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Two matches in this reviewer's opinion saved Wrestlemania, John Cena
and Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels were first class
However let's get the bad out of the way first. Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon was a terrible match and the storyline were Bret screwed Vince with his family was really lame not to mention confusing. I know Hart had a stroke in 2002 and hasn't wrestle in 11 years, but I nearly fell asleep during this erm match. Fans popped when Hart locked on the sharpshooter the first time, but they gave up when Hart began teasing using the move on McMahon, they couldn't be bothered and I didn't blame them. Fans did cheer when Hart won but I think they cheered because the colossal bore ended and they were relieved.
The 10 diva tag match was a shambles. Which road agent was in charge of this match? Having Vicky Guerrero perform a 'frog splash' off the top rope on Kelly Kelly was pathetic and she even botched that as well! This reviewer would have preferred to see a match between Beth Phoenix and Gail Kim vs Michelle McCool and Layla.
The Money in the Bank Ladder Match had far too many participants (10), ideally 6 would have had been enough and it felt overly rehearsed. It did have it's moment's for instance such as Matt Hardy hip tossing Evan Bourne off the top of the ladder, Kane choke slamming Dolp Ziggler on the ladder and Kofi Kingston using the ladder as stilts. However I feel the WWE picked the wrong superstar to win. It wasn't long ago Jack Swagger was feuding with the comical Santino Marella on Superstars, it's way too soon to put the belt on him and as I write this he cashed in his briefcase from Chris Jericho and won the World title. Winner should've been Christian.
And the Unified Tag Team title match pitting defending champion's The Miz and Big Show against R Truth and John Morrison was met by silence from the fans in Glendale, Arizona and get this, fans cheered Miz and Show when they won.
But Wrestlemania had it's bright moments as well, The CM Punk vs Rey Mysterio was very good, would have been even better if it was allocated 5 more minutes, Chris Jericho vs Edge was a good match even though some fans cheered Jericho, Randy Orton vs Ted DiBiase vs Cody Rhodes was a cool match (fans have caught on to the Orton face turn) and in a shocker Triple H carried Sheamus to a decent match! The real gems are mentioned on the top of this piece. After months of stellar promo's on Raw, John Cena and Batista had a great match surprisingly which ended when Batista tapped to Cena's STF which unfortunately looked terrible on Batista, Cena was obviously not applying any pressure and his arms were not clearly touching his chin/neck.
And The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels had another classic match. The whole HBK stuff was awesome when he done the throat sign to the Taker, the look on his face was priceless and the tombstone was great at the end. I just can't believe that Michaels won't wrestle ever again but after watching this match I can safely say Mark Calaway and Michael Hickenbottom are the 2 best performers ever in the history of the WWF/WWE.
Overall grade - A-
A film so silly it's actually quite good and entertaining! OK, lets be
honest the chances of martians coming to Earth looking like that are
absolute zero, there's no denying that on close inspection they do look
frightening. This reviewing nearly soiled his pants when the martian
girl played well by Lisa Marie appeared because she was frightening and
you knew just what it was! Many people state that having Tom Jones in
the film as himself was a mistake. I disagree, Jones is very good in
the role and adds some humour.
The ending where Slim Witman's music is playing and the aliens can't stand it is just so damn funny! Overall grade - B
Wrestlemania was held in Houston, Texas and the show was decent. That
said 2 of the WWE's most reliable superstars (Shawn Michaels and The
Undertaker) saved this show from being mediocre.
The Money in the Bank Ladder match was good but was let down by botched moves, like for instance Shelton Benjamin was going to sunset flip power bomb MVP off a ladder but Porter was late releasing his grip, which resulted in both men falling to a heap on the floor. WWE didn't need to have Mark Henry, Finlay or Kane in there, they could have put the likes of R-Truth, The Brian Kendrick or Evan Bourne in with Kofi Kingston, Christian, MVP, CM Punk and Shelton Benjamin to make it more interesting.
The Rey Mysterio vs JBL match was a waste of time, 21 seconds long? Why bother putting it on a super show? Oh yeah to make room for Kid Rock's abysmal singing which lasted 11 minutes but seemed like 11 hours. This was one of the reason's why the WWE unified tag team title match pitting Carlito and Primo against The Miz and John Morrison was cut from the PPV to make room for Kid Rock. If Kevin Dunn generally believes that he done good making this decision he needs his head testing.
