Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Something of a short promo here, but huge results coming from it. I liked that Bischoff had a legit excuse for not helping Kofi out last week, as he had to deal with Evolution (perhaps a sign that things are getting a little out of hand for him?), and Cody, he wasn't the best he's been lately, but this was still very good, and made me want to see him get his ass kicked again. The biggest thing I didn't like was that Cody said he didn't care about being the King of the Ring. Being the IC Champ's great and all, but being the King sounds just a little bigger to me. Anywho, the Last Chance Steel Cage Match for the IC Title sounds awesome, you'll be able to do a lot with Kofi and his crazy high-flying inside. Great opening to the show, if not a little short, and I'm glad we got some light shed on those KOTR qualifyers, and a huge match already set up for Vengeance. Good job.
Santino's pre-match promo was good but not as funny as it could've been. The match was pretty high-paced stuff with Jimmy doing his thing, but I didn't expect him to win. I liked the ending, as it was flukey enough for Santino, but legit enough to consider it a big win for him. I don't see him going very far in the tournament, but he should provide for a quick match for someone.
Good exchange between Bischoff and Kennedy, Bischoff just seems more and more like a face, something I'm buying, and feeling odd about buying it. Regardless, this really showed that Kennedy's got a level head going into his big match, should be an great one. The real awesome part of this promo, though, was Bearer. He was just great, especially two lines in particular, the one about winning tonight being the same as drawing the short straw, which in turns basically means the same thing as the other line, about how the title match at KOTR isn't a reward. Great job here, looking forward to the main event.
I've never liked Kenny, so this jackass character he has is perfect for him. Rey made a lot of good points, and I do hope he gets his shot at shutting Kenny up, it'd be a great moment if he gets crushed.
Good match here between Kofi and Kendrick, very good. Kendrick had a great showing against the IC Champ to help boost his credibility, something he'll need for his feud with London. London himself appearing should've been a nice touch to help sell the feud, but I didn't feel like it worked as well. Maybe it was the way it was written, but it seemed like it stole Kofi's thunder a bit. Still, good to see him in the KOTR tournament. He's a fairly big name that can go far, but I don't see him winning. Nevertheless, good stuff.
Lackluster match to be honest. It wasn't as competitive as I felt it should've been, with it being 80% Natalya, 20% Melina. I did like Natalya keeping in the Sharpshooter even with Melina at the ropes, pretty devastating stuff. I didn't like the finish, either. I'm not picturing the double ref count working very well with a German suplex, an inside cradle might've worked better in that scenario. Either way, things came out like I expected, with both winning and making the match for the Women's Title a Triple Threat. Good commantary from Victroria at the end, though, shows she's confident. All in all, though, didn't really like this.
Damn, Bischoff completely told both Finlay and Regal! I'm liking this guy more and more, especially after he ran down Finlay and Hornswoggle, awesome stuff. I also liked that he got super-pissed at Regal, and showed him who's truly the man in charge by putting him in the match. It's not going to do him any favors by Regal, though, who hasn't liked being under his thumb at all, and must be super-pissed himself with what he's making him do. Great stuff here.
I want to call this segment with The Corporation filler, because it came off that way, but it's not. It was to set up Batista's apology (I'm sure he won't be apologizing for anything, though), and remind us of what Evolution did to the McMahons, and JBL and co. did to them as retribution. Still felt like filler, though.
Ah, Regal walking out is sure to not be a move Bischoff'll be pleased with. But anyway, I liked DiBiase's promo, greatly worded. What I didn't like, though, was that it sort of sounds like DiBiase's babying his kid. I understand that he's a dad looking out for his son, but I don't know if I like the idea of the father getting in his business, whether he wants to or not. Reminds of the old saying, "Hiding behind mommy's skirt." Regardless, it was a great promo, and gave the Million Dollar Title some good hype for KOTR, something that it's needed.
Morrison was again awesome here, you write him very well, shame you're not much of a fan of his. Candice was also good at snuffing out the jackasses, and Cryme Tyme got a good shot at the champs. The Colons and Perez beating them down and them telling Miz and Morrison they're next was good stuff, too, heating things up for the Tag division. Still, I feel this needs a turning-point moment that'll really pull you in. Hope we get it soon.
Great match here. Both men looked great here, especially Cody, who lost the match mostly through his own fault. With that said, I'd find it a little odd that he'd be willing to get himself DQ'ed during the match, but I guess it's like he said earlier, he doesn't care about KOTR. Still, he looked like a legit contender in the match, while Rey was also great, as the man called the underdog but more often than not usually has things going his way. Great stuff here, Rey in the KOTR tournament just got a lot better, and I see him as someone that can take the crown.
Batista's in the building, and he means business after how he told off The Colons. Looking forward to what he has to say.
Batista felt awfully sincere in his apology to the men he let down last week, which is pointing in one direction. If this goes in that direction, we'll have to stay tuned to find out. But anyway, Big Dave was very good here, making it clear that he's not making an excuse, and it sounds like a legitimate reason for him to have been gone. JBL was even better here, with him putting all the blame for what happened last week on Dave, and he had a good point as well. However, it's an opinion based on half-fact, but it seems to be having the desired effect on Batista. Bischoff coming out to lay down the law was also great, although I'm not sure things'll be with JBL and co. being suspended for two weeks. Maybe Vince and Shane make a comeback? Or will they appear anyway? Lots of ways this can go, definitely looking forward to it.
I hate to sound like Michael Cole, but damn that snake Regal. Aligning himself with The Corporation, they just became a lot more powerful. Wonder what kind of favors he'll make for them, like override a suspension?
Awesome match to end the show. I've always found that Jeff and Kennedy have good chemistry, and you made it work very well here. The aftermath to the match was just as great, though. Orton was a little expected, after all signs said he wasn't around (they always are, though) and Kane coming out to "congratulte" Jeff, per se, was a good way to give the feud a little more fire with a lot of time left until the show. I've never been a very big fan of tweener characters, and it seems as if that's the case with Kane, but it seems like he might be going full-fledged heel, especially with him usually going up against faces for the previous weeks (Cryme Tyme, Evolution, etc.). Anyway, great stuff to end the show, looking forward to more.
This wasn't your best show, but coming off a huge SD!, I understand if you were a little drained. Still, it was an entertaining show, with some good build for KOTR, and already starting some matches for Vengeance. It delivered in more Kofi/Cody/Kelly goodness and I'm definitely looking forward to the Steel Cage Match between them, but I also feel that the Women's Title Triple Threat's going to need some help. The thing that I probably enjoyed the most about this one, though, was the Bischoff/Regal dissension. Bischoff's working well as a face, something I'd never expect, and with Regal joining The Corp, it's looking to make some great segments here. Not your best work, but still good stuff. 7.5/10.