sirdilznik's 15th Anniversary Raw review
Opening with McMahon. Very fitting for an anniversary show. Vinny Mac trying to play the face. Niiiiiiice. I wonder what he's buttering the people up for? Wow McMahon is really laying the "face turn" on thick. I like it. Great opening promo. Everybody was in character, especially Orton. Gotta love the Vinny Mac "face turn". I wonder if he'll keep it going all show long? I like the idea of all the Raw vs. Smackdown matches. Makes this feel more like a company-wide celebration.
Good opening tag match. My only problem with it is I'm not sure London is a big enough guy to take down both members of WGTT with a Cross Body, but I'm just nitpicking. Nice ending with London on fire then winning with a Sunset Flip.
I really liked the Orton/Kennedy promo. That was great how they were both completely ignoring the other. Great stuff. My only complaint is that I would have finished Kennedy's rant with "Mr. Kennedy!... ... ... ...Kennedy!" , but you're probably just saving that for later on in the show.
Oh shit! Gillberg.... Gillberg.... Gillberg.... Gillberg
[sarcasm]A squash against the great Gillberg? Wow, Kenny is on fire![/sarcasm] Good stuff! Great stuff from Chavo afterwards too.
Trish Stratus wins, surprise, surprise, not really. I would have had The King bring out the ladies myself, but having Coach do it is OK. Trish coming back at Saturday Night's Mani Event. I knew it was leading to that. Nice! My only problem with this part of the show was that Sunny was basiclly just an afterthought. I wish she could have gotten at least a little mic time.
Good Finlay vs. Rey match. I like the clash of styles. Good classic Rey finish. I like the baseball slide under Finlay. Classic.
Very respectful promo for The Showstopper.
Edge vs. Gangrel. This brings back memories of The Brood. If only Christian was there too... Nice little match. I really like the finishing rebounding off the ropes/Spear sequence. Gotta love the Conchairto (single man or whatever). I can never get enough Conchairto action!
Nice, you have Sunny in the next promo. This makes up for her lack of mic time earlier. Well done. The Legend Thriller getting some action from Sunny! Why do I feel a heel turn coming on? Maybe it's just me...
Punk, you dirty devil you. I like heel punk. The "Summer of Punk" is one of my favorite periods in ROH. Punk makes a good heel. Again I love Punk using his "Straight Edge" lifestyle to get heel heat. That's good stuff!
Too bad the Y2J promo was so short, but you got in a good "Ass Clown" so I'm happy
Wow,a cattle prod! Good stuff. Love the dirty finish. I like Jericho, but I like to watch him suffer too. The only thing that match was missing was a good Facewash sequence from Kennedy... Kennedy.
This is great. Vinny Mac just seems so darn geuine. Awesome stuff. I wonder how long you will keep this going until the inevitable heel swerve. I would go a month or two myself to sucker the people in but good, then *bam*
Major heel swerve!
Great Legend Killer/Animal match. The ending was spot on with Orton taking out the ref then going in for the kill before Trips makes the save. Classic stuff.
Damn, Punk is really beating the shit out of Jeff. I must say I like it. I wonder if this is a one off thing with Sunny or if she will continue to be on the show. I hope she stays on the show and has a heel turn maybe ending up with Punk, revealing that she's been setting Jeff up. Either way, you beat Jeff up but good, which makes me a happy man.
Natch! Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome classic mic work form Natch. Just totally dead on! The SCSA stuff is great too as is your Elijah
You even look older than ain’t no face paintin, death waitin son of a bitch here
Great Main Event. Awesome work with the Superkick/delayed cover sequence. Perfectly done. Only someone like Taker would kick out of SCM even after 8 seconds. Nice finish. Umaga is one of the very few stars that could have pulled off the screw job on the Phenom like that just dismantling him. Since it was U-Manga it was very believable. Plus I wanted HBK to win and I got my wish
Great show with great matches, but here is where my problem lies. You had way too much wrestling (Did i just really say that?) and not nearly enough other stuff for an anniversary show. In my mind 8 matches in 2 too many. I would have done way more promos and skits and incorporated way more classic stars. I mean you had Trish, Sunny, SCSA, Natch, Gangrel, Quebecers and Gillberg. That's your entire list of old timers for the 15th anniversary show? IMHO you needed at least cameo (or longer) appearances by at least
6 more from the following list:
One Man Gang
Million Dollar Man
Ron Simmons (You didn't include me? ... ... Damn!)
It was a really well written show with great matches and really good promos, but this just felt like an extended regular Raw with a little extra star power. I would have had WAY
more cameos and appearances on such a special show. I wish I could give you a higher rating because your matches were excellent and it was a great show, just not what I was looking for in an anniversary show. The lack of old timers really killed it for me.