The 25 Diva battle royal was abysmal. Not memorable at all, Trish Stratus made the right decision turning the offer down to appear on it and Santino..... oops sorry Santina Marella winning it seemed like someone's idea of a joke.
I was hoping that WWE would have put Chris Jericho in there with Ricky Steamboat alone. My fears were confirmed when they announced that Steamboat would be teaming with the ancient 64 year old Jimmy Snuka and the barely mobile Roddy Piper. Give Steamboat his due he had a very good 4 minute scrap with Jericho at the end. But the result with anti-climatic, fans sensing a feel good ending were baffled when Steamboat lost.
The Triple Threat match between Edge, Big Show and John Cena was OK but not the best, Big Show was totally knackered but looking at Show's age (37) weight (440 pounds) and his condition (knackered)it's no wonder he's feeling the strain of wrestling long matches. This isn't the same Paul Wight who wrestled in WCW were he was billed as the Giant. Wight who could execute moonsaults and standing drop kicks in WCW, has never really fulfilled his true potential and never will.
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels was outstanding. Possibly the best match at a Wrestlemania. Undertaker won with a Tombstone. Watch out for when Taker landed on the camera man, that was Sim Snuka (yes the same Sim Snuka who used to wrestle as Duece in the tag team with Domino, and hasn't been seen for months) Results from the show: CM Punk won the MIBL match which also featured, Kane, Finlay, Kofi Kingston, Christian, Shelton Benjamin, MVP and Mark Henry.... Rey Mysterio downed John Bradshaw Layfield in 21 seconds to win the Intercontinental Championship.... Chris Jericho downed Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper and Rick Steamboat in an elimination match.... John Cena defeated Big Show and Edge in a passable triple threat match to win the Heavyweight title.... Matt Hardy pinned Jeff Hardy in a good Extreme Rules match.... Santina Marella won the diva Battle Royal.... The Undertaker pinned Shawn Michaels in a superb match.... Triple H defeated Randy Orton in a disappointing match to retain the WWE title.
Overall grade - B/C
No Mercy was a very good Pay Per View. Featuring good performances from
most competitors, a lively atmosphere from the 11,000 people in
attendance and a nice array of moves this has been the most consistent
PPV since Wrestlemania 24.
A few minor complaints - firstly the match between Beth Phoenix and Candice Michelle was rubbish as would one would expect from a match featuring Michelle. The women has no wrestling skills, crap mike skills and doesn't interact with the audience. 'The Glamazon' on the other hand needs the right opponent (Melina, Mickie James etc) so she can have a decent enough match.
The Rey Mysterio vs Kane match was good but the finish was abysmal and failed to make any sense. Why would a man who wants to see his opponent unmask is he loses smash him senseless with a chair and in the process get himself disqualified? I expect this kind of finish in TNA.
And the Batista vs JBL match was just passable but thank the lord the WWE scriptwriters kept it short at 5:18.
And now for the good - Matt Hardy managed to carry his opponent Mark Henry to a decent enough match but being lumbered with fat slob Henry kind of give me the impression that WWE doesn't give a toss about Hardy's career, Hardy deserves better.
As soon as I heard that the Undertaker was going to enter a feud with the Big Show I had a panic attack because I suffered flashbacks to their mediocre feuds in 2003. Happily though Show entered a fine performance against' The Deadman' and WWE booked the right finish in where Show scored the win with knockout punches.
And now for the damn right marvellous - Jeff Hardy and Triple H had a cracking match, featuring world class performances from both man, they put on a superb show, Triple H won of course.
And finally Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho put on a great display in a dramatic and worthy Ladder Match. I have to say this whole Shawn vs Jericho feud has been the best for some time.
Results from the show, which was held in Portland, Oregon on October 5th: Matt Hardy downed Mark Henry in a decent opener.... Beth Pheonix defeated Candice Michelle.... Rey Mysterio defeated Kane via DQ in a good match.... Batista pinned John Bradshaw Layfield in a passable match to become to no 1 contender for the World title.... The Big Show defeated The Undertaker with knockout punches.... Triple H pinned Jeff Hardy in an excellent match.... Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels in an exciting Ladder Match.
Overall Grade - A-
Well where do I start? DAF is a very good Bond film but at the same
time it's just strange, perhaps it's the cloning (what nonsense) of
evil SPECTRE boss Blofeld or perhaps it's the odd job pairing of Kidd
and Wint who are supposed to be gay (even though they make superb
baddies). It's so strange that it makes the film very good.
