DDMac's SmackDown Feedback
~ Sorry this is a tad late, Mac
Anyway, onto one of your most hotly anticipated shows in a long time, since we're finally going to get some interaction between the Champ Batista and the challenger Kennedy. I think I've probably said it before, but I truly love the way you have been building this feud. It's obvious that their Wrestlemania match up is not going to be all that great, but you've countered that little problem by making the build up, promos and such, all top notch. This opening promo was a great way to kick things off. Stephanie was pretty darn good here, even though she isn't all that great as a face. I have been liking the way you write crowd interaction, especially every time Kennedy is mentioned. He has such a workable face gimmick it's unbelievable. Naitch kind of stole the show at the beginning by doing his schtick of introducing Big Dave. That's another thing, I'm loving that little nickname for 'Tista: Big Dave. It really fits his heel character well. The way you write Ric Flair is beautiful, and I'm so glad you stuck him with Batista in the Main Event feud, since it gives him all the exposure he deserves. Naitch has been kind of saying the same stuff each week though, as KK alluded to, but I guess thats called mind games. The way you are writing Kennedy as a face, I could really see him getting VERY over with younger fans, mainly because of the way he is such an arrogant rebel. His little bit was good, especially the moment when in all seriousness he told 'Tista he would beat him. I'm sure he will too. One thing I'm a little uncertain of though, and it's probably my knowledge of American slang, but I don't know what "pie faced" is. Does it mean that Batista spat in his face or something? You might need to clear that up for me
~ Ah, good to see the Cruiserweight division getting back on track outside of the Daniels/Rey/Chavo feud. I wondered if after his little feud with Cena you might elevate Sabin into the mid card, but he will serve well as a face to bolster the CW's. I'm a fan of Kash's, so it's good that this wasn't a squash. Also, I didn't miss the note that these two would play a role in the CW ranks after Wrestlemania, which has erased any fears I had.
~ Great interview from Triple H next, throwing in his patented intensity that prevents him from ever becoming generic or dull. His mockery of The Rock has been a real treat over the last few weeks, and last week you made him look like the fucking man when he took out Kane so easily. Here's the thing, you got me EXTREMELY excited by the formal challenge to a Wrestlemania match, but I really wasn't expecting it even now, and I REALLY wasn't expecting it to end up being No Holds Barred. Seeing as though Hunter + Gimmick Matches tends to = Awesome results, I think we could very well have our Wrestlemania MOTN right there. If The Rock doesn't accept then I'll be damned.
~ Another great match up tonight. You are really stacking up some exciting matches on your weekly shows. I personally think Helms and Benjamin are the best team you have right now. No real surprise to see Daniels and Danger screw Chavo and Mysterio, but I would have thought that Chavo would get the edge heading into SNME, where he is losing. A major win for Shelton/Helms though, which could very well throw them back in the tag team hunt.
~ Another awesome promo tonight, this time from John Cena. Kind of like Kennedy is as a face, Cena is working well as a heel because he is acting outlandish and offensive like he did in '03 when he feuded with The Undertaker about having no respect. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Cena calls Undertaker out at SNME. I can see Cena attacking him in some way, or at least I hope so. 'The Boss' is nearly as good a moniker as 'Big Dave' by the way. Almost...
~ Is that the second time you've used the Hart/Austin match in the Wrestlemania recall? Well, no complaints here, since it is pretty awesome, just edging out Owen/Bret from '94 for my favourite Wrestlemania match of all time.
~ Wow, this is probably one of the best nights shows in terms of matches that you have ever written. Finlay versus Regal is a hell of a treat. I'm glad that you gave this a clean finish, since I was constantly expecting a run in from Booker or Lashley. Finlay goes over the U.S Champ? There has to be some kind of U.S title match at W'Mania, so I'm still calling Rega/Finlay/Booker/Lashley in a Fatal Four Way. Nice aftermath too, hinting at some tension and animosity between Lashley and Finlay at SNME thanks to inadvertent Spear.
~ Ah yes, I thought it was a bit odd that Daniels would get the better of Chavo heading into SNME, so I guess this segment flipped everything on its head. Chavo was nothing special really, but since you added some intensity into his speech, it made it better. This feud has really come into its own, with it being made personal with the Guerrero theme. Daniels was good, and is in the vain od many a heel as a disrespectful youngster. I wasn't expecting Daniels or Danger to come out, but they came through the crowd in a heelish way, but still get their asses handed to them by Chavo and Rey. It's a real shame the match at SNME won't be in full, since it could be a real classic. Last SmackDown! for Chavo too
~ Another good match up tonight, though not quite up the incredibly high standards of the first three. Lashley dominates but ends up losing thanks to Sharmell. It looks as though the heel team has done quite well heading into SNME, since Regal got the last laugh after losing, so I think they might lose to Lashley/Finlay. Booker's words before the match about Regal being "humble" may got some more to breaking up the final remnants of the Court I feel.
~ Wow, I'm surprised to see Shelton and Helms getting some decent exposure tonight. A huge win and a backstage segment? Perhaps things are looking up. I'd personally let Helms do all a=of the talking out of this pair, since he is pretty good on the mic, whilst Benjamin is quite bad. Huge match set up for next week, which I can see coming to a No Contest of some description, since a multi team match may be on the cards for Wrestlemania. This segment did scream of filler a bit though.
~ Thanks for pointing out that J.R and King are in the WWE studios like Styles and Tazz were on Raw. I suppose that was for my benefit. I must have missed it on Raw
~ This was a huge main event quite literally (
), and settles a kind of mini feud between Kane and Triple H. Hunter and Batista would have had to do quite a lot of carrying, although Kane can hold his own. Lol at Henry getting a pop when he comes in. That would be something to see. I thought perhaps that 'Tista and Trips would beat these two cleanly to cement their dominance, but that wouldn't have made the Monsters Collide match look too good, so a decent enough choice with the DQ. A wonderful aftermath too, with the carbon copy from Raw, this time with Raw's HBK and Edge jumping the railing. The bit with Flair getting punched back and forth by KK, HBK and Edge was great, and the classic Flair Flop made me grin. Naitch is so entertaining. Strange, with the face team getting the better of Evolution here tonight, that might point to a heel victory come SNME. But with The Rock returning, I still the face team is going to take it, and what a match it should be.
Overall this was probably one of the best shows of yours I have read, since not only did you stack the card with your usual array of quality promos, but we all got 5 excellent matches and a PPV worthy aftermath. SNME is going to be great. Your spelling and grammar was fine also. Top notch job, mate
FINAL Card for Saturday Night’s Main Event:
Date: March 10th, 2007
Location: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Evolution Reunites For One Night Only: Eight Man Tag Team Match:
World Champ Batista, WWE Champ Randy Orton, Triple H, & Ric Flair
vs. Edge, Mr. Kennedy, Shawn Michaels, & The RETURNING Rock
Intercontinental Championship Match:
vs. Rob Van Dam
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Title vs. Career:
vs. Chavo Guerrero
vs. Trish Stratus
Tag Team Match:
King Booker & U.S. Champ William Regal vs. Finlay & Bobby Lashley