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WrestleMania XIV (1998)
The WrestleMania that ushered in a new era
Match 1: Tag Team Battle Royal - Basically a filler match to get the crowd warmed up for the rest of the night. It was basically a match to get some steam behind the returning L.O.D. (Road Warriors). The L.O.D. takes the win in the end and become no. 1 contenders for the tag titles.
Match 2: Taka Michinoku (c) vs. Aguila for the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship - The light heavyweight division showed some real promise for the WWF to counteract the phenomenal cruiserweight division in WCW. This match was very fast paced and solid. Michinoku picks up the win. Nothing memorable, but nothing terrible either.
Match 3: Triple H (c) vs. Owen Hart for the WWF European Championship - Another match that was just plain good and filled out its spot on the card nicely. Some outside shenanigans take place with Chyna being handcuffed to Sgt. Slaughter. Triple H picks up the win and retains the title thanks to some interference from Chyna.
Match 4: Goldust & Luna vs. Sable & Marc Mero - This match pretty much made Sable. The crowd in Boston was red hot behind her and hated everything Mero attempted to do. This was one of the memorable moments that you can take away from this particular WrestleMania. Sable gets the win for her team.
Match 5: The Rock (c) vs. Ken Shamrock for the WWF Intercontinental Championship - This was one of the better WWF feuds during 1998. These two actually had some real good chemistry as the months went on. This particular match wasn't that great because of the time alloted to it. Only a 4 or 5 minute match. Shamrock makes The Rock submit, but then refuses to break the hold. The referee's decision is reversed and Rock is still the champion. Shamrock loses it and starts taking out WWF officials. Rock wasn't the big superstar he is known as now at this point, but you could see he was getting in touch with the character and he was gonna be something huge with time.
Match 6: The New Age Outlaws (c) vs. Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie in a Dumpster match for the WWF Tag Team Championship - Another match that can specifically be remembered for this WrestleMania. A really good brawl from these two teams. Just as I said with The Rock in the previous match, The Outlaws weren't the big phenomenon they would ultimately be at this point, but you could see it coming, the same could also be said for Cactus Jack (who would best be known as Mankind during this era). In the end Cactus and Chainsaw win the titles after putting Billy Gunn and Road Dogg in a dumpster somewhere backstage.
Match 7: The Undertaker vs. Kane - The first encounter between the two brothers. This storyline worked on so many levels and is impossible to be repeated ever again. Pretty solid outing from Undertaker and Kane in their first match. Undertaker finally is able to put down his brother and win after hitting three tombstone piledrivers.
Match 8: Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship with Mike Tyson as the Outside Enforcer - This match basically ushered in the Attitude Era. Stone Cold became a phenomenon immediately after winning this match. It wasn't the greatest possible match these two could have had given Michaels back injury at the time, but it was still fairly damn good. Even if the match wasn't up to par, the crowd was invested from bell to bell with the possibility of finally seeing Austin win it all. After the referee is taken out, Austin is able to land a stunner on Michaels and Mike Tyson jumps in the ring to make the three count. Austin wins his first WWF Championship and the crowd goes crazy for him.
One of WWE's best pay-per-views in a long time
Match 1: Team Rhodes Scholars vs. Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara in a Tables Match for the no. 1 contender ship to the WWE Tag Team Championship - Very vocal crowd in Brooklyn, the vocal males in the crowd gave a loud pop for Rhodes and Sandow. Overall this wasn't bad and lived up to what it was meant to be, which was basically a brawl. Rhodes pushes Sin Cara off the ropes and he takes a pretty cool bump to the outside through a table. Rhodes Scholars get the win and become no. 1 contenders for the tag titles.
Match 2: Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth for the United States Championship - Once again the crowd was very vocal, as the vocal males were firmly behind the former Claudio Castagnoli (Cesaro). This was a little better than their Survivor Series match, but still fairly uninspiring. Cesaro gets the expected win here and retains the title. WWE seems to have a lot of faith in him as a possible top heel in the future, which is a good thing.
Match 3: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship - The vocal crowd continues with some Let's Go Barrett chants throughout this one. Actually not a bad match from these two, I personally feel it could have went a little longer. There's something about Kingston that I'm not sold on yet. He's a fairly good wrestler, but his character needs some tweaking so he can really breakthrough to that next level. Kofi hits his Trouble in Paradise on Barrett to get the win in this one.
Match 4: The Shield vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan & Ryback in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match - This could have definitely main evented the show. This was one of the better TLC matches I've seen in recent memory. Just a lot of really good stuff going on in this one with a really hot crowd behind it all. Just like Kingston, I'm not sold on Ryback. I'm not saying he is Goldberg, but the presentation and overall character are very similar, he needs something to set him apart from the comparisons and a Feed Me More chant isn't it. The big story out of this match was the debut of The Shield. Excellent work as expected from Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, hell Roman Reigns also looked very good in this one. They made a statement and became stars overnight in this match. Spectacular spot towards the end of the match by Rollins. A match that is definitely worth ordering the replay of this one. Shield is able to pick up the surprising win in their first outing.
Match 5: Eve Torres (c) vs. Naomi for the Divas Championship - For being relegated to one of Brodus Clay's dancers, I wasn't expecting much out of Naomi. In the end though she actually surprised me. It wasn't the smoothest or greatest women's match I've ever seen, but Naomi showed real potential when put in the spotlight. Eve picks up the win and retains the title.
