SC2004 = RATINGS
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Dublin, Ireland.
Re: WWE: A Strong Response
[Last show before WM……… super exciting!]
>>> Of all the people I expected to open the show, Regal was not on that list. I would of preferred if we went backstage right at the top of the show and had Regal make all these announcements from behind his desk in his office. I think it would of worked better. Anyway, loving the big booking tonight. Six big matches on SD is a treat and should set the pace for Mania in two days time.
>>> Okay, so the backstage segment with Burke, Layla, MVP and Kennedy. I like the idea of Kennedy confronting MVP of walking out of their match. It makes sense, as Kennedy is a guy who likes to prove something and he would of seen MVP’S actions as a negative as it took away from his opportunity to beat him. Burke standing up for himself makes sense and he’s right in telling MVP that he fed up of been overlooked. Nice segment.
>>> The back and forth verbal spat between Dykstra and Shane was what it was. I guess it showed that the match at WM isn’t just about the CW title, it’s personal and neither of these guys like each other and they’re all sure of victory. The verbal altercation made me think you would give this one to Shane, but I’m glad Dykstra won as the champion needs to look strong going into a fatal four way match where the odds are most definitely stacked against them.
>>> Very interesting altercation backstage between Mix & Morrison and Noble & Kash. I guess you’re planning ahead. Nice clean win for Sydal here over the veteran Chavo Guerrero. I likes the post match stuff, with both men shaking hands. It’s good to see and it was nice touch having Chavo look back at Sydal celebrating clearly disappointed with himself.
>>> Moore mad a lot of sense when he described why he turned on Matt hardy last week. I bought it. I mean essentially it’s a heel’s telling of the truth. Moore and Benjamin as a duo doesn’t work in my head, but I’m going to wait and see how it plays out.
>>> You got to love Jericho in this segment backstage with Lashley and Mysterio. I could picture it in my head as I read it and it would have been very funny to watch. Jericho is a class A antagonist and he would of loved pushing both men’s buttons following what happened Monday on Raw. There seems to be a lot of focus on the MITB ladder match tonight, which I consider a good thing, although the match sells itself these days.
>>> I didn’t particularly care all that much about who won here as I’m not that invested in the storyline. I’m cool with The Miz winning and it was typical of him to sneak away after the match up as apposed to taking on Burchill in the ring.
>>> It would have been easy for you to put Moore over here, but two days out from Mania it wouldn’t of made sense. I’m cool with hardy winning cleanly with the twist of fate. The Benjamin attack was inevitable, though I didn’t expect it to be so violent. Good match, good aftermath, logical booking.
>>> Classic Shawn Michaels promo. I loved how he acknowledged Edge was a threat, yet stated he wasn’t Mr WrestleMania. Shawn came across confidence, yet not too cocky and it showed how focused and prepared he was for the biggest match up of his career.
>>> Great intensity here by Edge. It’s good that Edge isn’t a whimpering, cry baby in your BTB. I much prefer this ruthless, slightly nutty version of the character that works so well on TV. It’s cool to see Estrada warning Edge about the fact Umaga is coming for the world title. You got to figure though, if Edge wins at Mania, Umaga isn’t going to be first in line for a title shot, even if he does beat Taker.
>>> Great six man tag team match. I’m not a Rey Mysterio fan, but having him pick up the win is logical IMO. I don’t think anyone sees him as a potential winner at WM, but this victory makes it seem like he has a shot. My pick Is still Jericho. Got to love Jericho outsmarting Lashley and Rey, that was funny. Nice build to the match up in general with everyone getting involved.
>>> The DQ finish didn’t bother me at all after what was a solid main event match up. The heels looks dominant. Not only that but Umaga and Edge who I would of called the underdogs going into WrestleMania, actually ended the night as the favourites IMO. I wonder will take and HBL both sell injuries during there matches Sunday?
OVERALL: Funnily enough this show wasn’t as good as those I’ve reviewed of late and I know why that is. All tonight was about was the six matches. As a promo, storyline fan, this style of show didn’t suit me as much. That’s not to say it was bad, on the contrary, it was very good. You did a good job of building up the MITB ladder match in particular. I would of liked a little more last minute build for the HBK/Edge & Taker/Umaga matches but it’s okay. You’ve done more than enough over the last few weeks to make me want to see what happens at Mania. Looking forward to the biggest show of the year!