This looks to be a great event, even though the Roll of the Match for the WHC kinda takes away from all the others.
Perfect way to start the show and I know that Kennedy and Benjamin would have great chemistry in the ring together. Shelton as a heel is perfect with Teddy as his manager and T Lo already makes his presence felt, putting Shelton’s foot on the rope. That counter into a DDT off the top would look sick but Kennedy gets a foot on the rope … BUT T LO THROWS IT OFF!!! Kennedy loses the IC Title early!!! I like getting the Brotherhood over as a heel group and I really hope you continue this feud or just move Kennedy into the main event already.
Christian arriving is standard WWE but is Tomko still with him? The first Roll of the Dice match was epic and I think this one should be just as good.
Brotherhood celebration is a little early and I don’t see Jazz getting the title just yet.
I like this little six-man feud and I think it is good for The Horsemen until Cade and Dinsmore get into one-on-one feuds with bigger guys eventually. I didn’t expect anything but a standard match but I would have liked to see Helms take the beating instead of Punk, Punk >>> Helms, imo. Very good ending with the heels trying to cheat but getting caught and Carlito gets another win over Naitch!!! Cade and Dinsmore walking out make me think … is Randy Orton going to kick Flair out of The Horsemen? Intriguing.
Just as I thought, a little friction between The Horsemen. I like how Flair stood up to the two young guys but I am sure that the focus will be solely on Orton for the rest of the night.
Rhyno coming out of the box strong is good for him but I knew that he wouldn’t be able to withstand Umaga. Rhyno getting the Gore was surprising but I guess that was just to make Umaga look like even more of a beast. Samoan Spike is academic and now Umaga moves another step up the ladder, hopefully playing a big role for Survivor Series.
Survivor Series is going to be huge and it is a shame you won’t be doing it in full. I like the stipulation for the Smackdown main event, I really hope RVD doesn’t lose the belt just yet.
I knew there was a reason why Triple H was off the card and I think the announcement later should be huge.
Alexis is a great Women’s Champion and I don’t see her losing just yet. Teddy getting taken out by both Jillian and Alexis is hilarious and I really hope T Lo doesn’t steal another title for his dominant faction. Jazz is the most dominant diva but I knew that Teddy being on the ring is a bad idea and I was right after the kick from Jazz. Alexis retaining with a small package is OK and I think she will feud one-on-one with Jazz after this title defense.
Actually, maybe she will feud with Melina
Cena vs. Finlay has been surprising well-built and I hope that we see an awesome match. I love how the ‘falls count anywhere’ stipulation has been started early and going into the Women’s locker room with Candice equals ratings, imo. Little Bastard (can’t we just say Hornswoggle?) going through the wall is hilarious and I hope that this match turns from comedy to business quickly. This match never really was in the ring but that is OK because the weapon use was great. Cena dominates the later stages and the F-U to cap it was the best move. Cena looks to be back to where he was before SummerSlam but I am still confused as to whether he is a heel or a face. Heel would be awesome, imo.
I like how the whole Vince-Triple H storyline has played out and Triple H as a heel is much better, especially with people having his back. The marriage proposal is something that would be done on Raw and I am schocked to see Triple H get another title shot, in just eight days. Shane returning was a shock and I forgot all about Shane vs. Triple H at WM22, you sure do know how to write long-term angles.
Shane getting beat down is no surprise and now it looks like Vince, Steph, and Triple H are the most dominant group on Raw. Not really sure when Triple H wins the title though. Late in 2006, me thinks.
Surprised to see the tag match go on so late but I guess you gotta have a break before the main event. I like the team of Booker and Elijah and they are very hungry challengers. MNM used every heel tactic in the book and Nitro’s use of the title belt was awesome, great way to have them retain. The tag team division is great on Raw and I see MNM facing some tough challenges in the next few months. Straight Edge as next challengers, imo.
Rey and HBK were the only two not shown early so it make sense to have them in a little segment. Triple H will challenge the winner and I see Christian vs. Triple H II on 10/23 would be great.
TLC!!! This should be an amazing match with tons of huge spots. This was an amazing match, even in recap. I loved all the huge spots and Lesnar was especially impressive, with this being his first ladder match. Some of the best moments were the 619 with the ladder and also the powerbomb through the table. The ending was very exciting and I knew that HBK would get pushed off the ladder, just like Armageddon 2002. Christian was barely able to retain to keep his great reign going. Now we have Christian vs. Triple H for the belt on Raw 10/23 and that should be awesome. Very good main event, match of the year possibly?
Overall, this PPV was solid from top to bottom. The best matches were the IC Title match, Cena vs. Finlay, and of course the main event. I really liked where some storylines are going after this event and I hope that the next WHC feud is a great one-on-one feud. The only thing I didn’t like was Kennedy losing so early in his reign and also Triple H not having a more heinous assault on Shane. Everything else was top notch Wolf, 9/10