Match 6: Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus in a Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - WWE has a real problem with repeating the SmackDown main event on multiple pay-per-views. We saw it with Sheamus vs. Del Rio, and now we're seeing it with Sheamus vs. Big Show. The Hell in a Cell match they had will still go down as the best from these two. They set the bar really high in their first outing that it will be hard to out do it. This was a fairly decent brawl though with a seemingly uninterested crowd that chanted for ROH's El Generico at certain points. Big Show grabs a "giant sized" chairs and hits Sheamus in the back with it to pick up the win and retain the title. Show being champion for this long is kind of nice to see for a change.
Match 7: The Miz, Alberto Del Rio & The Brooklyn Brawler (yes you heard me right) vs. 3MB - The only match that really sucked on this pay-per-view. Thankfully it only went 3 minutes, but it still really didn't need to take place. I don't know who came up with the 3MB gimmick, but it just isn't clicking yet. Brawler makes Jinder Mahal submit to get the win.
Match 8: Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena in a Ladder Match for Ziggler's Money in the Bank Briefcase - I hate to agree with JBL since he's meant to have the heel perspective at the announce table, but this match didn't really need to happen. Wrestling is obviously scripted, but if you realistically look at it, why would Cena continue to receive multiple opportunities to become champion above everyone else on the roster who are more deserving and have had less chances than him. Regardless of all that though, they had a tough act to follow after the TLC match earlier in the night. This was still a pretty good main event though and Ziggler really shined. Brooklyn really rallied behind Ziggler. In the end AJ comes out, as expected, and gives us a swerve ending by turning on Cena and helping Ziggler win the match. Nice to see Ziggler pick up a win in the pay-per-view main event, but why is it that Cena can only lose by some sort of screw job, it's like the man refuses to job cleanly to any up and comers in WWE.
Overall though this was a pretty good pay-per-view. All of the matches played out really well. This looked like WWE cared about one of their pay-per-views for the first time in months.
WrestleMania XXVIII (2012)
One of the better WrestleMania's in recent memory
Match 1: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship - The front row was filled with "YES!" signs and fans chanting Daniel Bryan. The bell rings and Bryan gives his girlfriend AJ a kiss before the match, Bryan then turns around to a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and this match is over. 18 seconds, really? I have no problem with Sheamus going over Bryan here, but the 18 seconds was a waste of money for all that purchased tickets for the event or bought this on pay-per-view. Winner: and NEW World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus
Match 2: Randy Orton vs. Kane - Very uninspiring stuff early on from these two. They ultimately finished strong and picked up the pace. Orton, at least in my opinion, was the favorite to win this. In the end Kane hits Orton with a chokeslam off the top rope for the win. One of the bigger surprises of the night was seeing Kane win this match, which he desperately needed to do in order to protect his image after losing to Cena. Winner: Kane
Match 3: Cody Rhodes (c) vs. The Big Show for the Intercontinental Championship - Nothing too spectacular to comment about in this match. The story of Big Show never having his "WrestleMania moment" actually added some depth to save this match. Rhodes looked pretty good here being in the ring with someone a lot bigger than him. In the end Rhodes goes for his Disaster kick, but Big Show counters and literally spears him right in the balls. After a knockout punch Show gets the pin, the win, the Intercontinental title, and finally his "WrestleMania moment." Winner: and NEW Intercontinental Champion The Big Show
Match 4: Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Eve vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos - Still scratching my head as to why this got more time than the Bryan/Sheamus World title match. Your basic WrestleMania divas tag match that dragged on longer than it needed to. Don't get me wrong, they are all extremely hot, but this match should not have gone more than at least 3 minutes at best. Winners: Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos
Match 5: The Undertaker vs. Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as Special Guest Referee - All I have to say is damn, what a match. These two guys are a lot older than most of the guys on the roster, but can still have a better match than most of them. The cell wasn't really needed, as it wasn't utilized really at all during this match. I don't think I've seen a match with more drama involved in it. They overbooked a little in this match, but the storytelling ultimately saved it from being some overbooked mess. At times it actually looked like Undertaker would being going 19-1, but after kicking out of the second Pedigree Undertaker losing was out of the question. WWE really did a nice job here of tying together The Undertaker's matches with Shawn Michaels as well as his match last year with Triple H all into this one match for a final conclusion. Undertaker tombstones Triple H for the win. Winner: The Undertaker
Match 6: Team Teddy (Santino Marella (captain), R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, The Great Khali, & Booker T) vs. Team Johnny (David Otunga (captain), Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, The Miz & Drew McIntyre) - The match for control of both shows. It was your basic multi-man match to make sure that some undercard talents got a spot on the show. Zack Ryder actually had a really strong showing towards the end of the match, which just shows that WWE has really dropped the ball and failed to push him to his full potential. The Miz pins Ryder for the win after some distraction from Eve to further her storyline with Ryder. Johnny has control of Raw and SmackDown, which was needed here, because let's face it, if WWE didn't have a heel manager figure it would eliminate half of the story lines on their shows. Winners: Team Johnny
Match 7: CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the WWE Championship - The match of the night as far as wrestling goes. The match started off like some sort of a T.V. angle with Jericho trying to get Punk disqualified so he could become WWE Champion. After getting past that part of the story these two turned everything around to have the match of the night. Both men delivered and the audience really invested into CM Punk, although Jericho fans were also very vocal throughout. After a nice exchange during the end Punk is able to apply the Anaconda Vise on Jericho and make him tap out to retain the title proving himself to be the Best in the World. Winner: and STILL WWE Champion CM Punk
Match 8: The Rock vs. John Cena - The match that basically sold this show. It was really hard to deliver after a year-long build, but both of these guys did just that. The Rock proves that he still "has it." The fans were so against Cena that a riot might have actually taken place if he won this match. The general feeling was that Cena would win this after all the build-up since the last WrestleMania. A really strong match that was main event worthy for this WrestleMania. Really enjoyable back and forth battle from these two. After two Attitude Adjustments didn't work, Cena tries for the People's Elbow. The Rock immediately jumps up and hits the Rock Bottom on Cena for what I thought was a surprising win. Cena really needed to lose here, because his character desperately needs to change. Looks like it could be time for a heel turn finally. Cena could be embracing the hate. Winner: The Rock
WWE Elimination Chamber (2010)
WWE's first annual Elimination Chamber event was held February 21, 2010 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Match 1: Sheamus (c) vs. Triple H vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Kofi Kingston in an Elimination Chamber Match for the WWE Championship - Solid opening match for the show. The work done in the ring was very well done and none of the performers seemed to get lazy during the match. Cody Rhodes assists Ted DiBiase in elimination Orton. DiBiase is then second to be eliminated by Kofi Kingston. The Champion, Sheamus, then takes Kingston out of the match. Just when you think Sheamus will retain, Triple H lands a pedigree and eliminates him. Now it is down to two former World Champions in Cena and Triple H. Cena is able to make Triple H tap out in the end and he becomes an eight time World Champion.
