It wont beat Nemesis, but its starting to come together really well. Nemesis was when Wardley was in his prime lol. He has slacked off since then, or maybe just had less freedom with budget constraints and planning.
I don’t know about others here, but I’d hardly call The Smiler, Oblivion or even Air “slacking off”. The Smiler’s layout is very well designed and extremely compact - though Wardley only did consulting on that. Oblivion is not as impressive of a layout, but it’s outlandish concept of digging a 100 foot hole for the ride to occupy is really incredible, and highly creative. I think Air also does exactly what John wanted it to do - it provides, in my opinion, a flying sensation unmatched (until the more recent flyers in Asia opened), even if budget cuts did affect the final product.
As for Wickerman, I’ll be trying to avoid spoilers but it may become impossible before opening day... I’m very excited, even if it sounds like it might not be the airtime machine woodie we were hoping for initially.