Iíve been a little lazy in regards to this thread lately, so despite being a little busy, Iím going to be getting back into the swing of things.
Just reading that little bit from last weekís main event, and well, Iím happy to see Batista getting a shot at JD. Despite it happening irl, it simply has to happen here to, imo.
Before I get into real detail, the one thing I immediately realized about this opening promo was that it was extremely short. Even though it consisted of two guys that I detest writing in BTB, I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of an effort put into it. Anyway, I felt you had to open the show with Batista since he is the new number one contender and what not, so good decision there. I felt as if perhaps Batista could have spoke a little more about what it felt like to lose the title that he had worked so hard to get back and what not, rather than just run down The Undertakerís victory. Batista also pretty much said the same thing about the fluke twice, which I found a little off putting, and why is The Undertaker picking the stipulation? Was that something announced previously that I missed, or is ĎTaker just choosing for the fun of it? I was glad you kept ĎTakerís bit rather short, although tbh, despite the first line, you had him down pretty good, not that he said a lot, but still, good work. As for the Last Man Standing stipulation I donít like it, simply because it was done, irl. I understand a rematch with a stipulation has to happen, but I thought you could have gone with something different to attempt to mix things up a little bit more. The brawl was a nice, much needed touch too, with Batista looking golden ahead of their match at JD.
Honestly, MVP and Masters would have been a decent enough opening contest, despite the technicality they lack in the ring, I believe both have that certain ďitĒ factor. The match seemed okay, with Masters focusing on the neck for The Masterlock, before Porter was able to pick up the win being a simply yet effective formula. I just wanted to know when Porter turned face in this thread, or if it was just because he was facing Masters? Sorry.
at Chavo not being a happy loco. Honestly, I think Chavo was pretty good here, yeah I know itís in recap, but it seemed pretty in character anyway, with Chavo calling Yangís win a fluke. With that being said, something that irked me with this, is that youíve had two promos now, and in both, the guys speaking have just gone on about their losses being flukes. I wouldnít mind if they were spread further apart, but so close to each other is a little dodgy, tbh.
Judgment Day should be good, as Iíve skimmed down and seen the JD card, and it is looking pretty sexy.
Johnny Jeter is an awesome individual, as is Maryse, although Iím still not sold on the two as a pair. I get what you were trying to do with this interview, insulting Maria and all, but I donít know, it just felt a little forced. I mean, some of the insults, such as telling Maria that she asks dull questions were pretty lame. I donít really understand how Maria attempts to look like Maryse to. So yeah, I like the idea of this couple, but I just thought the execution lacked a little here.
Despite having really strong champions in Londrick, the rest of your tag division is lacking, imo, as Cryme Tyme and The Greasers both suck. The Greasers have been feuding with your champions, so they were always going over here, in a match that would have probably been lackluster at best. Your champions looked awesome with the attack afterward, and whilst it can be seen as a little heelish to attack a team after their match, I felt it was justified after what went down last week.
I mark for William Regal so Iím very happy to see him being used in the brand representative match, it shows that heíll probably be getting a fair push in this thread. As to the actual segment, Regal barging in and wanting a match is all good, but one thing about Teddy Long is that he was never a push over, however he seemed like one here, just giving in to Regal. I really think Regal should have got his spot in the match some other way.
I would probably call Jeter/Crazy as match of the night so far, although once again, as much as it seems like youíre pushing Jeter, you fail to have him impress me in this thread. I mean, having him against Super Crazy was a sure fire way to get him over, because Crazyís a decent talent, but instead, you had Crazy dominate the match, and Jeter only get the win because of Maryse. Considering Super Crazy doesnít really have much of a standing in this thread, or at least yet anyway, I would have expected Jeter to at least get a clean victory. If it is a push that you are giving him, I think you might have to re-evaluate things a little.
Matt Hardy interview seemed okay, although I didnít like how he was being asked all these questions about MVP, and nothing about Cor Von. If you were playing on Mariaís ditsy nature by having her ask questions about MVP, even after Hardy said he needed to focus on Cor Von, then that was a weird way of doing things. If it was just you not knowing what to have Maria say, you should have just had the interview end sooner. Hardy has to win tonight though, because MVP/Hardy needs that final blow off match, imo.
Guerrero/Yang was another decent enough match, with Yang clearly always going to get the win here, as Chavo needs somebody to beat at JD. Honestly, I can see this as a transitional feud simply until Mysterio returns, or until Chavo gets somebody else exciting to feud with.
Who the fuck is Heath Miller? It seems like these guys are going to have some ĎI love Americaí personality, and well, in BTB I donít really like it usually. I wonít judge yet though.
Umaga > Scotty. ĎMags looks beastly here, literally nothing else to say.
AAEís promo was alright, although the bit about people feeling blessed because Umaga didnít attack them just doesnít seem like something Estrada would say. Besides this, promo signals Umaga wants the title, which has me very excited.
Hardy/MCV is probably the match of the night so far. You gave them a good amount of time, and kept both men looking pretty good, Cor Von looking like a monster, Hardy the resilient winner. Good booking too, considering Porter/Hardy has to have a blow off match. Ignore my question from earlier to, this attack after the match made it pretty clear that Porter isnít a face. The attack was done pretty well, adding even more heat to a feud thatís ready to explode.
JD does look like it is going to be fairly sexy. I cannot wait to read it.
Honestly, Shawn Michaels is a lot more charismatic than what you made him seem here. Maybe it was just because of the recap, I donít know, but he sounded extremely dull, not even cracking any jokes, or being a little playful, itís simply to not like Shawn Michaels for my liking. With that out of the way, I was very happy when HBK was interrupted because I didnít want the show to end on this note. Booker in a sports coat? Considering he is King Booker, shouldnít he be in a suit, or his robe? I pretty much expected exactly what Booker said to be said, which is a good thing, making the promo solid after a very shaky beginning. HBK/Booker for JD is a match I like as well, although I must admit, the lack of build worries me a little.
Overall, whilst there was a lot of little things I found to be wrong with the show, I enjoyed reading it a lot more than I do some of the more established threads. Iíve no idea why, but even before you began this format, which I donít really like, Iíve always found your writing to be rather refreshing and relaxing to read, and it was no different here. The JD card is looking pretty nice to, keep at it, write a solid PPV, and this thread will begin to really pick up some momentum.