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Weekly Rundown: Leaving the Best for Last

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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 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

- Wow that was a bad way to set an opening match. There was no reason for that to become a match.

+ That said, the tease alone that Aries will be a part of that new faction is great. I see some Fourtune comparisons, and it’s easy to see why – all of them, save Aries, are part of the old Fourtune.

- TNA did a poor job of selling this night as HJ: part 2. A: I never heard about it before the show aired, and B: It’s a good thing because it didn’t live up to that.

+ Did anyone else catch Taz’s awesome Seinfeld reference in the Manik/Dutt match? “My good friend Bob Sacamano used to wear a mask. I asked him “Why, Bobby? Why do you wear that mask?”

- The Tessmacher/Hogan switcheroo was expected, and I honestly don’t see the upside of it.

+ While it sucks that Angle going into rehab had to change how they built up AJ, the way the reveal was done was amazing. His blue tights were covered by blue lighting, making it seem as if they were black. Then as the music changed and he revealed the return of P1 AJ, it was effective.


- Orton is taking this “not seeing it coming” thing a bit too far. His cash-in was the one predictable thing in SummerSlam.

- Bryan used the word “pretty” in his promo just an ounce too much.

- “No Holds Barred match… no, on second thought, an Extreme Rules match!” What exactly is the difference nowadays Vickie, pray tell.

- You have got to be kidding me… Barrett vs. Bryan AGAIN?! I know it’s in a cage but there has got to be a limit to how many times a match can be recycled.

+ I like the upper midcard of WWE right now.

+ Great TV match by Christian and Del Rio.

+ If Del Rio vs. Christian vs. RVD is the direction for NoC, I am all for it.

+ I’m all for Big Strong going after The Shield, especially if The Shield end up going over, which I think they should. Their match with 3MB was also good.

+ Babyfaces is a good fit for PTP. Fans are certainly getting behind it.

- Any moment now… The RyBack Bully angle is going to go somewhere any moment now…

+ I like Bryan using that explosive running knee strike as an impact finisher. It suits him and it looks really good when he does it.


+ I liked the way RAW started. The Shield out and Triple H coming out to “King of Kings” for the first time in years. Even just the thought of Orton with The Shield, all holding titles (the only time I can recall where a stable was formed already consisting only of champions), with Triple H at the helm as an Evolution-Corporation hybrid makes me giddy. I would eventually like to see The Shield change sides and being replaced by The Wyatts, as The Shield I think would work perfectly as faces. The beauty of this storyline is there are so many wonderful directions to take it. It is loaded with potential.

+ The opening segment ran 20 minutes long. I didn’t feel inclined to look at the clock a single time in its duration. This is the sign of a hot storyline.

+ Bryan vs. The Shield in a gauntlet match? I saw it on Kayfabe news, and I am going to echo it here. Hotel, Omega, Lima, Yankee. Sierra, Hotel, India, Tango. That would be awesome.

- If Sandow-Rhodes is still going (which I’m glad it is), why did Cody go 2-0 in 2 days? Why did Sandow-Rhodes have a rematch one day after their SummerSlam match?

- Miz coming out as Fandango was cute, but that’s not really a feud that matters. There’s nothing on the line, and it’s not like this is going to be Dreamer-Raven where everything is on the line every time they meet. A grudge feud should be done well, or not at all. Both would be better suited facing more established talent to raise their stock.

- I say either Heyman gets a new client or it’s time to put his feud with Punk to bed – these losses aren’t doing Axel any favors. I still call for Corey Graves to be called up under Heyman – if there was ever a man to feud(/tag) with Punk, he is it.

+ That said, Heyman’s attack on Punk with the Kendo was compelling. The segment ran way too long for my taste (unlike the opener, I did notice the time here), but Heyman’s emotional reaction towards Punk was everything it needs to be. This needs to be about Heyman dealing unhealthily with rejection, and it seems to be going there.

+ AJ getting a pop I think says it all. Aj’s promo was longer than the match, AND more compelling.

- I don’t think Ricardo is well utilized managing Rob Van Dam. Hopefully it’s just for this feud and he’ll be able to help someone who needs it get over.

+ Heyman’s promo was absolutely magic. That is how you work realistically and compellingly.

+ Christian vs. Orton was great both in regards to ring work as well as in solidifying Orton as a heel. It also put Christian over as he went toe to toe with the WWE champion.

+ This is WWE, and a car is the equivalent of a gun in theatre. A car seen in the 1st act will be defaced in the 3rd, especially if it’s Randy Orton’s. This particular defacing was awesome.

? I am torn on the PTP vs. The Real Americans feud. In one hand the symbolism behind it (although not explicit) is great. On the other, is it really going to ever go anywhere? Besides, WWE is never going to make it explicitly about the issue it’s supposed to be about, although Zeb is classic for feuding with a team because one of them is gay. However, that’s too controversial for today’s product.

+ Wyatt finally revealed Sister Abigail (that’s his finisher) by name, and he did it in the most wonderful way I can think of.

+ The gauntlet match was great, as expected. It was basically Rollins vs. Bryan, with the other two breaking up the match really quickly, but it happened in the best way possible.

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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