Hey mate sorry for the very late review, but with this being one of the most busiest weeks of the year, I have not had the chance to write up your review, but I will do so now.
Nige’s Raw Review
Nice promo to start off the show with one of if not the biggest storyline in this thread, the McMahon against Evolution. I love the full time return of Evolution, and interesting to see that they are going up against the McMahons. The JBL line was not very nice but put this feud on an even more personal note, causing Jibbles to get bashed by Evolution. Non Sanctioned match at Backlash is great, can’t wait for the PPV and this match in particular.
As I said in my comments following the preview, I like Regal as both an authority figure and a wrestler, so I didn’t care which way he went. I’m mixed on Bischoff being sort of a face, but Regal taking over next week in Japan will be good.
Finlay over Marella was the obvious choice, but me being Italian and a Marella fan, I’m not very happy
. Not really much to comment on in this match except for the obvious Hornswoggle interference, and I am not really a fan of the lovable Finlay, as you know that I like the more aggressive, brawling Irishman.
An obvious Cody heel turn in the works here when he eventually turns on Kofi over the Intercontinental Title, and this is all too familiar for me (*cough* London and Kendrick *cough*). Anyways, good to see that you have the next feud set for the Intercontinental Title, and I expect a match to be made at Backlash, Kofi to retain, then Cody turn on him after the match if he has not already done so.
Another relatively short match that had nothing worth mentioning about except that Natalya is being built up as a legitimate threat for the Women’s Championship held by Victoria. I expect to see this match at Backlash, is Backlash only Raw or Interbrand?
Awesome main event is set for tonight for the WWE Championship between Cena and Kane, which could easily headline a Pay Per View. With Kane and Orton both on the Backlash poster, obviously Kane will retain tonight. Cena has had his time in the sun TBH.
The Million Dollar Man moniker is perfect for Ted Dibiase Junior since his father perfected it, and Maryse by his side is awesome as well. Loving the blatant attack at the retardation of Eugene, and an obvious squash for Dibiase will follow. Well how about that! It looks like I can read minds -_-. Loving the Dibiase push and the Million Dollar Championship, hopefully you can have him accomplish bigger and better things.
Alright promo by the Colons and Eric Perez simply saying that they should be the Number One Contenders, before the appearance by Cryme Tyme. Are the Colons and Perez heels? Anyways, unless you plan on having these two teams feud down the line I really don’t see the purpose, and I didn’t really enjoy this promo as much as I did with the others.
Loving the sadistic Orton, who does anything to get his title back, and I think that he will make his presence felt in some shape or form during the main event or in the aftermath. I expect a Kennedy face turn and costing Orton the championship at Backlash, creating another main event feud.
The Cody and Hardcore Holly match was a match to simply further the feud between Cody and Kofi, and I love the aftermath where you always have Cody turning around at the wrong time. The match between Cody and Kofi is just a case of when it will happen, and as noted earlier, I expect it to be at Backlash.
Can’t wait for the Londrick and Miz and Morrison match for Backlash, it should be a great match. If you have Kendrick turn on London and rename him The Brian Kendrick I will kill you, and you say you steal my ideas - _-. Anyway, I am looking forward to this match, should be a great one.
A Kenny and Cena feud is imminent after this confrontation, Cena kissing Cline’s hand was a bit cheesy TBH. Glad to see that Kenny is being given a push in this thread, as he was so underused throughout his WWE career, especially with him being given a cheer leader gimmick. Hopefully mentioning Orton will have these two in a tag team, perhaps in a feud with a returning Kennedy and Cena. Please? I expect Dykstra to interfere in the main event against Cena.
As wrestlefreak said in his review earlier, glad to see that this match was given a bit more detail with it being the main event and a WWE Championship match. I liked how you made the ending that you still made Cena look strong without Kane losing any credibility, and also giving Dykstra a bit more overness. I think you should have had Randy hit the RKO and then escape to the entrance ramp before Kane got up, as it came across as that the RKO is a weak manoeuvre. Just my opinion though.
Anyway Nige, it was another top notch show on your behalf, although as others mentioned a bit shorter than usual. Still, this show had awesome quality and really hyped up the readers for Backlash, so kudos to you for that. Can’t wait for Smackdown and next week’s Raw, I will be viewing and hopefully reviewing. I’m loving the feuds that are currently going on, and Backlash is shaping up to be a hell of an event.