Mac’s Review for Unforgiven
Intercontinental Championship: AJ Styles vs. Charlie Haas
Kicking the night off with Styles and Haas, good match to start off with, which will hopefully be at a moderately fast pace. Relatively back and forth match up until the first big move is hit, a strong sit out Powerbomb from Styles but he only picks up a two. AJ is on a bit of a roll, picking up another near fall but once more Haas kicks out, hitting a move of his own for a 2 count. Lots of near fall in this match, and its turning out to be a nice, fast paced, technical match, a little bit quicker than I’d thought it would go. Styles goes for and missed the spinal tap, getting yet another 2 count. The finish comes completely out of left field, with Styles countering the vertical exploder into a roll up for the three count and the Intercontinental Championship. Nice opening match, setting the tone for the rest of the pay per view. ***
Funny comedic segment between the New Age Outlaws and Matt Striker. Nice job capturing the character of Striker and Gunn & Dogg are always utilized better when not in the ring…
World Tag Team Championship: Dudleyz vs. Cade & Jindrak
Not to sure about this next match up, the washed up, stale Dudleyz against the charisma-less tag team champions (
). Bubba Ray Dudley completely dominates Cade in the early going, not allowing him to get in any offense. D’von gets tagged in but things still don’t get better for Lance Cade as he still gets his ass kicked. The fact that the Dudley Boyz are controlling this match so much, leads me to believe that Cade & Jindrak will be taking it. The heels spend a little bit of time in the driver’s seat before Bubba gets the hot tag and The Dudleyz retake control again! Finish came somewhat out of nowhere as Jindrak rolls Bubba up for the finish. Match was a little too one sided for my tastes but its all good in the end since the champions retained. **1/2
Solid promo from the coach putting over Monty Brown. Definitely liking this tandem but Coach may be better utilized elsewhere since Monty can talk on his own.
Carlito vs. Monty Brown
Relatively even match up as Brown uses his power and Carlito uses his speed advantage in the early portion of the match up. Kind of over exaggerating Brown’s strength in the match as he powers Carlito off of him. Carly isn’t that small. Monty manages to pick up a two count after a Alphalanche but Carlito too gets a near fall after a springboard cross body. Thankfully the bear hug didn’t last long and the action picks up again. Brown gets a near fall after a missed suicide dive. Nice use of The Coach there. Not the last time Coach get involved as he saves Brown from getting pinned after a corkscrew senton! Carlito gets distracted with The Coach and it costs him as Brown hit’s the Pounce for the win!! Decent match up between Brown and Monty, nothing special but it gave Brown a win while keeping Carlito strong. **3/4
I don’t know what the fuck is going on with Heyman and Bob Holly, but I’m very interested in finding out.
Hardcore Championship: Rhyno vs. Hardcore Holly
Clockwork House of Fun match - Mick Foley as referee
Never been a huge hardcore match fan, nor have I been in love with any of the three involved. With all that said, this should be a pretty solid hardcore match. Match up gets off to a quick start with both men going for quick pin covers. Typical hardcore action throughout, fire extinguishers, bowling balls and cookie sheets all used. Things begin to pick up when Foley accidentally gets drilled in the face with a chair by Holly! Rhyno Driver on the chair has got to put Holly down for the count! Heyman unloads the flood gates and several superstars come down to the ring. Orton and Booker have too much star power to be involved with something like this, IMO. They beat the crap out of Rhyno but … Holy Shit!!! Stone Cold shows up and cleans house of everyone! Holly is the only one left and ends up on the receiving end of a Gore from Rhyno who picks up the win and retains the Hardcore Title! Nice match up with an exciting conclusion, not sure it should have marked the return of Austin but it came off well. ***
Arrogant promo from Christian, doing his typical self promotion, while hyping his match with RVD and Benjamin. Hopefully he picks up the win here, though I doubt a loss will hurt any of them.
Rob Van Dam vs. Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin: Triple Threat Match
Feel like I’ve been bogging this review down by writing every single thing which comes to mind so time to speed things up. Alliance between Christian and Shelton probably won’t last long … and it didn’t. Benjamin and Van Dam both show some good athleticism in the opening minutes. Good, fast paced action throughout the middle of the match as all three begin to pull out some of their signature maneuvers. Haven’t seen Van Dam come off with the leg drop off the top rope in a while. Match picks up even more towards the end but finally Van Dam hit’s the five star frog splash for the victory. WAIT, Christian throws him out of the ring, in typical heel fashion to pick up the victory. Shelton comes out of it on the losing end but he had enough offense throughout so it doesn’t hurt him. Christian continues to roll, after his impressive performance at SummerSlam and picking up the triple threat victory tonight. Good stuff. ***3/4
Nostalgic moment between Austin and Rock = Awesome. Only problem, was Rock saying “I” once or twice, since he never does that, other than that, good stuff.
