You made me wait for ages, Iím very excited, this better not disappoint.
Intercontinental Championship Match
Great match to open the show really, two great athletes going at it hard, itís a sure thing that it will entertain the crowd. Nice way to start with the whole wrestling, one upsmanship scenario, from the minority that I do watch these days it doesnít really happen anymore but is a nice, cheap way to get the crowd involved. Then Styles takes Benjamin to school a bit before the big outside spot, Styles looking quite dominating early, which I know wonít last, but I really have nothing to complain about from this start, simple but sweet, good work.
Styles continued to dominate for a while, however it was a nice way how Shelton finally got the advantage. Once again, simple but effective. I hate when some people try and do this epic shit and fail, you just do what needs to be done, and it actually makes the reading experience more enjoyable. Someone crashing down from the top rope to the barricade isnít exactly holy shit worthy, stop trying to make yourself seem epic, that chant inserted there equals cheap
. In all seriousness though, the holy shit chant was a bit undeserved. Suplex over the ropes? Surprised not to see a counter tbh, but I guess Benjamin has to dominate for a while, after all he is the heel.
A little bit of not worth mentioning action before another spot occurs. I love how these two have the potential to put on a spot fest, but your not just going high risk to high risk because that takes away from the in ring psychology. Moonsault by Benji was pretty sick though. Another simple teaser here, Benji locks in the Sleeper Hold for Styles to threaten to come back only to get kicked in the face. I just love the way youíre teasing us with this match up. Didnít like Styles first move to shift back the momentum being a Cross Body, I donít know why but that move never really interests me, especially when the person who hits it has just finished being beaten down for the last few minutes.
I could tell this last paragraph was the final sequence from the start, things began to heat up right from the get go and you definitely didnít disappoint with the ending. Just a beautiful set of counters, they deserved to be bold
and the finish this one has means this certainly canít be the end between these two. Hopefully next time they meet this one can be in full.
Monty Brown and Coach promo? As Wolf said, no good because he didnít mention The Pounce You fail life for this one, Reney.
Iím just going to ignore The Naturals at this stage.
Kane vs Monty Brown
Not to sure about this big man match tbh, you swear Kane is still a monster in this thread but ever since I have been reading he has done nothing to excite me. Monty Brown is the man who should be getting pushed, so I would have preferred for him to start off well, before Kane took over, noyl to have Coach distract him. Kane dominating from the get go until Coach gets involved makes Brown seem a tad weak in the beginning, and this is definitely not something we want if you are indeed building him up to face The Undertaker.
Hmm, it seems you addressed what I was concerned about for the rest of this contest. I was worried about Brown looking weak but really he pretty much dominated from here, so I must commend you for that. Nice not to see Coach getting involved in the finish and letting Brown do it alone and he did it well, with THE POUUNNNCEEEE!!!! Awesome finish, I probably enjoyed this more then the first match, the finish that is, and only because The Pounce was done. Great booking decision regarding this whole match up to, now bring on ĎTaker.
Shane McMahon seems rather confident, I smell a plan. Great suspense for me personally, for this match anyway.
World Tag Team Championship Match
Iím not going to sugar coat this at all, but for a PPV that has such a strong card Iím afraid this match doesnít belong. Seriously, expect me to rant a bit during this one, Iím really not looking forward to the read. To make it worse you begin the match with Cryme Tyme, the team that really doesnít belong on PPV dominating MNM. I know you donít want any squash matches on a PPV, but I would seriously probably prefer a squash match rather then what weíre getting here tonight. MNM better take over soon, my attention is already drifting away as I see myself opening youtube.
I was glad to see MNM finally begin to slowly dominate, however despite the fucking up off Cryme Tyme, the only thing that has stood out so far as slightly entertaining was the Melina skirt raising. This distraction equals epic, I will continue your review later, I need to go google search MelinaÖ So, Iím back and ready to go.
One thing I have noticed that I really like is how much of the attitude era actually comes off on your matches, The fake tags, the messing with the tag rope, its all so attitude era and it is something that made me reminisce and actually enjoy the match a little bit. Still far from great, but MNM had a nice solid period of dominating, and the Double DDT by JTG probably would have been entertaining as well, as much as I hate to admit it.
The ending simply was the generic face come back until MNM thwarted them and picked up the win with the Snapshot. As much as I hate Cryme Tyme and found this match to be a little dull, I must admit the formula in which the match followed and the way it was written was nicely, it really is a shame you couldnít have had two decent teams in it. At least MNM are champions now, I guess.
MNM have pulled it off and CLEAN as well? You make out as if this was some kind of big achievement, geez for such a good booker; you really have your jobber moments. <3
Womens Championship Match
Trish uses her speed to her advantage by nailing a Snap Mare and then locking in a Chin Lock? Wow, how exciting. Also, I really canít see Trish locking in a Chin Lock at all against Beth Phoenix, especially this early. Use some logic, please.
