Well, I’ve made it clear in the past that I’m not a fan of (King?) Booker T eating up time on a highly promising show, so it gave me a lot of delight to see Finlay first punk him out, then CM Punk punk him out. However, like BKB said, if Booker had such a problem about being omitted from the main event last week, why did he wait seven days to vent his anger??
Unlike Stojy, I’m very much in favour of the ‘Anarchy’ on Smackdown, and the prolonged problems that the top stars are having with the McMahon siblings, for me, has been rather enjoyable, as we’ve seen all kinds of disrespect shown to the silver spooned children of Vince McMahon - the likes of which we wouldn’t see so often for the big cheese himself - and it’s all leading toward the destination point of a new sheriff rolling into town to take over the Smackdown ship. (The SD election IS still happening, right?)
Anyway, in a nutshell, I hope the increased dissention between Booker and Finlay is leading toward a feud between the two, with Finlay turning face, as he came across really well in this promo - and I actually think I could stomach reading more of the ridiculous (King) Booker, if it meant more one liner put downs from Finlay.
And, like I said, Punk going over another veteran pleases me to no end. This is quickly looking like becoming the greatest - and best - rocket to the moon push in BTB. There was nothing generic about the after match promo either - so I don’t get where that notion comes from. A terrific statement of intent from Punk, although I agree that JBL should‘ve berated him on commentary, rather than stay silent. Screw the qualifying tournament nonsense - with this booking, Punk needs fast tracked into a feud with Edge. There is one slight concern, but I’ll get to that later.
The Spanish is starting to grate. Other than that, there was little to write home about on the Mexicools promo, as it was merely there to set up the two matches they’re involved in later.
Surprised Psichosis got as long as ten minutes with Rey, but it seems like the hype for ONS is taking centre stage right now, and the preview of the sort of in ring action to expect was here to be seen. Rey was always going over, and rightly so.
Unexpected, but welcomed the attitude of Malenko in accepting the challenge from Mysterio. That should be a terrific contest at ONS, which truly has the makings of an ECW Dream Match. With Malenko ruling out a friendly ‘exhibition’ the level of excitement just jumped up a notch.
Not sure if I mentioned it before or not, (and on a SD review, it probably isn’t on topic) but I’m holding out for some BWO involvement at ONS, maybe with some sort of showdown with the Spirit Squad to add some sort of comic relief to a show that’s likely to be high on drama … no??
I’m not into the Storm/Edge mini angle. Flat out. The match should be good no doubt, but it’s obvious Storm doesn’t have a hope in hell - and he really shouldn’t either. I still don’t understand what the point is in defending the WWE Title at the ECW show (I don’t mean in the sense of why it happened, as you explained the open contract thing in the interview, I just mean in general booking terms), especially since it doesn’t need to be there, with the main event completely overshadowing it anyway.
All that aside?? Impressive sit down interview with Lance Storm. While he’s pretty dry (don’t want to say boring), the Canadian came across well, and even had a mention of he who shalt not be named~!! The transition into explaining his ‘impact’, and the Impact Players team was nicely worked too, and it sets up a nice preview tag match on Smackdown next week. Just a shame Christian isn’t around for a one night partnership with Edge. That would be sweet. And the final line was particularly innovative, with a smart switch on the usual ‘If I could be serious for a minute’. Just a pity the match with Edge is for the belt, as the result is a foregone conclusion (and so it should be), but at least the interview has given us a chance to invest in Storm as a veteran on a final go around.
Lady Melina. I like it. Thought Regal was excellent throughout this promo, in character all the way, speaking perfect English, including the use of full names rather than shorter nicknames. It does seem odd that the tag champs didn’t get to be part of the GAB contenders series, whilst the former champs are, so he has every reason to complain. Cant imagine the FBI causing an upset next week, considering the roll that the Bluebloods have been on as of late.
Fuck. Explosive start to the Hardcore Match. Two table spots in mere minutes, with the German particularly sick kicked off the match in incredible fashion, and I was a little shocked that Albright was able to kick out of it. Blood from a trash can lid shot didn’t seem fitting, and came off as unnecessary. I’ll talk more about the blood later, but I’ll not dwell on it, as I don’t want to beat a dead Dog. FAR too many table spots for my liking, but again, there’s no need for me to beat a dead dog.
HOLLY GETS A SHOULDER UP!!!!!
I’d say the crowd erupts, but that would be a lie. Instead there are quite a lot of boos, with the newly emerging Albright fans horrified by Hardcore Holly’s grit and determination!!
That worries me, tbh. Hopefully, you arent pushing a face turn for Albright already, as it feels FAR too quick for that, and he’s been owning as a heel. My gut says that this is a one off, and just a show of respect for a big effort, with fans not giving a shit for Holly … I hope I’m right. In the end, the finish didn’t come off as good as it should’ve, as some of the earlier table spots (The German suplex says hello) were more explosive, and by the time this one rolled around, the table spots had already been done to death. A fun match to read though, that was sick in execution, and I get a feeling you quite enjoyed writing it. The half a dozen or so table spots were too much, and the blood wasn’t particularly essential, but it was still a good brawl, that puts a fitting piece of closure on Albrights first feud. Just don’t turn him face ffs.
The Edge interview was simply off the charts. It had everything. Digs at just about anyone he’s crossed paths with in recent months (JBL, his recent contenders, Shane & Stephanie) and people that are set to cause him problems in the coming months (Lashley), along with anyone else he felt like ripping into (HBK, Dudleys). Add to that the cheap heat, and his trademark anger, ‘woe is me’ attitude, and like I said, the promo had it all.
