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This might be the WWE's 2nd best PPV of the year after Wrestlemania it was a good suprise! John Cena had an excellent match in which he upset Chris Jericho. Jeff Hardy retained his IC title in a short sloppy match with Willam Regal. Bubba & Spike Dudley won a fairly violent tables match over Benoit & Guerrero. Jamie Noble had a really good match with Kidman which was suprising to me. Booker T defeated The Big Show in a no dq match, at one point Booker T gave the scissors kick to Big Show and sent him right through the table. In a stupid decision by the WWE Christian and Lance Storm, the jealous anti-americans defeated Hogan and Edge with a lot of help from Test and Jericho. RVD and Brock had the match of the night it was filled with great high spots and RVD got to retain his ic title through a DQ so I was happy he kept the title. Triple H also signed with Eric Bischoff and Raw which means little to nothing. And in the main event the Rock became the first ever 7-time WWE world champion defeating both Kurt Angle & Undertaker in a triple threat match. Overall this is probably the WWE's 2nd best PPV of 2002! 7/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I have seen a lot of PPV's in the past but this is the most
entertaining, intense PPV and the most complete DVD i have ever seen.
The DVD extras are worth it because they it gives a different view of
how the wrestlers act after the show (such as the chris benoit
interview/edge interview), some glimpse into the Monday Night Wars
era,the first match of Hogan winning tag title gold and some
promotional talk. Additionally there is a good music video.
1. Tag Team Table match: Bubby Ray and Spike Dudley vs. Eddie Guerro and Chris benoit 7/10 This was a pretty good intense match to start off the show. Not too many holds and just pure raw physicallity. Spike can hold his own in tables matches and Guerro and Benoit gave good pure wrestling skills on the mat.
2. WWE Crusierweight championship: Jamie Noble w/ Nidia v. Billy Kidman 3/10 The crowd really didn't care about either wrestler and didn't get interested until Kidman did a shooting star press. Usually people expect a lot of high flying in a cruiser weight championship, but this had very little. In fact it was so bad that when Noble hit his finisher, no one even cared or knew (you can tell by the lack of camera's flashing). The ending was quick though.
3. WWE European Championship: Jeff hardy v. William Regal 5/10 I've never really liked regal as a wrestler, he lacks intensity and style. Hardy was impressive but really didn't get a chance to show off his high flying act, although he still performed some good counters and added that needed fast pace to the match. It ended off quickly which was perfect for this match.
4. John Cena v. Chris Jericho 6/10 It's funny looking back at Cena's very first PPV, how he used to act, how he used to dress, and how he used to look (watch his interview, it's pretty funny). This was a good intense match with Cena showing a nice variety of holds, suplexes, counters and some aerial. Jericho was sub-par but definitely helped Cena launch his career. Cena Wins.
5. WWE Intercontenital championship: RVD v. Brock Lesnar 8/10 This was a very intense and good match. Both wrestlers styles really matched up well on the screen, with Brocks pure power and raw energy vs. RVDs skill full moves and quickness. RVD looked great in this match (better than his later matches with edge and cena)and the entire match was fast pace. The ending worked perfectly because it still preserved Brock's undefeated streak while giving RVD his just desserts in his home state.
6. No disqualification match: Booker T v. Big Show 7/10 Another solid match that lacked a certain intensity as the RVD match but still a good follow up. Although it started off kinda slow (which it always is with big show) Booker T was impressive and did a sick move on the announcers table. The finisher was awesome, the ending was a great upset and big move up for Booker T.
7. WWE Tag Team Championship: Hogan and Edge v. Christian and Lance storm 5/10 This was a mediocre match. Hogan comes out like usual to a huge pop but his variety of moves lacks that intensity and energy. Then again Christian doesn't exactly have the greatest athletic abilities himself. This ended up being a mediocre match at best but was still OK for PPV.
8. Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed Championship: 10/10. Rock v. Undertaker v. Kurt Angle.
