KOP's Raw Feedback
~ Sorry this is a tad behind schedule. Anyway, onto the feedback. Finally after the weeks of attacks from Y2J we get a promo hyping the feud, which I guess signals the end of any business RVD had with Cena and pairs him off with Jericho in earnest. Jericho was pretty good here, in character throughout, though your writing style sometimes leads to a rather bland delivery. Jericho's digs at ECW were expected, since that's generally what everyone does when they're feuding with RVD. In a change from Cena, Angle and Triple H though, Y2J did actually spend some time in ECW, so it'll be interesting to see if you take that angle any further. I have to say, I personally find Van Dam very hard to write for, and it seemed this promo from him suffered from the same thing, since I wasn't feeling him at all. It seems as though their promos will taking the anti-ECW war theme, which you've done alot already, but I guess it's still pretty entertaining. Chuck Palumbo? I like this choice very much, since I'm quite a fan of Palumbo. I'm not quite sure whether he is actually acting as a bodyguard/enforcer for Jericho now, or just an ally. Judging by the Main Event for tonight, I'd say just an ally.
~ Good match to kick off the show. Eugene is highly competent in the ring, even when he is merely jobbing like this, and Booker is good too. I can still tell that you're not that high on Booker though, since there's never been any hint of you elevating him above U.S or IC title level, which is a shame. Good win for Booker, but he runs away from Carlito in the end, showing his heelish ways. The way you have been giving this feud some strong build, I can tell that you are setting up Carlito/Booker T for SummerSlam.
~ Quite a nice interview from MNM next. Melina is the only one of the group with real mic skills, so I was quite enjoying her intimidation of Maria, brought on by Maria's rather funny ditziness. Mercury is okay too, but his and Nitro's delivery was rather dull, although it does explain their lack of action. Only The Highlanders are built up enough to challenge for the titles, so I can understand why you are keeping MNM out of matches. I had forgotten that MNM beat RVD and Cena too; that was a huge result.
~ I guess Charlie Haas is going to be looking for his new tag team partner week in and week out from now on, which is an interesting storyline to say the least, and I'm glad to see you giving Haas some exposure again. Also, it's good that you're working to bolster the tag team division. This continues The Highlander's big tag push though, which makes sense since they'll be feuding with MNM in the next few weeks still.
~ This was what I was most looking forward to on this night, just who exactly McMahon has chosen. McMahon's delivery was pretty good, and bringing Christian and Triple H out was making for a pretty major promo. I had it nailed in that Kane was going to come out, but I never thought that it would be Rated RKO. That's huge, and makes for some wonderful tension between Edge/Christian and Randy Orton/Triple H. Edge and Orton's words were good too, really upping the anti between the four men. I can see this tension coming back to cost Team McMahon come SummerSlam. Just to clarify though, Edge and Orton are still on SmackDown? And they both have guaranteed shots at the World Heavyweight title whenever they want? I guess we'll be finding out the rest of Team Michaels soon too, possibly Cena and .... God knows.
~ I would certainly like to see a match between Christian and Naitch at anytime, let alone on free television. Good choice with Christian picking up the victory, albeit a cheap one. I had expected interference from both teams though, so you got me here. This feud is REALLY taking off now.
~ Nice little promo Shawn Michaels next. You're really on form with Maria tonight, getting her diziness over well with her comment about "Chase". HBK was in character here too with his serious tone always seemingly tinted by comedy. I suppose the big surprise he has for Team McMahon next week will be who are the final two members of his team. Like I said, I think Cena is pretty much a certainty, but I don't have a clue about the other man.
~ A quick Diva's tag match like you said, though I was most interested in the status of Mickie James. At first I thought it was a bit odd that she was teaming with a face like Maria, but you made the point of calling her a tweener, so I guess that clears that up. With Mickie pinning Victoria, it looks like a rematch between the two is going to be set for SummerSlam.
~ Simple but effective promo from Mr. McMahon and Coach next. I always love their dynamic together, soI'm glad you're using that. Judging from McMahon's reaction, I can only think that he was referring to Kane or Cena, or maybe even Shane McMahon, but I highly doubt that. God, I really want to know who it is.
~ Lol, that was a pretty good promo to hype up SummerSlam, with Vince being the centre of attention and all.
~ Masters is back to jobbing now it seems, although he did get in a bit of offence to be fair. This is all really setting up Jeff/Shelton for the IC title at SummerSlam in my opinion, especially with Benjamin making another appearance here. I thought he might cost Jeff the match, but he isn't that much of a heel yet I take it, and Hardt needs the momentum. Nice announcement for next week, though Test's invlvement is a bit random. Why isn't Matt Striker in there? Jeff will undoubtedly get the win next week and make the SummerSlam IC match official. Shelton has had a very long reign now, and I fully expect Jeff to end his reign, which is a shame, since I had hoped Striker or Helms would do that.
~ Great to see that you're pushing Chuck Palumbo like this with him basically dominating RVD until the DQ at the end. I had thought that Palumbo would go down clean to the Champ, but this kind of finish keeps him looking quite strong. Great to see you were going to have Palumbo use the Full Throttle (I love that move
), but SABU!!! I'm not too keen on him, but I guess it really adds something to thefeud now that he's backing up RVD.
Overall this was a pretty good show, KOP. The opening promo was a little off, as you feared, but nothing drastic. Your spelling is fine, but your grammar is still a little off sometimes. By the wat, I love your new SummerSlam poster, although it does kind of give away the SmackDown Main Event Whoops!
8 Out Of 10 - Keep It Up