^^ Can't wait to see which arena you choose for Mania 27 in over a year and a half in BTB time!
Taking a little break from my Supershow to drop you some feedback; my first in a while to anyone actually. Will be feedbacking each segment as I read it. I've been reading so I know what is going on.
Right let's get to it
OW MY FUCKING EYES!!!
Now that's over with we can begin...
Liking Orton referencing what he did to Punk, or what he didn't do, reinforcing his claims that he is actually the one in control of this feud. What Orton had to say was pretty much spot on really, acknowledging that he could have taken out Punk again last week and listing those who have fallen victim to the punt kick. I maybe would have liked to have seen Orton talk a bit more about the similarities to what happened last week and when he punted Punk last year a bit more, saying that he could crush his dreams out of nowhere again. Glad you made up for it though by saying that he wanted to do it on the gran stage, because remembering back to when he punted Punk in 08 it kinda just seemed very anticlimactic. I'm not sure I like Orton claiming he's a better wrestler than Punk; although it is a heelish thing to do; in no way, shape or form is Randy Orton a better wrestler than CM Punk. I'm enjoying Punk's rebuttal to Orton's claim, referring to his time in the indies and actually going as far to say that there are guys out there that are better wrestlers than Orton (which there are), kind of gives the promo another level and a shoot feel to it which I like. Punk was just perfect in this promo, and I'm glad you didn't give too much away in the brawl afterwards. Lawler channeling his inner Teddy Long is cool, and gives us a very solid main event. Strong start to the show.
If I'm honest I'm not too sure what's going on with the Divas.
Glad you kept what Rey had to say to a minimum because he isn't that great at talking and even less fun writing for. What he had to say was pretty generic as most things Rey says is, so I can't really fault you on that. Pretty much thought it was a given that Batista would be looking out for Rey, but it was okay to see their little exchange to just get Batista on screen and flesh out the segment a little bit.
Really good to see that Sheamus got his win back over Barrett. I know that Sheamus is a big guy which gives him an advantage in itself, but Barrett is also a pretty big dude so I guess that can be your defence for a guy Barrett's size winning his matches by actually cheating. I just think that maybe in the future you should stray away from cheating because he's meant to be the big man of The Monarchy and his wins should be decisive. I'll give what happened last week the benefit of the doubt because Sheamus is a big guy that is harder to beat cleanly, with this match proving that Barrett can't beat him cleanly... I think from now on Barrett should be built up as more of a badass that doesn't need to resort to using the tights for leverage.
Nice little segment with Legacy, and things like this really tease one of them just having enough of Orton's shit, as they're supposed to help him retain the title but he doesn't care less about guys who want to get them because they're in Legacy with Orton. If that is a route you're thinking of going down all I'd say would have improved this is maybe have them not looking so pleased about their leader not giving a fuck about them.
did enjoy Lawler just no-selling everything Miz had to say. The GM's decision for no contact makes good sense. I still think Michaels will SCM Miz though.
Kennedy made me giggle a bit with his piece before the match began. I'm really enjoying these two as champions; I wasn't sure about them winning the title at first but looking back it was a good move because it gives more depth if you do ever split them up and feud them. Solid win for Kennedy, and this along with McIntyre's win last week makes the two teams look very equal heading into Summerslam which makes the result that much more unpredictable, because at this point I can't tell which way is it going to go when these teams face each other.
Before I talk about Perkins... what the fuck happened to Jammy Fino?!?!? I want some answers!
I'm glad to see that you've been putting in a lot of effort into adding some more depth to the TJ Perkins character which I remember as being very cookie cutter when you first debuted him. There has been some real advancements due to his feud with Regal (Loved the promo last week), but I just think there is still something lacking in TJ's character. In terms of build and booking, he's been excellent and is a believable in terms of a threat to Regal's title. You're kind of hinting at something with him and Renee which is great because it gives him something added onto his character. It would be great if they did get together, only for Regal to screw with Renee in some way because then there's something to add a different side to TJ's character as well as building on the feud, which is quite textbook at the moment as in young and up and coming face wants to beat heel champion because it is his dream.
