Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
CM Punk vs Elijah Burke : *** (1)
Matt Hardy/MVP vs Deuce N’ Domino : * 1/4 (-.5)
Triple H vs Carlito : * ¾ (0)
Candice Michelle vs Beth Phoenix : * (-1)
The Great Khali vs Rey Mysterio vs Batista : * ¾ (0)
Lance Cade/Trevor Murdoch vs Paul London/Brian Kendrick : ** ¾ (.5)
John Cena vs Randy Orton : 1/2* (-1)
The Undertaker vs Mark Henry : ** 1/4 (0)
MOTN : Punk/Burke
WMOTN : Cena/Orton
This FUCKING PPV. I spent a good 20 minutes before I watched this looking at reviews for this PPV and I saw nothing but shit. I was petrified at what I was going to have to witness, wondering why I spent my money on such a lackluster PPV. I was prepared for the worst, but when I saw the opener of Punk vs Burke I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. Psychology was great, Punk was sharp, Burke was stiff as fuck.. Just a damn good match. However, my optimism quickly took a 180 when the next match I saw featured the likes of DEUCE N' DOMINO, the worst fucking tag team ever. Surprisingly Matt and MVP got absolutely nothing out of them, and it just sucked balls and failed as a tag match with only a good moment or two.
I saw a Triple H match that I actually didn't like, bar the last minute or so where Trips completely BURIES Carlito in one of the more hilarious and satisfying burials Trips has had in his long storied career or burying. Fuck Carlito, he deserves it for giving Trips such a bad match. Still, as a Trips fan I saw a ton of positives in the match the second time I wathed it due to Carlito essentially posing no threat whatsoever. Not a bad match, but definitely not a good one at all.
BETH was great in the Divas match, but that didn't stop it from sucking balls due to Candice having a complete inability to work any match whatsoever. Terrible, terrible match and was the THIRD match in a row that was sub TWO snowflakes.
Of course the trend of shitty matches continued with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Naturally this is good for KHALI standards, but it was still a horribly worked match that THANKFULLY stays short and THANKFULLY has a pretty damn awesome ending to send the fans and myself into a frenzy as Khali finally drops the belt he never should have gotten in the first place. The length of the match is LOLworthy and Batista-Mysterio would have been much better, but when you factor in that KHALI was in it, it's actually not that bad.
The tag match was above average, with some solid work throughout. It would probably be rated higher if I felt any kind of emotional attachment to Cade or Murdoch's characters like perhaps some do, but that's just not my slice of pie right there. TEAM ROH rocked in this though and made it a pretty damn good match. Would have been just a middle of the pack match on any decent PPV, but on this pile of shit it looks like gold.
John Cena vs Randy Orton... FUCK YOU. All I'm gonna say about this match before my head explodes from rage is this ; two minute long resthold in a seven minute match with a terrible ending.. All of you Cena/Orton Savants, take a look at this match right fucking now and you'll want to poke your damn eyes out. Only positive and the reason why it's not a dud is CRAZY CENA at the end. Warrants a half a star and a half a star it shall receive.
The main event had a legit feel good big time moment in Taker's return, and I actually liked the match quite a bit. Granted, it could have been due to the fact that the match is universally trashed, but for some reason I just like DOUBLE MARKS work together as a big man vs big man style. Henry can turn it on when he's in there with GOAT talent, and Taker brought his all as he knew the fans probably weren't gonna respond to this one. Great ending to the match as well, and while the pace was deliberately slow I thought it added to the structure of the match. Obviously not a GREAT match or even a GOOD match really... Just your average contest. Not main event worthy whatsoever though.
This PPV has a NEGATIVE score on the CAL SCALE, that should tell you how I feel about this one. Avoid at all costs, there is absolutely nothing on this PPV going out of your way to see unless you're a huge Taker fan and you wanna see his pretty epic looking return and subsequent match against Henry. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this could be the worst PPV I've ever seen in my entire life, and that's saying something. I know for a fact there hasn't been a worse show since it happened, that's for sure.
A low point in the company, creatively and definitely from a workrate standpoint.
Overall Score : - 0.5
What The Fuck.
"He's not the biggest. He was never the strongest. He was never the fastest. He was overlooked. He went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all of the intangibles that a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked it with him because it was burning from inside of him" - Ray Lewis on Tom Brady