Match 2: John Cena (c) vs. Batista for the WWE Championship - Mr. McMahon comes out to congratulate Cena and throw him into an unannounced title defense against Batista. Nearly 30 seconds after the bell rings, Batista is your new WWE Champion. I found this to be a brilliant move.
Match 3: Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Kane for the Intercontinental Championship - A basic time filler for the event. Kane really deserves better than he gets. I would call this match lackluster at best, McIntyre is still developing his skills as we speak and he just doesn't have "it" yet. In the end he hits his finisher on Kane to retain the title.
Match 4: Team LayCool (Michelle McCool & Layla) vs. Gail Kim & Maryse - Not a very good match. The women were extremely pleasing to look at, don't get me wrong, but the quality of the match was weak. They really should have just went ahead with the scheduled Divas Championship match. Instead Michelle McCool and Layla pick up the win in this tag team match.
Match 5: The Miz (c) vs. Montel Vontavious Porter for the United States Championship - Very strong match. A lot better than their encounter at the Royal Rumble a month earlier. Overall I enjoyed the match for what it was. The Miz has really shined as a singles competitor since joining Raw last year. MVP has also done a fair job of making himself a recognizable fan favorite. The addition of Big Show and Mark Henry at ringside played a great factor, especially with Show tossing Henry through the ringside barrier. In the end Miz picks up the win and retains the title with help from the Big Show.
Match 6: The Undertaker (c) vs. Rey Mysterio vs. John Morrison vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. R-Truth in an Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Fantastic main event. The better of the two Chamber Matches. CM Punk starts it out with R-Truth. Truth is quickly eliminated, as Punk then grabs a microphone to fill time with one of his Straightedge promos. Mysterio then enters the match and brawls with Punk briefly. As soon as you know it, Mysterio eliminates Punk. John Morrison, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker all enter into the match respectively. Morrison is able to take out Mysterio with his Starship Pain. The Undertaker then disposes of Morrison after a chokeslam on the steel floor. Jericho and The Undertaker finish off the match with a brilliant encounter. Shawn Michaels appears from under the steel floor in the end and gives Undertaker the superkick. Jericho picks up the scraps and pins Undertaker to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
WrestleMania VI (1990)
First WrestleMania out of the states... Hogan finally suffers a loss
WrestleMania 6 took place April 1, 1990 at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Match 1: Rick Martel vs. Koko B. Ware - For what it was, a very solid opening match. Koko was always fairly popular with the fans, and at this point Martel was still getting over as a heel talent. In the end Martel is able to snag the win in a pretty non memorable match.
Match 2: The Colossal Connection (Andre The Giant & Haku) (c) (with Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan) vs Demolition (Ax & Smash) for the WWF Tag Team Championship - At this point Andre's health was really awful, so his performance was really nothing special. The crowd is 100% pro Demolition in this match. In the end Haku is pinned and we have New Tag Team Champions. After the match Andre lays out Haku and Heenan and turns face at what would turn out to be his last WrestleMania.
Match 3: Earthquack vs Hercules - Very short match. Big dominant heels were really a popular thing at the time. R.I.P. to both men in the match. John Tenta (Earthquake) passed not that long ago and same with Hercules. In the end Earthquake pins Hercules for the win.
Match 4: Mr. Perfect vs Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake - The first really good match of the night. R.I.P. to Curt Henning (Mr. Perfect). Really solid back and forth action from both of these talented guys. In the end Brutus gets the win thanks to a lot of his major fan support during the match.
Match 5: 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper vs Bad News Brown - Not a technical classic, but a pretty decent brawl for WrestleMania. Piper comes out half black/half white in what is considerably a classic moment. In the end both guys fight to a double count out with no clear cut winner.
Match 6: The Hart Foundation vs The Bolsheviks - Complete squash match. The Hart Foundation gets an easy win. Surprising that WWE used to have a tag team division.
