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Friday, 31 May 2013

Night of Champions 2009 Review

Night of Champions 2009 Review : A Triple Threat Rematch

Every Title is defended on this night. Unfortunately that also includes two women's matches. Who knows, they could surprise me.

Legacy vs Chris Jericho & Big Show
Edge and Jericho were the tag champs, but Edge suffered the injury to his Achilles tendon. So Big Show came in his place, and thus JeriShow was born. Strange that it was two heel teams against each other. Crowd wasn't really into it since they had no one to cheer for. Although they did start cheering for JeriShow as the match rolled on. Show locks in the colossal clutch to retain the titles. Entertaining tag match to start off the show. **1/4

Tommy Dreamer vs Christian
ECW Title on the line. Dreamer was known as the last of the ECW Originals. I'm surprised that the Philadelphian crowd weren't booing this match, considering that they were a huge part of the real ECW. Face vs Face. This match actually surprised me with how good it was. I wish it had went a little longer because I was really enjoying it. Christian hits the killswitch to win the title. ***

Kofi Kingston vs Primo vs MVP vs Carlito vs Jack Swagger vs The Miz : Six Pack Challenge
US Title on the line. This could also be called the 'Mid-carders who have nothing better to do' challenge. This is one fall to a finish, which is a shame because it could have been a lot of fun with eliminations involved. This match was tons of fun though. Just non-stop action throughout. I think this probably should have been the opener, but it's still very good. Kofi retains after kicking Carlito in the head. ***1/4

Michelle McCool vs Melina
This is for the Women's title. Michelle kicking Melina off the apron during her entrance looked really cool. The DDT on the crowd barricade was awesome too. Wow, they're really impressing me here. Hopefully the other womens match will be just as good. Michelle manages to pin Melina to retain. **1/4

Triple H vs Randy Orton vs John Cena
A rematch from Wrestlemania XXIV. This was a nice change after the boring Orton/HHH feud that seemed to last forever, although it did lead to the endless Cena/Orton feud. Since it went on this early on in the show, it was obvious that there would be some sort of wonky finish to the contest. Anyway this was a lot of fun, and could easily stand against their Mania match. Orton's constant stomping took it down a little. Legacy coming out at the end ruined it a little too. Still, it's a very entertaining match. ***1/2

Maryse vs Mickie James
Divas Title is on the line. Lets hope this one can be as entertaining as the previous divas match. Nope, this is a pretty damn slow and dull match. Very sloppy too. Mickie seemed very unmotivated. Too long for what it was as well. Mickie hits the DDT to win the title. Bad match. 1/4*

Rey Mysterio vs Dolph Ziggler
Rey was just coming off and amazing feud with Chris Jericho, and Dolph wanted to show what he could do in the ring with a veteran like Rey. Dolph wasn't at the show stealer stage of his career yet. That would happen in about a year and a half. Not as fast paced as you would think, and the start of the bout was quite slow. It picked up as it went along. It was a little disappointing, but still enjoyable. 619 out of nowhere ends the match. **3/4

Jeff Hardy vs CM Punk
These two were complete opposites personality wise. The feud started when Punk cashed in his MITB briefcase on Jeff after a grueling ladder matc . This was a great match, and that's not surprising considering who is in the match. Surprised that Punk lost the title so soon, then again it was 2009. Definitely the match of the night. Jeff wins his second World Heavyweight Championship after a swanton bomb . ***3/4

6/10. Not a bad PPV, as both the World Title matches delivered, especially the Punk/Hardy match, although they would top themselves next month. The IC Title match disappointed and the divas title match sucked, but apart from that, there were no bad matches with a couple of good undercard matches, namely the ECW and US Title matches.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Breaking Point 2009 Review

Breaking Point 2009 Review : Yet Another Montreal Screwjob

MVP & Mark Henry vs JeriShow
At this point, JeriShow were really taking off as a great tag team. Jericho was there for the great wrestling and Show was there to end the match. The match itself was pretty good, but I wish it could've been longer. Best choice for the opener of the show anyway. Big Show hits Henry with the punch to end the match. **3/4

Kofi Kingston vs The Miz
US Title is on the line, and this is one of those matches that was made on the fly, the day before the show. That, however, did not stop it from being a good match. The crowd was a little disinterested at first, but the counter wrestling got them into it. Surprisingly good match here, as Kofi hits the trouble in paradise for the win. ***1/4

