King Of Pain's SmackDown Feedback
Apologies for this being so late, KOP
~ It was pretty nice to see that you kicked off the show with the U.S Champion Mr. Kennedy, as it is actually quite rare that the secondary title gets that honour, but now that you have someone as amazing as KK with the mic, it gives you that option. No real surprise to see the subject of Ken's promo, running down all of the other U.S Champs, but I was quite surprised by the announcement made by Teddy Long. Matt Hardy is the Special Guest Referee? That's ... interesting to say the least. I understand why you don't want to do the Hardy/Rey/Kennedy Triple threat match, since SmackDown already have one of those for the World Heavyweight Championship and it might look overused. However, I am quite disappointed that Hardy does not have an actual match, although the role of Guest Ref. is a lot more high profile than say simply being in Rey's corner (remember HBK at SummerSlam '97?). Given the right exposure in the match, it could still do a lot for Matt's push in this thread. Great match to open with too, with Matt Hardy coming down. I feared for a moment that you would simply have Matt job to KK, but thankfully you worked it with a clever finish to avoid ruining anyone's credibility. I never know who to route for when Matt and Ken meet, since they are two of my favourites currently. Kennedy getting out of the match cheaply was no surprise, and the aftermath was very exciting with Mysterio finally getting his hands on Kennedy. This feud is really picking up pace now, so having it open up the show was a great move on your part.
~ Interview from JBL? I'm sure it would be godly. Interesting words from him about Kurt Angle overlooking him; and I say I have to agree, as I feel that ever since the Great American Bash JBL has been a little bit sidetracked and it has become Angle/Henry mainly. JBL is mainly feuding with Teddy Long almost. I can see a great Main Event tonight, though I very much doubt that it will be JBL and Finlay picking up the victory.
~ Quick squash for Kane in his second week on SmackDown. I thought that Nunzio had been released? That might have just been Tony Mamaluke then I guess. I'm intrigued to see what you have in store for Kane in this thread, as he does work well at putting over younger stars, and you have a few of them, such as MVP, Burchill and Kennedy who could use him.
~ I'm not really sure I have enjoyed Finaly's behaviour since the Great American Bash, as he started a VERY intense feud with Bobby Lashley, but at the same time he keeps having comedic segments with Hornswoggle. Personally, I think the Finlay/Lashley feud would benefit from a more serious feud, without the comedy relief like here with Finlay chasing Hornswoggle into the Teddy Long's room. Finlay/Lasley for SummerSlam gets my vote, as with the right treatment it could become one hell of a brawl. I'm not sure why we needed Jamie Noble and Kid Kash standing by though.
~ I quite like this little feud going on on the weekly shows between MVP and Paul Burchill; both are great young talents, and it is great booking to pair them off against one another. I'm glad that it isn't going to be thrown onto the card for SummerSlam, as, like you said, it simply isn't ready. This was another nice segment between the two, although the 'heel faking injury' is hardly original, although it will be fun to see how MVP plays it. I wonder who will go over in this feud though.
~ Sounded like a great match up between Psicosis and Kid Kash next in the increasingly exciting Cruiserweight division. As soon as I saw that this match was for a spot in the Super Crazy/Jamie Noble match, I knew that a flawed finish was on the cards, and that a Fatal Four Way was virtually guaranteed. It's a real shame that this match isn't going to take place at SummerSlam, since I would have loved to have read it in full.
~ Nothing really too interesting about this backstage segment between Hardy and Mysterio. The only thing that I can guess at is that maybe Hardy will accidentally cost Rey the match against Kennedy and set up afeud between the two friends. Could be an interesting twist.
~ Another nice match up for this evening (you've had some good ones tonight) with Brian Kendrick against William Regal. I think I would have preferred it if Taylor had lost last week, as opposed to Regal this week, as I really like Reagal. Evens the score between the two teams though I suppose. I know it isn't going to happen, but it is a real shame that there are no tag team title matches at SummerSlam. I guess we will have to wait until No Mercy for Hooligans/Bluebloods.
~ Ah, some hype from Kurt Angle tonight ahead of his big Main Event. I think this is Kurt's first appearance since that Hardcore match a few weeks ago, correct me if I'm wrong. I can't get rid of the feeling that Angle is going over at SummerSlam, although I would actually quite like either Henry or JBL to take the title, mainly because Angle has the title in too many threads (mine for example).
~ Great Main Event. You were certainly right about the star power on display here; six of the biggest stars on SmackDown right now. I was quite surprised to see Lashley pin Finlay and get the win for Angle, as Angle has quite a lot of momentum in this feud now, as does Lashley. I can definately see Finlay going over Bobby with a little help from Mr. Shillelagh, but I still think that Angle is going to beat JBL and Henry. I LOVED the aftermath here, with Undertaker FINALLY playing the mind games with Batista in a hell of a way, via a lightning bolt and a burning symbol. This is definately the kind of build that this feud needed, as it really should be HUGE, but just hasn't has enough hype yet. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come ... literally
Overall this was a very good recapped show, KOP, as you always seem to do them well. Excellent booking on your part with the U.S title, as it gives it some real importance, although (as you could tell) I'm still torn over the decision to have Hardy as a referee. My favourite part of the show was easily the ending with The Undertaker and Batista's feud getting some hype