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The Official DSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills
The Official DSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills
by Driving Standards Agency (Great Britain)
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.93

5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential, 3 April 2012
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The title of the book truly speaks for itself: "essential". It methodically covers every basis that driving lessons provide and it's very easy to read. No digressions, no nonsense, just simple bullet points, symbols and images that caters to even the most illiterate reader. If you are learning to drive or thinking about learning, this is a must have along with the highway code guide.The Official Highway Code

WWE - TLC - Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 [DVD]
WWE - TLC - Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2010 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cena
Price: 17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong End To Quite A Weak Year!, 25 Mar 2011
The title TLC truley lives up to its name this year as it takes full advantage and learns from the errors of last years event.

Triple Threat Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger

Correct choice of opener, heating up the crowd. All 3 men got there offence in and there was some unique usage with the ladder like Kofi springboarding a dropkick to swagger but leaping through the ladder first. The ending is controversial and arguably hateful however I personally didnt mind it. Only real problem was the length as this fell short of 10 minutes even, however props for each men using full potential of the time they were given.

Divas Table Match
Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. LayCool

A first-time bout since it involved Divas. Arguably 4 of the few credible divas in WWE. Anyway, this match was vicious and each diva took some nasty bumps especially Beth Phoenix. Some great double teaming from both stables and some unique styles like the double sharpshooter. From what I hear the ending wasn't botched rather intended. It was nice seeing LayCool put through a table. Perhaps we can see more of this stuff with Divas as they clearly got comfortable in this environment.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Nexus

This match served its purpose as a filler, comedic bout. And to further the build up towards the chairs match. As for the actual wrestling involved it was nothing special but again it was just a entertaining image before the chair attack. Still it further shows how serious WWE are about the tag division.

#1 Contender Ladder Match
John Morrison vs. Sheamus

Both men proved to be legit contenders in this match, and after over 15 years of ladder matches they still find new ways to participate the ladder. A nice corkscrew from Morrison with the ladder, as well as Sheamus's ways on punishing John's knee. Plus a brutal crash and burn through the ladder for Sheamus followed by a swift finish. JoMo's win was certainly appreciated and celebrated, just ashame it wasn't PPV official.

Table Match for the WWE Championship
The Miz vs. Randy Orton

A tremendous PPV bout for The Miz illustrating his main event status. Unlike some, I don't mind his heel tactics to win a match as he shows element of the classic heel. As for this match, there was a nice pace and brutality from both men with the steel steps too. I like how Orton has picked up speed again as for a while in recent times he's adapted a slow pace which is boring for todays wrestling community.

TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kane vs. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio

This was just a fun match with lots of high spots. Just something to sit back and enjoy without much drama and seriousness that the other matches hold. Sure there are rivalries in this match but overall its all on all. Nice bumps from all 4 men, including a spear, chokeslam and top of the ladder splash through tables, nice face plant off a ladder including rey and edge and nice usage of the arena. Kind of a shame that this was the way Kane lost his half a year title reign but thats a minor issue.

Unfortunatley the event in tainted with a segement involving Cody Rhodes and Big Show which is just plain awful. I understand they wanted a break between the TLC and Chairs match but could they not of had something more credible?

Chairs Match
John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

I can see why they had this as the main event although overall the TLC would've been a higher ending. Anyway each usage of the chairs seemed carefully done and none-repetitive. I did like the ways they used them but Wade rolling down the ramp hitting the steps looked painful. The ending perhaps was abit farfetched with the AA on all those chairs, plus the collapsing on the string of chairs onto Barrett, but whatever, it's last event of the year. WWE are known to be farfetched and it was a great match.

Overall the event I grade a B+. The segement took away from this event and of course the WWE Tag Team Championship Match was just passable but Im sure the time could've been used more wisely. However despite that this event holds strong highlights including Morrison's ladder match + his win, first ever divas table match, Edge's title win including the match itself etc.
As usual though the extras on the dvd is limited with a boring post-match interview with John Cena.

WWE - Night Of Champions 2010 [DVD]
WWE - Night Of Champions 2010 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rany Orton
Offered by rsdvd
Price: 9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better ones of 2010, 4 Jan 2011
The 2010 addition of Night of Champions appeared later than previous years, airing in September rather than June. Replacing the one-off Breaking Point from last year that replaced the veteran Unforgiven PPV and became the fall out to the mediocre Summerslam. Which worked in terms of current rivalries. What I've noticed about this PPV is that it's always a solid PPV. They've not had an amazing version but every match on the card has that importance (as you'd hope by it being called Night of...) meaning there's no filler. Im not entirely sure if this year's in the best or not but it's definatley a top contender.

Quick side note: I've noticed over the past few dvd ppv covers they've taken to front cover of action shots which im not convince work aka Fatal 4 Way cover could be done better by my 7 year old cousin. However the cover for this dvd does represent a sense of class to it. I like it. Simple.

Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

A much grander improvement from their infamous Summerslam bout. This one had a much better structure, more time given and made both men look like equally credible contenders.

CM Punk vs. Big Show

This should've have taken place at Hell in a Cell, Smackdown or they should've both been in the turmoil if they needed these 2 to collide. I know CM Punk originates from Chi-Town and his promo is just classic Punk but this was not a championship match. I would have settled for a segement but a match that is not a championship match should not be on here, especially when it's dreadful like this. Punk really needed this win since they stupidly decided to break up SES, and be buried at Summerslam. Some nice offence by Punk tho.

United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

A true gem of a bout from power-technical back and forth action with a sweet and satisfying finish, both highlighting the 2 contender's greatness.

Lumberjill Women's and Divas Championship Unification Match
Melina (Divas Champion) vs. Michelle McCool (Women's Champion)

People complained about this match saying even for a divas bout it was poor, so my expectations were pretty low. However this was a far better bout than i was expecting with great athlethism from Melina and Michelle. LayCool continued to establish themselves as true Diva heels although very annoying.

No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Kane vs. Undertaker

After 6 1/2 years they revisit the brother vs. brother card again but this time with a twist. Kane was the dominant force, and this time the World Championship is involved. I loved every minute of this bout which was just an all out brawl but I liked how they subtly made use of the no holds barred stipulation by not loading the ring with weapons, but like how the Undertaker interupts Kane's entrance andthey fight on the stage and all around the arena making use of items they find along the way. A sophisticated and worthy brawl.

Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Hart Dynasty vs. Usos vs. Santino/ Kozlov vs. Bourne/ Henry vs. McIntyre/ Rhodes

A sham of a match, apart from the first 2 which were eliminated too quickly, the teams were throw together teams, and the announcers basically said it too. This was awfully booked, why not just have HD take on Rhodes/ Drew if they wanted them to have the titles. This made Hart Dynasty look weak and also established how weak the tag devision is.

Six Pack Challenge for the WWE Championship
Sheamus vs. Wade Barret vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho

A very credible main event, with Jericho's early elimination being justified. Everyone else looked strong and made it difficult to predict who would walk out as champion. A great 20 minute match, with pretty much everything that could be asked in a main event.

With 2 poor bouts, 4 top notch bouts and okay match this was definatley a satisfying PPV and to be honest the 2 ppor matches aren't that highlighted and are over swiftly. Overall this a very good event with no silly backstage skits, just several simple interviews and a hot crowd that played out well. One of the better 2010 ppvs after a vast amount of shambles we've had.

As with most dvd extras from WWE, there is next to nothing. And what is on there, isn't that exciting.
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WWE Summerslam 2009 (Steelbook) [DVD]
WWE Summerslam 2009 (Steelbook) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cena

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars for a 3 Match Show, 2 May 2010
Summerslam is usually one of the greatest ppvs of the year, at times, it can even be better than Wrestlemania, and is considered as the 2nd Grand Stage after Wrestlemania. This year however didn't quite live up to memory except for 3 amazing matches.

Intercontinental Championship - Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

This was an extremely impressive encounter and awesome opener that didn't once drag or have a dull moment. From the get go it kicks into high gear with an amazing moonsault by Rey and what follows is a toe to toe, back and forward style of fast pace, counters and near falls. Very high quality stuff.

MVP vs. Jack Swagger

Perhaps if this was the opener, it would've been seen differently I don't know, because I always feel the opener's get alot of attention because everyone's hot and ready. Anyway this match was okay, but that was it. I expected more because Swagger proved his ability as ECW champion and MVP was US champion for a year because he was that good. Sadly this was just okay.

Unified WWE Tag Team Championship - Chris Jericho/ Big Show vs. Cryme Tyme

I love JeriShow and I was happy that the tag titles would be defended and that Cryme Tyme were getting there spot. This was alright, but nothing was memorable which isn't a good thing. Luckily the champs retained and continued their impressive duo.

Kane vs. Great Khali

This shouldn't of been on the card, it was a waste of time and it was slow and boring. Kane deserves better, and Khali, no offence, but he can't carry a match. The time of this should have gone to the ECW title match which I'll get to in abit.

D-Generation X vs. Legacy

Note: The DX entrance is something to check out I tell you now.
A very good tag match it what is DX's last run as a team, and Legacy fighting like they really have something to prove. Thinking this was going to be a squash or a DX beating was incorrect, Legacy brought it, but so did DX, making this a tremndous affair.

ECW Championship - Christian vs. William Regal

This match was another classic ECW screw job in that it got a lousy 8 seconds adding insult to talented Christian and William Regal. If you watch their Breaking Point match that follows, they proved they could bring it. But Breaking Point is a b ppv, this is an A ppv, this should've been that Breaking Point match. This was an embarrassment. And to think I was surprises ECW got 3rd to last billing on a PPV instead of the usual early match.