DX vs Legacy : Submissions Count Anywhere
The first time this match type was brought up, and I think it has only made two appearances in total. They had to put this match over and I think they succeeded. First of all, it was a very entertaining match. Secondly, Legacy got the win which was a nice rub from DX. The 'You screwed Bret' chants were annoying though. A couple of the submission holds were quite innovative. Legacy win with a combined figure four leg lock and million dollar dream. ***1/2

Kane vs The Great Khali : Singapore Cane Match
Talk about your cool down matches. Of all the rematches on this show, why is this one that they thought we would want to pay money to see? Thank god they had the gimmick match to help them along a bit. Not by much though. Kane chokeslams Khali to end the match. 1/2*

Christian vs William Regal
ECW Title up for grabs here. I can't believe these guys were only given about eight seconds for their match at Summerslam. Thankfully they've corrected that error and given them a good ten minutes to work here. The bout had a slow pace, but they used that to their advantage, with Regal using some nice submission moves and suplexes to wear Christian down. Christian hits the killswitch to win. ***1/4

John Cena vs Randy Orton : I Quit Match
WWE Title on the line. This one was a little unpredictable, because it was hard to imagine either guy saying 'I quit'. This had a slower pace to it, but it managed to work that pace to it's advantage, just like the previous match on this show. Orton hitting Cena with the kendo sticks was hard to watch, especially with the welts shown on Cena's ribs. Great match and a great visual to end the match as Orton quits to the STF using the handcuffs. ***3/4

Undertaker vs CM Punk : Submission Match
They just had to end another show with another version of the Montreal Screwjob didn't they? To be fair, the match was almost guaranteed to have a screwy ending, unless they wanted Taker to win, but there was no way in hell that he would submit. It was too short as well, especially for a main event. Speaking of main events, these two would go from having a main event match, to being the opener a couple of weeks later. Not a very good match and a bad way to end the show. **

6/10. Not a bad show here. There were some matches that delivered like the Submissions Count Anywhere match and the I Quit (should have been the main event) match. The only terrible match was the Kane/Khali match, and the main event also dragged the show down. Apart from that, it was pretty good.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Bret Hitman Hart : The Dungeon Collection - DVD Review

The Dungeon Collection DVD Review

I was extremely excited when I heard that a new Bret Hart DVD was on its way. Even if they made a DVD of his worst matches, it'd still be a damn good DVD. Well now that I finally own a copy, lets see how good this one is.

Disc 1 Matches :

Bret Hart vs Dynamite Kid : 2 out of 3 Falls
This match isn't shown in full, but I'll still give it a rating based on what's here. Supposedly these two had the best matches in Stampede Wrestling, Stu Hart's company. What happened to Dynamite after retiring from wrestling was a tragedy, as he was easily one of the best competitors at the time and , perhaps, all time. Hart had already won the first fall as the video started. Dynamite gets DQ'd to end the match. Pretty entertaining. Some people might not like it though, due to the slow pace. **1/2

Bret Hart vs Buzz Sawyer
From Georgia Championship Wrestling. Bret described Buzz as the most likable guy in the world. The video quality for the match is awful, like something from a very old VHS tape. Although that should be expected seeing as it's from 1979. Very scientific match. A little dull though. Time limit expires to end the match. **

Bret Hart vs Leo Burke
This is another match that is joined in progress. I think it's about ten minutes in. Leo was a great heel, as he took may jeers from the crowd, and got them 100% behind Bret. Enjoyable stuff, but I wish we had gotten the whole thing. Bret hits the piledriver for the 3 count, but the ref descides to call it a DQ to give Leo the title back. **1/4

Bret Hart vs Dynamite Kid
I never knew that these guys had a singles match during their time in the WWF. In fact it might be the only one they had in the WWF that was filmed. Nice little gem of a match here. I'm guessing that this match stole the show on this night. Great match here at Dynamite rolls up Bret for the win. ***1/2

The Hart Foundation vs The Islanders
The Tag Team Titles are on the line. This took place in the Spectrum in Philadelphia, which Bret thought had the loudest American fans. The match takes quite a while to get started. This really was the golden age for tag teams. Entertaining match, with a nice nearfall towards the end. Bret gets the pin to retain the titles. Fun stuff. **3/4

