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not the years best but still good
on 18 December 2007
Following on from the excellent wrestlemania 19 which occured one month earlier,it was always going to be difficult for this pay per view to compete,if you do that then this dies a death in some ways but watch it as a singular experience and it is clear that this event is solid without moving any mountains.
The event had a format of minimalism,no last man standing matches,no first blood,no cages,no buried alive,no anything out of the ordinary and to that extent it still holds its own,opening up with a fine match between tag team champs team angle against los guerreros which was high action and had eddie guerrero in particular in fine form,when team angle tried a dirty trick the crowd booed,when eddie or chavo copied it the crowd lapped it up,this was entertaining for me and the outcome was controversial,a fine opener.
Next up was sean ohaire,(short lived or what)with roddy piper as his guide against rikashi,the match had hype about it and in some ways it lived up to it,some laughs included and a fine display from ohaire in truth.
Next up was another tag match,the champs rob van dam and kane vs the dudley boyz,this match was great again,fast,brutal,engaging and action packed,plenty of fast paced moves occured as well as savage moves,kane and rvd looked the part here and this match failed no one.
Next up was a ladies title match,the champ jazz vs trish,this match was ok,not great,jazz and trish worked well enough together but the match lacked both pace and drive but while predictable enough kept the event ticking over.
next up was a poor enough match,it didnt look good on paper and it didnt deliver upon its time,the 500 pound big show vs a less than 200 pound rey mysterio,a little bit of storyline led to this but it was never gonna last the course and this feud didnt last long,the match was over as soon as you would expect,rey giving his all in parts and the big show just taking it and then destruction,it did look good but certainly surreal when a stretchered rey was smashed into the ring post but not a match that would make anyones greatest of all time list.
Next up was the title match between an emerging john cena against the champ brock lesnar who was enjoying a fine run of success,the match was good,it wasnt perfect but had some moments of note,within a year these men would be in very different places indeed but for now this was maybe too far for cena but he cut his teeth well enough in this match,no shame in this.
Next up was the RAW card six man tag match,flair,triple h and chris jericho took the role as the villains against a team that didnt look comfortable with each other,they were made up of a returning,but not for a period of great success,kevin nash with shawn michaels and booker t,the match was filled with bad behaviour and individual battles as opposed to team work ,nash wasnt that great here and certainly looked to steal the limelight,the team of villains worked well but their oppenents let this match down so i was pleased with the outcome,not the best when you consider the quality of those involved but did enough to warrant its place on the card.
Next up was the main event,a match with no title on line,just reputation,the rock,a wwe legend against the wcw legend who had just joined the company,goldberg.If vince mcmahon had known that goldberg would only stay a year he may well have never allowed him the liberties he did but he wasnt to know,the rock,meanwhile was in and out of the wwe at this time as he was working in hollywood and after this event he was gone again,leading to his eventual forever goodbye,the crowd still hated him for leaving the company but while they had him here he got some cheers as did goldberg.The match was good without being great,the rock wasnt at his best while goldberg was ruthless when it counted,one reign would end and one would begin was essentially how this match would be deemed so the outcome shouldnt shock but on the dvd extras you get to see what happened after the event ended on television when the rock picked himself up,grabbed the mic and spoke of his thanks to all the fans and made a few jokes and won the crowd over,almost getting a blessing,this was an excellent,very real moment that makes this dvd worthwhile as not many may have seen that,a 3.5 out of 5 dvd then.