Judgment Day Feedback
I’ve only been waiting forever for this, so it better deliver. Punk winning on the pre-show before his debut is a good start.
The video package was also very nice, playing well on the featured feuds, while also keeping on theme with the actual PPV. JBL on commentary, btw? Awesome.
Starting off with the fatal four way seems to be the right way to go, as you obviously have to give the winner some time to recover, plus it’s an exciting way to kick things off. I know you want to get Edge involved, but him distracting the combatants right at the beginning seemed a bit pointless. Kind of shows his character, but not really needed. Batista’s continued selfish attitude is interestingly used, while I’m surprised you didn’t have the heels assault the faces, although I guess it shows Booker’s attitude well. The two faces starting full of energy was a good way to go, while I also liked the way in which they took their foes down; Batista with strength and Rey with speed. Finlay picking his spot well from there was nice, giving us just a tease of Rey and Batista facing off, while having the faces get a bit more offense in early seemed right, especially the big dive from Rey. The action from there was smooth, up until the confrontation between Rey and Batista, which seemed eerily similar to Bragging Rights. The offense from Batista was nice, and even though it may have been a bit early for the beatdown, I guess it works with the size difference and intensity of Big Dave. Was Batista planning on putting Mysterio through the table? I’m not sure, although I don’t mind that this may just be another teaser, while also allowing Finlay to look like a wily brawler. Booker turning on Finlay was also an expected move, and I loved Finlay outbrawling Booker in his little comeback. Batista making a comeback against Booker instantly seemed a little pointless, and maybe didn’t sell the weapon shot as ideally as you’d like, although the counter into the Book End on the floor was nice. Batista getting up so soon also seemed wrong, and while it got you to your next spot with Rey, it makes things seem too much like a spotfest with no real substance, which is something you usually do a lot better. I like the match calming down for a bit here, moving into more of a one on one contest for a bit (even if Finlay is absent for a little long, especially when you consider the selling of the others), with a nice buildup into a fist exchange, showing Booker’s cockiness working against him well. Booker winning the exchange made sense, while the sequence into the Scissors Kick also worked nicely, allowing Finlay to get back involved. Mysterio again no sold following the nearfall, getting up very quickly, before the action continued nicely before a little more no selling following the shillelagh shots from Finlay, with both Booker and ‘Tista getting up mighty quickly. The finish right after this was very interesting, with Rey picking up an opportunistic win in exciting fashion, stealing what looked like was going to finally be a win for Batista. Could he turn tonight now? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he interfered in the title match. As a whole, this match was pretty good, although I thought the selling hurt it throughout.
Hopefully we see One Night Stand some time soon.
Nice way to show the continued problems between Steph and Shane, with Shane’s ego shining through, even with Linda around. Could he have bit off more than he can chew? I think so.
Great things ... Kennedy? I thought you were a realistic booker ... isn’t he set to be injured right about now.
Hardy meanwhile getting straight out to business makes sense, following the nature of their feud. Hardy’s sheer intensity early was awesome, not in the least bit letting up on Kennedy, really making Hardy look like a man possessed until Kennedy finally found himself an opening, putting over how personal this feud is. Kennedy’s beatdown of Hardy was pretty good too, although for some reason, the Mic Check seemed out of place here. Would have preferred it to stay a brawl, with no real wrestling moves involved, especially since both men are capturing that anarchy feel so well by pushing the referee out of the way. The spot afterwards where Hardy split himself right open was nice (would have possibly been better if we hadn’t seen blood in the last contest too which is something I’ve said in the past about your shows as it takes away from the spectacle), although Kennedy going after that target afterwards was pretty damn awesome. The referee stoppage finish usually wouldn’t work for me, with a Last Man Standing match on the same show especially, but the way in which this was done was pretty damn awesome, keeping the intensity of their feud running at an all-time high. The Mic Check was the only thing I felt was out of place here, as this was just an awesome brawl, making Kennedy look like a sick son of a bitch.
Nice little hype for Mysterio/Edge. Expecting that match to deliver big time. With the next promo, I guess we can expect interference in the match, and it’s not just the assumed interference from Big Dave. Interesting.
