When there is no proper opening with the fireworks and all that, usually it means something very important is going to go down, and that is what I believed happened here. Mysterio was himself, and it was smart having him during the opening with it being in his hometown and all that, and Shane McMahon immediately intrigued me here. Was he being sarcastic, or was he being serious, Iím not sure yet? Anyway, itís something thatís got me looking forward to what I assume will be the main event, when Mysterio defends the United States Championship against Booker T.
Wow, what a great match up to start the show. I find myself mentioning the same stuff every time I review a show of yours, but I just canít help myself, your match recaps, along with a handful of other bookers, are the only ones I find worth reading, and trust me, that is a big compliment. Anyway, to say I was shocked with Finlay picking up the win would be a huge under statement, as I just thought Batista was the bigger name, and would pick up the victory pretty comfortably. The way Finlay one, having a spare shillelagh stashed was clever, and I guess itís a nice way to keep Batista credible, while also keeping his losing streak going. Oh yes, I havenít forgot about the losing streak, and I know that eventually The Animal will be unleashed, and when it happens I know it will be brilliant.
Short and sweet from Booker T, and even though he would clearly want Batista to lose, and be softened up for the PPV, would he really be happy if Finlay, another one of his opponents, was looking so good? I hope they have some kind of deal going, and we find out exactly what is up later on, but at the moment, Booker just seemed a little off being happy for Finlay.
Second short and sweet backstage event in a row, something I am not used to you doing, to be honest
. Usually your promoís have more detail, even your backstage segments, and you give us a lot more closure, however with that being said, just like the one before it, this Batista bit was good to be short, as it was meant to be straight to the point. He is not going to talk too much, he is going to let his actions speak for him, and when he finds Finlay later on, or when he saves Mysterio from a Booker/Finlay attack, it is going to be on for the ages. I hope my predictions are right.
Every time I see or read that Heyman is near a microphone in this thread I canít help but get excited. Once again, as per usual, you nailed his character spot on, and his teasing of the stipulation being revealed, along with the insults of ĎTaker, and the ass kissing of McMahon was all typical Heyman. Also, Iíve probably said this about thirty times, but Lashleyís silence is something I love, it makes him seem like more of a machine. I remember reading one of your ĎMania reviews, or at least I think it was one of them, and somebody likened Lashley to the terminator, and itís kind of true, because he just shows no emotion at all. I never thought Lashley would be one of the most interesting characters in a BTB, but boy have you changed my opinion of that. With how good he is going, and how good Big Show is going on Raw, you are proof that anybody can be entertaining depending on the way they are booked.
I enjoyed the extra bit of attitude that Albright was displaying this week in his usual before the match speech. The insults at Holly were great bringing up the old Sparky days, but what was probably line of the night was the one where he said Holly was just a door mat for guys like him. I loved it because it is just so true. Great work here, this one was probably on par with Heyman, I just really enjoyed it. I think this is the best Albright promo you have written so far in this thread.
at Big Vito even being in the same match as Albright. Another good win for Albright, and the extra taunting on Holly, just to add some more fuel to the fire. I have an issue though, itís probably my first one for the night so now this is officially no longer an ass kissing fest, although itís not really anything you have done wrong itís more my curiosity. Who the hell is this blonde lady? :@
Can you hurry up and bring CM Punk in now please, you have hyped him up enough, Iím getting sick of wanting him to debut, to be honest
Hardcore Holly on the microphone was typical Holly, even with you writing him, he came off a little boring. At least we know that the match will take place at Judgment Day now, as I believe that was the main purpose of this segment, and Albright was good here again, showing his confidence.
An interesting meeting here between Booker T and Edge. I didnít read last weeks Smackdown so Iím not sure as to exactly what is going on, but Iím totally confused as to why these two guys are even associating with each other, despite the fact that they are both heels.
