Sorry about the very late review Nige, but no internet access for three days means I couldn’t check out your show, so I couldn’t review .
Nige's (late) Smackdown Review
With me being an Edge mark, it is sad to see that you have taken him out of action for about two months. It should be a good match between Michaels and Taker for Judgment Day, and a good opening promo by Linda and the Masters of the Mat. A standard heel promo here by the Masters of the Mat asking Linda to suspend their rivals, but Linda won’t budge. It should be a good match next week between Haas and Masters against the Extremists, Tommy Dreamer and Steven Richards. Hopefully Punk vs. other Hardy is set for tonight.
Standard but good heel promo here with Benjamin and his lackey Shannon Moore, as he says that he simply beat Hardy to become the US Champ. Good to see that Shannon got owned by Benjamin and gets decked. Hopefully this is the start of a huge push for Benjamin without Moore by his side, and hopefully he beats Chavo tonight. A heel turn for Sydal or Jeter? I like it.
Good opening match between the new US Champion and Chavo Guerrero, and it was a simple but effective way to get Shelton over. It is good to see that you didn’t completely squash Chavo and had him get a little bit of offense in, but it was a good decision to have Shelton go over Chavo.
It was nice to see that Sydal defeated Striker, and hopefully he gets a Cruiserweight Title push in the future. You know that I am a Sydal mark and so are you (I think
), so hopefully you have him in a feud with Jeter in which he goes over and gets a feud over the Cruiserweight Championship. With what happened after the match, I now think that it will be a Jeter heel turn.
Classic backstage Diva promo with the hair pulling and such, but it was effective which is why I liked it. Obviously you are continuing the Mickie/Beth feud which is reminiscent of Trish/Lita in my opinion, so I am liking this feud. I liked the interaction between Shane and Michaels, and it looks as though you are creating a family alliance.
TBH, I don’t really like Elijah Burke as a face, just like you don’t like Kofi in my thread as a heel
. Honestly, his character is just meant to be a face, and hopefully you turn him back heel once his feud with MVP is over. Obvious win for Burke over Orlando Jordan as Burke is getting a huge push, which I like.
Nice confrontation between the Masters of the Mat and the UK Pack, leading me to think that the Masters of the Mat will defeat the Extremists and go on to face the UK Pack for the titles at Judgment Day. Loving Hardy on the lookout for Punk.
Loved this promo between Punk and Hardy, and I love that both men are being aggressive, as it takes their feud up another level, perhaps even personal status. It was a very strong promo from both men and built up their feud greatly, and also it leads to what promises to be a great main event between Punk and the Undertaker.
I am not sure if the family partnership is a permanent one or a temporary one, but I will support you either way as both men can carry themselves as singles superstars, but they could take your tag team division to the next level. Anyway I was expecting some type interference from either the Extremists and/or the UK Pack, as it would be great way to further the feud in my opinion, but I think you did this to make the cousins look strong as they probably don’t need interference to win, so kudos to you for that.
This is the match that I am most looking forward to, one of my all time favourite wrestlers up against one of if not my favourite superstars today, Undertaker vs. CM Punk. I would have loved to see this match in real life. I liked how you had Punk control a portion of the match as it really made him look like a superior superstar on the brand, as he had the upper hand of one of the veterans of the business. I liked the DQ finish as it didn’t drain Punk of all momentum and it built him up as credible superstar after controlling a good portion of what was a great match. The aftermath was good, as I feel that since you have brought Punk and Hardy into the Taker and Michaels feud, it has made the Hardy and Punk feud a feud that is on the cusp of the main event as you have included them with the two main main-eventers.
Overall Nige, it was a good show by all means, but as previously mentioned, I think you have done better. It had some good stuff going on and you built up some feuds very well, but I just feel that something was missing in this show. FYI, I liked the font that you used for Raw than you did for Smackdown, Raw seemed more spaced out to me TBH. Anyway Nige, it was a good show, don’t get me wrong, but I have seen you do better and then is room for improvement.