Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
WWE Survivor Series 2003Sunday Night Heat
I'm home for Christmas and out of all of my DVDs I remembered this one the least so I figured I would give it a watch.
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Tajiri(c) vs. Jamie Noble
This didn't even make it to the 5 minute mark but it was still fucking awesome. The crowd went crazy for Jamie Noble and he put on an incredible performance with the time he had. It really helped not having a clue how this would end and I'll admit that I got sucked into the match and the outcome. Great ending that has me strongly considering skipping the DVD and finding more matches between these two. Perfect match to be on the pre-show.
Survivor Series Elimination Match:
John Cena, HE WHO WILL NOT BE NAMED, Bradshaw, Hardcore Holly, and Kurt Angle vs. The Big Show, A-Train, Nathan Jones, Matt Morgan, and Brock Lesnar
Well if you have never seen Cena give an F-U/Attitude Adjustment to Big Show I suppose the ending would be shocking. Dated ending aside this was still very good. The booking of he falls really surprised, I didn't think Brock would tap to anyone. I liked how quick the falls came, it created this feeling that you never knew when someone was going to get eliminated. Good pacing and the dead weight in the match (and there was a good deal of it) had limited involvement. HE WHO WILL NOT BE NAMED was fantastic in the match. His selling during the control segment was fantastic and he really had the crowd behind him. I can't say this was anything too amazing but it got decent time and was very entertaining.
WWE Women's Championship Match:
Molly Holly(c) vs. Lita
Pretty standard affair. Miles ahead of what we see from women now in the WWE but this still wasn't anything great. I mean you have Molly Holly work a control segment for a good portion of the match. Lita makes her comeback, we get a few minutes of back and forth, and then we see a rather unoriginal ending. There were a few nice looking moves that helped grab my attention and also let me know that there might be more things worth seeing. Neither good nor bad.
Shane McMahon vs. Kane
This isn't what I expected at all. Kane was being built as a monster at this time and I expected to see Shane go in and play a huge underdog. I didn't feel like Shane was the underdog as he got in a ton of offense. It appears that Kane was getting established as a monster by being able to get his ass kicked and not seem to be effected by the punishment. It's not a normal way to make someone look strong but I would be fine with this philosophy if it didn't hurt the match quality so much. Simply put this wasn't very good. There was no comeback from the babyface. The crowd has no reason to become invested in the outcome. This could have been incredible too which annoys me even more. Near the end when Kane was finishing off Shane the crowd was really into the match as they were trying to will a comeback from Shane. The spots were cool and there some brutal shots with various weapons, from just a violence standpoint this works and the spots were almost enough to keep me entertained from bell to bell. However from a match standpoint this fails on all other grounds
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
The Bashams(c) w/Shaniqua vs. Los Guerreros
This was bland. I don't think I've ever said such a thing about an Eddie Guerrero match before but must of this was really uninteresting. The crowd loved Eddie and Chavo but they never really had anything to cheer about other than a few brief moments. Shaniqua was actually the most interesting part of the match as seeing a really tall jacked black woman in heels give Eddie a clothesline and a body slam was a sight to see. The Bashams did nothing to impress me. They showed no personality at all and had no memorable or even interesting offense. Something really important was lacking here.
Survivor Series Elimination Match:
Christian, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Scott Steiner, and Randy Orton w/Eric Bischoff, Teddy Long, and Stacy Keibler vs. Booker T, RVD, Devon Dudley, Bubba Ray Dudley, and Shawn Michaels w/Stone COld Steve Austin
This is the way that these matches should be booked as it was a total roller coaster ride. Every elimination meant something in terms of momentum and the crowd reaction. Every time the face team would score an elimination and the crowd starting popping for it the heels would cut that off and take control of the match again. This match also is another example of just how incredible Shawn Michaels really is. I don't know if there's anyone better to have in the ring alone with Jericho, Orton, and Christian. The best part about all of this was that he never resorted to the fighting spirit or no selling type of comeback. You were just kind of left wondering, "How did he do that?" after he eliminated two guys.
The ending was pretty screwy but saying I don't think I can say without bias that I didn't like it. I mean it's impossible to watch this and not root for Shawn Michaels so there is a feeling of disappointment when Michaels gets pinned. This is one of the better elimination matches that I've seen. The match was a blast to watch and the finishing stretch featured an incredible babyface performance by one of the best wrestlers ever.
Bured Alive Match:
Vince McMahon vs. Undertaker
I thought it was pretty hilarious that Vince was bleeding after one punch from the Undertaker. This wasn't much of a match. I don't think Vince got in any offense until the very end of the match. The ass kicking delivered by the Underaker was pretty awesome though. There were just some brutal shots to the head that Vince took. It's barely a match but it was pretty entertaining.
World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Goldberg(c) vs. Triple H w/Ric Flair
I don't think this was a bad match but on the other hand this doesn't seem like a main event quality match to me. It was on the short side (maybe a little over 10 minutes) and most of the match was Triple H working the leg of Goldberg. I understand that the point of the match was to make Goldberg look like an unstoppable monster by having him beat Evolution by himself with one leg but I wish they could have just made it more entertaining. This match really shows why Goldberg didn't fit in with the WWE. He wasn't able to work a lengthy match and he delivered a lackluster main event on a big show. Triple H didn't exactly deliver an inspiring performance either but he managed to keep a lengthy control segment interesting and he had the awesome antics of Ric Flair on his side.
Overall this was really a one match show. I loved the pre-show match and it was more enjoyable than anything on the card aside from the Raw Elimination Match. I don't know where you could go and find the match between Tajiri and Noble other than buying this DVD but if you ever come across the match online make sure you watch it. It's only a few minutes long but it's fucking awesome. A lot of the matches were really lackluster which is a shame considering how much talent was on the card.