JBL’s situation in this thread has been really perplexing me since WrestleMania, he’s been floating around, giving the McMahons (mainly Stephanie) a lot of grief, trying to push himself into title contention, and perhaps at the same time, looking for two people to back him up as a nominee for the SD election. Not sure where the harassment is leading to mind, but as always, I’m fascinated to see what direction this goes.
Anyway, looks to me the direction of this promo was mainly to get Layfield a bit of screen time, play up his quest for a title shot, and at the same time give a bit of hype for the Judgment Day title scenario. Expected annihilation of each of the current contenders to the throne. Perfect characterization of JBL throughout the run down, with the worked shoot comments peppered into the promo - standard JBL.
Little Miss Sunshine
Looks like Edge wants to hear first hand what the loudmouth has to say about him, and this ought to be a massive collision of egos. Nice ballsy attitude from the champ, going verbally toe to toe with JBL.
Edge: No, ‘cause that wouldn’t have suited your “Angry man in a suit” gimmick, would it?
Loved that line. Definitely two trains of thought from (arguably) the top two heels on the brand, with Edge defending his ‘actions louder than words’ philosophy of dealing with Shane, and JBL sort of arguing that stance, pointing out Shanes indifference on the champion.
Then, just as it looked like JBL had got one up on Edge …
Edge: Cute. Real cute. Y’know, John, you’ve really changed your tune from earlier. Just five minutes ago you were blasting all four of my possible opponents this Sunday as not “worthy” of this title, and now… now you saying they’re gonna win it?
Excellent comeback. It’s been a verbal war, and it’s a nice dynamic they’ve got here, and it’s something fresh to Smackdown, as the last few weeks have seen Edge bouncing around, with short, sharp showdowns with his chasing pack. Some wonderful lines, plenty of sharp dialogue, and in a way, I hope this is something that develops long term into a feud, possibly with an Edge face turn to make the feud work, as going by the promo here, it could be lightning on the stick between these two.
Then, to close out proceedings, we got a nice little Rey Mysterio run in to cast our minds back to the here and now, focusing more on Judgment Day again, with the U.S Champ getting a nice little bit of a rub. Whilst the majority of the segment focused outside of the Judgment Day scenario, it was touched upon enough times to make it relevant, and kept fresh in the minds of what’s to come on Sunday. The other big positive was that it wasn’t another of the big, massive promos that you had a few weeks ago with all five guys saying their bit, getting rather messy. The dialogue between JBL and Edge was electric here too.
Another awesome match up between MNM and the Hooligans. Going to a time limit draw last week was spectacular, and this one picked up nicely from that point, with another lengthy contest. Another non-finish was fine for me, as it’s naturally building to a pay off, so I’ll be patient. I’d say MNM and the Hooligans are victorious at Judgment Day, as the focus has been on the two teams not being able to co-exist, so naturally, I see them managing to do just that, and pin Danny or Doug to book a title shot with the champs.
Southern accent on the blonde lady?? Could it be Michelle McCool that’s been annoying me in the last few weeks with her not being revealed as Albrights sidekick?? Hopefully I’ve just deciphered a clue as to her identity…
Enjoyed the conversation between Albright and Kash here, as they appeared to be on the same page. “It aint illegal cause she‘s my sister”. LMAO. Some great lines from Kash, and for once, I’d say Albright was overshadowed in the promo stakes. An extended alliance would be quite good if you ask me, as I sense quite a bit of chemistry between the two.
Glad that you touched on Batistas lack of support for Mysterio last week here, although the opening portion of the conversation was a little awkward, as I just couldn’t imagine Rey threatening to ‘drop’ Booker. Still, you made the point in the end, and it looks like it’s something that’s been weighing on the mind of Rey for the last week too. Hopefully, we see further development later.
Surely Shannon would’ve been looking to avenge his actual friend, Matt Hardy too?? Missed a step there bud. Didn’t expect anything other than a brief squash, but it was a slightly disappointing lead in for Kennedys match up with Hardy at Judgment Day. Had hoped we’d hear from Matt, even through a ‘via satellite’ home interview type of deal. Feud has lost a bit of steam due to the lack of any real build these last two weeks, but the match on PPV should deliver.
Bout time we got the stipulation announcement tbf…
Right decision was made for Kash to get the win over Holly. It’s no secret that Holly is only getting a bit of spotlight to put Albright over, and Kash could well take back the CW title at Judgment Day. The fact that KK could a (fairly) clean win here, is a testament as to how far the CW division has come since you’ve rejuvenated it on Smackdown.
Thank god. Looking forward to seeing how Punk debuts, as it’s been hyped from right after WM. A very long time for a hype video to keep playing. I’m positive he’ll not disappoint, and indeed, I’m positive he’ll be a major player on Smackdown by the end of the year.
Nice ownage of Tazz on Cole during the Albright entrance
. And once more, Brent does his own bit of owning, running down Jobber Holly. I loved the hint at Deliverance though when talking about Noble (assuming that’s what you were getting at with ‘squeal’).
