Think I'm alone on this but I didn't like that match when I first saw it and like it even less on re-watching it *** max from me.
Wouldn't go that low, but I wouldn't go above **** for it, and don't think its their best match from the 08 series (JD is). Not a fan of their other matches that year, and honestly didn't think the feud was that amazing either. Best feud of the year? Yeah, probably, but that's because everything else stunk.
A great feud, but no one can remember the bloody Bash match. Seeing as people regard Taker/Michaels as one of the best feuds ever and take into account all their matches, would only be fair that we add WM XIX into the feud too.
Don't forget their Raw match in 03 too. I'd put it above pretty much every other match they had aside from WM XIX and JD 08. MAYBE ladder match too... then again if I were to watch the two today I can probably see myself preferring the Raw match .
Jericho/HBK Ladder Match was entertaining as hell, but I wouldn't give it any high rating, because of one painfully obvious kayfabe breaking moment from the middle of the match (I think it was HBK's Elbow Drop on Jericho covered with ladder, the setup was horrible). But like I said, it was a lot of fun.
Punk/Bryan was super duper and a top 3 match this year along with HHH/Taker and Lesnar/Cena in my books. Will to have to re-watch to figure out exactly where it stands but it's at least ****1/4.
Most people I've seen (including me) that have re-watched it actually bumped their rating up for it. I first had it at ****1/4, but after I watched it again I put it up to ****1/2. There's quite a bit of stuff I noticed second time around that I didn't the first time. Maybe it was because it's unusual to see a match like that in a WWE ring these days so it was pretty crazy and a lot to take in the first time I watched it. I knew they would have a great match, but I didn't expect the clinic we got from them.
Watched these two events with a couple friends today.
Royal Rumble '06:
CW Open - ***1/4
Mickie/Ashley - *
JBL/Boogeyman - 1/4*
Rumble match - I don't rate these but it's fun as hell and really kept me entertained.
Cena/Edge - **3/4
Henry/Angle - **
The Rumble match and the CW open were really good. Loved the RR itself but the main events were disappointing.
Bragging Rights '09:
Miz/Morrison - ***1/4
Melina/Kim/Kelly vs Beth/Michelle/Natalya - **
Punk/Mysterio/Batista/Taker - ***1/2
Raw vs Smackdown BR Match - ***1/2
Cena/Orton - ***
Seen everything before except Cena/Orton. Most of the finishes in that match irritated me early on but as it went on it started to work better because stuff like going through the light fixture and the DDT to the floor got pinfalls and showed the amount of stamina the match takes out of you. There were some really slow parts in it which is understandable for a match of it's length. Hated the ending too, tapping with just five seconds left was sort of lame. I would've rather seen either an overtime or Cena win with the STF at the minute mark which would've gave Orton :30 to try and get a pinfall. It had it's moments but I'm never going to watch a match of that length again that I didn't really enjoy.
Jericho/Benoit ***1/2 (Some great spots in this but I think a lack of selling from Benoit hurt this match for me)
HHH/Angle *** 1/2 ( A decent match but more focus was on trish/steph on the outside and the crowd didn't really seem into the match)
Royal Rumble **** ( Solid rumble overall , all though people constantly going under the ropes to the outside hurts the rumble concept imo)
Overall , a decent show worth checking out.
Am I the only one who cringes now when watching Benoit taking a big bump/spot ?, like he takes a chairshot to the head flying through the ropes in the Jericho match.