Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Jan 2011
Re: WWE 2011: Pushing the Boundaries
Not gonna give you a load of feedback but just a few thoughts and whatnot. Real shame it was in recap but nothing you can do, bastard computers!!
Anyways, smart choice in the opener with a lot of contrasting styles and it showed throughout. You got Cara’s highflying in there as well as Regal’s more technical and brutal approach mixed in with Rhodes trickery and ‘by any means necessary’ strategy. Ending worked well with regards to Rhodes mask obsession so kudos on that. Cara’s being ripped off woulda no doubt got a lot of heat so glad you pointed that out. I don’t think the referee would’ve actually gone down and tended to Cara though, I know you needed that for Rhodes to then use his own mask on Regal but you coulda maybe just had the ref turn his back for a moment and Rhodes quickly dispatch of Regal. Right call in having Rhodes win and I’m sure it’s not the last we’ll see of these three.
McIntyre turning face is a good move and I think they should’ve gone that route a while ago IRL. Match was well worked with Drew starting off hesitantly and the crowd slowly warming to him, willing him to go it alone. One thing I will say is that you shouldn’t have mentioned the crowd cheering Ziggler at one stage, despite an impressive move, doesn’t perhaps do McIntyre much help. A good effort though from Drew here and a strong retain for Ziggler although I’d have liked to see it more of a dirty victory to really screw Drew over and possibly lead to another chance. A straight up defeat in his first match as a face isn’t the greatest way to begin but I’m sure he’ll build on it in the coming weeks.
Glad that Orton started this one off with real purpose as Barrett has certainly fired him up in recent weeks. Barrett’s work on the shoulder was smart and glad you pointed out exactly why he was targeting that area. I’m sure this feud is going to continue what with went down in the aftermath and I’m pleased it will because a defeat for Barrett and closure after this would’ve certainly seen all his momentum gone, hopefully he picks up a big win next time around, certainly needs it.
Nothing to say about this next one really, squash city. BIG BRODUS, monster push to continue please.
Not surprised this wasn’t given the main event. Henry/Sheamus has been leaps better so glad you didn’t do the usual WWE routine and still allow Cena to main event just cos he’s Cena. Was a solid contest here, again smart stuff in Del Rio targeting the arm as well as the use of the Pipe considering we’ve seen that before in this feud(dat continuity). Cena winning wasn’t what I hoped you’d go for but it’s what I expected. I know you aren’t ADR’s biggest fan so I guess you’ve got a lot more options with Cena moving forward. Wondering now whether you keep the belt on Cena right the way to Mania or Rock maybe screw him over and we get a new champ by then, certainly a lot of exciting possibilities.
Good win for Beth as expected and continues this Kelly and Eve storyline too, nothing much else to add. Hard act to follow with Cena winning the gold beforehand.
Really surprised to see Rock there btw, realistically I doubt that’d happen but it was a good moment I guess, leading to more speculation of course.
Standard tag match here although I’d have liked to have seen a little more from Clay and Laurinaitis. As a stable I think we should see proper full on stable style interfering and doing all they can at every opportunity to take advantage. Main story of course is Nash and I’m really hoping that we now get a proper pay off leading into Vengeance/SS with him and Punk. It’s been brewing nicely but I hope this is what tips Punk over the edge. Nash now officially aligning himself with Big Johnny is a good move also, woulda saved Trips for Raw however.
Aaaaaand main event time. Slugfest as expected, some real heavy hitting and it was exactly what I wanted to see. Thought it started off a little slow and there seemed to be a clothesline at every corner but it grew as time went on and the use of the cell finally came into play at just the right time, pleased that both men got their fair share of using it. Henry came out looking like an absolute beast when he kicked out of that High Cross followed by a Brogue Kick. That was crazy and at that stage you knew Henry wasn’t losing this one. Although, you did return the favour and show all of Sheamus’ fight with him kicking out of the WSS, that’s a big moment for him although it may weaken the WSS a little bit. Ending was pretty crazy. I wasn’t so sure about them going out the cell and up to the top at first but Sheamus’ little line about ‘only one place to end it’ made sense. WSS on top of the cell is no doubt a definitive way to end this thing and the image of Henry standing on top like King Kong was a beautiful thought. Very strong and worthy main event over the WWE Title match.
All in all it was a good show and I think it would’ve been enhanced had it been in full. Main event delivered nicely, a few things that were hit and miss but on the whole not an awful lot to complain about. I think Henry/Sheamus needs to end now following that, they won’t top it and Sheamus really has no get out following what went down. Cena as champion will be interesting on Raw, hope you spice him up compared to the real world while the mid cards on both brands continue to get better. Looking forward to where you go with this next and I think as we get closer to Survivor Series this will really start to excel. Good job.