Re: WWE Unleash the Fury
HUGE shock to kick off the show, as Benjamin takes the title. Probably a good move, as it allows Carlito and Masters to go full steam ahead into their feud, which is best off being not over the title, as their issue didn’t start over it. Nice way to kick off the show.
Could’ve thought of a better way to finish the Booker - Benoit match. The double count out, makes both men seem like losers really, and shouldn’t be allowed to dispute the decision, as they failed. Had you went with a harsh double DQ, or a double pin, then both men could’ve had arguments as to why they should have a title shot.
Enjoyed the Highlight Reel, as it allowed the build up to continue towards the eventual Cena vs. Jericho battle at WM. The speech from both men wasn’t the best, so in terms of the promo work, it was fairly shaky, but the overall objective from the segment was good, and Cena finally getting some revenge on Jericho and the Squad was long overdue.
Finally, the triple threat at Wrestle Mania is officially announced, and a match I’m really looking forward to seeing. It’ll definitely be the sleeper match on the card.
Excellent overview of the Hardcore Match, but the one complaint I had was the role reversal of Orton to face and Rock & Sock to heel?? At least that’s how it appeared, with Rock running in to help Foley, and Orton getting the better of them both, before getting the win. Orton looks strong coming from this, but Rock played the role of the heel far too well here.
I think the Maria gags have ran their course. Not many people are getting anything fun out of her anymore, and I certainly plan on cutting back my use of the bimbo announcer. Killed The Triple H promo, because it’s content was extremely good.
Surprised that Austin jobbed so cleanly to The Game. Not a bad thing mind, just surprised. Good booking decision, as Triple H is going into a major WM match, and Austin isn’t. Makes perfect sense. Hopefully the ‘surprise’ isn’t a let down on Raw.
Batista is a fully fledged heel now, which is okay. Out of all the build up for the feud so far, this has been the best, but there is definitely something missing from it, as I’m hardly excited to see Batista and Taker tangle right now.
Best possible decision for the main event to end a No Contest, as it keeps everyone looking strong, but it’s still disappointing none the less. Finish to the show was well done, having the faces stand tall.
Pretty hit and miss show overall it has to be said, and despite some excellent WM build up on some parts (HHH - HBK, Benoit - Booker - Rey) there are others that are really lacking any bite. Not long now either to make the most of these wrongs either.
Faces score the victory, but Mickie gets her title shot at Wrestle Mania. This one has been building for quite some time, and I can certainly see the chance for a title change at WM.
Excellent backstage segment between Masters and Angle. Could be a long term alliance being formed between Angle and Masters, or maybe I’m reading too much into it. I fully expect RVD to still come through tonight as winner.
Glad to see Test back, and has a great role, suited to him perfectly, being a bodyguard for Striker. Test with The Teacher is a great gimmick, kudos to that, and a nice easy win to ease the big man back.
Two out of two with excellent promos. Striker will be a force to be reckoned with on Raw in the coming months, as he is certainly on the receiving end of a mammoth push from you. Having Test by his side will certainly help his cause.
Wasn’t exactly surprised by the firing of Austin TBH. Bit of a let down. Was expecting something more creative than that, like putting Austin against Michaels on Raw next week in a Streetfight or something to try and wear out HBK before WM. Austin didn’t get to do much in the promo either, and I’d find it hard to imagine Austin just stand and let Vince cut him off at every turn. The promo itself from Vince was very much in character, but after the hype leading to this moment, it felt like a let down. I’m guessing you do have something big planned though for the culmination of this feud.
Benjamin gets the win over Chavo in a highly competitive match up, but the aftermath if the talking point, as JBL from Smackdown takes it to Benjamin, giving us a bit of cross brand rivalry to hype MITB a little more. Good touch.
Typical Maria stuff at the end of the interview with Carlito, but like I said from SNME, it’s maybe time to faze out the use of Maria now as an announcer.
As you’d expect, Cena beats Mikey, even overcoming the run in from Jericho. This one has gotten a decent enough build up, with the Spirit Squad freshening up the feud as of late. I have a feeling they’ll get involved at WM too, but I’d still go for a Cena win.
Tables match at WM adds a little extra something to the big man tag match at WM, which I expect to be extremely short, given none of the four are that impressive in the ring.
Different piece of build than what we’re used to seeing for major feuds, but it worked. Triple H beats down an unsuspecting HBK backstage, and lets him know about it too!! One last big push for this one next week will be enough to set the stage for an epic WM showdown.
Decent enough RVD promo, but he needs a killer promo next week on Raw, in an in ring segment with Angle to give WM one last big sell.
Very good finish to the Submission Match, with RVD busting out the Anklelock. Would’ve been a nice touch for RVD to use a different submission, which could’ve added the element that RVD could possibly beat Angle using a deadly submission of his own to rival Angles. Still though, the Ankle lock gave more of a personal touch, with little time left heading into WM
Overall, a much better show than SNME. Good build towards the biggest of shows, and everything seems set to culminate, in terms of build up, next week, which is perfect building.