Re: Shocker Presents: TNA 2010 - The Revolution
Nice way to start the show off, reminding us of the main happenings of Genesis, along with showing an intense Angle, which is always a positive. Commentary that followed was pretty nice too, hyping the show well.
AJ to kick off the proper show makes sense, as you would think it would have to be one of either him, Angle or Anderson after what happened at Genesis. Honestly, I thought you rushed right through the beginning of the promo, as I thought it got to AJ talking about the possibility that he screwed Kurt Angle maybe too soon. Apart from that, AJ was alright, especially since you did pretty much all you can in the situation with a bland AJ. Flair was pretty good, although again perhaps a little rushed, as I thought you should have maybe emphasised the point that AJ is still world champion because of Flair. Still, I liked the way you went about Flair calling AJ the Ric Flair of his generation, and making that the reasoning for him getting involved in the match at Genesis. Kind of like how they did it in real life, but with the nice tweak of having AJ resisting. AJ saying Flair must be getting caught up with all the change, thus meaning he forgot AJ won the title alone was kind of off, because Flair wasnít i the company then, although apart from that, again I think you did a pretty good job with AJ saying who he is. The promo ended on a bit of a weird note though, with AJ seeming calm throughout, only to threaten Flair, despite being flattered by him, which seemed off character and out of place here. Didnít seem like a way to end the promo with AJís music hitting either, as the music kind of kills the tension. Angle attacking Flair as he did kind of seems like an anti-climax too, as you built Angleís attack as something to be looked forward to, and then he did it randomly at the end of the promo. I get Angleís desperation to attack, but I just donít know about this.
Nice way to debut Generation Me, showcasing their athleticism against another athletic team. I must say, Iím not sure about the name Generation Me, as it seems a lot like a heel name, but I guess thatís what TNA are going with so it doesnít matter that much. Good way to break these two in.
Promo from West was meh. The idea behind the open challenge works okay, but as a promo it wasnít great. Did its job.
Seems like you want to get the Feast or Fired case away from Rob Terry, which I canít blame you for. Not big on the way in which Red won, as it makes him look weak imo, but at least youíve gotten rid of Terryís title shot. Not a big fan of the aftermath, as I quite liked having Big Rob with The British Invasion, and taking Rob away from them irl is part of what has really killed the Invasion irl, imo. I just think he adds that extra heelish factor on the outside, and that he can be used effectively. I would rather not see him as a singles wrestler, and releasing him is kind of a waste of what you could have just kept doing with him.
Pope is a hard character to grasp, imo, as he has a unique energy and feel to him and the way in which he speaks. I thought that you actually did a good job with it too, as I could very easily see Pope saying all of this with his confident swagger which you captured well. Pretty nice promo here, man.
Glad youíve ditched the facepaint shit for Joe. The win over Morley gets him looking badass again, which is certainly a good thing, while I like that youíve also given him some promo time. Joe challenging Hogan to climb back into the red and yellow seemed a bit random in context with the promo, and while I usually like Joe better as a heel, this didnít have that sarcastic, demonic tone that Joe has when heís at his best. It was still alright, and I like the open challenge, but it was a bit lacking.
Seems like a bit of a random promo here and just a way to get your authority figures some screen time. Hogan saying he wants to let the cream of the crop come to the top, then say he has no problem with wrestling again is kind of contradictory, and really, I donít know if a Joe/Hogan feud is a good idea if thatís the way youíre going. It could work, but itíll be hard to pull off. Hopefully someone talented steps up next week.