WWE Championship - Randy Orton vs. John Cena

What? Suddenly I was watching Summerslam 2007. Oh no wait this is Summerslam 09 still. So these guys fight again, lets be honest, their 07 match at Summerslam was pretty good, but that was it. These 2 are a stale feud together. Dont get me wrong, their Iron Man Match is a classic, but other than that this feud just doesn't do it for me. This match has its moments but it went on too long especially the ridiculous amount of false endings, and Lillian messing it up on the mic didn't help. I was glad Orton retained but I hope this feud stays clear now.

TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk

Match of the Night and Match of the Year contender. This match was both psychological and brutal at the same time, and kept within continuity of the story. What I mean is that it wasn't spot after spot like the other TLC's as much as we love them which had a better flow in my opinion and when something does happen it's more impactful, taking time to take effect for example the superplex onto the ladder, or Jeff missing the splash through the table or Jeff countering into a powerbomb off the ladder. Now the ending is a must see, an OMG moment. Jeff has done it before, but for some reason it just seemed more off a shocker. Perhaps because this is the first time he's done it since the attitude era, but he Swantons off a HUGE ladder onto Punk through the announcer table. When thinking of the height, think Mankind - Hell in a Cell 98. It was unbelievable.

Overall the opening, main event and the DX/ Legacy matches are definatley worth watching. But everything else was very forgetful or dieing to be forgotten about. If I could change things, I'd take away the Kane/ Khali match, put that time towards the ECW match and a bit towards MVP/ Swagger. Shortened the WWE Title match and got rid of most if not all those false endings and gone from there.

WWE - Royal Rumble 2010 (Steelbook) [DVD]
WWE - Royal Rumble 2010 (Steelbook) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Cena

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Good Start to 2010, 2 May 2010
The Royal Rumble is suppose and is usually one of the greatest events of the year, it's always hyped up. However this year was a big dissapointment within that tradition.

ECW Championship Match
Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson

This one was my favourite match of the night believe it or not as Jackson and Christian were a nice contrast in styles of athletics, some high risk and power. 10 minutes was a nice length to this, not letting it drag. There isn't much wrong with this one, although, I am a huge fan of pushing talent but I wonder if they should have got someone else, as Jackson felt abit out of place at times considering this was his first ppv match debut. On a side note, this was also the last ECW Championship Match on ppv.

United States Championship Match
The Miz vs. MVP

MVP was the no 1 contender weeks before this ppv but they never announced it so it seemed like a impromtu match, WWE may need to work on that. As for the match, the 2 have proved to be great athletes but this one seemed more of a Raw match than ppv quality.

WWE Championship Match
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton

Not only do I hate Sheamus being champion like that rather than busting himself for it like Hardy, Cena, Edge etc. but this match particular, I hate it that he was taking on a heel since he was a heel. Those matches are harder to get into as you dont know what to cheer for. Orton should have been in the rumble and Cena should have had his rematch atleast. I just couldn't get into this for that reason, and although the reason is justified, the dq ending spoilt it even more. Don't get me wrong there are some nice moves connected, but overall this isn't anything to write home about.

Women's Championship Match
Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James

This was a feel good segement where Mickie finally gets her revenge on all the fat jokes by beating Michelle in 20 seconds and then showering her and Layla with cake. Yeah it was a feel good moment so I did like it, but it's a little shame because Mickie is a tremendous athlete to show off.


World Heavyweight Championship Match
Undertaker vs. Rey Mysterio

Batista should have been added to continue the feud with Mysterio and Taker, and to be a contrast for Taker and Rey because atleast he's smaller than Taker for Rey to look more in shape with because Rey and Taker don't seem to really look well together. On saying that this was an impressive affair with lots of counters and Rey realistically proving he can go against the deadman.

Royal Rumble Match

This IS the biggest let down of the night, the Rumble you can usually relie on being match of the night but not this time. I'm so angry at WWE of how they booked this. I think there was one sequence lasting for about 15 minutes where there was more than 4 wrestlers in the ring at a time. I know Rumbles look clustered but no one was in this nearly enough. Most people lasted 2 minutes and that was it, they were eliminated. CM Punk should have lasted til the end because he was the star, show stealer tonight. And Beth Phoenix was a surprise and a nice moment too. Hardy lasted 17 seconds! Kofi, R-Truth, MVP, Miz, Swagger, Ziggler, Bourne, all these young talents lasted no time at all which was a disgrace. Edge was quite predictable but still a nice moment I'll admit and Shawn Michaels was of course great too. At 49 minutes this was a short Rumble too, which I wouldn't of cared for had this been booked more sufficiently. Ah, I'm so angry at this.

WWE - The Bash 2009 [DVD]
WWE - The Bash 2009 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeff Hardy
Offered by Leisurezone
Price: 6.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Bash 2009, 1 May 2010
This review is from: WWE - The Bash 2009 [DVD] (DVD)
Before I get started I'd like to say I prefer the old title 'Great American Bash' however most GAB's were flops so maybe they dropped the 'Great' due to the irony of them not being great, haha. Anyway...