Easily the match of the year. This is by far the best triple threat match i have ever seen. It had close falls, plenty of finishers, stolen finishers, raw energy, intensity and fast pace. No one could predict who would come out of this one. If your going to buy this DVD i would buy it strictly for this match. (ending? watch for yourself!)
Overall this was a solid PPV with plenty of extra goodies to keep you watching again and again. Although this is hard to find (i had to pay a little more than usual for this DVD) it is definitely worth your money.
My favourite WWF/WWE card of 2002 was Survivor Series/WrestleMania X8. This
would rank as my second favourite and was a big improvement over King of the
Spike and Bubba took on Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit in a tables match. I wasn't sure why the referee was waving his warning finger at times towards the competitors because I thought there were no rules in these matches. It was a strong opening match. Bubba and Spike were the winners.
In a Cruiserweight Title match, the talented Jamie Noble beat Billy Kidman.
Jeff Hardy beat William Regal in a relatively short match that was very good. It was a European Title match.
Rookie John Cena then took on Chris Jericho. I am not sure why the bookers had Cena win because they haven't done much with him since but it was a good contest. There are some great rookies coming into the WWE.
Brock Lesnar then battled Rob Van Dam in a match for the now defunct Intercontinental Title. An excellent match which Brock won. Despite what some people say, Brock is very convincing when it comes to selling the opponents moves and telling a story in the ring. Paul Heyman was also at ringside. He reminds me of the managers from years ago such as Jimmy Hart and Slick in that he is always trying to interfere. It was his interference that got Brock the win.
Booker T then beat the Big show in a no DQ, no count out match. Quite good.
There was then a promo involving Triple H, the lovely Stephanie McMahon, Eric Bischoff and the forever charismatic Shawn Michaels. Stephanie and Bischoff were bidding for Triple H's services (this brand extension thing has been the best thing to happen to WWE in 2002). Triple H eventually signed with Raw.
Lance Storm and Christian battled Hulk Hogan and Edge in a very entertaining tag team title match. I still can't get over wrestling's top guy Hogan sharing a title with someone else but it was a good match in which everyone pulled their weight.
Then came the main event in which Rock won the Undisputed Championship by beating Kurt Angle and the Undertaker. The holder of the belt, the Undertaker, didn't even get pinned but lost the belt when the Rock beat Kurt.
Overall, a fantastic event from start to finish. If you buy the DVD version, you will get a bland music video by Desire, 7 insightful interviews with the stars of WWE and the match in which Hogan and Edge won the tag belts from Billy & Chuck. Well worth anyone's money.
WWE Vengeance was a good solid and enjoyable p.p.v compared to the others
this year, the only possible exceptions being wrestlemania and jugdment
Vengeance kicked off from Detroit and the first match was the brilliant
team table match between the Dudleys and Benoit and guerrero. I had waited
long time to see a table match of this high quality and I finally got
my view the best match of the event was the triple threat match for the
undisputed championship. The outcome was a bit stupid because I wanted
Angle to win, AND KURT DOES NOT SUCK.
There were four championships on the line and a table match and a no dq match up which was also enjoyable, the bit where Booker T puts the Big Show through the table was the highlight of the night. The triple threat match was one of the greatest of all time, the match went back and forth with an outcome i was not expecting, I was expecting The Undertaker to win and then lose to Brock at summerslam.
So if you enjoy watching people go through tables and like to see a great main event get Vengeance and you will not be dissaponted. My rating i give it 9 out of 10.
