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The video package to open the show was written wonderfully. Absolutely nothing to complain about it, I loved the scenes with the crow, and the prison cell. It was very creative, before getting into the important stuff, top notch.
The opening commentary was written great as well, all three were in character. If the opening of the show is anything to go by, I could be gushing over you a fair bit, so yeah, a disclaimer of sorts.
Honestly, I thought maybe the Cruiserweight Gauntlet would have opened the show tonight, simply because it would have been amazingly fast paced and kept the fans buzzing. This would have been my second pick no doubt about it, because The Hooligans aren’t exactly slow. Judging by the way PPV’s usually start in a feel good way, I think The Hooligans will win this one. Umm, in the beginning of this one was it supposed to be Grenier or Dupree in the ring? It seemed to start with Grenier, then just switch to Dupree with no tag being made, so I’m guessing it’s supposed to be Grenier still? I hope so. Anyway, I’ll ignore that for now, and say that I marked for the French Tickler. The period of domination from the champions in the beginning was all written well, absolutely nothing to complain about. I also thought it was smart how you had La Resistance gain the advantage, with the hair pulling from Grenier and the bling tag. It simply annoys the crowd, further getting them into the match. I thought Grenier’s three Backbreaker combination was sick, it would have been absolutely brutal. The reversal of Dupree’s Backbreaker into a Headscissors was nicely placed as well. Seriously, how many Backbreakers do La Resistance want to nail? Anyway, the hot tag was good, although why the hell would London just nail two Clotheslines and then bring Kendrick back into the match? I know that quick, rapid tags can be entertaining, but Kendrick suffered a bit of a beat down, surely he’d need a bit of a rest. And now, London remains in the ring, being the legal man, even though he tagged in Kendrick a moment ago? You’ve made another pretty bad mistake, tbh. I loved the Dropkick to the gut when London was trying to bring himself back into the ring, I saw that once, and thought it looked sick, smart move. The typical heel stuff, with Dupree provoking Kendrick so Grenier can go on the attack was nicely put as well. Whilst I didn’t mind Maryse tripping up London, I think Ashley should have had a crack at Maryse for that. The fact that she didn’t makes me think that it’s pointless her being out there. The back somersault into the Tornado DDT was brilliant from London, and it was a nice tease, having Dupree stopping him from making the tag. One thing I should just mention now as well, I like how you haven’t forgot about the Backbreakers and everything, and the assault has been on The Hooligans back all night, good psychology. The hot tag really got the match going again, as Kendrick’s offence was quite exciting, culminating in the Springboard Facebuster. Maryse getting involved is to be expected, since for some unknown reason, Ashley won’t straighten her out. Finally, Ashley got a piece of Maryse, it really was needed. The ending was rather hectic, with neither team obeying the tag rules, as to be expected. Overall, a simply yet effective finish for an okay match. The match wasn’t anything amazing, simply being solid, but the beginning was dragged down with a few simple errors.
The Gregory Helms interview was alright, putting over his arrogance, and threatening Danielson, basic stuff. I didn’t like the part where he was like “if you want this title, you’re going to have to go through me” line or something that was along those lines, simply because that’s obvious, he’s the champion. That line has a much bigger effect when it’s like “if you want to get to him, you have to get past me” type of thing. That’s a real nit-picky issue though, but it’s something that irked me, it was still a good interview though.
King Booker and Sharmell was a good segment, simple hype for tonight’s main event.
at the janitor switching off the lights too, good stuff.
Yuck, at Shannon Moore and Jimmy Wang Yang opening the Gauntlet. I would have preferred to have one decent name in there right from the start. Some of my reservations were to put to bed early though, with the match starting off extremely entertaining. The Release German Suplex from the Tree Of Woe was an awesome move, by the way. The encounter remained fast pace, and the way Moore finished off Yang was impressive to read as well. Up next, Joey Mercury. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel awkward picturing Mercury in the Cruiserweight division. The next period was a lot slower, and a lot quicker, if you know what I mean. Anyway, whilst there’s not much to comment on, Mercury suffering a loss to Moore could have done some serious damage, so you made the right call here. Yet another encounter where there wasn’t much to say, pretty predictable that we were going to say bye to Funaki. Danielson was always going to dominate early, although I liked the fact that you allowed Mercury to get some offense in, focusing on the arm. The encounter finished off nicely, and I marked for the Crossface Chickenwing. I was surprised to see Daivari come out so strong, simply because I don’t like him. The knee to the head against the barricade would have been another nice spot though. The tease of the count out is always good for cheap excitement, even if I’m not the hugest fan of it myself. The Atomic Drop onto the crowd barricade was another great move by Danielson. The rest of the exchange was solid enough. Danielson has looked amazing so far, but I’m kind of hoping Jamie Noble takes care of business. To be honest, the rough and tough style of Noble was good to read, rather refreshing as just about everything else has been high flying so far. The Snap Powerslam spot was nice too, and then Danielson gets the pin? Ugh, Noble only getting two minutes when a piece of shit like Daivari got three is disappointing. Also, I’m now predicting Danielson is going to make it all the way to the end, before losing, which well really, could make him look to good tonight. It was good to see Chavo have a sustained period of dominance here, although Danielson countering the Surfboard into a Sit Out Facebuster was nice. Once again, the action was solid enough, but the way Danielson locked in the Lebell Lock was pretty epic, good match writing.
at Santino Marella being the don, and being eliminated so quickly. It was funny, but it was also a nice way to break things up in this match. All the interaction between Helms and Danielson was pretty good, and with the cheap ending, we’ll definitely be seeing this at ‘Mania. I think Danielson did look a little too good throughout, but besides that, it was a solid Cruiserweight affair.
