Re: WWE 2007: The Good Ol' Days
JuulDK’s BTB review
Hey… Since I’ve just “joined” this BTB I started by reading every single page so far written. So instead of reviewing every single show so far, I’m gonna make this little BTB review. I’m writing as I read.
At first I found it a bit strange and confusing that you’ve chose to start the BTB in 2007 and then using superstars that debuted later. If superstars like Ted DiBiase, Kofi Kingston and others who weren’t on the main roster in 2007 is in your thread now, then what about those who also were there in 2007?? Do they have their gimmick and status from back in 2007? Or are they using the once from the present? I also questioned your choices about titles and champions a bit, but lets see where it goes.
Big Show as World Champion could be good if done right… The first things I realized here was that you made some very small mistakes. Watch out for starting almost every word with capital letters. Makes it weird to read. And in Teddy’s announcement, he would always mention the best wrestlers last, and if Undertaker is in it he would ALWAYS mention him last. The opening match was okay, but I’m not sure that Chavo would ever kick out of the Playmaker unless it was some kind of a championship match in a feud. Not quite sure that having Mike Knox beating Foley is good, but it depends on where you’re taking Knox. I’ll be watching out for him. Eve vs. Layla was of course just a match to fill some space. The segment with Carlito, Angle, Kane and Taker was okay for the main event, but I think Carlito was a bit out of character. Cryme Tyme defeating Cade and Murdoch was good, but I really didn’t get the next segment. Why would Batista get in Austin’s face? Why would he threaten him? Isn’t Batista face? And why was Austin even there? The new World Heavyweight Champion Big Show defeating someone like Val Venis shouldn’t have been the second last match of the night. Venis of course jobbed. I looked forward to the Battle Royal, but I must be honest and say that I was disappointed. Someone like Flair outlasting guys like Batista, Booker, Khali and Angle wasn’t good. And to have the match ending with Flair subliming Taker over and knocking them both out was just too unrealistic for me. Flair shouldn’t be in the match… All in all it was an okay show for a beginner, but it lacked length, realism and not everyone was in character.
Regarding the news after SmackDown I’m looking forward to both Orton vs. Lashley and HBK vs. Edge vs. Triple H. But I don’t see the need for a face vs. face in Cena vs. Jeff…
In the news you said Orton vs. Lashley and HBK vs. Edge vs. Triple H, but you start the show by having King announcing HBK vs. Lashley vs. Triple H?? In the opening you really botched Estrada’s gimmick. Sadly you weren’t even close. I liked the fact that everyone started to interrupt, but one thing is that Vince would never change his mind and certainly not about Umaga. And another thing is that I didn’t understand anything about what Vince said in the end. Having Kingston go over Morrison is okay in my opinion. I liked that. And Morrison attacking Kingston afterwards was good. Hope this goes somewhere. Lashley vs. Orton?? So first it’s announced as Lashley vs. Orton, then it’s announced as HBK vs. Lashley vs. Triple H by King at the start of RAW, and now it’s back to being Orton vs. Lashley?? The match itself was as good as I hoped it would be, and Orton getting the win was good. But Lashley, being the face he is, wouldn’t attack Orton in the after match. He would challenge him again and get revenge. Scott Steiner hired is good. Hope he’ll get used good. Priceless beating London and Kendrick was good in my opinion. Matt and Morrison next week? I was kind of hoping for a Morrison/Kofi feud, but let’s see where it goes from here. Cena vs. Jeff was also a good match, thankfully. But the problem is that there’s many Cena-haters, and I think that’s why you chose Jeff as the winner. Don’t think Jeff would beat Cena. But I like Jeff so I’ll be watching him, and the handshake in the end was good. So Punk and Marella ended in a Double Count Out? Not good. Punk would beat Marella any time. And CM Punk doing a Shooting Star Press?? Out of character in my opinion. The Edge/Regal/Estrada segment was okay, but I don’t think Edge would ever get into the face of Umaga. Great main event, and although I don’t like Edge that much I actually liked that he won this one. Good ending.
The Grand Brand Draft sounds okay, but regarding the SmackDown preview I still don’t get why Stone Cold is suddenly back to being a regular wrestler…
I actually really liked the opening, but you ruined it all by having Undertaker unrealistically Chokeslamming both Flair and the 500-pound Big Show. No way! Not even Undertaker. I like Eve and Kelly going over Brooke and Layla, but not a good match to open the show. Flair vs. Undertaker would not be good in the present WWE, but lets see. Did Teddy just announce Big Show vs. Big Show next week?? :/ MVP again beating Chavo was okay, but if this is going to be a feud Chavo needs to get a win. I actually liked everything about Kennedy vs. Booker. Even the ending. MVP vs. Knox next week sounds okay after MVP has to victories over Chavo, and Knox put Foley in the hospital. Hoping for Knox actually. Kane vs. Stone Cold is a bit weird as I’ve said before, but you actually managed to make it good. Kane kicking out of the Stunner and Kane hitting the Chokeslam when the referee was down after a Stunner was good. Maybe I would’ve done it the other way around, but good. Shocked to see a Double DQ again. Maybe Teddy Long should make the Hardcore Tournament matches Hardcore matches?? The main event was okay, but I still don’t get the whole Flair-thing. Big Show coming out in the end and taking both out was realistic and good though. All in all you’re getting better.