ECW Championship Scramble
Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian vs. Jack Swagger vs. Finlay vs. Mark Henry

This match started off slow and was no way as good as the first ECW Scramble at Unforgiven 2008, as this was more sloppy with some of the sequences looking too scripted for example the bit where Henry pulls Swagger off the turnbuckle whilst superplexing Christian and then they land on Dreamer. Finlay impresses me though and as soon as he enters the match the pace picks up. It's a shame he was absent though for part of the match due to an eye injury. The match was good, one of the better matches of the nights although I wasn't fond of the messing ending. But it was a pretty good start.


Intercontinental Championship vs. Mask
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio

These 2 were one of the few feuds of 2009 where every match was a classic i.e. like Y2J/ HBK in 2008 or Batista/ Taker in 2007, and this one was no different. Despite the mask on the line making it predictable, it was still an edge of your seat match up. It did start out slow but picked up the pace and what followed was amazing back and fourth action, from counters like Rey springboarding and Y2J hits the codebreaker, or Rey going for a top rope hurricurana but Y2J counters into a powerbomb. Also Rey's double springboard moonsault type offence was incredible. This was a classic, although... their Extreme Rules match was a tiny tiny bit better.


No Disqualifications/ No Count Outs Match
Dolph Ziggler vs. Great Khali

This was a short but entertaining match. I can't rate it too highly of course due to what it was, but Ziggler really impressed me and was realistic of how much he could beat down Khali. Obviously the No dq stipulation helped but dtill. Kane's interference was a little... meh... but whatever.


Triple Threat Unified Tag Team Championship
Carlito & Primo vs. Legacy vs. Edge & Chris Jericho

Originally advertised as a 2 on 2 match, then Edge and Jericho were meshed together and added at the last minute, fitting in with Theadore Longs storyline. As for the match itself, it was average with some pretty neat tag action but Jericho and Edge did nothing which was ridiculous.


Women's Championship
Melina vs. Michelle McCool

Wow, this was a surprise. A divas match being good, better than some of the other matches on the card. That's saying something, no offence to the divas. This was fast pace and very athletic. Melina's selling of the leg was good too, although I'm not fond of the outcome to this match, but I guess it was time for a new champion.


World Heavyweight Championship
CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy

The storyline was tremendous leading up to this, and the 2 have great chemistry. Unfortunatley the match was a little slow to get into but once it did it was great. Unfortunatley nothing we havn't seen before occured, but to be honest these 2 don't need to because they're ability and move list is always exciting. The dg ending was annoying but I guess it continued the story and made sense for it.


John Cena vs. The Miz

The storyline was good, or it appeared to be in the video package but the match was short and pretty much a squash. To be honest, I don't know what else I can say about it.


3 Stages of Hell for the WWE Championship
1st Fall: one on one
2nd Fall: falls count anywhere match
3rd Fall: stretcher match
Randy Orton vs. Triple H

This is what I'm talking about. Why wasn't their match at Wrestlemania this exciting and fast pace? This was an amazing main event. It started off fast, with traditional wrestling then Triple H went to town on Orton with a steel chair causing a dq qin for Orton, then he pedigreed Orton on the floor winning the 2nd fall all in a space of 5 minutes. The next 15 or so minutes was a very good stretcher match where they fought in the ring, ringside, rampway, stage, in the crowd, technical area - the entire arena, all used to their advantage. Any for PG era it was a decent hardcore bout fitting in within the continuity of the story. The interference was fitting aswell, and although at the time this feud had gotten stale and the 2 have had better matches, this was an extremeley satisfying and worthing main event. Not on dull moment.


To be honest, this event was okay. 2 matches I'd pay for, the rest were pretty standard and I'd be okay never watching again or had ever watch it even. Definatley not my most brilliant purchase, but if you end up getting this, then enjoy the Intercontinetal and WWE Championship bouts.

WWE - Wrestlemania 24 [2008] [DVD]
WWE - Wrestlemania 24 [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Wwe
Offered by media-4-u
Price: 24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Wrestlemania Under The Sun, 1 May 2010
Belfast Brawl
Finlay vs. JBL

Great way to start of Wrestlemania 24, with a 9 minute all-out fight between the two with everything from trash cans to singapore canes to steel steps to tables. Don't expect a technical fest, and the highlights aren't that memorable but a worthy and solid match up that is what it is. I was expecting, and I think hoping, for a Mr. McMahon involvement since he was involved in the storyline but obviously not and in a way this may of been a disappointing finish to a long storyline. Good match none the less.


Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Carlito

Way too many and innovative spots to name, but personally, the best Money in the Bank Ladder match to date, every superstar gets involved sufficiently and does something to entertain the crowd, except perhaps MVP but Matt Hardy's run in serves him well. Keep track of Benjamin and Morrison who are the stars of the match up, however I totally love and agree with the winner. Highlights included a moonsault with the ladder, a triple power of doom of the ladder, Shelton crashing through the ladder, a backstabber off the ladder and many many more. A very highly entertaing and well booked match up.