I think I may have mentioned this at an earlier date, but if I haven’t, god I don’t want Finlay to lose two title matches on a PPV in a row. Anyway, the interview was very in character, I especially liked the way you linked back to their epic past. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of anybody who has done that before, smart move. If there was one thing I could complain about it’s the whole looking over his shoulder thing in the beginning. Finlay is epic, loves to fight, and even after what went down, I just can’t see him looking behind, like he’s scared. Still, a good interview.
SNME is going to be in full yes? I assume so, since you seem to write everything in full.
Fatal Four way time, should be fun. A basic start with Porter trying to build an alliance but it backfiring, I always enjoy that type of stuff going down. The offense from there was all pretty normal, with alliances being made, and then people turning on each other. I marked for the Tower Of Doom, I swear it is such an epic spot. The match went along nicely from here. Kane getting taking out of the ring by The Miz was good, as it allows us to not have to keep up with too much at once. The MVP and Miz partnership was nice, with Porter almost having it backfire due to his cockiness being a good touch as well. Surprisingly, the match seemed to go up a level when Kane got back into the ring, this usually doesn’t happen. The Double DDT from Hardy and Miz was good, simply because they probably didn’t intentionally team up together. The ending was pretty good stuff too, with all of the finishers being utilized and what not. MVP’s cockiness cost him hard to, so hopefully he gets MITB, yeah, book that. Anyway, definitely my favourite match of the night so far, nothing to complain about in this one.
Teddy Long rallying the troops to be on the lookout for Edge was good. The Coach appearing is kind of a big deal, and just the way you described him leaning against the door and what not, I could imagine just how cocky he would have been. Segment was good, giving us some suspense as to what The Coach was saying. Once again, if I could be a little picky, I can’t really picture Long saying “Why are you stood outside my office?” It just sounds way too proper for Teddy, but besides that, everything was fine.
To be honest, I’m really not looking forward to this six man tag, simply because I hate the idea of the Extremists in the ring, unless, you know, they’re being extreme. You made Sabu dominate Regal early on, and surprisingly it was readable, so I guess I’ve got to give you credit for that. From here, the match flowed along pretty well, with you, much like the opening tag match, allowing the heels to take advantage behind the referees back. I didn’t really like Dreamer getting his foot on the ropes after the Regal Cutter. To me, that’s one of Regal’s top moves, Dreamer’s teammates should have came in to break up the fall. The fact that they just stood there, watched and hoped seems a little dumb. The told choke with the tag rope spot, it’s a shame nobody does that anymore. At least you had Sabu break up the count from the Spinebuster. Dreamer’s move to set up the hot tag was awesome, terrific writing there, imo. Umm, I thought Taylor and Sandman were the legal men, so it seems strange that Burchill pinned Dreamer to pick up the win. On another note, I feel as if you had the match end a little to quickly after the hot tag was made, I thought that could have been done a little better. The match was still alright, but probably my least favourite of the night so far
Matt Hardy interview was alright, nothing special really, pretty much what I expected. Yuck at the mention of Jeff though, no ‘Mania moment for him please. Anyway, the little bit of interaction with Chris Benoit was nice, giving us a little bit of an idea as to what could possibly be the US Title match at ‘Mania, good work.
I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned this before, so yeah, your WrestleMania advertisement video is written pretty well. 8 Mile Road makes me think of Eminem, appearance please. Anyway, as others said, your Mania has the chance to be PPV of the year. It’ll be up against Legend and Wolfy’s SS probably, don’t worry about Reney, he’s a jobber.
Benoit/Finlay is definitely one I’ve been looking forward to, I just love the idea of an all out slugfest, and I’m really hoping this delivers on that. The match started off just as I thought it would, with Benoit showing a huge amount of intensity, and taking it to Finlay, Everything was good so far, as you have captured both men’s style well, making this a real brawl like affair. I was a little shocked to see Benoit be so dominant early on, I’m torn on it though; I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked Finlay, who loves to fight, be a little more prominent early. Just as I said this, Finlay really started to get going. The focus on the arm seemed to help Finlay stay true to his no nonsense style, so once again, I pretty much have no complaints with how things were going. The action continues to go along nicely, with the German Suplex on the outside really standing out as brutal. The ending was nice as well, with Finlay getting the win, thanks to the Little Bastard. With Benoit forcing Finlay to tap, it keeps Benoit looking strong as well, so definitely think that was smart. Honestly, definitely a good match, you kept true to both guys styles, really enjoyed it.
