Weekly Rundown: WWE Booking Well?

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).

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

  

Impact Wrestling

-         The opening match was successful at making Chris Sabin look like an idiot. How was he surprised he was disqualified for using the hammer in front of the ref?! That tirade afterwards was very unbelievable as well.

-         I am getting a general no-direction feeling from programming right now. Knockouts, X Division, don’t even get me started on the Tag division, and even the world title scene seems all over the place. The A&8 storyline isn’t as synchronized as it was, it isn’t so clear anymore what people are fighting for. Bully has already lost his title and won it back, which reduced a lot of the luster from him potentially losing it at BFG. There isn’t a sense of something big to prove beyond the regular heel champion issue.

?    I felt like, while the gauntlet as a concept necessarily translates to good TV, there were a lot of missed opportunities in it. We barely got to see The Gentlemen team up, for example, before Kazarian was eliminated. In no point were they in control of the match, and I think they should have been. I think Magnus should have been eliminated before Kaz, leaving all 3 gentlemen to fight Aries and AJ. The ending minutes of the gauntlet could have been much more exciting, but they weren’t.

-         Wes showed his greenness in the tag match, waiting for Storm to tag in Gunner without selling one bit. It’s hard to explain, if you want go back and watch the match. Right when Gunner is about to get a hot tag, Storm pushes Wes off with his legs. Look at Wes in the corner waiting for Gunner to get a tag before tagging Garrett in. Not only could he have sold better if he needed to wait with the tag, but tagging Garrett at that short an interval could have been done immediately with no timing repercussions.

+     That said, Wes was quick on his feet when they needed to improvise (at least it looked that way) the go-home because the finish was apparently botched. Gunner was right in kicking out the first time as it would have been horrible if that was the finish. Wes going out to get a title into the ring to distract the ref was brilliant as it allowed Garrett and Gunner complete freedom to improvise a new dirty finish.

+     Anderson’s turn was well done.

SmackDown!

+     The fact that Rhodes’ firing is made into a big deal is great. I also like Triple H acting a bit face-y at times, but at the same time alluding to the Montreal Screwjob (“Cody Rhodes got Cody Rhodes fired”). I also liked how the opening segment set more or less the entire show in motion. It shouldn’t always be done, but it’s nice once in a blue moon.

+     Great opener in Orton vs. RVD.

?    I am unsure where I stand on the apparent Ziggler/Ambrose feud. On one hand, it’s a step down for Ziggler. On the other, it’s a great chance to elevate both Ambrose and the title.

+     Yet another great match in Kofi vs. Axel. Kofi going over hopefully means an IC title feud is forthcoming.

+     Heyman as usual is great. Best character going in WWE right now by far.

+     Surprise, surprise… Apparently Bryan vs. Seth Rollins was a good match?!

+     This is more in line with what I think Smackdown should be. It is the wrestling-heavy show, but this week it didn’t feel as redundant as it often does.

RAW

+     RAW starts out hot, not a second passes and Edge’s theme is heard. Tony Chimel doing the high pitched “Suuuuperstar” was a nice well-missed touch as well. Edge was definitely amused by it. Triple H asking him to have a reunion with Orton instead of Christian was brilliant, and taps into corporation blindness at large in a very true sense. It is very believable to me that a corporation will do such a thing, as this sort of creative stifling is something plaguing network television a lot. The opening segment was well done, which is not the slightest bit surprising considering the names involved in it. Edge pissing off Triple H to the point where Christian was taken out was great both to put the regime over AND to explain why Christian will be out of action for a couple of weeks. This is great booking.

+     Goldust vs. Orton for Cody’s contract is also brilliant. WWE Creative is on fire!

-         Boy, Ziggler is really in the doghouse, huh? Being fed to Bray Wyatt, no matter how much offense he got, isn’t good news.

-         While we’re at it, what happened to his feud with Ambrose? What happened to Night of Champions’ every-title-is-on-the-line-ness? Ambrose and Axel apparently aren’t defending, and that’s already a third of the titles in WWE.

-         While I appreciate the effort, I think having the examination of Heyman’s injury in the ring was a bit too much. That is hardly engaging material.

+     I like the total divas storyline in that it feels like the most natural storyline to take out of that show. These are wrestlers getting extra TV time without necessarily earning it, which makes the others upset. We’ve seen that happen before many times in WWE.

-         Del Rio vs. Truth should send WWE a loud message regarding what the fans want.

+     That was the most amazing Giant Swing I have ever seen in WWE. I’ve actually seen Cesaro do this length before on the indies, but it’s so much more impressive on the main stage of WWE.

+     The hype Goldust is getting is good in giving him a realistic fighting chance against Orton.

+     Speaking of which, Goldust vs. Orton was a great match.

-         I don’t see the benefit of RVD vs. RyBack on RAW, especially with the DQ finish. I guess it was an excuse to do the “Battle of the Airbrush Singlets”?

+     Ambrose vs. Bryan was, as expected, awesome.

+     It’s nice that Bryan finally got the upper hand for once, although I expect Big Show’s lack of cooperation to have consequences.

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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  • Charles

    The last thing we need is another Kofi Kingston IC/US title feud.
    How many Intercontinental championships do you need to at least be in the World title picture?

    • Rob

      11? Ask Jericho…

  • amaanakter

    We don’t even know what Ziggler has done all we know is that he’s said something that they didn’t like and that Orton has made it even worse! I have made my feelings very clear about this Ziggler deserves a top spot!

    • David

      The cream always rises to the top as they say in WWE and I believe that Ziggler will not let this setback deter him from being a main event talent

      • amaanakter

        I hope so it must be just so hard to be motivated and keep positive though

  • David

    I’ve seen Antonio Cesaro do that giant swing in the WWE before, but I do watch Saturday Morning Slam.