Weekly Rundown - The Bryan Brigade

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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).

So without further ado, let's get started.

Impact Wrestling (Destination X)

- You have to think that Brooke getting engaged put a wrench in TNA’s plans. Surely they were heading elsewhere with this storyline.

+ Aries vs. Roode to open the show is definitely a nice touch to Destination X.

+ It’s amazing how all it takes to turn Aries face is putting him against heels without changing his character one bit. He acted like a face later on in the night, but the fans didn’t know that to begin with. Also – Aries is the only wrestler alive that I know of who has a suicide dive that actually looks impactful.

- I don’t like Dutt’s work. He’s spotty but I don’t see any substance in his, granted, well executed, moves unlike Petey and Homicide.

+ Trent Barreta vs. Jigsaw vs. Spud – all 3 are very talented wrestlers, so I’m all for it.

- Having said that, while good on paper, the match disappointed. It was off throughout on the timing just a bit, as it felt like it had no flow.

? I honestly never expected Sabin to win. This seems counter productive on the grand scheme of things, in that you could have had Bully lose the title at BFG for a true celebration. This felt a bit rushed. But I don’t know the big picture, so we’ll see.

- There were a lot of things I didn’t like about Sabin vs. Bully. I liked the methodical work over the leg, but Sabin didn’t sell it quite enough for it to be a big deal. The hammer finish would have been much more poetic and satisfying had Sabin not been able to use his leg one bit – no kicks, no enzuigiris, barely standing. Also, it didn’t seem like they knew what they were doing ahead of time. I might be reading too much into it, but the first act of the match (1st and 2nd gear) had a lot of very obvious spot-calling in the guise of “give me your best shot”. Perhaps it was just “give me your best shot”, but to me it seemed like they just had to work that part on the fly so Bully instructed Sabin to kick him.


+ Booker T finally returned. His absence was longer than I expected it to be.

+ Vickie becoming GM is great from the corporate struggle storyline perspective. It shows how Vince, HHH & Stephanie are jockeying for position.

+ I like Big E in the role of AJ’s best-friend-who’s-secretly-in-love-with-her. It feels so natural in this pairing.

- The boos for The Shield were so obviously piped in. People were rising from their seats cheering, yet there was a faint, dry sound of boos.

- Is this the new feud for The Shield? I dislike it.

+ I didn’t even think about Bryan & Cena’s Summerslam history in regards to the match. At Summerslam 2010 Cena brought Bryan back to WWE as the final partner of team WWE against Nexus. The pop he received when saying “Daniel Bryan” when he was the partner for team WWE was about as loud as the one when he said “Daniel Bryan” when he decided he’d be the #1 Contender for his title.

+ This might just be wishful thinking, but Heyman telling Punk to “Stay Down” makes me think Heyman has his next client already up his sleeve. If you watch NXT you’d know who I’m talking about – the fantastic Corey Graves.

+ Miz TV was good. Heyman was good and Miz’s disgust was short and to the point.

+ I am loving Rhodes/Sandow. I personally wanted to beat Sandow up for offering Rhodes the role of Case-lackey. I mean “protector of the case”. This goes to show you how powerful I found this segment, as I usually love Sandow’s character – as in, I root for him, kayfabe. I’m sure those of you who know me wouldn’t be too surprised by that.

+ There was a perfect moment of sync in RVD vs. Young – JBL talked about how unorthodox RVD is and started listing out examples – “He can kick you out of anywhere”. As soon as he said that RVD blocked being sent into the corner and kicked Young. “He can fly out of anywhere” Right after JBL said that RVD hit a springboard crossbody block on Young who was dazed from said kick. It was absolutely incredible, considering RVD doesn’t hear the commentary.


- Something was off with the opening segment. Braddox asked Cena why he chose Bryan. Cena answered. Braddox then asked Bryan the same question – and Cena responded “If you want to ask why I chose Bryan, you should be man enough to ask me”. John – HE ALREADY DID! That aside everyone was a tad off, like this segment was last minute so there was no time to prepare.

+ That said, Cena’s speech was about size was very well done. He also gave a bit of a shoot hint – “would you have been given this opportunity if I hadn’t picked you? Who knows. But I picked you because you’ve earned it”. I think this is Cena telling Bryan “I know that the brass wanted this match, but regardless, I want this match”

+ Sheamus vs. Del Rio was very well done. The work over the leg, and its selling, were both superb.

- I said it before and I’ll say it again – I don’t like The Shield feuding with Henry and The Usos.

- “Total Divas” looks like such a low-brow show… The kind of audiences it might attract to WWE are not the demographics I’d pursue, but I understand how WWE greatly benefits from it.

- Eva Marie seemed too unnatural in her attempt to be a bad girl.

+ Good work as usual with Punk and Heyman. I would just like to point out that Heyman said “Stay Down” again, making me think it’s just a matter of time until Corey Graves is revealed as his next client.

+ The Bryan hour was very well done. I liked each of the three matches either from a workrate or from a story perspective, and I liked Bryan ending each match differently, as it shows how diverse he is. His “win” against RyBack though was a bit of a letdown. It wasn’t a premeditated win. I wouldn’t mind a countout victory for example, but how it was done wasn’t as beneficial as it could have been. I might get flack for liking the final match, but hear me out: RyBack and Bryan did anything they could, considering the fans’ disposition of hating RyBack’s work, to make them care about the match. The comebacks by Bryan were well timed and RyBack did reasonably well in making each move by Bryan seem like it may be enough.

+ Bryan vs. Kane and RyBack vs. Cena? I can live with that.

- Why didn’t the Wyatt Family appear? This soon into their debut they should be used every single week in my eyes.

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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