Have to say, I love the way you start your shows off in a different way a lot of the time, giving the show a different, exciting feel right away. Not so sure I like Heyman and JBL being so buddy buddy since they were enemies not all that long ago, although still, this should prove to be an interesting dynamic.
I could say a whole lot on the action of the first match and comment on everything, but instead I’ll say it was a fun read. As has been the case with the last few shows, a real ECW type feel to the match with all of the chaos and moves that certainly weren’t WWE like, and a whole lot of fun. I’m not so sure about giving it as long as you did, as really, you have just used a lot of your airtime on one match, and surely seven or so minutes less wouldn’t have hurt the quality too much, although aside from that, a real exciting way to open up the show.
Malenko not shaking hands with Rey? Just like last week, you’re adding some tension into what would otherwise be a bit of a bland contest built with no real heat. Now we know both men are going to go out at One Night Stand, and they are going to mean some serious business.
Nice intense promo from Noble, really building up his feud with Kash. I already had a feeling that Nitro would pull out the win against Kash, and now I’m feeling it even more. I just can’t see Kash vs. Noble III NOT being on Pay-Per-View. It’s where it belongs, really, since it’s one of the best feuds you’ve got going.
Oh man, you have to love the cheap heat of Melina now wearing a long dress and not doing the splits. Cheap yet effective.
@ JBL’s call on Cole’s wife too. Found that pretty great. Regal’s promo was pretty good here, not as overly pompous as last week to the point where I feel it gets a bit ridiculous, but at the level I think he should be. Dave Taylor on the show too? Not sure what he can really add, since I think having Regal and Burchill is enough, although I am interested to see what you do with what seems to be the ever expanding group of The Bluebloods, with Melina and Taylor both now having linked up with Regal in the past month.
Another good match here, with a more regular tag formula being applied. Have to say, I like the call to use this ECW weekend to also put over The Bluebloods, keeping them treading water for a bit, yet also allowing them to look good while doing so by beating a team that was hyped up coming into this match. The post-match action was good to have, as you need to keep The Bluebloods/MNM stuff going, and that did exactly that. Much like Noble/Kash, this can’t happen any sooner than The Great American Bash for mine, so aside from likely having Nitro competing for a world title shot, I’ll be interested to see how you keep this going as hot as it has been going.
Giving Punk some mic time? Definitely a positive to really help him get over as he comes in with matches against main eventers. Punk building his individuality and his straight edge character up was good, as you continue to define his character well as he gets started on SmackDown!. I quite like the way you connected his will for good competition to his matches with Booker and JBL, giving it a real strong connection, and making it mean something. The Brent Albright namedrop also interested me a bit. A potential feud between these two? I’d be surprised if you did go down this path, as both men look as if they’re being built up separately, although a feud between the two of them certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing. A feud with JBL perhaps would be better, which we still see some hints at possibly happening, and again, I can’t say I’d mind that. I also liked Punk saying he likes the way Finlay wrestles, but the way in which the promo ended after that seemed mighty abrupt. I was certainly expecting more of an ending message, and to me, it seemed kind of like a hollow ending. Apart from that a very good promo though.
Very nice match that goes a long way to establishing how tough CM Punk is, especially with Finlay’s awesome attacks on his bloody ear (yes, in this instance the blood worked
), with the headbutts being especially sick. As much good as this does for Punk, I’m not sure what it does for Finlay, as while he had been built up very well so far in this thread, with two straight losses to two guys who would have been considered below him two weeks ago (heck, one had just made his debut), I’m not sure where this leaves Dave.
The post-match stuff is certainly interesting. First of all, Finlay seems to be going through something similar to Batista here, oddly enough, just after finishing up a feud with him. Finlay going after the announcers set up the first movement from Lashley well, and as was always going to happen, ultimately led to the intro of Big Dave in a big way too. Awesome brawl to follow, even with Finlay getting involved, continuing along this extremely interesting storyline of Batista vs. Lashley which has been really well done in just these two weeks, and will no doubt be absolutely huge when they finally meet in the ring. These pull apart brawls are only making me want to see it more and more, and you know that’s a good thing.
Tazz vs. Finlay? Ugh, poor Finlay. If it does happen, have Finlay kick his ass in ten seconds and have it be done.
Nice little pre-match promo from Kash, heeling it up with mainly cheap heat, insulting the fans and Noble well, while also giving us Kash’s match this weekend to look forward to. Should be interesting to see who steps up, although as I saw someone mention in the thread before (Wolfy, I think), Jerry Lynn seems to be the man for the job.
Very nice match here between Kash and Nitro. The high paced affair that was expected, and it delivered well. Interference from The Bluebloods provided another aspect to the match, and added to the excitement of it all. As I said earlier, had a feeling Nitro would win, so this doesn’t shock me. I’m actually happy that he did win, as this should really benefit him, making him look good as a singles guy.
Not too sure about the post-match interview from Nitro. I know that he’s angry, but calling Melina a stupid bitch really doesn’t seem natural from him to me. Taylor vs. Mercury is an interesting match to have tonight, although it makes sense, and it keeps that ECW feel going on this show as you hype up One Night Stand, which I like.
Another nice little match from the sound of things, although it didn’t seem like Taylor really got much offense in at all. I know you want to show the rage of Mercury, but still, Taylor has to look good himself. Still, a pretty good match, and good to see a bit more of a high flying style from MNM to get them over with the fans as faces, rather than just booking them as faces but not having them excite the crowd.
While a Kennedy promo isn’t really a problem, I have to say, I’m disappointed. Matt and Kennedy were really running hot in the run to Judgment Day, but since, it feels like it has fizzled a fair bit, which is disappointing. I mean, Matt needs to be on the show, and it looks like he isn’t going to be. He may be selling his injuries, but that doesn’t seem right after he appeared a Judgment Day again after his match. The promo itself was alright, with the focus being on the title, which is fine. I thought that while the closing comment on Matt was good, the way in which Hardy took a real backseat in this promo really summed up how the feud has gone, which like I said, is disappointing.
Jericho really was too much to ask.
Still, the way in which Edge explained picking Albright is good, and while I don’t remember seeing Albright being for hire in this thread yet, I think it’s something that gives another dimension to just how heelish he can be. Nice little promo from Edge to introduce him, and good from Albright too, with the match announcement for tomorrow certainly being interesting. Storm would almost certainly need momentum for One Night Stand, while Albright is undefeated, so you’ve got yourself an intriguing situation.
The match itself was fine, fun and chaotic. A really good rub for Albright here as he got to look good throughout the match, especially in that he essentially got the win for his team, despite Edge being the one to pin Lance Storm. Nice way to cap off the show.
Another good read here, Legend, with a lot of the stuff being of a very high quality. My only complaints would be that there was maybe even too much wrestling to fit into the show, and that the KK/Matt thing has really slowed down, but apart from that, I found this to be a pretty great showing. Lashley/Batista has me very excited, and the way in which The Great American Bash Tournament is being used is really good in that it’s getting younger guys in a good position to challenge for the gold. Looking forward to the extreme weekend, as high match quality is promised throughout, especially at One Night Stand.