Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Not going to do star ratings, but I will say that I think this PPV was headed in the right direction, it was just some of the execution that faltered. I think WCW had the right idea, but some of it was just a waste of time.
You could see that WCW was actually started to push new guys here. Despite the presence of Hogan, Sting, Flair, Luger, the main event was very fresh. There was also a nice something for everyone approach.
Contrary to what everyone else had said, I actually really enjoyed the special appearance by James Brown. Everyone complained about how WCW lost out on money by having an unadvertised appearance, but that was what made it so great. It was a surprise. The idea that Cat kept promising James Brown and never delivered, no one actually expected him to show. When he did, it got a great pop, and I really enjoyed Cat paying tribute and James Brown dancing too.
I think the problem is that there was just too much filler crap: 3 Count/Normal Smiley, The Wall/Kiss Demon (the special "featured" main event, just to appease Kiss), Tank Abbot/Big Al, and just not enough time for all the matches.
The three main events actually worked. Sadly, Flair/Funk was the best match on the card, and a nice belated sequel to their '89 feud. There's a big table spot which is pretty sick to watch.
Hogan/Luger is short and sweet, and never boring. Hogan returns big, but Luger keeps up with him.
The main event between Sid/Jarrett/Hall is pretty good, but it's only 8 minutes long, which kind of sucks, because all three were game, Jarrett was bumping like crazy, Hall was getting nice pops, and it had the cool intrigue of two guys who had never been champion before challenging. An extra five minutes and this would be a lot better. An extra ten and it could have been great.
The Top Matches of 2013 (**** and higher)
1. No. 1 Contender's Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. CM Punk - Monday Night RAW - February 25 - ****1/2
2. No Disqualification Match: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar - ****1/2
3. WWE Championship: The Rock vs. John Cena - WrestleMania XXIX - ****
4. The Undertaker vs. CM Punk - WrestleMania XXIX - ****