Re: Being The Booker
Smart choice to have Cade/Finlay open the show tonight, as the King of the Ring tournament gets off to a start on Smackdown!. I was surprised to see Finlay advance; as I thought for sure Cade was going over the veteran. Guess he still sent his message after the match, but I’m just kind of concerned with how far he’s fallen in this thread. Anyway, seeing the faces get the advantage against the New Wave tonight makes me pretty certain that Finlay/Jeff/’Tista are going to fall to Orton’s boys on Sunday.
Awesome video package for Judgment Day. Orton is going to have all kinds of trouble in Miami.
As soon as you brought up Chavo helping Kendrick last week, I knew that Spanky would either cost Chavo tonight, or just not show up and let Guerrero be beat. It keeps with the slow heel turn of the CW Champ, and the way the match played out was perfect. Chavo fell to the odds and now will probably look for some answers from his opponent on Sunday. Glad to see this feud getting more interesting.
Basic Hogan big-time sell before the actual match on Sunday. Video package sounded good, but I wish Hogan actually showed up on TV instead of us just seeing a video package. So happy to see JBL show up, as his awesomeness as the heel in this feud will actually make the match readable. Love the whole “unplanned” feed, with JBL giving a good quick speech about Hogan. He wants to prove that Hogan doesn’t care about the fans, and I think he’s going to keep trying to do that even after Judgment Day. Chilling final line, as JBL is ready to end Hogan once and for all on Sunday.
Good tune-up match for the champions, facing a halfway decent Murdoch team, trying to get on a roll before Judgment Day. Surprised to see Festus and Trevor get the victory in this one, but it was really due to Elijah and Booker. Loved the way that they dominated and distracted the tag champions, and it was also good to see Festus and Trevor get a quality win. But the faces dominating the heels before the PPV usual means the heels will win the actual match, and that’s what I think will happen on Sunday.
I really hope that you continue having Kendrick being the cocky heel CW Champion, and I think you will, based on how you had him say “The Brain Kendrick”. Chavo slapping the champion was unexpected but needed, as the two are definitely not going to be “friends” going into the match on Sunday. Kendrick may have to get desperate against Chavito, and that will only continue the awesome heel turn.
Interesting way to continue building the RVD injury angle, as Orton still shows no regret for what he did at WM23. And now the doctor is there to tell us just howo serious and life-threatening the punt was. He doesn’t want RVD to wrestle, and I am really unsure what you have planned for Judgment Day. Conventional wisdom says RVD is kicked again and injured for a while, but you could completely swerve us. Good promo, with Randy getting himself on the show.
I hope that having Haas somewhat inserted into this feud means that he is getting another push. He may not have the mic skills, but he’s got fucking talent in the ring, and that should keep him contending for the US Title. Good match between these two workhorses, with Haas looking dominant before London gets his comeback. Match ended how I figured, with London winning but Haas still looking strong, leading to Albright coming out.
GREAT promo from Albright, probably the best that you’ve ever written for him. I loved the shift of focus from talking about how London is the “uncrowned” champion to then ripping into London and the fans for not respecting Albright. He is obviously sick and tired of being an afterthought, and an even more dangerous and pissed off US Champion spells trouble for London at Judgment Day. He obviously wants to be considered a big star in the business, but he hasn’t gotten the respect yet. I fear he may do something over the line to London at Judgment Day, but we’ll see what ends up happening. I just hope he keeps the US Title so that this “new” Brent Albright can continue to emerge, because it’s going to be awesome.
The fans have loved Lesnar ever since he began his feud with Triple H before WM23. But from the way he talked in this interview, he’s definitely more of a tweener than a face. Pretty much addressing everyone else in the match on Sunday was good, and I’m glad he won’t hesitate fighting RVD. That last comment about Edge and taking him out has to light a fire under Edge. Speaking of…
Edge is definitely freaking the HELL out, and I really love the character you have for Edge at this stage in the thread. Reminds me very much of late ’04 early ’05 Edge in real life. Has the “world is against me” attitude, and talking about finally taking advantage of the opportunity on Sunday was a great way to take the interview. He’s obvious fed up with waiting to hold the WWE Title, so I think he’ll either win on Sunday … or be driven into an even darker place. I really hope it’s the latter, because I think you can do some great things with that storyline.
Just like you had the commentators talk about after the finish, I too was shocked that Daivari pulled out the victory. I wonder what to make of this, because maybe Bourne isn’t destined for the big push out of the gates that many expected. Or maybe the two will have another match, which Evan will win to prove that he can overcome a loss. Guess only time will tell.
Judgment Day isn’t a STACKED card, but the four-way WWE Title match and Albright/London should make the PPV very good.
Porter may be the biggest heel on SD! behind Randy Orton, just because of what he’s done to Carlito and Primo over the past few weeks. Showing the tap again just made Porter that much more despicable, and it looked like things would boil over, as Carlito came down to the ring. Glad that you didn’t have a big brawl tonight, as that will be saved for Sunday. Not really sure where you’re taking this feud next, but I can tell that it won’t disappoint.
A big-time match before a PPV is always the way to go, even if the match is being billed as “secondary” to both the men in it. Liked that you had both Lesnar and Edge outsmart each other at different parts of the contest, showing that both men are focused on the match, not just on Sunday. Rest of the match broke down as expected, with the long period of dominance from Edge, before Lesnar comes storming back. Very nicely written finish, with Lesnar seemingly having the match in the bag, but then the referee is knocked out and Edge ends up winning. A great win for Edge, but that means nothing heading into Judgment Day. Glad that Orton got back on the show, taking down both challengers, before RVD finally showed up and ran off Orton. Good way to end all the hype, with Van Dam getting in the last word, but that also means he’ll probably lose this Sunday, since he got the last laugh tonight.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a show from the blue brand in this thread, and that’s why I guess some of the storylines took a little while to come back to me. Everything served its purpose, but the only feuds I’m really into are the US and WWE Title ones. No doubt JD will deliver, and I hope you can get it up soon. Expect a review for that bad boy.