I constantly peeked at your old thread, and what I saw was enough to make me want to follow this one from the start. It was good to begin with a description of the actual setting and what not, so we just get a good picture of things. In a way it can be seen as a small thing, but if you didnít describe the setting, I would have been disappointed.
Whilst Iím not the biggest fan of the whole Ďwarí direction you seem to be taking with the company, Heymanís promo was still alright. I wasnít to sure about Heyman thanking FX and his financial backers in the promo though. It just seems like something that wouldnít be acknowledged on air, because how many wrestling fans actually care about how the company is being run? They donít. They just want it to put on a good product. Iím not really sure what direction youíre going to go with Jericho, You had him talk himself up with all his old school gimmicks in the beginning, but the over the top stuff stopped pretty early on, and then he sounded like a hybrid of his most recent character. So yeah, Iím really interested to see exactly what you do with that. Little things like Jericho calling the audience ďsuckersĒ, and the word ďhullabalooĒ being used didnít sit well with me. Hullabaloo is just stupid, and well, suckers is just to much of a lame insult for a guy like Jericho. I also didnít like Jericho bragging about how it was his idea to make the company, there should be some level of kayfabe. That stuff not being mentioned would have been a hell of a lot better. Despite that, youíve established your companies top heel (probably), as well as revealed the AOW title, and youíve made a unique match that I like the concept of for your main event tonight. The promo did its job, although there were little things I thought could have been a little better throughout.
Just by reading through the first bit of commentary, it really seems youíre going to try and build some argumentative chemistry between Styles and JBL. I like that, but once again, I didnít like JBL bragging about how he helped fund the company. It was alright, but Iím sure itíll get better as you get more comfortable writing the guys and build a relationship between the two.
I canít see much of a better way to open up the in ring action of a new company than with two polished tag teams like these. The match was written pretty well, and seemed to flow nicely, with the WGTT having a period of dominance, before The Hooligans looked to come back. The ending was nice enough as well, although I think Kendrick might have been a little under utilized in the match. He barely got in, and then quickly tagged back out, which was a bit disappointing. Anyway, a good opening contest, and a nice show of respect with the hand shake after the match. If I wanted to be really picky, I didnít really like the format of the match. Just a little bit to much in bold for my liking, but stuff like that is completely up to you.
at JBLís universal comment regarding The APA as well, awesome stuff.
Torrie Wilson and The Miz as a backstage interview team? Okay. I enjoyed the cockiness of Miz, as well as Wilson owning him.
at Miz pissing off when Lashley showed up. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this segment. You tried to have Christian come across as the intense face who doesnít want his opportunity stolen by a Ďmade maní, although it didnít come across like that. He basically just rudely interrupted Lashley, and that made him come across as jealous. With the fans clearly behind Christian, I donít think thatís what you wanted. Iím interested to see what happens from here, but yeah, I just donít think this was executed well.
A pretty cool video package for Paul Wight here. Iím intrigued to see just how you push him, although judging by this; it seems he could receive an epic monster push.
The interview RVD was alright to signal his intentions, but RVD is no easy character to write. Iíve only seen a handful of people write an RVD promo that I didnít think was awkward, and unfortunately, this isnít one of them. Also, could never picture RVD asking somebody if they had the ďgallĒ. Itís similar to the suckerís thing with Jericho early, just certain words thrown into the promos that donít fit. Anyway, at least you got the main purpose across of RVD wanting the title.
A nice win for Noble here. You gave Evans some offense, not making it a complete squash, but Noble was always going to get the win here. Good squash-ish match.
I really liked the Muhammad Hassan video package. A new character indeed and one Iím looking forward to after that.
An interesting segment with Michaels and Danielson and Joe. The Danielson situation was really interesting and makes me think that something may come of that further on down the track. As for Joe, not to sure if itís going to escalate anywhere, but interesting stuff nonetheless.
CM Punk promo was really good, I liked it. Really not much else to say, it was just a solid promo, denouncing the term superstar which fits with the companyís image nicely.
As I said earlier, I really like the concept of this Lucky 13 scenario. Iím not going to give my thoughts on every elimination because weíll be here all day. Michaels struck me as a little cocky during the segment with Danielson and Joe, and sneaking up on RVD could be a sign of HBK possibly becoming a prick. The first elimination that I really liked was Christians. Lashleyís strength was shown off in a unique way, and makes him look kind of beastly. A Finlay/Joe feud is definitely a unique one, but it seems like thatís what will happen after Finlayís attack on Joe after he had been eliminated.
I think youíve chosen the right four to be in this main event. They are probably the four biggest names in the whole company so it makes sense that theyíll fight it out for the gold. A pretty good contest here, with bits and pieces of the match being extremely entertaining, especially the ending. Chris Jericho making Michaels tap out is a big scalp, and after the opening promo, itís fitting that this man is the first champion of AOW. Iím intrigued to see just how the main event scene develops from here, but youíve done a fine job establishing just who will be a part of it tonight.
The booking of this show was fine, as was the match writing. There seems to be certain off little things in your promos that will hopefully be ironed out in time, but thatís probably my only negative. Just try not to blur the line between reality and kayfabe TO much. Anyway, a first show that will make me want to read the second, so good luck with this thing. Stick to it, we need a good created thread around these parts.