Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Starting the show with a squash match? I'm not too sure about that, but I guess this was more of a segment than a match, really. Masters' promo beforehand was pretty good, typically heel, making fun of Shawn's beliefs and his hometwon. Not much to say about the match, but aren't these guys The Naturals? I thought these guys were down in FCW, guess not. Maybe this was a try-out match for them? Anyway, Shawn coming in at the end was good, as was his promo, very nice, set him up as an established vet, and someone to not mess with. Eventful, but I don't know if I liked this as the opening to the show.
I liked this segment a lot more than I did the last one. I could feel the anxiousness the four have to get in the ring and take each other out. The other reason I really liked this was because ever since I started reading, the Masters of the Mat have mostly been involved in the affairs of Michaels and 'Taker. They've been essential to recent developments in the World Title picture, but their own program for the Tag Titles has suffered because of lack of interaction between opponents. Finally, we got some here. Good stuff.
I liked both of these segments. Worked together just as well as if they were separate, not one after the other. I liked Tazz making Sydal/Jeter for Judgement Day, that's going to be a very good match, even better now that it'll be on PPV, and it furthered established that Tazz isn't a boss you want to cross. Jeter came off as a liar, very heelish, very good. The following with the Divas was also good, although I'm wondering why Tazz just gave Mia Rain (I like the name) a contract, just for attacking Divas. I suppose it makes some sort of sense, as you see people debuting with attacks, and the GMs just let it happen because they're under contract, but I didn't much like that. I did like the announcing of the Divas tag match later on, should be good, looking forward to a solid showing from Ms. Rain.
I didn't really like this match much. It made Lashley look like a serious contender, no doubt about that, but came at the expense of Shelton. He didn't have much of a dominant showing from what we got of the match, and he took the coward's way out by using his belt. Wasn't all that impressed with this. I did, however, like Jordan watching from the back, that was a nice touch, and Shelton's promo, it worked, but mostly because it was very dillusional, due to his performance. Lashley got put over here very well, especially recovering so quickly, but again, didn't really like that he was put over too much.
I'm glad that we got this segment, just the reaction I expected from Killings. However, even though it was needed, it took a seat to the advertisement that Tazz made, that he'll be dealing with Chavo next. Good segment, got across Killings' anger well, and got me to look forward to Tazz dealing with Chavo.
I really liked this promo. It gave a lot of signifigance to the fued between Chavo and Killings, and it also got me to look forward to the Scramble Match, just for these two. I think it's a good idea to give these two a match within a match at Judgement Day, to reserve a singles match at the next PPV, if that's what you'll be doing. Chavo was a very good heel here, bringing up Tazz's hometown and calling it a slum, and Tazz continues to prove himself a GM that's not going to take crap from anyone. It does make me look forward to the time that someone will keep egging Tazz on after a warning, to see what'll happen. Killings coming out but being restrained added to making me want to see them fight, but even though I like that Chavo and Shawn'll be facing off, I didn't really like how it announced. It seemed to come out of the blue, but I think it would've worked better if it was in full. Either way, awesome segment here.
Good Divas match here, Mia looked impressive in her debut, and had a lot of storytelling, as well. Everyone had their eyes open for her, especially her own partner. The action was solid, the heels dominated mostly, but the faces also looked good. I'm glad it was Michelle that ate the two finishers, and I also enjoyed the rake comment, very funny. Good stuff all around, I'm even more interested in Ms. Rain, and what her backstory might be.
Solid match here. Both men looked very impressive, earning momentum towards their big Judgment Day encounters. Normally, I wouldn't especially like a dirty finish to a good match like this, but I understand that they're necessary, and in this case, I quite liked it. Didn't take anything away from Shane, but got heat for Kash, and a very big win over the CW Champ for Jeter. Good job here.
Awesome clashing of the egos here between these two, this had fantastic flow and was a great overall segment. It didn't put over their feuds as a whole, but put over the two individuals, Punk especially. He made a lot of bold comments that surely would've pissed the crowd off and gotten him heat for his match later on. I did like the ending, and I can see MVP interfering in the match later on tonight, not just to attack Elijah, but also to spite Punk for saying that he can beat Elijah alone. Money stuff here, these two are quickly becoming favorites of mine in this thread.
Best match of the night so far. These two worked really well here, you found their chemistry and put it to good use. I really liked how Punk used Layla to his enjoyment, pissing off pretty much everyone watching. It makes him seem like such a jackass, similar to the one he was in ROH, but a little tamer and not preaching of straight edge. The one thing that I'm still a little iffy about is Layla being Elijah's girlfriend. You're not really playing her up to be a big part of his character, with not much interaction between them; she just kind of there most of the time, and I think she could be used a lot better. Aside from that little thing which basically played no role in the match, very good matck here, momentum scored for everyone here as well.
Not much said here, but we heard things loud and clear here. Very basic, but very effective. Gave a lot of hype towards the CW Title Match at the PPV, which looks to be even better and better, lot of progression made during this episode. Good stuff here.
With the recent interactions between these two during this show, it's easy to want to see them feud. As great as that'd be, however, their roles as heels are too good right now for a face turn. Liked this a lot, however.
While this was a good match, wasn't the best of the night. It put Chavo over as a serious competitior, but I just didn't like the usage of three top-rope moves (missile dropkick, Frog Splash, and diving elbow) all so close together. The other thing that I didn't like was Shawn using the Three Amigos. I wouldn't let anyone get away with that except for Chavo, and I'm fairly certain the rest of the crowd would, either (Punk used it on Chavo and got heat), even if it's in his hometown. Aside from that, it was a good match, not as good as the one before it, but still a good match, with a solid ending. I thought 'Taker was a tad generic to his character with what he said, so I'm hoping to hear from him soon without all the "Rest in Peace"s and whatnot, but I did like the effects of it.
First off, I want to say sorry for basically stealing your feedback format. Second, very good show. It had a lot of happenings and progression towards Judgment Day. It was mostly match-driven tonight, but it was used very effectively to help sell the PPV, just as well as the promos and segments did. It gave more importance to the undercard tonight, as the Chavo/Killings, Shane/Kash, and the new Divas program all got good attention. The World Title feud I felt suffered a little because of that, it wasn't as strong as recent weeks, but not enough to say it wasn't good. Either way, this was one of the best stops on the road to the PPV yet, definitely got me looking forward to it. Great job here, Nige, so keep it up. 8.5/10.