Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Bryan/Miz was a really well done midcard feud, stemming from Miz mentoring Bryan on NXT, to Bryan getting a one night contract to face him on Raw, to returning at Summerslam ahead of him as the final member of Team WWE and then the US Title match at NOC. Ziggler/Ryder also had a pretty passable long running feud combining Ryder's youtube show with things like Jackman guest hosting Raw and getting involved by punching Dolph, culminating in the TLC victory for Ryder.
Those are the only ones that really stick out. In a way I appreciate them trying to make the bigger angles/stories exclusive to the uppercard/main event, as a mistake TNA habitually made was having so many 'shocking' angles across the card that it was nye on impossible to get something like a Nexus invasion over because the fans had been pre-conditioned to seeing an array of violent angles that it didn't feel special. The problem with current WWE is that the feuds are just lazily booked with no clea progression, with the gimmick PPVs not helping because a feud which hasn't been properly built will be pushed into a gimmick match because of the PPV theme. It really doesn't deviate beyond single/tag team matches, the babyface/heel commentating on the opponent's match or a staredown/post match interference.
Benoit/Regal No Mercy is fantastic, and just marginally better than the 7/14/05 Velocity encounter between them. The NJPW 1995 encounter is also an overlooked bout of theirs, though the youtube link has long been taken down sadly. Benoit/Finlay Judgement Day 2006 is still imo the best match out of the Benoit/Finlay/Regal series of matches, with Finlay/Regal Uncensored arguably 2nd and then either Benoit/Finlay 5/5/06 SD or Benoit/Regal No Mercy 2006 in 3rd.
Hardy/Edge Unforgiven is by far their best match and as stated simply how a Cage match should be worked, especially when the feud in question is a blood feud as opposed to a title feud. I still love the Summerslam match, merely because it felt like a territory angle in that everyone would have expected a fairly lengthy encounter and instead got something completely unexpected which both put over the hate and danger in the angle as well as making Edge look more dangerous and Matt's subsequent redemption all the more heroic. Too often with WWE you can almost call how a match is going to be layed out and executed, whereas in this instance it was something barely anyone would have predicted and felt shocking and brave on their part.