Sorry it was late. Reasons because I was lazy, perhaps. My reviews are always f'n long, and since I have three PPV Reviews to write, procrastination always keeps them at bay. However, I'm here now.
WCW Rules' Review of ddmrko's Summerslam
Opening Video Package:
Excellent, excellent video package here, ddmrko. Nice usage of words to accomodate the pictures. For a Summerslam though, which is a minor Big Four PPV, perhaps the strong words were a little too much for a video package. Perhaps something leaner could've sufficed. Still, though, it was an excellent video package nonetheless.
RAW 6-Man Tag Team Match:
So, starting off the show with a 6-Man Tag Team Match, on the RAW side? Should be interesting considering the calibre of men in the ring. The first paragraph contains some written and grammatical errors, and the flow isn't starting too well either. My main man Benji mixing it up with Mr.Monday Night has been repetively done, but you managed to pull off a pretty straightforward encounter between the two to start off the match. Still, some of that horrendous flow accompanies the match thus far, making it very irritating to read. You're using the men pretty well, however, its the constant timing of flow in the match that is giving it a hard time. As always with Tag Matches, you have guys coming in and out, as well as chaos. The flow starts to get a little better midway through, and nothing totally out of place has occured anywhere, which is a good thing. Awesome, but predictable spots near the end of the match, in which RVD wins? No! I wanted Benji to win for his team, damn it!! The start of the match was a little shakey, ddmrko, but it started to pick up some speed during the middle, and finally began to go at a face pace near the end. The grammatical errors detract from the match slightly, but if they had not been there, this match would've been far more enjoyable. The Rated R Army loses the first match, and I can't help but think the same fate will confront Edge later on in the Title Match. Good fast paced opener that started off pretty edgy, try to improve on flow, as that was your only problem.
Some hostilities brewing. Both men have ha a hard time with the Big Show, and it seems their common enemy will create an enemy through them this time. Good promo, though a little too short. Good use of foreshadowing though, as I can't help but think something will occur between these two later on.
Benoit Vs Henry:
Agh, my eyes! Next time, man, lay off the green. LOL, now onto the match. From the moment I read the first line, I knew this would be a slow and hard hitting match. The match starts off rather well, with some excellent use of Benoit's moveset and some interaction with the ring, as well as some believable fatigue setting in. The flow is getting better, the commentary however can either break it or help it. I love how Benoit is dominating Henry as of now, but I know Henry will bounce back. Its only realistic. Some power being inflicted, much to my surprise, I'm actually loving this match. These are the type of matches I like for some odd reason. Looks like after Henry's retaliation, Benoit takes the brute down with a Sharpshooter. I like how you held onto the submission for as long as you can, as making submissions look credible on BTB is something that only most Indy writers can excel at, and its great to see you can hold your own. This is definitely slow though, however, its realistic to see major moves being performed in intervals, so major marks there, man. So far, this match has been awesome, very realistic and brutal. The ending is always the most exciting of a match, as all the desperation and effort comes into play. Looks like Benoit is reiterating what he had done in the same arena 2 years ago. The ending paragraph was well written, and it looks like Benoit picks up a victory against the World's Strongest Man, just as it should be. This was a pretty good match, at least to me it was. It had all the elements that it was supposed to contain, and therefore, major points for you. The ending was just sick, and its something you'd expect from the Rabid Wolverine. Awesome match. Lets see if you can keep it up.
Triple H/McMahon & Coach Promo:
Some excellent and very vigorous words by Triple H, who would do anything to become an 11-Time Champion. Haha, funny comment by HHH to McMahon. I didn't see that coming, yet, in a way, I kinda did. Its good to see Triple H is having an edgier persona even as a member of DX, so refreshing. McMahon was kind of in character, though some comments detracted his character, and degraded it as well, lol. Nice use of the past, though perhaps a bit done, but we all know McMahon just likes to rub that in the face off the fans, so no problems there. I think something kighty unexpected will come out of the RAW Main Event, something very shocking.
Awesome promo, by the way, in character all the way through and with some humorous and serious tones thrown in, it was very pleasing.
Cactus Jack Vs Ric Flair:
I'm getting tired of seeing these two together, so it might detract from my reading experience. The beginning of the match was simple, but realistic. The bat to the gut was pretty awesome, since this is a Hardcore Match, anything goes, but don't overdo it so much as a match can only go so violent without losing that overall interest and adrenaline. Okay, now this match is going absolutely crazy! Haha, Jack crashes through the table without hitting Flair, now that is just classic! So far, this match has definitely been better than their real Summerslam encounter, though some spots are just insane. Ouch, Flair being busted open with a piece of broken table? That has to hurt. The risk factor of the match already went through the roof, and anything else is just aloof. The match hasn't been a wrestling classic, just a brutal encounter, which is something expected with Foley in here, expecially his violent alter ego. Sadistic piledriver through the chair! Does the WWE even allow piledrivers anymore? Some marks lost for realism there, man. More crazy spots and now here comes the thumbtacks. I know where this is going, and I was correct. Nothing but total violence and chaos as these two men go at it like never before. A better, more violent match than their Summerslam encounter, so thats good for you. WTF? Piledriver through the tacks? Absolutely sick and unreal. More use of the tack issues with both men falling into the tacks. How the hell can there be a victor with this juch inflicted pain? Crazy bastard!