Jill St John who played Tiffany Case started off well as John's character was fearless who put Bond in his place but about half way through the film becomes scared of the least little thing and become's flirty. However John's performance in the film is strong and whilst not remembered in the same context as say Honor Blackman in Goldfinger (1964) she and Bond make a good couple despite the flaws as mentioned above.
This reviewer enjoy's the scenes in the desert in Las Vegas and especially the scene where Bond fight's with Peter Franks. Joe Robinson played this role well but is it just me or does he look like WWE superstar Paul 'Triple H' Levesque? Casting Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte proved to be a hit with the viewing audience and Whyte has some great line's for the film including when Bert Saxby tries to kill him and the CIA kill Saxby Whyte shouts to Bond "Tell him he's fired!!" A major disappointment for the film is casting Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Gray was far more effective in You Only Live Twice as Henderson. Here Gray is a colossal bore who does nothing except bark orders out and push buttons. And what sense does it make to have him without a mark on him? (Remember in You Only Live Twice he had a scar running down his face and On Her Majesty's Secret Service he had no ear lobes). In this film Blofeld is perfectly normal, what sense does that make? DAF does prove to be a Bond movie favourite but as stated above it's not with out it's flaws.
Overall Grade - A-
A passable Wrestlemania.
Firstly lets get the bad out of the way. Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart fought for the WWF Heavyweight Championship in a 60 minute iron man match. However the match was mediocre and bored fans senseless with their methodical rest holds and boring moves. The match was restarted at the 60 minute interval and Michaels pinned Hart to capture the belt, but no one cared. At least 5,000 fans walked out on the match near the end because they were bored.
'The Ringmaster' Steve Austin downed Savio Vega in another boring match. Austin did not like this gimmick at all and was made worse by the fact that he was managed by Ted DiBiase who still thought at the time it was the year 1988 and not 1996. Austin was relived when DiBiase left the WWF for WCW at the time which was understandable.
The Ultimate Warrior squashed Hunter Hearst Hemsley in 30 seconds. Warrior refused to put Hemsley over in any way and even demanded he kick out of the pedigree, not believable at all. Triple H has stated many times that he found Jim Hellwig "The most unprofessional person, he's ever stepped into the ring with". Considering Triple H's record of winning nearly all his matches and screwing over people (Booker T at Wrestlemania 19 and Rob Van Dam at Unforgiven 2002 and many more) he's got a bit of a cheek.
The PPV does have it's highlights though, such as the Hollywood Backlot Brawl featuring 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper and Goldust (the sight of two wrestlers chasing each other down the highway at the time was unbelievable, even though some of it was footage of OJ Simpson) and the match between The Undertaker and Diesel was fairly decent.
Results from the show which was held in Anaheim, California: Owen Hart, The British Bulldog and Vader defeated Jake 'the snake' Roberts, Ahmed Johnson and Yokozuna in a fair 6 man tag match.... 'The Ringmaster' Steve Austin downed Savio Vega in a mediocre match.... The Ultimate Warrior pinned Hunter Hearst Hemsley in a 30 second squash.... The Undertaker downed Diesel in a fair match.... 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper went to a non finish with Goldust in an entertaining Hollywood Backlot Brawl.... Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart to capture the WWF title in a poor match.
Overall Grade - C
Judgment Day was a good Pay Per View.
However WWE has presented far too many cards where the same feuds and matches that were dominating Wrestlemania 24 in Orlando, Florida. As a result fan interest in the likes of The Undertaker and Edge match had sky dived which is a shame because Undi' and Edge has proved to be bona fide superstars.
The disappointment doesn't end there as John Cena predictably defeated John 'bradshaw' Layfield in a poor opener. I presume Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn cannot remember their Wrestlemania 21 match which was abysmal. When I heard about this match I thought about their poor feud in 2005, my fears were confirmed when I seen them lock up in this match, Cena and Layfield have no chemistry between them and this showed.
Jeff Hardy fresh coming off his 60 day suspension for violating company policy (that is taking an unidentified substance or substances) defeated Montel Vontavious Porter in a disappointing scrap. Porter needs to show some improvement if he needs to be taken seriously and I predicted last year that he would be WWE champ in 1 year, how wrong was I.
But the highlight of this PPV for this reviewer was the awesome collision between long time friends Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho. They put on a superb match, much to the delight of the 8,000 fans in Omaha, Nebraska. I tell ya, this feud between them and Batista is the best feud in some years.
The rest of the PPV was strong as well.
