Re: NWA: Rising From The Ashes
Opening Promo: A tad on the short side, but I really liked it. It had a purpose, and the dialogue delivered. The one thing that I didn't like was Edge getting cheap heat, I feel he's above that, but that's just a little thing. Edge made a lot of sense here in what he said about the mystery owner, and laid down a huge ultimatum. It came at a very big time, on the last show before the biggest PPV of the year for the NWA, so next week's going to be all that much more of a must-see. I don't see the mystery owner revealing himself, but I also don't see Edge losing the title. Still, looking forward to next week to see if he will (or maybe it could be a she...).
Orlando/Steiner: Not that great of a match, obviously, and this is working on getting Morgan and Orlando over as faces, but to be real, if you aren't going to do anything with Orlando after this, then you made Steiner look bad for basically no reason. I'm not saying he needs a push, just some TV time and competitive matches, with a few wins. Either way, good build-up for the Slammiversary match.
Orton/Layfield Segment: I really liked this segment, it had good lines, good flow, and I could feel Layfield's emotion as he spoke. The one thing that I didn't like was that you said that JBL thought about it, rubbing his chin, then he just snapped at Orton out of nowhere. Other than that, I liked this a lot, got me looking forward to the main event and what/who Layfield has invested in now. Someone else for the Guantlet?
Burchill/Ray: I still don't like the name of The Hooligans for Burchill and Nigel, I always get confused and think of London and Kendrick. Anyway, this feud seems like it'll be something of a filler match at the PPV, since it only started two weeks ago, but it's actually got some momentum behind it, with this newest development of using brass knuckles. It seems as if you're making The Hooligans the faces here, but I can't seem to get behind them as such. The knuckles are too heelish for me, and I'm not a fan of brawlers, either.
Abyss Interview: This put over Abyss over as crazy, volatile, unpredictable, but I don't know what it'd do to his popularity (attacking a hot face girl is never a good thing). Anyway, not a fan of Vampiro, so I don't like him working as a face, but I suppose it evens up the odds in this program of monsters. I wonder if this is all a set-up, though.
Banks Update: Isn't cleared to compete? Dang, what a setback. I think this could be a work, but at least he's still on-screen. Anyway, hope this guy gets back on track soon.
TBP Beatdown: I don't know if this was the place to mention that Beer Money took DiBiase up on his offer, it could've easily been forgotten with what LAX did. Anyway, it was very thuggish, something that I'm not a fan of, but I understand that a lot of people would be, so this would've gotten over well. It was pretty brutal, although I noticed two big typos - at least, I think they're typos. One of them was attacking with a baseball, but I think you meant baseball bat. You also said that they attacked them respectfully, and there was no respect here, so you might've meant respectively. Anyway, things are heating up even more in this feud, seems as if it's filled with jumpings, so lets see what's going to happen next week.
Booker Interview: Not much of an interview, and it seems as if every Impact is a bad night to be an interviewer, and I wonder what Christy said to piss him off. Once again, you prove to have interviews and addresses down, as this one was very good. There were a few things that didn't really sound like Booker, and by that I mean they weren't totally ebonics, like when he said he "isn't no sucka." Should've been "ain't no sucka." Has better flow. Anyway, the match between Book and Sting should be a great one, and it has a ton on the line. I really don't know who could win it, hard to call at this point, but still, this feud has been very good so far. Great job here.
Bloom/Ekmo: Another good big man match you put out, I must say, with a very interesting result. I wasn't expecting something like this to happen, but I liked it. Showed that Ekmo won't listen to Mitchell at times, and that he's not someone to try to lift. I suppose now the odds are in favor of Abyss and Vampiro, so I wonder what's going to happen next week, and the condition of Bloom.
Angle/Christian/Jarrett Segment: Interesting, definitely looks like a set-up in store. But, for who? Could go either way. Anyway, very intruiging, adds to the main event, but something Jarrett said was a little off to me. He said if they need him, he'll be out there, if they need him. Angle mentioned that he was acting too eager, but it didn't seem that way when I read it, seemed more like a slight mistake. Either way, it's all good, I got what he was saying.
Finlay/Anderson: Pretty good match here, gave Anderson the momentum he needed for his US Title Rematch. One thing that I had a smile at is Cornette having a tennis racket, I thought he stopped using that years ago. Anyway, good match, and I really liked the ending result. I don't know if it was a good move to pull off on TV, because that would've been a great PPV spot, but great nonetheless. Good job here.
Main Event: Interesting results. I should've guessed that DiBiase was working for the money-grubbing Layfield. Birds of a feather, man. Anyway, good main event, good storytelling, and I suppose that the program between Banks and Angle will continue. I don't think it should for too long, but I think it could put over Banks big if he wins their blow-off match. I'm a little surprised that Angle and Christian worked very well together, I was expecting some dissention from the faces for some reason. I liked Layfield and Orton going at it with each other as well, the best example of storytelling there. I did notice two big typos here again, where it says that Orton is ready for Angle's quickness, when I think you meant "isn't". Then it said that Orton is happy with being embarrased, when he obviously wasn't. Aside from that, good main event and revelations as you get closer to Slammiversary.
Ending Segment: I'm not sure what to think of this. Obviously, Edge doesn't look bad as he was caught off-guard, but I still don't know. The Guantlet has been mostly about Jarrett as the main challenger, which is fair, since he had Edge one-on-one last, but this would've been the best time to transition to a new challenger. Hasn't been this way here. Anyway, an interesting end to the show, to say the least. Wonder what Edge's reaction to this'll be, as well as his ultimatum.
Overall: Another very good show here, Laurinaitis, with a lot of great development towards Slammiversary (and on, in some cases), with good matches, good promos, but I felt that this show was very typo-heavy. Normally I don't comment much on typos, but they were in a lot of places, and when there's a lot of them, it kind of takes away from the show a little. Aside from that, I though this was another quality edition of Impact, and I hope you keep up the good work, while looking a little closer for typos. 7.5/10.