Match 7: The Barbarian vs Tito Santana - Bobby Heenan's "Heenan Family" fairs better in this match as The Barbarian takes the win against Tito Santana. Not memorable, but good to go back and watch years later.
Match 8: Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri vs Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire - Big inter-gender tag team match. Dusty Rhodes wears the uncomfortable polka dot outfit out to the ring. In the end Rhodes and Sapphire get the win over "The Macho King" and Sensational Queen Sherri.
Match 9: The Rockers vs The Orient Express - Surprisingly another tag team match. Tag wrestling used to be so much better during this time period. A young Shawn Michaels and his partner Marty Jannetty take a loss by count out in this match to the Orient Express.
Match 10: Dino Bravo vs Jim Duggan - Duggan gets a decent reaction, despite his American Patriot gimmick. Bravo, a member of Jimmy Hart's group, comes to the ring with Hart and Earthquake. Although he has support, Duggan takes the win.
Match 11: "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase (c) vs Jake 'The Snake' Roberts for the Million Dollar Championship - The first major main event of the night. Roberts was extremely over with the fans. Match was considerably good for what it was. DiBiase is able to pick up a count out win on Roberts. But Roberts ends up possessing DiBiase's money and giving it away.
Match 12: The Big Boss Man vs Akeem (with Slick) - One Man Gang's sad attempt at being an African Dream named Akeem. A really short match that needed some more time to develop itself as a match. Boss Man wins with a slam.
Match 13: Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs Rick Rude - Heenan comes to the ring with Rude for this match. Snuka, never really got it good at WrestleMania. He always seemed to be on the losing end. After a short 5 minutes, Rude gets the win over Snuka.
Match 14: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan vs Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior - Dubbed as "The Ultimate Challenge" we get some interesting promos from both men earlier in the night. The match was actually very good, given that people tend to think Hogan can't wrestle. A lot of near falls that really got the crowd and people that watch at home into it. In the end Warrior gets the win on Hogan and wins both titles. A stunned crowd looks on as Hulk Hogan suffers his first loss at WrestleMania.
WWE No Way Out (2007)
Mediocre show that is saved by a good main event
Match 1: Chris Benoit & The Hardys vs Montel Vontavious Porter & MNM - This match opens the show in a sort of good way. The Hardys vs MNM had been so overdone already, that you almost wanted the match to be over when the first bell rang. The match was alright, as I said earlier. In the end The Hardys & Benoit get the victory.
Match 2: Cruiserweight Open for the Cruiserweight Championship - This could have easily been one of the best matches of the night, but they really didn't work with it that well. So many people were just ready to see Gregory Helms drop the damn belt. It looked like WWE was pushing Jimmy Wang Yang, as Yang scored what we thought was the final victory and won the title. Although Chavo Guerrero comes out as an unannounced participant and wins the title from Yang.
Match 3: The Boogeyman & Little Boogeyman vs Finlay & Little Bastard (Hornswoggle) - A match that was meant to be played off as a comedic match. It truthfully was one of the worst matches of the night. Finlay is a talented guy, he shouldn't be reduced to horrid comedy attempt matches like this. In the end Finlay & Little Bastard get the win.
Match 4: King Booker vs Kane - For what it was, it was a good match. Two top World Title Contenders on SmackDown going at it. Kane deserves a lot more than he gets with WWE. The match was overall very good and culminated this short feud in a good way. In the end Kane lands a chokeslam on Booker for the win, which I was surprised to see happen.
Match 5: Paul London & Brian Kendrick (c) vs Deuce 'n Domino for the WWE Tag Team Championship - A poor match. London & Kendrick are a great team, but Deuce 'n Domino really was never worth anything during their time in WWE. Their gimmick grew old within one month of them being on SmackDown. In the end London & Kendrick retain to keep their long title reign going.
Match 6: Bobby Lashley (c) vs Mr. Kennedy for the ECW Championship - A very bad match with absolutely nothing going for it. Kennedy is a pretty good performer, but Lashley had no chemistry with him. They were just lost throughout this entire match. In the end Lashley gets disqualified, but keeps the ECW title. It was really a match we all could have done without.
Match 7: Batista & The Undertaker vs John Cena & Shawn Michaels - It was really the only match that saved this show. While some other matches were good, this was the best of them all. The four guys involved did some very fantastic stuff. Crowd was really behind the veterans, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. In the end Batista leaves Undertaker. Cena then hits Undertaker with an FU for the win.
WWE New Year's Revolution (2007)
Not the best
We take a look and analyze the final New Years Revolution event for WWE.
Match 1: Jeff Hardy (c) vs Johnny Nitro for the Intercontinental Championship in a Steel Cage match - Another good one from these two. They put on some good matches during their feud that lasted 2006-2007. Overall some very nice spots in this cage match. Jeff was extremely over with the crowd and got a major reaction. The finish was very well done as Jeff Hardy escapes the cage to retain the Championship.
Match 2: Cryme Tyme vs The Highlanders vs The World's Greatest Tag Team vs Jim Duggan & Super Crazy vs Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch in a Tag Team Turmoil match - A match added to fill the time, if I must put it simply to you. We see teams like The Highlanders, The World's Greatest Tag Team and Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch that could have been so much more than they were. Then we have a team like Jim Duggan & Super Crazy that makes you scratch your head in confusion. The match was overall a 20 minute waste. In the end Cryme Tyme gets the win.
