Re: Legend Presents: World Wrestling Entertainment
No Way Out Review (Legend Presents: World Wrestling Entertainment)
I haven't dropped any review, but, I've not been familiar with your BTB, I've been trying to follow your storylines up to here and, I must say, I like you style and like what I'm reading. I'm dropping this No Way Out review quite excited with what I am about to read. It was my pleasure.
S1 (Opening Video + Cole & Taz Intro) = Awesome opening video, I could really see it in my head and picture the superstars in that dark bar that would look more like a saloon, anyways, awesome job with that.
S2 (Kid Ka$h Cruserweight Open) = the Gibson/Funaki match was quite good, although the Gibson Driver on the outside should have taken a lot more out of Gibson than it did, we'll have to wait and see if it comes back to haunt him or his adrenaline rushing through his body like never before, could be! Boy, Gibson is on a roll, that is quite nice indeed, it would be quite something to have Gibson & Kash battle at the very end, a nice mix of styles but, Gibson better eliminate his opponents quickly, or else, Kash will walk in there and run circles around James. Woah, this could have really turned in into an all night affair, but I guess Guido tried to hard and too quickly to get a win over Gibson that it backfired, well S2H's next and I think he's going down as well. Wow, that was quite quick, but, that was a really nice spot, and really showed just how much Gibson is an accomplished pro wrestler. Who's next?! Yikes! What a showing by these two, boy, will Gibson have anything left in him, he's a former ROH Champ but, Kid Kash is no slouch... Oh my, what a great bout. Kash & Gibson will cross paths and this time I hope Kash keeps his feet away from the ropes!! Hope this leads to some more unbelievable action between these two wrestling gems. That was a magnificient exhibition of wrestling brilliance.
S3 (Backstage, Orton) = Good way to build up to the confrontation.
S4 (Blue Bloods v. Mexicools) = Good tag team matchup the way tag team matchups should be. I liked the ending very much so, not too familiar with Burchill's former work but I guess the maneuver he used at the end was a variation of the "Vertebreaker" or "Cop Killa"?! Nonetheless, this was a great contest, boy, the heels are getting their cheap wins here tonight, I smell a huge face win in the works. Side note: Psicosis' injury looks serious, hope it doesn't take him out of action for too long.
S5 (Backstage, Lashley & Heyman) = Boy, do I miss the good ol' days of Heyman & Lesnar! But, this right here made me realize that what Lashley reallys needs right now is a manager like Heyman, because boy, who better than Paul E. to get you heat in the flash of a pan, whilst you wrote something that's far too good for WWE Creative, I can't wait to see how this develops further on in the night.
S6 (Backstage, Kristal & Matt Hardy) = Good, good, good promo right there. I say, give this man the mic! Because he deserves it. Can't wait for the match, it's bound to be brutal and intense, and, maybe we'll have a different outcome then what happened to Flair at the Rumble.
S7 (Finlay v. Lashley) = Boy, that was one beatdown of a match. Too bad it had to end that way, but, I guess if Lashley's going to make an official heel turn tonight, from the looks of it anyways, then, he needed this extra bit of rage to make one of his veins on his chest pop right out. Poor Korderas, first he gets the Money Shot from Val Venis at Summerslam '98, and then this! Is it because he's a french guy???? 'Cause I am and I don't like that!!! (lol)
S8 (Outside, the Triple J's + Long) = Nice to see a segment take place outside of the building for once, hope it wasn't too cold though, Baltimore in February is kind of windy, isn't it? Oh well, Jillian was the probably the only one affected though...
S9 (Backstage, Lashley) = The picture I had in my head was..... ARRRGHH!! GODDZILAAAA!! GODZILAAAAA!!! Hope this leads to something good, because it does smell quite good from where I'm sitting and when something smells good, it's usually because something goods cookin'.
S10 (Booker/Kennedy v. Chavo/Rey) = Boy, I wasn't really looking forward to this match at first, but it turned out to be a brilliant exhibition of wrestling cunning. The size and power of the Book & KK was depicted perfectly in contrast to Chavito & Rey Rey's high flying prowess. The ending was a bit meh, but, in retrospect, played to Mysterio's quickness and ability to pick up wins in the flash of an eye. So, great job there.... are we going to see Chavo screw Rey out of the US title like he did back in 06? The question has been asked.... now, let's see how this turns out and where it'll lead Kennedy to.
