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3 Stars for a 3 Match Show,
This review is from: WWE Summerslam 2009 (Steelbook) [DVD] (DVD)
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.
MATCH RATING 8.5
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.
MATCH RATING 6
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.
MATCH RATING 6
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.
MATCH RATING 2
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.
MATCH RATING: 8.5
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.
MATCH RATING: 1
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.
MATCH RATING: 6
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.
MATCH RATING: 9
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.