Judgment Day Feedback
KOTR deserves better than heat, imo, although I’m just happy to see Haas get a victory.
Honestly, there was nothing wrong with the opening video, although for some reason, it just didn’t HOOK me like your videos usually do. As I said, not much wrong, maybe it’s just with my interest with BTB dwindling that I’m becoming less interested in the little things or what, but just didn’t “hook me”. One thing I can say those constant screen to black things were getting to me a little to, kind of ruined the flow, I think would have had better affect if you constantly went back to Orton’s cold, deadly eyes, but that’s just me.
‘Lito/Porter is a good choice to start the show, and despite the attack maybe being considered as a little heelish as it was from behind, I think it was the right way to go, portraying ‘Lito’s anger well. MVP trying to crawl away established ‘Lito as the face, and Porter as the cowardly heel, and I think it was needed, as even though I knew what was up, and liked it, the line may have been a little blurred as to who was what early on. I loved the story you told early on in the piece, Montel went with the typical heelish tactics, trying to weather the storm, but Carlito’s emotions were just too strong, as he’s able to nail the Flying Clothesline. The timekeeper’s table spot was well placed, finally giving MVP some time to dominate, and well, so far, so good. When Carly went high with the Reverse Elbow I was a little worried it was going to become a normal match, but you went back to the brawling well. Honestly, “I don’t care” coming out of ‘Lito’s mouth doesn’t seem to fit the situation, you could’ve used something a little more vicious, or even no reply to the referee at all would have been more effective. More typical heel stuff with MVP using the referee’s distraction to his advantage, and I have nothing else to say, except that the whole period of domination from MVP seemed okay, including ‘Lito’s Enziguri reversal. I was a little shocked to see the Back Cracker come out of nowhere, although I liked the way it came about, scrapping MVP’s attempt to go back at the knee. ‘Lito snapping and going for the camera was a possibility I could see, but didn’t expect, although MVP nailing the low blow and getting disqualified shocked me a little, but sets the scene perfectly for this feud to continue. Also wanted to let you know that I was happy you didn’t overly focus on the knee, whilst still making it a pivotal part of the match. I hate it when people focus on the injury TO much. A pretty good start to the show here.
Summerslam video package was less attractive than the JD opening one, imo. I thought it was far to England based, and not enough about the actual wrestlers that will be on display for my liking.
is what Jeff Hardy does classified as prancing? This made me chuckle. I don’t like Orton’s buddies not being confident, despite their recent slump inside the ring; I’d like them to remain a little uppity simple because they’re Orton’s boys. Out of all these guys in this match, Doane/Finlay is what I want to see the most, so when Dinsmore made the tag I was pretty happy. With this being said, I was a little disappointed with Hardy coming in straight away, but I guess you’ve got to give everybody a good go. Just as I expected, Cade/’Tista are next after another even encounter, and I hope things get going now, because this stop start stuff gets a little irritating after awhile. The old test of strength was a nice thing to see, yet I really don’t think Cade would drive Batista to his knees, no matter how large Cade is, just can’t see it happening. You quickly made Batista almost make up for it, but still don’t think it would have happened in the first place. I’m really interested to see how Batista dodged that Basement Dropkick, tbh. Batista pretty much just OWNED all three of the opponents which doesn’t bode well for The New Wave, imo. The faces were looking way to dominant for my liking, so I was happy with the low bridge, and FINALLY The Wave gets some sustained offence. Cade uses The Razor’s Edge!!! Forgive me here, but is this something you’ve given Cade, or is it just random use of the move? I really wouldn’t know. Once Finlay pushed Doane off the top rope, I really enjoyed how the pace picked up for a moment, made for some interesting reading. The ending was typical with the faces wave of momentum allowing them to pick up the victory. From Batista dominating at the start, I felt this ending was always going to happen, but I’m a little disappointed, as I was hoping Orton and his buddies would be able to have an Evolution type run on SD, but it simply doesn’t look like it is going to happen. Right now TNW don’t belong with Orton, tbh.