Bret Hart vs Andre The Giant
Bret and Andre were great friends behind the scenes. Bret had tons of respect for the giant. This match took place in Milan, in a match that Andre requested personally. Video quality is awful for the match, like a bad youtube video. Partway through the match the video becomes clearer. Not a very entertaining match, but it is quite intriguing due to it's rarity. Andre picks up the win. 1/2*

Bret Hart vs Mr Perfect
These two have had some absolutely stunning matches in wrestling history, and I'm hoping that this one shall be no different. Another two guys that had a ton of respect for one another. Quite an early match between them. The fast paced action in this match was rare for the time. The sections with no action went a little too long for my liking, but they made up for it with some great wrestling. Not the best match between these two, but that's not a bad thing, since these two could have a good match in their sleep. Time limit expires to end the match. ***1/2

Disc 2 Matches :

The Hart Foundation vs The Twin Towers
The Hart Foundation got back together after Bret's singles push was put on hold for some reason. Twin Towers are of course Big Boss Man and Akeem. Akeem almost injured Bret during the match after he sat on him. Bret said he felt a numbness going through his body after the move. Surpisingly good pace in the match, and the crowd was really into it. Twin Towers somehow win by countout. Good, fun match though. ***

Bret Hart vs Tiger Mask II
Rare match that took place in the Tokyo Dome, Japan. Bret called this show a huge supercard of WWE and Japanese wrestlers. Bret was a heel here, seeing as he was a foreigner. He still had a few supporters though. This match had the quiet, respectful fans that applauded the athleticism. It's quite a slow paced match, but it does have its moments. Time limit expires to end the match. **1/2

Bret Hart vs Ric Flair
If you've read Bret's book, then you know that he had no idea why people were so in awe of Ric Flair. He thought that the matches they had together weren't very good and didn't think Flair was a good worker. I'm not sure about that, and the matches between these two have usually been very good, including this one. Just the usual great Flair match here. It was going great until a crappy countout ruined it. Great match all the same. ***3/4

Bret Hart vs The Undertaker
These two had a couple of great matches in 1997 for the WWF Title, but this was before Taker extended his moveset a little bit. As Bret calls it, he was in his "Frankenstein" state of mind. This was actually a lot of fun while it lasted. Probably Undertaker's best match up to that point. Good stuff as Taker hits Bret with the urn for the win. **3/4

Bret Hart vs Bam Bam Bigelow
Bam Bam is probably the best superheavyweight that Bret ever faced, unless you count Diesel. Bam Bam had his best matches with Bret, most notably the KOTR Finals match. And once again we get another good big man/little man match between the two. The match ended with the same roll up that they always do, but still fun. ***

Disc 3 Matches :

Bret Hart vs Diesel
From King of the Ring 1994. This match is the match that made Diesel a star, for better or for worse. Mainly worse since he helped them with their worst financial year in 1995. Funny how they didn't see that it was the guy who always has great matches who should've been the star, although to be fair he did hold the title for another few months. This was just about as good as their other matches. In other words, it was fucking awesome. Great nearfalls and great drama. ****

Bret Hart vs Owen Hart : No Holds Barred
One of the best rivalries ever, between two of the best technical wrestlers ever, who have had a couple of the greatest matches ever. Kinda makes this match highly anticipated, does it not? The only problem with this was that it was way too short. Deserved another ten minutes at least. Still some fast paced, great action though. Owen submits to the sharpshooter to end the match. ***1/2

Bret Hart vs Jean-Pierre Lafitte
Only a guy like Bret Hart could get a great match out of a silly gimmick like Lafitte's. Basically, he was a pirate. Yes a pirate. The storyline was stupid too, with Jean stealing Bret's ring jacket to start their rivalry. And yet Bret salvaged a great match out of the stupidity of it all. I wonder what he could've done with the Katie Vick storyline. Another great Bret match as Jean submits to the sharpshooter. ****

Bret Hart vs Stone Cold
I've really been looking forward to this one, as I'm a huge fan of their feud, including their Survivor Series 1996 and Wrestlemania 13 matches. Both are five star classics in my book. This took place in South Africa. This wasn't on the same level as their other classics, but it was still a great, rare match. Bret rolls up Austin to win the match. ***3/4

