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Another excellent survival of the fittest!,
This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 2007 [DVD] (DVD)
The 2007 Survivor Series is another great offering from WWE, from a time when they evidently still cared about it. The Elimination Match is tremendous, and the booking for WrestleMania 24 and other long-term plans was starting to take shape.
From the opener to the main-event, this Survivor Series is strong, with many hot-angles/feuds driving match-quality to fantastic levels. Ignoring one or two blemishes, it's a fine show to watch indeed.
Triple Threat ECW Championship Match
CM Punk (Champion) vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz
A terrific opener featuring three (then) rising stars who have gone long gone on to achieve greatness. Despite the downfall of the ECW brand, Punk was truly the best thing about it at this stage. The series with Morrison still fresh in people's minds, they put on a fluid, highly innovative outing that really gets the crowd on their feet. Throwing the Miz into the mix was smart, as he really started to show his potential here. (8/10)
10-Diva Tag Team Match
Mickie James, Maria, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix, Jillian, Melina, Victoria & Layla
Decent enough multi-Diva action, let down by its short-length, non-elimination rules and the ladies who can actually wrestle made to take a back seat to those who can't. However, Melina's entrance mishap and graceful recovery are good to watch, as is Mickie's new finisher (even though the ending is botched. 5/10)
World Tag Team Championship Match
Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (Champions) vs. Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly
The Redneck Wrecking Crew's reign came under fire from Bob the veteran and young Cody, who here shows his potential in a way that would make father (Dusty) and brother (Goldust) proud. Good mid-card filler, though ultimately forgettable. (6/10)
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio & Kane vs. Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, MVP, Finlay & Big Daddy V
True to the nature of the Survivor Series, this Eliminator is an excellent outing, telling a brilliant story and showcasing remarkable booking. Well-paced and exciting, it's great to see the participants on fine form. Even Big Daddy V performs well. The outcome is splendid, as are the survivors. Match of the night. (9/10)
Hornswoggle vs. Great Khali
WHY? JUST WHY? Huge mismatch, complete waste of time. Just like the tawdry storyline this was part of. SKIP! (0/10)
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels
The Age of Orton continued with engaging, absolute excellence. Randy's run as WWE Champion just continued to grow stronger, and the feud with Shawn certainly helped legitimise it. Not quite as good as the previous month's contest at Cyber Sunday, but still a fine wrestling bout with Shawn performing to spec even with Sweet Chin Music being barred. The clean finish is splendid, the aftermath is hilarious. (7/10)
Hell in a Cell World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista (Champion) vs. The Undertaker
Given how awesome the feud of 2007 was, Hell in a Cell was the perfect finale for the Undertaker/Batista series of that year. It's not as fierce or as intense as it should (and deserved to) be, but it's yet another violent, magnificent outing between the two gladiators. The Phenom and the Animal's chemistry was absolutely amazing to behold, and it's the same once again, with blood and carnage reigning supreme. The final moments and a surprise return are JAW-DROPPINGLY shocking! The aftermath will leave you all the more reeling! (8/10)
Only one special feature here (typical!) BUT it's truly a must-see. A segment focusing on the night after on Raw, where the mystery of the whole "Save_Us.222" angle is finally revealed with the long-awaited comeback of...Well, that would be telling. But it makes for legendary viewing, needless to say. Especially with Randy Orton thrown into the mix.
Like many shows of its ilk, Survivor Series 2007 is excellent, and another reminder why we love it so much, and how foolish WWE were for (at one point) considering pulling the plug on it. Tremendous angles/storylines backed up by quality wrestling? It's a no brainer. Worth a place on every fan's shelf.