Weekly Rundown: Who’s In Charge?

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 Revamped Weekly Rundown, hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. For those who do not know, this is a weekly feature on WrestlingNewsWorld.com where I gloss over the important happenings in the week in WWE as it pertains to the company’s present and future in RAW and NXT 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).

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

RAW

-         I have to say I don’t like overly heel JBL too much. He used to be heel only when it made sense but now it’s like he’s forced to talk up every single heel.

-         The opening segment didn’t make a lick of sense. Why wouldn’t there be an appointed authority with HHH and Steph on vacation? Is the chain of command so unclear? What is this, TNA? And if there is one, why would it be Vickie? All logic points to Brad being in control. You know, as is his job.

+     It’s very clear that Manchester was Manchester, I could’ve guessed that even if it wasn’t announced. This was very clearly a football (the non-American type) crowd from the chants and behavior, which Manchester is knee-deep in.

+     Solid match by Ziggler and Axel.

+     Another solid match by Cena, this time against Cesaro and Swagger. Is it bad that he single-handedly beat 2 rising stars? Yes, but that’s on booking, and does not make him any less of a phenomenal performer.

+     Shield vs. Bryan & Punk? Is this the best match ever on paper or what?

-         Truth vs. RyBack shouldn’t have happened, other than R-Truth’s verse on RyBack the fans had zero interest and that’s not at all a surprise.

?    Heyman dumps RyBack? Interesting…

+     The Shield vs. The Wyatts? Am I really getting my wish? Is it Jew-Christmas already?

+     I LOVED THE ENDING TO RAW! YOU KNOW I’M SERIOUS BECAUSE I AM WRITING THIS IN CAPS AND YOU KNOW I DON’T DO THAT OFTEN!

NXT (available for free on hulu.com for those in the US)

+     Charlotte turns heel to start the show. I’m down for that, let’s see where this goes.

+     I have to say English works for me. It’s a great character and more importantly it’s well performed.

+     This is the Alexander Rusev I’ve been waiting to see.

+     A solid main event between Neville and Graves told a great basic story. I actually predicted the finish as soon as Neville won the first fall so quickly, and that’s because as an insider it’s the finish that made the most sense. Neville had no-sell moments here and there a bit, but nothing that can’t be ironed out before his call up.

 

That’s all for this week, don’t forget to come back next week for a brand new Weekly Rundown.

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  • smark calloway

    i thought it was terrible booking to have neville win the first fall in the 2 out of 3 falls match, because surely in the story of the match the face is always supposed to be fighting from underneath and make a comeback and ” do the impossible ” fighting against all odds. if graves won the first fall then the story would have been – can neville now get the next fall and have a chance against graves , or will graves win two straight falls in a row. then neville would somehow get his comeback in the match and get his pinfall, then graves could have attacked neville as he was celebrating , so then graves gets his heat back working on adrians ” injured “knee . so the end part of the story would be -can neville over come the odds and get two pinfalls in a row against insurmountable odds and with a bad knee..it would look like he wouldnt as graves would work on his leg relentlessly , but then graves would make a mistake and neville would get the pinfall and overcome ” impossible” odds and look like a super strong babyface whilst also making graves look strong as he would have been dominating the vast majority of the last section of the match and only lost because of his mistake of ” taking his eye off the ball “…thus the match would make graves look like a relentless opportunist who will injure someone to win a match at all costs and it would make neville look like the plucky underdog who can overcome the odds..,,everybody benefits from it and it tells a great story.. thats how i would have booked it anyway

    • Guy Landau

      I definitely see where you’re coming from, maybe I would’ve booked it the same – but here’s why I thought the match worked, and what I thought the story was:
      Neville got the first fall very quickly (too quickly I might add), but then Graves took control. He worked over the leg so much that there was no way Neville would have been able to hit anything substantial, as evident by the way he failed to get onto the top rope to hit the second corkscrew SSP. Graves was so in control that the only chance Neville had was because he already had a fall and just needed to get a quick one over Graves. On that front he undersold his leg, which undersold the story itself. Graves worked over his leg heavily, more than enough to get a fall against him. Neville was more or less without a leg for the second-third act, which immobilized him completely. His crowning moment was being able to avoid tapping out after failing to hit his finish the second time and falling pray to Lucky 13. For the character the match relied on that moment when he got himself to break the hold despite his agony. From there he was able to get the roll-up on the befuddled Graves and thus win. Not having won the first fall would have made for more of an uphill battle, yes, but an entirely different story told that is almost the default in these matches.