KOP's Great American Bash Recap Feedback
~ It's good to be reviewing Unleash The Fury again. It's been my favourite thread for a while now, really got me hooked. Anyway, onto the review/feedback. I'll start by saying that I was absolutely gutted when you decided to recap this event, just look at the card. It's your best card since Wrestlemania I reckon with a hell of a lot of Main Event level matches. Oh well
The opening video was nicely handled, which is a talent of yours I remember. With the Great American Bash, I guess the theme of the video kind of dictates itself, so no surprises there with the, uh, American theme. The dialogue was nicely handled too, and the layout was well constructed. Could have been a little longer to really grab my attention, but that's not too important.
~ Nice choice to kick off the show with, some Cruiserweight action. I personally would have thought the Londrick/FBI match a more viable option, seeing as though both Paul London and Brian Kendrick are more over than Super Crazy and would probably get the crowd more fired up, the main aim of an opening contest. Anyway, this might as well have been a Fatal Four Way, or even a tag match for the title, with the amount of interference that occurred. I suppose at SummerSlam if you choose have a Cruiserweight title match then we may well get a Fatal Four Way between these guys. It was a nice spot with Crazy hitting the Moonsault on Noble and Kash, but wouldn't the referee have disqualified Crazy for Psicosis' interference? Maybe not I suppose, but it did seem a little strange. Nice spot too with the DDT off the Tiger Driver, but the interference from Kash allows Noble to hit his finisher anyway to pick up the win. I don't think I was too keen on the idea of Super Crazy getting the title, and Noble is doing so well in his lengthy reign, so I'm pleased there. Now with Noble as a heel as a result of his alliance with Kid Kash, hopefully Noble can become a Gregory Helms or Chavo Guerrero of the Cruiserweight division. I can't actually see him losing the title in the forseeable future, since Kash was his only real threat, but now they are both heels, so that probably won't happen. Anyway, good match, although the presentation of the recap was a little sloppy.
~ I have really enjoyed the way you have handled the disintergration of UKliq, although I was a little concerned with the treatment that Finlay was getting. Of all three men he is my favourite, but he lost to William Regal the other week and seemed a little forgotten. Hopefully he picks up the win tonight. Very accurate segment between Regal and Finlay here, as Regal is the sly manipulating heel of the group, whereas Finlay is, uh, a fighter.
~ For a recap this match was extremely fun, although a Finlay/Burchill/Regal Triple Threat could very well have been a wrestling masterclass too. The thing I noticed was that it was basically all about Finlay and the debut of Hornswoggle, and Paul Burchill barely got a look in. What I might add is that Finlay used the Shillelagh a little too early. I think that Hornswoggle's run in should have come right at the very end to help Finlay win, instead of running around the ring for the entire match. Still, a nice finish with Finlay knocking out both men with his weapon before getting the win. A very cool debut for Hornswoggle, and hopefully this win for Finlay now signals the start of his singles push, since I would bet Burchill and Regal will continue to feud.
~ Miz is an interviewer? I must have missed that, but it's still a cool choice if so, since he'll obviously be better at that then at wrestling. Finlay is really getting some great exposure here tonight; I really hope his push continues.
~ I completely agree with your handling of the Chris Benoit situation here, man, since we have all discontinued any use with him to avoid any disrespect. I remember that Matt Hardy and MVP had only had a few confrontations so it's no big error to forget that feud for now. This is a huge push for both Hardy and Mysterio then taking on two former World Champions in a feud, especially for Matt, who has never even held the U.S title in this thread. I liked the way in this match Orton and Edge tried to rip the mask from Mysterio, since it really gets them over as HUGE heels, treating a fan favourite in such a way. I don't remember reading once in this recap that Mysterio actually made a tag to Hardy, which is pretty bad considering the type of match it actually is. What is nice though is that Orton pinned Rey clean after the RKO, which makes Rated RKO look very strong, although not so much for Rey. I wonder now if you still have as big plans for this feud as you did for the one with Benoit/Mysterio? If so, big push for Hardy, especially with him not getting pinned here. I don't actually think you will though. On a side note, why would it be a pleasant surprise that this would be one hell of a match? These for are all fantastic workers
~ Ah, Batista was very cool in this segment; and it's nice to read him as the major heel he has become. Even though Undertaker is one of my all time favourites, I'm kind of hoping that Batista somehow manages to win tonight so that this feud can continue on into a gimmick match of sorts at SummerSlam or beyond. You know what amazing chemistry they have together.
~ Nice little backstage segment from MVP next to get him on the card I guess, since his match with Matt Hardy had to be unfortunately scrapped. With this Open Challenge he will apparently be issuing on SmackDown, I can only think that this is a way of getting MVP into a new feud. The way you stressed that it was anyone in the entire WWE makes me think that it will be answered by someone on Raw. I just hope to god it isn't Kane, because that would be very unoriginal to say the least.
~ Well done for writing this match up in the correct way, with a fast pace set throughout, as these guys are all Cruiserweights. Cruiserweights do seem to make amazing tag teams don't they? Anyway, nicely recapped here to make it actually sound like a better match than the Rated RKO/Hardy & Mysterio one because you gave the match a bit of a story to it. The face team dominate the opening with exciting Planchas to get the crowd support, before the heels slow the pace and dominate one man (London). It takes all of London's 'spirit' to fight back and tag in his partner, who ends up helping London to get the pin. I know it's pretty bog standard in-ring psychology, but RKO/H&M really didn't sound like it had any at all, so this made a nice change. I'm not sure if this feud will continue, since I can't really ever see The FBI taking the belts from London and Kendrick, and SmackDown is lacking teams at the moment.