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MATCH 1- Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero vs Bubba & Spike
First off, my only pet peeve about table matches (which this one was) are
those which take place
under regular tag format rules. If these matches are non-DQ, why don't all
men fight in the ring at the same
time? Anyway, this was a reasonably good one, once it got going. The
won, which surprised me. (I think the Hardyz/Dudleyz
table match from Royal Rumble 2000 has set the bar, and hasn't been
MATCH 2- Jamie Noble vs Billy Kidman. I was pleased w/ the Vengeance card as four of my favourite wrestlers were all on it- (a rare occurence these days)- Jericho, RVD, Kidman and Lance Storm. Good Cruiserweight action as usual. Kidman sells an arm injury well and Noble's victory with a Tigerbomb was out of nowhere. Liked Kidman's second-rope Skyhigh and Shooting Star press.
MATCH 3- Jeff Hardy vs William Regal. Not a whole lot to say about this European title match. It's OK, but Regal and Hardy's styles are so different and don't really mesh that well. Rollup victory for Jeff.
MATCH 4- Chris Jericho vs John Cena. I was glad to see this match added to the card, but the climax of the match p***ed me off hugely. They should have let Cena take Jericho to the edge, but let the wily Canadian come out with a victory. Cena was winning their feud in the weeks leading up to Vengeance, so this should have been Jericho's chance to save face and win (cleanly, with the Walls.) Instead, Cena wins with a rollup reversal of the Walls. I HATE rollup victories!! The match itself was good, and while the result was disappointing, at least Jericho used the Flashback and BreakDown. (And Lionsault).
MATCH 5- Rob Van Dam vs Brock Lesnar. IC title match. Much better than their KoTR encounter, as this match goes longer and with more offence for RVD. Lesnar is DQ'd for interference from Paul Heyman. Van Dam almost gets to use the Van Terminator on Lesnar, but falls victim (after the match) to an F-5 on a chair. Glad RVD didn't have to job 2 PPVs in a row!
MATCH 6- Booker T vs Big Show. I was not really looking forward to this match, but Booker saved it with 2 amazing spots: an Axe kick through the Spanish announcers' table and a Rolling/Houston Hangover (which he used to win). Good stuff. [Glad the nWo is gone. It wasn't doing much- not even HBK could save it.]
Triple H signs with RAW (because of Shawn Michaels) in a slightly drawn out promo. [I may be in a minority, but I think the brand extension is absolutely terrific. I was getting tired of the same old main events on both shows. Now, other wrestlers are getting a chance to shine- it's good to see]
MATCH 7- Edge & Hogan vs Storm & Christian. The highlights reel before this match was really funny- " World War One.. World War TWO!.. Korean War.. Vietnam..AMERICA SUCKS!!" Also, Storm and Christian's promos before the match were really good (especially JR's "how dare you" to Storm's comments). OK match. Thought Edge would turn, but he didn't. A title shot to the head by Jericho ends Hogan & Edge's reign as champions, as the 'Anti-Americans' steal the gold!
MATCH 8- The Rock vs Angle vs Undertaker. Despite The Rock's victory, this is the best PPV main event this year. Dozens of near falls, signature move swapping and application of submission holds made this an extremely exciting match to watch. The Rock Rock Bottoms Angle to begin his first Undisputed title reign.
OVERALL- Great to see all my favourites on the same card. Some good matches and NO awful ones. A return to winning ways for WWE.
Firstly let me say that I didn't like the fact that The Rock won the title that is so gay. Next I feel Regal should have got back his European title, Jeff Hardy is a crappy champ. Rob Van Dam had the Intercontinental title too long already Brock should have won it. I am pleased with Storm and Christian being tag champs, best match was the Booker T and Big Show match in my opinion.
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Match 1: Tag Team Table Match
Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley vs Eddie Guerrero and Chris
Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley started things off with a Tag Team Table Match
against Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit. According to the rules of the
match, both opponents have to go through tables in order to get the win.
Benoit and Guerrero heated up early on by taking turns hammering first
and then Bubba Ray. A German suplex by Benoit to Bubba took the wind out of
the Dudley brother. Spike tried to help his brother, but the referee
restrained him while Benoit and Guerrero ganged up on him in the corner.
