The usual good start to the show, doing a good job hyping up your go home card before The Bash.
Interesting to see you giving The Brian Kendrick time to talk to start the show off just two days away from The Great American Bash. I understand that with Flair, Jericho and Van Dam all inactive, you don’t have the most stacked roster, but I still think it’s good to see you giving a guy you’ve pushed well (despite the division around him really not being much at all) in the past few months some time at the beginning of the show. Kendrick talking up their history and really showing off his ego by claiming he was always the more talented member was nice, while I liked the little touch in there about him being the guy who always got the numbers from the chicks, because it really suits the way you’ve moved his character, as shown by him chatting girls up a few times in the locker-room in the past few months. Having him make up bullshit like London begging him not to leave because Kendrick was more talented is a nice way to ensure heat too, while having London capture the United States Title just because he was jealous of Kendrick’s success is a nice showing of how Kendrick’s mind works as the egomaniac that he is. Having Kendrick think the fans are booing London and not him shows that once again, although I found the line about him finding a new friend a little surprising. I thought something more along the lines of Kendrick saying he doesn’t need friends anymore because all of his old friends proved that any friends he has can’t help but be jealous of his success would have worked better, playing off the stuff with Chavo and Super Crazy too. Still, Kendrick’s crap up until the Noble interruption was nice. Noble getting right down to business and making the challenge for the Cruiserweight Title was good, while Kendrick literally laughing him off and saying he has a big match for Sunday, thus he can’t compete tonight is again a good way to show off his attitude. Having Kendrick pretend he’s been an honourable champion fits in with his attitude well, while having him sidestep the challenge for tonight and put Daivari in Noble’s path is a good way to ensure a match between these two will happen in the future.
Noble picking up the win here was obvious, but it’s a good way to build his momentum ahead of a possible match at SummerSlam, while Kendrick gets to continue to focus on London for the time being.
I’ve been waiting for The Bash for quite awhile now, so it’s good to see it’s almost time. Looking forward to seeing how it shapes SummerSlam.
Nice promo from The Master Craftsmen to hype up the whole gimmick of the tag match at The Bash. Making it seem like Carlito simply won’t be able to find a partner because he’s not liked, while also having them talk themselves up and say that they’re individually better than Carlito is nice, plus the last line was a really good closer, making the pair look like real dicks.
Nice match between Carlito and Haas, utilizing some strong psychology with the leg work, while also giving Carlito a victory that keeps him looking strong plus also keeps Haas looking alright, despite the loss.
I really like the whole idea of this promo, with London saying he’ll beat Kendrick in the hope of bringing him back to earth. The rest of it was good too, with London talking up their past and refuting the claims of Kendrick, but the ending was really powerful, giving their match that extra meaning.
As I’ve said before, looking forward to the debut of Nemeth. I hope he doesn’t spend an extended period on Superstars like Bourne has, because SmackDown! could do with a bit more excitement in the midcard. Had to laugh at this promo in general though, especially the line “Their names?? They don’t matter.” Just brilliant. The rubbish about how he’s kind for sleeping around is great too.
An intense Lesnar is great to see. It makes his situation with Orton seem that much more heated, plus it covers up his biggest weakness in that, at least as a face, he’s a little weak on the stick.
Hyping up the importance of the Buried Alive match here is a good idea, showing off just how big it is.
Giving Booker and JBL time to have a pretty good match (well, the best you can expect from the two of them) in what is possibly their last appearance is a really nice way to send them out. The way the match played out was nicely done with the respective interference from both men’s opponents for The Bash too, hyping those matches up while also adding to this match at the same time.
I love the iudea that you held JBL back after the interference from ‘Taker so that he could do what he does best in talking. Having JBL go back on his phony rant because The Undertaker didn’t actually show up again is a great way to really show what this feud has been all about and build up the match one last time before The Bash. I really liked that you had JBL continue to declare himself as the true ‘Phenom’ too because he hasn’t played mind games and he made the challenge, as well as also having him genuinely believe that he’s going to win, at least making him seem like he has a chance. The final bit with one last piece of mind games from The Undertaker was nicely done too.
The hyping of SummerSlam and the Hatton announcement was done well here, especially with the segues making it all flow together seamlessly on commentary.
Solid promo from Booker and Burke, letting Booker sum up just what is on the line at The Bash, and really send us into the match knowing his intent and that he wants it badly. This really does the job of showing what’s on the line.
