Re: Official Match/DVD/Show Discussion Thread - The Ragin' Climax
Was very bored on a Saturday afternoon, so I decided to watch one of my old wrestling DVD's which I haven't done in so long, specifically to re-watch one of my favorite Cena matches - John Cena vs Umaga Last Man Standing match from Royal Rumble 2007. And this match was as good as I remember it being. Umaga's wild in ring style and monster character makes his work on Cena's ribs very enjoyable to watch, Cena's selling builds up the sympathy on Cena which makes the crowd go from a bit of mixed reaction to Cena at the start to getting behind him as underdog in a battle with a unstoppable monster, kinda reminds me of Cena/Brock from Extreme Rules 2012 and how the crowd slowly started to get behind Cena from getting his ass kicked for most of the match. There was some unique spots in this match that I liked, not your typical ones you'd expect, particularly the use of the steel steps I really liked. Cena's brief little comebacks were good, further putting over Umaga's dominance when they didn't amount to anything. And it wasn't until Umaga made his own mistakes by first when he went through the announce table, and secondly when he got distracted by Estrada, that Cena was able to turn the match around. And I love the finish of this match, Umaga was built as a unstoppable monster, how are you going to convincingly keep a monster down for a 10 count? Cena choking the fuck out of Umaga was great, JR's line of: ''even a monster's got to breath'' was brilliant and Umaga's great selling made it very convincing. Definitely a unique way to end the match, and I have no problems with the finish. Legit ****1/2 to ****3/4 match for me. Love it.