Re: WWE: A Strong Response
D-K-L's Raw Review
The opening promo was good, Orton was in character and him complaining about his treatment is something that a heel would do. Bischoff coming down was good and I liked what he had to say, you are really making him a strong character which is great. Kane coming down was interesting and I was expcting a brawl, but Orton running away was the right thing to do to show his fear once again. Wow, Orton versus Kane tonight!? Didn't expect that at all, I suppose it won't spoil the 'Mania event and the match should be great. Good start to the show with the focus on Raw's 'Mania title match, just how it should be.
The pre match promo from Santino was funny, loved the line about Canada having some fun for once. Him saying "Canadia" was funny too, just the sort of thing that he would do. Melina firing the shirt to the top of the stage to decide his opponent was a bit silly, but its Santino so it works fine. I knew it would be JTG too.
The actual match itself seemed pretty good and I am glad that Santino has picked up a singles win. Santino winning with a roll up suits his gimmick and with this gimmick he can't really wrestle that well, plus it mean JTG doesn't look too bad. Good decision too by having JTG distracted by Melina on the apron, I think we all would be.
This was a good promo, once again showing how strong Eric Bischoff is as the GM and showing how frustrated the McMahon's are now that they aren't in charge for once. All seemed in character and you had EB stick up for himself, and EB allowing Vince to choose which son to face HHH was good.
Nice win for Natalya here, and with them knocking McCool over backstage a few weeks ago there was a little hype. There was only going to be one winner here and you ended it in the right way by Natalya using the sharpshooter. The aftermath was good, Natalya kinda lost all her momentum after her win, but it wasn't really about here. Victoria is looking strong now.
Great interview from CM Punk here, he is really shining in his heel role in your BTB. Colt Cabana alongside Punk is certainly interesting, I didn't expect him to be introduced like this but I like the partnership. CM Punk's line about whats needed in this buisness was awesome. Bischoff is a busy man again isn't he? Anyway, a very well written interview.
Where is the "big things popping, little things stopping" line Nige? Anyway I love MVP promos so I am glad to see the V.I.P Lounge tonight. The promo was great, I like how you played on Y2J being the hometown hero, but MVP's "Undisputed Ass Clown" line was hilarious. Good set up for the match later, and once again I like how you are building up to the MITB this year.
This next segment was funny, the Colons are causing a bit of trouble with these comments but I think it would be funny to see them telling Cody. There will be nothing going on at all, but this could lead to a split with Rhodes and Kofi.
The tag match seemed like a very good match, kinda reminds me of the great matches MNM had with Londrick on Smackdown a couple of years ago with the Miz instead of Mercury. I really don't like the name of Miz's finisher tbh but it doesn't matter what I think. The Miz and Morrison needed this win to make a big impact on their Raw debut, and this should lead to a good feud with a match at 'Mania.
The Lashley interview was pretty good, and I liked how he said he does his talking in the ring, as becuase he isn't a great talker it is a good thing for him to say. Short and sweet really, keeping up his tough image heading into 'Mania and adding more hype to his problems with Y2J.
Good win for Cade here, and you are developing Cade as a singles wrestler while developing this new jelousy angle, good booking. You think of some real good ideas mate, this ended in just the perfect way. kelly checking on Kofi and Cody is now a bit suspicious after what the Colons said. I felt that lariat too and it was a good, quick move to end the match, but I do love Cade's sit-down spinebuster move so i hope you use that in the future.
Good match again, the MITB participants seem to be stealing the show recently with top matches. It flowed well again and the ending was great again as Y2J doesn't look too weak but MVP picks up the big win. The aftermath was great again and MVP and Burke look strong which is great. I expect to see Burke and MVP vs. Y2J and Rey next week.
The next segment was great. As frustrating as cancelling matches can be, you are really making the 'Mania match more anticipated and that is what really matters. The seg was just great, funny too which was good, I loved the Triple H line at the end too in response to Vince saying he is going to pay. I think they might just pay though next week.
The main event was great, you ended it the right way by ending it with a DQ too. Yes, someone has finally taken out Kane! The chair shots from Orton were good and I can just imagine that happening. Orton has made a statement. Woah!? Kane sits up!! Brilliant ending, just when I thought someone had taken Kane out finally! Kane looks so strong at the moment and it looks like nobody can stop him, which just shows the quality of your booking.
Overall Nige it was a fantastic show, very entertaining again with good promos and matches. Nothing I didn't like really. Good job mate.