Albright/Haas interaction was pretty good, and I was happy Haas didn’t come across as Albright’s lackey here, despite Albright being the only one with any real success so far. Also, after this epic run, I’m not sure just being in a tag team will be good enough for Albright, so I’ll see what happens. Anyway, pretty interesting segment.
Orton lays down the law, and I was surprised that Doane wasn’t the one who wanted to speak up. Interesting to see he was the only one who still looked disappointed and not annoyed with Orton, perhaps he’ll be the only one Orton sticks with. It would be a nice change from the usual story where the guy who breaks away from the heel group becomes a star. The segment was a little short in length, but it is to be expected, as Orton’s focused on the main event.
I enjoyed Kendrick’s entrance, trying to hit on the blonde bimbo, great stuff. Even once the match begins, Kendrick continues to OWN, although the slap from Guerrero showed that he means business, and pretty much sums up the story of this match/feud. I know this was a pretty basic set up with the heel being arrogant, face taking exception, but this fitted in to this situation amazingly well, imo. The dominance from Chavo was good, letting out a lot of frustration, followed by Kendrick getting the advantage somehow. I loved the domination period for Kendrick, not only does it show he can back up his attitude, but for a moment I got a little worried that this match was going to follow the formula of ‘Lito/Porter way to closely, but that definitely wasn’t the case. The counter of the top rope Hurricanrana into the Powerbomb was very nice, although I didn’t like a moment before that where you mentioned Kendrick almost lost his balance. I could understand if it was John Cena on the top rope, but Kendrick is a high flying pro, so I just really have no idea why you put that in there. Guerrero’s offence was good, heading to the outside, rather than having the ending of the contest coming way to soon, although after Kendrick’s posing before, and now Guerrero bringing it up, I believe the busty blonde was perhaps overused a little. It just really didn’t have the same affect for me on this last occasion. As much as I love the three amigos, Kendrick still wasn’t a fully fledged heel here, imo, and stopping a popular move doesn’t seem like the type of thing that will cement his status to the fans. The cheap shot, followed by Sliced Bread is a nice, cheap way for Kendrick to win; now maybe cementing himself as a fully fledged heel. Chavo chasing Kendrick all but confirms that this feud will probably continue as well, which I really don’t mind, although now that Kendrick’s character has fully changed, I think Chavo might not be the right opponent. I want Kendrick to face somebody with a little more charisma.
‘Mania classic moments already? I remember despising McMahon for this back in the day, but now realizing how cool of a swerve it was.
at JBL, and JBL-amania, typical JBL greatness. I kind of marked for the pause before the entrance, building anticipation, even if it was for Hogan. Awesome, awesome start, with the pie face and the slam from JBL, as Layfield really doesn’t seem like the usual Hogan match formula type of guy. Hogan fired up pretty early, and well, typical crowd teasing/pleasing for us JBL fans, allowing him to roll out of the ring, and preventing the dreaded Leg Drop. This type of stop start stuff is really going to bore me, and I expect a lot of it with Hogan involved, so hopefully the JBL goodness can continue to overshadow the lack of quality action, as it did with the Chimmel spot. With that being said, I really can’t see Chimmel forcing JBL to fall to the floor.
Typical JBL brawling style here, busting Hogan open, and then targeting the cut, but still not that entertaining when Hogan is the opponent. Just as I was really thinking this match was a stinker, JBL attacks a fan. Although it is a plant (of course), this definitely added a little more entertainment to the match, so I thought you placed this really well. The comeback attempt, halted by the Big Boot was terrific, I can honestly say even I thought Hogan was going to get something going, and maybe it’s just because I’m a cruel bastard but I marked for the Clothesline from Hell on the fan. Hogan’s Hulk up came at a perfect time, but once again, I must commend you on the counter from JBL, completely unexpected, and actually made me like the match a little. Hogan finally gets the victory, which disappointed me a little, but overall I thought this was not as bad as I expected. Hogan better piss off now, and JBL needs to do something before ‘Taker, he can’t move on to ‘Taker straight from a loss against Hogan, imo.