Battle for Brand Supremacy
Batista vs. Umaga

It's a shame but they could have done so much more with this match/ feud. It was just there/ filling up for time which is a shame considering the paticipants. They could have made this a proper fight for supremacy, maybe even of made in a lumberjack with smackdown stars representing Batista and raw stars representing Umaga. Still it was what it was, and although it didn't go on for 2 long they put on a tolerable match, with Umaga hitting an amazing spinning heel kick. Although they have put on much better matches besides Wrestlemania.


ECW Championship Match
Chavo Guerrero vs. Kane

I can't rate this because it was 8 seconds, but due to the abruptness, I can't deny that it wasn't memorable. Despite Chavo's ability and heritage, I'm happy Kane won this one of a very long over-due title run with any title.


Career Threatening Match
Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels

A highly emotional match up. This match had a great story, and was very emotional. The wrestling was outstanding too with Ric Flair putting a performance better than any of his post 2001 wwe matches. Shawn Michaels takes a sick bump when he misses the moonsault and crashes on the announcer table. This match just needs to be seen, along with the very emotional ending.


Playboy Bunny Lumberjill Match
Maria & Ashley vs. Beth Phoenix & Melina
with Snoop Dogg as Special Enforcer

A filler to calm the crowd down from the previous match, although it's not that bad. Just the snoop dogg post match involvment is silly and the light troubles during the match hurt it abit. Although I'm greatful it happen in this match.


Triple Threat WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena

A great match, not quite Wrestlemania 20 standards but that is a very hard one to top. The band performing Cena's entrance was special and a nice additon, but the match itself was sufficient and well booked with all three men coming out looking good. Another thing is that pretty much the entire duration all three men are trying to get involved rather than the typical one man lays out, the other two fight. Surprising winner aswell.


Anything Goes-The Biggest vs. The Best
Big Show vs. Floyd 'Money' Maywhether

This match has to be taken for what it is and I remember the creative team being very nervous of how this was going to play out. Well kudos to WWE because they were successful. Both men retained their respectable status by the end by performing a tremendous 11 minute match/ segement/ whatever. I did enjoy Big Show beating up Floyd aswell.


World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge vs. Undertaker

I was surprised this was the main event but it deserved to be as these 2 brought it. They had great chemistry and meshed well together, delivering a nice sequence of finishes and counters after counters. Well done to all invlolved.


First when I saw this, I didn't know what to make of it. Then I decided it was one of the better Wrestlemania's this decade so far. Because there are things I would change just like with anything, but alot of it is pretty satisfying and has nothing wrong with it. I certainly wouldn't changed the 4 main events and the ladder match, yes I would make the ECW Title an actual match but like I said what happened was still memorable, and aside from the matches, everything else was great. The card was correctly lined up, the entrance set is to be seen to believe, the backstage segements were fitting, the promos were selling and the location and crowd were hot and ready for each moment.

Wrestlemania 25 with Mini Encyclopedia [DVD] [2009]
Wrestlemania 25 with Mini Encyclopedia [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Triple H

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Grandest 'Letdown' Of Them All, 1 May 2010
The 25th Wrestlemania comes together from Houston, Texas with 3 titles and a streak on the line, legends, divas, tables, ladders and chairs. Oh My!


Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Kane vs. CM Punk vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. MVP vs. Finlay vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Christian vs. Mark Henry

I was surprised how this was a dissapointment because the Money in the Bank Ladder match is always great. Don't get me wrong it was good, just not as great as the previous ones. The structure of the match seems a little off, with the dives to the outside being a little delayed than usual and became a bit too much when everyone started doing them, although Shelton's dive off the huge ladder was a Wrestlemania moment. The ladder bridge structure was cool aswell but perhaps could've done with a bit more originality, the killswitch from Christian looked botched aswell and the failed sunset powerbomb from Shelton was a shame too along with Kane's 'chokeslam' attempt of the ladder just looking like he just pushed Christian. Kofi Kingston may of outshined Shelton though I've got to say, by jumping over the ladder and dropkicking it followed by the boom legdrop was one thing, but then running up the ladder held by Henry was sweet and his ''monkey-ness'' by dropkicking Finlay through the rungs and brackets of the ladder and then tipping the ladder onto him. CM Punk winning didn't bother me though although I think I was rooting for MVP at the time. So this one did have its moments and innovative offence, it was just too botched and the structure of it wasn't brilliant I'd say. Although this was still one of the better matches on the card, but considering who was in it, It should've been better. On a side not: I don't like these new silver, taller ladders. Yes, I don't like that they're taller, I know it looks more dangerous, but it makes it harder for wrestlers to perform sufficiently off them and even though it's a ladder match, they make the ring look too clustered.


