OK, time for some comments.
First off, don't you DARE think of leaving again. People are reading, but if they're anything like me, they're too busy or lazy to reply with feedback for every show. I can't remember the last time I gave someone "full" feedback for a show so bare with me but I'll do my best.
I think recapping is definitely a good idea, especially now that SummerSlam is out of the way. It allows you to progress the thread quickly and get to the juicier stuff that I know is coming between the Survivor Series/WrestleMania period. I don't think you should even bother with Superstars anymore. You can easily build your "up and comers" through results and news posts, and then when they debut on the main brands of RAW or SmackDown!. Finally, with regards to Cyber Sunday, I’d say you should just make up the results yourself. There’s no reason for BTB’ers to vote and dictate your writing, and I don’t think anyone would care. Just go with what you think is best.
Now, to the actual feedback.
I don’t have as much to say for SD! as I do for RAW for obvious reasons, but I’ll give my thoughts on a few things.
Not sure how I feel about Arn Anderson being back as the GM of the show. His return segment on RAW was fantastic, but right now he feels like the Theodore Long of BTB to me. No disrespect to ‘Double A’ but I just don’t get his character in this thread really. I think him being a character is more a case of you being a fan of his rather than him actually bringing anything to the proverbial table. Obviously none of this is news to you, since I’ve made my feelings clear about him over MSN before, but this is just a little reminder.
Anderson booking an Elimination Chamber is both a surprise and not a surprise. I’m surprised at you pulling out the Chamber as a filler match for a filler pay-per-view rather than using it to bring several feuds together in one match, but I’m not surprised that Orton is once again defending his title in a multi-man match. I’m still not a fan of Orton being champion but I have an idea of what you’re planning so I know that right now it’s a necessary evil.
Loving The Brian Kendrick. Not too sure how I feel about the Cruiserweights going for the world title, whilst mentioning the CW title, makes the CW title sound very minor. Nonetheless it was a one-time short segment so I guess it’s not THAT big of a deal. I’ll let it slide this once.
I’m not 100% convinced that we’ve seen the last of Chris Jericho in this thread, even after what you’ve written in this promo. The promo was...okay. Not that it wasn’t written well, but I don’t know if I particularly “felt” it. Maybe it’s just because I’m so used to Jericho’s most recent real-life character, but I feel like this could be a swerve, and that Jericho will be back at a later date. I know you have several people in your thread who have already left (and now come back) to WWE like Lesnar, Jericho, Trips, Taker etc, but I think you should hold on to Jericho. He’s still useful for putting other guys over.
I like your reasoning for Edge having to face Undertaker again. Whilst he has technically beaten Taker clean now, a second win (which I expect will be clean, knowing your booking style) for Edge over Taker will surely put him at the top of the pack on SmackDown! and perhaps will lead to him finally getting his title shot at Survivor Series. Although Edge is already a main eventer in this thread in my eyes, I think you’re still convincing yourself somehow, so I hope in the end that you do, because he’s WAY overdue a title run in this thread.
I expected Cade to win the Battle Royal so no surprises there. What I found interesting was how you mentioned Batista going up the ramp in search of Undertaker. Planting the seeds for something bigger in the future perhaps? That could be an interesting feud. Batista’s still an upper midcard guy in this thread, but much like Edge, if he can defeat The Undertaker, he should then move into the main event scene permanently.
Christian opening the show was expected and probably the best way to open RAW following the conclusion of SummerSlam. I’m not a fan of the hokey pokey sentimental crap that he spewed out but he’s a babyface main event wrestler so there’s not much I can say about that. For what it was it was written well. You did a good job of really making a point of just how “monumental” Christian’s win over Umaga was, and considering I whole-heartedly expected a title switch, it certainly was just that.
“He still has a job!?” KILLED ME.
Whilst I hate John Cena’s character, everything he said was absolutely spot on, both from his hideous self-promotion to his over-the-top claim of “give me a title shot or fire me because I’ve lost twice.” Christian/Cena II will most definitely happen again, that’s a given, and I think it’s likely to happen either a big PPV like the Rumble or probably more likely, at WrestleMania. For me it’s not so much about the rematch now, but about the character transformation, and who will be the one to inevitably become a heel.
