A little surprised that you had Bischoff start the show, instead of someone who wrestled in last week’s main event, like maybe Triple H? But since you did go this way, I’ll say that the promo was good and did its job right. Obviously, we are going to get a ton of arguments between Bischoff and Austin over the next few weeks and maybe months, with Bischoff very critical of Austin in this promo. Not sure where it’s all going to lead, but it’s safe to say that one man will have the power and one will be out on his ass. The main event for tonight looks awesome, with a ton of huge names on both sides of it. Can’t wait to see how all the stories play out in that one.
Pre-match attack from Thuggin’ and Buggin’? Guess it adds a little to the hype for the match, but I really don’t see myself getting into a feud between these two teams.
Good win for Jazz and hopefully she can move into the Women’s Title picture soon enough. Jackie is ok, but putting Jazz over was definitely the right move.
The Mick Foley interview was just decent, with the highlight being Coach’s blatant bias towards Evolution and his comments about how Foley should just give up. One problem I had was that Foley said that he thought he could beat Orton easily at WMXX. I don’t think we’ve ever heard “face” Foley say something like that, tbh.
Huge shocker here, with Matt picking up a win over Chris Jericho. Yeah, it wasn’t the cleanest finish, but it’s obvious that you like V1 and you plan on getting him up the card. I’m cool with that. Meanwhile, the feud is going to get going between Jericho and Christian, and I see Y2J coming for some payback next week.
Booker should be doing most of the talking for this duo, so I’m glad that you went about the interview like you did. Some animosity between Booker and RVD? Let’s see where this goes, because it could be a big blow to the tag division if the two break up their partnership.
This match really makes me confused as to where you are going with the tag team division, tbh. Maybe you are building towards another four-way WMXX rematch for Backlash because you are making all three teams look good at once. Not saying that’s bad, but I expected a challenging team to emerge a bit more decisively. Team 3D went over Thuggin’ and Buggin’, imo because they had the match won before Jindrak and Cade attacked. Glad that Cade and Jindrak looked the best because they’re my favorite tandem out of the three.
Stone Cold backing Maven? Surprised to see that. Is Maven in line for a big push? Guess we’ll see how he does against Nowinski.
Maven/Nowinski needed much more description, imo, possibly showing Maven overcome a few big moves from the bigger man. But I’m glad that you got Maven over with the win, making good on Austin’s claim. Hopefully he moves up the card from here.
Another very awkward altercation between Goldberg and Austin here, tbh. I almost feel like they are friendly with each other, at the very least they are tolerant, but this storyline has to lead somewhere. Obviously Goldberg is going to be involved in the main event, he is the #1 contender, but saying he’s going to do something ruins the surprise a little bit. Maybe something special will happen.
Benoit and HBK still feeling chummy. Hope this goes on until HBK turns heel and goes after the belt. Feud for the summer, plz.
LMAO at Foley not warming up. Pretty sure he’s never conditioned himself before a match.
Pretty much expected to hear everything that was said during the little Evolution promo. The big three guys all have their own thing to worry about heading into the main event and I’d rather have seen Batista just stand stoically instead of snapping the mic in two. That was a little lame. But the rest of the interview was good.
Good storytelling during the main event, with Orton still a little scared of Foley, imo, while Flair and Rocky just got at each other like they have nothing to lose. End of the match was interesting, as it was huge that Hunter pinned Benoit following the Goldberg spear, as this puts Triple H in position to possibly be added to the World Title match at Backlash. Things are really starting to pick up in the World Title picture, and that’s a good thing.
A decent show this week, maybe a little better than last week. Like the previous SD!, the match quality wasn’t great, but this time it was due to all the big names being in the main event. Look forward to seeing what you have in store next for Monday nights.
Lesnar opening the show is good enough, but I felt like things didn’t flow so well during his “solo” part of the promo. Talking about having Heyman as his right-hand man made sense and all, but the part about beating Eddie in a tag team match seemed a little off. Just didn’t seem like something Lesnar would gloat about. Eddie’s part of the promo was very well written, with him sounding much more fired up as usual and he really did a good job putting over his success against Lesnar. Would have loved to see these go brawl it out, but ‘Taker coming to the ring was a nice surprise. A little too easy for him to put both men down, imo, but you got the point across that he’s also coming for the WWE title.
Another decent interview from Chavo, much like last week. It’s obvious that you’re just treading water with him until someone is named as a challenger to the CW Title and I think that man has to be Mysterio. This feud needs some proper closure.
A decent opening contest, as at this point in WWE, Cena and Rhyno were pretty evenly matched. Liked how both men had their time to control the match, with Cena getting very close, but the DQ ending seemed a little too abrupt. The next segment made more sense of the finish, as Rhyno just figured he’d nail Cena with the chair instead of trying to beat him. Big Show’s obviously got a plan for the man who took his belt.
As soon as Chavo Sr. came down to the ring for commentary, you just knew that Junior wouldn’t be far behind. A decent match between Rey and Tajiri, with the ending going very well, with Mysterio overcoming both Guerreros and then Tajiri to get the win. As I stated before, Mysterio NEEDS to get the next shot at the belt.
Eddie/Show is huge for later tonight, as I think you are going to continue to intertwine the WWE and US Title feuds for a long time. Maybe Undertaker is facing people in a handicap match next week? But who knows what Paul has up his sleeve…
Sable and Edge. I don’t think Brock Lesnar would be too happy about that in real life.
Very glad to see Bradshaw and Faarooq do well against the champions, even though they didn’t win the match. It made the champions also look good because they overcame a very tough team. The stuff after the match was what I was more excited about, because Charlie and Shelton are the guys who should be holding the belts, imo.
Another great promo from O’Haire and I really can’t wait to see what you do with this guy in terms of a push. Here’s an idea that immediately came to mind: Faarooq decides to step up and face Sean, but Bradshaw turns on his partner and that can slowly begin his transition into JBL, with him and O’Haire working together. Just a thought.
Kidman > Akio so I’m very glad that you had him pick up the victory, especially in the fashion that he did. If you’re not giving Rey a title shot, make sure that Billy is your second choice.
WOW. Lesnar/Undertaker is a huge main event for next week. Obviously, we’re going to see some interference in that one, but I still hope it delivers like their previous matches have. Great booking.
Haha. I just think that this Noble interview was funny because he mentioned the two guys that I did for the CW Title challengers. Not sure how Noble works into the title picture but I think he’ll be facing either Kidman or Mysterio soon enough.
Big Show going over Eddie is HUGE but it clearly wasn’t a clean win, given what the champion went through earlier tonight. Still, this was a great way for Big Show to display his dominance, while I think Eddie’s frustration will continue to build if stuff like this keeps happening. Both men’s next move should be interesting.
Edge/Angle is a PPV main event quality contest and I’m very glad that you did it justice. Edge is obviously going to be a thorn in Angle’s side, given how annoyed he was when Edge dominated on the mat early. Thought Angle would somehow pull out the win but I’m glad that you made the right decision, giving Edge a win in his first match back and the perfect way to launch the program between these two. Great way to finish off the show.
In my humble opinion, this week’s show was MUCH better than last week. Almost every segment this week served a purpose and the match quality was through the roof. You definitely have some things going on this show and I hope you can deliver.