Weekly Rundown: Second-To-Last Edition

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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).

Before we begin, I have an announcement. Next week will be the final Weekly Rundown for the foreseeable future. I am going to the army (which is mandatory here in Israel) to the Intelligence unit, which will take up a lot of my free time which is now being used to watch wrestling. I might be able to do a monthly PPV rundown, but not a weekly one that includes all 3 major shows.

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

No Surrender

- Why was the opening segment so long? All it really achieved was announcing the World Heavyweight Championship match is a Last Man Standing match. Considering how jam packed these PPV-quality Impact Wrestling shows are, I figured TNA wouldn’t want to waste time.

+ Putting AJ vs. Aries as the opener was a great idea, this is a pairing made for an opening contest. It got the crowd going and it was a great match with some great sequences which told a good story.

+ Kudos to TNA for not going for the obvious finish and letting Roode go on to the finals of the BFG series, as they have had a heel (more specifically, Bully Ray) in that spot in the previous two years.

+ Manik against Jeff Hardy you say… Well, I am not opposed to that. I have been pulling for main event high flyers to be used in the X-Division for a long time, we’ll see where this Manik-Hardy match goes.

- It’s kind of sad to see what has remained of the A&8s. Wes and Garrett, who were by far the least capable and manacing members of the group, along with Knux. That’s it.

+ I do have to say that the way Anderson’s turn on Bully Ray has been built for the past few months has been well done. Even before he became VP, you could see how he took some subtle liberties in leading the others.

+ Anderson vs. Bully was a great story (towards the end, the beginning was just flat out brawling), with Anderson refusing to stay down. It was especially sold well by both Bully and Anderson.

- Oh no… I was really hoping Chavo would slowly fizzle out of in-ring competition, he’s felt entitled since he came to TNA, he has long not put any effort into his work and I simply don’t want to see him on my screen anymore.

- I don’t know what purpose E.G.O.’s involvement in the main event served, but the break in action, especially since it’s the final round, I felt cheapened the match as well as ruined its flow.

+ AJ has something to say to Dixie next week? Color me intrigued.

SmackDown!

- The use of the word business is getting overdone fast. I know it’s part of the gimmick, but even for a part of the gimmick it’s being shoved down our throats. The over-explanation of the storyline of Big Show being broke was also eye-rolling.

- While The Shield’s beatdown was entertaining, it was redundant. We know Bryan is in the building, so why didn’t he come to the aid of Show?

- Oh god… A dance competition? And Miz is Twerking? And Khali is on TV? The ONLY good thing about this segment was the teased reunion of Awesome Truth. I’m still worried that Miz may have stolen a bright pink jacket from an audience member. I’m also worried it might be for the better.

- Unlike The Wyatt Family, Los Matadores aren’t an interesting enough gimmick to warrant so many weeks of hype.

- Santino going over Sandow, Mr. MITB, who should ideally be kept looking strong. I swear I am not NO!ing everything on purpose, it’s just that this Smackdown hasn’t been kind to me.

+ And of course Heyman comes in to save the day… And the broadcast. Heyman advocating a boycott is a great way to make sure people buy the PPV.

+ Del Rio vs. Rodriguez was astonishingly a great match, as great as a two minute match can be.

+ We got a great TV match in Ambrose vs. Ziggler, and apparently now the only title not on the line at NoC is the IC title, which I guess is somewhat acceptable. Besides, we got Shield 6-men action.

Night of Champions

+ The promise of no interference in the main event is good, it promises no horrid overbooking. I normally don’t like a PPV opening with such a long segment, but with Paul Heyman’s amazing work I will let it slide. Besides, it got Axel to defend his title, which is what I’ve advocated since Punk vs. Axel & Heyman was announced.

+ Great opener in Axel vs. Kofi. It also helps Axel not look weak when Punk plows him.

? I would love to say that the Divas’ match was great, but although they received a lot of time, they didn’t quite capitalize. There were just too many moments of bad timing, and that awkward moment when the ref didn’t count Naomi’s shoulders down and Cole and JBL yelled at him to do so sure didn’t help.

+ RVD vs. ADR was a good match, and the Van Terminator afterwards was a nice touch.

? God, I didn’t want it to be RyBack. I would rather it be Big E, but not RyBack.

+ The tag team titles match was great, and I loved the finish.

+ The main event was the only truly PPV quality match on the card in my eyes, and I expect Armstrong’s fast count to be addressed on RAW.

RAW

+ The fast-count was a great way to get Bryan over while not having him keep the title. Kudos to creative for coming up with some original ideas. It’s clear Triple H instructed Armstrong to make the fast count and then pin it on Bryan, and it’s brilliant.

+ And Orton yelling at Triple H in the back is also great and believable – he has a lot to be POed about and I was afraid WWE was just going to let it slide and not have him yell at Triple H. I also like how this emphasizes that this isn’t about advocating Randy Orton, but just preventing Bryan from being champion.

+ Ambrose vs. Ziggler was a great TV main event. And it was the opener.

+ Stephanie offering the job to either Cody or Goldust and having Dusty choose is great. It’s a clear power-rush, and it’s very well done. The segment dragged a bit, but the idea behind it was great.

- The torturing of Big Show is the only part of this storyline I do not like, simply because it does not work historically.

+ I don’t know if it was intentional but there was something very deep that I saw in the Dusty Rhodes segment. Big Show showed in that segment that he is more moral than Dusty, as his choice can be paralleled with Dusty’s. Dusty had to do something he was uncomfortable with, choosing one of his sons, for the greater good – so that one of them would have a job (I would have picked Cody because it was his spot to begin with, thus avoiding choosing out of who I love the most, by the way). He refused, and so neither one got a job. Then Big Show was sent out, and he had to either knock Dusty out himself for the greater good of not having him destroyed by The Shield, or let The Shield do their bidding. Even though he was not comfortable with it, he chose the greater good by taking the bad feeling of having to knock Dusty out himself. That is something Dusty didn’t do when he had the chance, and that is the reason he was punished.

? WWE isn’t even trying to make Sandow look legitimate right now. I don’t remember him winning a single match since winning the thing. That said, maybe for now that’s OK. They always have the tool to restart on him when the time is right, and there is absolutely no rush for him to cash in.

+ The Armstrong firing and Orton attacking Miz show the rippling effects of the new regime. I am absolutely loving WWE programming right now. The fact that the power-tripping Levesques made Randy Orton become so sickening is great.

- I’m still very much against RyBack being the new Paul Heyman guy.

+ Kudos to all 6 men involved in the 6 men #1 Contenders match. It was a great match.

+ Reigns vs. Bryan was an awesome match. If anyone still thought The Shield has a weak link in Reigns, I hope this match changed your minds.

+ And wow what a way to end RAW. It was absolutely awesome.

That’s all for this week. Don't forget to come back next week for the final edition of the Weekly Rundown!

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