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a wee cracker but two pudding matches so be warned,
This review is from: WWE - No Way Out 2003 [DVD] (DVD)
No way out is an event that divides many,what appears to be accepted is that the card looked good enough and that plenty was expected,i for one,believe this to be a good event,only two matches bothered me really and that is forgivable,sort of.
The event opened with a blaze of glory,as chris jericho went head to head with jef hardy,this match was dazzling,spectacular and more,high moves,low moves and everything in between,both men gave 100 percent and the fans were going mad here,in truth i didnt want the match to end but when it did we all knew that we had seen something worth revisiting.
The next match was for the world tag team championship,the champions were william regal and lance storm who went up against the decent tag team of rob van dam and kane,this match was solid,while never knocking me off my feet,regal and storm performed well showing great chemistry as a team while van dam and kane had pace and power wrapped up as a team,the ending was enjoyable and this was short and sweet enough to maintain the shows quality.
Next up was a match for the cruiserweight championship,billy kidman,the champ,went up against matt hardy,hardy was certainly enjoying himself as a heel here and went into this with arrogance and a will to win that transferred itself to the way he approached kidman and i felt that these two enjoyed a good wrestling match that had some innovative and highly skilled segments as well,a good quality match.
The hype was falling off the rafters for the next match,the undertaker vs the big show was the match in question,teh match should have been alot shorter and certainly got frustrating as the undertaker couldnt do any of his moves on the big show so it all became a little tiring and fast,big show wasnt at the races here either though and both men are responsible for making this something of a chore,a good finisher meant that i was pleased in that respect but these two didnt highlight the need for many repeats of this match.
A three on two handicap match followed,team angle,which comprised of kurt angle,charlie haas and shelton benjamin went up against chris benoit and brock lesnar,this team lost edge prior to the beginning,this match was very good,and in fairness i knew it would be,skill and strength being spread out over the five men in spades,this was quite simply a great wrestling match and much can be learnt from watching this match,great counters and more,basic wrestling from the ground up was the order of the day and i cant fault this match.
The same cant be said of the next match which was for the world heavyweight title,the champ,triple H was up against scott steiner in a repeat of a horrible match at royal rumble 2003,that match stunk the house out and this one didnt do itself any favours either.The commentators stated that this was a match triple H didnt want,well the fans didnt want it either,this match was boring and everyone switched off,the interference of members of evolution was the only high point in a match that ranks as poor as they come.
Next up was a match that could certainly be called a bona fide grudge match,in 1995 eric bischoff fired steve austin from WCW as he thought he wasnt gonna make it,austin joined WWF as it was then and became the biggest name in wrestling for many a year,austin and bischoff share a kind of hatred that is easy to believe and this match was what we all wanted to see,and while it was certainly one sided,i thought it was great,eric took one hell of a beatdown as the crowd cheered on every brutal assualt that stonecold could give them,the place was certainly in party mode and that is always good.
The main event followed and was a repeat of wrestlemania 18 when hulk hogan fought the rock,two men that gave wrestling a world wide identity,the rock was more than happy to take the heel role here and the crowd was certainly in favour of hogan,this match was really good,the rock hamming it up like no one else could rival and hogan enjoying a new found glory with the fans,the match was good fun and then came one of the great screw jobs of all time,kayfabe yes!,but very good nonetheless,i thought it was great and the final image is superb,leading up to a match 20 years in the making at wrestlemania 19,a super event,let me see,ok,3.5 stars.