With Benoit stomping away on Bubba, Guerrero set up a table outside. Spike
dashed into the ring and somersaulted over the top rope onto Guerrero on
outside! After recovering and taking care of Spike, Guerrero slipped a
into the ring and helped the Wolverine set it up. The tandem then set up
a double superplex from the middle rope which would have put Bubba through
the table, but Spike knocked the table over right before his brother came
crashing down! Guerrero and Benoit propped another table in the corner and
tried to Irish Whip Spike through it, but Bubba dashed in and blocked his
brother. Bubba caught fire and lifted both opponents into back body drops!
Bubba slammed Guerrero and Spike stomped on the Wolverine from off the top
rope. Bubba held Benoit at bay for Spike to soar into the Wassup! headbutt!
Shortly after, Benoit latched Spike in the Crossface, but the match
continued even after Spike tapped out. Bubba came to his brother's rescue
and managed to sprawl Benoit on a table. Bubba leapt from the middle rope,
but Benoit moved and sent Bubba crashing through the wood! But because his
opponents didn't force him through the table, Bubba was allowed to stay in
the match. The first man was eliminated shortly after, though, as Spike put
Eddie through a table with a Dudley Dawg from the ring apron to the
Benoit put Spike through a table moments later to even the score. Within
seconds, Bubba nailed a Bubba Bomb that put Benoit through a table and gave
the Dudleys the win!
Winner: Bubba Ray and Spike Dudley
Match 2: Cruiserweight Championship Jamie Noble vs Billy Kidman Billy Kidman challenged Jamie Noble, who brought Nidia with him to the ring, for the Cruiserweight Championship. Noble and Kidman locked up and tumbled over the ring, but raced back inside and grappled some more. When Kidman thwarted all Noble's moves, Noble fled outside the ring where Nidia gave him some encouragement. The fight spread outside the ring and Noble threw his girlfriend into the challenger. Kidman tossed Nidia aside but was taken down with a modified arm bar. Noble continued to attack Kidman's injured arm back in the ring. Kidman's injured harm hampered his offense, but he continued to battle hard. Noble tried to put Kidman away with a powerbomb but the challenger countered into a facebuster. Kidman went to finish things with a Shooting Star Press, but Noble broke up the attempt. Kidman went for the Shooting Star Press again, but this time Noble just rolled out of harm's way. Noble flipped Kidman into a power bomb soon after and got the pin to retain his WWE Cruiserweight Championship! Winner: Jamie Noble
Match 3: European Championship William Regal vs Jeff Hardy William Regal took on Jeff Hardy next in an attempt to win back the European Championship. Jeff catapulted Regal over the top rope then took him down with a hurracanrana off the ring apron. Back in the ring, Jeff hit the Whisper in the wind to knock Regal for a loop. Jeff went for the Swanton Bomb, but Regal got his knees up to hit Jeff with a devastating shot. Jeff managed to surprise Regal with a quick rollup though and got the pin to keep the European Championship! Regal started bawling at seeing Hardy celebrate on his way back up the ramp. Winner: Jeff Hardy
Match 4: Chris Jericho vs John Cena Chris Jericho had promised to end John Cena's career in their match at Vengeance, which came up next. Jericho tried to teach Cena a lesson as their match began by suplexing him to the mat. Jericho continued to knock Cena around the ring until his cockiness got the better of him. While on the top rope, Jericho began to showboat and allowed Cena to grab him for a superplex! Cena followed with a tilt-a-whirl slam but was taken down with a nasty dropkick to the gut. The rookie recovered and hit a belly to belly suplex but couldn't put Y2J away. Jericho launched into the Lionsault but Cena dodged the move. Jericho nailed a bulldog and then connected on the Lionsault, but did not go for the cover. He goaded Cena to his feet so he could put on the Walls of Jericho. Cena had other ideas, reversing the move into a pin attempt and getting the 1-2-3! Jericho went berserk after the match. Winner: John Cena
