Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Wow. Now that was a seriously, totally phenominal opening between Punk and Shawn. Punk was absolutely brilliant, because he played his role perfectly, the heel that's completely right, but you hate him for it. I loved it, and how he threw Montreal back in Shawn's face, great move there, especially since they're in Canada. Shawn was also great here, and also right about how Punk disrespected the classic he had with 'Taker. Everything that these guys said was true, whether the other would want to admit it or not, and the main event to this show sounds phenominal. Definitely looking forward to it, even more after this tremendous promo. Gold. Pure gold.
Straight-forward ending. We didn't see Kash come back at all during what we got, but it's alright, I'm guessing now that his program with Shane's over, his time in the spotlight's through. Anyway, great win for Burke, getting back on track, seems like he might have a great showing in the KOTR tournament.
Great segment between the two Divas, and awesome line at the end by Mia. The first time we've heard her speak, I believe, and she's definitely witty and edgy. Definitely sparked more interest in her, a great thing, and I'm looking forward to what becomes of her and Beth, should be fun.
Huh. Definitely a unique way to change his name, one that I never really was a big fan of, but I'm not sure if I liked it. For one, I never liked the name "Jack Swagger" either, and second, it made sense, but still left you scratching your head. I think maybe it would've been best just to introduce him as Swagger, retconning ever calling him "Josh Hayger". As for the match, well, made for Swagger to look impressive. Would've left a better impression if it was more than just two noticeable moves he hit, but I get it. Looking forward to what you do with this guy, as it's evident you've got plans for him.
More Taz being a hard-ass. He was the most reasonable I've seen him here, sympathizing with the Masters for what Burchill did, and I'm definitely looking forward to both matches made here. I was expecting Sydal to get into the CW Title picture, but I can see him jumping to the US Title, which would be a great move. Both guys have got momentum for it, and the talent to make it a great one. The No DQ Match maybe should've been reserved as the closer to the feud, but I read your address about questions, and I can understand wanting to drag out a feud until the big payoff. Good stuff here.
Another quick finish demonstrating Mia's abilities. She's been booked very impressively, and I love how she got off her own pin when she could've easily won, good heel tactics. I didn't like that Mickie and Michelle were going to double-team Rain, it's not in Mickie's character (but well within Michelle's bitch character; she's a bitch as a face too, but enough about Michelle McBitch), but Beth coming down for the save was great. If the two are forming some sort of alliance, I'm all for it. Should be awesome stuff.
Intense interview from Chavo, and great, too. I don't agree with what he's doing, but he certainly makes a very strong case, or at least words things very well. Great job here, and their match next week for the KOTR spot should be just as intense. Great stuff here, and I'm expecting the same out of this program next week.
I wasn't sure if you'd be able to top the awesome promo at the start of the show, but this came damn close to doing it. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. I loved Christian and what he said about turning his back on the friendship formed with the Hardys, and about how Edge's the disgrace in the family. Edge was awesome, as well, especially about Christian winning titles at Disneyland, great way to mask TNA in Universal Studios, and how he was the Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels of his team. I also loved how Tomko was introduced, great way to bring him in. The one thing that I have a question about is that, Edge was referred to as a 2-time WWE Champ, and while that's true for the time period, why wouldn't he include his World Title? It was acknowledged when Christian said he pulled a Punk twice (although you could better argue that Punk pulled an Edge). But anyway, more gold. This show's been rich with it, and it seems like it's just going to get even better. Definitely looking forward to whenever Edge and Christian will throw down.
Good stuff between the Tag Champs. Intense speech to start us off, and cooled down nicely into a feel-good ending. I can understand them wanting to get rid of the Masters of the Mat, as they've been huge thorns in their side, and provided to their big No DQ Match later on. Looking forward to it.
Very solid match here, I liked that it was more than just the ending like before. Some fast-paced moves and the huge win for Sydal left more to be desired from these two, and I'm very glad that you're giving the guy a good push. Looking forward to this continuing, should make for an awesome PPV match if you decide to go in that direction.
I've always enjoyed the interaction between the cousins. They have a very down-to-earth feel to them, like a normal family. It's good stuff. I'm liking Shane's thought process, but you can't help but admire Shawn's determination for wanting back the gold. The match should be fantastic, can't wait for it.
Good match, although I confused myself at points. I was expecting this to be pretty disorganized, with everyone to be in the ring at the same time, so I was sort of confused when it turned out to be more or less controlled and tags were made. Anywho, very brutal moment with Masters crushing Burchill's wrist with that chair, very heelish move, too. Big win for the Masters, and I'm thinking that their next title match will more than likely be where the Masters pick up the belts and close the feud.
The Empire, huh? Looks to be another good team to add to the division.
Another brilliant promo to complete the trifecta, the hat trick. Jericho was absolutely awesome. He wasn't the grandiose Y2J, he wasn't the guy that reads the dictionary to find new insults, I could feel that he was being genuine about wanting to drive 'Taker back to his old self. The thing that I loved the most about this promo (and I loved all of it) was the part about his son asking what was so great about 'Taker. Phenominal line, pun intended. This clearly sets up a program between the two, and I said that purposely because I have a feeling that this won't be a feud, just a series of matches for Jericho to get 'Taker back into the swing of things. Definitely looking forward to more from these two.
Good and exciting match to close out the show. I could tell that you were holding stuff back for when these two face off at a PPV, but it was still a damn good match. I was fine with Punk kicking out of the superkick, especially since there was time between it and the pin, and I liked the ending, too. Kept Punk as a great heel, but also as a rather credible and crafty champ. I wasn't exactly surprised at MVP coming out, but I was surprised that he seems to be in for a face turn. Makes sense, and I'm definitely looking forward to it as the two have had great segments in the past, but I wasn't expecting a face turn. I just hope you keep MVP true to his character, not like what WWE did, and use Matt Hardy at some point as well, sad to hear that he's out for a bit. But in any case, great main event, and great stuff.
You said that you put a lot of effort into the promos, and it was definitely noticeable. The three big promos of the show were some of the best I've ever read, and the whole show in general was probably the best I've read from you, all around brilliant stuff. The fallout to Judgment Day throughout the whole show was fantastic, and this show seriously left me wanting more, more, and even more than that. Amazing job here, Nige, you should be proud of yourself for this awesome show. 9.5/10.