Match 3: Ric Flair vs Kenny Dykstra - I understood that WWE was trying to push Kenny, but Ric Flair is quite possibly one of the greatest names in wrestling history. The man is a 16 time World Champion, he has competed at the grandest stages in both WWE & WCW, but at this event he was paid to overall job to a former male cheerleader. The match was just a waste of time. In the end Dykstra gets the win over Flair, a complete miss. They didn't even end up pushing Kenny anyway.
Match 4: Mickie James (c) vs Victoria for the Women's Championship - Both women are extremely hot, and can wrestle. This match was what it was, and was good for what it was. Maybe not the best match these two have ever put out, but still a decent mid card match. In the end Mickie retains her title after pinning Victoria.
Match 5: Rated RKO (c) vs D-Generation X for the World Tag Team Championship - The match of the night. Edge & Orton really worked well together for the short time that they were a team. DX was well over with the crowd and got an ever bigger pop than dare we say... John Cena. The match was really good and showcased all four of Raw's top talents. Towards the end Triple H hits a spinebuster on Orton and suffers the knee injury that kept him out until SummerSlam. The match ends in a no contest, which the fans hate. Even though the ending wasn't clear cut, it was still a very good tag team match.
Match 6: Carlito vs Chris Masters - This feud we have seen drag on from early 2006 is still going. Remember when Carlito faced Masters at Backlash 2006? Well they dropped the ball and just randomly picked up the feud again for this match. It wasn't the greatest and in the end Masters is able to defeat Carlito. As far as I know, this was the last match these two had against each other.
Match 7: John Cena (c) vs Umaga for the WWE Championship - At this point in his title reign, Cena wasn't nearly as annoying as he was by the end of 2007. At this point Umaga had been undefeated since debuting in the WWE, and it was booked like Umaga was going to beat John Cena for the WWE Championship and continue going undefeated. Well the fans weren't really into Umaga, but Cena got the massive mixed reaction that he always gets. The match was fairly decent, Cena has some wrestling ability. In the end he pins Umaga and retains the WWE Championship. Ending the winning streak of Umaga in the process.
One of the best Summerslam events ever done
Match 1: D'Lo Brown (c) vs Val Venis for the European Championship - Pretty decent opener. Back in the late 90's D'Lo could really work a decent match, but as of his recent performances on Raw in 2008 I'm not impressed anymore. So basically these two go at it for with WWE's now defunct European title on the line. Venis looked pretty good in the ring, his character was still relatively fresh at this time. But anyway towards the end of the match Val gets himself disqualified, which means D'Lo retains the title.
Match 2: The Oddities (Kurrgan, Golga and Giant Silva) (with Luna Vachon and The Insane Clown Posse) vs Kaientai (Taka Michinoku, Dick Togo, Mens Teioh and Sho Funaki) (with Yamaguchi-san) in a Handicap Match - Extremely weak match. I did like the Oddities as comic relief, but guys like Kurrgan and Golga did better as singles wrestlers. This, as J.R. says in the commentary, is not a classic. Anyway the Oddities squash their way to a victory over Kaientai.
Match 3: Jeff Jarrett vs X-Pac in a Hair vs Hair Match - The first good match of the night. These two put out a very crowd pleasing match at this particular Summerslam. X-Pac is able to score the win, but Jarrett retreats from getting his hair cut. He is brought back to the ring shortly and they cut his formerly long hair into the look he had all through WCW and in TNA.
Match 4: Marc Mero & Jacqueline vs Edge & Sable - A great way to get the young Edge over. Edge has always been tremendous in the ring, and even though he faces off with the talentless Marc Mero, he still manages to put on a decent match. In the end Edge and Sable get the win.
Match 5: Ken Shamrock vs Owen Hart in a Lion's Den match - This match was off the hook. Owen Hart completely ruled the ring, if it wasn't for his death he would have been WWE Champion at some point. This match was absolutely awesome. Shamrock is able to defeat Owen in the end, but I still applaud Owen because he was such a great wrestler. He's a guy that needs to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Match 6: Mankind (c) vs The New Age Outlaws for the WWF/E Tag Team Championship - This was just a low and lame match. Kane is the tag team partner of Mankind, but he doesn't show. So Mankind is left to fend alone against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. In the end they get the win over Mankind and claim the Tag Titles again.
Match 7: The Rock (c) vs Triple H in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship - The match of the night. These two incredible veterans put out a great match. At this point both the Rock and the Game were on the verge of becoming main eventers, and I think this match made it for them. Honestly a fantastic, must watch, match. In the end Triple H grabs the title to win.
Match 8: Stone Cold Steve Austin (c) vs Undertaker for the WWF/E Championship - Great main event. Really one of Summerslam's best matches of all time. Madison Square Garden completely was behind Austin as he went into battle with the Undertaker for his championship. After a vicious battle, Austin hits the Stunner to retain the title. Crowd was completely ecstatic.
My Review of Diggers
Just watched Diggers last night and still am unsure about what I thought about it. Ken Marino is definitely one funny man, and this film was all written by him. His character is honestly the funniest of the entire movie. He played the part the right way and it lead to some fantastic laughs. Paul Rudd stars in probably one of the greatest performances he's ever done. His acting of his character was so convincing that it shows he can be more than a funny guy, but also a dramatic actor. This movie overall was pretty decent, it wasn't the greatest thing I've ever seen, but this is definitely worth checking out once just to say you saw it.