Match 5: Intercontinental Championship RVD vs Brock Lesnar via disqualification The Next Big Thing and Mr. Pay-Per-View tangled with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. Brock grabbed the title from the ref and draped it over his shoulder momentarily while glaring at RVD. Van Dam 's quickness gave Brock fits early on. The big man rolled out of the ring and kicked the steel steps out of frustration. Brock pulled himself together and began to take charge. With Paul Heyman beaming at ringside, Brock slammed RVD to the hard floor outside the ring. From there, Brock began to overpower RVD, throwing him with ease over the top rope. RVD landed painfully on his back, then had to suffer from having his spine cracked against the steel ring steps. The fight returned to the ring with Brock squeezing RVD around the ribs. RVD broke away and soon after leveled Brock with a kick to the temple. RVD followed with the Rolling Thunder but Brock managed to kick out after a two-count. The fight looked like it might be over soon as RVD went for a Five-Star Frog Splash. Brock, though, hoisted Van Dam onto his shoulder and went for the F-5, but RVD whirled Brock into a DDT and followed with the Frog Splash! He went for the pin, but Heyman pulled the ref from the ring! The ref immediately called for a disqualification and soon traded blows with Heyman! After, RVD leapt onto Brock from the top rope and then threatened to hit the Van Terminator! Heyman grabbed RVD's leg and Brock picked up the champ and this time connected with the F-5 onto a steel chair! Winner: RVD
Match 6: Booker T vs the Big Show Booker T faced the Big Show one-on-one next. Show withstood Booker T's kicks and punches and slapped Booker into the corner. After being thrown from the ring, Booker picked up a chair at ringside, but Big Show punched it back into Booker's face. Booker tried to get back into the game by choking Show with a camera cable at ringside. Booker smashed a TV monitor from the Spanish announcers' position into Show's skull, then delivered a scissors kick that put both men through the table! Booker crawled back into the ring and Big Show staggered in moments later. Show grabbed Booker's throat but was met by a low blow and a kick to the face. Booker climbed the top rope and nailed a somersaulting leg drop to get the pin! Winner: Booker T
Announcement: Triple H entered the ring to a thunderous ovation as fans hoped to learn where The Game would end up competing. Before he could speak, Eric Bishoff stopped The Game to apologize for getting involved in his personal business. If Triple H signed with RAW, Bischoff promised his personal life would never come into play again. Bischoff said he's spent the past two years networking in Hollywood. He said everyone was looking for the next breakout WWE Superstar, and they were all talking about Triple H. Bischoff guaranteed that if Triple H signed with RAW, he'd be getting top opportunities coming his way. Stephanie McMahon stepped out to issue her own pitch. She said that because of her personal history with Triple H, the two of them know each other very well. She said the two of them were once unstoppable and they can be again. Bischoff cut her off and begged her to stop. Stephanie cited that Triple H once told her how Bischoff said Triple H had no talent and no charisma. Bischoff said he was young at the time and didn't know what he had, but he still has a lot more experience that Stephanie. The two continued to bicker back and forth, until Triple H stepped up with his microphone. The Game said it would be easy to say "screw you" to either one of them. Triple H went to shake Bischoff's hand, but pulled it away. He said he would rather go with the devil he knows, rather than the one he doesn't know. Before he could go any further, though, Shawn Michaels came out to shake things up. HBK said the last thing he wanted to do was cause any trouble. He didn't want to get involved, but he remembered pledging to bring Triple H to the nWo. HBK said there's nobody in the world that Triple H is better friends with. HBK told his friend to imagine the two back together again, making Bischoff's life a living hell. Triple H said that was a tempting offer. He then turned and hugged HBK, making official his switch to RAW! Triple H and HBK left, and Bischoff gloated over his victory. Bischoff said the difference between the two of them is that he's got testicles and she doesn't. Stephanie whacked Bischoff on the side of the head and left!
