Weekly Rundown - What A Fall

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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.




+ Punk vs. Henry was epic. This is how you do a big man vs. small man match where the face is the small man, and have him win realistically. Only when Henry was absolutely unconscious was Punk able to win.

+ "YES!" is really getting over, and WWE for once isn't ignoring it! Hurray!


+ Intriguing direction they are taking AJ in.

+ I think I may have a crush on Damien Sandow.

+ I like the little personal jokes Ricardo andDel Riohave with each other.




- In "hyping" theUSchampionship match, the announcers didn't even mention it was for the title. Between that and the WWE Championship match opening the show the titles don't seem to mean much…

- Wow, was Otunga's cover on Santino awkward (the one where he flipped over half the ring when he pinned Santino to allow him to put him foot on the rope)…

-So they'll acknowledge Matt Bloom's past, but "A.W." is a mysterious agent figure with no background in WWE whatsoever? How does that work?

- Hey, remember when Ziggler was main eventing PPVs? Barely? Yeah, me too.

- Khali and Show beating the Tag Team champions in a relative squash is wrong on so many levels.

- I'm sorry, what was that main event? I assumed people were just finding the main event boring, but Tensai was off his mark in general. I really hope this was a one-time thing, and that Tensai could recuperate next week.

- Has Beth Phoenix – you know, the divas' champion - even been on TV since 'Mania?

-I think I just heard Ryder's relevancy hitting the ground. Someone should really do something to pick it up, and quickly.


-O'Neil isn't near the level of Young as far as I am concerned.

- Drew McIntyre disappeared again. He's relegated to Slater Status.

-Look at Big Show on SD! againstDel Rio– he completely stopped selling the arm during his comeback.


? I have to say Hornswoggle was really good at imitating Clay. It was still a forgettable segment that did nothing but put Hunico under.

? Young and O'Neil are two great wrestlers… Why did they have them embarrass themselves like that in such a promo, then?!

? Why is RyBack squashing in such a weird way? He's really impressive, then why is attention diverted away from each of his matches.

? While I LOVE all the guys getting called up, calling so many people up so quickly is bound to leave them all looking irrelevant. I hope there's a solid plan in place for every single person being brought up, because there are more and more squashes weekly now. Soon we'll have Clay, Tensai, Cesaro RyBack and Sandow (<3) all squashing weekly, there won't be much room for anyone else. Already guys like Miz are getting the brunt of it. The roster is CROWDED right now, and there will have to be some cuts soon.

Boy, did this week suck. Look at the Yes! for RAW. Now look at the No!. Exactly. Smackdown had all those debuts, but what is currently happening needs to be interesting before you can introduce new stuff. And when you do, do so gradually. Clay has just finished squashing jobbers and you already introduce 3 new characters to TV that will get their fair amount of squashes as well before it's all said and done in RyBack, Cesaro and Sandow. The way Young and O'Neil debuted is a good way, and it also brings another tag team into the fold. I just hope Young can rise above, as in my humble opinion he's much better than O'Neil (this isn't a solid opinion though as I haven't seen enough of O'Neil. Just haven't been impressed by what I've seen so far, but I hope he can prove me wrong in weeks to come).

Come back next weekend for a new edition of the Rundown!

  • Bob

    I didn’t think this week was THAT bad. I agree with some of your points, however, it seems like you nitpick too much. AW’s past gimmicks, McIntyre’s dissapearence, and Big Show no selling his arm aren’t really that big of a deal. Well, To each their own.

    • Guy Landau

      if you've read my past blogs you'd know that McIntyre's disappearance is a HUGE deal for me.
      As for the others – yeah, they're small, but they really grind my gear.
      Regardless, thanks for the feedback

  • Christ 4 Life

    I agree this week sucked. I def agree on the squashes being too much since Clay "debuted". I just hope that after Extreme Rules, these old rivalries will be done, and will set up some fresh action.

  • kbunyon

    – I actually like the way the Ryback push is going. It's odd, but it's also different. He's not just getting a push and squashing, but he's doing it in a way we haven't seen while giving other wrestlers a show bonus. Ryback isn't showing off anything we haven't seen, just some basic moves. Once he really starts working the ring, then all the focus should be on him and off those watching backstage. I'm liking it as a start as long as it evolves with Ryback. Quite honestly, I really didn't think he'd get to this point after the way things have gone for him, but I'm thrilled to see him. Okay, I'm thrilled to see him as long as they don't turn him into Batista!

    – I love AJ (Lee), and have since she first showed up. She's not the typical Diva and she's made it work for herself. She has a lot of spunk and hopefully makes it far in spite of her size. I honestly didn't expect the second errant blow after Mania would come from her! First Brock, now AJ – who'd have expected it?

    – I have to agree with you on Sandow, the Punk/Henry match and the RAW main event.

    – WWE had some lovely moments this week, but they really dropped the ball elsewhere in a huge way. I was expecting so much from A-Train/Tensai/Bloom, but he's been a sloppy mess in the ring. That he went over Cena after such crappy ring work makes me wonder what they're going to do with him. I'd hate to see others lose their growing pushes, or others who have been on the roster for quite a while (Drew, Miz, Ziggler) pushed to the side for someone who can't seem to have even a decent match.

    Great Rundown!