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HHH and Vince...you guys deserve such credit
on 8 March 2008
2007 had been a very rough year for WWE. So many of their top stars were getting injured, many more were involved in a drug scandal and there was the horrific, unfathomable Benoit tragedy. And just when it seemed things couldn't possibly get any worse, John Cena, the company's biggest star and then-WWE Champion was injured.
Watching the 2007 edition of No Mercy gave me the impression that WWE weren't gonna take anymore misfortune. They took a really bad situation, and used it to produce one of the best pay-per-views of 2007. With the WWE title vacated heading into the show, things kick off with a true bang, as a fantastic opening segment sees Vince McMahon award the title to Randy Orton, (who this time was more than ready for/deserving of a world title reign, unlike in 2004), and Triple H coming out, which sets up our first match.
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Triple H
The opening segment, the shocking challenge of HHH, and the impromptu nature of this match REALLY got the crowd into this, and for the viewer, it's impossible not to get caught up in the excitement yourself. This is a fantastic opening contest, made special by the circumstances and its straight wrestling nature. The outcome here doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I welcome it wholeheartedly given how long it's been since we've had a HHH title reign, and that this is only the first chapter of such a well-crafted storyline. The only thing that overshadows this is the main event. (8/10)
6-Man Tag Team Match
Jeff Hardy, Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. Mr Kennedy, Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch
An unexpected bonus and a cracking one at that. All six guys are true, proven talent that all together put on a exciting, fast-paced affair. The action in the final moments is truly red-hot and although this'll sadly fade away into obscurity, it really is an absolute blinder. (8/10)
ECW Championship Match
CM Punk (Champion) vs. Big Daddy V
On paper, this had the potential to be very interesting. And if this was TRULY ECW, then it really could've been a quality David + Goliath hardcore encounter. As it is, this is just a squash that is insulting to watch. CM Punk is the sole reason for watching the ECW brand these days, and does the title true justice. And for him to be subjected to this is just sad. Forget this...and any hope left for the ECW brand itself. (3/10)
MVP & Matt Hardy Pizza Eating Contest
This whole completion thing between Matt and MVP has been nothing but pure comedy and entertainment. It's added so much to a great feud and this is certainly no exception. Great mike work from MVP as always and much kudos to Hardy for playing his role so well again. Only question is...when's the ultimate U.S. title match gonna happen between these two? (9/10)
WWE Championship Match
Triple H (Champion) vs. Umaga
A match that had already been scheduled for No Mercy prior to the WWE Championship situation, now made even more interesting because of the storyline. This is a good bout that once more showcases Umaga for the monster talent he is and Triple H's ability to compete. Not as special or as memorable as the other title matches but still a fab part of a great storyline. Umaga should be given the title at some point, I think. (7/10)
Rey Mysterio vs. Finlay
Another fast-paced, action-filled bout on this card, which is typical to SmackDown!'s quality. Again, nothing really memorable or classic, but still a superb outing from both men. Aftermath is very well pulled off, which gives the rivalry a little bit more intrigue. (8/10)
WWE Women's Championship Match
Candice Michelle (Champion) vs. Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix is a great women's wrestler, and has really shone with her Glamazon character. And Candice Michelle has really improved and earned the title. This match, though, is basically your average women's match. That's not saying it's bad, but compare this to their match at Unforgiven and you'll notice the drop in quality. Worth watching, good outcome, but nothing to get overly excited about. (5/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Punjabi Prison Match
Batista (Champion) vs. The Great Khali
The best match out of the whole Batista-Khali feud, but that's not saying all that much. The Punjabi Prison is an interesting gimmick but one that's not really realized its full potential yet. This match is slow, drags on at times, and pretty uneventful. However, Batista makes an effort to carry the very limited Khali and instead of being a disaster, the match actually turns out okay. (7/10)
WWE Championship Last Man Standing Match
Triple H (Champion) vs. Randy Orton
The final act of the master scheme to get Orton over as WWE Champion. The second time these guys face each other in the same night, HHH's third bout of the night, Orton's second, and the THIRD Last Man Standing match of 2007. Cause for concern? None whatsoever. This is a brutal, exciting classic that is the high point of the whole show. The Game puts the Legend Killer over in a HUGE way by doing business the RIGHT way. A historic affair with a credible conclusion and the correct one at that. Match of the night. (9/10)
Extras are rather good, here. Consisting of a report regarding Cena's surgery, a Batista interview and a GODLIKE segment the following night on RAW featuring Orton celebrating his WWE Championship and the shocking return of one of the truest legends of all time.
No Mercy 2007 is amazing in that it does so much more in ONE NIGHT to make the whole Orton/HHH feud a resounding success then it did in all those wasted months in 2004. This is an absolutely awesome show. Although flawed, it's classic for the brilliant WWE Championship storyline, some fabulous matches and some pleasant bonuses along the way. No question, this is an essential purchase.