nocera wrote:What'd you think?
The format is going to take some getting used to. A worked "reality" show just seems weird to me. I was a huge fan of Tough Enough (when it was on MTV) so I was hoping for something along those lines.
This was my first real exposure to Bryan Danielson, and the dude bored the hell out of me. The Miz completely overshadowed him every time the two were on screen together. His smiling babyface, shake-your-hand, good sport routine is so Bob Backlund. His look is bland. He had a pretty okay match with Jericho, filled with botches. That bump into the table was rough and I wondered if Jericho did that purposefully after Danielson nearly tore his leg off. Jericho was pretty stiff with Danielson, enough to make it seem like he was trying to put him in his place. This match actually made me question how much of this show was a work, which, I'm sure, is exactly what WWE wants.
That David Utunga/Darren Young match was god awful.
I really dig the low camera angle. It gives the show a completely unique look.
Seeing these "rookies" perform, you realize just how good the WWE crop is, both in the ring and on the mic. It'll be interesting to see how this progresses.
Overall I think I liked it. It was different. Totally agree with you on Danielson; he had so much hype coming in I expected him to be insanely good, but the match was barely above average. That bump into the table was sick though, you could see a huge bruise forming after it happened......wonder if he broke ribs.
The Utunga/Young match was a freaking joke. A botched half powerslam ends the match? Really? The only good part about this whole thing was the hilarious disgusted look on CM Punk and SES's faces the whole time. Kudos to creative for making that pairing.
I'm surprised by what you said about the camera angle.......I hated that. The whole time I was just begging for them to cut to the normal camera.
The other hilarious thing to me about the show was Michael Cole. Him flipping out about the internet wrestling fans and all that during Danielson/Jericho was classic. Solid show, definitely enough for me to tune in next week.