Just a small thing, but the commentary before this match was pretty great. The start seemed a little awkward, although I guess the cheap heat tactic from Regal, building into the big beatdown worked as a spot theoretically. The match after there was a little hard to follow, though a lot of fun, with a lot of punishment for Regal really making the faces look good. The turn of momentum had to come eventually, as the faces were on top for a long time (although I guess it is an eight man match), but the payoff was good, with good use of some dirty tactics from the heels for a sickening impact. The beatdown from the heels went on nicely, up until some damn nice wrestling from Burchill. Good to see you really bringing some awesome submission moves into his arsenal to make him look like a real badass. The Basham Brothers constantly being the screwups of the team protected the champs well, with Kendrick making the hot tag to both men being interesting, and perhaps creating an interesting dynamic to the match. Big boot/dragon suplex combo? Damn, that’s nice. The table spot seemed a bit unnecessary in this match, as you already had enough chaos, and it didn’t really fit in with the action, although the way you’ve featured Nitro throughout this match as been super athletic has been good. The action from there to get Melina into the ring was nice, and I have to say, Melina turning on MNM is a shock, and possibly not a good one. As faces, you’ve now got The Mexicools, The Hooligans and MNM, all of which now have no real mic skills. Meanwhile Regal can more than carry a mic on the heel side, although he’ll have no one to go up against. Disappointing in a way, imo. However, the turn of Melina does open up a few possibilities, and it certainly is different, so it should be interesting to see where you go next from here. The next step of The Bluebloods should be interesting too, as after this brutal win, they get to choose their next opposition. Should be interesting to see where you go next with this tag team situation.
Already have a poster for WrestleMania 23? Is someone getting a little ahead of themself?
Nice little promo from Kash before his match with Noble, owning him pretty well, while also talking his own chances up well before their match. Am kind of disappointed this didn’t start with a bit of a brawl, although it has the potential to be a great match, rather than a brawl, and you also had a brawl earlier in Hardy/Kennedy. The exchanges early were crisp and exciting enough, while continuing to make Noble look good and Kash look a bit like a heelish coward, at least when needed (because we both know that Kash can also kick ass
). Kash’s arrogance and aggression after that were awesome, allowing you to up the tempo with a bit of subtlety as well. Kash’s little period of dominance after that big enzuiguri was nice, building into the Noble comeback and finally the payoff for the chop, which you had been building for a big time. Simple, but it makes the move look oh so important. From there Noble’s dominance was pretty nice, with the chop to the back then German suplex being a really cool combo move. The intensity of Noble being shown by him immediately going for the Dragon Clutch was nice, as was the hurricanrana to the outside by Kash, although the moving into the Dead Level seemed a little unnatural for mine, but I guess that’s partially why it was reversed. The finish of this match built up pretty well, despite maybe missing something, although the nearfalls really picked up towards the end, with the stiff offense at the end from Kash certainly being pleasing, leading into what I would call a shock win. I guess this is the right result, as it allows this feud to continue on strongly, which is needed since these two are well above the rest of the division at this point in time. I thought the match itself could have benefited with a few extra minutes, perhaps taken from the opening spotfest, just to build up the contest that little bit more, but it was still a very nice match.
Great video package for the world title match which I loved, just based on how much effort it looked like went into it. Big positive, imo, as it’s the small things that count. The way in which you opened this match was very weird, as Mysterio looked like a coward to start with, while Edge just looked flat out superior to Mysterio. Rey’s athleticism being shown off not long after was good to see, as it makes him competitive and really shows what he brings to the table well, with his little burst of energy, before the two have a nice, long exchange of moves. A bit surprised Mysterio is the one with the continued advantage, as the longer the matches goes on, the more it would favour Edge logically, since Rey has already competed, plus a long beatdown is the perfect thing to build sympathy for Rey, especially with the added platform of it being his second match. The exchanges, however, were pretty nice, up until the inevitable runins to undermine the authority of Shane. While from there, I liked the anarchy type attitude, someone like a shattered Jamie Noble and a concussed Matt Hardy, imo, should not have been getting involved, along with Albright and Holly since they’re yet to wrestle tonight. Hardy also looked like a real pussy with his “respect” stuff as well. Shane not calling for the bell makes sense, as he wants things to work for him, while the finish was nice, giving Edge a win in a way that suited the match with all of its counters. As a whole, this wasn’t a bad match, in fact it was quite good for what it was, although it felt awfully rushed, and really had the potential for more, if it were allowed just a little more time.
