TIS A **** 1/4
RUMBLE SHE IS. WATCHED HER THE OTHER NIGHT.
Superstar Collection : Randy Orton
Randy Orton vs Triple H (The Bash 2009) : * ¾
Randy Orton vs John Cena vs Triple H (Night of Champions 2009) : ** ¾
Randy Orton vs Ted Dibiase (RAW 03/10) : ¾ *
Randy Orton vs Christian (Capitol Punishment 2011) : *** 1/2
Besides the last match (WHICH IS AWESOME), this DVD is a TERRIBLE representation of what Orton is capable of in the ring. The Three Stages of Hell match is just like most of the Orton-Hunter encounters ; plodding, boring, with shades of ridiculousness thrown in on the side. I still can't get over the sledgehammer hidden in the stage, what a fucking dumb idea. For a three stages of HELL match, there really isn't much intensity involved, it gets points for some good sequences however (as in.... HHH's gameplan which has been done before in ironman matches). WHY WOULD THEY PICK THIS MATCH TO SHOWCASE ORTON ? HE IS HORRIBLE IN IT
The Night of Champions match is a weird one ; whenever Trips and Cena are in the ring it's fucking awesome, but for some reason whenever Orton is involved the match regresses heavily. This is probably the slowest triple threat I have ever seen in my life, and doesn't come close to their Wrestlemania XXIV greatness (*** 1/2
on last watch FYI) , but this match is by no means bad. It has shades of being a really good match at times with some spots, even though the direction of the match coupled with the pace cripples it heavily. If this were Miz-Kofi-Barrett I would probably be like OMGGREATESZTMATCHEVA, but for these 3 I expect alot more. Orton is fucking HORRIBLE in this, so why this is on HIS DVD blows my fucking mind.
The Dibiase match shouldn't even exist, let alone be featured on a fucking DVD. WHY WAS THIS ON HERE ? They couldn't have picked a better match under 10 minutes to showcase Orton ? This was just a waste of my life barring about 30 seconds of solid action between the two. Would have made a whole lot more fucking sense if we had to get the MANIA XXVI triple threat on here and used this as a lead in (Like a GOOD DVD... Shawn's SC), but this as a standalone match fucking sucks and serves absolutely no purpose.
The Capitol Punishment match is AWESOME and saves this from being one of the worst DVDs ever made. A third of this DVD is spent on this match, which is a good thing as it plays to Orton's strengths ; working with a superior worker (Christian) and selling his concussion like a straight up fucking BO$$. The Orton-Christian series as a whole is one of the most consistent main event level feuds that WWE has done over the last decade or so (Pretty sure there were 6 matches over a four month period or something, ALL *** 1/2+
with a few classics in the mix. Glad we got this match on here, as a lot of people probably haven't bought the Capitol Punishment DVD due to bad hype, despite it having a handful of really good matches on it.
THIS IS A BUDGET RELEASE, so I wasn't expecting The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection... But COME ON.... Four matches, and Orton is downright horrendous in three of them ? Give me a fucking break. If you own Capitol Punishment 2011, don't buy this.... Purchase if you're a big-time Orton fan or if you collect every DVD (in which I don't need to tell you to buy it anyways). In terms of Superstar Collections so far (Seen all of them besides KOFI's) , this one has probably been the second worst one next to Ryder... But COME ON... It's ORTON... How hard is it to make a good Orton DVD ? Grading it for WHAT IT IS (not the same as grading a show or a 3-disc) , it still fails.... But the Christian match is worth a watch.