Re: WWE: A Strong Response
(Sorry for the delay. Don’t even have the time to be doing this but it’s all good. Ha)
-The opening promo was great. Vince was spot on, Shane was excellent and the decision to have a rematch for the title works well, even though I reckon it should have been held back until the Royal Rumble. There was one problem I had with this, I just don’t like JBL in the role of Vince’s son, it comes off awkward and the lines JBL is forced to spew, come off out of character, for example “JBL: Watch what you say bro because I will put you in your place son.”
- I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Lashley and Rey teaming here, given what I’m doing with the two of them in my BTB. Ha. This was a sweet opener and you wrote out a lengthy finish. No surprise who came out victorious here, but it was the right way to go and it helped kick start what promises to be a great night.
- Very “cool” backstage segment, the only thing I didn’t like was the fact Kelly, Kelly got assaulted, even if it wasn’t major. Anyway, I’m not a Rhodes fan, but he came off pretty good here. Kelly, Kelly is T&A and I’m glad that she didn’t get to talk all that much here, because when she does, she comes off terrible IMO.
- Great job with the Triple H interview here. He could of come off weak and emotional, which would have been a disaster going into his title match. He came off intense, focused and mad as hell, just what he needs to be in order to win back the gold tonight.
- I’ve not used Kofi Kingston on my shows, he just irritates the hell out of me with all that damn clapping and dancing, like a 3 year old after three tubes of Smarties. Anyway, I can’t deny the fact he is good in the ring and it was cool to see him go over the older and more established Holly here.
- I love when enemies have to team up, it always makes for a crazy match up. I think the CM Punk, Hardy versus Jericho, Kennedy match will be great tonight. Interesting to see Randy turning down JBL’S help and wanting to go it alone tonight. Strange!
- Carlito beats Val, thank God for that. This was an okay match, typical of what we get on TV every week. Having Rhodes and Eduardo on the outside added to the overall entertainment value of the match. The Punk, Hardy promo made sense I guess with them having a match tonight.
- Easy win by Duggan. Cool to see Orlando Jordan return. I’m still not sold on the JBL, Vince thing, but maybe in time I’ll buy into it. This show seems a lot longer to me, so long in fact it could be one of my two hour shows. Ha.
- It doesn’t make sense to me, why the heck would CM Punk cost himself a spot in the Rumble? Okay it’s fine to hate someone enough, in that you want to ruin there chances, but not at your own expense. Strange! Great match up though, this could have been a main event.
- The Beth Phoenix and Burke stuff could have been left out. Didn’t add anything to the show IMO and wasn’t the best way to keep the excitement up going into the main event.
- I think you could be thinking about turning Orton face, just a vibe I’m getting. This was a great match, shame about the finish. I don’t like Shane turning, but it was a shock. The Game is seriously out numbered here, it almost reminds me of the Austin, McMahon feud, when Steve seemed to overcome the impossible every week on Raw. Hopefully the Game can do something to stop this because if he doesn’t, he’ll never be champion again.
OVERALL: Very good show, as I said earlier, it seemed a lot longer, that may be due to the match length, in particular the main event. A lot happened, some of it I liked, some I didn’t. I’ve said it about ten times now, but JBL as Vince’s son just isn’t washing. Didn’t see CM Punk doing what he did tonight, didn’t make sense. The person who shone tonight and was all over this show, was Vince, which may, or may not be a good thing.
- I thought the opening promo was a little flawed. Regal was okay, but off at times. Putting Umaga in the rumble, well I don’t think he should of, instead I think he should of out him in a match tonight in order to qualify and give taker a spot in the Rumble. Also making a first blood match in place of the last ride match makes no sense in that the original stipulation should stand. Also to sell this, I would keep Taker off TV until the Rumble and I would have had the last ride match between the two at the Rumble, just makes more sense to me.
- I didn’t think you’d have this match go so long, but you did and it was a cool match. Just noting how you started both Raw and SmackDown with tag team matches this week. Ha.
- Regal was much better here, in the backstage segment with edge and Estrada. Glad to see Regal being mad at edge for what he did last week and it’s cool to see that Estrada is so worked up over the match next week. The main event tonight looks solid IMO.
- A really great backstage interview with MVP. It was exactly how MVP would sugar coat his current situation, pretending not to care and insisting that it was a blessing in disguise as now he can win the Rumble and go on to win the World title at WrestleMania. Just great writing here.
- As Michael Cole said, this was an impressive win for Harris as he advances into the Royal Rumble match. The rumble qualifying idea is great and it transforms what would normally be a pointless filler match into a match with purpose and meaning. One of the WWE’S smartest moves in recent years.
- Short, sweet, intense and to the point by Shelton, man I hope he wins. Funaki are you freaking kidding me, Funaki??? Oh boy. Anyway, no shocker here, MVP wins it, thank God!
- The Shawn Michaels, Batista segment was well written, but uninspiring and run of the mill, that is until Ric flair got involved and then it became something fun and entertaining. Trust Flair. I remember seeing something very similar with HHH, Shawn and Ric, Royal Rumble 2006 maybe, I don’t know. Ha.
- Great to see Shelton pick up the win here in what was a very competitive match up. The Chavo, Kenny promo was okay. It was little repetitive, with the whole, “I beat the crap out of you” stuff. Kenny as the cruiserweight champion is odd, as he is a big enough guy, but it is starting him on the ladder to better things. This is a nice little feud.
- So we get a dirty finish in both the main event on Raw and SmackDown this week, tut! tut!. Ha. Anyway, this was a good main event tag team match, with a lot going on. Edge stands tall yet again, works for me.
OVERALL: Well after reading Raw and SmackDown back to back, it’s blatantly obvious that SmackDown is lacking star power and Raw is full of it. This show was so different to Raw, in that it had no soap opera content whatsoever. Such a contrast. I didn’t get the opening and the MVP, Funaki match left me puzzled. But apart from that this was an okay show. Not the best SmackDown that I’ve read on here, but it was entertaining none the less.