Re: Being The Booker
Saturday Night Main Event review:
Paul London vs Jamie Noble: A good decision in my opinion to start the show with a cruiserweight match. The title change also adds to the “big night feeling”. This is the first time I’m reading your thread, so I can’t comment on any storylines this affects. I liked how London used the SSP and 450 splash, plus the tiger bomb into a tornado DDT was a great counter.
Austin, Christian segment: I loved both of the beer jokes early on in this promo. Austin seems to be very in character. I also loved the fetish joke from Stone Cold. This is an interesting angle with Christian wanting him to retire and commenting on his injuries. Wow judging by those accomplishments I guess Christian has had a huge push in this thread. I didn’t really find the watch joke funny, but the “what” sequence after it was great.
Trish vs Lita: Sounded like a pretty basic match, though I liked the sequence of finishers. Shaniqua returning at the end was interesting, as I haven’t seen many people use her in their BTBs. (Especially to the extent of giving her the title for a year).
Hogan, Flair promo: I like mysteries, so I’m pretty keen on this “why was Foley on Raw” angle. Both men seemed pretty much in character aswell.
Triple H vs Undertaker: This started off ok. However I didn’t really like the ending. Also it felt a bit pointless afterwards, since nothing was obviously developed from it. (Though this may happen on the later shows I guess).
Bret Hart video package: Now I thought this was an excellent segment, possibly one of the best I’ve read on this forum. One thing that did bother me though, was that the storyline used to build up the Bret vs Angle match (One man being injured, and risking his life competing) seems a bit to similar to the storyline behind the Christian, Austin promo earlier. IMO, this seems to make both storylines less special.
Lesnar vs Benoit:: Jobber massacre: I thought this was a very innovative idea, and it worked extremely well. I liked how Lesnar spent extra time beating up the jobbers, it was a heel like move which came back to haunt him since he wasted time doing it.. I loved the twist, with Lesnar beating all 7 guys, so Steamboat changes the rules so that Benoit needs to beat them all in a quicker time (This kept both men looking strong in my opinion). Lesnar attacking Benoit to stop him winning was also a good move, and having the jobbers come and help him was a brilliant idea. To be honest though I
think this should have led to a major attack on Benoit, instead of the wolverine being able to fight them all. (I know you probably wanted him to look like a strong challenger though).
Still this was probably my favourite part of the show, and was great build-up for their match at Wrestlemania.
Carlito’s cabana: hmmm Carlito seemed a bit out of character in places (couldn’t really see him using the “children might be watching” line), but he was written fine for the most part. I thought the DX Wrestlemania advert was pretty funny. HBK and Carlito arguing was a bit surprising, since there both heels, but it wasn’t a bad thing. Now I thought the Rock was written brilliantly , especially his rant on Carlito. Overall another great promo. (I found him referring to Carlito’s hair as fungus, and then Cade and Jindrak as the Olsen twins as the two funniest lines of the night.)
John Cena ve Edge: cage match I was little disappointed by this. I thought it should have been longer then 7 minutes. However everything in the match was good. I liked the restart early on, and Hogan and Flair getting involved was a good way to continue their storyline.
Overall I thought it was an awesome show, and provided some great build-up for Wrestlemania. Which by the way the card so far for it, looks amazing.
Orton, Cena promo: Great way to start off the show. Orton talking about the past year at the beginning was a good way to inform new readers (like me) about what the current situation with him is. I thought Cena was pretty much in character, Orton a little out of at times. Hmmm the good old “I want you at 100%” storyline, I wouldn’t think this would be used between these two, but it could work.
Shelton vs Carlito: Nice fast paced match to get the crowd going. I liked the sequence of finishers and signature moves (I’m not sure if the “apple core” is the real name of one of Carlito’s moves… but if you came up with it, then it is a great name).
Christian promo: Another great promo, Christian was very well written. I loved the popcorn joke, and the fans chanting “WHAT” to get on his nerves… lol they find a beer can, could Austin be here? great way to get the fans guessing.
Shaniqua vs Gail Kim: Oh I’m really not keen on squash matches where the loser is someone on the roster. It made Shaniqua look strong I guess, but I was hoping for a bit more development between her and Trish.
Carlito promo: hmmm what could Hogan have in store for Carlito… I’m thinking MITB ladder match at the moment, with Carlito, Edge, Kane and 3 Smackdown superstars. This promo was also good for building up tension between Hogan and Flair.
Christian vs Mysterio: I loved how you incorporated the “is Austin here” storyline in this match. Though I wasn’t too keen on Christian stopping in the middle of delivering his finisher, to go and yell at the fans. Also I thought the match should have been longer then 8 minutes.
Kane possible return: What I like about this, is I don’t really know what his role will be at wrestemania… will he be involved with Hogan’s plan with Carlito… or will he be involved with Edge’s wrestlemania role (if it isn’t the MITB ladder match earlier). Or could he be Flair and Batista’s mystery partner?
Foley, Flair promo: I was expecting this to lead to a triple threat match between Hogan, Flair and Foley with the winner becoming the soul general manager of Raw. So I was quite surprised when the 6 man tag was announced. I’m not sure if it’ll be a better match, but it gives other people a role at Wrestlemania (Batista, Eugene). Also you’ve got a mystery partner storyline there aswell, which I like.
The promo itself was good, my favourite part being Eugene coming down with a 2 by 4 wrapped in barbed wire (it’s a funny image :P).
Undertaker vs Kenzo Suzuki: The match itself wasn’t really that interesting, just another squash match. Though I’m assuming that it was just a reason to get Taker in the ring for Y2J to make the attack. I’m going to have to read through that Smackdown promo to see what his motive is.
Edge promo: Oh no, this is sounding like a very similar storyline I had planned with Edge. I’m praying that it doesn’t climax in a certain way at Wrestlemania. (Helping out a fellow Canadian). Anyway Edge was very in character during the promo, you captured his anger well,
Main event: Where did this match come from?... I don’t remember any hype for it during the show. And since it’s the main event, it really should have had some in my opinion. Wouldn’t Orton interfering get them disqualified? Lol this is too confusing. However Orton inadvertently hitting Cena with the chair was an ok way to develop their storyline.