Re: C3K Presents: WWE 2009 - The Fear That's In Your Eyes
Okay, Iíve had a glance through this thread at everything that has progressed so I can have some understanding of whatís happening. Iíll leave general comments on feuds and your booking as I go through this and probably at the end. I will say that, generally speaking, youíve continued to improve, as I remember you were doing a while ago.
Iím a bit surprised that you wouldnít start with Lashley/Cena, considering thatís the big deal from the last show and probably indicates Lashley was responsible for Cena being laid out in the back in the past (I think Iím making a bit of an assumption there though, because I donít recall seeing that confirmed). Youíve built up to this whole thing with Kendrick, Jericho and Truth all disputing decisions by Teddy over time before coming together to band against him. Iím a bit disappointed you donít have Truth out there because heís always been entertaining in this group too. Kendrick taking all the credit for the win and that he pinned Cena by ignoring what happened with Lashley is a typical thing youíd expect from TBK, giving himself a real pat on the back. The promo itself was okay, but at times it didnít feel necessary. Maybe more emphasis should have been put on the opposition team rather than Teddy, because the stuff about Teddy is what weíve already heard before. Long coming out gives purpose to the promo with a few matches announced over the next few weeks to look forward to, but some involvement from Teddyís team would have been nice too. They donít look like theyíve stood up for themselves here after being run down. I know Teddyís job is the focus of the match, but a guy like Edge hiding behind what Teddy has to say doesnít seem right. Still, what you had there was written pretty well, and youíve obviously gotten to the point needed where you set up these other matches.
The Hardy feud has been quite good, especially Mattís ascension up the card, which has seemed feasible. Right now it seems to be suffering a bit though, not getting the top billing on the card that I think it should considering itís a title match. This obviously is setting up for something later in the show, so Iíll leave it at that. I do like Helmsí involvement too based on his past friendship with both Hardys.
Iíve never really thought of Dolph as a cruiserweight, so it feels a bit strange for me to see him in that division. I guess itís something to get used to. Thereís nothing wrong with doing it on your part. Just quickly, flicking through, I found the Knox/Kelly storyline being rehashed as uncomfortable as it originally was. For a lower card throwaway feud, holding a woman against her will is a bit extreme. Anyway, Dolph defending the title frequently is only going to build the prestige of the belt, and the finish leaves things open for a future rematch. This damages neither man, while the title is well featured.
I guess this means the only talking Lashley will do is in a sit down interview. Thatís probably a good thing, as while he could have opened the show, a sit down interview hides that heís not the least bit intimidating, or even tough, when he talks. I always find it odd when main events are set up so late in a show, but I guess itís a WWE practice, and one Iím sure Iíve fallen into myself many times. Thereís no way Lashley/Cena will be happening properly next week, but youíre making a big deal of it, which I like. Cena is at his best when heís intense like this as well.
Kenny Kingís a solid partner for Shelton Benjamin, giving you another strong tag team to add to the division after the recent arrivals of Hart-Smith and Kidd. A small promo here is a good way to show some more of his personality and keep the thing with Brie going.
A solid win for Jeff keeps him rolling, while Morrison gets to hang with the number one contender for a while. Obviously the big deal is in the aftermath, with Matt attacking Helms and playing up that Jeff is seen as the perennial good guy in the family. As a segment, I actually really like this. I think it ties in with what this feud is ultimately all about really well. Matt is demented and will do whatever it takes to beat his brother (or anyone for that matter, as he showed with Cena), while Jeff is the good guy who is looking to pretend his friend and girlfriend. I donít like the spot it got in the show though. As I said before, this feud is over the title, yet itís kind of lost in the middle of the show. Itís been a long feud, but it simply doesnít feel like the biggest feud on the show right now when it probably is. It should also be seen as a huge match because itís for the title, but again, it doesnít seem the biggest right now. Itís a shame, because the booking of both Matt and this segment in general is all really good. Unfortunately, in the spot itís given, it just doesnít give the impression that itís the top feud on the show.
I really, really liked the Lashley promo, and thought it was really well written. A few things jumped out about it. Lashley isnít intimating when he talks, and you didnít try to make him. The segment felt very natural. What I really liked is that, while Lashley is obviously a heel now, you didnít have him turn on the fans or anything, because thatís not who his problem is with. His problem is with John Cena so you had him turn on John Cena. Itís quite simple, but often when people turn a guy heel, they instantly turn on all faces and all of the fans. You also tied it in really well with the issue that youíve been running on SmackDown with Teddy Long and his favouritism, giving Lashley good reason to think about the turn. There were other good reasons too, with Lashley citing Matt Hardy and that the fans and even JR thought he was title material. Really, as a whole, I thought you did this excellently. Everything was explained logically, it all made perfect sense, it felt like it had been built to right and it was written right. Iíll stop gushing now.
Bryan and Kaval getting the win is a good move, strengthening them after they havenít really done a lot on the brand yet, despite looking capable as a team. They probably need more of the build. The aftermath didnít seem entirely necessary in the greater context of the show though. While it keeps Jerichoís team even, my problem with is it that if there are heaps of backstage attacks, they look less important in general. The Matt attack on Helms and Jeff seemed really big, but itís kind of diminished if thereís also a backstage attack after the next match. Maybe use them more sparingly, else theyíre just common place and donít really matter.
The Kane promo was written well again. Youíve got the character down, and I guess youíve done a good job of building to this going somewhere. Hopefully the pay-off is now worth it whenever ďHeĒ (whoever that may be) arrives.
This is another sneak attack type thing, but I guess itís a little different because itís in the ring. It also does a job setting up your number one contender match. I think youíve done a pretty good job building the tag division back up on SmackDown, even making good use of a pretty average team in Dreamer and Richards.
This is where the interference in the last match causes a problem, because, again, Lashleyís interference feels like less of a big deal. If run ins happen all of the time then theyíre not that special, and itís not that big of a deal that Lashley interfered. In isolated it furthers the Lashley/Cena story though, while Kane continues to look like the beast that youíve built him as since WrestleMania.
Iíve seen you say in this thread that you think you may overbook a bit, and I would probably agree with that. There are heaps of sneak attacks, and a lot of them donít seem to lead to anything other than the feud continuing, even when theyíre attacks that would do some serious damage. That problem aside, I think youíre doing a good job. Some of the writing and the booking is stuff that makes me think this could be a top thread. Itís just about making sure everything is done for a reason, and that itís done for the maximum effect. Once you settle that down a bit, I have no reason to think this canít be one of the best threads of the section. Itíll take some time, but youíve certainly got me interested. Iíll be back in here for sure.