Re: WWE: Life After Vince
Short opening promo, but I really liked it. Everyone here was right on the money, I could easily picture the people saying it, and I have to say, I like Kevin Nash as the new RAW GM, should make for some very interesting moments with heels. I really liked Edge here, his lines were basically perfect. The World Title Match against Shawn Michaels later on tonight should tear the house down, definitely looking forward to that one. I also enjoyed Nash's ending line, very funny. Overall, great opening promo, my only complaint was that it was a tad short.
Interesting little segment. Started off a little rocky between the former Tag Champs, but later we saw something of an alliance formed. The WWE Title Fatal 4-Way is looking very good, I might add, and anyone other than Batista would make a great champion.
The IC Title Tournament sounds fun, although the lack of star power here in this first match didn't exactly excite me. I missed Val's glory years and only saw him as a jobber, and there's no questioning what role Santino plays, so I was a little iffy. I actually would've preferred a Santino win, but I guess it's all storyline purposes. I wonder what Santino means, we won't be laughing at him anymore. The segment after the break was also interesting, wondering who he was talking to, and what this offer's about. I didn't really like the crying bit, but other than that, I'm intruiged.
Didn't like the JBL promo as much as I did the opener, but it was alright. I'm very shocked at Jarrett being used in the tag division, and teaming with JBL. The two should make a very powerful duo, and I like the name, too, J&J Incorporated. I would've liked that Jarrett get a few more lines, but that's alright. The match itself was pretty basic, although I liked that the new team has already established itself as dirty players. I would've preferred Jarrett finish with the Stroke than the figure four, but it still works. Anyway, I liked that you noted Carlito's left-handed, great attention to detail there. Good match, looking forward to seeing the rest of this tournament (as well as the IC Title one).
Great segment here between these two, loved it. Established the friendship between Shawn and Nash, while giving us details about their characters. Put HBK over tremendously, not that he needed it, and also gave a lot of hype to the main event. The comedy here with Traci was also very nice, very funny, great job here.
Great match to end things. The action was great all throughout, and it just clicked. Everything was spot on, the guys played their characters perfectly. I really liked Shawn deciding not to hit Angelina, shows his moral background, and Orton coming out was a tad expected, although still worked very well. The reformation of Rated-RKO with Angelina should be awesome, and really, I have no complaints about the match. Great job here.
Overall, I liked it. There were a couple of things that I didn't especially like, although the positives definitely outweigh the bad here. The opening was great, as was the closer. I'm still not convinced totally about this thread, since there are a couple negatives (the biggest one, in my opinion, being that NWA's not being continued, since that was a great one, but I digress), but this was a great start in winning me over. 7.5/10.
Kicking the second hour off with the Divas dancing is pretty good, although it feels really anti-climatic, having an epic World Title Match right before this. I'm very curious about Morrison talking to Kelly, they'd make a great couple, you know. The match was pretty solid, and I liked the finish, kept both guys strong. Seems as if you're going to go for a heel turn for Matt, saying he had a mean streak, as well as showing visible disappointment. Morrison, I'm thinking he's going to stay heel, and do something with Kelly. I'm interested in what both guys'll be up to, and I'm also glad Morrison'll move on.
Pretty funny segment here, know we know what Nash's up to with Traci. I did like Flair, thinking ahead for the main event. Nash's decision to keep things a little more even by trying to cancel out Edge was a good move, and I'm also wondering what announcement he and Traci'll make. Good stuff here.
I liked the idea of having a fan get to wrestle, although it wouldn't work as well in real life, then it'd just be really obvious and planted. Here, though, it worked. I'm a big fan of Noble, so I didn't like him being eliminated so fast, but I guess it works. Lots of good in-ring action, although I don't especially like AJ in here, he should be higher up on the card, with a lot of good eliminations, although the ending was a little confusing. I had to read it a few times before I knew what was going on, and I liked that Evans was almost champ. I don't like Hart as champion mainly because I don't like Hart period, but I can see Evans getting into a feud with him, which should be alright.
Pretty fun segment here wit Edge, Naitch, and Batista. Good jab at Batista, and clever thinking by Edge. Might be a tad abvious that he's not leaving, unless you're going for reverse psychology, or not. I don't know, I just want to see what happens at the end.
Decent promo here by Roode, although I don't get what he means by his short stint. Wouldn't this more than likely be his first night? Guess not. Anyway, going after the local football player and son of a wrestling legend was a great way to get heat. Wasn't much of a match, so I can't comment on that, but Shelton and Swagger appearing to help him out is pretty interesting. Guessing they're faces now, and I'm guessing they're going to form an All-American stable with Laurinaitis.
Another interesting segment between the Hardys. Seems as if Matt's heel turn will be a little slower than usual. I didn't like Jeff basically repeating himself, but other than that, I really liked this. I wonder what Punk wants to take about? New heel team, stable? Or maybe I'm jumping the gun on this supposed Matt turn.
Awesome main event. The ring action wasn't the best of the night, but the storytelling was superb. Seems as if we know now what Punk wanted to talk to Matt about, turning on his brother, and I was expecting Matt to come out. I also wasn't expecting Flair to turn on Batista. The idea entered my mind at some point, but I didn't think much of it. Anyway, great stuff. The stable of Edge, Orton, Flair, and Angelina sounds pretty damn good to me, although somewhat stacked. In any case, great main event.
Like I said in the beginning, this format of RAW one hour followed by WAR the next seems anti-climatic. It takes the impact away from RAW's main event, although WAR itself was pretty good. Not as good as RAW, but still good in its own right, especially the main event. Was another good step in winning me over, and I'm looking forward to more. 7.5/10.