Weekly Rundown: Was Extreme Rules Better than 'Mania?


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Hello and welcome back to yet another edition of 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 WWE week as it pertains to the 2 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.


Extreme Rules

+ Ryder's involvement in Kane vs. Orton was a nice touch… I just wish his punches would've had more of an impact, and that the announcers wouldn't have made him out to look so weak. Also, the match itself was GREAT! I usually don't enjoy falls count anywhere matches, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

+ I may be wrong, but I think the crowd chanted for Ziggler in his match with Clay. I know I did, but mostly – WWE should take note.

+ The YES! chants throughout the night did not hinder my viewing experience, I must say. Ziggler got some, Rhodes got some,Bryan got some… Well, it wasChicago, after all.

+ I would just like to make note ofRhodes' disaster kick off the table. That spot was AMAZING. AND Cody won! I did not expect that, but this match was executed brilliantly.

+ How fitting that Sheamus used a Cloverleaf. I would not mind seeing that enter his repertoire, seeing as he locked it in so beautifully.

+ Ladies and Gents, Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus is an example to how a match should be ideally wrestled. And boy, did they get time. This was, I guess, an "I'm sorry" about 'Mania from WWE.

+ I would just like to highlight a fan in attendance who had two signs that deserve recognition. The first was "OH MAH GOODNESS", and the second was "#PushMcIntyre"

+ LAYLA! I did not expect that. Welcome back, she is a very capable wrestler (as evident by her absolute fluidness in carrying that match). Layla was absolutely on mark with every single spot, and I for one am really excited to have her back.

+ Lesnar vs. Cena was a VERY different approach to a match. I have never seen such a match before, and it told a really huge story above all else. And Lesnar is absolutely sick standing up and laughing after that HORRENDOUS bump he took to the outside. Cena took a LOT of punishment, moreso than I've ever seen him take in a single match, and it made Lesnar look unstoppable. Cena lucked out a victory with a vicious spot, but this match was believable with all things considered. It was a lot different from a regular match, but not necessarily in a bad way. Needless to say PG was thrown out the window with this one, as the announcers were all-in, language-wise as well. The trainers coming in was part of the larger story the match told, and it worked. Kudos to the road agent who worked this match out with them, as the message they tried to send off went through with flying colors. Now I just have to realize what exactly it was.

+ Overall Extreme Rules was a REALLY good PPV, much more than what I expected it to be.


+ Well, that segment was a very interesting way to open RAW. I'm really interested in seeing where it's going to go.

+ Miz HAD to beat Santino, and the right call was indeed made. 4:18 is a very short starting time, though. It guarantees short matches throughout the night.

+ DANIEL BRYAN VS. CM PUNK! DANIELBRYANVS. CM PUNK! What great booking! I'd preferred this match happened at 'Mania, but beggars can't be choosers I suppose.


+ What a way to kick off Smackdown with Bryanvs. Sheamus! Of course it couldn't have ended cleanly with both men main eventing the coming PPV (more on that in the NO!), though I wish it would've went on a little longer. In other news – It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Ricardo Rodriguez executing a beautiful Cross Body.

+ I would not oppose Hunico and Camacho being a tag team in a lacking division.

+ Sandow is so awesome… "The self-professed Intellectual savior of the masses". Brilliant! Now, with him not having a match (you know, for our intellectual merit's sake) and RyBack replacing him, this whole segment was brilliantly booked! Not to mention it seems like RyBack is finally passed squashing skinny guys as other wrestlers look on from the backstage monitors. Not to mention that the squashes on this Smackdown were kept to a minimum, all things considered. They should find a different balance each week to feature every new wrestler. I won't oppose tag squashes between Cesaro and Sandow, for example, where each destroys a different opponent in the same match.

+ Nattie vs. Layla was awesome, both of them are better than many of the male wrestlers in WWE, but are unfortunately stuck in an interestless division. At least it wasn't a squash like the entrances suggested it was going to be. Another positive is that it appears as though the flatulence gimmick is long behind us.


Extreme Rules

- Ziggler should not be losing to Brodus Clay, who by all accounts is working in the midcard-upper midcard. Ziggler should be a main eventer, and a successful one at that.

- This might sound stupid, but it's the little things that irk me. Why didn't the guys setting up the tables have nametags? Weren't all employees supposed to wear them?

- Wow, what a fall in the jobber department. From Friday's awesome one to "dumb & dumber". Notice how the guy miming and mathing (oh God, whoever thought that was a good idea?!) expected to be cut off, and wasn't. Now, I work in a REALLY small promotion and even I know you don't wait to be cut off. You talk until they cut you off, but you can't rely on them cutting you off mid-word or mid-sentence. You talk until they do. For any worker not to know that is embarrassing. RyBack was as amazing as ever, though.

- Santino beating Miz is wrong on at least 5 different levels as far as I am concerned.


- Well, the ending of Show/Jericho was botched, but I'm glad they changed the purposed finish to fit the actual result.

- Wait… So Brodus is back to squashing?! So now we have Cesaro, Tensai, Sandow, RyBack, Young Seals (O'Neil & Young) AND Brodus squashing weekly? Isn't that a bit excessive?

- So… The tag titles shot goes to the only team who DIDN'T beat The Colonz in recent weeks? Makes sense. Obviously, it was done to give a certain (maybe new, maybe on Smackdown) heel team a shot at the titles. It still should've been done on PPV, considering how long the Colonz have held those titles.

- Why is Lawler Bryan's opponent? When I heard the music at first I thought it was Regal, and boy what a disappointment it was.

- Laurinaitis? THAT is Cena's next opponent? REALLY?! Huh…


- Sheamus is an Irishman who loves to fight… Where have I seen that before? I think it was in the same place where I've seen his flipping Senton and short-lived "white noise" finisher.

- The spot with Truth's opponent attacking Little (or is it "lil"?) Jimmy was funny when Primo did it on RAW, but don't rehash it the following match, please.

- So A.W. is no longer Abraham Washington even, but those are the initials of his "All World" agency? I don't understand why they refuse to acknowledge his WWE background.

- The "snap" in Triple H's arm from the recap had to be the fakest sounding snap I've ever heard.

- I don't think Sheamus should've went overBryanclean, asBryanis #1C to Punk's title.


? Around midway through the Extreme Rules PPV, and lasting the whole of the week, Michael Cole has… stopped being a heel. For no apparent reason. He even went so far as to compliment Booker on Smackdown for something that was completely not worthy of a compliment ("'Two feet to the mush'… I like that."). He went full-fledged heel a bit later on in the show, but overall he was a lot more balanced.
? There appears to be a theme of arm-breakage this week. I'm counting 3 injured arms in Sheamus, Cena and Triple H.

I want to address the Cena-Lesnar match further – From everything I've been able to gather, this match turned many Cena haters to Cena fans for some reason. Not only did Cena receive – for the first time in YEARS – a unanimous pop following the match, (and in Chicago, no less), but so many readers and commenters here on the site felt the need to come in and say that they have become Cena fans following the match. Now, I've turned all the way back when Cena feuded with Nexus, so I do not know what in this match made such an impact on everyone, and I would really like it if someone who's had that switch on Sunday could write a comment explaining to me what about this match in particular caused them to change their minds about John Cena.

Also, I am considering scrapping the Weekly Rundown and returning to the occasional Landscape blogs about varying subjects (most of you probably don't know what I am talking about – go to the Blog Spot tab in the main page and click Landau Landscape to see those blogs if you want to familiarize yourself with them). It all depends, I guess, on how much you, the readers, want this feature to stay intact. If you wish for the Rundown to stay, post a quick comment to let me know.

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