25 Divas Battle Royale for the first-ever Miss Wrestlemania

This was an embarrassment to Wrestlemania history, to the fans, to the divas, to the commentators, to everyone. This was a cluster disaster of all disasters. No one knew what was going on and it was a waste of time and talent. I definatley prefered it when it would be a divas match with the rest of the divas lumberjills. Stick to that if you have to get every diva on the card please. This is one that makes me really angry, you see I don't mind the 8 seconds ECW title matches i.e. Wrestlemania 24, after stuff like this and I'm pretty tolerable of bad wrestling. But this I just wanted off my screen and to think the Unified Tag Team Championship Match was changed to a dark match instead of the actual event. Poor poor poor poor booking.


3 on 1 Handicap Elimination Match
Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & Ricky Steamboat vs. Chris Jericho

This was a good match that surprised the hell out of me due to the age and questionable ability of the legends. Piper and Snuka weren't like they were obviously but they did what they could for the short time they were in the match and Rowdy especially was amazing due to his agressiveness, as if he really was angry at Jericho. Then Steamboat came in and this was the surprsie of the night, Ricky still has it. He 'skined the cat', slingshot crossbodied onto the outside and proved us all wrong. This should've just been a one on one match with these two but oh well, I guess the creative team weren't aware of Steamboat's ability either. The post-match with Mickey Rourke was fitting to the storyline but was unrealistic. Jericho is suppose to be this hard wrestler, Mickey is a movie star (yes he did boxing) but supposedly Jericho would be able to take him. Oh well it is Wrestlemania and the hero is always suppose to win at Wrestlemania.


Extreme Rules Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy

One of the best matches of the night, props to both men putting their bodies on the line with tables, chairs, ladders, singapore canes, trash cans, etc. This may be pg era, but they still pulled out the extreme, including Matt hitting Jeff with a chair mid-way of a whisper in the wind, and side effect on a chair, and a table sandwich which was another wrestlemania moment. The ladder spot at the end was cool where Matt moved from Jeff leaping over a huge ladder and the ending with the twist of fate with a chair being a unique and more interesting ways of winning in recent wwe history. A great match. Full stop.


Intercontinental Championship Match
JBL vs. Rey Mysterio

I said earlier I tolerate the 8 seconds matches etc. and well, I prefer them to that diva battle royal type of stuff but they are still poor. This was Rey's first mania back since Wrestlemania 22, JBL's last match, and the first IC title defence since Wrestlemania 18 and... we all got a 20 second match. Ridiculous and again embarrassing. Atleast Rey's costume was a highlight.


Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

Now, I'm sure you've all heard about this match, and how it was one of the best matches ever and if you haven't well basically these two amazing wrestlers wrestled a 30 minute match with lots of nearfalls and counters, both having perfect chemistry and the perfect storyline etc. Now I'll admit, this was a tremendous match, but I think people are over-rating it just a little bit. Personally, I thought the bit with the Undertaker dive onto the camera man spoilt the match and caused some deadtime and HBK's moonsault after looked really amature. But it was still a very good match, match of the night and match of the year.


Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show

I'll say it before I've reviewed the WWE Title Match, this match was quite good, not brilliant more of just a standard triple threat match BUT out of the 2 title matches, the most quality match should main event right? so therefore THIS should of been the main event. Onto the match though, it was like I said your standard triple threat match, although some highlights include Chavo being FU'd onto the floor, Vickie being knocked off the apron, Cena hitting the legdrop facebuster from the turnbuckle onto the floor, Edge barging Big Show through the barricade and the double FU. To be honest, this needed to be a little shorter than it was, because the action was a little slow and sloppy at times, and I think Edge should've won. I'll spoil it now sorry, but the next ppv, Edge wins it back off Cena. So it was just pointless and way too transitional just so they could have Cena winning at Wrestlemania. Still, to sum up, it was a good match, standard triple threat like I said, but it was better than the WWE title match.


WWE Championship Match
Triple H vs. Randy Orton

Since Orton punted Vince in January before the Royal Rumble, this feud hasn't just been on fire, it was an explosive inferno. It began with the punt, then the McMahons (shane/ stephanie) stepping up and after Orton RKO's Stephanie, Triple H gets involved and is more Hell bent than ever, the rage from Triple H alone, and the taunting and creepiness of Orton is just so motivational to want to watch this match. The feud was the best of 2009, the wrestlemania match, a HUGE, the BIGGEST dissapointment of 2009 and even Wrestlemania history maybe even. The disqualifications stipulation hurt this match, this should've been no disqualifications. It was slow paced, poorly booked, the crowd was dead for it, no one bit of interference which was so needed, I mean why didn't they have Stephanie and Vince come out and get their revenge, since it was Wrestlemania? Where was Legacy getting their chance to shine on the big stage and help Orton like they usually do? This was so dissapointing and I thought this would be the match of the night. Even though it's Wrestlemania, if you had any of their other matches replace this, it would be better than this. Their RAW matches have been better than this. A free TV match was better than the grandest stage of them all match. That's saying something.