Brainbuster through a table was nice, though a bit overeffective. The fatigue starts to set in, and Flair wins! Yes! The Nature Boy wins! Brutal, fucking brutal you sadistic bastard! I loved it, though it was a bit unreal at some points. Still, a sadistic match that brought a maniacal smile to my face.
Heyman/Big Show Promo:
So, Heyman is doing all the talking? Interesting, I would've liked to see Big Show say something at least, but whatever. Heyman was definitely in character throughout this promo, with some interesting comments pertaining to Mysterio and Hardy. I wouldn't be surprised if Hardy did get involved, I guess we can only see.
Rey Mysterio Vs Big Show:
I really didn't expect anything out of this match as its been done before so many times, especially on television. Mysterio obtains a slight advantage in the beginning, but I don't expect that to last very long. The flow has gotten a lot better, though. The match goes from slow, to fast, slow, to fast, in almost instantaneous behavior, which does detract a bit. Mysterio isn't getting a whole lot of offense in, but that is to be expected with his opponent being the Big Show. To be honest, I didn't care all that much for this match, the outcome was kinda predictable, with Hardy coming in, though he did help Mysterio. Big Show puts away Mysterio for good with a Chokeslam. Overall, pretty decent match. The predictability factor killed it though. A little bit back and forth with Big Show gaining most of the momentum was really not all that surprising.
Weird, but productive combination. I didn't like the way Cena was barely able to speak as JBL and Kennedy just came up with the humor as they went. He didn't even retaliate, which is something unlike Cena. Cena was in character at first, but once JBL and Kennedy interrupted, it turned a potentially gold promo to nothing more than an abundance of humorous insults. Perhaps their insults were a little too much, but I did enjoy Cena's assault on Mr.Kennedy, damn he annoys me to no end. I'm really looking forward to his match with Orton, should be good and an all out brawl.
John Cena Vs Randy Orton:
One of the two matches I've highly anticipated starting reading Summerslam, the other being Batista Vs Angle. Nonetheless, I expect this match should be nothing short of a brutal brawl. Cena and Orton have been used to perfection so far, with some use of mentality thrown in really got the match going after a slow, but intentional start. The RKO and 5-Knuckle Shuffle onto the chair was brilliant. Damn you, ddmrko, I don't want to see Flabby McJab Jab and Loud Mouth Annoyance ruin the match! I like JBL, I dislike Kennedy. The interference hurt this match badly, and the ending was entirely concentrated on that interference, but the STFU with the blood on Cena was brilliantly done, but it has been done before on RAW with Angle. Good match, abruptly ruined by unneeded interference. Good thing Cena stands tall, I'm a fan of Cena, so this should come as no surprise.
McMahon did most of the talking in this promo, so it was kind of weak. Impressive promo, though. McMahon really tried to sway HBK with the mention of the past, which is always a good way to stir up some backlash. HBK isn't falling for it, and simply ignores him, but McMahon is ever persistent. I wonder what will happen tonight, but I can take a guess.
Melina Vs Mickie Vs Trish:
My poor, lovely Melina is the dark horse and weakest link in this match, I don't think she can overcome seeing as you adore Mickie James far too much. Back and forth action, but thats all this match really was. A little showcase with all three women, but in the end, this was just another Diva Match, however, since one of my favorite Divas was involved, it definitely helped the significance to me. There was a great deal many moves though, which varied the match from other Diva matches. Damn it, Melina is the one who suffers and loses at the hands of James? Bastard. Poor Trish got screwed, maybe she'll get another shot at Mickie later on. I hope Melina can recover though.
Teddy Long Promo:
Looks like Long is letting the world know whats happening tonight. Long is proud of Sabin, it seems. Maybe big things could come for Sabin's future? Thats always a guess. King Booker was interesting, and its always funny to see the old Booker T come out of it, always a humorous character. Again with Kennedy and JBL? Yawn. Their comments were funny though, and changing the match around? This late into Summerslam? I smell something cooking, and it isn't victory.
JBL/Kennedy Vs The Hooliganz Vs Pitbulls:
I wasn't too much into this match, so I'll just leave some comments. You have an interesting mix of styles here with a Ladder, anything could go. Kennedy was definitely the star in this match, along with the Hooliganz, who all three definitely made an impact. The Pitbulls and JBL were barely surprising, and rarely made any sort of effort to do anything incredible. This isn't a TLC, why the table? Use the ladder, man! Goodbye, Noble, and the Hooliganz win! A decent match, but the significance, although apparent, seemed too small. Seemed too much like a gimmick filler to me to become anything short of a spotfest. Enjoyable yes, but nothing special. I sense JBl and Kennedy will speak of "screwjob!"