Going into this, I thought Slackers was going to suck big time. I actually ended up, not loving, but enjoying this movie. It definitely is worth a watch one time. The greatest character is by far Cool Ethan. I feel that Jason Schwartzman played the part extremely well, and I could not see someone else in that role now. Other than Schwartzman's hysterical performance, this was basically just another comedy focusing around guy's slacking off and meeting girls. For a change we actually see it take place at a College instead of the normal High School backdrop. But really this is worth it for those that like a dumb yet funny movie.
Overall it was OK
Match 1: Montel Vontavious Porter vs Jeff Hardy - Fairly good opening match. These two guys have the talent to put on an entertaining match for the fans. MVP at this time was the major heel with Hardy, as always, as the major face. The whole feud was pretty well laid out and the match itself was also very good. MVP takes it to Jeff and gets major fan heat, and Jeff takes it to MVP and the crowd loves it. In the end MVP gets the pin for the win, probably not expected for most to see Jeff Hardy lose at a major pay per view.
Match 2: Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston & Women's Champion Mickie James vs Glamarella (Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix) for the Intercontinental & Women's Championships - In this tag team match, we see both Kofi and Mickie's titles pitted. The match, for what it was, was actually a very good PPV match. Santino is pretty underrated for his ring skills, the man can work a decent match. In the end Beth pins Mickie to win both titles for her and Santino.
Match 3: Mark Henry (c) vs Matt Hardy for the ECW Championship - What a waste. The build up was well done enough for Hardy to go over at this point and win the ECW title from Mark Henry. The match is an astounding 33 seconds, as Matt Hardy wins by disqualification. Mark Henry is still your ECW Champion despite the loss. A dud match.
Match 4: CM Punk (c) vs JBL for the World Heavyweight Championship - Probably an overlooked title match. In my opinion, it made for the best of the three World Championship fights. The match may not have been a Match of the Year candidate, but Punk and JBL put together a nicely done match. JBL works Punk over for most of the match, with the entire match making you wonder whether Punk is a fluke champion. Although in the end he catches the GTS on JBL for the win and retains the title. Not the best, but still nice match.
Match 5: Triple H (c) vs The Great Khali for the WWE Championship - With all the competition on SmackDown, we make The Great Khali the no. 1 contender? A very weak match, Triple H didn't even look good. I'm liking Khali now with his recent face push, but he was pretty low at this point with the entertainment value. Extremely boring match, with lots of "You Can't Wrestle" chants. In the end Triple H hits Khali with a Pedigree to retain the title. Another wasteful match.
Match 6: John Cena vs Batista - Booked as one of the biggest matches in this generation of wrestling's history. Now normally I would call this a fairly average match, but with the entertainment value it was a solid good match. John Cena and Batista trade back and forth for a solid amount of time. It is hard to determine a winner in the midst of the match because both we're getting fair offensive time. In the end Batista is able to get Cena down for the pin. Good match.
Match 7: Undertaker vs Edge in a Hell in a Cell match - The match of the night. It didn't fully live up to promise, but the action was far better than the previous matches. Pretty nice spots from these two, as it was their last encounter of their 2008 rivalry. Undertaker was huge with the crowd, coming off of his recent comeback after being "banished" from the WWE at One Night Stand. Edge surprisingly got some cheers as well for his riveting performance. In the end Undertaker gets the victory, and chokeslams Edge straight to hell. Well booked ending.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
Larry David does it again!
Larry David co-created one of the greatest sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld, with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Following the end of Seinfeld, David was inactive for a brief period of time. That is until 2000, when Larry was back with his new show Curb Your Enthusiasm, which stars Larry as himself. Something about this show just works, their isn't a definite script of dialog, it is an outline with a lot of improvising. This show is honestly one of those shows that you have to catch on a weekly basis. For some reason the Larry David character has become just one of those characters that you have to tune in for each week to see what trouble he is getting himself into.
Robot Chicken (2001)
I don't know if most know this, but in the magazine Toy Fare they have a column entitled Twisted Toy Fare theater, which is a several page comic strip of any sort of toys doing something comedic.
Now this show is obviously the real deal version of it. That is truthfully why I love this show so much. The concepts are just so off the wall and hilarious. You would never expect that guys moving around action figures to do things would be hilarious, but it really is. This is honestly one of the best shows Adult Swim has put out since they began to air shows like Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Family Guy. Creators, including Seth Green (Austin Powers trilogy, Chris Griffin on Family Guy), have managed to make us laugh at things that are incredibly original and include lots and lots of toys.
So check this show out for a well needed 15 minute laugh.
The Venture Bros. (2003)
This show is probably the best mix of action/adventure and comedy for Adult Swim. The Venture team consists of brothers Dean Venture and Hank Venture, along with their father the once noble scientist Dr. Rusty Venture and their insane, tough as nails bodyguard Brock Samson. These four star is probably one of the funniest shows I have ever seen Adult Swim put on the air. Throughout the series so far they have fended off such hysterical villains as Baron Von Underbite and the always hysterical Monarch with his butterfly henchman. The episodes are always met with some high intense animation action and then some of the hugest laughs of all time. Check this one out, it always delivers a very stellar performance.