Nice to see some pure dominance from Phoenix come into play to, its exactly what she needs, so just incase she loses she can still look credible. Just a quick question, if Phoenix is going for a Suplerplex, and Trish holds on and Phoenix falls how does she land face first? Does she get pushed to learn face first, or is she just a spastic, either way some clarification would have been nice. Hurricanrana from the top rope, new move for Trish is good; because itís a move I can actually picture her doing. Stratusfaction being reversed was very nice indeed, showing off some more of Phoenix strength. I can seriously see her being a monster champion for a six month plus reign in the future, as much as you and I both love Trish, the inevitable title change has to happen soon. It just HAS to.
Very quick ending here, kind of out of the blue, it was good for shock value but if this is the match that ends their feud I will be extremely disappointed.
RVD of course is going to be brave and confident but he is losing tonightÖ If he doesnít I will riot.
RVD vs Brock Lesnar
I loved the way the match started; I could picture it in my head, crowd cheering the hell out of RVD as he goes on the attack only to be stopped by the monster, Brock Lesnar. Dead set, no lie, I enjoy things like this. From just the opening I can tell this is going to be a match where Lesnar has the advantage and RVD just shows flashes of brilliance, but due to his injuries he never fully gets into the contest. If I am indeed right, it will be great as it reeks of in ring psychology, which is something I am a huge fan of. Even if the match doesnít go the way I think it will pan out, great start.
Nice, some more domination from RVD here, ending with the big spot on the outside. I must admit that the domination went on for a little bit longer then expected, which could perhaps make Lesnar look a little weak against a weakened RVD, however, everything seemed to get better when Lesnar rammed RVD into the barricade. From here, there should be a period of total dominance from Lesnar before the heated ending, imo.
From here on in, it was exactly what I expected it to be, and exactly what it needed to be, pure domination from Lesnar. After the Powerbomb, nice little bit of detail having Cornette calm Lesnar down; makes Lesnar seem more unstable which is something I really like. Lesnar locking in the Bear Hug and this is a deadly move, I would mark for a finish where the ref has to stop the match due to RVDís injuries, I really canít see it happening though.
The arm didnít drop for the third time, as much as I am happy this match is continuing, I cant help but feel a little let down that the finish I marked for didnít take place. I was going to mark for what would have been just as epic but RVD countered the F5 as well :@. Seriously though, awesome counter, really put the result of the match up in smoke as RVD began to dominate. This match has gone exactly the way I thought it would, which in essence is the sensible way, however I cant help but feel that maybe RVDís roll here at the end has gone a tad to long. Jim Cornette interference botch is a little disheartening since I love the guy.
I actually thought RVD had the win for a minute here, really nice stringing along done by you. Jim Cornette redeems himself, which also made me wet myself and then F5. Nice, yet obvious ending, and just like all your matches, bar the womens one, I think you made the right decision here. Sick match.
Nice Christian interview, pure arrogance which is pretty much what I expected, running down Austin was good to, of course it would have been in character you right this man awesomely. Should be a great match, I donít know who I want to win though.
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs Christian
Pretty explosive stuff to start off with, Iím not going to get into the act of summarizing thing, but great brawling early, outside of the ring and back inside the ring, itís the typical beginning to an Austin match, good work.
More pure domination by Austin, I really didnít expect this, I guess this is the whole proving that he is not to old and not past hit prime thing, but if Christian doesnít get some offence soon he is going to be looking like the Creepy, Little, Bitch. Yeah, itís a nice one, you may use itÖ Seriously though, you seem to leave the line thin at times to making some of your superstars look like bitches, you may want to watch that a little for future shows.
Stunner this early would have made me riot, so I was very happy to see Christian nail the Reverse DDT. This was quite a resourceful move and that is exactly what Christian is as a heel, resourceful. So, I donít know if you meant it or not, but not only did you use a move from his move list, but you captured his way off thinking, imo. Nice interference from Tomko, and I understand the emotion and what not, but considering Austin being such a veteran him falling for that comes across as nothing but dumb. I was disappointed with Austinís lack of intelligence, however I am happy Christian is finally getting some offense in.
Christian remaining in control for the rest of the majority of the contest was a must considering how bad he looked early on. Austin reversing the Unprettier into a Back Slide is rather creative, but I just cant picture Austin doing a Backslide in my head. It seems a little to technical for him. Christian gets back in control but the few momentum shifts we had here were amazing, really would have had the crowd up and down like a roller coaster ride, end by the end of it Austin was in control. By the way, I mark for the Lou Thesz Press and Fuck you Elbow combination.
Wait, just as I thought Austin was about to take over there was another momentum change, this must mean the finishing sequence
. The slap across the face was awesome and it lit a fire under Austin which is what the match needed to get the ball rolling for the finale. Seriously, this ending was awesome, Stunner and we thought it was over, Tomko saves then interferes and Christian gets the win. Itís a recipe for brilliance what you wrote here, and well I was torn for this one as I love both men but I guess it is good to put the younger talent over. Another good match.