Bret Hart vs The Patriot
The Patriot uses the theme song that Kurt Angle made famous. Bret Hart agaianst Kurt Angle, that's a dream match for you! Anyway, the Patriot was the ideal opponent for Bret since he was in his anti-American stage of his heel turn. I don't think the Patriot is famous for anything other than this bout. This was an exciting match with some nice nearfalls. Great crowd heat as well. Bret wins with the sharpshooter. ****

Bret Hart vs Booker T
First of two WCW matches on the set. Bret was fighting here even though he needed surgery after hurting his groin in a match with Dean Malenko. Bret was impressed with Booker's skill in the ring. You could tell that Bret wasn't really into it, but most of his time in WCW seems that way. Still quite an entertaining match. It just felt unmotivated. **1/2

Bret Hart vs Sting
I've always preferred Bret's sharpshooter to Sting's scorpion death-lock. The winner of this match would go onto the finals of this World Title tournament. Not too bad a match to be honest, but not that good either. Both guys were capable of more. Bret wins to go on to face Benoit in the finals. **

8.5/10. It was always gonna be hard living up to Bret's first three disc set, but this one held up very well. For one, these are rare matches and there are no repeats to be found. Also, it's freaking Bret Hart, so even if the matches aren't that great, they're still gonna be very entertaining. There are still a lot of great gems in there though. Bret's stories between the matches were very interesting as well. All in all, a great DVD set that is definitely worth a look, even if you're not a fan of the Hitman.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Extreme Rules 2013 Review

Extreme Rules 2013 Review

Fandango vs Chris Jericho
How come this match doesn't have a gimmick, on a night of gimmick matches? Could have easily made it something like a Falls Count Anywhere match. Anyway the match itself worked well as an opener since it was fast paced and fun. There was a noticeable botch in there at one point, but that was the only real one. Jericho hits a huge codebreaker for the win. **3/4

Kofi Kingston vs Dean Ambrose
If Kofi had walked out of here with the championship, WWE would have made a big mistake. It'll be good to see Ambrose as a singles competitor, and he showed that he has what it takes. Hopefully he, along with the Shield, can make the US Title mean something again. The match itself was a lot of fun, with some nice moves and even nearfalls. ***

Sheamus vs Mark Henry : Strap Match
I wasn't looking forward to this match, because I'm not really fond of these matches. This wasn't a very good one. It had its moments, but it was mostly just a dull match and completely forgettable. Hell I almost forgot to include it here. At least it had a different finish than the one we're used to seeing in this kind of match. Sheamus is the victor here. *1/2

Alberto Del Rio vs Jack Swagger : I Quit Match
I was very disappointed when Dolph Ziggler was taken out of this match. I was even more disappointed when they changed it from a ladder match to an I Quit match. However, they did surprise me by have a little gem of a match here. They didn't get as much time as most other I Quit matches do and the finish was overbooked, but before all that they were having a great match. After the match restarts, Del Rio locks in the cross armbreaker to make Swagger say the magic words. ***1/4

Team Hell No vs The Shield : Tornado Tag Match
I'm not a huge fan of tornado matches, but even after a messy start, this one was very entertaining. After Ambrose's win earlier, I fully expected the Shield to win and have all three members hold gold, and that they did. They all look great with gold in their hands. Anyway, the match was a lot of fun and a good way to start off the Shield's title reign. **1/2

Randy Orton vs Big Show : Extreme Rules Match
At first, this felt like a filler match, or a way to get Randy Orton onto the show for his home crowd. However, as the match went on, it got better and better. There was no way that I thought that Show would kick out of the RKO. He took another on a chair and it still wasn't over! Nice to see the punt kick make its return as well. A good match overall, even if it didn't really mean anything. ***

John Cena vs Ryback : Last Man Standing
I know that people don't like this match because of the ending, and yes it was a big copout finish. But before that, it was going really well. It made up for the weeks of Ryback looking like a coward, and made him look like a beast here, just getting up after taking everything. I guess we'll see these two fight again, and I'm looking forward to it. ***1/2

Triple H vs Brock Lesnar : Steel Cage
I really enjoyed this, sue me. This was easily the best of the matches that they've had together. It started off really well with HHH not even waiting for his entrance and going straight out to fight Lesnar. The work on Lesnar's leg was well done and was sold throughout the match. I could've done with less Heyman to make Lesnar look a bit better, but at least he still won. I may be a Bret Hart fan, but I did enjoy HHH's subtle 'fuck you' to Bret when he applied the sharpshooter. All in all a very good main event that definitely delivered in my view. I know other people didn't enjoy it, but I certainly did. Great stuff. ****

7.5/10. Overall, a very enjoyable show here. There were no real dull spots apart from the Strap match and the finish of the Last Man Standing match. Some nice highlights though, including a surprisingly good I Quit match, The Shield winning the US and Tag Titles, a very good WWE Championship match and a main event that exceeded my expectations. Worth a watch in my eyes.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Armageddon 2002 Review

Armageddon 2002 Review

The DVD of this event also contains the No.1 Contenders match for the WWE Championship, a week  before this event. As a bonus, I'll review that match as well after the review for this event. Lets begin.