Home Movies (1999)
Home Movies may not be Adult Swim's funniest show, but it is a very original concept that works. Brendon Small (in real life a Musician and stand up comedian) creates this show with himself voicing himself as the main character. The only difference is that this Brendon is an 8-year-old with a vision to make movies with his friends Jason and Melissa. Most of the laughs of this show come from the always hilarious Coach (voice by H. Jon Benjamin). So really this is worth looking at one night if you have not seen it before. So really give it a try, for an Adult Swim show the cursing and sexual content are extremely low, so you won't feel to horrible for watching it if you hate foul content.
It was funny, but I want the old Adam Sandler back
This movie was hands down pretty funny. Adam Sandler and Kevin James were a pretty fresh and funny comedy duo. Now the story may not have been in good taste, but it was well worth some huge laughs. Now my main problem is that I truthfully would like to see the old Adam Sandler back. I miss the Happy Gilmore or Billy Madison Sandler that would randomly act like a goof for 90 minutes. For some reason when you had Sandler doing random music numbers, making up ridiculous songs and overall being a goofy characters, you felt as if he lived up to your expectations. Now don't get me wrong, I thought this movie was a major funny movie and it was nice to see Kevin James in another big screen movie. So overall this is sort of worth it for Sandler fans.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Cameron Crowe once again writes a memorable movie
Cameron Crowe is probably one of the most talented writers in the movie business. He wrote the Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie back in the 80's, which is still one of the best Comedic somewhat Dramatic Romance movies of all time. This, however, is another well done creation from Mr. Crowe.
Tom Cruise stars as Jerry Maguire, a sports agent. All of a sudden his perfect life completely comes tumbling down. Throughout the movie Maguire embarks a love interest with one of his new clients, played by Renee Zellwegger. Then along the way he also manages to continue managing his prospect, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) to the top.
So really just check this one out if your looking for a Dramatic Romance story with some slight comedic material. All in all this is definitely one of Cameron Crowe's absolute best, and is not to be missed.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
One of the Most Successful Movies of all time
First order of business, Rest in Peace Mr. John Hughes as of yesterday which was Thursday August 6, 2009. He made some of the greatest coming of age comedies and dramas of all time.
Now on to the business, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This very successful 80's comedy stars the very entertaining Matthew Broderick. The movie is really just a simply entertaining and excellent concept. Ferris is trying to play his parents for yet another absence this year. He finds himself once again home from school, so he calls up his best friend Cameron and they pick up his girlfriend Sloane from school.
Following this Ferris has probably the best day of his life, all with the principal and his sister trying to bring him to justice. Honestly there is no reason to pick out the flaws in this movie, because the movie is just flat out entertaining and funny. So if you want to see a film that will not disappoint then I suggest you check out Ferris Bueller's Day Off, it lives up to its reputation as a classic.
It grows on you
The first time I saw You Don't Mess with the Zohan, I was left sort of confused. I didn't know if I liked it that much at first. Then after viewing two more times I began to quote the movie somewhat daily. Honestly at first I overlooked how funny of a movie this is. Adam Sandler may not be at Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore status anymore, but he still is reliable for a very cheap laugh at best. The whole concept for this movie is sort of a fresh concept for a Happy Madison movie. So honestly if you are a big fan of Adam Sandler, then you want to consider checking this one out. You may or may not get it at first, but soon enough you will be quoting the lines just like I am, if you truly liked it.
One-Eyed Monster (2008)
One word, interesting
You can't say that One Eyed Monster is the best movie ever made, then again you can't really say it's the worst movie ever made. This is just simply a horror spoof comedy, in which Ron Jeremy's now possessed penis goes around on an evil killing spree. The concept may seem very off the wall and stupid, but I have to admit that some of the scenes ended up being just hysterical. Now on the other hand the story wasn't the greatest, but with a legendary pornstar's penis running around just offing people, who really cares about the story, you would generally be more interested in seeing what the penis is going to do. All in all this is worth a watch once or if you really liked it, then twice. So honestly check it out for a good couple of laughs.
History of the World: Part I (1981)
Mel Brooks as his film making best
History of the World Part I is yet another comedy that was produced, directed and solely written by the legendary Mel Brooks. With such hits as The Producers, High Anxeity and the ever famous Blazing Saddles, Mel was doing well for himself long before this movie was ever released. Mel stars in this one as various characters for all of the various sketches of time periods in history. Beside him is a very well strung together cast including the classic Sid Caesar, Harvey Korman, Dom DeLuise and even Gregory Hines. The film may poke fun at some very important moments in history, but all in all it is just a movie, so laugh at it. Really with the creative ideas we see used in this film, it is definitely not an understatement to say that Mel Brooks has never truthfully made a horrible movie. So check this one out if you are really into the works of the great Mel Brooks.
High Anxiety (1977)
We had already Mel Brooks entertain us with classics like Blazing Saddles, however now we get another Mel Brooks creation that is a sort of suspense/thriller comedy entitled High Anxeity. Brooks stars as the height fearing Richard Thorndyke that becomes caught in a conspiracy, in which he is framed for the death of a man. The movie may not be the funniest we have seen from Brooks, but the laughs that come are very meaningful and well executed. We once again see Harvey Korman take a very well needed role as a scheming bad guy that tries to take down Brooks along with the always sensational Cloris Leachman. All the pieces are definitely in place, but the one thing needed is for you to give this a try and watch. This may not be the funniest from Brooks, but it is just a simple comedy with the always well executed Brooks humor that we all have grown to love.
