As I said when I commented on the preview, which now feels like it was a millennium way, not sure about this show. Could be very hit and miss, so let’s see how you go. The commentary was alright to put over the concept, although by mentioning no matches and only certain superstars, you kind of get the impression that these superstars are the only ones with a hope of winning, and that if you tuned out, then tuned back in at the end of the third hour, you’d have saved a lot of time because those same guys would be there. Just makes it feel like the matches leading up to it are a little unnecessary, and far from must see events.
Kicking things off with Shane? I’m okay with that, although with the whole show seemingly already sorted, I’m not sure what the point will be. Sure enough, the promo of Shane seemed extremely pointless. I mean, I don’t really feel like you’d need to have him come out to talk about the concept again. The interruption of Sheamus is indeed interesting, as it’s the featuring of a new guy alongside Shane in an open segment, but I thought you could have maybe tried to have Shane ay something a little different. Perhaps even having had him held off on the match announcements, then had made them here. That would also lead in to what SHeamus said pretty well, imo, since it seems his point is that he’s not involved in this little shindig right from the get go. Sheamus’ explanation on why he lost to Noble was actually pretty well done, and I have to say, I think you characterise Sheamus really well with his accent and the like. Really helps me picture him well. Not so sure about the attitude of Shane, because while it adds a dimension to his character, standing up so blatantly to Sheamus seems like a stupid idea, and one a McMahon wouldn’t even think of. Clever way to get Sheamus in with a rematch with Noble, which should prove to be a good match. Nice closing line from Sheamus here too. All in all, the promo felt maybe a little short, but still pretty good, especially on the Sheamus side of things. I feel he could be someone you could and should push strongly, as you seem to have no problem with writing with him … and I also think he’s damn talented.
I like the idea of starting the matches off big here, and Tripper kicking it off gets just about as big as it gets with the exception of Cena. Chuck Palumbo is his opponent? Having just returned last week, I certainly think it’s too early for him to get involved in something like this. I would have thought your roster maybe had a little more depth to it than that. Also, not big on the Motor Machine nickname. Just doesn’t seem like it fits with wrestling, and while I know his gimmick is to do with his bikes, I don’t think it really works. The match itself was basic yet good, allowing Palumbo to get a bit of a rub by competing with Trips. Swagger looking at his possible Rumble opponent? Wouldn’t surprise me.
@ Lawler’s, “TRIPLE H JUST BEAT CHUCK PALUMBO!” enthusiasm too, btw. Palumbo is definitely a bigger name than Rock and Austin put together.
Okay promo here from the divas, reminding us of the upcoming Divas Title match, and also keeping Maryse involved in the title scene, which is certainly for the best considering she’s got by far the most personality. I thought she was pretty well written here, and made the promo good, especially for what it could be in the circumstances that you had it in, and with the other characters (or lack of characters) that you had there.
Legacy getting some mic time before their match? Certainly not a bad thing by me. What happened in the promo, though? Not too big on it. The way in which Legacy spoke of Orton, he almost seemed like he was their bitch. The whole appeal of Orton is that he’s this badass guy who can kick some ass when needed, and for Legacy to almost be talking down on him, seemingly insinuating that they’re smarter than him and that they’re better than him? Not good. It just damages Orton too much for mine. I like the point that Orton recognizing Legacy as being worth his time and them showing they belong, but the way in which they spoke was too arrogant for mine when in reference to Orton. The transition into the situation of Legacy’s next challengers was, well, non-existent, which was disappointing too. I didn’t mind the ending of the promo with Legacy talking up their chances tonight, but apart from that, I wasn’t really a fan of this promo.
I should say, I like the idea of this match by having four guys who are good enough to compete in the battle royal competing in tag team action, changing things up a little compared to the rest of the show and also giving the tag chaps some exposure as a team. Another nice basic match here. Not sure how I feel about the dirty finish, but I guess it keeps Henry looking strong.
Bourne promos aren’t generally a good thing, though I thought you did what you could with him at the beginning, using some cheap pop type tactics pretty well. Sweeney promo was okay in the over the top exuberant fashion, although for some reason it didn’t feel quite right. Something was missing, though I’m not sure what. Still, alright effort, and good to see Bourne getting a mouthpiece … even if he doesn’t want it.