Thank god for Bischoff. Speaking of which, I thought he was supposed to be a tweener when you brought him back? He’s been a fully-fledged heel for a while now. Much like Anderson on SmackDown!, Bischoff’s act in this thread is wearing thin. Nonetheless, in typical Bischoff fashion, he makes Cena the guest referee for a number one contender’s match, which I have to admit, I didn’t see coming, because I thought you’d put Cena in the match only for him to lose yet again. Making Cena officiate a match for a future title match between the two men that have made him tap out is the icing on the cake, and continues to build Cena’s imminent “breakdown.” Since you don’t love Angle as much as you used to and Kennedy’s been pushed heavily lately, I’d say you’re going to give Kennedy another title match, but then you already had Kennedy/Christian at Vengeance, so perhaps it’s Angle’s time to shine. I could see you booking Angle/Christian and then giving the fans the opportunity to vote Rey Mysterio or Kennedy or someone else back into the match for a triple threat.
Whilst Angle seems to be turning away from Mysterio and focusing on the World title, I can’t see you ending the feud just yet. As I said above, I expect Mysterio to find his way into the title match. As for the promo, it was enjoyable, and I liked the way you had Angle differentiate between what he considers “sacred” and what he doesn’t. I think you have a chance here to do something very interesting and deeper with Mysterio’s character than we’ve really seen before in BTB. Heed my words because last time they led you to your most intriguing BTB Divas storyline in years, if ever.
Nice banner for Cyber Sunday. The guy who made it should be credited.
The Anderson/Edge/Bischoff promo is so far my favourite segment of the night. As I’ve said above I don’t like Anderson being back as GM, but I did like the way in which he was brought back. It was true that something was going to happen what with Bischoff coercing all these SmackDown! superstars to RAW, and now with Anderson getting free pick of five RAW guys, this has basically become your second draft of the year. The first guy who immediately comes to mind for a switch to SmackDown! is obviously Cena, after that talk of two-years no compete clause, but I don’t think you’ll go for the switch since Cena is surely set to face Christian down the road. Or, Cena goes to SD! and then wins the Rumble and comes back to challenge Christian, in a “he just couldn’t let it go” storyline. Regardless of how all this unfolds, it’s interesting, so I’m intrigued to see how Edge’s title chase continues, what Anderson will do now he’s back in the saddle, and how Bischoff and Cena will continue to function together on RAW.
Coach, yet again, killed it.
: “STOP CALLIN’!”
Skipping to the Bischoff/Craftsmen segment, I like that Bischoff laid down the law with the two when put in a corner, and really told them how it is. Their retort of them jumping back to SmackDown! sounds like an empty thread to me, but I wouldn’t be too shocked to see it either. On a side note, whilst Bischoff looked good in this segment, he’s now been all over this show. We might need to see a little less of him on next week’s show.
I found the Craftsmen/Angels whatever this name is (already HATE that name, change it immediately) segment interesting. I didn’t even realise you were having Williams and Daniels as faces, I just thought they debuted as heels against heels in a squash. That’s something different.
ANGLE IS NUMBER ONE CONTENDER!!! Cena getting involved annoyed me a little, but what the hey. Hopefully these feuds of Cena/Kennedy, Angle/Mysterio and Christian/Umaga will finally get wrapped up at Cyber Sunday.
LOVED Regal’s victory comments, Coach’s arrogance, and Cody’s interruption was ...eh. I think that much like Rhodes in real life several years ago, you’re still finding your mark with who he really is as a character, but whatever. The impromptu match was great and a solid win over Rhodes for Regal was unexpected, as I had a feeling he’d be dropping the belt as soon as he won it now that SummerSlam is over. In a night where the heels have been pretty dominant (Umaga hasn’t shown up yet, which suggests he will in a minute, and Bischoff all over the shop, Angle becoming number one contender), this is a nice, good-feel moment for the audience. I really don’t expect Regal to be champion for much longer, but at least you gave him his two shining moments of glory.
The main event/Angle/Rey/Christian stuff was all very exciting, I’m not going to go into full detail because I feel like I don’t need to, and that it’d be a lot of needless butt-kissing which I’m sure you’re used to by now.
Not too sure how I feel about Christian getting beat “clean” by the Master Craftsmen, because I think whilst they look strong, even with the attack beforehand, Christian came off looking a little weak.
Umaga decimating Christian to end the show was a predictable yet good segment. I’ve already made my feelings about Umaga and a world title run now perfectly clear to you through PM, so what I’ll just say here is that whilst your “confirmed” main event for Cyber Sunday is Angle vs. Christian, there’s no way that’s the official main event. With Kennedy, Cena, Rey Mysterio and now Umaga all lurking in the background, someone will get added to the match. Decent ending for the show, the crowd got their feel-good moment with Regal winning, but you went with the right segment to close.
Keep writing fella!