Re: WWE: A Strong Response
** Sorry this is so late Nige, I hope you don't mind me posting this now, I had done this earlier on but didn't post it, and i've just seen you put Smackdown up. **D-K-L's Raw Review:
We start off with a Randy Orton promo. First of all I'm enjoying his run as the WWE Champion, you are making him look like a really credible champion and I hope his title reign continues beyond SNME. What Orton had to say at the start was pretty good, nothing special but he got the point across, making a big deal about 2007 being his year. The DNA thing I liked, as it was creative. I am however a bit suprised at how much Orton doesn't want to be Vince's son and vice versa, as I wouldn't think they would dislike each other so much, being heels and so on. Vince was good and seemed in character, I was suprised at him saying that HHH would beat Orton at SNME, but I suppose he's being honest and he's trying to prove that he's accepted HHH in his family. I loved the line about the grapefruits, that was really in character from Vince. Wow, Vince vs. Orton tonight! I was suprised at that but he'll have a trick up his sleave. This promo was well written, a good way to start the show.
It's great seeing Trish Stratus back on Raw. I read your show when she returned, and it was great hearing that she might return if she beats Phoenix. I was suprised to see her in action tonight TBH since she is not officially back yet, but still it's good to see her in action. There was only going to be one winner in thsi match, and that was Trish. I liked how you mentioned that Trish was rusty, it kept it realistic. Trish vs. Phoenix should be great.
The Kofi Kingston interview was decent. Short, but it did it's job. Holly was in character as were Maria and Kofi, I like how Kofi didn't take much offense to what Holly said, showed how light hearted he is. Maria's line at the end made me laugh, and it added a bit of comedy to the segemnt.
The tag match with Venus and Cody vs The Rednecks was again pretty good, I liked Cade and Murdoch getting the win as they are a solid tag team. The interference from Carlito and his brother was well done, I like these brothers together. I like how you have got some good mid card feuds going as well Nige. Keep pushing Carlito please.
I think you made the right decision here, swapping Shane O Mac for Vince. I know who would put on the better match. I was suprised at Vince saying that he might have made teh wrong decision by putting himself in the match, I just think that he wouldn't go back on his word and show fear like that. Anyway, this was a good segement and it added some more hype for the main event.
The Triple H interview was solid. He seemed in character and he got his point across. I'm glad that he isn't trusting Vince, as Vince would just turn on him once he did.
Kofi Kingston taking on Holly again next, this seemed like a good match with Kofi getting the win. I was expecting Kofi to get the win but I expected him to hit the kick that he does, so the rollup was quite suprising. It also doesn't make Holly look too weak, so it was a good way to end the match. Holly hitting him with the Alabama Slam was interesting, it looks like we are going to have another match between these two. This is another solid mid card feud, but I expect Kofi to go over.
I loved this CM Punk promo, you're really doing well with Punk as a heel. Having him come out to Jeff's music and fool the fans was funny, and a good heel thing to do. I loved what he was saying all the way through and I loved him talking to the Jeff Hardy fan. I'm not sure if that would happen IRL unless it was a fan that was planted there by the WWE, but still it was great. Him making fun of Jeff and his 'habits' was great, that is something that a heel CM Punk does. Sunny coming out was OK, i don't really know why she came out for Jeff, but it was OK. She would have looked better if she really had a go at Punk and put himin his place, but she didn't really, Punk just made fun of her really, I think that's why it didn't come off as well as it could for me.
The Mountie against Kennedy next. I wasn't sure about the winner here, as Kennedy could have squashed him and made a statement, but with Y2J there it was open for an interference. And that's what you went for. It seemed well written, and certainly something that could happen IRL. Mountie winning was funny and it helps build the Jericho/Kennedy feud.
I'm liking the pair of Layla and Burke. It's good to see Burke doing pretty well on Raw, and I liked the "midget" line. The next segement was good too with Kennedy attacking Mountie, gives him a little credibility back.
We had some good, solid tag action next. I was expecting Mysterio and Lashley to win and they did, it seemed well written too. Lashley is looking strong after his return.
Saturday Nights Main Event is looking really good, there are some excellent matches on the card.
The main event was next, it's good to see Shane O-Mac back in the ring. I think Shane could have put up a bit more of a fight, but I know he hasn't wrestled in ages and Orton's the champ. Shane going for the pedigree was a bit of a suprise, that shows that HHH has been accepted. So Shane put up a good fight for his father but it wasn't enough, as Orton hit the RKO for the win.Having Triple H come out and pedigree Orton after the match was great and it really adds to this feud, and HHH needed something to do as he wasn't in action. But he isn't trusting Vince just yet.
Overall: This was an entertaining show to read Nige. You have got some really good feuds going and I like how you have the big feuds and then the lower/mid card feuds, so all of Raw is solid. I'm looking forward to SNME, I'll be reviewing it.