Hall getting right down to business by calling out Waltman and Nash seems like the right way to start, as he really has nothing else to talk about. Nash going into how Scott has always been a screwup made sense, and I thought that for the most part it was good with Nash talking himself up as the guy that always looked out for Hall. However, more speak of Genesis would have been good, because this is where this promo stemmed from, and the way the promo went it almost felt like an afterthought. I also didnít like the Shawn Michaels and Triple H reference, because I donít see the need for anyone in WWE to be brought up in a promo in TNA. I know that thereís the whole history as The Kliq, but if WWE donít mention TNA, I donít see why TNA needs to mention WWE. Iím a bit disappointed that you didnít have Nash give Hall another chance, as it could have let the storyline go on for a little longer and give it a little more meaning before Nash and Waltman turned on Hall. The ending of this promo was a little confusing, as I didnít quite see what Nash was getting out and how it led into the assault, although The Guns and Hogan running in for the save makes sense considering Genesis. Not real happy to see Hogan getting too involved, but at least The Guns should be getting a good rub through all of this.
Popcorn and a can of beer? Extremely odd, considering Wolfeís deadly serious character that he has going, especially at this point coming off his feud with Angle.
Pretty nice way to show the cockiness of Anderson here.
Wolfeís explanation for the beer and popcorn makes sense, but again, I donít think it really suits him. The match between Jeff and ĎCide seemed alright, with Wolfe being used pretty well as a distraction throughout, while also giving us a reasonably competitive match that lets Homicide look good in defeat. The fight afterwards between Hardy and Wolfe after the match seemed a little unnecessary, as you could have left a brawl between them until next week, but whatever.
EYís promo at the beginning seemed a little random, but it picked up steam as it went on, and I thought the ending, with the lines about how he should be the Pope and that his item of recognition will be the Global Title was really clever and well pulled off with the Young character.
Another confrontation with AJ threatened Flair again? If youíve already had AJ threaten Flair once, I donít see the point in it happening a second time.
Surprised youíre having these two meet again so soon, as itís the third time weíve seen this in the space of a week. Donít mind the brawl to start this match off, although I am never a fan of the low blow if itís not used near the end of the match and instead just as a way to change momentum, since itís obviously very impactful. The match from there progressed pretty well, and I liked the clever ending, where with Young about to lose, the World Elite purposely get Dinero disqualified, before beating him down. Innovative. Would work better if EY was the champion, though, which is shown with Bischoff not giving him a rematch. Bischoff was pretty good here as well, edgy, and a nice announcement to boot, with what should make for some interesting matches next week. Thought this was well booked.
Daniels attacks Red now instead of trying to take up his challenge earlier? Seems a little random, but if this leads to Daniels being X Division Champion then Iíll be a very happy man.
Just briefly before this promo, Iíll say Iím not totally sold on Anderson coming in and being number one contender after his first match. Itís not like he ever got to main event status in WWE, so having him come in and immediately be getting a title shot in TNA is something thatís going to take a little convincing for me to be on board with. Andersonís arrogance was good at first, but I found it a little odd that he bothered to really run down Jeff Hardy when Hardyís feuding with Wolfe. I guess it does work for some cheap heat. Anderson announcing when he would have his match was alright, although I thought he would talk about AJ Styles a bit too, especially since heís talked about Jeff, who heís not involved with. AJ interrupting? Guy is doing a lot of talking tonight. AJís little speech was alright, and I loved Andersonís retort. Loved it. I also liked how in the next part of AJís promo you really had him put over not just himself, but also TNA in the process as not being inferior to elsewhere, despite not directly mentioning them which is a big plus. Anderson burying the company as if heís too big for it kind of reversed all of the good work from Styles, although his arrogance again was pretty good, as was AJ attacking him. Flair already turning on AJ, much like The Outsiders situation, seems a bit soon for mine, as you could have really played on this and eventually had AJ cost him the title, which I think would have gone better with what Flair said earlier in the night. Would have just liked to have seen you continue that stuff on a little longer. Even so, a pretty big way to end the show.
A pretty consistent show here, Shocker. For the most part, I think your storylines continued on pretty well here, and while nothing jumped out as great, most of this show was solid. Youíve had a few more heated rivalries build up in The Outsiders stuff and AJ vs. Anderson/Flair, so Iíll be looking forward to seeing in what direction you take these storylines next. Solid stuff.