Re: WWE 2007 & Beyond by DDMac
Kid O Mac’s WrestleMania 23 Review:
Opening Video: This was an epic video man. This is right up there with NatureBoy’s Mania 23 opening video for the greatest opening WrestleMania video in the history of BTB. Even though Vince was featured a lot in the video, it made sense since he is the founder of the WrestleMania event. While the video didn’t focus on the main matches, in which it rarely does for Mania anyway, it was more or less a retrospective video of the historic event and was done in an excellent way.
Intercontinental Championship: To be quite honest, I’m surprised that this match started the event as I thought the eight man tag match would start the event. With that said, the match did start off a bit slow, but was able to get better as the match went on. Carlito was portrayed as the champion who would not give up nor quit, and I’m surprised that Carlito gets the clean victory over JBL and retains the Intercontinental Champion. The closing moments of the match seemed a bit rushed, but the match overall despite the fact that JBL did not win the Intercontinental Championship was great. Also Carlito spitting apple in the face of JBL at the end of the match, IMO signals the end of the feud between the two and the possibility of both wrestlers moving onto different feuds following Mania. ***
Vince/Coach/Stephanie/Maria Segment: This segment looked to be done just to get the three on the camera and to further promote the two interpromotional matches (excluding the MITB match). As far as Maria’s involvement in this segment, it was well done with some great comedy as usual from the WWE Diva.
Money in the Bank Match: Not surprised to see this match take place so early as with the exception of the real Mania 23, this match has always been the second match on the card. I said that if not Doane winning this match, then it would most likely be Flair. Well Doane didn’t get the win, but Flair did, and I see Flair challenging for the title on Smackdown possibly around the time of Summerslam. As far as the match goes, it was good, but could have had some more spots, as some parts of the match seemed to drag on for a moment before another big spot took place. Once again though not surprised that Flair won the match, and I have a feeling that Batista is losing the title here at Mania since Flair won this match. ***
MVP’s Vignette: Finally MVP will be debuting in this thread. It looks like he might be on the Raw Brand, however I have a feeling he will be a huge part of this thread over the next year (thread time).
United States Championship Match: In the second title match of the event, you really were able to write a good match involving the four and without having the match slow down during any point of the match. Had a feeling that Lashley would win the title if King Booker didn’t win the title. I thought that Burke and Brown though along with Queen Sharmell would be more involved in helping King Booker out in the match. Regal not being the person pinned since he was the champion was unexpected as I’m surprised that Finlay took the pinfall loss in this match. As far as Burke and Brown stepping out of the way of the new champion, Lashley, following the match, that was good booking and it looks like a possible Lashley/King Booker feud will be taking place soon in this thread. ***
Flair/Batista segment: While this segment was kept short, it was still funny because of Flair. Flair is a true comedic genius. I still have a feeling that Flair might become the WWE Champion in this thread in the near future.
Eight Man Tag Team Interpromotional Match: This match was a bit shorter than the last few matches, but the intensity of this match was off the charts. All four teams hit some of their signature moves, but the match began to pick up in the final few minutes as the opening of the match was kind of dull. However the moment of the match goes to Benjamin hitting the T-Bone Suplex from off the top rope to get the win over Harris. One more thing though, great concept of having each team consist of the brand’s tag team champion and the champions’ number 1 contenders for their tag team titles for their respective brand. Great booking! ***.5
Cruiserweight Championship: First off the Daniels’ promo was excellent. I don’t think I’ve read any other thread here in BTB that Daniels has played such a huge role in and made such a big impact in a thread. The Mysterio/Sabin/Malenko/Chavo segment was a great touch and I just have a feeling that Mysterio will be winning the match. Onto the match. Great psychology here as in the first ¾ of the match it was mostly all Daniels. Daniels basically tried every single move to beat Mysterio, but Mysterio continued to fight back. Mysterio wins the match but in a way that seems that he won’t be champion for long, but this feud will continue for quite a while between the two. Once again, great match. ****
Women’s Championship: First off great video package for the most anticipated and best build up for a Women’s Championship match or a Women’s Match in BTB history. The match starts out with both women hitting some of their signature moves. The best part of the match was the middle part of the match as it really showed that both were willing to hit any type of move to get the win and the championship. Beth Phoenix makes her debut here at Mania! I’m shocked and Mickie gets the win and now remains champion for a full year in this thread. Even though Beth is now in this thread, it kind of took away some of the momentum from this match and this feud as IMO, this match should have ended with no interferences at all given the huge buildup this feud and match has received in this thread. ***
Lita/Edge segment: Short but it got across the importance of the WWE Championship Match and how Edge must stay focused if he wants to win the WWE Championship.
Cena/Taker: This is the NEW Match of the Night so far. Both men put on a classic match especially Cena, who looked almost unstoppable in this match. The counter into the first F-U was great booking. But having Cena “win” the match by the STFU was a great way to put over Cena. However after the decision was reversed and the match continued, I knew that Taker was winning this match and keeping his streak alive. However like Wolfy did with his Taker/Jericho match from his Mania 22, you were able to have Taker win the match without having his opponent lose any credibility and at the same time become an even better wrestler in your thread. Excellent match. ****
Backlash: Good video to hype up the next PPV in this thread.