, I found Edge trying to speak black to be very funny. Anyway, no interference is good, as it means we will see Booker/Mysterio go at ti hard, although after the match I feel a brawl coming. Also, take back what I said about why they are associating, I forgot Booker could end up facing Edge at Judgment Day, sorry Ďbout that
at Regal on commentary. Tazz called him BillÖ
Another pretty awesome match, however I didnít enjoy reading this recap all that much. Anyway, The Hooligans who have always been faces and the newly turned tweeners in MNM go at it, and I was waiting for what I thought was the inevitable interference from The champions and The Bashams, but it never came, so, uhhh, clearly it was not the inevitable. Time limit draw builds the respect between these two teams, which will help them coexist at Judgment Day, so I actually think this match was rather intelligent. Only thing I didnít like was Regal on commentary after the match, I doubt he would compliment the other wrestlers on their performance, he would more then likely call them dirty toe rags who were no where near as good as him.
Kid Kash continues to slowly get a mental edge over Noble in this feud, itís a trend that has been going on pretty much since ĎMania, and it looks to me as if Noble is about to snap. I can see this Cruiserweight feud continuing with Noble losing by disqualification at Judgment Day, as it really does seem as if Kash is setting him up for that. Kash using security for back up would just piss Noble off more, no contact until JD means Noble will need to hurt Kash even more. I feel as if everything is pointing towards a DQ or dirty finish, although I could be wrong. On a side note, geez you write rednecks well.
The Judgment Day advertising is not as good as the Backlash one, but that doesnít mean itís not good.
I really enjoyed reading the Kennedy attack on FunakiÖ Damn, I love the sadistic side of Kennedy, this exclusive interview should be a good read.
Mr Kennedy was awesome here, back to the way I love him being written. I thought perhaps over the past few weeks you had focused to much on his sadistic side and had taken away some of his arrogance, but the racist jokes early on here, which were funny, really made me happy to see Kennedy back to his best. Then when the time was right, you made him go serious and perhaps a tad sadistic when he got a little graphic about what he wanted to do to Matt Hardy. Seriously, probably a perfectly written promo, good work.
Jamie Noble getting some mic time here was definitely something that I did not expect, although that does not mean that I am complaining. Like I said earlier, you write him and Kash so well, and it was no different here. The message to Kash was okay, although I feel it should have been a little longer, I canít go into specifics because Iím not sure myself, but this promo felt as if there was something missing. One thing I loved was the early shot at The Dicks.
INTESNITY, with the attack on The DicksÖ
Wow, both the McMahons, Shane and Stephanie have really laid down their authority as of late, Iím not sure whether or not I like the move or not yet. Anyway, the title changing hands on a DQ really takes out my prediction, and I guess Noble will be retaining now. Either way, I guess Steph was decent enough, as she was able to keep her business tone, although Iíd mark if you turned her into the full on whining heel.
Noble with the easy win, showing just how brutal he isÖ Great way to send a message to KashÖ
at Tazz laughing at Chad Dick, canít blame him really.
JBL and Stephanie continue to go at it week by week, and usually Iíd just say this is another good segment, as it was, but I feel as if this segment represented a turning point in their bickering. Everything seems to be going hill for The McMahonís, and things continue to go down hill for Steph here. This storyline has been going for a pretty long time, and I have to say, JBL I think will get what he wants soon enough. Keep up their bickering for a little while longer though, please, I love it.
Nice to remind us of history of Mysterio and Booker, although it probably should have been done a little bit earlier in the night, rather than right before the match, because I feel as if this match has gotten forgotten a little bit.
Awesome main event. Well written recap, and both guys looked strong, with Booker still able to look strong despite not picking up the victory. Mysterio continues to be on his roll, and I can see him making a big impact at Judgment Day. Good work.
Nice attack written after the match with Finlay, Booker and Edge all getting one up on Mysterio. Makes them seem very hated as they are nothing but bullies, and donít think I am forgetting Batistaís absence. Youíre planting the seeds for ĎThe Animalí inside of Batista to grow and this like this are just helping it move along. Nice ending to the show, anyway.
Overall, a very fun SD, as things to continue to draw closer to JD. I still find Raw more entertaining at this point as itís more in your face, although I know that SD is really going to benefit with the long term storylines you have going on here. Your SDís are stilla joy to read, and JD is looking pretty good for a transitional stage on the blue brand. Keep it up, k.