Nice to hear things will be speeding up from here on out, because things have been a little slow. Iím happy as long as you stick with this though.
Nice little intro, reminding us of the events of last week, which honestly feel much longer ago, along with a little bit of hype for the show.
Starting off with Swagger definitely seems to be the right move after finding out who his number one contender for the Royal Rumble would be last week. The talk from Swagger of his own abilities was quite good, talking himself up pretty well while also bringing back the memories of his title win against Cena and bringing it up as a pretty good comparison. I have to say, I liked the juxtaposition Swagger created between himself and Triple H, with Swagger describing himself as someone who is athletic and young, while Triple H is the opposite. A little surprised at Swagger bringing up what happened between Michaels and Triple H, as I expected Michaels to confront Triple H, but it was done okay, even if the way Swagger talked about his social life seemed very off compared to the rest of the Swagger character that youíre going for, and instead made it sound like he had none to me. Still, the rest of the talk from Swagger up until the Triple H interruption was pretty solid. Triple Hís talk about Swagger just being like every other youngster, only a little more cocky was fine, reminding me a little of his stuff with Sheamus from this year irl. I have to say, I really like the way you had Trips bring up all his title reigns, compared with the one from Swagger in which heís only beaten one guy. Swagger talking himself up after that was done pretty well, although again, the talk of Michaels seemed very odd from Swagger for some reason. The usual Triple H speech of how much the title means to him was done really well, adding that little bit of emphasis on it with the line about how Triple H thinks about the title, and really giving a great description of how much it means to him. The attack from Swagger was no surprise, although the way he looked so dominant was, as was the attack from Michaels to Swagger, which while it kept him and Trips somewhat connected, really caught me off guard, which I guess is a good thing. The match announcement from Shane is certainly an intriguing one, as it brings a lot of possibilities, which I really like. Iím not sure where itíll be going, but itís certainly a nice main event.
Nice to see Melina on commentary for this match as we get closer to the match between Melina and Gail. The match itself was nice enough here, keeping Gail looking good, as you should be. The attack from Maryse was to be expected, continuing her involvement in a feud which is really all about her, while Melina making the save keeps the friendship thing between Gail and Melina clear. Well booked segment.
Nice to see this Sheamus/Noble thing continuing along well here, showing the rage of Sheamus. The interaction in this segment was good, with Shane being his cool self, while the anger of Sheamus was portrayed well. Nice little bargain from Shane too, with two interesting matches, one for tonight and one for next week, now to follow.
Helms promo pre-match was okay, but it felt a bit cheesy, like he was almost trying to be funny for mine, especially in the way he described Tatsuís offense. The acceptance of the challenge from Rhyno was fine though, adding to a pretty stacked Saturday Nightís Main Event.
Exciting start to this match, getting some heat into this feud. While the match was exciting, Iím not so sure about the result. While I understand Helms and Tatsu need to be built up as credible challengers, I feel like Legacy losing two straight matches to them is going to harm both them and the guy who declared them to be great in Randy Orton more than itís benefiting Helms and Tatsu. It seemed like the time was right for DiBiase and Rhodes to really get a push after the endorsement from Orton as his equal, but for them to now be losing leaves not just Legacy looking weak, but also Orton.
The Guerrero promo here was okay, but his gripe with Michaels for beating him with Sweet Chin Music as a midair move really seems a bit silly, especially since heís standing there fine the very next week. The rest of the promo was okay though, and the continued push of Chavo makes me happy, so Iím interested to see how it is he goes about making an impact to try to get himself a spot in the Rumble.
Surprised to see Sweeney wrestling, as I thought you would be using him purely as a manager for Bourne. The match itself was nice enough, giving Sweeney a chance to strut his stuff, while also keeping Bourneís momentum going along strongly. The Sheamus/Noble stuff continuing was to be expected, and while Iím not sure just how long it can go on for, itís working right now. Good stuff.
Nice typical Cena promo, talking up his beliefs and connecting himself with Swagger well by speaking about what he used to be like when he first arrived on the scene. Also a good way to move onto how heís looking forward to the Royal Rumble and what it means for him, giving some real hype for the match and giving Cena some direction, at least for now.
Looking forward to the big show.
I was interested in seeing what weíd be getting from Orton in this show, because of late he hasnít had a whole lot of direction. A bit surprised he started the promo off by getting so fired up, as it certainly seemed a bit soon for him to get that pissy, even for a guy like Orton. Good to see Orton first addressing the DiBiase loss earlier in the night, because as I said earlier, with the way Legacy have been built, they simply shouldnít be losing to Yoshi Tatsu. A rematch for next week sounds good, even if I fear that youíll keep Legacy on the losing end until the title match comes around where they retain their gold. The talk from Orton about the Rumble, however, was pretty good for mine, with the use of history well, tying in with his destiny shtick, especially linking the use of his father. Orton making an open challenge seems really surprising for mine, and perhaps a little too un-Orton like, because it just doesnít seem like itís his type of character, even if it is to prove a point. MVPís interruption and speech on the mic was pretty good though, bringing forth a few pretty good points, and doing it in an energetic kind of way that seems right for MVP. Orton, much like earlier in the promo, again seemed to get fired up much too easily for mine, although the way MVP goaded Orton into the match was alright. All in all, this promo had its patches that were good, but a lot of it was far too inconsistent for my liking, especially from Orton.
Have to say, on the positive side of things, I like how the reasoning for this match in that MVP is going after redemption after losing to Orton previously, and your writing was good, like always. I was a little unsure about it being such a wrestling type of match on the outside at first, rather than a brawl, but the writing was still solid, especially in the post-match. The announcement of the match for next week is fine, and while it seems like a very sudden rematch, it keeps both men simmering as we head for the Rumble.
Nice promo here with DX, showing the tension between them. Iím a bit surprised that this situation already bubbling as heavily as it is, but Triple H looks set for a good heel turn with his explanation, while Shawn played the sympathetic face well with the fair fight line. Good to see a difference in opinion really setting this evolving feud alight.
Nice reminder of Batistaís awesome dominance.
Good little match here between Kofi and Masters, keeping Kofiís momentum rolling on as he qualifies for the Rumble and also allowing Masters to look good in the process. The match did its job well.
Melinaís promo wasnít exactly personality ridden, but it does its job of continuing the stuff with Gail, addressing Maryseís constant attempts to interfere well.
The main event was pretty good from a wrestling sense, as it was all really exciting. However, with that said, I really donít think Chavo has any business getting involved in the main event of RAW. I can buy Swagger winning over Michaels with how youíve pushed him, and he feels right here, but Chavo quite simply doesnít belong in here at all, even if itís just for a mini feud. Having him get involved just felt all sorts of wrong for mine. The ending with DX, however, was good, and an interesting way to close out the show.
All in all, I thought this was a pretty good show, but it was lacking the consistency I have come to expect from you. I just think that it was lacking in some parts, and while it was well written for the most part, I thought it could have been better. Still, most of your angles look good, and the Rumble is shaping up well, so I look forward to it.
PS: I know this is late and youíve had ECW up for some time, but I started this awhile ago, and I felt I should finish it, even if Iím not in the best of moods for BTB right now. I wouldnít expect ECW comments, but I still wanted to give you something.