Batista and Double A segment was alright, showing Anderson’s passion and what not. I thought maybe Batista could have said a little more regarding how he feels to Anderson, but still think this did it’s job nicely.
A lot of people, myself included, tend to space out superstar’s reactions to what their opponents said. I must say it was a rather refreshing change to see KK on the screen, straight after Batista was. Once again, basic stuff, but I just thought it added a little something to the whole scenario.
The video package for King Booker/’Taker was good. It had a nice amount of detail and it caught me up on everything that has happened between the two.
The casket match basically began the way most Undertaker matches go, with ‘Taker dominating in the early stages, working on Booker’s arm. As Reney said, please don’t use “Undi” ever again, it really is cringe worthy. The tease of the casket early, with Booker forced to lean on it was nice, showing his fear and what not. The continued offence of ‘Taker was all pretty good, although I didn’t like the way he set up the Suicide Dive. Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel as if it just sought of happens, but in this situation, ‘Taker actually rolled back into the ring, making it seem a little forced. I’m being very picky here, and hell, I might even be wrong, I’m simply just throwing it out there. Sharmell is shit scared of ‘Taker, but much like she did with Boogeyman irl, she still got involved, so nothing wrong there, and a good way for Booker to get the advantage. The teasing of ‘Taker in the casket was well set up too, typical casket match stuff, tbh. I don’t know why, but I found the period where Booker eventually nailed the low blow to be very enjoyable. I don’t think you did anything differently, but that sequence just seemed to flow really nicely. The next tease of ‘Taker going into the casket was good as well, and I marked for the brawl in the crowd. It seems to barely happen these days, so it kind of reminds me of the good old attitude era days, so I always love to see it. The Chokeslam through the announcers desk is a fun spot, although if I can be critical, I’d say that due to the exact same spot happening the other week on SD, it doesn’t have the same effect, imo. The Tombstone just about showed that Booker was dead, and then UMAGA appeared. I sure as hell didn’t expect this, I expected something, but not this. Umaga brutalized Taker, making him look like a beast, and getting Booker the victory. In all honesty, Mags/’Taker is something I was going to book awhile ago, but my threads never last, so I’m very pleased to see somebody who can actually do it justice booking it for ‘Mania. The attack after the match was brutal as well, and the druids carrying out ‘Taker like a crucifix was a nice touch. The match as a whole was pretty fun to read to, good work.
Not much to say about this segment, except The Coach OWNS.
Seriously though, Umaga coming to SD, as well as Edge officially being a SD superstar is cool. I’m guessing that means Edge can interfere or some shiut if he wanted to tonight, and I’m guessing Umaga’s attack on Cena, was a favour to the McMahon’s, so that he could come and face ‘Taker. I could be wrong, but interesting stuff nonetheless.
Much like the previous match, the video package before the main event was very nice. It was adequate for the last bit of hype before the final match. With Edge being so heavily involved in the video package, I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t make an appearance.
KK does his usual intro skit, with a nice crack at Chimel in the process.
To be honest with you, I loved the start to the main event. From Batista having a steely look on his face, to Kennedy’s cocky smirk, you just made the contrast between the two so clear. Even with the way the match opened with ‘Tista all business, and KK stalling, before slapping ‘Tista, it was all awesome stuff. Having Batista choke KK with his boot was a clever way to put over the personal aspect of this match, because ‘Tista wouldn’t usually do that. The brutality of Batista on the outside was enjoyable, busting open KK and what not. With this being said, once again there was a contrast, with KK trying to take apart ‘Tista’s leg, having a method to his madness that was good to read. Honestly, I loved how you constantly went into detail regarding the description of the blood on KK’s face throughout the match, more good stuff. The Figure Four being used is just brilliant too, as Flair is heavily involved in this. The knee buckling when ‘Tista went for a Suplex was nice as well. One thing I hate is when people no sell what has been going on for the whole match. To be honest, I thought Batista was a little to dominant when he began to make his comeback, just being able to hit the Spinebuster, Spear and Batista Bomb with close to no resistance from KK. I marked the fuck out for the appearance of Edge, simply because I had been waiting for it all match. Damn, you definitely made Batista look resilient close to the end, getting out of everything KK has. We then got the tease of a Flair appearance, before ‘Tista picked up the elementary three count. Honestly, maybe it’s because I mark for KK, but unlike others, I actually really enjoyed this match, thought it was decent/good stuff. Flair and Double A making an appearance was a nice, feel good way to end the show.
Overall, I thought this was quite a good PPV. Everything was pretty good, leaving me with a bear minimum to complain about. With that being said, there was no real classics on the card, but that doesn’t matter, it was still a very enjoyable read. Awesome stuff, and with Edge/’Tista [even though it has been done to death], Umaga/’Taker and Flair/KK all looking set for ‘Mania, I can’t wait to see the build for it.