Re: WWE: A Strong Response - By Nige™ & Emperor DC
I asked for it, and I received it. A full Nige promo, and man, that was a hell of a promo. Everyone here that spoke was tremendous, especially JBL. He was the one that really built this, and overall, I think it was one of the best promos I've ever read. Orton was very good, although I feel as if his thunder was somewhat stolen by JBL, and Bischoff, who's so smug I though I'd never think he'd work as a face, is working as a face. Great job. The 8-Man No DQ FCA Match should be awesome, although I'm slightly puzzled as to why Kane is on the heel team. Obviously because there wasn't any room for him on the face side, but it seems a little weird to me. Two big matches on the show that should be very fun, so I'm looking forward to both after this great opening.
Again, Ted doesn't have the best showing. He was pretty hot when I first started reading, but over the weeks, he's lost quite a bit of momentum, with lackluster performances. From what we saw here, he didn't get much offense, with the biggest move he hit being a suplex, not good for the champ. The finish was basic Finlay, nothing special, but I'm starting to get a little worried about Ted. This might be all part of the plan, but he needs a big, decisive win soon. I'm guessing that this'll give Finlay a shot at the Million Dollar Title now?
Noticed an error right off the bat here, when Todd said Natalya was victorious against Kelly and Candice in a tag match last week, when it was just Natalya and Kelly on the previous RAW. In fact, that tag match never actually happened (since I started reading, anyway), so I'm not sure what you did there. Anyway, aside from that, hilarious stuff. Santino was brilliant, pure awesomeness, while the women weren't bad themselves. Melina didn't have much to say, but Natalya was good, and this built up hype for their match, as well as tension to add to the storytelling. Golden segment, especially Santino's last line. Great stuff.
Not a bad match by any means, but not all that exciting. I'm glad it was competitive, though, moreso than Ted vs. Finlay. Eddie fought back with some nice moves, which I liked, but showed Shad's dominance in the ring as well. Perez was also utilized well in blocking off JTG, covering for Carlito to try and interfere. Again, this wasn't the best or worse match, although it was executed well.
This segment was much better than Ted's actual match, I really enjoyed it. It got across DiBiase's anger and point well, (and I just had a case of deja vu) and it's starting to seem as if all the heels are trying to get Bischoff away from power. Regal convincing to go Bischoff home is sure to end in catastrophe, and I'm looking forward to seeing what goes wrong. Good segment here, really liked Ted and what he said, and it also got me to like Bisch a little more (dang it!).
Solid Divas match. Everyone got a good showing here, Candice as well, and I like what you did here. You could've had either Natalya or Melina pick up the pinfall on Victoria to more or less determine the next contender, but by having Candice take the fall, it sets up even more tension, since neither got to the Women's Champ, although Natalya still got the win. Very good booking here, might seem basic on the surface, but very good upon closer inspection. This has raised interest in the women's division, so I want to see more of what's going to happen with the Divas.
Very good segment here. It provided hype and build towards the main event, the Quest, and the Evolution/Corporation and Orton/Kennedy feuds. Great job all around, and I love that Orton talked about his past with Evolution. I also like what you've done with his character, he speaks a lot more eloquently here than he does in real life, which I like. Also glad that Kozlov didn't talk, he's not good at it, although it might've helped give him some credibility back after what happened last week if he just muttered a few menacing words. Great stuff here, looking forward to what's going to happen.
Good match, both men looked good. Once again, I'm expecting too much of Kenny, as he didn't have as much control as I thought he'd have. I'm glad I was wrong in this instance, though, because this gave London quite a bit of momentum after his strong showing. I wasn't expecting Rey to come out and cost Kenny the match the way he did, it didn't really seem like something he'd do, but it's fine. The fighting in the crowd was fun, and I also liked Kendrick coming down, only to back up. Classic chickenshit heel, made me look forward to see how he's going to get one over London.
Very good Jeff promo. His character doesn't have a lot of substance (although you might've given him some), so he can be hard to write for sometimes, but this interview here was simple, but still complex enough to make it interesting, you know what I mean? It told the story of Jeff Hardy, one that the fans can get behind, while still being something he'd say in his relaxed character. I liked it, and I'm looking forward to his match with JBL.
The match was good, but I was expecting a little more energy from Jeff. His fast-paced face comeback was brief, and he didn't get another until the end of the match, which I felt hurt it a little. Still, I liked the chemistry used here, well done in mixing their styles. Very glad that Jeff continues in the Quest, and I can see JBL going to try and stop him from going any further.
Awesome promo. Again, I've never been a fan of Cody Rhodes and I never really thought one of my favorite programs would involve him, but he is a great heel here. I loved it. It's reasonable enough to accept, but still jackass-y to the point where you can't stand the guy. His shots at Kelly were all great, and it also caught me up with the story for the triangle, and why/how Kofi became IC Champ. I really wanted to see a fight here, but good thing we didn't get it. The title match next week should be great but I don't see it ending clean, giving us a PPV rematch with some sort of hardcore stipulation with it. Again, great stuff here, I'm loving this feud more and more with each episode.
I liked this, gave a little more story to the main event, but I think with the show nearing closing, I thought this might've been a little more effective earlier on in the show. I would've seemed like a bigger deal if that was in the back of our heads longer, instead of just for a few moments before the match starts. The segment that happened during the break furthers this thought. It was good, showed Kennedy's resilience and will to kick Orton's ass, although it seems a tad obvious that we'll be seeing him anywho. Regal was really good there, though, I liked him and his line at the end.
Kind of confusing match, really. I was expecting that, but I thought it would mostly be really clustered, with a lot of fighting on the outside with a lot of weapons. This was more controlled than I thought, but it was still clustered, and I had to look back a few times at what had happened to Triple H and Batista. At least Kozlov didn't totally job out this time, which was good, although I'm still a little confused as to why no one started using weapons, or just enter the ring and start a huge brawl. It would've been a little more reasonable, considering the stipulations of the match. Didn't really like this, but I'm glad Kennedy came back, only to get beaten down again. Good stuff, and also made the right choice in having the least credible of Evolution, take the fall for the guy that didn't have much riding on this match. Allowed for bigger victories down the line for the Evolution/Corporation feud.
Great show. There were a couple issues I had with this, like the matches being a little too long for my taste, and a few didn't deliver like I hope they would've, but the promos were exceptional. The opening was great, but the best promo had to be Cody's, it was full of awesomeness and it proved why it's the best program on the show, even better than the Evolution/Corporation one. That can be bad, but it can also be very good, because it really shows that you have a very strong midcard. I was a little surprised at the lack of Tag Champs on the show, they need a good feud to work with, but other than that and a few other things, very solid show. Great job here, Nige, looking forward to more. 8/10.