Bigger bots = bigger damage. A true WWE signature, bigger opponents make the matches better. No one cares about bots the size of vacuum cleaners doing battle. But 8 foot tall bots ripping the arms off of lesser bots, and you get a better attraction.
Two pilots per bot. Creates some nice drama in and out of the arena.
Replays. Typically shown one camera at a time. Easier to witness the damage being dealt, as opposed to the 3 camera "live" action during the match.
Teams don't get to customize their bots. These giant bots come fully outfitted to match their perspective teams. Huge lack of originality and character. Would have preffered every team to get a basic bot to customize to their particular talents.
Robot designer in every moment of the show. I get that he made them, that he knows the bots inside and out, and he's the guru. However, teach them how to repair their bots, then get out of the way. He's the Dr. Drew of this show.
Not all the damage seen is dealt by the other bot. Another element from WWE... the scripted match. Though it's interesting to see sparks fly when a bot hits another bot, it would be a better sell if the sparks flew from the point of impact rather than a random interior spot. It's like a wrestler suddenly bleeding heavily down his face after getting "hit" by his opponent with a chair in the back. Sell it better or don't do it at all.
Hidden Kill Switches. One team was getting dominated for an entire round, then suddenly gets in a hit in the 2nd round that ruptures the hydraulics in the core of the more powerful bot. The hit sends the bot into a tsall and it loses the match. Pretty impressive, except the hit came from the already damaged arm of the first bot that barely grazes the chest of the second bot. Come on WWE, you can sell the win better than that.
There's absolutely room for improvement, but it's not a bad show. The matches are interesting, and some of the contestants are quite colorful, like Lucas' kid. But they need to customize their bots, and let the bots/teams win the matches rather than let the script win.
Edited by Phane00, Feb 27, 2013 @ 2:56 PM.