Results from the show which was held in Omaha, Nebraska before a small crowd of 8,000: John Cena defeated JBL in a poor match.... John Morrison and The Miz downed CM Punk and Kane in a fine match.... Shawn Michaels downed Chris Jericho in a terrific match.... Mickie James defeated Melina and Beth Phoenix in a decent match.... The Undertaker defeated Edge via count out in a good match.... Jeff Hardy downed MVP in a lame match.... Triple H defeated Randy Orton in a very good cage match.
Overall Grade - B
Another disappointing event which somehow drew a then wrestling record
of 800,000 buys and it also grossed a truck load of money.
This Wrestlemania was OK in certain parts but there was some totally baffling decisions on the show like pushing 'Road Dogg' Jesse James to Intercontinental Championship level and having Owen Hart participate in a lousy tag match which also featured Jeff Jarrett, the underused D'Lo Brown and the boring and depressing Andrew 'Test' Martin. Owen was not treated fairly in my opinion and deserved to be in a much better match. More upsetting though was this was Owen's last Wrestlemania before he tragically died.
The Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Big Bossman was a colossal bore and is the worst Hell in a Cell ever. Worse even when The Undertaker won this dreadful match he tied a rope around Bossman's neck and Gangrel, Edge and Christian helped Taker to lift Bossman off the ground in other words Bossman was hanging. Oh dear deeply unpleasant in a wrestling setting.
However the card does have some good points especially the exciting Boiler Room Brawl between The Big Show and Mankind. And even though The Rock and 'Stone Cold' had a satisfactory main event Rock seemed a little nervous out there and this also featured the funny sight of Kane tombstoning Pete Rose and Butterbean knocking out Bart Gunn in a boxing match.
Results from the show which was held in Philadelphia: Hardcore Holly defeated Billy Gunn and Al Snow in a passable Hardcore match to win the Hardcore title (Gunn was super over although I couldn't understand why).... Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett downed D'Lo Brown and Test to retain the WWF Tag Team titles in a passable match.... Butterbean beat Bart Gunn in the Brawl 4 All finals.... 'Road Dogg' Jesse James defeated Val Venis, Ken Shamrock and Goldust to retain the Intercontinental Championship (Shamrock was wasted in this match).... Kane downed Triple H via DQ in a short match.... Women's Champion, Sable downed Tori to retain the title in a lame Women's match ( The abysmal Nicole Bass came out and destroyed Tori, which enabled Sable to get the win, which left fans confused).... Mankind defeated Big Show via DQ in a good match.... Shane McMahon downed X-Pac to retain the European Championship.... 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin defeated The Rock to become the Heavyweight Champion in a satisfactory main event.
Grade - B/C
Vince McMahon knew he had to deliver at this Wrestlemania and did he
ever. After watching the previous Wrestlemania (9) which is the worst
one ever, I felt like we were watching something memorable and we were.
To kick things off Owen Hart and Bret Hart had a classic match but what made this doubly memorable was when Owen won the match fair and square, fans were shocked by the outcome.
It also featured a good falls count anywhere match between 'Macho Man' Randy Savage and Crush, a superb ladder match between Scott 'Razor Ramon' Hall and Shawn Michaels and a very entertaining main event between Bret 'hitman' Hart and the massive Yokozuna. When Hart defeated Yoko for the title fans POPPED big time and in a great moment wrestlers such as Razor Ramon, Lex Luger, Tatanka, Macho Man and the 123 Kid (Sean Waltman) came out to congratulate Hart for the win.
WWE presented a very unusual but fascinating storyline in this Wrestlemania. Here's the story, Hart and Luger both won the Royal Rumble the previous January when referees' Earl Hebner and the late Joey Marella couldn't decide who touched the mat first. At this stage WWF president Jack Tunney came out and announced that Hart and Luger had won the match together. This meant Luger would wrestle Yoko for the title at this Wrestlemania and have special referee the late great Curt Hennig officiate the match, the winner would be in the main event to face the champion. Fans were miffed when Hennig turned heel on Luger because he attacked Mr Fuji and Jim Cornette (for good reason I might add because they done nothing but interfere during the match). Luger and Hennig had an argument after the match. Luger was disqualified during this match and that meant Yoko would meet Hart later on in the main event.
There's some lame matches on the card though, for reasons unknown Ludvig Burga was set to meet Adam Bomb on the card but Earthquake (John Tenta) replaced Burga and completely squashed Bomb in a short match. And Alundra Blaze defeated Leilani Kai in a forgettable match.