The focus toward the end on Lance Storm helped add more fuel to their match at ONS, and given the comment on knowing just the guy for the occasion next week, I assume it’s a former ECW alumni he has in his sights. Awesome, perhaps, given his previous relationship with Storm in WCW, and for a short period in WWF, along with his turn on ECW on Raw (which again, was simply AWESOME). Initially, I was going to complain that Edge being here for a mere interview seemed liked a waste, but the interview was THAT GOOD, that it was worthy of his time to come in for the show. A great promo.
Batista is a man with some serious issues. Heel turn is a comin. And when he finally snaps, it should be a terrific read.
Good showcase for the luchas, and again, it was a little obvious over who was winning this, considering Super Crazy has his open challenge set. The return of Tajiri to accept the challenge was the obvious choice, making most sense. Those two should get to relive the glory days with an insane match up at ONS, that could well be a potential show stealer. More unnecessary blood though
After a succession of strong promos, the Kennedy one came off as a little ‘eh, this week. IMO, it just seemed to be there, as an excuse for Kennedy to get on the show, and continue the ongoing angle with Hardy … who’s suspended?? At this rate, no one is going to be left on Smackdown given these suspensions
. I get the feeling they’re being used to simply underline the shoddy job Shane and Stephanie are doing as the bosses on Smackdown, with little control, and having to resort to suspensions. Hopefully that’s what you’re trying to convey anyway.
I think there’s been too many backstage promos / interviews here on this show. Nothing wrong with Kash, as it sets up another ‘open challenge’ at ONS, and his disparaging comments toward his former home was pretty sweet … but I’ve simply read enough promos on this weeks Smackdown, and with the final segment also set to be an in ring promo, I’m all promo’d out. Kash vs. Nitro next week SHOULD see Kash progress to the main event at SNME, which will be an almighty rub for the division, although a win for Nitro wouldn’t surprise me, considering it would help further agitate the Bluebloods who believe Nitro and Mercury shouldn’t have a spot in the tournament at all.
Great endorsement of both Finlay and Noble to give them the last match on the show, and Noble progressing was superb. The resurgence of the cruiserweight division on Smackdown has been a joy to behold, and Noble could seriously be seen as a legit contender for victory at SNME. This result could even be a sign of things to come, with the ‘sure fire favourites’ maybe not being such favourites for victory in the coming weeks as we might have though. Not so much of a problem with the blood in this one, as it was described (at least in my eyes) as a legit hard way laceration to the mouth from the stiff elbows.
Glad you didn’t dwell on the ‘demise’ of the Undertaker, but instead, the uprising of Lashley. I love the fact you have Lashley say nothing at all. Even when Heyman prompts him with ‘whaddya say’, all he gets is a simple nod. It works in keeping Lashley as intimidating as possible, considering his voice would make Paris Hilton sound more of a threat.
Heyman with the announcement of the guaranteed title shot at Summerslam was excellent too - as it truly puts him over as a fantastic agent, while also getting the stage set for Summer slam well in advance … although with such a long way to go, I see a few roadblocks for Big Bobby, especially considering heel vs. heel in the second biggest show of the year wouldn’t make much sense.
One of those roadblocks … BATISTA!!! A great, short brawl here, that gives us a taste of what’s to come when these two bulls lock horns down the road. Batista should be a good opponent for Lashley, coming off ‘Taker, and having the two most dominant forces on Smackdown tear it up should be an exciting war over the coming weeks and months, at least up to GAB. With the Batista ‘losing it’ angle already ongoing, a few wars with Lashley should help put him ‘over the edge’, so to speak. A splendid, high octane finish to the show.
All in all, the show did seem a little long for my liking, but I’m sure I’ve overdone it myself on occasion with shows. Still, toward the end, the show just felt like it was dragging, with the Kennedy and Kash promos simply ‘being there’. Stojy and BKB have already discussed the overkill on tables and blood, and as you might imagine, I’m in agreement. Just too much, to the point where we’re expecting someone to be busted open every other match. Personally, I’d prefer to see blood used at a minimum, as it can be a vital tool in making a match or selling an angle when used at the right time, but every week?? Loses its lustre.
Again, I assume the reason is to put over the ‘anarchy era’ on Smackdown, but the angle is already cemented heavily, and the continued, over the top blood use isn’t helping make the ‘anarchy era’ look any more anarchic than it already is. If the suspensions are being done to emphasise the anarchy era too, then I’m afraid the angle is simply going to damage the show in the long run at this rate. I’m all for the anarchy era on Smackdown, and the backlash against the McMahon family, there just seems to be an overload on certain things that are hurting the show rather than help it at this point.
Another issue I have is that there are just too many undefeated guys on the show. Kennedy has been running around for nearly, what, nine(?) months, without tasting a proper defeat. He of all people doesn’t need an undefeated streak to get over.
Albright of course is also undefeated, and that one, is fair enough. He came in with little fanfare, so the winning streak has helped make him stand out.
Bit too early I guess to call Punks run an undefeated ‘streak’, but, like Kennedy, I don’t see the need for Punk to have one. With him already holding wins over two former champs, and likely to be involved with the top stars, week in, week out, I can imagine he’ll lose soon enough.
Hate to be so ultra negative at the end of the review, as, for the most part, this was, as always, an enjoyable read. The immediate rise to prominence for Punk is turning into one of the best reads I’ve had in a long time in BTB, and the Regal promo, but moreso the Edge interview were exceptional, as was the victory for Noble in the GAT match.