Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
If anyone hasnít noticed we are now a quarter of the way through the decade, therefore since I have nothing better to do im going to rewatch and rate every pay per view of the decade. Then come up with a list of my top 25 matches so far from this decade, and the top 10 pay per views.
Royal Rumble 2010
Ecw Championship : Christian(C) vs Ezekiel Jackson
This match for me was the real eye-opener of the pay per view; it really exceeded all my expectations. This match followed a very simple dynamic that even the lousiest worker (big zeke) could look like he knew what he was doing. Christian showed how great of a worker he was here, bumping for zeke making him look like an absolute monster. Christian offense was so smart, trying to stick and move from the more powerful zeke, however at times he would really overplay his hand and thatís when zeke would capitalise with his brute strength. Probably the only time in the career of Ezekiel Jackson, that I genuinely believed he looked good in the ring. Without a doubt the best match in his career as far as im concerned, and quite a memorable match in my eyes, not quite a show stealing match but very good in my view.
US Championship : The Miz(C) vs MVP
This is exactly what I despise about the WWE at this moment, you couldnít announce this match during the 6 weeks build between TLC and the Rumble? I just have never understood the logic behind impromptu matches, people buy pay per views to see the matches advertised. I understand that no sane person would buy this pay per view for this match however this issue really grinds my gears. The match really however wasnít that bad, but it was really nothing that they couldnít do on raw. Miz wins with the sly roll up and then gets a heelish attack after the match by MVP, so the feud continues.
WWE Championship : Sheamus(C) vs Randy Orton
Weird match, this followed the heel vs heel dynamic, but it was obvious that the crowd wanted to cheer for randy. I read somewhere that this match was almost designed to keep the crowd quiet with the only really move for them to pop towards was Ortonís DDT, and I somewhat agree. However this match really had some decent limp work and psychology from both men, as randy attacked the legs of Sheamus to neutralize the brogue kick and Sheamus targeted the shoulder of randy. This match was more about furthering the storyline of the breakup of legacy. You can see over the last two years Sheamus and Ortonís chemistry and in ring work has evolved, watching there great Smackdown match about 2 months ago. Not a bad match, but I can definitely see people rating this extremely low, because most of the offense was quiet boring.
WHC Championship : Undertaker(C) vs Rey Mysterio
I really enjoyed these guys match about 3 weeks early on Smackdown, so I was really excited about this pay per view match. This match really followed the same dynamic as the earlier Christian and Jackson match, I loved how Rey would roll away from taker then deliver swift kicks and move. But just like Christian, Rey would overplay his hand and taker grabs him and threw him straight over the ropes SICK. I remember from there early match that when taker tried for his leg drop, Rey moved and went on the offense. But taker was too smart here, he remembered and faked the leg drop, then placed him between the ropes and executed a nasty leg drop, great storytelling. This is the infamous match where Rey broke takers nose with an asai moonsault of all things, I loved how every time Rey would finally speed things up taker would drop him with a big boot or clothesline. Rey finally executes two 619ís which made the fans believe maybe he could upset taker, but gets caught and eventually falls with the best damn Last ride I have seen. Awesome match, this match was short due to takers knee injury which made me feel what this could have been with 5-10 minutes longer. This really had a taker/HBK vibe from 1997. Obviously though taker goes over, to create the drama of can HBK win to set up the rematch. MOTN without including the rumble obviously.
Before I get to the match I just want to address my main issue with the Rumble these days. The booking of Wrestlemania really hurts the importance of the Royal Rumble. In 2009 we saw the rumble winner lose at Wrestlemania to a rumble loser. I hate that the rumble doesnít mean nearly as much as it once did. This was also the case at this rumble, Edge eliminated Jericho from the rumble, but when Wrestlemania rolls around, Edge is challenging Jericho for WHC. Apart from Sheamus this year, as long as youíre going to have rumble losers successfully defend their titles against the rumble winners, its painfully clear that the Rumble means nothing to what it did in the past. Also I actually seen a funny picture of this site with Justin Roberts saying, the winner of the royal rumble will go on to the opening match at Wrestlemania. This is indeed so true, wasnít the whole thing about the rumble that you got a MAIN EVENT title match at Wrestlemania. My point is the Rumble really means nothing these days which is a shame, because itís really the best match idea they have ever had.
Alright to the match, this really was the CM Punk show, the first of two successive Rumble show stealing performances. Punk was really on fire here throwing out everyone in sight, and delivering some killer promos. This short performance he had before HHH throws him out is definitely one of the most underrated and one of my personal favourites in rumble history. Sadly after punk is gone, all the fun and awesomeness is gone and the next 10-15 minutes really dragged. The rest of the rumble was basically put on HBKís shoulders, and he definitely picks up the pace throwing everyone out before BAM superkicks HHH out of the ring, mark out moment of the match for me. The whole drama of HBK trying to win the rumble to battle Undertaker one more time at Wrestlemania was awesome, and every time he was thrown over the crowd gasped, he really had the crowd in the palm of his hand. The problem is once HBK was eliminated by Batista the drama was gone and the rest of the match between Edge, Cena and Batista really was quite anticlimactic, not edgeís win but the whole sequence. I really think this could have benefitted if it was Edge and HBK the final two, the drama would have been amazing and the crowd would have been insane with their finishing sequence. I really didnít however buy into the Edge return, every man and their dog knew that Edge was coming back and probably winning, even half the crowd had edge shirts or signs. The element of surprise was non-existent, unlike the return of Cena two years ago. Overall a great rumble for about 35 minutes, with a much better finish it could have been one of the better rumbles ever, but for now itís just an above average Rumble.
This really was a surprising decent pay per view, it had 2 good pay per view title matches, and an above average rumble. Depending on how attached you are to Edge, would of built up your excitement and overall review of this pay per view. Itís never gonna be remembered for one of the best rumble pay per views ever, but itís somewhere near the middle. I think you should really check out the rumble for Punks and HBKís performances and the Undertaker and Rey match. Overall this was a fairly fun show to watch. One pay per view down and about 30 to go.
WHC Championship : Undertaker(C) vs Rey Mysterio (*** 1/2)
Royal Rumble (*** 3/4)