Really sorry it has taken me so long to get this done. I did intend on doing it earlier, but for sme reason it slipped my mind. Better late than never I guess.
Thatís a WCW Rules banner? Shouldnít be surprised, as it looks pretty damn awesome.
Nice way to kick us off with the commentators, who, imo, did a very good job on selling the show (which shouldnít be too hard since youíve got a very awesome looking card put together there). A small thing, but itís still a good thing.
Opening the show with AJ Styles? I have mixed emotions on that, as while AJ hasnít had a chance to feature properly on your shows (with this being a good chance for him to do so), heís very weak on the stick, and very bland, meaning youíve got your work cut out for you. AJ ripping on TNA to begin with? Ehh, not a big fan of things like that. A created product is usually made because people want to do something different to WWE and TNA, and itís usually what their backstory centres around (and correct me if Ďm wrong, but I believe yours follows the same basic formula), so I understand that youíre trying to distance your product from that of TNA, but by referring to them youíre keeping them in mind, as well as giving them free advertising on your show. AJ saying he carried TNA was perhaps a little egocentric too, and maybe even heelish considering there are other people in your company from TNA. Is that a good thing? In a way, because AJ shows a lot more personality as a heel, although I donít think thatís what you were shooting for. Aside from the fact that he was talking about TNA, I thought AJ building up what he wanted to do for NXG was pretty good, as was him putting over the talent in the gauntlet match that youíve got at your first Pay-Per-View. RVD interrupting? RVD doesnít really have a whole lot of personality either when it comes to mic skills, although at least with two guys in there they can bounce off another. The lovey dovey stuff was a bit boring to begin with, although I guess since theyíre both faces you want to portray them as humble type guys. I expected the arrogance to come from RVD eventually, although the ďYouíll probably need it more than meĒ line from Styles made it go the other way. At least it adds some personality to the promo, although AJ just saying he didnít mean it personally after that sends us kind of back to the lovey dovey type thing, although the confidence of RVD was good to see to finish the promo. All in all, a bland opening promo really, but with the talents you had for it, I thought you did an alright job.
Amazing Red vs. Gregory Helms? A damn fine opener, with Red sure to get the fans fired up. Damn, impressive move right at the beginning of this write-up with the spinning slam. The momentum shift from Helms to Red after that was a bit odd as I wouldíve preferred to have seen Helms play to the fans or something to bide Red some time before the comeback, although itís just a small thing. The fist exchange being countered into kicks from Red? Awesome, as was the counter into the Nightmare on Helms Street. Would have maybe liked Helms to have gone over a little more quickly at the end without all of the counters, although he did go over the right way, which is good. Nice to see the Vertebreaker return to his arsenal too. Nice way to kick things off here.
Giving The Guns more mic time here? Donít blame you, since you wrote them well last week. This promo was pretty good too, kind of quirky like The Guns are with that natural chemistry between them. The Guns putting themselves over as the best in the world was also good here, adding in some of their trademark cockiness. Nice enough backstage interview.
You write these little backstage segments well, and this was no exception. The interaction between Punk, Cabana and Steel at the start was good, showing how you understand their characters with Steel being a little more serious than Cabana (and Punk in this instance). Mickieís interaction with the trio was good too, and Cabana trying to make the move was pretty funny, as was his convo with Steel at the end, with Steel just playing the straight shooter. Nice little backstage segment, with these type of things being your speciality.
@ Waltman being drunk. Is that why heís here in NXG?
In all seriousness, you wrote a drunk Waltman pretty well (from experience, perhaps?
), and gave your Archangels a good platform to get on the show and showcase their gimmick. Michael was pretty good in his straight forward way, while Waltman was pretty hilarious by coming back at him by telling him that heís weak. The rest was all decent too, such as ďIím not drunk ... Iím just a lilí drunkĒ. Another solid backstage segment.