DVD commercial? Meh, a little unnecessary but whatever.
Another great promo with Kendrick involved. He’s definitely continuing to be one of the best him characters in this BTB, reminding me a little of Matt Hardy V1. Awesome stuff, and he and Chavo are definitely continuing after this.
Batista interview? Okay, it’s okay, ‘Tista finally wanting the WWE Championship is not something I like, as at this stage I don’t think he’s ready, so hopefully it’s all just crap. I loved Edge’s interruption, especially with the owning of Batista at the end. Honestly, I can see a little feud maybe coming out of this, and even though I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do with the thread at this time, it’d be a nice way to allow Lesnar/Orton to have their feud.
You really don’t seem enthusiastic about this tag team title match, despite the epicness of your champs, but I’m guessing it has something to do with your hate for Booker T. Burke surprisingly wasn’t dominated for as long as I thought he would be, and well, here’s Booker T. I thought it was rather clever, how after Booker was on fire, how the champs showed their experience, with Storm saving Harris. The offence seemed to kind of slow down a little after that, and not be that exciting again, until Burke got back into the ring, as the challengers surprisingly outwitted, or out-tagged the tag team champions with the blind tag, and then Burke’s little patch of dominance. The pace quickened once again, which I think was really needed for this contest a little more than what we got, and it made the ending pretty fun, with AMW once again finding a way to get the win. I guess the match was decent enough, but after the drama of Hogan/JBL, this really didn’t feel like a match worth paying attention to. AMW to hold the titles forever though, please.
Just curious as to how many KOTR matches will take place at SNME? Will it just be the main event, or will it be like the good old days where quarters, semi’s and the final all take place on the one night. If you’ve addressed this already I apologize, but I really can’t remember.
Honestly, this US Title match has a big time feel to it, but I found Tazz stating that this is the main event, when we’ve got an epic fatal four way coming up to be way to much of an over statement. Despite this line though, I really felt as if you did a good job, letting the commentators shill the shit out of this one, and the implications for both guys involved. No better match than this one to begin with chain wrestling, as it sure as well won’t happen in the main event. Once again, you’re telling the story of this feud through your match with perfection, having London dominate early, and Albright getting frustrated, showing that London may simply have Albright’s number. I thought the Snapmare over the top rope was pretty great and creative, and Albright catching London was a terrific way for him to get a sustained advantage without cheating. Albright definitely turned it up a gear here, and I can already see the extra effort you’re putting in to this one, with a nice sequence of moves, capped off beautifully with the skinning of the cat being reversed, and London being sent to the barricade. You’ve got me pumped up so far.
I adore the style of Albright, and how after the amazing move sequence, he can just become so brutal, as he was with all those shots on London. Brent’s domination was fun, but I didn’t mind London’s offence ending with the Shooting Star Press either, although I have no idea why Albright was staggering around, which allowed for the Mushroom Stomp. Moonsault to the outside was okay by London to, although I must say I feel as if London is getting a little spotty here, so here’s hoping that Albright takes advantage again. Belly to Belly on the cold, hard floor was insane. Nothing else to say about it, great stuff. I thought the kick to the head when London ducked was rather clever to, basic, but never really used. Victory Roll out of nowhere continues the story that Albright can’t keep London down. The Suplex combination was rather brutal, and I’m guessing now we will slowly head into the final sequence. It has been good so far, nothing to complain about. The reversal of the Arm Drag into the Crowbar was pretty slick if I do say so myself, another thing I love about Albright, his finisher can come from anywhere. The work on the arm was a little dull for a moment or two, although I do believe it was necessary, and then the match hit fever pitch. The constant scrambling for the Crowbar, the attempted Springboard kick, and the eventual Backbreaker, all terrific stuff. I didn’t think this match could get much better, but it’s definitely stepping up a level. More ass kissing here, but I liked the anticipation you built when London was going for the 450 Splash, great writing, followed by the epic Crowbar minute or two. An awesome ending to Wolf, and London is finally the champion, just as I expected. An almost flawless match recap here, Wolf, terrific stuff.
