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Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: London, England
Re: WWE: A Strong Response
D-K-L's Smackdown Review
Wow I wasn't expecting Chris Jericho to kick off the show, but I like it. Normally I don't like wrestlers switching brands but its fine for the road to Wrestlemania and it helps develop the fued further. I know I keep saying it but the MITB match has a much more personal feel to it this year which I like, and by giving this the opening promo it gives the Y2J/MVP feud and the MITB match real importance. The promo was very good, Chris Jericho was his usual self, being serious yet cracking a few jokes, while MVP was in character too. I liked how Y2J goaded MVP into the match and it was a very good set up for their match, which should be great.
You seem to like two promos before the first match and I do to and it is something that I have done many times. The commercial break was there so it split them up nicely. The segment was good, it was cool seeing Eric Bischoff on Smackdown too and I like the idea a lot, it gets four teams involved in 'Mania and it will be an exciting match for sure. I was slighlty hoping for two tag title matches, but this idea is just as good. Masters and Haas coming in was interesting and Regal showed that he isn't taking any crap again, the match should be awesome.
What a match to kick off the action! A hardcore match is a great choice to get the crowd pumped for the show, and it seemed like a great match. I loved Masters hitting Haas by accident with the cane, that would really come off well. I was shocked that Dreamer and Stevie picked up the win tbh with the push that the Masters of the Mat have been getting, but they don't lose any credibility as hardcore is Dreamer and Stevie's speciality.
Typical Edge here, this was another good segment, you did a great job of not making Finlay look like Edge's lackey. Finlay would love this sort of challenge and you did well by pointing that out, and its a good choice by Edge too. HBK is in for a tough time.
Decent pre-match promo, another good set up for a match. Its always cool to hear from Dykstra and I have enjoyed the tension between him and Shane over the past few weeks. The match itself was great, some nice spots too with the suicide dive and springboard crossbody. Sydal is awesome. The finish was a very good booking decision and the match announcement is very interesting, we will get a very good match with all four involved.
Very good interview, I liked what Estrada had to say and he ended it well with a great last line. I am really looking forward to the LMS match between 'Taker and Umaga, it should be incredible.
What a win for Morrison and Miz, they have had two impressive victories in a week. The match was well writen and the distraction was handled very well. Miz and Morrison look even more impressive and the rivaly between the UK Pack and the Pitbulls gets even more personal, very good booking. There is nothing I haven't liked yet Nige, I want to find something though otherwise it won't be a very good review! It does show the quality of your shows though.
Leticia Cline on Smackdown! She was pretty good in TNA and while she seems like a bit of a bitch, she is certainly really hot. The interview was pretty good and I liked what HBK had to say, he was certainly very honest. Edge barred is cool, I expect HBK to win for sure now.
MVP losing, that is the part I don't like! Lol this seemed like a very solid match, it flowed well and I had no idea who was going to win tbh as it could go either way. The ending was great with Y2J low blowing MVP, it'll be funny seeing MVP's reaction to that. MVP doesn't look to weak and Y2J picks up a good win, cool.
This was a nice little segment, Benjamin approaching Matt and his buddies clapping was cool. A contract signing next week should be interesting, they are normally saved for the world title matches but again it gives the US title match some attention and importance. Should be interesting.
I knew there was more to come with this feud tonight. The Undertaker taking Umaga out was great and he certainly made a big impact. Don't know what happened to Harris though! I look forward to next week now as Umaga should be very angry, and you don't really want to mess with him when he is angry.
The People's Champ in the Hall of Fame is nice to see. Hopefully you won't be using this as a way for him to return though, but I highly doubt that you are. Some people might though.
This seemed like a very good main event, I was surprised seeing HBK hit the stinger splash though, I don't think i have seen him use it before. The match seemed fairly even too which helps Finlay, while a win over the tough irish bastard does wonders for HBK heading into 'Mania. Big win for HBK. Edge spears Michaels! Should've known! The attack on HBK was great for Edge as it makes a huge impact, the con-chair-to is a great thing for him to do too to make this feud even more personal. The fallout should be very interesting.
Very good show once again Nige, hardly anything that I didn't like. Good promos and matches again and the storylines are developing really well. 'Mania keeps getting closer, I can't wait!