Weekly Rundown: Bryan's Old School Redemption (OR: What you get when you combine two rundowns)

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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.

 Because of technical difficulties I was unable to post last week's edition, and so this week is a double edition - last week's Rundown, followed by this week's.

RAW 6.1

+ The old school RAW set is always a treat to see. WWE knows how to capitalize on nostalgia factors.

+ And of course, there’s no old school RAW without Ric Flair.

+ Orton disrespecting Flair, while a way to get cheap heat, is also a deeper character sign that he is SO full of himself that he doesn’t recognize the people who brought him to where he is. I would say this is coincidental if it wasn’t for all the recent building of his character in that direction where he feels too good for his own good. He doesn’t appreciate Triple H (or Stephanie), he doesn’t appreciate Flair. And now Batista is coming back. Just sayin’.

+ Daniel Bryan remains over even as Daniel Wyatt. I won’t hold judgement on this storyline as long as it doesn’t go all the way up to WrestleMania. I think Bryan should and would end this feud by eliminating all the Wyatts at the Rumble. (Following week edit: I was wrong, it happened earlier.)

+ RyBack was actually pretty good on announce.

+ Piper’s Pit was short and to the point. He presented the main problem with the possibility of Reigns beating Punk.

+ Cody’s selling of the Patriot lock along with his attempts of escaping it was the best I’ve seen in a long while. Also, that was a great tag match between The Rhodes Brothers and The Real Americans.

- So now Sandow is actually feuding with Khali because of a referee error?!

- I can’t believe I’m saying it, but Heyman’s promo ran a little too long. He was repeating himself too much, very uncharacteristically I might add.

+ Big Show vs. Lesnar could be very interesting.

+ 2 COOL! That one surprised me.

+ The final 5 minutes of Punk vs. Reigns were incredible, and the finish was perfect. That was just a small enough assist by Ambrose, but an assist nonetheless.

? I have to say I don’t get what’s the big deal with Jake The Snake Roberts appearing. Many legends with just as big of issues as he has had have appeared, what makes his appearance so special?

NXT 9.1 (available for free on hulu.com for those in the US)

? Are WWE distancing Big Cass from Enzo Amore? I know Enzo is injured but to hear the announcers Enzo had nothing to do with Cassady, as if Cassady was always a singles competitor. I think that’s a mistake if so. Enzo is so great on mic, Big Cass could get very easily over on the main roster with Enzo by his side.

+ I loved the Breeze/Neville backstage segment. They have great chemistry together.

? I honestly have no idea how to feel about the “OVER 9000” gimmick of Woods. On one hand, it’s such an obscure and childish reference. On the other, it’s kind of nice to have such obscure and childish references on WWE TV. It’s nice when Cody Rhodes does it with the Tri-Force ring gear, and I can only wait for a Doctor Who-themed gimmick to appear.

RAW 13.1

+ With the way the night went, starting the night with a focus on Bryan joining the Wyatts makes perfect sense.

? I’ve seen 2 different Edge-inspired moves from Sandow in this match –the Edge-O-Matic and the Edgecator. Is Sandow trying to Channel Edge?

+ I have to give Cena props for putting Sandow over the way he did. He did everything in his power to show how impressed he was with Sandow’s work. Every kickout the expression on his face gained respect for Sandow in the regular viewer’s eyes.

- Sandow loses to Khali but takes John Cena to the limit. This is why MITB should not be lost through. Sandow has been subject to inconsistent booking for too long, and MITB was the one saving factor in the equation.

- Is this the Big Show that had such a hard time knocking out Dusty Rhodes, knocking out Zeb Colter with a smile on his face? Continuity please?

+ Just when I thought The Shield couldn’t get any better, they do. They have now officially found a niche for each member, and they work so well together. Rollins calling the shots from the apron as “the architect” is a nice addition, and with Reigns throwing Ambrose in to tag Rollins they show such amazing unity that is even better than before.

+ The New Age Outlaws walking out was great. It was an unexpected twist, which is rare.

+ EMMA! Emma was in the crowd! Emma was in the crowd!

+ Speaking of unexpected, I never expected Kofi to beat Orton. The match itself, however, didn’t hold my interest.

- Usos vs. Wyatt & Bryan SUCKED! The match itself, that is. It made no sense for anyone to try to escape the cage alone, and it made less sense to try to stop them from doing that. Still, everybody did just that.

+ The post-match, however… Wow. That was something special, a sea of people chanting YES like that, Daniel Bryan is at a peak right now, and not capitalizing on it would be a huge mistake. If I was booking for WrestleMania, following this week’s RAW, I’d go for Punk vs. Triple H, Batista vs. Cena and Orton vs. Bryan, with Bryan finally going over.

NXT 16.1 (available for free on hulu.com for those in the US)

+ NXT goes live on the 27th of February! That’s a big deal!

+ Breeze vs. Neville was great, very surprisingly so seeing as it was the opener.

- Kofi vs. Rusev lost the crowd for far too big a portion of the match. They could have done stuff to get them interested again earlier, but they didn’t.

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

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