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It's WrestleMania...what more needs to be said?,
This review is from: WWE - Wrestlemania 23 [DVD] (DVD)
Regardless of what wrestling promotion you support/have supported in the past, be it WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA or ROH, the law is if you call yourself a true wrestling fan, you watch WrestleMania. It's that simple.
Being the biggest wrestling event of the year/in history, there have been so many historical moments and classic matches that have taken place at WrestleMania, making it a fun-filled event that's always worth paying to see. While admittedly a step down from the previous two events, this pay-per-view has the right number of awesome matches and moments to make this worthy of the name WrestleMania.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Edge vs. CM Punk vs. King Booker vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr Kennedy vs. Matt Hardy vs. Finlay vs. Randy Orton
Unusual choice for the opening bout but it works brilliantly in getting the crowd all fired up. The number of participants being increased from six to eight succeeds as well. I preferred the MITB matches from WM21 and WM22 but with all the phenomenal talent here on form, and the match filled with all the necessary spots to make a ladder match exciting, the results can only be spectacular. It's just such a shame that the victor's triumph would sadly be rendered obsolete two months later. (9/10)
Kane vs. The Great Khali
Why does Kane keep on being subjected to crap like this? The guy is talented, works hard and should have been given a second run as WWE Champion years ago. Yet he keeps on being buried in stupid programs for no real reason. Khali may have unbelievable size and an incredible aura, but he is hugely limited in what he can do. Kane nonetheless does everything to try and drag a good match. The body slam is very impressive...and that's it. Barely passable match with a pointless aftermath. (5/10)
WWE U.S. Championship Match
Chris Benoit (Champion) vs. MVP
God...it's so hard to watch Chris Benoit matches now. As a wrestler and a performer...I miss him. Trying to put the whole Benoit tragedy at the back of my mind, this is a great technical encounter that is enjoyable to watch. And this match (and the feud itself) really allows MVP's character and skills to shine. Should've been a little bit longer, as it ends rather abruptly, but this being a Benoit match, it gets high marks. (8/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista (Champion) vs. The Undertaker
Rumoured to have been the main event, and if I'd have known the match was going to be THIS good, I would have petitioned for this to be on last. I have never seen Batista wrestle this well before and doubt I ever will again. The Undertaker gives perhaps his greatest performance at WrestleMania and the outcome is truly deserved. One of the most surprising matches I've ever seen and a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions. Match of the night and surely a high-ranking contender for match of 2007. (9/10)
ECW Originals vs. The New Breed.
Finally, we get to see Sandman, Sabu and Tommy Dreamer appear at WrestleMania. All the members of the New Breed show that they have talent as well, resulting in what I think is a very-decent 8-man tag. But the biggest problem with this, and the ECW brand itself, is that it isn't extreme rules. Why Vince didn't allow this to be a hardcore bout on WrestleMania of all places, and permit the Originals and the New Breed to really tear the house down is beyond me. Still good, but ECW desperately needs to go back to its roots. (7/10)
Battle of the Billionaires: Hair vs. Hair Match
Bobby Lashley (w/Donald Trump) vs. Umaga (w/Vince McMahon)
Special Guest Referee: Stone Cold Steve Austin
The most hyped match on the card. Both Lashley and Umaga are great wrestlers and show that they have chemistry but they should have been allowed to put on a wrestling match. The interference factor from the outside parties adds to the enjoyment but there's simply too much of it, which detracts some of the quality of the action itself. Nonetheless, an entertaining spectacle that lived up to the hype, with an enjoyable aftermath. (7/10)
WWE Women's Championship Lumberjill Match
Melina (Champion) vs. Ashley
It's times like this where I really miss Trish and Lita. And Jazz and Molly Holly for that matter. Melina is a great heel and one of the best women's wrestlers I've ever seen, but if she was going to be defending the title at WrestleMania, why couldn't she have been allowed to do so against Victoria, Jillian Hall, Mickie James or any other Diva that can actually wrestle? Ashley has trained hard to try and improve her skills but she still has a LONG way to go before she should be put in a situation like this. Poor match with a boring aftermath. Skip it. (3/10)
WWE Championship Match
John Cena (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels
A match I've been wanting to see for a long, long time. Finally, the Heartbreak Kid is back where he belongs. In the main event at WrestleMania, competing for the title. Even though I still believe the Taker-Batista match should have been last on the card, this is nonetheless an excitingly awesome battle. The Showstopper proves once again why he's Mr WrestleMania, and Cena puts another feather in his cap, gives a great entrance and showcases some excellent technical exchanges and the ability to go with one of the greatest of all time. Classic, and another match-of-the-year contender. (9/10)
This being a WrestleMania 3-disc set, you can expect a mammoth selection of extras, including bonus matches, segments leading to/after WM23, `All Grown Up' vignettes and the entire Hall of Fame 2007 induction ceremony. And the icing on the cake is the film frame from WM3 that comes with it. All of which make up a great DVD package. WrestleMania 23, despite some flaws, is a classic show with everything that makes WrestleMania so special. Buy it now.