~ SummerSlam is shaping up nicely with this bit of hype. Raw's side is already looking very hot with Jericho/Van Dam for the WWE title, as well as the Steel Cage Showdown. I'm quite anxious to know what the World Heavyweight Championship match will be. Perhaps a rematch of JBL/Angle with a stipulation?
~ I'm quite glad you didn't write this promo in full since Lashley's segments are underwhelming to say the least. Judging from Lashley's hype, he is looking the stronger heading into the match tonight, so I might have actually predicted wrong in saying that Kennedy wouldn't get the title. I hope so anyway
~ A very nice recap of the Steel Cage match next, with you really putting over the brutality of it early on, with Kennedy being busted open quickly. Judging from the match descripton, Lashley dominated Kennedy for pretty much the entire contest, with KK trying to escape whenever he had an opening. The Electric Chair from the Cage was a nice spot, as was the missed Kenton Bomb from the top. I thought at first that Kennedy had gone for the Kenton from the top of the Cage until I re-read it. That would have been insane. I actually thought that when you had Lashley Spear KK into the Cage that it would break and Kennedy would win that way, which would have been nice. The actual result was much better though in my opinion, as Finlay screws Lashley for some reason and beats the living hell out of him. This has clearly set up a Lashley/Finlay feud (though I'm not sure what Finlay's motive was yet) possibly into SummerSlam. As for our new U.S Champion ... Champion
I wonder who his new challenger will be. Matt Hardy is a face, but he is currently tied up with Rated RKO. Possibly Paul Burchill?
~ Well, I guess this is our explanation from Finlay for his actions. It isn't exactly the greatest of explanations, but it passes in the WWE I guess. Finlay is a nutty heel who would take exception to hearing such a rumour. I do love the amount of exposure Finlay has had tonight; three backstage segments, one match and one run in. What a push for the Irishman!
~ The way you opened up the Batista/Undertaker match made it sound as though you weren't into it at all. You called their chemistry boring? WHAT?! Have you seen any of their matches? Anyway, I don't suppose you can really get across the intensity these two have together in a short recap like this, so it wasn't very inspiring. I did, however, like the fact that Batista targeted a body part, since he IS actually decent in the ring and would pull it off. I wasn't too into the ending to be honest, since it would have made more sense for Batista to pull out a heel victory at least, instead of getting himself DQed. I'm sure that this will now lead to a gimmick/No DQ match of sorts at SummerSlam. I'm going to put my money on a Casket Match, although I think a First Blood might be quite likely as well. I think this feud will end later down the line with a Hell In A Cell, possibly at No Mercy or Survivor Series.
~ I'm getting worried now, with JBL cutting the promo on Angle before his big match up with Kurt Angle, I fear that Bradshaw now has the hype, which now points to a face victory for Angle. I know he only won at Judgement Day, but you really can't be wasting the MITB briefcase like this. Oh no.
~ Sounded like a pretty impressive match up between Kurt Angle and JBL judging from the way you hyped it up. Lol, at JBL doing some chain wrestling; that would be a thing to see. The collar and elbow tie up that you alluded to where the men take it to the outside hasn't just happened when Regal and Finlay met; it's happened loads before and since with grapplers, just thought I'd point that out. The match didn't have the excitement factor of the Lashley/Kennedy one, although it certainly picked up when Angle took control with his German Suplexes. MARK HENRY!!! Mark out, I didn't even realise you liked him since you kind of blanked him after the Royal Rumble, and he has only recently returned. I personally think he is very underrated, and is a very credible monster heel. I thought JBL had it here after Henry's interference, which was odd because he seemingly did it right in front of the referee, yet Bradshaw wasn't disqualified. Strange. I guess Henry was just working for JBL then. But still Angle overcomes the odds to retain. DAMMIT!!! That's pretty annoying since the whole point of the MITB briefcase has been wasted in my opinion at least. Henry comes back and destroys both JBL and Angle? Well, I guess Henry/Angle is set for SummerSlam, but I'm gutted forn JBL. It would have been great to see him as World Heavyweight Champion and this has hurt the credibility of the MITB. I'm a little sick of seeing Angle as the Champ in this thread to be honest; first he has a four month reign as the WWE Champion, and as soon as he loses that he wins the World Heavyweight Championship. I can safely say that when Angle takes on Mark Henry come SummerSlam, I will firmly be rooting for 'The World's Strongest Man'
Overall I'm still very disappointed that you never decided to write this PPV event out in full, since it would have been a hell of a spectacle, especially the Steel Cage Match. With nothing written in full it was hard for me to give feedback on anything but layout and booking really, so I apologise for that. I was pleasantly surprised by the way you handled Finlay in this PPV, making a huge impact, though the JBL/MITB situation has left a sour taste in my mouth I'm afraid. Your grammar is still patchy as ever, KOP, but I remember you saying that you were only 15 so I guess I can let that pass
8 Out Of 10 - Keep It Up