WWE Night of Champions (2009)
Actually not bad
Match 1: Chris Jericho & Big Show (c) vs Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase for the Unified Tag Team Championship - Legacy enters. Then Jericho comes to the ring, surprisingly receiving a fair amount of cheers. Jericho cuts a promo on Edge and the video footage of Edge's surgery is shown. Finally Jericho announces Big Show as his new tag team partner. Big Show receives a mixed reaction from the crowd as he comes out holding his respective titles. The match was pretty slow and basic. It started off hot with Show dominating Rhodes, but then once Jericho got tagged in the match died. DiBiase and Rhodes double teamed Jericho for most of the match, but in the end Show tags himself in and takes it to DiBiase. In the end Show clutches on his submission move to make DiBiase tap. Jericho & Show retain the titles.
Match 2: Tommy Dreamer (c) vs Christian for the ECW Championship - Dreamer enters first to a nice pop. Christian then enters second to an even larger reception for the audience. The match was not as great as it could've been. The two manage not to really build a climatic match ending. Christian goes for the killswitch, but Dreamer reverses to a DDT, then Christian once again reverses back into a killswitch and lands it this time. Christian gets the three count and becomes a two time ECW Champion in the process.
Match 3: Kofi Kingston (c) vs Primo vs Carlito vs Jack Swagger vs MVP vs The Miz in a Six Pack Challenge for the United States Championship - After several entrances Primo comes to the ring, with Cole and Lawler announcing that he has replaced the Big Show for this match. Biggest pop was definitely for Kofi Kingston. The match was actually a very well established match for the title. All six of the men actually looked good in the ring together. In the end Kingston hits Carlito with his trouble in paradise, this gets him the pin and Kingston retains the title.
Match 4: Michelle McCool (c) vs Melina for the Women's Championship - This was definitely the better of the two women's matches on this card. McCool starts the match early by baseball sliding Melina off the apron during her entrance. The match then really sets a good pace as they battle back and forth for even amounts of time. They even take it outside and briefly fight on the guardrail. In the end Melina has a roll up on McCool, but McCool reverses into her own roll up for the pin. McCool retains the Women's title.
Match 5: Randy Orton (c) vs Triple H vs John Cena for the WWE Championship - In a repeat of the Wrestlemania 24 Raw Main Event, we see these three wrestle each other again. Orton actually received some very unexpected cheers during his entrance. The match was average at best and really had that big fight atmosphere for those in attendance. Most of the time is spent with seeing Triple H and Cena battle with Orton being out of the picture. Triple H has a sharpshooter on Orton in the ring, then Cena comes in and also locks on an STF. Orton then submits to both men. The referee, unaware of what call to make, does not stop the match. At this point Rhodes and DiBiase come to the ring to save Orton. After some brawling Cena has Rhodes up for an Attitude Adjustment, but Orton catches Cena with an RKO and gets the pinfall. Randy Orton is still WWE Champion.
Match 6: Maryse (c) vs Mickie James for the Divas Championship - This feud was built ever since the WWE draft back in April this year. It didn't start to climax until the edition of Raw that Mickie James actually earned a title shot with Maryse. With the potential of this feud, this match did not deliver whatsoever. These two put on a lackluster match at best. In the end Mickie hits her DDT finisher and gets the pin. Mickie James is now the new Divas Champion.
Match 7: Rey Mysterio (c) vs Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship - Good booking for this match to be on second to last. Ziggler is still not completely over with the fans, but he did fairly well for a match like this. Mysterio was off the chart, as usual. Ziggler seems to have high potential and this match seemed to improve him in a big way. Mysterio is able to land a 619 to secure the victory and retain his Intercontinental title.
Match 8: CM Punk (c) vs Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship - The promo Punk cut early in the night, received some good heat for him in this match. Hardy came out as everyone's hero to defend them from the newly heel CM Punk. The match was mainly dominated by Punk, but of course we see the signature whisper in the wind and diving moves of Jeff Hardy. Honestly this was a better choice for a main event than the WWE title match. Towards the end Punk hits a GTS on Hardy, but only gets a two count. Punk tries twice more to pin Hardy, but is unsuccessful. Frustrated, Punk takes his title and begins to leave. Hardy retaliates by running out after Punk and taking him back to the ring. Hardy hits a twist of fate. This sets Hardy up as he goes to the top and lands the swanton bomb for the victory. Hardy has won the World Heavyweight Championship.
Not so great in the long run
Adventureland honestly was advertised as a comedy, then it just didn't turn out as one. This movie is actually just a love story with some drama behind it. No doubt that it is now a key in some comedies, but this truly never became comedic. There was one piece of recurring humorous material, in which Frigo would hit James in the nuts, but even that grew old after the 5th or 6th time. All in all the movie sort of disappointed me. There may be some out there that truly enjoyed this, and that is fine if you did, but for me I expected a lot more of a comedy than what I got. So if your in the mood for a drama with a troubled young love story, then go for this.
WWE Superstars (2009)
A Refreshing and New Wrestling Show
Don't get me wrong, but WWE really did not need this show at all. They already have Raw, ECW and SmackDown. But now they get to dominate four nights of the week with wrestling. Superstars is sort of a nice concept, because it has one representative match from each brand. Which can give undeveloped talent a chance to compete and build their gimmick. A perfect example is Zack Ryder, this show is where he mostly wrestles, and now we are seeing him filer over to ECW. So anyway this is definitely one to check out from WWE. There have been some fantastic matches thus far from this show, pretty much proving this show to be a good business move for WWE.