Angle/Austin: Excellent though a little too long of a video package for the feud. Nice heel way to start the match with Angle avoiding to wrestle Austin and keep on leaving the ring to try and get the advantage over Austin in this match. Damn this match is getting better as Angle hits a German Suplex to Austin right to the exposed top rope turnbuckle! The two trading each other’s finishers was a great touch as well, as the intensity in this match is off the charts. What a finish to this match! Like you mentioned in the match, shades of the ending of Hart/Austin from Mania 13 as Austin passes out from the pain and Angle wins the match! This was incredible especially how you described the closing moments of the match in the last three paragraphs. The aftermath of the match was great as well and if this is Austin’s last Mania in this thread, this was an excellent match for him to end his Mania match career on. ****.5
Rock/Hunter: Hunter surprisingly gets the early advantage here in this match as the early going is mostly Hunter. Rock though looks strong in this match with his never quit attitude. Hunter going for the pedigree twice in the early going and not connecting on either try was kind of overuse of the attempt of the pedigree in the early stages of the match. However the Rock Bottom through the announce table from Rock to Hunter was a great spot! Hunter heel side is showed perfectly with the chair shots and the sledgehammer to the face of the People’s Champion. Rock though keeps fighting back and the sledgehammer to the face of Hunter and the People’s Elbow to the chair onto the face of Hunter was a perfect way to end this match and this historic feud between the two future Hall of Famers as The Rock wins at WrestleMania 23! Excellent match! *****
RKO Army Promo: Great way of building tension between the group. However with that said, I now have a feeling that Orton might just retain his title but in a way that gives Orton even more credibility.
Monster’s Collide Tag Team Match: First off I wasn’t expecting this match to be a long match despite the great buildup and I was right. This match was a good match for the wrestlers involved in the match. Henry turning on Kane was a surprise somewhat, but makes sense after the attack on Kane and Henry on the last Smackdown, and Henry had left the ringside area shortly after Show and Umaga arrived to the ring. ***.5
CM Punk Vignette: Punk is finally coming to this thread! Great news and I’m sure he is going to be a huge star on Smackdown like MVP is going to be on Raw in this thread!
WWE Championship: Good video package and I’m shocked that Sensational Sherri is at Mania. I understand that this Mania is taking place in April 2007 and not current time. Interesting to see that all three individuals in this match are being accompanied by the three divas at ringside. Man, Sweet Chin Music almost right off the bat from Michaels to Edge, but obviously Edge is still going to be in this match. Michaels locks in the Figure Four on Edge as it looks like Michaels might eliminate Edge here still in the early going of this match! Edge spearing Orton to the outside of the ring was a huge moment in this match. Doomsday Crossbody from Orton to Michaels and that was a huge move as the match keeps on getting better! What a match and a move from Michaels as he hits the elbow through the announce table breaking the table as himself, Edge, and the champ, Orton are down as this now classic match continues! Michaels has finally been eliminated in this match after nearly twenty minutes of being in this historic match and after being hit with two spears from the Rated R Superstar! The final eleven minutes of this match were pure classic. Both men gave it all they had. Especially Edge, using some moves that he hasn’t used in a long time in the WWE. The first RKO though I thought would have sealed the match for Orton, but Edge gets the shoulder up. As for the spear, I thought Edge was about to win the title. However the Super RKO finish was well written and well booked. Randy Orton wins the match and retains the championship and IMO has etched his name into the annals of WrestleMania in this thread with this historic and classic title defense victory here at Mania. *****
Rock/Austin Segment: Without a word being said in this promo, this might just be one of the most powerful promos ever in the history of BTB as that promo basically showed the culmination of Austin and Rock’s historic and future Hall of Famers careers. Promo of the Night and quite possibly a real contender for Promo of the Year in BTB, and that’s the truth. What a promo!
Hall of Fame Segment: Kind of surprised to see the segment take place so late in the card, but this was a great class of true legends of the business!
World Heavyweight Championship: Batista looks very much in control of the match here in the early going which is good booking. Glad to see that a countout will not take place in this match! Flair is bleeding and Kennedy is attacked again by Batista. Flair being hit with the briefcase and then Kennedy being hit with the spear was great booking, but Kennedy gets the shoulder up before the three count! What a throwback to Hart/Piper for the finish of this match as MRRRRRRRRR. KENNNNNNNNEEEDDDDDDDDYYYYYYY….KENNNNNNNNNNNEEEDDDDYYYYY is the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! Excellent match. ****.25
Closing Video Package: Great way to highlight the show as this was truly a classic PPV for BTB!
Overall Comments: This show was an epic PPV for BTB! While I know that I rated three of NatureBoy’s matches from his Mania as five stars, this Mania overall is better for the fact that the buildup for this event was off the charts, and not just for the Main Events but for every single match on this card, from the opening Intercontinental Championship match to the Main Event World Heavyweight Championship! This event was over 150 pages which is a huge accomplishment in itself as the event took me about three days to read and review, but this event was a classic! Like I mentioned before this event has the chance of winning not just PPV of the Month but PPV of the year! With that said once again congratulations for posting this classic Mania! Overall Score: 90/100=A!
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