Oh boy, no messing from Noble. Physical contest from the get go, and genuinely, it’s the first real look at Albright the fans have had, with an actual contest to get their teeth sunk into. It’s a chinlock OF DOOM~!! FTW. No other way around it I’m afraid. Just like Albright owns, the chinlock is OF DOOM~!! Always. Bit of bother for Noble, unsuccessfully trying to exert his power game, and it’s perhaps in the end what cost him the contest at this point. With his determination to nail his power moves, it was just as bad for Albright, who ended up getting tunnel vision seemingly, and going for nothing but the arm, giving Noble a way back. Ultimately though, none of that matters, as Kash is the deciding factor (Lovely mind games, reminding the hot head he cant be touched). Fascinating match, and I’d love to see a PPV rematch down the road one day, as I got the feeling you enjoyed that one. Tremendous action, from a guy at the top of his game (Noble) and a guy on a fast track to superstardom (OWNS).
The aftermath just served to put an exclamation point on a spectacular CW feud, which I still don’t think will be done come Judgment Day.
Nothing much going on here with JBL and Finlay.
See above, and replace JBL and Finlay with Batista. Odd interview with the wounded Animal, that is clearly in a horrible state of mind. Cant take much away from it, but am slightly disappointed that Rey didn’t confront him on this show about his actions (or lack of) last week. Still, his fall from grace up until this point has been handled superbly, so I have little reason to think anything will change.
Interesting to see Rey and Dave seemingly being okay, and Cole offering us an explanation on his disappearance was good, and should clear things up for now, although I’d be surprised if anyone actually buys that excuse.
Edge conducts the usual “body search” on all four men, though he seems to have the most fun with Mysterio, who angrily snatches the World Champion’s hand away from his face, getting a laugh from Booker and Finlay.
Good action, although the match is certainly a notch below the earlier tag contest and Noble vs. Owns. Still, nice touch of comedic intervention, as heels going head to nuts always gets a laugh. Couple of hot tags too between the faces, as we regularly get in longer tag matches. Now, Big Dave getting the second hot tag suggests a heel win, courtesy of the ‘streak’ Dave is currently on.
Had to expect a ref bump at some point, although I didn’t see it coming from Booker at all. Another more predictable ref bump from Big Dave, eventually allowing Booker to score the win, ends the melee. Big win for the over the hill veteran, whilst Big Dave seemingly is tumbling further down the totem pole. Not a good look going into a PPV for Batista. The action afterward was simply off the chart. Some wonderful counters, reversals, sneak attacks, and in the end … it’s Finlay standing tall. Loved reading that, loved it. Sets it all up tremendously for Judgment Day.
Paul Heyman: Thank you, Miss McMahon, thank you very much, and may I add how radiant you’re looking this evening? Blooming. Now, as I’m sure you’re aware, Miss McMahon, in our agreement with your brother, Mr. Shane McMahon, it was decided that should my client, Mr. Bobby Lashley, be successful over Batista, then not only would my client, Mr. Bobby Lashley, be rewarded with a rematch with this gentlemen here… (indicates ‘Taker) but… we would get to choose the stipulation.
A hint at Stephanie being close to popping out a child?? It’s only two months away at this point. Anyway, Heyman was at his assured best throughout the segment, brilliantly brimming with confidence, over-confidence. Heyman hinting toward Taker fearing Lashley without quite saying it was brilliant too, sarcastically ripping into his one appearance in two months.
Paul Heyman: You’re so desperate - you’re so desperate, Mr. Undertaker, to find out what our chosen stipulation is, you’re so desperate for another piece of my client, Mr. Bobby Lashley, that since WrestleMania you have only graced us with your “holier than thou” presence… ONCE! ONE STINKING TIME, UNDERTAKER
Had to look up Boris Karloff.
. Didn’t give Taker a lot to say (good thinking) but what he did say was well written, and in typical Taker fashion. With all the talk from Heyman basically breaking the fourth wall, and laughing at Takers persona, are you planting the seeds for an eventual return to the much more workable American Badass gimmick?? Hopefully…
Last Man Standing?? Works for me. Just cant tell if this is part 2 … or the final chapter to this feud. Either way, I’m sold on Judgment Day on the basis of this angle, and that’s a testament, considering Taker has made TWO appearances in the last two months. Yet, this is still the feud to see. I guess we can attribute that success to the awesomeness of Paul Heyman.
In the end, a terrific lead in to Judgment Day, with Paul Heyman carrying the hype for the Last Man Standing match. Thought you delivered the announcement superbly, although I still question leaving the announcement to the very last minute. Still, it’s something very different from what we’re used to seeing, so credit for that. And, most people probably only make up their minds on the last day or two before the event, so it’s hardly a cardinal sin.
Predictions to follow when needed … and I’m sure I’ll have a couple of
interesting predictions when the time comes.