What are people's opinions on the Punk vs. Rock matches? I've seen some people lately give them 1/5 or less, or calling one of them vomit as above. I honestly didn't think they were that bad at all. I guess it has been a little while and I was just so damn excited to see the Rumble match that it might have clouded my judgment.
I definitely did think the match was disappointing. The hype and build for it was great and the energy surrounding the match was great. Except the match itself, wasn't quite so great. But I still thought it was solid.
The false finish perhaps hurt the match a little, though it had me going and I was ecstatic that Punk appeared to beat The Rock. The real finish was also really disappointing though. I was expecting at least a couple of great nearfalls and some counters to end it. Instead (from memory) we only got a People's Elbow. I was hoping that Punk would kick out of at least one of The Rock's finishing moves. I don't want to sound like a massive Punk mark (though I kinda am), I wouldn't have cared if The Rock kicked out of 10 of Punk's finishers. As long as Punk got to kick out of one. This was a title match to end a 434 day long reign. I really expected more.
Unfortunately I barely remember the Elimination Chamber match. I might watch them both again tomorrow and see how I feel about them now. I vaguely remember Part 2 being a better match but it didn't have the excitement that the first did. I still highly doubt I'll be giving it less than 1 out of 5
I'm going to have to re-watch both (Muted) but i thought the Rumble match was beyond awful.
Lights going out, Shield attack (that led nowhere) and Cole's moronic screaming to the referee that "IT WAS SHIELD, MIKE CHIODA, IT WAS SHIELD, GOD FUCKING DAMN" I wanted to shoot Cole then myself for having to listen to that shit. Even before that the match was boring as shite.
EC match at least had a bit more purpose, Punk was the deluded former champion trying to get Rock riled up and get DQ'd, but in another way it made Punk look like a chump. But it's against Rock so the goal was achieved.
WrestlingDVDNews.com reports that certain commentary about Chris Benoit is edited out of WWE's upcoming War Games DVD. Benoit is featured in the nWo vs. Four Horsemen match from 1997. Here is a screencap, courtesy of WrestlingDVDNews.com:
HHH's 2003 was worse than Rock 2013 IMO. At least Rock was only a part timer that needed time to get back to ring shape after being out for so many years. I understand HHH had injury problems but I still think his 2003 was worse.
Dave "The Wrestling God" Meltzer's star ratings for Payback
Curtis Axel vs Miz vs Barrett ***1/4
AJ Lee vs Kaitlyn ***
Ambrose vs Kane **1/4
Alberto Del Rio V Dolph Ziggler ***1/2
CM Punk V Chris Jericho ****1/2
The Shield Vs Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton ***1/2
John Cena V Ryback ***1/4