Not a great pay-per-view, and not a bad one by any standards, because Bad Blood didn't absolutely blow the roof off the arena, it has been the target of much criticism. This Raw only event was only going to get over (especially with those who aren't convinced at the success of the brand extension) by being an all-time classic, and although it was a passable pay-per-view, it wasn't an all-time classic. The timing of the pay-per-view was also quite unfortunate. This event would have been a great chance to reinstate the Intercontinental title, however it was done in a battle royal the previous month at Judgment Day. It would have been a fantastic opportunity for Goldberg to make his main event debut, however, he wasn't quite over enough with the fans just yet. Here's what went down;
The opening match was the Dudley Boyz vs Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski, and wasn't very good. Mack and Nowinski were still very inexperienced at this point, and shouldn't have been expected to work an opening match, as it is usually the opening match which sets the mood for the rest of the night. The odd pairing of Mack and Nowinski made no sense to the fans, Mack being the protege of African-American rights activist Theodore Long, and Nowinski being the Havard snob. The very idea that these two would team up is confusing, and this is probably why it was a difficult match to work for those involved.
The next match was the long dreaded rematch between Test and Scott Steiner, the winner obtaining the services of Stacy Kiebler. Although it sounds silly, I thought that this was a good match, it was certainly miles ahead of thier encounters at Judgment Day and Insurrextion. In the build up to this match, Test was seen to be the over possessive boyfriend type, by mistreating Kiebler, getting himself much heel heat, and by doing this, we actually hear cheers for Scott Steiner as he makes his entrance to this match. Although a supposed baby face, Steiner hadn't heard cheers of this sort, since his entrance prior to his awful match at the Royal Rumble against Triple H (which also bagged worst match of the year in the Powerslam magazine reader's awards). For this he should thank Test, who did a sterling job of getting himself over as a heel.
The next match was for the Intercontinental title, Booker T against the reigning champion Christian, in Booker's very own home town of Houston. Not a bad match, Christian was a good choice for Intercontinental champion, most can liken his attitude to that of the Rock during his days as Interconinental champion in 1998. Good match this one.
La Resistance vs Kane and Van Dam was up next, and this encounter couldn't hold a candle to their match at Insurrextion.
This match only seemed to serve to build up the tension between Van Dam and Kane.
The next match holds match of the night honours in my estimation, it was the much awaited match between Chris Jericho and Goldberg, and was thoroughly enjoyable. Jericho does a great job of advancing Goldberg's unstoppable persona, and the very authentic backstage heat between these two which actually resulted in a scuffle and pull apart a few weeks prior to this match brings a fantastic sense of reality to this match. Great effort from both participants.
The next match was also a long awaited one, pitting Michaels against Flair, a battle of the legends. This match does a sterling job of setting up the feud between Michaels and Orton, and is great performance from both competitiors. The match is a considerably long one, which is a suprise when you consider that Flair is one of the competitiors. This is an awesome match.
And then comes the main event, Triple H vs Kevin Nash inside the hell in a cell. A cut above their match at Judgment Day, and with Foley as the special guest referee, this is an enjoyable main event.
Once again, in between matches are the priceless exchanges between Austin and Bischoff, which also provide comedy to the pay-per-view. Although it didn't live up to the excessive hype, this event wasn't a bad effort, and is certainly worth a look.