If Primo’s a jobber in here which you have pretty much confirmed, you have to wonder just why he’s involved with this process. Again, surely there are more deserving people. Anyone. Match was as you would expect – pretty good with a win for Kofi. Nothing of real interest here.
Rumble is looking pretty good.
Have to say, I’m happy to see Chavo looking more serious in here, and getting some mic time is definitely a positive thing since he can certainly talk on the mic. The obnoxiousness from Chavo was pretty good here, although I thought him maybe talking himself up and saying his name, which he sems to like to do, would have been good. Still, the mention of the Sweet Chin Music from SmackDown! before Michaels interrupted was well done.
These two getting some good time together in the ring? Can’t say I protest, especially for Chavo, as this really serves as a good way to give him a rub. It goes without saying that this was a good match, and as I said, it did a lot for Chavo. Good to see you making use of these matches, especially for a guy like Chavo, as at least while he’s losing, he’s actually being allowed to look good.
I believe the last time I reviewed a RAW from you was your first, and I remember being really impressed with the emotion in Noble’s promo. This promo was much the same. Underdog stuff characterised well, and adding some great emotion into the promo.
A hot start to this match is good to see, as this is probably the most interesting match (aside from the battle royal), and certainly the most heated on the card. Have to say, while this match was great for Sheamus, showing how ruthless he can be, I’m a bit disappointed in how Noble seemingly seems be blasted into oblivion, because this character you’ve had going for him is a great one, and I’m not sure even he can come back from this. Still, as I said earlier, you write Sheamus well, so him showing how ruthless he can be isn’t a bad thing for him.
Interesting exchange between Miz and Cena, and one I really like, as not only does it get Miz on the show and give a reason for him not being involved here, but with him blaming Bourne, it really seems like their feud can heat right up now. Clever. Cena interrupting was okay too, although I found the way he pushed Miz away to be a little out of character. Perhaps a mention of how he beat Miz last year would have been better. Also not big on him crying to the boss, because that doesn’t seem like Cena either. Liked the Miz part, not so much the Cena part.
Another nice match here, allowing Carlito to look good, even with Orton going through. With all of these matches having been quality, I wish you would have advertised them instead of just the superstars at the start of the show, as you’ve sold the matches short imo. They’ve all done a good job.
Awkward conversation was pretty nice here, really pointing out all of the problems with DX well. A small thing is that I can’t see Trips saying “ain’t”, because he’s just not that type of guy, as his original character in the ‘E dictates. Still, a nice little promo, and something tells me that trouble is on the horizon in the main event for these two.
Nice to see the aggression from Cena right away, although I’m a bit disappointed Chris Masters drew the short stick here by having to face, and subsequently lose to, Cena. The guy is great, imo, and I really want to see someone take advantage of his capabilities and give him a push.
Good to see Swagger getting some time to speak before the battle royal, but really, his promo was just okay. Did its job, but nothing more.
Don’t blame you for wanting to write this out in pretty short fashion. I have to say, the first eliminations kind of disappointed me. For guys who talk themselves up as supposedly being on the same level as Randy Orton, if not better, Legacy were eliminated mighty quick. I don’t mind them being the first eliminations that much, although lasting longer than less than three minutes would have been good for them. Noble distracting Sheamus to cause him to be eliminated is a nice touch and makes sense, while the rivals eliminating one another is clever too. Interesting interaction from DX here in Michaels superkicking Trips, then trying to again only to eliminate Cena. Not sure if Trips is being made out to look like the bad guy here, or why, since Michaels made the first move, but I guess I’ll wait and see. Trips vs. Swagger looks to be a pretty good match for the Rumble. I would have maybe liked to have seen Swagger come from the crowd and make an impact with a gutwrench powerbomb to end the show since this is obviously only a mini-feud, and only has four weeks to gain heat for a blow-off, but I’m not too fussed. DX is obviously the main situation here.
As I said at the start, I felt this show was very much hit and miss, and I feel like you executed things well, making for a hit for mine. You actually caught me off guard in that you did a really good job of progressing a lot of feuds, which I didn’t think you’d be able to do too well with this show. A bit of lack in hype for the Royal Rumble Match, but aside from that, the hype was pretty good. The writing itself was good for the most part too, especially the matches, which were consistently exciting, even if the results did feel very predictable. I know it took you a long time to get this up, but I really thought this was a good effort, and definitely something that indicates how good this thread is looking at the moment. Good stuff.