While I applaud he pride you take in your matches, you probably could have made this a little shorter, as it was simply a match to get OíHaire started. As I said with The Archangels debuting so soon on Vortex, I would have liked to have seen a little more hype for OíHaire before his debut with another week or two of vignettes, although this was a solid enough way to debut OíHaire, even if I thought you may have made Williams look a little too strong (this match was obviously about OíHaire).
Isnít Madison competing later tonight? Not a real productive way to prepare for her match.
I found this Helms approaching Cline thing a little weird, as while it showcased Helmsí arrogance, it was also very hard to see, with a simple interview maybe being easier. Helms playing on his ĎMade Maní gimmick in the interview part of this segment was alright, putting it to pretty good use, while it was also nice to see you hype Madisonís match. Decent segment.
Ah, good to see some teamwork from The Guns at the beginning of this write-up, as thatís part of the reason that theyíre as awesome as they are. The action up until the tag of Kendrick was certainly chaotic, and perhaps a bit hard to imagine (how Kendrick fell from the shoulders of Sabin namely), although it was exciting. The action at the end was alright as you tried to make it as frenetic as possible with some nice counters, although things like Shelley recovering so quickly from a dropkick to tag himself in were a bit odd. Regardless, a nice match to continue this little series of time limit draws between the two.
Does Jimmy Jacobs have the same Ďrevolutionaryí type character he canít escape from on the indy circuit here? If so, it didnít seem much like it in his little portion of the promo, as he didnít berate the hotel manager. I know itís a backstage conversation, but thatís supposed to be the personality of Jacobs. Regardless, he sounded bland here and like he doesnít have much personality. Loved the character of Omega being built up as the shy nerd reading his comic book (is that you, Mikey?
<3). Nice little conversation between the two, as the character of Kenny was pretty good throughout, continuing this little storyline youíre building for between Jacobs and Omega.
Ashley Tisdale performs a song for your company? Lost a lot of respect for you there, man.
The working together of the heels early in the match is smart psychology, while Katie being in it for herself and turning on Talia also works, since it plays on her longer, gothic type personality. The bow and arrow being pulled out? Damn. Youíve got to love the move. I thought you used the three ladies well throughout, using the multiple bodies in the match well to make for a pretty good match.
An alright way to show the whiny heel character of Cage that youíve got going here, going back to classic heel stuff. Christian was alright throughout, although I thought this was an awfully odd way to introduce James Gibson on screen for the first time by talking to a guy he doesnít even like. As a promo it was decent, although I wish you would do something with Gibson, because thus far heís done nothing (although the same could be said for Goldberg, and heís probably your biggest draw).
As Iíve said before, I really donít understand what the point of having someone like Ashton Kutcher involved in your fed can do for you, apart from adding these segments in. Another thing I find odd (which I believe someone mentioned in a review earlier) is that Heyman is in favour of Kutcher, while Bischoff isnít. Looking at the histories of the two men, it should really be the other way around imo. I donít know what the point of burying the acting of Kutcher was either, and Alvarez seemed a bit arrogant with his talk of Ďsuperiorsí which I donít think you were going for.
A bit disappointed to see the main event write-up isnít a little longer than the others. With all of the hype of this match as a dream match, I would have liked to have maybe seen you try to do a little more with it than the others, and that includes a bit more of an extended write-up. The psychology of AJ controlling the match in the early minutes thanks to the ring rust of RVD was nice, as was most of the paragraph, although a small thing that irked me (and barely matters at all) is that RVD didnít do his somersault before rolling thunder, instead the cartwheel he does before a moonsault. I know Iím nitpicking, but it annoyed me for some reason. AJ landing on his feet from a monkey flip and hitting the Pele? Damn, thatís a pretty amazing counter. The action throughout was nice and swift, and while the finish slightly irked me (AJ being kept down long enough for the Five Star after landing on his back but not after being kicked square in the face didnít make much sense), this was a nice way to finish off the show.
Throughout this show, Mikey, you were pretty consistent with everything being at least decent, which probably sums up this show pretty well. Things throughout were alright, although none of the major segments really stood out as exciting, which was kind of disappointing. With that said, it was a solid effort, especially since I know you had trouble writing it. Keep at it, man.