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Join Date: Jan 2012
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
I watched a lot of wrestling today. Sorry for the long posts.
Extreme Rules: CM Punk vs. Randy Orton - Last Man Standing ***3/4
Great, brutal opener for the PPV. Good amount of time, cool finish.
Extreme Rules: Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio - Ladder ****
Very good ladder match. Great psychology from both guys. Gets elevated a bit for it just being Christian's first world title win. It has a special feeling to it. I tend to forget that Brodus Clay was around at this point and the amount of blood pouring out of his head after the ladder shot is pretty crazy.
Now the whole Christian/Orton feud:
Smackdown May 6, 2011: Christian vs. Randy Orton ***1/2
Great TV match. The final few minutes are fantastic. Very exciting, it was shocking to see this at the time. It still is really.
Over the Limit: Christian vs. Randy Orton ****1/2
They had a counter for everything. Excellent match. Back and forth the whole time. The counters and reversals tell a great story with each man becoming more and more desperate to just hit something, anything. Some great nearfalls too especially after the spear that was a counter to Orton's punt kick. I think this match had been a little overrated for me having heard so much about it without seeing it. While watching I didn't think too much of it and thought it could have gone a few extra minutes. Thinking about it now though, two or three minutes could have been good but it was excellent as it was. Excellent flow and chemistry between these two makes this a good contender for 2011 MOTY against the Cena/Punk matches.
Capitol Punishment: Christian vs. Randy Orton ****
Not as good as the previous month but still a great match to watch. Plenty of counters again but also the added dynamic of the Orton concussion coming into play, which Orton sells very well. Not as exciting as the OTL match, and the screwy finish with Christian's foot under the ropes brings it down a little, but still a great edition in this feud. And hey that finish gives us another match betwen these two so I can't complain there.
Money in the Bank: Christian vs. Randy Orton ***1/2
Doesn't get the chance to reach the heights of the other matches. Still some superb wrestling from these guys as expected. Awesome nearfall after the kill switch, and a couple of other great nearfalls too. They do very well with the 12 minutes they got and the DQ stipulation made things interesting and provided a unique finish. It was surprising and the post match beat down is good and the crowd loves it. And for some reason announce tables never seem to break for RKOs.
Summerslam: Christian vs. Randy Orton - No Holds Barred ****1/2
A return to form here. Classic battle to cap this feud off on PPV. Started off with the usual awesome counter wrestling, turned quickly into a brawl with some brutal spots (the announce table went down with only one RKO this time) including a great DDT onto a trash can. I liked how Christian loses the title with the same move as the first time he lost it, this time onto the steel steps though. It's not a technical work of art like their OTL match, but it doesn't need to be, it's just as outstanding.
Smackdown August 30, 2011 - Christian vs. Randy Orton - Steel Cage ****
Excellent TV cage match, great way to close off the feud and lead into the next one. Good psychology from both men. A couple of great nearfalls and a sweet finish.
What a great feud. Okay the storyline and some of the booking was questionable. Orton dominated too much. But the quality of the matches overshadows all of that. Same deal as people hating Punk's reign. Some of the storylines and his position on cards has been questionable, sure, but he has delivered high quality match after high quality match and that's what truly matters to me. These guys did the same. It's been a fun day.