It’s been a while, hasn’t it??
TBH, I’m a little lost at the outset, as I’m not entirely sure what point this is picking up from. Is it 2005?? The date would suggest so, as it matches up to the date after WrestleMania 21. A bit of a back story into the results from WrestleMania (assuming with the firing of Bischoff that you’re not coming off the back of the real life results) probably would’ve helped for us to follow.
Vince was spot on here too. Eloquent, making his point, and doing so in a crystal clear fashion. I don’t really like the stripping of the title belts idea, but it has it’s merits in this situation, literally confirming the beginning of a new era.
Again, decent backstage meeting between Vince and RVD. Nothing wrong in my eyes, and I guess we’ll soon find out if Vince took kindly to RVD confronting him like that with his choice of opponent later.
Personally, I would’ve liked it if the title matches had been spaced out over the coming weeks, rather than all being bundled onto the first show. Could’ve been a unique selling point in the coming weeks for a different title to be decided each week.
Looking at the four guys in the match, Mysterio looked the obvious winner, and Funaki looked like the jobber of the group. Funaki winning is a massive shock, but a nice one at the same time, as we never get to see Funaki taken seriously. It’s definitely a clean slate for everyone, with Funaki taking the CW title.
Evil Kaientai FTW. Loved that gimmick, delighted to see it back in force with ‘Funaki’ declaring his intention of going to Smackdown.
If I’m remembering correctly, I think in your last thread you had a really funny promo with Simon Dean, so it’s good to see him back. Some excellent put downs on California, and I could completely picture Dean in this promo.
LMAO at the kid spitting the drink out, only for Dean to claim he was joking. Excellent stuff. The Rock was definitely to the point and punctual, but for me, a little too quick to his point. A few more put downs on Dean would’ve been golden, so it was a slightly disappointing end to a fun promo.
Dudleys picking up the tag titles is fine, after all, they are undoubtedly the most successful team of this generation. The aftermath was the big talking point though, with X-Factor stating their intent taking out both teams. Looks like a potential three team feud over the titles. Been a long time since I’ve seen anyone utilise the X-Factor trio, and although I was far from a fan, it’s something fresh.
Solid showdown between Christian and Cena. Hate to sound like a broken record, but it was, again, nicely in character, got the point across, and put some more emphasis on the championship match later. Would love to see a strong showing from Christian btw.
Looks like Vince didn’t take the RVD confrontation too badly. Expected him to throw in a big monster of a man, so Kofi was a nice surprise. Would’ve been a terrific high flying contest, but Van Dam winning was probably the right choice imo.
Odd Orton promo. Came off as kinda robotic … so in character I guess.
. Still, even at that, the promo sort of just seemed thrown in there.
The ladies showdown felt, much like the Orton promo, thrown in there. Might’ve worked better had it happened a little earlier, but happening now, then immediately having the match didn’t work.
Realistic time line for the match though, I must say. The women never get much TV time, so it’s nice to see you keeping it real - and the match times have all been pretty realistic so far, which is a positive. Finish was pretty sweet too, given off the feeling that there was a bit of a mishap.
Goldberg taken out?? That’d be a brave soul. Being sandwiched between a match and another promo, it lost a little bit of it’s impact. The JBL promo seemed to be just to get him on screen, and to build a little bit of suspense that the new GM isn’t going to arrive on time.
Doink The Clown; lol. Surprised he and Santino lasted even a minute. Simon Dean eliminating The Rock was HUGE. I have a good feeling that you’re planning to utilise Dean as the dick heel of the show, and given your ability to write entertaining segments with him, it seems a good idea. Looks like JBL and The Rock could be headed for a rivalry.
Couple more jobbers go before five men dump the Big Show and Henry. Not sure what role DDP could possibly play in the show, as the roster seems heavy enough in talent, and Page is pretty old
. Nice to see a little teamwork from Edge and Christian too, and was surprised to see Blackman last so long, reaching the final five. Hardcore title for him plz.
Holy fuck, CENA AND CHRISTIAN!!! Delighted you’re pulling the trigger on a Christian push, but the no contest finish was a huge disappointment. Surely you’re moving towards a one on one match at Backlash … but that’ll be a decision for the new GM … PAUL HEYMAN.
I’m a mark for Heyman, so you’ve ended on a high for me. Shame about the finish to the battle royal.
Overall, it was a solid outing my friend. Nothing spectacular, but there was no clear signs of any ‘rust’, as I felt the promos were all pretty solid, and did their job. Show started to feel a little choppy towards the end, with the Orton cameo, the womens argument, then the out of nowhere Goldberg attack. Still, it’s great to have you back.