Match 7: Tag Team Championship Match Christian and Lance Storm vs Hollywood Hogan and Edge The match started with loud "USA" chants and with Hogan shoving Christian through the ropes and out of the ring. The Canadians took over from there. But Edge scored a kick to Christian's head and planted a facebuster on Storm to get the tag to Hogan. Hogan began to Hulk up and soon caught Christian with a big boot and a leg drop! Storm broke up the count and Christian tossed Hogan from the ring where Storm superkicked the icon. Edge tagged in soon after and dropped both opponents. He speared both of them into the corner turnbuckles, but missed a spear on Strom and hit the ref hard instead. Edge nailed a DDT, but the ref was down and could not count. Test raced down and took down Hogan then leveled Edge with a boot. Storm tried to get the pin, but Edge kicked out after two. Riksihi sprinted in to fend off Test, allowing Edge to recover and spear Storm. Christian distracted the ref, though, and Y2J dashed in and clocked Edge with the Tag Team Championship! Storm rolled over and got the pinfall to win the title! Winners and New Tag Team Champions: Christian and Lance Storm
Match 8: WWE Undisputed Championship Triple Threat Match. The Rock vs Kurt Angle and the Undertaker Three of WWE's most successful superstars lined up against each other in a Triple Threat Match with the Undisputed Championship hanging in the balance. Taker and The Rock got face to face with Kurt Angle begging for some attention off to the side. He got attention in the form of a beat down form the two other men. Soon after, Taker spilled out of the ring and The Rock brawled with Angle. Angle gave a series of suplexes that took down Rock, but the Great One countered with a DDT that managed a two-count. The fight continued outside the ring with Taker coming to life and clotheslining Angle and repeatedly smacking The Rock. Taker and Rock got into it back into the ring, and Taker dropped The Rock with a sidewalk slam to get a two-count. Rock rebounded, grabbed Taker by the throat and chokeslammed him! Angle broke up the pin attempt that likely would have given The Rock the title. The Rock retaliated by latching on the ankle lock to Kurt Angle. Angle reversed the move and Rock Bottomed the People's Champion. Soon after, The Rock disposed of Angle and hit the People's Elbow on the Undertaker. Angle tried to take advantage by disabling the Great One outside the ring and covering Taker, who kicked out after a two count. Outside the ring, Rock took a big swig from a nearby water bottle and spewed the liquid into Taker's face to blind the champion. Taker didn't stay disabled for long, and managed to overpower Rock and turn his attention to Angle. Taker landed a guillotine leg drop onto Angle, laying on the ring apron. The Rock picked himself up just in time to break up a pin attempt on Kurt Angle. Taker nailed Rock with a DDT and set him up for a chokeslam. ANgle tried sneaking up with a steel chair, but Taker caught on to that tomfoolery and smacked it out of his hands. The referee got caught in the ensuing fire and didn't see Angle knock Taker silly with a steel chair. Angle went to cover Taker as The Rock lay prone, but the Dead Man somehow got his shoulder up. Angle tried to pin Rock, but he too kicked out. The Rock got up and landed Angle in the sharpshooter! Angle looked like he was about to tap, but Taker kicked The Rock out of the submission hold. Taker picked Rock up and crashed him with the Last Ride. While the Dead Man covered him for the win, Angle raced in and picked Taker up in the ankle lock! Taker went delirious with pain, but managed to counter. He picked Angle up for the last ride, but Angle put on a triangle choke! It looked like Taker was about to pass out, but The Rock broke Angle's hold only to find himself caught in the ankle lock. Rock got out of the hold and watched Taker chokeslam Angle. Rocky hit the Rock Bottom, but Taker refused to go down and kicked out. Angle whirled Taker up into the Angle Slam but was Rock Bottomed by the Great One and pinned! Winner and New WWE Champion: The Rock
~Finally there is a decent PPV! Lately the PPV weren't very good, but this one was a winner. I give this PPV a A-
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