I think I'lljust be reiterating what Wolfy said, but the way you opened this show with the little backstage segment was really quite special. Honestly, for a show coming off the back of a SummerSlam with the kind of implications it had for SmackDown, you really know how to create that sense of grandeur needed.
"Just hit midnight, Cinderella!"
Have to love T-Lo; part of me hope his extensive run in this thread continues to grow. Quite strange to see the likes of Long & Co. standing alongside Finlay & Co., as well as Matt and Daniels, but I gues that all just serves to add to the epicness of the scenario.
Quite enjoyed the exchange between Steph and Vince, though the real attracion here were the reactions of the heels at ringside.
"~ The crowd boos, but applause breaks out elsewhere - namely from Teddy Long, Booker T, William Regal, and the rest of the crew."
"Booker and company begin to applaud loudly as the audience lets out a tremendous amount of heat, and Steph’s face lights up with shock and apprehension."
Okay then, it's mainly just Teddy & Company, but, hell, their antics are so funny at ringside. Liked Vinnie Mac reeling off the list of possible choice, but I don't really know what to make of Heyman having "unfinished business with Armando Estrada and Umaga"
; that could really mean anything, from a reunion to a feud. Whatever it means, just get Paul E. and Big Show back in business please. I think by the time you actually got to the announcement most of us had clocked on, and I think you should read through my epic SummerSlam review to see infact that I clocked on before anyone else
But, hey ... TRIPLE FREAKIN' H!!! Can't believe just a few weeks ago I was growing tired of the Stephanie/Hunter angle, I thought it was getting old, stale, and repetitive ... well you certainly know how to flip things on their head and shut me the fuck up eh? Great description a H's entrance, it seems you've given him quite the get up to fit his new role, black suit and shades, ponytail? Almost as good as the one you wrote for him the night after No Way Out when he killed The Rock ... but not quite
Vince explanation, considering his love of controversy, is actually a completely valid one, and his egomaniac character would do just this kind of thing without really thinking twice. This 'no contact' rule is a no brainer, but the fact that they both have to agree on matches, hirings and firings could definitely lead to some serious conflict, especially when it comes to certain guys like Mr. Kennedy or The Rock. Quite surprised that Hunter didn't give us some huge, epic promo to be honest, but he probably has to be careful with Vince still in the building, so he gets straight down to business. One thing, how can H just make those matches like that right off the bat? I though he and Steph had to agree everything? I could definitely see Daniels stealing the belt tonight in some kind of screwy fashion to christen Hunter's new reign, but then again...
KENNEDY!!! Great description of KK's appearance following SummerSlam. In quite the state to be honest. As if it was ever in doubt, Kennedy completely owned
Hunter here, and not even because of the "suck"
line or all of the cheap insults he threw his way, but mainly because I've never really read Mr. Kennedy this intense before, and it seems that when he gets like this, I doubt anyone
could hang with him on the mic, even Trips. What is it with you and not giving people rematch clauses? I think Batista's the only guy who's ever had one in a thread by you. I can definitely see it taking a long
time before Kennedy gets a shot at Big Dave, especially ... AFTER HE JUST ASSAULTED TRIPLE H!!! If there was ever a match destined for WrestleMania, it's Kennedy/Hunter. Personally I can see KK maybe
getting another shot at 'Tista at a big PPV like Survivor Series in a gimmick match like Last Man Standing, Hell in a Cell, something like that, but Trips is oing to be owning Ken for a long time it seems. Really can't describe just how epic this opening promo really was, Mac; easily one of the best things you have ever written, and quite possibly one the best things ever written in BTB. Tudos, my man.
Quite surprised to see Shannon Moore get the Number One Contender spot, but I'm even more surprised by the decline of Chris Sabin recently. Seemed hard to believe that this is the same man who actually beat John Cena at the start of the year. I doubt Moore takes the belt from Jamie 'OWNS' Noble though, as it would appear the a Mexicool feud is the next thing on the Cruiserweight horizon.