John Cena vs. Kane
Not to sure about this match up. Both guys are mediocre in the ring but neither can carry the other one to a good match up. Match starts off decent enough, a brawl as Cena and Kane exchange shots. Kane takes control for a bit with his “spectacular” offense, clothesline in the corner and a big boot, picking up a couple of near falls. Match up starts to get a little more even as we get settled into the match up, as Cena starts to get offense in. Flying shoulder and arm breaker both get him pin covers but his first real offense comes in the form of a fisherman’s buster! Cena can’t seem to put a string of moves together because Kane keeps coming back. “Freestyle”?? If that’s the flip into the cutter, then that’s called the Throwback. He hit’s the FKS but Kane kicks out. Never seems like a legitimate move warranting a near fall. Kane hit’s the huge clothesline off of the top for a near fall but he’s not done, looking for the choke slam. Very reminiscent of the finish to the Mania XX U.S. Title match as Cena distracts the referee long enough to hit him with the chain and hit the FU for the victory. Smart move giving Cena the win, especially since he beat Austin at SummerSlam. After this, Cena needs to move into the title picture before he gets ‘lost’ in the mid-card. Match was good for what it was, a brawl. The finish kept Kane strong and made Cena look even stronger. Had some back and forth action but almost too much as neither man got a (needed) sustained amount of offense. ***
Wow, Maria was almost a bit too retarded in that segment. Anywho, decent promo from Edge, a little short but he said what he needed to say, so no need to drag it on.
The Rock & Trish Stratus vs. Edge & Lita
Edge and The Rock start the match up off and Rock gets the jump on him, beating the hell out of Edge in the opening minutes. Edge makes a slight comeback but Trish gets involved and now its time for the ladies to get involved. Trish and Lita, both whom are far inferior to the greatness known as Mickie James (
), go at it, with Trish gaining the upper hand, hitting the STO and a Stratusphere, both which almost get her the win over the redhead. A miscue by Trish gives Lita an opportunity to take advantage, as she takes control with some basic offense, elbow drop, leg drop. Nice use of the referee there as Edge and Lita manage to get a little tandem offense in on Trish. Edge beats the shit out of Stratus, something I’ve never been a fan of, but she finally hot tags in Rock! Rock whips ass even hitting the spine buster and following up with the People’s Elbow but only getting two. Makes his finisher look a bit weak since he immediately went for the cover. Distraction by Lita lets Edge get in some offense, picking up a near fall with the Edge -O- Matic. Lita and Trish end up legal as Rock gets taken out by Edge whom slams him into the ringpost!! Trish puts Lita away with the Chick Kick but then she gets dropped with a Spear!! Lita gets the cover for the win. Meh ending. Since it was the two women, it leads me to believe that the feud with Edge and The Rock is far from over. Nice match up. I liked how the Trish and Lita weren’t treated as “valets” and were allowed to get their fare share of ring time. Nice work.
Promo of the night between Vince and Michaels, as the intensity level was taken up a few notches. Most definitely expect Michaels to pick up the win and the title here tonight, to continue this storyline.
WWE Championship: Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
Last Man Standing Match
Match up between Triple H and Shawn Michaels starts off with a bit of a cat and mouse game with Michaels avoiding The Game until Triple H finally catches him. Hunter controls the match up for a bit but not for long as Michaels dumps him out of the ring. Seems like its going to be a back and forth match up. Never been a fan of the trash can (or the trash can lid) because it looks so weak. Michaels easily answers the count, back to a vertical base at 2. HBK is back up and does some more damage with the trash can and then the ring bell, busting him open! Oh shit! Ladder! Michaels completely dominate the match up until Triple H gets a little bit of breathing room with the spine buster. Both men stay down til a count of five but eventually they’re back up and Triple H is in control though not for long. Low blow and then an elbow drop of a ladder, through the announce table!!! Looks like both guys will be down for the count but Vinnie Mac comes down the ramp (???). Vince helps Michaels up to his feet and the count begins again. What the fuck is wrong with HBK?! Superkick to Vince! Superkick to Doan! Loose cannon? Triple H hit’s a low blow and then a nasty chair shot. Michaels makes it up by the count of ten though and the match up goes on. Flying forearm is not going to put Hunter away but maybe the SCM can!! We’re heading towards the end as Triple H gets up from the Sweet Chin Music and hit’s the Pedigree on Michaels!! HBK manages to get up and Trips has had enough, grabbing the sledgehammer but McMahon stops him. LOL as Hunter beats the crap out of Vince, hitting him with the hammer and then pedigree him on the steps! Hunter and Michaels exchange potential finishers and reversals until Triple H finally hit’s the Pedigree on the steel chair!! Hunter wins the match and finally beats Michaels, retaining the WWE Championship. Great match up with a lot of drama, the added extra of McMahon’s interference was well done. Easily the match of the night. ****3/4
Good, really solid PPV. The triple threat and the main event were definitely the highlights as was the mixed tag match. Sorry it took so long for a review to go up but ... I like putting things off. Hope the review made up for it.