Hello there Mac. Thanks for the review. Twas a pleasure to read and I am glad you enjoyed the show. I’ll answer couple of your inquires about it in a future post. Anyway, I hope you understand that I don’t have the time to actually review each show spot for spot. So I will simply leave my overall thoughts on things as I have perceived them. I have read all the shows, including the latest Raw posted today, pretty much all in full. Just gonna let it roll off the brain, so here goes…
Firstly, I LOVE the current program you are building between Cruiserweight Champ Chris Daniels and Rey Mysterio. Daniels being dominant and Rey the legend, with Daniels using great stabs at Rey to lure him into that ever impending WrestleMania match! The promos have been great from Daniels, and so has been is “stealing” of moves. It will be a phenomenal match, and it’s a fine way of pulling Rey back into the division for a real reason, rather than “just because he’s the weight of a cruiserweight”. I love how you are using Chavo’s career, as it will no doubt be that last straw that brings Rey into the match. I hope that Chavo is actually done in the thread though, and perhaps Rey can “earn” his career back for him. Anyway, I see Rey ending Daniels reign in a five star CW title match on the grand stage.
In a another note, I am expecting to see a Champions vs. Champions match between AMW and Londrick at Mania. Two new sets of Champions, with seemingly no actual direction. I see the Hardyz being a part of MITB, along with RVD and three others, while JBL will go on to face Carlito, after he beats RVD at SNME. JBL=IC Champ at Mania, and man, I LOVE IT!
Onto the match that screams FILLER at Mania, the monsters match. No doubt it’s a good build, and will be an ugly war. Adding Steph and Coach to the mix adds some intrigue, and I am not one who “attacks” the big men like others do, but all in one match may be a stinker. And if ANYONE had anything negative to say about my Triple-A vs. Hogan, Angle & Flair match, in terms of in ring quality, good luck at getting this one over. At least I had Angle and Finlay, Flair and Umaga, all great workers. And again, I am not saying Umaga, Kane, and even Henry and Show in their own right aren’t good workers. But damn, no “No DQ” stip or anything does have me worried.
The Austin and Angle match is being built up wonderfully, and thankfully, you have Angle to carry the action. Austin certainly is not now in 2007, nor has he ever been a “GREAT” worker. He had a GREAT character – unparalleled in the WWE. And he had the ability to put on an electrifying match when the time was right. But then again, so did Hogan TBH. I think often times fans played a part in Austin’s matches being all that good, as in the ring, once he actually became the attitude era Stone Cold, he just wasn’t all that. Only reason I am saying all this to you is because in my thread you said Austin and Flair were the greatest wrestler ever. Flair = YES. Austin = NO. Gimmick, popularity? Yes, but overall, NO. Anyway, now that I’ve wasted our time, this match I have no doubts will come off great, and I can’t wait to see how you work the crowd in it. I am in full belief that if there were in today’s reality, Angle would get a damn fair share of cheering out there, so I hope you include that. Don’t like Coach being involved here as guest ref though. And the ONLY reason is because he’s involved in the Monsters match too. Being a manager like I have Cornette is one thing. But backing these guys from Raw in one match, and being a ref in another, all at Mania seems unrealistic too me. Not for any other show, just for Mania.
Can’t wait for the Rock-Triple H shit to unfold, as it has all the makings of a Mania classic, and one that has surprisingly never happened (unless Wolfy’s Mania 21 results are your Mania 21 results). J/K of course. And the way you’ve put Evolution back together has been superb. The one night only thing at SNME, against their individual adversaries, is just GREAT booking on your part. The promo between Flair, Dave and Trips on Smackdown was scintillating as well. Felt SOOOO realistic. The kind of promo that proves skill IMO. And having Evolution take out the faces on Raw leading into SNME was great too. I predict the faces get some revenge on SD!, with Evolution winning at SNME, leading into most/all of them losing at Mania.
HBK-Orton-Edge at Mania = MOTN. Not much more to say really. It’s gonna rule, and I love the way you factored in the 3 way dance angle. Sadly, I see HBK heading out first. But at least the elimination angle may allow for Edge to gain revenge and win the title! Edge>Orton IMO, so I hope WrestleMania sees a Rated R Champion crowned. Although, I am almost certain you’re the type to have one title retain, as you seem a bit conservative in terms of booking. Plus you’re an Orton fan, so I’m afraid he’ll win. Only problem I am seeing is that Big Dave if for sure losing to Kennedy, so the two title matches have a bit too much predictability IMO.