So overall it was an average event and that would just be for a normal ppv. Such a let down of a night and one of my least favourite Wrestlemania's. The Undertaker/ Shawn Michaels, Extreme Rules match and Ricky Steamboat's performance were very worthy and must sees, and the ladder match is quite good too, but 2 matches are complete embarrassments, the main event is a failure and the World title match was just standard. So their 2 world title matches, well, all their title matches on the show, aren't recommendable. The lighting of the show wasn't impressive either, it looked too blue and sometimes the too much lighting just made it a struggle to see. On a side note, the dvd extra includes the Unification Match which I'd rate an 8/10 and definatley should have been on the actual show, replacing both or at least either embarrassing matches.

I wouldn't recommend this one.

Wwe: No Way Out - 2009 [DVD]
Wwe: No Way Out - 2009 [DVD]
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Price: 9.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of 2009, 4 Dec 2009
This review is from: Wwe: No Way Out - 2009 [DVD] (DVD)
Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship
Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs. Big Show vs. Triple H vs. Undertaker

A huge surprising but absolutley briliant opener which had you on the edge of your seat for pretty much the whole 35 minute duration. Jeff & Edge kick things off with a nice looking bit of back and forwards action until a shocking upset. Vladimir and Show enter and compete which of them is the biggest and strongest athlete and then Triple H came in to change the motion until the Undertaker entered and was like this match is just gonna get even better and unleashed a fast emotional and physical fury. Some extremeley nice manuevers and counters and sequences in this one, Jeff takes a swanton off the chamber pod, Undertaker hits a nice superplex of Big Show, Jeff leaps off the Undertaker's back, over the ropes and onto Triple H and in the final 6-7minutes the last two men (Triple H and Undertaker) just delievered a tremendous sequence. Bold and outstandingly rare booking by the WWE which didn't disappoint once, everything just felt so right about it, the pacing, the choice of entrants, the choice of eliminations, the duration everything. Kudos to WWE.


No Holds Barred Match
Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton

Amazing promo by Orton before the math and the story to this match is something you just want to see more of and need to keep watching Raw for (at the time anyway). The selling of this match was incredible too, you really felt Shane being this guy who literally just wanted Orton to pay and never backed down, where Orton was this sneeky, vile snake of a human being that just needed to be put down. The action was all there, it was brutal and told an amazing story. Shane continues to amaze me risking his body on the line (moreso than actual wrestlers) by connecting a coast to coast with the trash can on Rhodes, missing an flying elbow from the ring through the announcer table, taking a superplex through a table. And even though they've gone PG now, thank you WWE for allowing to retain the blood on Randy, more because it told a better story that way. The ending was awesome withan absoulte out-of-nowhere RKO which has to be seen. A solid, hardcore bout.

ECW Championship
Jack Swagger vs. Finlay

Okay, this was here as a filler and calm the crowd down from the previous 2 bouts. And the only thing moving really in this match was a mid-rope crossbody block by Finlay and the ending owerbomb, other than that it was a pretty boring and slow affair but correctly short, I do wish Finlay could have a title run (doesn't have to be a top title, just like the US or Intercontinental or even a Tag Champion with someone) he's such a solid worker that's reliable and has a mixture of styles and can get the job done. A filler, but considering the previous 2 matches it was becoming an exhausting show so far, so in a way it was needed.


All Or Nothing Match
Shawn Michaels vs.JBL

Basically,Im glad the storyline's over after thismatch, and sorry to say this but I'm glad JBL doesn't wrestle anymore. He's got the mouth(mic skills), the heat, the villian in him, the knowledge, BUT he just can't really wrestle anymore.He's boring and way too old school for todays era of wrestling and it's fans. This match again wasmore for story and I wish being one of JBL's last matches it could've been great but it just wasn't, all it was for 11 minutes was JBL wearing down HBK with sleepers, locks and slow beat downs, until the final 2 minutes where HBK makes his comeback. In a way it makes HBK look a little weak. It just wasn't engaging to me and had this been something like a no disqualifications match or something it may of been better but was a big let down. Nothing memorable too really. Oh well, win some,loose some.


Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Mike Knox vs. Edge vs. John Cena

Yes, Edge is in this. Many were thinking why is this on last when the WWE Title had more top faces in it, and that's because THIS WAS A 5 STAR MATCH, that's why this went on last. Seriously the best chamber match I've seen IMO. It started with Y2J and Rey with great back and forwards action including Rey hanging from the roof and droping onto Y2J's shoulders for a hurricurana, talk about unique, the Kane comes in and does his thing before taking a seated plancha from Rey off the chamber pods, and incomes Mike Knox and does his thing, before Edge entering and Rey unleashing fury on him for beating up Kofi and taking his spot. A nice 3 way bit of action between Edge, Y2J and Rey occurs including a 'triple power of doom' before a shocking sequence involving John Cena making its appearance. The final two, Edge and Mysterio, seriously unbelievable and must be seen to believe, these 2 have to hook it up again one day and Mysterio shows why he should be main eventing a little more often. A great final 6 minutes between the two that you just dont want to see end. Absolutley tremendous.