I knew this was coming up sooner or later. I felt this feud has definitely overshadowed the Batista/Angle feud so far, which hasn't had any promos so far tonight. I hope there can be some sort of build up to it eventually. Back to this promo, this was very good. Both Triple H and HBK are determined to do anything to come out WWE Champion, even so far eliminating their friendship to do so. I'm loving this as it brings another dimension to a Championship feud, which is always good to see.
Short, and nothing much but seeing when the hell the mystery partner is arriving. Traffic? Uh oh....
Smackdown 6-Man Tag Team Match:
This is going to be an awesome packed match, even more so than the RAW version. Looks like the Mystery Partner isn't here yet, that sucks. This is going to be a Handicap match for sure, but with Lashley and Taker as partners, it shouldn't be any problem for them. The match starts off typical, we've seen this a couple of times already. The flow definitely has gotten, and it helped the match. Some working and in-ring psychology is used on Lashley, who bounces back. It was funny when Booker tagged in Regal against Undertaker. That made me laugh. As always, Taker dominates. Some good use of tagging, keeping the Undertaker in the ring. So far, this match has been exceptional, of course, for a Tag Team Match. The ending came more swifly than I thought, with Booker beating Lashley away with a Houston Hangover, I miss that move! The outcome was definitely unexpected. The aftermath was too long, though. The limo comes up, and reveals the Rock!!! IF YA SMELL! The Rock cleans house, and simply dominates with a memorable redebut! I expect big things to come on Smackdown, oh yeah! The match came by fast, but the aftermath did drag on a bit. Definitely a great comeback for the Great One!
Rated R Promo:
Bleh, Edge. I don't like his promos, its the same old whiny, bitchy complaining. Whats new with his character? Aboslutely nothing. Just further hype into the match, he is going to lose it to someone. I just know it. The fervor within HBK and HHH is just too strong to ignore.
HHH Vs Edge Vs HBK:
Now, this, this is what I'm talking about. Already, at the beginning, we're seeing some solid action taking place. Some use of reversals, and it seems as if Edge is the weakes tlink in this match, with HBK and HHH already going at it! This was nothing but action packed, with hard hitting moves and wrestling at intervals, fast and interesting. Definitely tops the other matches by increasing margins. The middle of the match contained some unbelievable spots, like a piledriver on the steel steps. Gee, ORRY and ddmrko have a lot in common, lol. Lovely image there, man. Shit, near the ending, the interference comes into play. No! Don't ruin it! Damn, how many Sweet Chin Musics can they take? Looks like Edge is out of this match, oh no, Pedigree into a Sweet Chin Music? Michaels wins a hellacious match!!! What an awesome and action filled match, very brutal! MOTN definitely, one of the better matches in this thread even. I hope Angle/Batista can be something of similiar value. Looks like DX is still together to a ravish ovation, just as it should be, IMO.
Vince has every right to be pissed, looks like his persuasive ways didn't have any effect on DX. Uh oh, what is Vince up to? What is he doing on RAW?
Batista Vs Kurt Angle:
Finally, after going through pages of matches and promos, finally the match I've been wanting to read for the damn longest. I'll hopefully enjoy this. The match starts off with a test of strenght, expected. The fans are into this as much as I am. Good use of Batista and Angle in the first minutes of the match. Looks like you're saving the high end moves for later on, which is fine with me. Batista uses his strength to get the advantage, and dominates Angle near the middle. This si getting interesting, see as both men are going at it to the fullest. Angle uses his submission moves, and finally, both men's moveset starts coming into play. So far, this match has been nothing short of incredible. Definitely a contender for Best Match on the BTB Awards. This has been almost as good as the RAW Main Event, but the length of their encounter being only 15 minutes hurts this match a bit. Angle tries for some high risk moves, and finally, Batista is being dominated. Some back and forth, and no! The end comes slowly with the win of Kurt Angle! I wanted Batista to win, but oh well. This match was awesome. Definitely what I was waiting for, but it did lack a longer length. Other than that, good use of their movesets, interactions with the surroundings, and so forth, this was excellent. A little slow, but I like that. The aftermath was great, and the Heel turn for Batista was predictable. An awesome ending to a great PPV.
Your second PPV, definitely improved. The beginning matches kinda faultered, especially the first match in which the flow was horrendous. It start to get better towards the middle matches. The ending matches were definitely the grace of the PPV, especially the Main Events. The promos were there, and some were good, while others were average. Batista/Angle could've used some more build-up though, as RAW had more momentum to it. Great PPV effort, ddmrko. Thoroughly, I enjoyed it. 9/10