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Weekly Rundown: Not Weekly Anymore For A While, But You Can't Change Brand Names. Right TNA Impact? WWF? Anybody? This Might Be Too Long For A Title. Nah, It's Good. It's Good...

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This blog reflects my subjective views and nothing more. If you disagree – which is encouraged – feel free to voice your opinion (in a civil manner) in the comments section.

Hello and welcome back to yet another edition of the Weekly Rundown hosted by yours truly, Guy Landau. This is a weekly feature on where I gloss over the important happenings in WWE & TNA week as it pertains to the companies' respective 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.


Impact Wrestling

+ This is as good a time as any to say this: I love Daniels being #1 Contender. While it was the most predictable outcome on the Genesis card after Hardy retaining, it bodes well for Daniels. Remember how he was fired back when Hogan & Bischoff came in? Well, he managed to climb his way back to his rightful spot on the TNA card.

+ I really liked the finish to the opener tag match.

+ York vs. King is a good feud.

+ Bully seems to care so much for Brooke and it’s adorable to see. Oh, when he turns back heel… This whole angle with him trying to convince Hogan he’s good and finally succeeding is meant to solidify Bully as a face, only for him to be turn on everyone and become the biggest heel in TNA.

+ Aries was spot on about the titles holders.

+ Taz is in the A&8? I did not see that coming.


+ The finish to Cesaro vs. Kofi was awesome.

+ Look how things come full circle – Ambrose got to close his program with Foley after all.


+ I love what they’re doing with Brad Maddox. It’s a fresh type of storyline and when done realistically it can be very powerful. For example, him entering backstage to talk to Heyman is unrealistic. Security would’ve been all over him within a heartbeat, and Heyman should not have changed his mind so quickly about Brad.

+ MiZiggler was everything Cesaro vs. Orton should’ve been – see the NO! about Cesaro vs. Orton for more. It was wrestled with the urgency mandated by the Beat the Clock concept.

+ The Anger Management graduation was weirdly adorable.

+ Cena, Punk and Heyman all cut great promos.

+ While the ending to RAW was bizzare, it did it’s job from a regular’s viewer’s perspective – so many people want to win one match, only one can. It’s a great promotional tool for the Royal Rumble.


Impact Wrestling

- Haven’t watched Impact last week, so I’ll have to NO! it here: Oh sure, let’s get married next week in Impact! That makes sense! BUT, we’ll still go through all the pre-wedding celebrations – bachelor/bachelorette parties and all. This is especially dumb considering how they are trying to run this as legitimate, while the whole premise is flawed at its core.

- How come Aries and Roode came out all buddy-buddy? Did I miss something? Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of them being a tandem, but they should be slightly dysfunctional. They were too much on the same page considering their history.

- The crowd was horrible during the wedding segment. This is obviously a part of the show, but to maintain the illusion they should have been more respectful.


- “I know we’ve had our differences in the past, Berty…” but you’re face now so I must automatically like you. That’s the honest continuation of that sentence, and I’m sick of such blatant face/heel divides. I would much prefer character driven pro wrestling, without a necessary divide.

- Tensai losing to Khali is a grave injustice.

- OK… So Big Show is about to get back in the ring. Del Rio pours water on him, presumably angering him. Then, because of that, Big Show decides to retreat? Did the water frighten him? “Oh, he poured water on me, who knows what else he’s capable of”?


- Am I the only one questioning the relevancy of Vickie Guerrero as a character nowadays? Without a star to help rise to prominence she’s just a heel GM with a catchphrase – and there are so many people who can do that better. Vickie is a great tool to use to get heat on a character, and I feel like she’s wasted in this role now.

- Why did we get 2 squashes back to back?

- Ah, so Alicia is babyface this week. Good*.

- If Rock got in with a ticket he should have been in the crowd, not backstage.

- What the… When the hell did Rock get something bad enough to get internal bleeding from?! It was a very smooth attack. The only thing I can think of was the Powerbomb, but Rock bumped fine.

- Ziggler wins Beat the Clock and can only choose 1 or 2? Really? Sorry, that isn’t cutting it in any way.

*the above statement’s goodness is in question.


? While Cesaro vs. Orton was good, it was not wrestled as a Beat the Clock match, and it’s mostly Cesaro’s fault. He did not have the urgency to beat Orton that he needed to have while in control over Orton. King alluded to it, and it was a big flop on Cesaro’s part.

That's it for this week, don't forget to come back next... time for another edition of The [sometimely] Rundown!

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