Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Opening Promo: Very good promo here, the way Shawn carried himself as nonchalontly as he could, talking only of respect and wanting to put on the best match, was all very awesome, although it leads me to believe that that might not be the case. 'Taker coming out here was a great touch to Shawn's speech, and very good in making the main event. I thought it was a little strange that Tazz came out before 'Taker could finish his sentence, and his motives are also questionable. Things didn't seem to be heading into a violent degree, so I suspect something could be up. Nevertheless, the main event should be good, and this was great hype for the main event at Judgement Day.
Divas Segment: Interesting little segment. Everyone here was good, especially Beth and Michelle, and I'm liking the interactions between the Divas already, fun stuff. I'm not totally thrilled to see Michelle vs. Beth, but it should be a good match, especially with the underlying story of this mystery woman. And if Beth isn't in cahoots with her, then what's her deal?
Shane/Shannon: Fun match here, glad to see Shannon not get jobbed out like he did last week, showing a lot of resiliency. Even though I've never really seen Michael Shane work, and I'm not a fan of Kid Kash, I'm liking this feud, Kash's promos have driven it quite well, making himself sound like a big deal, and bringing importance to the CW Title. I'm going to have to disagree with The Notorious K.I.D. and say that I don't see him winning the title, though.
Jeter Interview: I liked this interview, it caught me up with the story of the two, and I liked the transition between the quick cockiness at the start, into the seriousness of it as it progressed. This was also good hype for their match later on tonight, which I'm looking forward to, and I also think that Jeter did some running of the mouth, as well. He said looking forward to the match wasn't a strong enough description, but last week, he was trying to get out of the match. Still, I'm looking forward to the match, should be funMi to see how it turns out.
Michelle/Beth: Not a bad match, was just the right amount of back-and-forth action to keep Michelle looking strong, while still keeping Beth dominant. Although, you called her Glam Slam the "Grand Slam." Aside from that, I liked this segment, got to see more of the mystery woman, and what she can do. It seems as if we might be seeing something between her and Beth, by the way she was looking at her, so I'm looking forward to that.
VIP Lounge: Very creative segment here, with Elijah taking the VIP Lounge. Anyway, I thought it was great advancement for the feud, but I didn't like some of the jokes Elijah made, especially the one about MVP's parents giving him up for adoption. That just seemed really unclassy. The segment itself did a good job in driving the MVP/Elijah match, and also did a great job in making Elijah seem important. I'm sure he's important in this thread, but since I just started here, and WWE didn't treat him that way, I became disenchanted with him. But anyway, this renewed my interest in him, so great job there, and Matt vs. Punk also got a few mentions. Looking forward to the match tonight.
Tazz/Superstars Segment: Pretty high intensity level here, I liked it. I wasn't a fan of the dumb ass Mexicans comment, being Mexican myself, and not especially liking whenever a race card is played, but I'll let it slide. Anyway, I really like what you did here. You allowed two on-going programs to get some PPV time, while rolling them together and setting up a great challenge for Shelton. Great booking there. However, Jordan looked like a total bitch here, crying about Lashley being too dangerous. I wouldn't mind seem him gone once he's been fed to Lashley. I don't see Chavo and Jordan getting along for their match later on, though, and Masters and Haas barging in, I felt was just a cheap plug for the main event. It was nice, but not necessarily needed. But anyway, great segment here.
UK Pack Interview: Haven't seen much of this team, but they seem like quite the confident duo, bordering on cocky. Anyway, they took some nice shots at Masters and Haas, and built up their PPV encounter nicely, as well as hyping up the main event as well. They also got some words in for their match in tonight, not a lot, but still enough to remind us of it. Should be good.
Jeter Attack: I liked this. Simple attack, without the usual steel chair or other sorts of weapons, but just as effective. Jeter looked good here, picking a point and working on it, making Sydal crash into it repeatedly, intelligence and cunning on his part. While we didn't get this match (and I was looking forward to it), we got some more good build-up to it, to make the pay-off even better when it happens. Maybe at Judgement Day? Or a gimmick match? Either way, I liked this segment, and how the story was progressed here. Good job.
Tag Match: Good match here, some nice chemistry between Chavo and Jordan. I was a little surprised that they didn't turn on each other, but Killings showing up would've been my next guess. I liked how you noted that Burchill got the ref to focus on him as Killings punched Chavo, something a few bookers would've failed to mention, leading to questions about a DQ on the part of the Pack. Anyway, solid stuff from all men, all getting to show what they've got as they get closer and closer to Judgement Day.
Punk/MVP Segment: Are Punk and Kash friends? Anyway, good segment here, showed both guys to be jackasses, only looking out for themselves. Also put over both of their current feuds with Matt and Elijah, as well as some hype for Matt/MVP later on tonight. I liked this, good job here.
Jericho Promo: When's he going to get here? I've looked back at shows I missed, and this has been going on ever since he got drafted to SD!. Maybe he'll make his grand debut on PPV?
Lashley/Shelton Segment: Good stuff. Shelton made a lot of good points about Lashley and Tazz, and all of this built up the US Title Scramble Match for Judgement Day well. I can see Shelton retaining the belt at the PPV, and Lashley moving onto a feud with him afterwards.
Matt/MVP: I didn't really get into this match until the ending sequence started. I'm not exactly sure what it was, but I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I did like the ending, with Punk using the briefcase, kept his program with Matt going strong. I didn't really like Elijah going after Punk, but I understand why he did it. He's starting to become buds with Matt, but I didn't like because I'm still not used to him as a face. I also didn't like Matt going down after the briefcase shot, when you take in the time between the shot and the ref's count, which was slow. I felt MVP could've busted out one of his finishers easily, but no matter. It's all the same results, basically, the heels looking good and coming out on top here.
Main Event: I liked this better than the previous match, which I'm surprised to say. Anyway, this had the usual 'Taker routine going, but things fell apart very well, with Haas's interference and whatnot. Masters had a good showing against 'Taker, even if it was dirty, but that's the way heels play, so it's all good. I liked the aftermath to this, progressed the World Title feud very well, and I'm loving the story. Shawn wants an honorable battle with 'Taker, but continuously ends up hitting him with weapons, very good stuff. This got me looking forward to next week, and what 'Taker will say or do.
Overall: Another good show, Nige, and I really liked it because everything had a purpose. Everything was advanced in terms of ongoing stories or PPV matches, and had this been my first SD! (it's my second), it would've made me look forward to Judgement Day, so great job there. Matches were good, sans MVP/Matt, and promos were also good. I know you're busy with uni work, so it might be awhile before I get to read one of those, but I'd love to check out another full show of yours. I really like these recap shows, but they make me wonder how much better they'd be in full. That may seem like a bad thing if that's your state of mind, but that's not how I think of it, so I say it as a good thing. Anyway, very good show, enjoyable read, looking forward to next week. 8/10.