a good survivor series,
This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 2007 [DVD] (DVD)
Survivor series 2007 brought an end to some feuds and new ones grew in stature and interest while quality remained at a good level there was some genuine filler here that was not needed and took the shine of this proverbial apple for sure.
The event opened with a very good match,the ECW championship was up for grabs,ECW will never be as it was,we have to accept that,the old format is dead,the low production values long gone and the violence and suicide traits all but buried,what you have left is a list of athletes with some venom inside who do their best to give their all,cm punk is one of those who is a joy to watch and here as champion he is up against the miz and john morrison who were tag team champs in a triple threat match.
This match set the mood perfectly,a host of near pin falls and inventive moves and a soaring energy that dazzled and kept a frantci crowd going,a superb ending meant that this was a great wee opener.
Next up was a ten diva tag team match and this highlights perfectly that the WWE has no faith in keeping a match with ladies in it running over a few minutes as this wasnt a traditional survivor series elimination match,this was a one fall match,i wont bother naming all those that participated,the captains were beth phoenix for the villains and mickie james was there for the goodies,this wasnt a big or clever match and i can barely remember this and i only watched this again yesterday.
The world tag team championship was contested next,the champs trevor murdoch and lance cade went up against hardcore holly and cody rhodes.This was a good match,the champions were by far the better team,cutting the ring in half and dominating and using quick tags which as jim ross rightly points out is how all the great tag teams did it,just watch the old footage of arn anderson and tully blancard for further proof,anyway,this was a good contest and a superb finisher move was used,its hard to fault the sunset flip powerbomb,an underused move that looks the part and yes its gonna hurt.
Next up was another very good match,a 5 on 4 traditional survivor series elimination match.We had a team captained by triple h,which featured kane,rey mysterio and jeff hardy,i found it amusing when the team was being interviewed how each of triple hs partners had a bone of contention with the man and this planted a seed of doubt that maybe he could be sabotaged!The captain of their rivals was umaga and he had mr kennedy,finlay,big daddy v and MVP on his team.This was a good match with no cheap falls designed to take a man out so that we can move on,i hate that,i really do,the winners had to earn it,a good physical contest with speed and precision and an understanding of whats needed to fight at the top,very good.
Next up was a match that wasnt a match,it was a disgrace,a waste of time,i would rather have watched scotty 2 hotty perform the worm 5 times,actually what the heck am i saying,this was terrible,we had the great khali who looked a bit humilated going up against 4 foot 4 tall hornswoggle,the biggest mismatch in wwe history!nope this was the biggest con in wwe history,was simply there to make us laugh and to start a feud between khali and finlay that wasnt even that good in the first place,shocking and im being polite.
Next up was a match for the WWE championship,the champ randy orton went up against shawn michaels,there were two stipulations,firstly hbk couldnt use the sweet chin music as a finisher and secondly if randy orton got disqualified then michaels would win the belt,this made for a pure wrestling match which was entertaining,loads of endurance moves and submission moves and mat wrestling with heaps of skill meant that this was never gonna fail and it didnt and the ending was sublime.
The main event was up next,the world heavyweight championship was up for battle,the champ batista was up against the undertaker in a hell in a cell match.This was the fifth match of the year between these two so this was the final match for a while between the two,we had all seen too much of them,but this was a treat for the eyes,a violent,brutal,more than savage beat down between two men who wanted to ruin one another,i found this a real killer match,tombstones on steel steps,batista bombs flying all around the place and a shock for all when a man interferes,this was a great match.
The steelcase edition is very nice as usual and will sit alongside my others without blushing,the dvd extras,oh you want to know,well they aint great,in fact there is just one,for a wee while prior to the event we were getting images of codes much like the matrix with words like the second coming and save us scrolling down and while it was the worst kept secret of all time,the dvd extra occurs the following night when we see who this is,its good and entertaining but this alone does not make dvd extras good,a bit lousy in truth but overall i have decided to give this four stars.