Before I get into anything, I'm reviewing as I go through the show.
I didn’t really get the video package at the beginning, why was Taker in it if he’s a SmackDown star. I get that he’s a really good type of character for the name of the PPV but I just found that weird.
The Battle Royal is a good choice to open the show, imo. Battle Royal’s for the most part, always get the crowd going. Chris Masters eliminated first is interesting to me, as I thought he would be in there last with Bourne. I know you said you weren’t leading up to a Bourne/Masters feud but it seems that you are with everything that has been going on between them. I’ve always thought that Bourne could be a good U.S Champion, so him getting the opportunity should make for a great feud with whomever wins the US Championship match. Nice opener to the show.
The backstage segment with Lito’ and Miz was alright. I liked what Miz had to say for the most part, the only thing I didn’t like was, I felt Carlito should have said more. Just to counter what Miz had said. Good little bit of hype towards the match later.
One thing I’ve noticed, is how much detail you put into your entrances, really like that. Anyways, back to the match, so the Diva’s match is next. Wow, nine minutes for a divas match? Can’t say I’m surprised, especially with it being a one branded PPV. I was pulling for Maryse to win, nonetheless, a good divas match for what is was.
TBH, I’ve never seen an NYC Brawl, I’ll have to check some stuff out about it. Anyways, one thing I noticed about this segment, was more hype was given to the World title match at the Rumble than the Tag Team match tonight, although the World title is a bigger Championship, I would have liked to have seen more hype to a match that was taking place tonight, instead of a match that wasn’t. I do think that either Show or Jericho will walk out on the tag match later.
Not a bad segment between Legacy, Orton was good here. The tension between Legacy has been mounting for a while so I believe they will break up soon.
Tag match up next. Good tag team match among the four teams. I’ve not been following SmackDown much so Batista interrupting, I’m guessing he’s in the World Title match against Show, Jericho. I’d rather Batista just come in and attack the person he was targeting, not other wrestlers. Anyways, that was a good way to get the titles of Jericho and Show without making them look weak.
Really nice interview by Swagger, done a good job of hyping up the main event. I still don’t think he’ll win though.
Nice mid-card match up between Miz/Lito here. Not seen the Reality Check used in awhile, so it was nice reading it being used here. Good way of showing Miz’s aggressive streak with him inflicting more damage on Lito before pinning him. Miz Vs Bourne sounds good.
Cena’s a bit late isn’t he
. Not much to say ‘bout this segment.
Orton still being displeased with Legacy after winning the Tag Team titles was strange. I mean they done what he wanted them to do. I guess you explained it well with DiBiase and Rhodes having to impress Orton. Nice seg which again, shows the tension between Legacy.
I’m a fan of video packages that are written out like this, so good job on the vid. Brutal match between these two. Both men starting to bleed? Interesting in this PG era. Did not expect Jamie Noble to win, I really expected and wanted Sheamus to win. The match going for almost twenty minutes was a bit much.
Another good video package from you. This is the match I was really looking forward to reading tbh. Another brutal match, would have liked a little bit of a breathier in between the no holds barred and the cage tbh, I get the feeling that the crowd may have been burnt out by this point. Nice way for Legacy to turn on Orton and I really loved the ending, Kingston doing something like this reminded me off something Jeff Hardy would do. Looking forward to see what Kingston does after this.
Here we go the main event, personally with the ending that the steel cage had, I’d have liked to see that end the show. I agree with RatedRKO that there was a bit too much pinfalls at the start. So Swagger is the WWE Champion? I don’t really know what to think about this yet, you did a good job of building him up but with being so close to the road to wrestlemania, I don’t know what to think of it. I’ll withhold my judgement until I see his reign.
Overall, I thought this show was good, a nice PPV that set up some stuff, like Orton/Legacy, Bourne/Miz etc. Good job with the PPV and I’m looking forward to RAW to see the fallout.