Loving the possible scenario in the US title scene. Tag match at SNME will be good, and it’s difficult right now for me to tell whether it will be a fatal four way for the title at Mania, or if all four of these guys will instead end up in MITB? Perhaps a one on one US Title match, with two entering MITB? Don’t know yet TBH. Good set of guys floating around the angle though.
Couple weird things to me are the Hardyz and Cena being heels, but whatever. It becomes hard to relate it to reality when I haven’t seen it happen, but no harm, as you’ve used them all well. Cena and Taker’s feud is REALLY shaping up. Loved how you didn’t disregard their past feud, and have included it. And Cena has surely done his part in making you believe he believes he’ll win. Too bad for Cena, he won’t. And if he does, I’ll contemplate never reading you work again! J/K, but Taker trult should NEVER lose. And perhaps the only negative in that for you, is that this gives another match a predictable finish. The fire around the ring on Smackdown was a phenomenal touch. One thing I totally dislike though is your overuse at times of unrealistic curse words. Bastard, SOB, etc are okay for the most part. But when I hear Cena say “SHIT” on Smackdown, it kills it for me tbh. Not that an occasional PPV slip up of that word isn’t okay, but I just think it’s cheap the way you’ve used it, and with the quality of your writing already, its unneeded. Another example was I think Kennedy saying “Means about … DICK”. Just couldn’t stand it tbh, and it harmed the credibility of an otherwise top flight promo.
Must make quick mention of the eerie similarity between our initial plans for Bret Hart. Before the Benoit tragedy, Hart was slated to be a guest ref at my Mania, in a submission match between Benoit & Y2J. He was never slated to be involved in the Vince McMahon match. It was going to be built around him being inducted into the HOF, and agreeing to ref a submission match between two of his Canadian comrades as a treat for the fans etc., with Benoit going over, and the three men showing each other respect in the end. Obviously I scrapped that. Shame too, as the match is written, and awesome, but won’t ever get used. So I went ahead and allowed him to get involved in the Vince match, just as a treat. A bit more unrealistic maybe, but who the hell cares. I say use him Mac. Hell, Wolfy, the greatest booker ever, has used him as GM for two years, and booked him in a Mania match. If people ride his nuts for that, certainly we can use him once. By the way, it was Foley and Batista that took the place of my initial Y2J – Benoit match, with Foley originally slated to guest ref the HHH-Taker match, and Batista originally in MITB. I mean, you wanted to know right?
Can’t wait to see your HOF class. Better be good. Love the Mania banners too. They blow mine away, I am not afraid to admit. Although Kane is in desperate need of moving over. However, I feel mine were good too, especially since I made them myself, with little to no “real” software. Only question I have is how is the Mania arena the background, when it hasn’t happened yet?
I feel as though I forgetting to cover something, but oh well. Onto the “Main Event” of Mania. Dude, it worries me tbh. No doubt, you are building it up SO WELL!! I mean Batista with Flair is being made to look awesome, and I am sure had I been reading longer, it’d come off even better. Same with Kennedy, your building him up SOOOOO well, and had I been reading longer, it’d probably be even better. But I must admit that as a 22 year + fan, I am not the Kennedy mark all others have become, and I personally think his reputation amongst current fans is so blown out of proportion that it is CRAZY! And in fact, I honestly enjoy Kennedy more in your thread, and feel his credibility and build more in your thread, than real life. But this match sitting on top of an otherwise elite card is just not working for me. No doubt it will be a phenomenal show, and I am sure you’ll do something to make it extra special, but going in, it’s worrying me a bit. However, I am marking beyond belief at the idea of Flair taking the belt from Kennedy later on for # 17. MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
Just great shows Mac, from a great booker. You are up there with the best I’ve seen in terms of presentation and sheer skill. And I have not always been known to throw praise lightly. I really think you are that good, and I really cannot wait to continue on reading this thread. SNME is gonna rule, Mania will dominate, and in the mean time, I can’t wait for SD!