The Dudley Boyz vs William Regal & Lance Storm vs Bookdust vs Chris Jericho & Christian
The World Tag Titles are on the line here, and elimination rules apply for the contest. The match was pretty entertaining with the Dudleys and Regal & Storm in it, but things really got going when those two teams were eliminated. It turned into a little gem of a tag match at that point. I'm surprised that Booker managed to kick out of the belt shot and the lionsault. One hell of an opener for the show. Great, exciting finish and it holds up today, over ten years later. ***1/2

Edge vs A-Train
Edge was here to get revenge for his partner, Rey Mysterio, after A-Train had injured his leg. A-Train was getting pushed as a big monster at this point. Didn't work in 2012 either. The match wasn't too bad, but the cop out ending with the steel chair ruins it. DQ for Sweet T is the final ruling. *1/4

Eddie Guerrero vs Chris Benoit
Hmmm, I wonder if this'll be a good match? (Notice the oh-so-subtle sarcasm there). Anyway, these two were feuding after Guerrero cost Benoit a shot at the WWE Title. I don't think these two need a storyline to have a match. The multiple german suplexes were awesome. The Chavo run ins were a little annoying, but they suited Eddie's character. Crossface gives Benoit the win. ***3/4

Torrie Wilson vs Dawn Marie
This was a fucking awful story. Dawn goes out with Torrie's father, but her plan all along was to seduce Torrie, and then she wants Al again. The lesbian stuff sounds good, but we didn't get to see any of it. This wasn't even Smackdown worthy, let alone PPV worthy. The match doesn't even take place, which is kind of a godsend.

Kane vs Batista
This match is a little historical, seeing as it's Batista's first match on PPV. I have no idea why these two are feuding. I'm guessing that it may have something to do with Katie Vick. I hope not. Not the best debut for Batista, but at least he beat quite an accomplished star in Kane. Sloppy match with a sloppy finish. 1/2*

Trish Stratus vs Victoria vs Jacqueline
Women's Title on the line. This rivalry was just between Trish and Victoria, but Jacqueline was added after she called Victoria a psycho bitch. Still better than any diva storylines we have nowadays. Some sloppiness in the match, but it was still enjoyable. Short too as Victoria retains. 1/2*

Kurt Angle vs Big Show
I think everyone knew that Angle was leaving with championship, as it was obvious that Show was only a transitional champion. That's by no means a bad thing since it led to Lesnar/Angle at Mania XIX. Quite the overbooked match, but it needed it. Brock gives Show an F5 to give Angle the win and the title. **1/2

Triple H vs Shawn Michaels : 2 out of 3 Falls
First fall is a street fight , the second a cage and the third is a ladder match. I've seen this one receive rather unfavorable reviews in the past, but I loved it as a kid so hopefully the feeling is still there. The crowd was quiet for the start of the match, although it did start off a little slowly. The flaming 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire was a cool moment. HHH hits the pedigree to end the first fall and bring down the cage. This isn't as good as I remembered . Not nearly as good as their Summerslam match, or even their Raw match. HHH splashed through a table to make it 1-1 . HHH throws HBK off of the ladder and out through some tables to win the World Championship. Very dull match considering how good their Summerslam match was.  **1/2

5/10. Not a great show here. The two main events were average and there were some other very sloppy bouts in there. The opening tag match, and the Guerrero/Benoit match are worth a watch though.

