Starting the show with Vince McMahon is definitely the way to go, as he is involved with the most exciting angle on Raw at the moment. This promo was absolutely awesome, I really felt as if everything was spot on, it really summed up this whole storyline pretty well. However, with that being said, I felt as if perhaps the promo should have ended at don’t cross the boss, once you added on, and mentioned the head shaving, it was kind of like you were just back tracking, and it made it seem as though you milked it a bit for length, and I just didn’t think it was needed. Kurt Angle coming out was good, as I really believe he needed to give an explanation, and I think you had him explain himself very well, and an effective heel is one who has a legit reason for being heel, and you’ve established that well here, so good work. McMahon wrapping up the promo is a hit and a miss for me, I felt like it was good in terms of what he said, but I think ending the promo with Angle’s last line would have had a better effect, as towards the end, Vince was basically repeating himself. Besides this little thing, it was still a pretty good way to start the show.
I love the dissention in the commentary with Coach OWNING, and even JR showing where he’s loyalties lie, it really sets the scene for an us against them mentality regarding the faces and the heels. Kennedy not needing an intro is something different, not to sure if I like it though. Also, is Regal a face? Or is this a heel against heel match? I probably should know this but I’ve been a little on and off as of late so yeah. The match up itself was pretty good, I’m glad to see Regal is at least being competitive, but I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind seeing him pick up a victory here and there. With that being said, tonight belonged to Kennedy, and I really hope he gets the MITB, just because he’s got some awesome momentum up at the moment.
I loved this little meeting between Triple H and Kurt Angle; I’m hoping a feud eventuates between the two, although I can’t see either of the men winning at Backlash. Anyway, I loved this whole meeting, how Triple H was cocky and confident, but Angle had his say and perhaps planted some seeds of doubt in Triple H’s head.
Rey Mysterio didn’t get to talk to long which was good. Teddy Long is awesome, and everything he basically said was true, so hopefully Rey is on some kind of losing streak, which continues. As for Benji, I like his character in this thread. Anyway, everything was alright with The Brotherhood being bullies, but once Burchill and Smith came it just got very awkward. Burchill’s friendly attitude was so out of character, and makes me think he is a little schizophrenic, and yeah, I don’t know, it just felt really awkward. Hopefully the match up itself makes up for my lack of like of this segment.
This match was really good, seemed to make up for the terrible segment before it, although I really think calling Smith and Burchill The British Lions in their first match together is a little silly. Regarding the match up though, it seems as if Burchill and Smith are going to slowly become a full time deal, and I don’t mind that. As for Mysterio, it’s good to see him getting a win, turning his bad luck around, although I can see Shelton winning at Backlash to put The Brotherhood back on top. Now all we need to do is work out a push for Monty Brown and everything will be fine, but at the moment, I must say, he Brotherhood, led by Teddy Long and Benjamin are an exciting prospect.
Wow. Another pretty good match write up here, which is surprising since you said you were going to stop going into detail for matches on weekly shows, although I’m hardly complaining. I’m glad you’re giving Matt Hardy another rub challenging HBK, but Michaels was always going to win, and this all equals nice build for the MITB match. As for the Umaga attack afterwards, it was done pretty well, and I love the idea of an Umaga/Shawn Michaels feud. I can really see this happening after Backlash, perhaps finishing off in an epic match for Summerslam.
I loved this final meeting between Christian and Triple H before the Hell in a Cell match, my only problem is that I thought a meeting between these two would be the perfect way to end the show heading into Backlash. Anyway, the video is typical Triple H, but I was glad that Christian interrupted him pretty quickly, as it never seems to happen, but really should. From here, Christian was solid on the microphone, while Triple H owned, I especially loved his killer instinct argument. It was great for some final hype, and to get people thinking if Christian has what it takes, but I’m pretty sure he’ll pick up the victory at Backlash, with the way the feud has progressed.
I absolutely detest Goldust! Maybe this could be a pretty cool way to make Cody Rhodes a solid mid carder, but I just don’t like the fact that he’d be associated with a freak like Goldust. I’m hoping this is a little thing that will get written off in a few weeks, as I don’t think it’s the right way to get Cody over. Maybe you can change my mind, but at this stage, I doubt it.
Hmm, looks like you’re really trying to spice up the women’s division, and that’s something that I’m actually happy with. Alexis Laree is a good champion, but I’m very interested to see what exactly is happening, like what Melina knows. At first I thought perhaps it was that she was a fraud, and her real name was Mickie James, but then I kept thinking, and I realized that it has something to do with Beth (Phoenix?), and I’m interested to see where it goes, but this was a good enough start.
The divas tag match was good, basically just to show the effect Melina has had on Alexis. Also having Victoria look so dominant it actually makes it seem as though she has a chance at Backlash, although I’m pretty sure she is just a filler opponent.
Besides the opening line, in which Cena started to joke, I think he was dead on for the whole promo. I just didn’t like the fact that he said a joke, and then said the time for joking was over, I would have preferred him getting straight to the point, and just being intense, which is something he did do from just after the beginning. In all, a really good Cena promo just hindered a little by the beginning.
Pretty much a cluster fuck of a main event, one that I struggled to keep up with at times, but it was great last build up for the tag team title match, and the all or nothing match. I would have preferred for Angle to get the win here, just to make him seem as if he is on a roll but I guess you have some other idea. It was good to see Angle at least getting the advantage after the match, and this was definitely some great final hype, and after reading this, I actually think you made the right decision putting Christian/Trips promo half way through the show.
Overall, I really, really enjoyed the show, I think it had great build for Backlash, pretty much regarding every match, while also keeping the Burchill push going, and even starting something with Cody Rhodes. I really believe this was the perfect show, except perhaps a little to long , but yeah, great go home show. On a side note, I’m sorry for the lateness, and don’t think I’ve forgotten about Smackdown, I’ll eventually get around to it.