Renegade's Unforgiven Review
First off let me just say this is the PPV of yours that I have reviewed so please excuse me if I make some errors. Anyway, onto the review...
Charlie Haas (c) vs. AJ Styles
Okay, this was the perfect way to kick off the PPV with an Intercontinental, but still gripping rivalry coming to a head. Leading into the match I had AJ Styles as the favourite following his previous loss at Summerslam. You built on that match here, increasing the pace of the moves to accurately represent the styles of the two competitors. Haas tended to apply submissions or extended grapples when AJ was gaining some momentum, so it served realistically to curb the pace. AJ had the best of the opening exchanges following some knife edge chops and your writing sounding like the crowd was really getting behind him. As expected in such a match, the heel Haas took control in the middle area, slowing the pace slightly, but the ending was just frentic, as AJ began to mount a comeback. The German Suplex reversal into the Pele Kick brought a smile to my face, and I was fairly certain that he was going to win it with the Spiral Tap. The roll through on the Vertical Exploder was a particularly humiliating defeat for Haas to suffer. Is there a worse way to lose a title then when you are seemingly in control? So, AJ picks up the win - yay! - and we have a new Intercontinental Champion. Though I can see Haas having at least one more shot at the belt, I expect AJ to hold it for a while now and for Haas to, possibly, ascend even further up the card. 9/10
The following promo featuring the New Age Outlaws and Matt Striker was very impressive. Firstly it is an inspired idea to play the two gimmicks off against one another: the teacher and the degenerates. A good old fashioned PPV comedy segment for sure that could be followed by some later segments down the line. The way Billy Gunn and Road Dogg kept switching the sign behind Striker's back was great, as was the appearance of Ron Simmons at the end to eject Striker.8/10
World Tag Team Championships
The Dudley Boyz vs. Cade & Jindrak (c)
The feud leading into this bout hasn't been the strongest but you pulled out a fairly entertaining contest here. In my opinion the Dudleys have always looked a little weak in standard tag team encounters, but you have recently injected them with a real fury and brutality that would definately get them over with the crowd. Bubba was especially vocal throughout the match, and he must have slapped Cade's chest about fifty times! That has to hurt! It was obviously a little slow paced to begin with but it picked up rapidly towards the end, as soon a Dvon managed to tag in Bubba after a lengthy beatdown from Cade and Jindrak. I wasn't really expecting any tables to be introduced, so from that perspective it wasn't a disappointment. In heel fashion of course Cade used the title belt to help get the win. There is nothing better than an old fashioned heel belt shot in my opinion. I was wrong with this outcome then, as I had anticipated new champs. However, Cade and Jindrak are playing their heel champions role very well at the moment - or rather you are writing them very well - so I look forward to their future.
Whoops, how could I miss that little revenge at the end? What would a Dudley match be without some table carnage? Great way to end the match, exactly what I wanted to see.7/10
I'll start by saying I applaud your pairing of Monty Brown and Coach, that is very original. This was a nice promo to hype their up and coming match against Carlito, with Coach obviously centre of attention as he praises his new client. Coach was in character here and I'm afraid I have to agree with the man: Monty's going to win. This promo was nicely slotted in between matches well here; it fitted.7/10
Monty Brown vs. Carlito
I really liked this match, Adam (hope I got your name right?), as the relationship between Coach and Monty Brown kind of reminded me of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar when they first came to the WWE. It was a straight up power versus speed encounter to begin with, with Monty doing such things as throwing CCC out of the turnbuckle and catching him in mid air from a Crossbody. Carlito's suicide dive sounded brutal when you wrote it, so he understandably could not make the pin fall following the Backcracker. Here followed a moment of highs and lows for me; firstlt, the low came when CCC actually had Monty beat. That kind of ruined Monty's image a little bit I felt, but I suppose it did work in setting up what came next. Coach getting apple in his face was a true gem and the blindside Pounce for the win was good too. I had though Monty would win this match and receive a push, but I had assumed that it would be a impressively clean victory.8/10
No Mercy was hyped well here, though it was just your everyday, standard PPV promo. That being said, I do tend to notice when these are done poorly, so you did a good job here. The Smackdown tournament should be interesting.7/10
Intriguing promo between Hardcore Holly and Paul Heyman next. There seems to be some friction between these two supposed allies that cannot bode well for the impending match. Heyman's phone call at the end has me thinking that neither Rhino or Hardcore Holly will be leaving as Champion tonight.7/10
Rhyno vs. Hardcore Holly
