Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Does Punks DVD have his entire shoot promo?
Money In The Bank
Wasn't really looking forward to this one that much, but it exceeded my expectations a bit. The crowd was pretty good throughout and it really helped this PPV.
World Heavyweight Championship.Money in the Bank
Pretty good match to start. Only ones I didn't like in this match were Tenasai and Santino. I mean being scared of heights is ok, but I HATE that cobra shit, BUT I digress. Obviously, a spot fest but a pretty good one, they didn't spend the whole match setting up shit they just bumped all around the ring which is good. Nice to see Sandow has some heat. Funny how he's been featured MUCH less than Tensai, yet he has MUCH more heat. I thought Cody was going to win (and feared Santino would), but rightfully Dolph won and the crowd was awesome for this too. .I like the shot they showed of Vickie when he won and you can see the crowd behind her celebrating behind her. Dolph said it best it's about damn time.
Favorite Spot: Either Ziggler getting KILLED when Tensai tossed him over the announce table, Jason the red Power Ranger, Er..... Sin Cara revisiting last year and getting the Wellness policy bomb on the ladder, or the crowd chanting "Let's go Dolph".
World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus(c) vs. Alberto Del Rio
Honestly wasn't looking forward to this, but the crowd really got me into it. It was actually pretty good. I may not like Sheamus as a champ ( Not his fault, his reign was in the shitter immediately thanks to creative) he has a good moveset. For once, Del Rio' s offense wasn't INSANELY boring, and actually pretty interesting. Good old school chemistry here, work the arm for the finisher. Sheamus sells better that most big guys. The only problem here ( and it's a big one) is everybody and there mother knew Sheamus would retain due to the monster he's been. But still decent match ( by the way, I hate white noise, makes him look like a Finlay wannabe, what happened to the high cross, I thought that was a good alternative).
Favorite Spot: The counter of the shoulder block into ADR's Armbreaker was cool.
Gotta mention the aftermath, I kinda thought the attack was just to keep the feud alive, only because MITB happened right before this. Was pretty awesome how the crowd started chanting for Dolph. When his music hit that reaction might have been the best of the night. Goosebumps. ADR costing him it was a nice touch, and *gasp* a throwback to something that didn't happen last week! I didn't know such things existed in WWE! Good segment..
Primo/Epico vs. The Primetime Players
Would it be too hard to announce this match beforehand? God, I hate these "bonus matches"? Oh well, pretty good tag. I'm actually a tad bit mixed on the AW commentary thing. Don't get me wrong, I think it's hilariously awesome, BUT I think it takes some of the heat from the match. Case in point, when Primo made the hot tag, the crowd barely noticed. Still pretty good match and *double gasp* a feud between a tag team that doesn't involve the title. To be fair this the only match where the winner surprised me.
Favorite Spot: Was inclined to give it to AW yelling: SHUT UP, ROSA! But that gut buster spot with Young and Primo at the end was pretty cool. Looks like Young and O'Neal have improved quite a bit since their inaugural NXT seasons.
CM Punk(c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Special Guest Ref: AJ
Honestly, I can't stand this AJ angle. For a few reasons. First off, they really made Daniel Bryan's character a guy that only says "YES!" In fact, if you asked say Kevin Dunn, "What is Daniel Bryan's gimmick?" he would say,.
"Oh he's the guy who says YES a lot" That's like if they made the Rock the guy who says, If you smell a lot. Dont get me wrong I like the chants but WWE is like the nerdy kid a school who hears something cool, so he starts doing to death hoping that he'll subsequently end up being cool, but ends up killing it. Granted the last week or so, Bryan's gone back to being the manipulative psychopath he should have been. Second, AJ. Listen, I like AJ Lee and she's done well in her role. But, in WWE's mind it's the AJ show with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, while everybody else sees it as it actually is CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, with guest star AJ. The funny thing is the only people in WWE who dont care who AJ chooses are Bryan and Punk, the two men she can choose! Punk's already said he doesnt like AJ that way and Bryan just wants the belt. So, WWE made it seem like it was more important who AJ chose then who was WWE Champion. Which is a shame, because this was a damn good match.
It was a unique mix of technical mastery and hardcore brawling. They only used three weapons but it worked. I've heard Daniel Bryan say before that he hates hardcore matches where you have to set up spots and that's seems to be evident here. I also like that when AJ got knocked out, Bryan beat the shit out of Punk and THEN checked on AJ. Little touches like that show why these guys are in my opinion the two best workers in the company. I did like AJ bringing in the chair, and the two racing for it. Bryan kicking out of the GTS was a genuine surprise for me and really liked the ending particularly the importance of not going through the table. The finish was also kind of a throwback to how the two went through the table a few weeks ago, but did the commentary point this out? Of course not! My two biggest gripes have nothing to do with the two guys in the ring. One, the commentary. My god I hate Cole and Lawler. Whether its Cole's endless shilling of catchphrases, social media, or story lines like we're idiots who will forget if we're not reminded every 30 seconds or Lawler's obvious (and often stupid) biased toward faces. Hell, Cole in 2007 was more subtle with his face love then Lawler. Also, they REALLY killed this whole AJ thing. At the end of the match, the commentary talked all about how AJ didn't choose either one of them. I don't think i heard the words "WWE Championship" said once. Is it more important that Punk retained the title, or that AJ chose him? Did Bruno Sammartino hold AJ for 7 years? Did Hogan slam Andre to retain AJ? Did CM Punk almost walk out of the company last year with AJ? My god. Also, Lawler said that AJ didn't like the endng because she didn't decide. I'm not even invested in the storyline and I can tell you that wasn't true. She didn't like the brutality of the match, that's why she was upset. You know its a good storyline when your commentator is confused. Second, the camera missed at least three spots showing AJ's facial (heh) expressions.
Rating: ****1/4 could've been higher
Favorite Spot: The kendo stick LeBell lock spot.
Review the rest later.
Last edited by Coolquip; 07-16-2012 at 01:06 PM.