Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Friday Night SmackDown! Review (WWE: A Strong Response)
S1 (Opening Segment, In the Ring, HBK + Batista + Regal) = Right off the bat, about them Pitbulls, cool, I hope you give them the push they deserve! Now, on to the show! The opening promo had that ''we-closing-in-on-a-big-PPV-match'' feel to it and everyone involved (espcially, in my opinion, Regal) came out looking quite good. Even Batista was portrayed tremendously way If I say so myself. Only thing that bugged me a bit, but, that might just be because this is the second only show I am reviewing from you, but, Shawn and cursing nowadays is kind of like strange to hear. I think you catch my drift on this one, but, apart from that, we had good glimpses of the Shawn of old ('96) and I would have preferred it stay that way the whole way thru then reading about a Rated R Jackass and some other deragatory comments along those lines. Still, awesome way to open up the SD! before the Rumble.
S2 (Promos, Flair + Finlay) = Both promos were quite good and I had great flashbacks of watching old Rumble tapes from the late 80's. That's the way wrestling promos should be done! (most of the time anyhow!)
S3 (MizMorrison v. KashGibson v. JeterSydal) = I don't know if I really dig Sydal tagging with Jeter (Jeter is a tremendous athlete, no doubt, but, it seems that everytime I turn my head, Sydal's tagging with someone instead of shining on his own). Still the ending to this match was quite good, there was so much talent involved in this match that I was a bit dissapointed that it remained such a WWE-style matchup instead of just breaking on all 4 cylinders. Still, more than happy to see Gibson & Kash haven't gotten over this week.
S4 (Backstage, Regal + Edge/Shane) = Awesome segment right there. Michael Shane's not the best talker, but he sounded and come off looking quite good right there. Plus, I just love that Michael Shane is in the WWE, it's been a freakin' damn long time coming in my mind. Can't wait to see the Next Showstopper take on HBK, sweeet!
S5 (In the ring, Doane + Chavito) = Apart from that stupid Dykstra name they've given him, goold ol' Ken Doane was exactly like he was when he was in OVW and tearing down the competition, so that's good. I don't know if he fits the bill for CW Champion with just how tall is he (probably more X-Division friendly) but I still dig Chaviot as a face and these two involved in a feud, that's cool. Haas v. Chavito should be a good match too.
S6 (Haas v. Chavito) = Good enough match for the purpose it served. The DQ finish with all of the people on the outside was a bit predictable, that, or Haas winning with interference. I don't know what to make of Haas & Masters teaming up, other than Haas gets back on the juice, he can easily have a chiselled body like Masters, so, I can see the team there. I would have probably banked on a 3 on 1 assault, but, since the Rumble's around the corner, it wouldn't have lead to anything really. So, I dig the lying, cheating, stealing Chavito smile at the end of the segment with his dirty deeds taken care of before his title match. Finaly the CW Title gets some damn recognition!
S7 (Backstage, MizMorrison + KashGibson) = Awesome way to build up that match next week. Both teams looked great in that segment and the match next week should be a tremendous one at that.
S8 (Backstage, Batista + HBK) = Woah, a triple threat of awesome matches set for the second hour of SmackDown!. Shane v. Michaels, Edge v. Flair & Batista v. Umaga! Woah!
S9 (Promos, Wildcat + Benjamin) = Great to see Chris Harris in this BTB, I'd figure he'd be heel, but I guess he fits the face type more. His promo was good, nothing to complain about there, same goes for Benjamin, good stuff, good, good stuff.
S1o (Shane v. Michaels) = A bit disappointed this one wasn't as see saw as I would have pictured it. Still, Shane got one big offensive maneuver and his inexperience cost him the match in the end. Although the Flying Forearm was a bit much for me to believe Shane would have stayed down so long when Michaels connected with the Top Rope Elbow Drop, this match was quite good for their first ever meeting and the ones that'll come in the future are bound to be even better than this one.
S11 (Interview, Matthews + EstradaUmaga) = I was looking for a frantic Samoan scream with Josh running away, but still, the interview was good and I like how you accentuated Estrada's tone of voice but didn't understand the way you wrote down the Un-Der-Ta-Ker... anyhow, good interview to set up what I believe will now be the Main Event?!
S12 (Promos, MVP + MHardy) = Not the best Rumble promos of the night, still, they did their job in hyping the Rumble match up.
S13 (Edge v. Flair) = I've seen better from these two, and, it was badly booked in my opinion. It should have gone before the Shane & Micheals because it didn't deliver in being better than Shane & Michaels, which it could have since Shane & Michaels wasn't the best you could find. The end was a bit messed up when Edge slipped out of the Scoop Slam, the blows to the back somewhat screwed up what could have been a better finish if Edge had just slipped out, hit the ropes and bang, caught Flair by surprise. The little blows slowed down the ending and brought the matchup down for me a bit. Still, the promo by Edge brought the segment back up quite a few notches as he garnered the kind of heat only Edge can garner.
S14 (Battle Royal) = Was what it was, a Battle Royal. I didn't understand the purpose of it though. But, if SmackDown! gets a Battle Royal before the Rumble, it means that someone from SmackDown! is going to win the Rumble. Why? Because if it's someone from RAW, I don't know if I really want to see 2 Battle Royals in the span of a month, a month and a half. Undertaker winning is cool, and, I guess Kane (w/ mask) is coming back to challenge Undertaker at Wrestlemania for their final encounter. Been done before, but, well, could still be entertaining.
S15 (Interview, Lena + Edge) = Pointless time wasted. Edge already has been in an angle with Regal, had a match, and he had some mic time after that match... Especially since this show is running well over the usual 12 segments. (Not to say it wasn't good or anything, but, it was indeed pointless, especially since Lena Yada was the interviewer, mmh)
S16 (Rumble Rundown) = Wasn't as good as the RAW Rumble Rundown from JR & King, still, Cole & Coach sounded like Cole & Coach and it worked for me.
S17 (Umaga v. Batista) = Good, good matchup between these two. It was probably also one of the best matches i've read from you and probably the match of the night. Everything flowed nicely, except for one tiny detail, when Batista moved out of the way of the Wrecking Ball, I felt as though too much time passed in between him getting up, Umaga walking out of the corner, and Batista hitting the Spinebuster. Still, awesome bout, Edge interfering and costing Batista the match, added to that a Samoan Splash, is a great way to go about things. Because it sells us on Edge being the odds on favorite, when really, the guy I think should walk out of the Rumble still Champ will be HBK.
OVERALL = Awesome way to hype up the Rumble with the little promos a la 80's style. The matches on tonight's show were also quite good, especially with the Pick your Poison deal. But this show lingered on a bit too much with Edge being over utilized. Still, Im really looking forward to not only the Rumble, but the next week's SmackDown! with some of the matches that are already in the making. KashGibson v. MizMorrison being one of them. One thing I'll say, and repeat is, I love the layout of your shows. Now, I hope that for the Rumble, matches will be in full. (MOTN = Main Event + P(romo)OTN = RegalEdgeShane) (p.s. around...around...around)
Realism = 8/10
Length = 7.5/10
Quality/Entertainment = 8/10
Spelling/Grammar = 8/10
Matches/Booking = 8/10
Overall = 79/100 (B)