment Question:

Your question of the week is going to be: What match did you like better – Storm vs. Ray or AJ vs. Angle, and Why?

Leave your answer in the comments section below, and don’t forget to come back next weekend for a new edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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  • JamieSNZ

    Storm vs Ray. Ray is impressing me more and more and i can actually view him as a viable World title contender.

  • Patrick Peralta

    " If Hebner has a potential bias in the knockouts’ match, why would he be the referee?"

    everyone but THE TNA Office could see this coming and that would lead to Madison being TNA Knockout champion……but they are not to bright.

  • Steve l

    Good job Guy.

  • mark freeman

    I don't watch TNA, but I do follow the results on here, and always thought 'wow I cant believe they are pushing Bubba' but last night I tuned in to the PPV, and Bubba Dudley really impressed me. I've always been a fan of the dudleys even before D-Von and Bubba were the main brothers but never really bought them as solo stars but if last night was the first ever time I watched TNA and saw him I would believe he was one of the top guys in the company. TNA has so many faults thats holding them back but one thing they do is build guys up, something that VKM seems to of forgotten how to. Look at Christian, in his first run at wwe he was intercontinental champ at best, and no fan would of bought him as World Champ (imo) yet over in TNA, they gave him the gimmick that worked and he become believable as the face of a company. This is how TNA should go forward, yes its nice to have the Flairs, Hogans,Hardy's and RVD's because of there names but they don't need them, use there own people (if Roode walked into WWE on raw, and pinned CM punk for the title, I dont think anyone would be outraged, he seems a perfect fit for WWE) and then look for released WWE guys that should of got over(someone like Tyler Reks for example) but Vince doesn't do mid card feuds any more so they get futured because creative has nothing for them. TNA (in my eyes) seem to get gimmicks right, and they do have mid card feuds and titles, they just need to eradicate the other 95% BS thats going on there and maybe, just maybe we can start having some competition for WWE, which in turn will make WWE better again. P.S This is not a TNA fan boy rant, I dont watch TNA, but I have watched wrestling for many many years and whether its my age now or the product but WWE has gone stale, it just needs a kick up its backside.