The shots from the shillelagh by MVP in this match were a nice way to hype up the Belfast Brawl for The Bash, while I also liked that Masters was allowed to have a real impact here. Is that a sign of things to come for him? I’d certainly be happy to see him pushed if so.
I find it interesting that you have the final Orton promo before The Bash be all about Cade and Doane, but I guess it signals that, with Orton or not, these guys could have a big future in this thread. You hyped both men up well, with the final little bit perhaps being a bit of a sign that they aren’t fully unified.
Good job shilling The Bash here. I still think the card maybe lacks that “it” factor, but it’s certainly looking good from a wrestling perspective.
Nice to see you using some of your own moments in SummerSlam history from this thread, which has a huge past.
I liked the idea of this segment, and thought it was executed well, but I just don’t think it was needed after the Booker promo earlier. One or the other would have worked, but both was just a bit too much.
Interesting turn of events here with London and Batista jumped to hype up their respective matches for The Bash. Lesnar calling out Orton regardless, bringing The New Wave out, only for The New Wave to ditch Orton was kind of expected, although I thought it’d be in the actual match. Orton surviving while Lesnar goes nuts and lays out the security guards is a really good way to end things, showing just what Lesnar is going to bring come The Bash. A surprising way to finish things, but still a good one.
Yeah, I was late with this, but the show delivered as far as the hyping of The Bash went. Writing was at its usual high standard too, making for an entertaining SmackDown!. Good stuff.
7) WWE Championship Match:
Randy Orton vs. Brock Lesnar
Triple H screwed Lesnar last time, so why wouldn't he this time? I believe we'll be getting Orton/'Taker at SummerSlam for the title, so Orton has to win this to get there.
5) WWE United States Championship Match:
Paul London vs. The Brian Kendrick
London clean. Kendrick is headed to a CW Title match with Noble, while London and MVP should feud over the US Title.
1) WWE Tag Team Championships Match;
~If Booker T & Elijah Burke lose, Booker T must leave the WWE~
Americas Most Wanted vs. Booker T & Elijah Burke
Burke to turn on Booker. I just can't see them as champions in this thread, and you've never been a huge Booker fan, plus Burke could suddenly become interesting as a result.
6) ~THE RETURN OF THE PHENOM~
Buried Alive Match:
John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield vs. The Undertaker
He's going for the WWE Title next.
2) Belfast Brawl:
Finlay vs. M.V.P
MVP is headed for the US Title. Finlay, however, is just a strongly booked jobber in here.
3) Grudge Match:
Edge vs. Batista
He sneaks a win so Batista can have his breakout victory in a rematch at SummerSlam.
4) Tag Team Challenge Match:
The Master Craftsmen vs. Carlito & Any partner of his choosing
Now this is where things get interesting. Jeff Hardy has basically disappeared, so I can't see him being the partner. Primo was killed off, perhaps for good, plus you even said he's not the partner. I think you have to think about who The Master Craftsmen are when thinking about who the partner could be - which is why I'm saying Carlito's partner will be a returning Ric Flair (watch people bandwagon onto this in following predictions too, even if I'm way off the mark, despite him not coming into calculations before from people who don't follow this thread). The Master Craftsmen have the ability, but they're just missing that edge, which is why they need Flair. He fits in with the idea of being a master craftsman too, so he seems natural to take up a role in the group. Now I know he's teaming with Carlito here, but I expect the turn to happen possibly at SummerSlam, if not here (even though I've said 'Lito will win). I know it ignores his history with Orton in a way, but I just think Flair mentoring Haas and Albright is perfect, especially upon them entering the main event scene. Book it.
1) Predict the winners of each match (7 points) Way ahead of you.
2) Predict the match order (7 Points) And again.
3) Longest Match (3 points) Orton/Lesnar. London and Kendrick don't need as long to do something special.
4) Shortest Match (3 points) The Belfast Brawl, though hopefully JBL/'Taker isn't too long.
5) Who will be Carlitos tag team partner? *hint; NOT Primo* (5 points) Ric Flair.
6) Will there be any surprise appearances; and if so, WHO?? (3 points) Yes. Flair would be a massive shock to most, and Triple H MAY make an appearance.
7) Which competitor will suffer the fall in the WWE Tag Team Titles Match?? (2 points) Booker T.