Wow! That was one hell of a match up! It was brutal to begin with, as Holly and Rhyno beat the holy hell out of each other. The lighter fluid in the eyes was a particularly nice touch, as what the sickening Rhyno Driver through the Steel Chair. Holly did seem to be slightly dominating the match until Rhyno nailed Foley by mistake. Foley always gets nailed doesn't he? Silly man. So, Heyman's plan was wonderfully revealed as Randy Orton and Booker T and their goons came out. This was a nice touch, as they all beat down Rhyno, and it adds a real sense if importance to the Hardcore Championship, with both GM's desperate to keep it on their show. Ol' Stone Cold shows up of course, which I really didn't expect. I think Austin is always late for these things though. It was excellent the way he 'let' Holly go... only for Bob to be Gored! Excellent! And we finish with a great beer bash too. I'll admit I picked Holly for the win here, so good call.9/10
Fairly entertaining Christian promo, as he does his arrogant routine and insults his opponents. I liked his digs at the entire roster at one point, as he insults AJ Styles, Rhyno, Triple H etc. all in one breath. This guy really will have no friends left soon.8/10
Triple Threat Match
Shelton Benjamin vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Christian w/Tomko
I didn't think you would improve on the Hardcore match but you proved me wrong straight away with a thrilling clash between three great superstars. The opening exchanges were very funny, with Christian double crossing Shelton and the Shelton double crossing Christian. It seems as though heels really cannot get along. They did double team RVD alot though, which was expected, as it made the only face involved look much stronger. You got in all of the trademark moves, such as my personal favourite, the spinning leg drop onto the barrier. Also, the old "Tomko ejection" was thrown in for good measure too. As the face it was only right that RVD had the match won, before Christian, though not technically cheating, still stole the victory. I saw this as a match of "who will be pushed first?" and it looks as though Christian will be the one receiving that honour.9/10
The Icons Stone Cold and Rock get some attention here, though I found the "Trish stretching" segment hilarious as well. I've seen this done before and I have never really liked the way Austin and Rock are so friendly with one another after having such an intense rivalry in the past.7/10
Kane vs. John Cena
This match reminded me of the John Cena of old. The heel from 2003 who we could all bear to like because he was enjoyable as a villain. In particular, this match reminded me of Cena versus Undertaker from Vengeance '03, which is a good compliment because that was a hell of a match. So was this though, as Cena was out powered in the early going by the stronger Kane, only for the opportunistic heel to jump at his opening and concentrate - a lot - on the injured arm of Kane. This is exactly the type of thing a young heel would do and it really boosts Cena's credibility having him seem so savvy and intelligence in the ring. I liked it when Kane sat up during the 5-Knuckle Shuffle, as the look on Cena's face would have been priceless. The ending was a good way to push the youngster, whilst at the same time ensure that the face is not beaten cleanly. The chain shot followed by an FU was a nice touch and, I feel, also ensures that this rivalry will persist.9/10
Good Edge promo next with a very funny moment from Maria believing Edge to be part of U2. Very nice. Overall, this served its purpose well, of hyping the Mixed Tag Team Match next, although at some points Edge's delivery was a little off and he became a tad generic. Not too much though.7/10
Edge & Lita vs. The Rock & Trish Stratus
This was a pretty nice match, or as nice as it could be anyway. I'm not a great fan of mixed tag matches but you seemed to handle this one pretty well. One thing, one thing I keep noticing is when you are writing a match you will say, for example, "Rock hits Edge with a DDT" and straight away go "and then Rock throws Edge into the corner". I think it is a pacing issue, whereby your style of delivery needs to be slowed down in order to maintain that element of realism. Otherwise you run the danger of it becoming very stop-start.
Anyway, the ending to the match was the right outcome in my opinion with the younger stars Edge and Lita picking up the win thanks to Edge spearing the woman. You are pushing the younger guys well in this thread, which is nice to see in a world dominated by Rock and Austin fanatics.6/10
Woah, that was certainly an intense promo from HBK and Vince there. Both men are really at loggerheads. Vince was perfect throughout, but HBK wavered at times when he became a little too aggressive I felt.7/10
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
Well, I guess you don't really need anyone to tell you that that was a brilliant Main Event, but I will anyway: Brilliant, buddy, just, brilliant! It had a hell of a lot of emotion going into the match with Shawn Michaels betraying his friend a selling his soul to Vince McMahon, as well as the extreme amount of tension between HBK and McMahon. It was, of course, a brutal match with lots of weapon usage. As always with writing with weapons, the flow of the delivery was slowed down. But then again, I have never seen a fast paced Last Man Standing match.
The elbow through the table was extreme, but it was more interesting to see Vince coming down and assaulting the ref, and then getting assaulted himself by an extremely unpredictable HBK. Wow, Vince really did get his ass kicked in this match: Sweet Chin Music, a Sledgehammer to the skull and a Pedigree on Steel steps! Poor Vince, he wasn't even in the match. The way it ended was exciting, with Pedigree reverses into SCM, reversed into Pedigree, reversed into SCM, and finally reversed into devastating Pedigree onto a steel chair. The same applies to this match as I commented on in the Edge/Rock match but it wasn't as apparent. I actually had HBK down for the win I think, so you played me well there.10/10
For Matches You Scored - 67/80 = A
For Promos You Scored - 58/80 = B+
Overall - 125/160 = A
Very Well Done, Renegade!