Surprised to see Punk turn up in the middle of this but it really worked well; complimenting what he said in the opening promo - that there's more to wrestling than the WWE. Great work using Punk to give a rub to TJ as well, and I liked Perkins' little line to end the promo.
The Real American Challenge is a good way to keep Swagger relevant after his feud with Punk. I knew Jim Duggan would come out last week, but I didn't call Tatanka at all.
I'm laughing to myself because of something to do with my BTB, PM me if you're that desperate to know why. No doubt Swagger was winning this match so nothing else to really say here.
Maryse vs Trish will be a sweet match; kudos for making that.
I'm torn about having Mysterio go over Rhodes, but I think that given Rey only just coming back next week it was the right move; glad that you put over how Rhodes is improving in the ring though. Rhodes needed a strong and competitive performance at the very least to make him look good. I do share sentiments that ever since Del Rio's introduction to the group that Rhodes and DiBiase's stock has fallen quite a bit. Some works definitely needs to be done to build them back up, and with the tag titles tied to MVP/Kennedy & The Monarchy for the time being, I'm not sure how you can achieve that at the moment, but this feud with Rey is a start. Even though the segment earlier between Batista and Rey pretty much gave away what was going to happen afterwards I don't mind. Is Del Rio's finisher the Cross Armbreaker?? I can't remember if it is because if so it makes no sense to target Batista's leg. Good segment to show Legacy following Orton's orders and make them, especially Del Rio, look strong; but to be honest I am concerned about Cody and Ted.
Not sure about pairing Tomko with Miz; it doesn't feel very natural and screams Christian rip off. Miz naturally heeling it up by putting his own show over is good. I like being reminded of the struggle that Miz has faced to become a WWE Superstar; his backstory makes you want to support him but because he's such an annoying turd you just can't like him. Although I did notice that Miz puts over his albeit brief history with Jericho, but he put down The Highlight Reel at the start of the promo? Doesn't quite fit in right as now I'm not sure whether Miz is sincere in his feeling towards Jericho. Great stuff from Michaels wanting to get straight down to business and making it clear for those who could sympathize with Miz why they shouldn't. I thought it was good that you had Michaels tell Miz he was a jackass when Miz was acting like a total jackass by trying to interrupt him. You really did a good job with this promo, especially playing off how Miz thinks so much of himself that he has the right to mention the Montreal Screwjob and use it against HBK like that. It is safe to say that Miz has gotten under Michaels' skin; shown by the fact that he went against Lawler's ruling and SCM'd both Miz and Tomko (Called it!) The Loser Leaves Town stipulation is good as it give it something else to set it aside from the other singles matches on the card, other than just being a grudge match or a title match.
I really enjoyed the main event, and I think Perkins can't have anything taken away from him after being pinned by the WWE Champion AFTER being poked in the eyes. The finish definitely gives the face team an out though so neither Punk or Perkins look at all weak despite losing. Regal cheating Perkins out of the win works with keeping him on top over Perkins to set up the potential for Perkins to finally get the win at Summerslam after overcoming all the odds. Although him not winning the match is fine due to Regal's actions, Orton getting Punk after the match is the only booking decision of the entire show that I don't agree with. I think that Punk was the undoubted star of this show and he should have ended it looking strong in my eyes. Although it does follow the basic booking formula of the heel champion getting the better of the face challenger during the build, ultimately leading to the face winning the title at the PPV, which works perfectly fine with Regal/TJ, I don't think you should have gone that route with Punk and Orton, and a GTS to Orton once the match was over would have been spot on. But that is just me and other might see it a different way.
In all mate I actually really enjoyed this show; there are some issues mainly regarding character development to do with Rhodes, DiBiase and Perkins, but in terms of the writing and booking of the show you did a very good job. You did well in advancing your feuds which is vital with a PPV coming up, so well done for that. Onto the next one!
Also remember how pissy you got when I got the 100th reply? You'll be happy to know I've bagged 200 as well <3 Cheers Terry.