Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Overrated/Underrated : Survivor Series
This is a concept that I employ through various projects, where I basically take all the matches of a given subject and give 3 matches that I feel are overrated, as well as 3 matches that I think are underrated. Since we're in that Survivor Series kind of year, I thought that we should go and take a look at three overrated/three underrated : Survivor Series Edition. (Note : Unlike all of my other lists/projects, I haven't rewatched every single match I'm about to list and they are COMPLETELY based off of previous watchings and subsequent ratings, but I digress.... LET IT BEGIN!)
3. Triple H vs Steve Austin : Survivor Series 2000
YEAH I know, "Trips mark being a homer again" , but honestly this match wasn't that bad, and it gets more shit than ANY main event match I've ever seen due to it's ending. Yeah, the ending was stupid I get it, but for somebody to point at this match and say "DURRR, DUMB" but love the 3SOH match and give it ***** is kind of hypocritical. This is a messy , 99-esque brawl that takes place a year ahead of it's time, but at the same time, it's extremely entertaining for what it's worth. I'd be willing to throw *** at it for sure.
2. Shelton Benjamin vs Christian : Survivor Series 2004
This match doesn't get thrown into the mix when we hear "best of 2004" , but I felt it was just a great fucking match between a guy in the midst of his breakout when he was just consistently GREAT in the ring (Benjamin) and a guy who should have gotten more credit for his brilliant character at this point. This was pacing 101, as these two went out there and never missed a beat in one of my favorite Survivor Series's ever ; 2004. Willing to throw a whole **** at it, a distinction that not alot of lower card E' matches get.. SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE OPENER.
1. The Undertaker vs Vince Mcmahon (Buried Alive) : Survivor Series 2003
YEAH YEAH YEAH I know, everybody probably hates this pick. I'm just going to go out on record and say this ; I dare you to go watch all the pre match interviews, with the intensity delivered by Taker claiming that he was basically going to KILL Vince. You really get a sense that Vince is PAYING for his crimes throughout the match, as both of these guys make the story they are attempting to convey shine. The Bladejob and the ending only put the icing on this SEVERELY underrated cake. *** 1/4-*** 1/2 from me honestly. This is fucking great DAMNIT.
3. Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels : Survivor Series 1992
Let me just start off by saying that I don't think this match is bad AT ALL, and as a matter of fact I think this match is pretty damn great and would place it at *** 1/2. I've seen it so many times now that in dissecting it, I can tell you that IT IS NOT A CLASSIC. There are far too many early match holds and such which amount to absolutely nothing in the grand scope of the match, which really saddens me because you have these two great workers and the best match you can get out of them has a screwy ending 5 years later. I've seen MANY individuals give this **** 1/2 , which is just criminal and exactly the reason why I list it here.
2. The Undertaker vs Hulk Hogan : Survivor Series 1991
To give this match a ** 1/2 like most people would be doing it too much justice. This is FAR less than what Taker and Hogan are normally capable of, but this was essentially just a basic match. That's about it, sure it has historical significance, but that doesn't make it great at all. Really slow, plodding action that had me uninterested everytime (which is weird because I'm actually a BIG fan of their JD 02 match). Hell, I even like the TTIT rematch more, and that's saying something. Would throw out a * 1/2 for this and nothing more.
1. The Rock vs Mankind : Survivor Series 1998
Top 10 Mick Foley Matches. Top 10 Matches in Survivor Series History. Top 10 Rock Matches. Those are a few of the lists that featured this particular match on it, but you see there's one huge problem with that.... THIS MATCH IS BAD. Rock marks love to jizz to this match all the time, but honestly the structure is terrible, it's a poor man's russo-esque WM IV main event match on one of the worst PPV's ever during one of the worst times for match ratings in company history. The match is sloppy, uninspired, and just plain BAD. * 3/4 from me, just awful.
Personal Favorite SS Match Ever : Team Raw vs Team Smackdown (Survivor Series 2005) / Triple H vs Ric Flair (Survivor Series 2005)
Personal Favorite SS Event Ever : 2005 or 1996
Least Favorite SS Match Ever : Randy Orton vs Wade Barrett (Survivor Series 2010)
Least Favorite SS Event Ever : 1998
Personal Opinions ?
"He's not the biggest. He was never the strongest. He was never the fastest. He was overlooked. He went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all of the intangibles that a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked it with him because it was burning from inside of him" - Ray Lewis on Tom Brady