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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to the Collection, 16 Dec. 2013
This review is from: WWE - New Year's Revolution 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
Overall, New Years Revolution is a very good WWE PPV. You have a good mix of match-ups and storylines, a pumped up crowd and some great writing; this is marred a little by a slightly underwhelming main event. However, the night is full of exciting developments, entertaining matches, and great performances all round for the wrestlers, so really a strong event to start the year on.

INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE:
Rick Flair vs Edge

Flair was reaching the point where he could no longer perform in-ring in 2005, but he shows that he still has fight left in him here. A good back-and-forth contest with some nice variety and a believable ending. Nothing special, but solid nonetheless. ***

WOMEN'S TITLE:
Trish Stratus vs Mickey James

This represents another development in the most thought out womens' storyline in years, so going into it the crowd is unusually excited, as was I. Both women are accomplished wrestlers, and put on a great match here. The storyline goes on to even bigger and better things, but was certainly bolstered by this strong performance. ***1/2

Jerry "the King" Lawler vs Gregory Helms:

Unlike Flair earlier in the evening, Jerry is definitely past it. And as much as I like him on commentary, and as a person, I can't enjoy the match. The typical youth vs experience cliche is wheeled out here, even if Helms is practically a veteran himself by 2006. Disappointing. *1/2

Triple H vs Big Show

I'm not normally a fan of Triple H or Big Show, but they put on a real exhibition here. Big show has a broken hand in a cast, which means he's effectively taking a weapon into the match. This angle is well played upon and fleshed out, and really elevates the match. Selling is some of the best I've seen from both sides. A very entertaining match. ****

Shelton Benjamin vs Viscera

Shelton comes out with his mother, who was insulted by Viscera early in the night. And you certainly won't forget she's there, as she's constantly shouting out to "her boy". Thankfully, this is better executed than it sounds, and leads to a number of amusing quips from King (who has returned to commentary after his match). Unfortunately, the action itself is dull. **1/2

GAUNTLET BRA & PANTIES MATCH:

This is here to get the audience into a jolly mood so that the elimination chamber can have maximum impact, and is executed well to this effect. Equal parts sexy and humour are used, which is entertaining, but not really wrestling. *1/2

ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH FOR THE WWE TITLE:
John Cena vs Shawn Michaels vs Carlito vs Chris Masters vs Kurt Angle vs Kane

Masters and Carlito have a plan going into this: team up and take out everyone else. And this idea is well developed and plays out very believably. Carlito is most impressive here, taking most of the heavy bumps and maintaining a quick pace, and Angle is also on stellar form. Unfortunately, the match overall is paced too slowly for me, and I don't feel the chamber was used to it's full potential. That said, there are a number of surprises in everything from the eliminations to the moves used to the aftermath. And it s these twists and turns that make the match worth watching. Great story, underwhelming action. ***1/2

In the extras, you get a few interviews, but that's it. I still don't understand why they don't just stick the dark matches in here - which on this DVD would mean Chavo Guerrero vs Gene Snitsky. So the extras aren't worth buying the DVD for, but the event is. There are some great matches on the card, and some excellent writing too, which make this a solid buy for any WWE fan.
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