The Sleeping Giant
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The Fountain of Dreams
Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
...and some overdue feedback for you
619s Feedback for cp's Friday Night Smackdown
Good shot with the opening paragraph about catching up on what went down last week. I myself am in the dark about the whole thing, so nice to know what’s going on fairly early.
Opening seg was really solid, with Jibbles and Orton really sounding great in comparison to the already solid Cena. The promo seemed to drag a big, though, to the point where I was kinda disbelievingly saying ‘oh no, more?’ when Angle’s music hit. Luckily, he didn’t talk, he just let his fists do that for him. Very solid opening to catch attention.
Big tag match on Smackdown is so Teddy Long-ish lol.
Not sure of the story between these guys, but it seems like a grudge and nothing much but, although the Booker bit did take me for a slight spin. Carlito hitting the Backcracker after outrunning Booker may be a tad odd, seeing as how moments before he was running scared, I would’ve imagined he would’ve hauled ass all the way, but nonetheless, solid match and good storytelling here. Don’t like the match format, though, with it not being in active voice and all, but those are technical things. Moving on.
Van Dam sounded really heartfelt here, although with everything said, he seems like he’s asking MNM to turn face. Seriously doubt they’ll take him up on that offer, but we’ll see. Also, didn’t like RVD using the word ‘skank’. It might fit okay for him, but it just seems like a really juvenile word to use in this situation.
Poor Scotty and Spike. Jobbers gonna job, I guess.
at Masters and the Mexicools. Good stuff, although Masters could’ve said a little more and drawn out his frustration a little more before he got fed up. Maybe a few knocks on the door, several talks with Psicosis, all that. Still interesting where the hell they’ve taken him.
Most folks around here aren’t too high on Lashley, but he can be fun and very solid in the right role. Good job on the continued build-up, though.
Solid Angle promo, although I felt this one drag on a bit, too. I got the feeling that maybe it was supposed to be long with a commercial coming before it, then a commercial coming afterward, but it seemed like filler after a bit. The commercial before and after it seemed really odd and out of place, but again, that’s nitpicking.
Interesting tidbits with Chavo and Hurricane here. Nice to see you doing something with the cruiserweights besides ‘ho-hum he’s the #1 contender and they don’t like each other’ that other bookers seem to get into. Gives the division a bit of depth when this occurs. Really interested to see where this goes.
The Matthew bit with London was a tad intriguing, while the Jordon bit did a nice job of getting Hardy over a bit before he goes after the gold. Never really was an OJ fan, but he could be used well as that pesky dude that no one wants to hold the gold to put over the heartfelt face kidna guy.
Main event time, and didn’t think that Angle/Cena would be the time to blow up here. Angle refusing to get in on things hits towards his ultimate motives, which may be facing Cena in another few months, or making that title match in two weeks a triple threat. Whatever the means and motives, it was kidna inconsistent psychology to have Orton and JBL be disagreeing all night, only to have them co-exist rather well in the main event. They had the rough opening, but beyond that, seemed to have nothing at odds with one another. But that could just be me nitpicking again. Good job getting Orton the pin on the champ going into his title shot, but Angle/Cena is far, FAR from over.
Overall, an enjoyable show, and I like where you’re headed with some things, although there is room for improvement. The opening promo seemed to drag a bit, while the Masters/Mexicools bit wasn’t long enough, in my book. On that note, it felt a tad short, with the absence of other backstage segments, but since you said you didn’t wanna get burnt out en route to PPV, I’ll let it pass. As far as characters go, Cena seemed to be in his 2006-now style moreso than his ’05 style. Orton and JBL seemed to be right there, though Angle seems cloudy. Everyone else seemed a tad too generic, but I’m trusting you’ll hold those down in due time. Some good stuff you’ve got going here, and hope it keeps going bigger and better