Excluding the All or Nothing Match, this PPV was a Must See and should be in your collection, up until today it's one of the best ppv's of 2009 and the 3 amazing bouts and the necessary filler was well booked. Yes the HBK/ JBL matched was poor but Don't let it stop you from buying this with A perfect opener, an amazing 2nd match and a perfect finish. Highly Recommended.

WWE - Royal Rumble 2009 (Steelbook) [DVD]
WWE - Royal Rumble 2009 (Steelbook) [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2009 Off To An Exposive Start, 5 May 2009
From previous reviews, it didn't look like this year's Royal Rumble was as brilliant as last years, but I bought it anyway and started to watch it thinking it won't be as good. However I was wrong, well, yes and no. It's AS brilliant as Royal Rumble 2008.

ECW Championship Match
Jack Swagger vs. Matt Hardy

Correct choice of opener that truly had me engaged the entire time, the right hands Matt gives in the first minute are brutal and intense. The rest of the match was a mixture of solid wrestling including mat base offense by an impressive Swagger, and Hardy connecting with some awesome wrestling moves, including a moonsault. The action seemed fast and Matt and Swagger meshed well together and delivered a solid 10 minute bout. The action never disapoints once, even when Swagger connects with rest holds, you still find yourself on the edge of your seat. Just a top notch opener.
Match Rating: 8

Women's Championship Match
Beth Phoenix vs. Melina

Now I wasn't looking forward to this, but I wasn't dreading it. I just didn't feel anything for it except it's a filler. Well, my expectations were confused, because I thoroughly enjoyed this encounter. Beth really impresses me with her strength, whilst Melina makes me believe she really is fighting a monster and is using all her strength to take her down. Like the ECW match, this bout has a mixture of stuff to create a sufficient 6 minute bout, that constantly makes you hooked.
Match Rating: 7

World Heavyweight Championship Match
John Cena vs. JBL w/ Shawn Michaels

This is more of a match that isn't really about Cena. Sure he's the champion, but it's more about developing the storyline between Shawn Michaels and JBL.
That being said, it's quite a slow match, despite it arguably being one of their better one of one encounters, excluding their gimmick based affairs. Nothing occurs that we havn't seen before either. The same old routines by both men, and it only really gets intresting during the last 5 minutes when the action gets a little faster and HBK gets involved. Other than that, there's not much else to say about it. It goes on for about 15 mins, but thankfully it seems shorter than that.
Match Rating: 6

No Disqualifications WWE Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Edge w/ Chavo Guerrero

Certainly the most eciting undercard match of the night, which gets even more exciting when Vickie announcers it being a no dq match. A very outstanding undercard main event, despite it being slightly predictable, truly had everything you could ask for in a match. We see amazing high flying, mat based manuevers. Hardcore action including Jeff splashing off a tall ladder onto Chavo through the announcer table. But we saw some amaing counters and near falls, including Hardy countering the spear into the twist of fate. The ending like I said is predictable is some way, but yet again, it isn't.
Match Rating: 9

Royal Rumble Match
For the 22nd time we have the Royal Rumble Match, which is on par with last years. It has a better first half and a weaker second half. The first 5 minutes, WOW! Fast and exhilerating. Morrison & Mysterio should definatley have a one on one match one day. Look out for Rey's headscissors, impressive, whilst Carlito comes in continuing the fast pace and hitting a springboard moonsault. MVP continues the pace with suplexs and clotheslines. Luckily Khali and Kozlov have a short visit, whilst HHH and Orton respectably take their place. JTG is the smarter choice out of Cryme Tyme, whilst we start building up with superstars including Chris Jericho, The Miz, Finlay, Priceless, Undertaker. Within, we see an awesome springboard counter by Orton into an RKO to Rey. CM Punk, Benjamin, Kingston, R-Truth, Kane, all come in to do their thing, inclduing Shelton hitting a double ddt off the top. RVDis the suprise entrant and by far has the biggest pop of the night. And shows the fans he's still got it. Nice bit where he leaps over HHH, when about to feel froggy.
Not entirely sure why, but after RVD (25) enters the booking become terrible. That's what I mean when sayng the match has a weaker 2nd half. Brian Kendrick, Santino, Hacksaw Duggan and Dolph Zigglar (why was he in the match? Who is he?) were the final few entrants and lasted ridiculusly short time, especially Santino but his charcter makes it justified. The Big Show is number 30, and yes he's a big star but was kind of disappointing considering last year we had the suprise John Cena return. Maybe they should of switched Show and RVD around.

Anywho after that we get about 10-15 mins of final action. Which is solid and well paced,but still,I just feel last years was better. The ending was booked well though. Overall, an exciting and rumble with some very good wrestling moves that aren't often seen in a rumble match, and some epic hang ons/ skin the cats. Excellent.
Match Rating: 9

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