Everybody hates the HENRY match besides me I think. I thought it was pretty good given the circumstances of Henry not being that good at that point and Taker just coming back from injury, plus the expectations of it being in the MAIN EVENT which it SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN. **
Yeah, I don't consider Taker/Henry at Unforgiven BAD, just not good. I had it in the **-**1/2 range, which goes with decent/below average for me. Shouldn't have been main event though, but what else was there at the time? Cena/Orton was worse and besides, I hate PPV's ending on DQ's. And the three-way World Title match... couldn't see that match main eventing as it was terrible as well.
But I just can't imagine a Taker/Henry match being "great" until I see it.
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The Undertaker Vs Mark Henry – Unforgiven 16/09/2007
Well, this match unfortunately had to happen. Undertaker was injured a few months earlier during his title reign, and after going to another draw with Batista, was attacked by Mark Henry and put on the shelf. And with Khali as the champion going into this PPV, WWE needed to keep Undertaker occupied with someone on his return while Batista regained the World Championship so they could continue their title feud at the next event.
In terms of build-up and video packages for this feud and Undertaker’s return, it was pretty awesome. All the things they did with the druids showing up when Mark Henry was in the ring and whatnot was great, and the videos going to Death Valley to resurrect the Dead Man were fantastic. Don’t recall the match being anything close to fantastic though...
Still amazing to think that this match was the MAIN EVENT to the show. Then again, Khali/Batista/Mysterio and Orton/Cena didn’t exactly scream “classic” on paper either, so The Undertaker’s big return was definitely the way to go
Undertaker’s return entrance is pretty spectacular with the flames, the awesome lighting, the lightning, and a ton of smoke/fog. But the bell is about to ring, and I somehow doubt the word “spectacular” is going to come up in this review again...
The Dead Man is back, and pissed at Henry for taking him out, so he goes straight after the face with those massive right hands, hoping that one of them will cave in the skull of the self proclaimed World’s Strongest Man. Henry reverses Old School, and they battle on the ropes for what seems like a lifetime before Henry actually hits a fucking superplex. Mark Henry. Superplex. Good GOD!
Henry begins to dominate now, with Undertaker getting some big shots in every so often, only to be put down again mainly due to his intentions of killing Henry rather than beating him.
Gotta love JBL going VINATGE~! SummerSlam 1994 commentary by claiming that the crowd is DEAD because they are just in awe at Henry dominating The Undertaker. Somehow I just can’t believe that.
Henry does a decent job working over the ribs of The Undertaker to set up for the World’s Strongest Slam, but he’s just so fucking slow that it’s hard to get into. Undertaker even gets bored of Henry’s blatant resting by sitting up and picking up the pace as he makes a comeback. Massive Chokeslam to Henry (who legit bounces on impact lol), but it only gets The Undertaker a two count!
As Henry regains control again, he makes a dumb move of climbing the ropes with Undertaker in the corner, and gets a fucking HUGE and rather epic looking Last Ride for his troubles! 3 count and it’s over.
Well, it’s not a great match by any means. It’s just too fucking SLOW. Henry was slower here than I ever remember him being, and he was constantly taking rests in between his offence. And given his size, it limited The Undertaker’s offence too, and with all the factors mixed together, we got a rather slow, rather dull match. Wouldn’t call it fucking horrible or terrible or anything, but it sure as hell isn’t something I would choose to watch again.
My favorite Taker return is probably Survivor Series 2005. If you saw the poster and the promos, they really made it seem like he was coming back as "VINTAGE" Undertaker with the gloves and shit. When he came back out of the casket and proceeded to fuck shit up as a segway from RAW/SD into Taker-Orton : The Final Chapter , it was one of the more brilliant transitions from feud to feud that I've ever seen. Another reason why Survivor Series 2005 is one of my favorite PPVs ever, because it has one of my favorite main events and PPV endings ever.
And it's a high **** at that. High as in highest match at that rating. Fucking awesome match with some amazing rib work by Finlay, and just as good selling by Taker. Hornswoggle had his spots too, like running from Taker and then him getting side-kicked by Taker was awesome. Standard Taker match ending with Chokeslam into the tombstone, but it's all good. Oh, and Taker's scream when he caught Finlay coming off the apron... epic!
Even with the caliber of talent, I didn't think they'd pull off such an awesome TV match. Any other year and it probably would've been MOTY, but it came in the year of HBK/Cena's Raw match. I also put Punk/Morrison ECW Title match above it, but it comes in at a cool third. Awesome stuff.
The best thing that can possibly come out of the terrible year long reign is that Punk doesn't get the WM main event. They already made a terrible mistake with the trainwreck that was MIZ main eventing Mania, they shouldn't do it again with an undeserving fuck like Punk.
2007 despite being ruined by all the injuries, bad bookings and the departure of the GOAT, still has a lot of great matches to look back at and enjoy. HBK, Undertaker and Cena all had great years despite being away several months due to injury each. Orton also was on fire whenever he was given something good to work with. Oh, and Batista had a good year too.