Interesting segment from Hunter and three of the biggest heels on his show. I guess he was just a bit pissed off, which is why he tried to throw them out, but it looks like H will very muh be helping the heels in this thread. No chance you are taking the titles of The Connection this soon, but this match could well go towards setting up the next big tag team feud. One thing though, that's the third match Hunter's made so far. He asn't conferred with Steph once why?
Punk wants gold? Nice. U.S Title chase please.
Is SNME still going to be in full?
Well, I thought the Hardy/Daniels rematch would main event tonight's show, but this placement only increased my suspicions that The Fallen Angel might take the strap in a low manner, but I guess I was wrong. With this finish I think that Daniels will be feuding with Jeff in a Non-Title capacity through No Mercy, as Hardy gets another notch under his belt, before the three of them hook it up once again.
Big Dave is in the house. Nice description of the Animal's entrance to the arena. I hope the respect that everyoe had for Naitch turns into disgust for Dave and an extensive angle. If Kennedy's without a title rematch, it could go someway to setting up Batista's next feud.
More promos and less jobbing for Santino please. Oh, and Finlay next U.S Title challenger too.
"The audience roars wildly as KK slams the chair against the head of Kennedy, knocking him down!"
Well, that would certainly be something to see eh? I see what you meant in your review for Wolfy a few weeks back, this is quite similar to what he did with Christian, and also what Emp's doing with Triple H (IRONY) in his thread. Looks like the best mind's always think alike. Like someone else said, if you want the tag division to maintain at least some
semblance of respect, you should have NB & CC go after KK for revenge, otherwise it's a Triple H-esque burial of the best division ;(
Steph hearing what Hunter is saying? Well, I guess it's hard not to after what Mr. Kennedy just did.
You can say Batista's over this thing with Ric Flair all you want; he's still the most intriguing character going right now. Can't wait for his speech tonight.
Tension between Steph and Kennedy. I could actually see her growing tired of this eventually and turning her back on the faces of her roster.
You know I like Chavito, so you get no marks for this jobberish performance.
Rock's future? Like Wolfy said, a move to Raw would not shake him up, but it would be a real kick in the behind for that brand.
Yet another epic promo to bookend this show, as we finally get an explanation of sorts from Big Dave. Everything about this speech just conjures up the images you've worked so hard to instill in us since WrestleMania, Batista's inner turmoil, and it just fits together so perfectly. It seems that Batista has changed from what he used to be, the kind of Animal he once was.
"That shouldn’t happen. That CAN’T happen! The second that Ric messed up, I should’ve grabbed him by the back of the head and slammed him through a brick wall!"
There were a lot, but that was probably the pick of the lines. Just great, brutal imagery from 'Tista. Kennedy's run in was to be expected, and I have to say I laughed when Dave knocked the chair out of his hand, only to get a kick in the crotch instead. KK's just an awesome tweener/face. Surprised to see The Animal get owned so soon, and I can see him demanding a piece of Kennedy next week. Really get description of Kennedy's sheer sense of hopeless ness, leading to an assault on the officials. Triple H's announcement sounded just like the one Vince made in 2001 during the build up to the 3 Stages Of Hell match, when Trips attacked Austin and it looked like he was suspended. That's a couple of nice homages you've ma tonight. I can't see Ken staying suspended for too long, but what it does do is throw the World Heavyweight Title picture WIDE open. Like someone else said, guys like Batista, Kennedy, Hunter, and Flair seem glued
to SmackDown, so I can't see either of them leaving, and none of them are really available to face Big Dave right now, so looks like someone from Raw will be jumping over in the draft and making the step up. But ... are there any faces who can? RVD and Edge seem like they are about to clash. Angle/Batista happened so many times last year. I still think Orton will be coming over, but in what capacity I'm uncertain. You've really thrown your whole thread WIDE open, Mac.
If I haven't made it clear, then I'll just reiterate that your opening and closing promos were two of the best you have ever written, and they alone make this show a collectible. Really, REALLY amazing work, Mac. Hope you can get back to regular posting soon.