Again I liked the opening, but Triple H started off WAY out off character, but it got better. Vince was indeed in character though. Good to see. London and Kendrick getting revenge this week beating Priceless was good, and of course it’ll be these two teams at the Royal Rumble for the tag titles. Looking forward to a good talented match. Matt defeating Morrison was kind of obvious in my opinion, but I was hoping for Kofi to be involved some way or how. Morrison losing two weeks in a row is not good for him. I don’t get the heat between Triple H and Shawn Michaels?? And the next match confused me as well. Wasn’t John Cena supposed to be in the Road to Royal Rumble? And didn’t Vince announce Triple H vs. Umaga earlier?? The match itself was okay, but it made Umaga look very weak. Triple H walking away was good for the storyline though. Kind of a funny promo between Regal, Santino and Punk. Kofi jobbing to JBL after actually beating Morrison is bad booking in my opinion. It makes Kofi’s win make no sense, and it makes Morrison look even weaker. Victoria beating Sunny was good. The main event sounded great, but I didn’t like the outcome. I really had my hopes up for Jeff. But face vs. face is not good at a Pay-Per View, so I knew either Orton or Edge would win. HBK vs. Edge sounds good. And Triple H attacking Edge was a good ending. Leaves a lot of questions open.
Okay opening, and even though Taker was more in his biker-character than in his dead man-character and even though Teddy would never interrupt Taker, I liked Teddy’s announcement. Trish beating Eve was obvious, but a shame because of the facts that Eve had two wins in the bag from the last two weeks , and they’re both face divas. MVP beating Knox was okay, but even though MVP looks to be on a role this makes Foley look weak. Austin vs. Kane again?? Hmm.. Okay then. Kane wasn’t in character and Austin would never step into a promo in a dark spot with Kane. That removes the mystery. Rey defeating Kennedy was good, and having Booker attacking Kennedy was also good. Big Show beating Flair was good but obvious, because Big Show wouldn’t have a second match later if he would’ve lost this one. The next segment left me thinking “what the h…??”. MVP defending his title against Booker who seems to just have started a feud with Kennedy? Let’s see where you take this. Austin beating Kane in a match that didn’t look nearly as good as last week was okay I guess. Kennedy talking about screwing Booker out of his title match is good for their beginning rivalry. The main event actually sounded awesome, and what an ending!! Big Show Chokeslammed over the edge of the stage on week before Royal Rumble!! Wow!
Okay opening once again, but I still don’t get the hate between HBK and Triple H. And Triple H would NEVER be on Edge’s side. He would make sure he was in the match some way some how, or that the match wouldn’t even take place. Edge usually talks more, but he was in character. Triple H vs. Umaga sounds good. London beating Rhodes was realistic and a good choice in my opinion. An okay in-character promo/interview by Morrison. He still seems confident. Marella beating Finlay must be a joke!! Don’t get it. Morrison beats JBL?? What?! First Morrison loses to Kofi. Then Kofi jobs to JBL and now Morrison beats JBL…? And even a clean victory? Not good. And they’re both heel, which makes it worse. Jeff out indefinitely makes me sad. I like him. Orton facing Punk tonight should be okay, but good that Lashley decided to be there. Good match… Orton getting the best of Punk was good, and Lashley taking out Orton was better. Good storyline-building. The main event was okay, but didn’t get why Cena got involved and hysterically easily FU’d Umaga once again. Triple H Pedigreeing Cena was okay. Now onto the Contract Signing. That was maybe the best I’ve ever seen you do so far in this BTB. Great and in-character for the most parts. Of course Triple H enters in the end, but I wasn’t expecting him to nail the Spinebuster on Mr. McMahon. Shawn running away was okay I guess, and of course Edge got a Pedigree. Good ending!
Opening announcements by Teddy Long was okay, but after getting defeating by Stone Cold I really don’t get why Kane is in this week’s main event. And then against Angle?? Well, it could be good I guess. Again, diva matches isn’t a good way to open a show. But all in all, Melina beating Kelly was obvious. MVP beating Palumbo going into the Royal Rumble was a good choice. I really didn’t get the Kennedy segment at all, so no comments. Batista once again losing isn’t good at all in my opinion. Makes him look week. Khali and Knox teaming against Rey and Batista, who’s former WWE Tag Team Champions… Rey and Batista should’ve gotten the win. Austin as Special Referee tonight is done before, but let’s see what happens. Kennedy beating Chavo even though Booker tried to distract him was good. Mike Knox competing for a second time and defeating Carlito wasn’t good. Not that he couldn’t beet Carlito, but you said earlier that Knox was isolated by Batista in the most of their tag match. He would be exhausted. Of course Angle got the win, but I was amazed that Kane kicked out after an Angle Slam and a steel chair shot. Undertaker getting involved wasn’t good as he’s involved in the World title picture. But all in all you’re improving and I’m looking forward to Royal Rumble.
JuulDK’s Royal Rumble Predictions
Royal Rumble match
John Cena, Randy Orton, Lance Cade, Bobby Lashley, JBL, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Finlay, Matt Hardy, Umaga, John Morrison, Santino Marella , Jack Swagger, Batista, The Great Khali, Rey Mysterio, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Kane, Mr. Kennedy, Mike Knox, Val Venis, Chavo, Carlito, Matt Morgan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shad, JTG, And 2 Unknown Entrants
United States Championship
MVP © vs. Booker T
WWE Tag Team Championships
The Hooligans © vs. Priceless
Shawn Michaels © vs. Edge
World Heavyweight Championship
Big Show © vs. The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair
Who will enter #1? Carlito
Who will enter #30? Umaga
Who is the surprise entrants? Rob Van Dam and Triple H
Who will have the shortest time in the Royal Rumble match? Val Venis
Will Triple H interfere in the WWE Championship match? No
Who will have the most eliminations? Bobby Lashley