KOP's SmackDown! Feedback
~ I was a little surprised to see Teddy Long open the show, since I was expecting Kurt Angle to do that job. It worked well though, as it gave him the chance to set up SummerSlam. Long was fine here, with just the right amount of slang etc. JBL was excellent when he came out, with some intensity tonight, as opposed to comic relief or smugness. I wasn't really surprised at all to see Teddy make the Triple Threat for SummerSlam
and it actually quite excited me. Though JBL and Henry aren't really the greatest workers, Angle being there should make it pretty unique and interesting, with Angle most likely retaining. I'm not sure what to make of Teddy Long asking JBL to put his career on the line. It seems like something a heel would do, and Teddy isn't a heel. I suppose it happened with Rey Mysterio after Judgement Day in real life, so that's okay. My initial thought was that JBL would be winning the title then, but I don't think he or Henry will be taking the belt from Angle. The Street Fight tonight should be awesome, though I can't imagine it finishing in any conclusive way. Most likely JBL will get involved.
~ I've been predicting for a while now I think that we would be getting a Fatal Four Way for the Cruiserweight title, and this next tag match really strengthens my prediction. All four men in the title picture really, and Super Crazy even manages to get the pin on Noble with a Moonsault. I also predicted that we would get a Fatal Four Way for the U.S title when I though Kennedy, Lashley, Hardy and Booker were all in the picture. Shows how wrong I can be.
~ This next interview with Batista was nothing really special until his last paragraph of dialogue when you began to inject some intensity into him. Dave is pretty bland when he is just talking normally, but throw some anger into the mix and he can be very effective. I wonder if The Undertaker will be showing up tonight, though you may be playing off the angle that 'Tista destroyed him with the Steel Chair at the Great American Bash.
~ Ah, nice to see Mr. Kennedy here tonight with his new U.S title. KK was nicely in character, doing what he does best in gloating away. I especially liked KK's mocking of Matt's V-1 gimmick, but I'm not too sure about Mysterio slapping Kennedy. That just doesn't really seem like the kind of thing Rey would do, especially when Ken hasn't really offended him in any way. Good announcement from Teddy Long, should be a great tag match later, though I'll be surprised if we don't see an appearance from Bobby Lashley. With Lashley now involved with Finlay, I suppose either Hardy or Mysterio, or even both, could be next in line to feud with Kennedy over the U.S title.
~ Yay, here comes Dave Taylor! Great addition to the SmackDown! tag division now that you have Regal/Taylor. They're probably the best team you have now. You should probably have Regal cut a small promo or something formally introducing Taylor, since that is what he normally does. It seemed a bit odd that London and Kendrick would be scouting a team in their debut match, but with the FBI out of the picture, there really isn't anyone left for the Hooligans to feud with. Time for Regal/Taylor to step up.
~ Ah, her's Kurt Angle. This was a very good promo indeed, with Angle as intense as ever. One thing was a little annoying, that Angle said the "It's true ... it's DAMN true" a bit too early for my liking. It should really be saved for the end of the promo in my opinion. Judging from this, Angle is going to be looking to destroy Henry tonight, though I can see it backfiring in some way.
~ Probably your MOTN thus far, this next tag match. This is your third tag team match of the night on the trot though, so you might want to be careful that you don't have too many of those one after the other. Finlay had it won thanks to Hornswoggle and his Shillelagh, but, as I thought, Lashley gets involved and costs him. I was expecting a more violent rebuttal from Lashley than simply Spearing Finlay in the ring. I mean, Finlay beat the crap out of Lashley at the GAB and cost him his title. I can see a match between Finlay and Lashley at SummerSlam, or at least I hope there is one, possibly a gimmick match too.
~ Okay, MVP's Open Challenge wasn't anything special then. I had thought that you were going to do what the WWE did in real life and use his Open Challenge to set him up with a big feud with someone like Kane. Holly is pretty much a jobber since his feud with Sylvan, so he never stood a chance, and really isn't good enough to feud with MVP. Wow, MVP really got to the back quickly didn't he; I thought maybe you would have a Commercial Break or something. This was quite a nice backstage segment between MVP and Burchill though. With Finlay feuding with Lashley, Regal making a tag team with Taylor, it seems that Burchill has his new feud too, and it will be with MVP. This should be a pretty original feud in my opinion, and the matches should be a real treat. Good booking.
~ Mark Henry sounded a little generic in this next interview, which was disappointing since he is actually highly talented on the mic. You might need to space out his words more to add realism, since he speaks in a slow and deliberate manner.
~ Pretty good Main Event Street Fight up next with the kind of weapon usage one would expect from a televised match. Angle seemed to have it won until, as I predicted, JBL got involved. This has really been a a terrible night for JBL to be fair, as first he has to put his career on the line, and now he gets his ass kicked by Angle, allowing Henry to pin the Champ. This is some really HUGE momentum for Henry, at pinning the World Heavyweight Champion, so I hope you capitalise on it. This Triple Threat match is really shaping up nicely now.
Overall this was a pretty good show that has done well at continuing some of your major feuds. I was particularly pleased to see Dave Taylor debut, and was intrigued by the Burchill/MVP confrontation. I was disappointed to see no appearance from The Undertaker, since Batista was left with nothing to do. I'm sure you'll start to set up their SummerSlam match soon though. Spelling was fine, though grammar was a little off at times. Good job though