Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: Feb 2012
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Can't really rate a match like this when it's a complete squash. If rumors are true and they did want this to be the shortest championship match ever, they still failed. I can't stand either of these guys but it wouldn't hurt if they got a solid 12-15 minutes in. You could've easily erased the Funkasaurus segment which was pointless as well as the MGK and Flo-Rida concerts and made up time for this match.
Better than I expected, a bit hard to get into because of the weak build up and the crowd was still shocked from what happened earlier and chanted Daniel Bryan early on. There's some nice back and forth, a couple of interesting counters like Orton reversing Kane's sidewalk slam into his inverted headlock backbreaker and the pace is decent for the most part although it does get a bit dull midway with the sleeper holds. A good bit of Kane's moves, like always, had no logical reasoning behind them so it's a bit lacking from a psychology or storytelling standpoint. I liked the chokeslam off the second rope though.
Didn't mind and it's actually good that it was relatively short. Rhodes working on Show's leg was logical and served purpose as it was meant to take away the size advantage. A bit anti climatic finish but worked nonetheless.
Maria/Kelly vs Beth/Eve: *
Filler match with a predictable outcome. I can’t say the match was any special either outside a couple of Kelly Kelly moves that caught me off guard.
Unreal match and undoubtedly the match of the night. Storytelling was great and I have to give HBK some props because I wasn’t really digging him as a ref. His actions and facial expressions really sold the match well. The match itself is an emotional rollercoaster that has everything you can really ask for. At least all I could ask for; I can see a small portion of the wrestling purists not liking this match. Plenty of drama with near falls, false finishes, high spots, bumps taken and everything that happened in terms of the sequence was extremely logical and made sense. Loved both Taker and HHH using an excessive amount of charishots as it both signified that they were were getting frustrated as well as going for the absolute end. Two things bring the match down though. As great as it was, it dragged towards the end. Second, they didn’t really use the cell much so it was a bit pointless and unnecessary. I guess they just added it to draw the fans in.
Team Teddy/Team Johnny: **
Filler match that was probably worse than it should be because the crowd was silent for the most part. Eve serving as a distraction was pretty predictable.
The crowd brought this down for me. It was dull for the most part and only got hot towards the end. Match is pretty good though especially in terms of storytelling. Y2J playing up to the DQ/title stipulation added earlier was great and Punk sold Jericho’s taunting with his expressions. I thought the suplex off the apron onto the floor was a nice spot and set the tone for Y2J working on Punk’s back with several high impact moves, kicks and submissions which was logical. There’s a lot of back and forth in there, several counters and a couple of false finishes although the crowd does take away from them since they didn’t really react much.
Good match that the crowd really adds to. They were trying to re-create the Hogan/Rock moment in there but the building wasn’t as electric. It’s a solid match for the most part although I didn’t like the prolonged submission holds because they really made the match seem like it was dragging. The pacing is my major issue. This match should’ve been an all out, fast paced brawl that would cater to both of their styles but I’m guessing Rock’s endurance came into play since he really looked gassed towards the end. Selling from both guys is good for the most part. I wish Cena locked in the STFU properly though since it didn't seem like it was having much of an effect, same with The Rock's sharpshooter. Very unpredictable finish with Rock winning though. Glad he did and he gave a great performance wrestling his first singles match in 9 years. Also, I must say that while the crowd made this match, the Taker/HHH match made the crowd.
Good show overall albeit a couple of filler segments such as the Brodus Clay/Heath Slater ones could’ve just been removed and the time could’ve been given to Sheamus/Bryan. No need to devalue Bryan or the WHC especially at the biggest show of the year.
Last edited by BrosOfDestruction; 04-02-2012 at 08:39 PM.