Vengeance poster is nice. Good job to whoever made it.
@ Shane’s attitude. Can’t wait for the eventual payoff for all of this.
@ Teddy being a racist. He’s been on fire on commentary tonight. A good addition, if just for the night.
Albright’s little promo before his match was alright, although it seems weird for him to be so came after just being in the big brawl. Regardless, you got his ego across well, just like you did by having McCool introduce him herself, and Albright owning Holly’s wife (someone would marry him?). The audacity of Albright to chuck his shirt in Holly’s face when he climbs in the ring, then take the cheap shot is also a clever way to start the match. The match progressed along pretty well, especially when you consider Holly was involved, with some nice counters and moves, including Albright getting right up from a belly to belly and booting old Sparky out of the arena. The action stayed crisp after there, and really made a point of making Albright look good in him surviving both the spinebuster on the floor and the Alabama Slam, which I love. After that, I almost feel the action slowed before the finish with the superplex before the counter into the Crowbar, but ultimately this match got the job done, making Albright look like a damn tough motherfucker.
Michaels and Cena on another poster? Damn, you must have big plans for this rivalry.
I’ve got to say, the way you led into the Last Man Standing promo video was pretty great, as was the video before the match, summing up their feud following their ‘Mania match very nicely. The way you started this match in the same way that their ‘Mania match started was nice, with ‘Taker alert and aware, building on the story well from last time. The desperation of ‘Taker actually was pretty cool to see, as was the power of Lashley, with the pulling out of the STJoe, as well as the awesome spinebuster from the old school attempt. The action from there progressed quite nicely up until they moved back in the ring following the brawl on the floor, with no real flaws except Lashley for some reason rolling in and out of the ring to break a count out which shouldn’t have been in place. The way in which the match continued to move on was good, with everything flowing along well, as well as some awesome aggression from Lashley being showcased until we see some weapons being introduced with the steel stair shot from ‘Taker, getting some inevitable blood into this match (let’s face it ... you’re a sadist, and you know it
). I have to say, the spot with the table was damn amazing, using some past history, as well as interference from Heyman to set up a sick spot. Awesome. The Spear that followed after a bit of action was another great spot too, and the fact that it was transitioned to well is something I think I like even more. The spinebusters after were pretty nice too, although I found Lashley to again be going for the Running Powerslam a bit tiresome, as you’re almost making him look like a one trick pony who can’t realise when something’s going wrong, which it of course did again here. The rest of his moves, though, have been impressive, and this double powerbomb was no exception, with the frustration of the rookie going for the steel chair now making sense, showing an even more sickening side of Lashley, while continuing the torture for ‘Taker. The Powerslam again failing not long after wasn’t a shock, although I’m not sure how I feel on Lashley getting up from the Tombstone, as it is one of those moves that I feel someone should really never get up from, even if it does really put over the strength of Lashley. The sick smashes of ‘Taker into the steel, before the torture rack to finish the match were nice, although I felt like Lashley should have picked ‘Taker up and finally hit the Running Powerslam to complete the match to truly finish him off. This was a great main event anyway, and it really put Lashley over as you wanted to, making him look like the unstoppable beast that you’ve had him become. Pretty amazing way to finish the show.
As a whole, this was an impressive Pay-Per-View, although I felt it was a bit down on Backlash. The matches, while still pretty good, felt a bit rushed for the most part thanks to the time they were allocated on the way they were booked, although I guess that’s just the way things fell with how you wanted the show booked. The promos, commentary and the like were great, as always, and really added a lot to the Pay-Per-View. You’ve also got a lot to play with following this, as you have seemingly a new direction for Lashley, the Hardy/Kennedy situation to continue, the MNM stuff, Kash/Noble III and Shane’s idiocy still to all really come. As I said before, this was an impressive show, and really makes me love having this back around, hopefully for a long time to come. Don’t wait too long to post RAW please.