The old split screen warm ups, oh how I miss them.
A bit of a weird place to have a Smackdown ad, donít you think? :S
I was quite shocked with the start, as unless Iíve missed something Shane McMahon is the heel of the feud. Shane O Mac always starts off strong when he is a face, but always gets his ass kicked when he is a heel, so to see Shane start off so strong just had me second guessing what his status was in this thread. You confused me
Although I didnít like Shane kicking off so well, I have to admit, I love the innovative offense as Shane O Mac and trash can lids is extreme.
Triple H, after hitting Shane in the head with the trash can lid twice tries to put him in the ambulance? I thought Triple H would know he has to wear Shane down a little more, nice try, trying to tease us though. Involving a light structure and the stage set shows me that this match is getting more and more brutal as it goes, and from where Iím sitting its only going to get worse, as dare I say it, despite the amount of weaponry used, things really havenít heated up all that much yet.
Beautiful counter by Triple H nailing Shane with the Spinebuster through the table. I could honestly see it ending there, so to have 3 Minute Warning come out of the ambulance and do a number on the game was a great false finish. I guess this is why, as I predicted, Shane was so confident earlier, he had a plan.
3MW continue to decimate Triple H, which is good, not only does it make Shane look smart, but it makes the young tag duo look very strong. The Spanish announce table, oh no. HUGE, HUGE SPOT with Shane diving through the Spanish announce table, it really is typical Shane O Mac, and I was expecting Triple H to own Shane so bad that we wouldnít see any vintage Shane. Kudos to you for washing away my doubts.
This is what I was waiting for, and if the intensity of this match could have been lifted anymore this is exactly how. Triple H weasels his way out of dodge and takes out 3MW and Rico. In my opinion, it was just great the way he used his ambulance to advantage and now I would fully expect Triple H to dominate again, just as he should.
, the chair shot Shane nailed Triple H with just made me laugh, it was from behind and just stopped all the momentum Triple H was building, I like it because it makes Shane seem like an annoying fly and if you go watch when he used to compete, thatís pretty much exactly what he was. Nice counter by Trips with the Drop Toe Hold who then goes nuts, one thing I love is how now theyíre outside the ring your not trying to incorporate actual wrestling, your just letting them have a down and dirty street fight. SLEDGEHAMMER~! Sledgehammer equals awesome.
Geez, what a fucking way to end the match. A bit of cat and mouse followed by a Pedigree through the roof of the ambulance. I never expected the ambulance roof to cave in so I have to give you your props on another great, innovative finish. Iím not exactly sure, for probably the first time tonight, exactly what both these competitors will be doing next, but Triple H should be set up for something rather big.
Nice promo form Edge, probably lolÖ
WWE Championship Match
A pretty explosive start here, not as good as the previous two matches, but explosive none the less, however I do have a concern. Besides when he was Rocky Maivia can you please explain to me when Rock has ever used an Arm Drag in the opening minute of the match. This could have easily been a Clothesline or something, and I know its only small but since Iím such a huge fan of Rock, it kind of took a bit away from the beginning for me. Nice tease with the Spear early though.
Oh, the old change of momentum on the outside of the ring routine, even this rarely happens these days but I think it was terrific to read. Edge now with the advantage and he is working on a body part, I donít know but for a championship match, I know there has to be in ring psychology, Iím not stupid, but I donít like the match to be very slow so hopefully working on the body part doesnít last to long. Nice Big Boot by Edge to, hopefully this means working on the arm/shoulder is finished.
Can I just ask, I donít watch much wrestling these days, but the bit that I have watched I havenít seen it; do people still do Back Suplexes?
Anyway, nice period of domination from Rock this really brought back some great memories, I mean the Samoan Drop, Clothesline from the corner and DDT, its all vintage Rock.
Here we go, let the false finishes begin. Edge hits the Spear and I knew it wasnít going to be over, just because I could see that there was more of the match belowÖ Rock then moments later hits a Rock Bottom and this I thought may have been over but it wasnít the case. Nice way to start stringing me along, as even though I have been into the match from the get go, it probably hasnít been as good as some of the other thus far.
Wow, what a showing by The Rock he was able to lock in the Sharpshooter and he held it for a while didnít he? When you wrote Edge tapped I simply thought no way, but then I realized that Lita was distracting the referee, another great false finish Reney, absolutely nothing to complain about.
Lita getting Rock Bottomed is something I love, but if she is sore I am up to giving her a rub. Nice, ironic referee bump, ohh kick to the groin followed by a chair shotÖ Great heel tactics by Edge and I so expected him to pick up the victory from here. An appearance from RVD? Definitely something I didnít expect but I guess youíre going with a feud between RVD and Edge which leaves The Rock with the title. Nice, fun main event, not as good of a read as the last two matches, imo, but good read none the less.
Overall, a very nice PPV Reney, I thoroughly enjoyed it, I really did. There was only one match I felt didnít belong, but we wont go back into that. Great work my friend, the road to the Rumble should be fun.