This Vengeance video is more of what I expect.
Brock Lesnar’s intensity OWNS.
RVD’s interview was rather good for RVD to. Getting straight to the point, and showing his determination.
Main event time, and I must admit, I’m pretty excited. I definitely expected the pairing up to go like this, and RVD/Orton going to the outside gives them the chance to be more vicious, which is what I expect from both, whilst Edge/Lesnar can tear shit up in the ring. I loved how RVD pushed Edge out of the way to get to Orton, whilst it makes him seem a little dumb, it shows just how angry he is, and just how badly he wants to get at Orton. The pat on Lesnar’s shoulder was way to cheesy though, and as soon as it happened, I was hoping Lesnar would have a go at RVD, and thankfully he did. A couple of shots from Lesnar and all of a sudden RVD is hurt? I guess you’re going down the he is really fucked up route, which is fine with me; it will make Orton look like a beast later on. I must say RVD was on a massive roll for a bit there, and I love the way you are playing on his injury, although I must say, I think you’re focusing way too much on RVD early on. I have been liking the typical multi man match stuff though, with constant interference from a third or fourth competitor, is always fun stuff. Two big moves and RVD is out. I wasn’t expecting this, so I take back what I said earlier, I now understand why you focused so much on him in the early stages. Orton looks like a complete animal right now, and I expect RVD to be out for awhile after this. Lesnar/Edge were backstage for awhile, which was something I didn’t expect, but it’s something different, and Orton just standing there by himself, just waiting, really makes him seem like the fucking man. I honestly think this was more really good booking/writing. Once Van Dam was eliminated there was always going to be a period of time where Edge/Orton decided to work on Lesnar, and this was it. It went for maybe a little too long, or at least long enough for me to want it to end, so I was pleased when Lesnar weaved out of the conchairto situation. Lesnar’s comeback was pretty well written to, although I must say
at Edge’s Spear sending Lesnar outside the ring. Have you seen his Spear? Simply not happening, not even to Spike fucking Dudley. I thought the way Edge was eliminated was very clever to, as Orton simply outsmarted Edge, so whilst Orton continues to look like a million bucks, Edge looked rather dumb, and now when he complains again, I’m just going to think “it’s your own fault you dumb fuck”, so yeah, not sure what’s going to happen with him now. Orton/Lesnar, I still think this is going to be the Summerslam main event, but I guess we’re going to get a preview of it now. Dirty win for Orton tonight though, I think. The epicness of Edge is simply unbelievable at this point, despite me not being sure about him a minute ago; these two Spears changed my opinion on things quite a bit.
Just a real little thing, but Orton got Speared first, and Lesnar is the ‘Iron Man’, so I’d expect Lesnar to attempt to pin Orton, not the other way around, despite the punishment that Lesnar has taken earlier on. Lesnar/Orton has been very entertaining so far, with it being rather fast paced, both men going at it, no stale patches, just an all out great read, before we get a little break, after Lesnar reverses the RKO. Nice spot with the F5 through the table. A sledgehammer shot? Very much unexpected, and a dead set awesome finisher. The sledgehammer being Triple H’s signature weapon leaves me with questions regarding Lesnar/Triple H number two perhaps taking place on the blue brand. Awesome ending anyway, and your WWE Champion looks like a fucking superstar. Great stuff, now let him ditch his shitty little friends. Great main event anyway.
Overall, your motivation really seems to be disappearing but your talent sure as hell isn’t. Whilst this PPV was never going to be PPV of the year, you delivered huge, especially with JBL/Hogan, as I really felt as if you made it a lot better than what I expected. Whilst that was good, Kendrick/Guerrero, ‘Lito/Porter, and even the six man tag all did the job, and London/Albright and main event stole the show. Your threads been going for so long, and I don’t care what ANYBODY says, at this point in time, you’re still the man. Great PPV, mate, I hope to see Raw sometime soon.