Bonus Match

Edge vs Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero vs Kurt Angle
Winner goes on to face Big Show for the WWE Championship at Armageddon. Everyone worked hard in this match, especially Edge and Angle when it came down to them being the final two. Some great nearfalls and it was unpredictable too. Just awesome, and one of the better Smackdown matches of all time. ****1/2

The DVD is worth getting just for that extra match, since it's the only place you can get it I think.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

A Lot Can Happen in a Year

Well folks it has been one year since I first started this blog and I had no idea that I would have as many pageviews as it has now. I didn't even think it would last past a couple of months. Thanks to everyone who ever viewed anything on here and I hope you enjoy what you read. A lot can happen in a year. You lose friends, make new ones, find a job that makes you change your outlook on life. One thing that hasn't changed is how much I love writing stuff for this blog. I will continue to post reviews long into the future. Thanks once again.

Now for this, I thought I'd rank what I think are the top 10 WWE DVDs of all time. As an added bonus, I'm gonna put the link for my very first post below. It was for the Best of Raw and Smackdown 2011 set, and you can all have a laugh over how awful it is.

Now here's my top 10 DVDs.

10. Shawn Michaels : Heartbreak & Triumph

Notable Matches :

vs Kurt Angle : Vengeance 2005
vs Triple H : Raw 2003
vs John Cena : Raw 2007

9. Cheating Death, Stealing Life : The Eddie Guerrero Story

Notable Matches :

with Art Barr vs Octagon & El Hijo Santo
vs Dean Malenko : 2 out of 3 Falls
vs Rey Mysterio : Halloween Havoc 1997
vs Brock Lesnar : No Way Out 2004

8. Stone Cold Steve Austin 4 Disc Set

Notable Matches :

vs Bret Hart : Wrestlemania 13
vs Dude Love : Over the Edge 1998
vs The Rock : Wrestlemania X-Seven

7. Chris Jericho DVD Set

Notable Matches :

vs Ultimo Dragon : Japan
vs The Rock : No Mercy 2001
vs Shawn Michaels : Wrestlemania XIX & No Mercy 2008

6. The Ladder Match

Notable Matches :

Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon : Summerslam 1995
Wrestlemania X-Seven TLC
Chris Jericho vs Chris Benoit : Royal Rumble 2001
John Cena vs Edge TLC : Unforgiven 2006

5. The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection

Notable Matches :

vs Ricky Steamboat : Wrestlewar 1989 & Clash of the Champions VI
vs Barry Windham : Free TV Match
vs Terry Funk : Clash of the Champions IX
1992 Royal Rumble

4. Rise and Fall of ECW

Notable Matches :

The Pitbulls & Raven vs Raven & Stevie Richards : 2 out of 3 Falls Dog Collar Match
Rey Mysterio vs Psicosis
2 Cold Scorpio vs Sabu
Rob Van Dam vs Jerry Lynn

3. CM Punk : Best in the World

Notable Matches :

vs Jeff Hardy TLC
vs Rey Mysterio : Over the Limit 2010
vs John Cena : MITB 2011
vs Chris Jericho : Wrestlemania XXVIII
vs Daniel Bryan : Over the Limit 2012

2. Bret Hart : The Best There Is.....

Notable Matches :

vs Mr Perfect : Summerslam 1991 & KOTR 1993
vs British Bulldog : Summerslam 1992 & In Your House 5
vs Owen Hart : Wrestlemania X
vs Stone Cold : Wrestlemania 13
vs Chris Benoit : Nitro

1. History of the WWE Championship

Notable Matches :

Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant : Wrestlemania III
Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior : Wrestlemania VI
Bret Hart vs Owen Hart : Summerslam 1994
Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels : Wrestlemania XII
Shawn Michaels vs Mankind : Mind Games
Stone Cold vs Shawn Michaels : Wrestlemania XIV
Triple H vs Cactus Jack : Royal Rumble 2000
Stone Cold vs The Rock : Wrestlemania X-Seven
The Rock vs Undertaker vs Kurt Angle : Vengeance 2002
The Rock vs Brock Lesnar : Summerslam 2002
Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit : Royal Rumble 2003

Here's to another fantastic year!

