Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Quick summaries of what I watched from 2005-2007.
Rey/Eddie holds up, obviously. There was never any doubt that I'll have 6/23 top ten. Judgment Day is getting a vote from me. Loved it. When I watched GAB last year I came out kind of disappointed, and I'm guessing I was just in a mood because I dug it almost as much as ever on this watch. The brainbuster on the second set of three amigos is a spot I totally forgot about and it kind of took me aback. I'd agree with jawbreaker that's it's the weakest of the three and I won't be throwing it a vote, but it is, in fact, awesome.
Cena v. JBL I Quit was kinda bleh. Very run-of-the-mill and average WWE area 'brawling' before Cena gets awesome and fires away at Bradshaw's back. Everything post-chair shot was better, but I didn't love it. The TV spot was completely lame and the table spot was even lamer. It had it's moments like JBL constantly wrapping things around Cena's throat (and Cena looking like he was dying), and Cena throwing Bradshaw into the limo door before ripping it off with his own hands, but this had too much shit I didn't give a shit about.
I liked Benoit/Regal 7/16/05 more this time, but I'm not going to vote for a less violent, less awesome, and more commercial-filled version of their No Mercy match when their No Mercy match is right there. Still a super match and I wouldn't be surprised if it made lists.
Edge/Hardy at Unforgiven is on the list, but near the bottom. I'll always dislike Edge's Christopher Daniels-y 'I've been knocked out for two seconds' selling on every hit he takes, but this might be career performance. He finds cool ways to use the cage and tries to bail out of the cage on Irish whips. This is kind of a Hardy show, though. He looked like the #1 guy in the company, and Matt getting to have his revenge for everything was beautiful. Also I fucking hate Lita's voice. Does she seriously sing in a band? She has the worst fucking female voice I've ever heard.
HHH/Batista Cell holds up pretty well, but it's more 'very good' than 'great'. I really liked how each weapon seemed like a dangerous and violent tool instead of a WWE prop, and stuff like a couple of the chain shots looked nasty. Probably a top 3 cell match, but there's only one cell I'd say is 'four stars' so I guess it isn't saying a huge bunch.
Rey/Orton 4/7/06 and Benoit/Finlay 5/5/06 blew me away. The former was a match that I thought went the tiiiiiiiiniest bit down while I watching 2006 consistently, but I loved it as much as ever here. Orton having counters for all of Rey's signatures was gorgeous. Face-planting him on bulldog attempts, drop-kicking him on springboards, uhhh some other shit. Rey plays the babyface being forced to sell, so you know how that is. Yeah amazing match. Benoit/Finlay 5/5 I don't think I have ever liked this much. Just a total rough-housing. They spend a good amount of time on the mat, and it all look unco-operative and stiff. Every hold looked hard-earned and none of it looked choreographed in the least. That's all I ask for. The two best matches during SmackDown's GODYEAR. I will have both of these ahead of HHH/Foley and Austin/Angle.
Benoit/Finlay Judgment Day holds up, classic match, top ten lock, etc. etc.
Benoit/Regal No Mercy holds up, great match, maybe top half, etc. etc.
Cena/Umaga LMS holds up, terrific match, top 5 WWE of the decade, maybe top 25 overall, etc. etc.
Cena/Michaels at Mania doesn't hold up. Well, I still think it's really good so it does 'hold up', but it doesn't live up to when I last watched it. The beginning was really great. Cena throws his gigantic fists, Michaels ducks every one of them and chops away. Cena was awesome selling the leg. Yeah you heard me. While Shawn was going after it he was selling and holding it and shaking and it was great. There's been tonnes of shit about him no-selling it afterward, but I didn't see that. For ONE - Michaels stopped working the leg long before Cena stopped selling it. FOR TWO - Cena was selling it between getting his offense in. For THREE - even after hitting his running shoulder-block he was selling it. So yah. Other stuff.....the ref bump didn't look stupid. Nasty piledriver on the steps. I didn't bother finishing the match. I knew I wasn't going to rank it so I stopped it. I really don't have much bad to say about this, other than it isn't really great. Since when is 'not great' a bad thing to say though? 'Great' doesn't come all that often.
Well 'great' does come with the Raw re-match. Great, great match. Cena ruled. I love that the headlock was clearly to bide time, but also looked great. Cena's superhero body builder arms really look like they have enough strength behind them to squeeze you brain out of your nostrils. He sells the body part maybe even better here. I loved when he yelled at his own shoulder to stop giving him trouble. Michaels was good and his old man exhaustion selling comes off way better in a lengthy match, but this was John Cena shifting from John Cena to John Motherfucking Cena. I said Rey/Chavo might be my #100 and this is right above it, so it could finish near the tail end.
Finlay/Hardy 6/22/07 and Finlay/Rey 11/9/07 are both on the list. The former will be high. The latter is something I didn't think I would vote for, but fuck it; I liked it more this time. Will be pretty high, not as high. Really, really great match. Million stars. Motherfucking Finlay.
Rey v. Noble from the week before Rey/Finlay is really goddamn good. I can't vote for it, but if someone did I wouldn't put a stink up. Noble does some neat and creative offense and Rey is forced to babyface sell. MILLION STARS!!!! If this was the WWF poll I'd consider it.