S11 (Backstage, Lashley) = What in the name of .... Okay, where is this going?
S12 (Kendrick/London v. MNM) = Awesome bout that finished cleanly in the middle of the ring with the ever so popular spot of "Okay, here's a sick move baby... ohh shoot, that was just a bit too good, now, we lost because we tried to impress people too much". The fact that it ended up being MNM retaining their titles could only mean we could see both of these team wrestle on the grandest stage of them all in an even better contest. Wow, that could be something else.
S13 (Backstage, Orton) = Great, this should be good.
S14 (Backstage, Matt Hardy) = Okay.
S15 (Interview, the Triple J's + Josh M.) = JBL at his best, nothing more to say there. Unless maybe that, even though Hardy's the face here, after hearing JBL, I jsut hope Matt gets beaten up tonight, now that's being more than just a heel right there, that's why he's called a "Wrestling Gawd".
S16 (In the ring, Orton + Long + Bischoff) = A great promo. I wasn't expecting Orton's demand at all and, felt as though with Bischoff coming out, Orton would move over to RAW. But, instead, Orton RKO'ed poor Teddy and putted his "peanut" head right off his shoulders. I don't think Orton'll get what he wants now, but, where will this all lead. The night's not over yet too, but, what about Lashley then?
S17 (Bacsktage, Lashley + Heyman) = Boy, this is getting weirder and weirder, what will be the climax of all this?
S18 (Video Package, JBL & Matt Hardy) = Good recap, this match should be good.
S19 (JBL v. Matt Hardy) = Wow, this match was what their Armageddon bout would have looked like given 10 more minutes. It was exactly what bot these men were all about. Hard-hitting action for JBL & a never say die attitude of Matt Hardy. The ending came out of nowhere, but, this match was looking just about to end when Jillian came into the picture and this all sets up for not only a continuation of the Hardy & JBL feud on SD!, but a Flair v. JBLK match at Mania! I mean, the entrance of the Nature Boy was what probably made this match even better. It compensated for the quick finish and Hardy beatdown and that was great booking through and through.
S20 (Backstage, Long) = Like the angle but would have booked it sooner, makes me wonder how, almost 25-30 minutes later, the ambulance didn't already leave. Did one of Ashley's breasts implant pop out right in front of the EMTs?
S21 (Backstage, Orton) = Same here, like the angle very much, but, I would have placed both of these right after the video package for the Hardy & JBL match. With the match going a full 20 minutes, you can almost forget about this whole incident, especially since the team of Cole & Tazz can't at each turn remind fans of this whole incident, no matter how big it is, or else, jeopardizing the importance of the match at hand. But it doesn't really affect the show at all thus far, I'm a bit harsh sometimes I guess, just want people to suceed flawlessly. Oh well, shame on me.
S22 (Video Package, 'Taker & Batista) = This should be a grueling bout, but an intriguing one too....
S23 (Undertaker v. Batista) = What can I say, this match was what it should have been, back and forth between the two SmackDown! larger than life wrestlers. The Lashley interference is exactly what I was hoping for after a night of "Ministry-esque" Lashley skits, but, even though the Undertaker endured a lot of punishment in this match, ending it with Lashley smashing the Undertaker in the face with steel steps is not what I call a Main Event Caliber Ending. One thing that is quite good, on the upside, is that Lashley didn't stop his attack there. Other positivie point is that this rivalvry between the Animal & the Phenom won't just die out just yet and could last easily a year with all the twist and turns and interlocking challengers to both men. I guess that, since this was No Way Out, a secondary PPV, you hadn't the obligation to put all your eggs into one basket. By saying that, I can't but anticipate the fallout from the robbery on the Undertaker and can only hope that Wrestlemania 22 will be off the hook.
Side note = I like how you've depicted Cole & Taz throughout the show, except for one slight thing, don't make Taz present matches at the opening of the show, it makes him look even more like a corporate midget and makes me die inside just a little bit more thinking of how much of a bad ass he once was.... lol, no but really, colour guys, imb, shouldn't announce matches and stuff, it makes their speech sound cheesy, which it's not supposed to be. But, apart from that, you had the voice mannerisms and expressions right down to a tee, especially for the One Man Crime Spree.
Realism = 8.5/10
Length = 10/10
Quality/Entertainment = 9/10
Spelling/Grammar = 8.9/10
Matches/Booking = 9.5/10
Overall = 90.8/100 (A)