Friday, 3 May 2013

McMahon DVD Review

McMahon DVD Review

I have a feeling that there might be some ass kissing involved here. Well first off, Vince's childhood is not mentioned at all, as it goes straight into his first time as a commentator for his father's business. They also skip over the part of Vince taking over his father's business. It was refreshing to hear some negative things about Vince from guys like Greg Gagne or Sgt. Slaughter. There's a huge time gap here as they go from Vince taking over the territories, all the way to the Monday Night Wars. That's a little disappointing. That's not to say that the documentary isn't enjoyable. It's very enjoyable. Going in, I expected lots of praise for Vince, but there was a lot of talk about his failings like the XFL, or being attacked by the media for things like Katie Vick. I loved how Vince said that he never regretted the Katie Vick storyline because he liked it. Overall I'd say it is a very entertaining feature and is worth a watch, even with its flaws. 7.5/10

Disc 1 Extra Features :

I Enjoy the Fight


No Vacation

Regal's Rehab

The Sleeping Giant

I'm the Boss

I Remember My Dad

Slammy's "Stand Back"

VKM Training Package

These are all interesting to watch, including the deleted scenes that I'm about to list :

The Motorcycle

WWE Championship

9/11 Smackdown Taping

Stuck in his Ways

The Walk

Stone Cold vs Vince McMahon
This is their 'match' from Raw. This must have been very highly anticipated at the time. People were desperate to see McMahon finally get his ass kicked by Austin. McMahon decides to make Austin tie one hand behind his back. Before the fight begins, Dude Love comes out and attacks Austin. The match never begins. Really entertaining though.

Disc 2 Matches :

Stone Cold vs Vince McMahon : Steel Cage
At the time, this was a highly anticipated matchup. This was barely a cage match to start, but it was a fun brawl. Vince flying through the announce table was an awesome sight to see. This also had the debut of Paul Wight , also known as the Big Show. Austin managed to win as Paul threw him at the cage and it opened up . **1/2. This was never going to be a technical classic, but it was entertaining all the same.

Stone Cold vs Vince & Shane McMahon : Ladder
The first handicap ladder match in history. I think this is also the only ladder match that all three of these guys have been involved with. The winner of this match would gain full control over the WWE. This one was a lot of fun and the crowd was really into it. Someone raised the case when Austin went for it , but that person was never revealed. Vince and Shane grab the case to win. **3/4

Triple H vs Vince McMahon : No Holds Barred
Quite the historic match here, is it was the contest that started the McMahon-Helmsley era. The match itself is very long, I think around 30 minutes, but it does have it's moments. Just like a typical hardcore match with HHH mostly in control. After HHH wins the match, he gives Stephanie a hug to show that she was with him all along. **

Vince McMahon vs Shane McMahon : Street Fight 
This is probably the best match between two non-wrestlers ever. Sure, it's overbooked but it really helps it. The crowd was hot for it and to hear the crowd go wild when Linda McMahon stands up is unbelievable. Mick Foley was great as the ref too. Shane wins the match after an incredible coast to coast with a garbage can. ***3/4

Vince McMahon vs Ric Flair : Street Fight
This was never going to be a technical classic, but I'm sure both guys were trying their best to give us the most entertaining match they could. At the time, I think Ric was part owner of the WWE, and obviously that pissed off Vince. Ric also wasn't an active wrestler here. Didn't take long for Flair to blade. And yes this was a fun match. Not the best, but enjoyable. **1/2

Hulk Hogan vs Vince McMahon : Street Fight 
This was really big as it was 20 years in the making. It looked like this might have been a dull match, but both guys, especially Vince, managed to bring us an entertaining fight. Roddy Piper's appearance here was great and in a twist attacked Hogan instead of Vince. Hulk got the win after an amazing 3 leg drops. Surprisingly good match here . ***

Vince McMahon vs Stephanie McMahon : I Quit
I think this might be the only mixed gender I Quit match in history. Vince was sick of Stephanie as the general manager of Smackdown, and so wanted to get rid of her like any normal boss would do. Try and beat her to death. Apparently this was 6 days before Stephanie's wedding, so they had to be extra careful here. Stephanie was allowed to win by pinfall, and the nearfalls were really good. Unexpectedly good match here. Linda throws in the towel for Stephanie to give Vince the win. **1/4

Undertaker vs Vince McMahon : Buried Alive Match
If you want to sit down and watch a match that mainly features Vince McMahon getting his ass handed to him, then this fight is for you. Vince barely got any offense in here until the end, but that was the point. Fun just to watch Vince being beaten up. Taker's final match with the biker gimmick. Kane interferes to bury Taker, leading to his Deadman return at Wrestlemania XX. *

7/10. This was quite an interesting set. The documentary is worth a watch for sure, but a lot of the matches can be found on other sets. That doesn't stop them from being entertaining though. Worth a look if you can find it because I think it's quite hard to find nowadays.