Good to have you back
… now, on with the show…
It’s always smart to have a video package of the previous nights PPV. Given even just a two minute package, even the worst of PPV events can be made to look good, and with something as epic as Survivor Series, it’ll look even more epic, and have a lot of fools sitting at home thinking … maybe I should’ve bought that after all.
Major points all quickly recapped by J.R and King, and we’re off and running … WITH THE CHAMP!!! Glad to see a new champion after Triple H’s mammoth run with the belt, and with Edge holding the title, it feels extremely fresh. Slightly confused though as to whether this is his first reign, as he mentions a previous run with the belt. Earlier, J.R said this was his first, and the Survivor Series recap makes it seem like it’s his first … clear that up for me plz
Regardless, this was ‘money’ Edge, delivering a tip top promo, having a pop at anyone and everyone, and being the all round jerk we know and love. Pleased to see him still paired with Lita in the thread, as they made a great power couple, and back in the day were the hottest act in the ‘E (in terms of overness, not that kinda hot.) Didn’t get an awful lot to say, but enough, before we get the arrival of the pissed off former champ.
Not sure whether I can envisage Triple H chasing Edge to WrestleMania, or if this angle will be blown off before then. Again, quite short interaction between the two men, but enough to have substance. Hopefully, with Triple H pointing Edge out as a bit of a fluke champ, Edge will prove himself over the next few months with wins that will prove himself as worthy to be champion, and add some credibility to his reign … and a good place to start is tonight, with Triple H getting his rematch with Edge. Foley’s part in this segment came off as very rushed. Would’ve preferred to see him throw in a cheap pop or two, before just running into the announcement.
Excellent main event tonight, and I’d suspect Shane-O will be making an appearance to screw The Game over. There is absolutely no way that Triple H, after six months with the belt, loses it, then wins it back the following night, so Edge will at least get a month out his title run. I’ll be interested to see if you give Edge the type of title reign he’s never got in the WWE - a decent, lengthy one.
Not a keen fan of Cryme Tyme, but you cant argue with overness I guess. They appear to be a popular tandem, so putting the belts on them makes business sense in the full picture. I’d say given the amount of upper card / main event talent you’ve got that the tag titles could well be in danger of being nothing more than an afterthought, but hopefully you’ve got plans for something interesting to go on in the underrated tag team scene.
Major talking point though from this has to be Cade turning on Jindrak…
"We're finished you useless fucking prick!"
Line of the year imo. Could be singles run in the pipeline for Cade, unless Murdoch is brought in, but I don’t expect that to happen. Always liked Cade, so I’ll undoubtedly get a kick out of seeing him getting a singles run, depending on how well it’s booked of course.
… Guess I should’ve read on before commenting on Cryme Tyme
. MNM ABSOLUTELY OWN!!!! Delighted to see you utilise them again here, and not opt to allow the vastly overrated Nitro branch out on his own. He’s a terrific tag team guy, and should stick to that. MNM to feud with Cryme Tyme sounds decent, so far looks decent, therefore … should be decent J
Pleased to see a bit of mic time for Cade after the commercial, and it’ll be no shock to me that of the two, he’s the one that’ll be going places. I can dig a short term Cade / Jindrak feud, as Cade could use this to establish himself as a viable singles star, and springboard to better things. I got a kick out of seeing Cade using the plate full of food, would’ve looked funny. That, and Simmons DAMN added a touch of light-entertainment, but ultimately took away from a segment that should’ve concentrated on the serious split of a long term tag team.
POUUUUUUUNCEEEEE ~ PERIOD! Monty Brown rocks my world, and he’s gonna be steaming straight through opponents all the way to his eventual WM showdown with The Deadman. His partnership with Coach seems promising, with Coach being the overly cocky manager. Just don’t let Coach do all the talking, because Brown is more than capable of carrying himself on the mic too, but with the added intensity that Coach lacks.
And, just as I was about to say you’ll need to give Monty more than just squash matches for four months … we get a glimpse of his time biding feud, and it makes perfect sense. Kane will be looking revenge for what happened to his brother, and with these two feuding, no one will be forgetting about Brown taking out The Deadman. Personally, I would’ve liked Brown to dominate Kane here, then even gave Kane his heat back by getting the better of him next week. Just feel that despite what he did to Taker last night, Brown needs to be built up more to look completely credible. What happened here works of course, just personal preference really, I guess.
Cocky heel Christian = Promo gold. And speaking from personal experience, Christian vs. Stone Cold is the most fun I’ve probably had in building a feud, so if this is where we’re heading, I’m all for it, and cant wait to see where you take the feud.
If you’re heading towards a long term angle between the two, a short promo was probably the right decision to take, as there (could be) a long way to go. As with the Edge / Trips promo earlier, it got across the main points, and that’s what matters at the end of the day. Aftermath was extremely surprising, as I had this down as the run of the mill Stunner to wrap things up in a nice little package … so to see Captain Charisma bloody the Rattlesnake took me by surprise. Has all the hallmarks of a classic feud … let’s see if it continues that way in the coming weeks (or months?).
Trish defeating Mickie looked like filler, and came across that way.
The ditzy Maria gimmick has long since ran it’s course imo, or at least the over scripted mistakes she makes are. It was better when she didn’t mean to make the mistakes like “The Edge”. Quick promo for MNM. By the numbers really, nothing incredibly special, but got the point across.
Cena: I can't believe you Foley!
Foley puts his water down
Foley: Whoa, ease up John. I had no idea this was yours. Here, take it.
Foley puts the lid on the water and passes it to Cena as the crowd laughs in the background, but Cena is not the least bit impressed
Plenty of intensity from Cena which was good, as I was concerned you might revert back to the heel rapper gimmick, which would be a step back imo. At this point, Cena needs to reinvent himself slightly, and it looks like that’s where you’re going. If you do this heel turn right, I’d dare say Cena will be the best thing going in the thread.
Didn’t like the showdown with The Rock. Not sure what I was hoping for tbh, but this didn’t come off as I’d have liked it to. Might’ve been better to give Rock an interview, and keep it short and sweet, basically just saying what he did here, rather than have them face to face. Could’ve held off on that showdown until next weeks Battle Royal.
Styles vs. Benjamin looks to be the next feud over the I.C Title. AJ has certainly done enough to earn the title shot, (Best out of 5 or 7 series would own btw) and a few great athletic contests between these two oughta blow the roof off many a building.
I-N-T-E-N-S-E. Very intense promo from Lesnar. Surely nothing other than a win on his Raw debut??
Cheap win for Lesnar in the end, and I’m assuming this isn’t the end between these two. Van Dam will surely want a piece of Brock given the loss under shady circumstances tonight.
Well, straight into the main event. Run ins from Cena and The Rock early on?? Cena saving the belt for Edge makes sense, as he wants the battle royal to happen next week. I have a feeling Foley might just take him out though after that stunt.
Rock chasing Cena leaves Trips and Edge again, but SHANE (as predicted) makes his mark, and costs Triple H two nights in a row.
Ambulance Match?? Generally, no one seems to like them. Me, on the other hand, I think they’re pretty sweet. Looking forward to seeing Shane pull out some crazy stunts … but ultimately find himself leaving in the ambulance
Overall, decent enough show for someone that’s been inactive for so long. I wouldn’t say that rust played too much of a part, as the promos all seemed pretty much in character, it’ll just be a few weeks until you hit the money promos again. Good return, just keep it coming.