Review for Renegade’s Smackdown Recap
Benoit vs. JBL
I was correct with my prediction last week in semifinal match #1, with Jericho providing the distraction, sidetracking JBL and enabling Benoit to lock in the Crossface. This was definitely a quality booking move, which will add more fuel to the fire of the JBL/Jericho feud that you’ve already developed well in the past few shows. If Benoit were to win this tournament, I’d be very intrigued to see what you have in mind for his one on one match with Angle, considering the classics they’ve already put out. I’m sure if you’re planning on having Benoit win the tournament, you have something new and creative for what would be their upcoming title match. Glad to see that JBL vs. Jericho was officially added so quickly to the No Mercy card, to confirm the inevitable.
I wonder if Heyman is playing mind games with Angle as a way to subliminally signal that he may be screwing him out of the title down the line. Either that or he’s just toying with him for his own personal enjoyment, I can’t tell.
A triple threat match with one member from each of the tag teams in the upcoming Tag Title match at No Mercy is a solid match to have here. Mercury thinks he has the match won but Vito steals it, pinning Harris. I didn’t expect Harris to get pinned here, as he’s someone that could legitimately be built up as a singles competitor. But, right now he’s in the tag title scene so I don’t disagree with the decision. The FBI gains some much needed momentum as up until now, I didn’t view them as an even remotely legitimate threat to win the belts.
The US title scene continues to be nothing short of chaotic as three potential challengers come out and beatdown the title holder, Matt Hardy. Lashley comes out to make the save and it appears he may be interested in the US title as well. Now with four people involved as potential challengers at No Mercy, I’m intrigued to see what you do with the US Title picture, that right now appears very clustered.
Randy Orton and Booker T receive a gift from Heyman, as they are handed two jobbers to dominate for a couple of minutes until they decide they’ve had enough. Orton scores the pinfall with the RKO as they make a statement to Raw by showing their talents. Orton & Booker T vs. Austin & Sting at No Mercy is certainly intriguing and creative.
Kurt Angle is given Nunzio as his mystery opponent as yet another joke of an opponent to the Olympic Gold Medalist delivered by Paul Heyman. The FBI tries to get involved but AMW runs down to attack them and Angle picks up the easy victory after an Angle Slam and an Ankle Lock. I hope Nunzio drops the belt to someone credible that can build up the Cruiserweight Title in the very near future, as Angle’s frustration over the lack of competition when he’s facing the CW champion makes it appear very lackluster.
It looks like my hopes may have been answered as Paul London threatens that he will be taking the Cruiserweight title. I would be all for him taking the belt at No Mercy. After this brief segment, Finlay is interviewed as he shows his frustration over losing to Benoit in the quarterfinals of the tournament. I laughed when the Little Bastard slapped Kristal’s ass, random and hilarious.
Batista vs. Brock Lesnar
For the second consecutive week, a battle of monsters in the main event. Lesnar hits an F-5 on Batista, sending him shoulder first into the ring post (very nice spot), leading to Batista not being able to take him up for the Batista Bomb (excellent follow up on the F-5 spot), enabling Lesnar to hit another F-5 for the pinfall to advance to the finals.
I nailed both of my predictions for the semifinals and I’m guessing that Lesnar will go over Benoit to win the tournament and face Angle at No Mercy. Last week, they had a brief interaction backstage and at the time I thought that could foreshadow something in the near future, as Lesnar has been the only one from the tournament to have any interaction with the Champion in recent weeks. Overall, though it was recapped, it still did a quality job of advancing feuds and building them up nicely. I’m very excited for No Mercy and I can’t wait to see who will be facing Angle for the title.
Originally Posted by Renegade™
thaphenom01 I am SO SORRY, I completely forgot about ya last week, but this week I'll definately remember to get a return review up for ya.
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