Results from the show: Owen Hart defeated brother, Bret Hart in a thrilling contest.... 'Macho Man' Randy Savage downed Crush in a good falls count anywhere match.... Men on a Mission (Mo and Mabel) defeated The Qeubecers (Pierre and Jacques) via count out.... Yokozuna beat Lex Luger via DQ thus retaining the World Heavyweight Championship.... Bam Bam Bigelow and Luna Vachon downed Doink and Dink in a fairly entertaining comedy match.... Alundra Blaze defeated Leilani Kai in a match which fans didn't care about.... Razor Ramon beat Shawn Michaels in a classic ladder match to become the undisputed Intercontinetal Champion.... Earthquake downed Adam Bomb in a squash match.... Bret Hart pinned Yokozuna to become the Heavyweight Champion ('Rowdy' Roddy pier was the special guest referee).
Overall Grade - A-
Some say arguably the most important Wrestlemania of all time. I agree
in a way partly because of The Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant match. WWF
expertly produced this match so that as you were a fan in those days (I
was 1 in 1987, so I didn't know what a television was never mind
wrestling) you felt that you had to see it. However WWF falsely claimed
that Hogan had never body slammed Andre and that Andre was undefeated,
both claims were false. The match will go down as a classic because of
Hogan and Andre's drawing power in the 1980's but the match was the
The best match on the card was the classic Ricky Steamboat vs Randy Savage confrontation for the Intercontinental Championship. Fast paced, expertly timed and tonnes of near finishes and pins this is still remembered today as being one of the greatest matches ever.
However there were terrible matches on the card, for instance who in their right frame of mind would want to see Koko B Ware vs Butch Reed? and The Iron Sheik and Nicolai Volkoff vs The Killer Bees? Not this reviewer. However it also features a memorable 6 man match featuring King Kong Bundy and Hill Bily Jim and four midgets (the sight of Bundy splashing Little Beaver (RIP little fellah) at the time was considered shocking), and it also featured another memorable match this time pitting Roddy piper vs Adrian Adonis in a hair vs hair match. Sadly Adonis died in 1988 in a car accident.
This Wrestlemania also featured Alice Cooper who looked terrible and the sight of Jimmy Hart terrified of Jake 'the snake' Roberts python Damien will have you laughing out loud.
Results from the show which was held at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan before a crowd of 78,000, not 93,000 as some fans think, the WWF said this to set a brand new attendance record apparently: The Cam Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) downed 'Cowboy' Bob Orton and Magnificent Muraco in a good opener.... Hercules defeated Billy Jack Hayes in a terrible match.... Hilly Billy Jim, Little Beaver and The Haiti Kid beat King Kong Bundy, Lord Littlebrook and Little Tokoyo via DQ in a memorable 6 man match.... Harley Race defeated Junk Yard Dog in a colossal bore.... The Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake) defeated The Rougeou Brothers (Jaqcues and Raymond) in a good tag match.... Butch Reed defeated Koko B Ware in a an instantly forgettable collision.... Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a hair vs hair match (Brutus Beefcake who turned face previously on the card, ran down to ringside and helped Piper cut of Adonis' hair).... The Hart Foundation (Jim 'the anvil' Neidhart and Bret 'hitman' Hart) and Danny David defeated Tito Santana and The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite kid) in a fine match.... Ricky Steamboat downed Randy Savage to win the Intercontinental Championship in a superb match.... The Honky Tonk Man downed Jake 'the snake' Roberts.... The Iron Sheik and Nicolai Volkoff defeated The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B Brian Blair) via DQ when Jim Duggan hit Sheik with the 2 by 4.... Hulk Hogan pinned Andre the Giant to retain the Heavyweight Championship in a match which bombed, but is still remembered as a classic because of their drawing powers in the 1980's.
Many of you may not remember this but Ricky Steamboat did not have the belt for long. Here's the story, Steamboat asked for time off to be with his wife and young son after his match with Savage, the WWF complied but he had to drop the belt first. It was originally going to be Butch Reed (erm, why?) but Reed failed to show up to a house show and the decision was made to make The Honky tonk Man the champion and he shockingly defeated Steamboat for the gold. Honky still claims to be the greatest IC champ even to this day and that's not his character speaking either. If he generally believes this then perhaps he needs to continue to shake rattle and roll on the Indie Circuit where he occasional wrestles to this day.
Overall Grade - B
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