Saturday 30 June 2018

WWE Survivor Series 2007 Review

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Hello and welcome to another slightly-agitating edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that’s shorter than The Fingerpoke of Doom! Last of the big four of the year, it’s WWE’s Survivor Series 2007. The major storylines heading into Survivor Series are as follows: Batista has finally bested The Undertaker in a one on one match but Taker is not done yet, it is time for a rematch inside Hell in A Cell. On Raw, Randy Orton cheated his way out of losing his precious WWE Championship to Shawn Michaels at Cyber Sunday but where will The Viper have to run this time in his rematch against HBK. We also have the traditional Survivor Series elimination matches, I am excited so let’s get it on!

Opening Promo

Twenty years ago, it all began as we see highlights of some of the best Survivor Series matches, it is team Triple H vs Team Umaga, Michaels cannot use Sweet Chin Music in this match while Orton cannot be disqualified or he will lose his WWE Championship. Interesting stipulation there while finally, Taker and Batista is built up to insane proportions, pain, suffering, blood, this match has it all ladies and gentlemen.

(ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match) CM Punk © vs John Morrison vs The Miz

CM Punk continues to shine as ECW’s top star, Punk has had problems with the tag team of Morrison and Miz for a number of weeks and now, Punk must be able to survive both to defend his championship. Miz and Morrison attack Punk to begin, Punk is outgunned by the two. Stomps and right hands by the challengers, Punk kicks Miz right in the head, sunset flip on Morrison for two. Punk avoids a catapult and nails a middle rope crossbody on Miz for two. Leaping leg lariat on Morrison, Punk controls the ring alone.

Suicide dive by Punk onto Morrison and Miz, Miz grabs Punk’s leg on the apron, no springboard clothesline. Double suplex by Miz & Morrison, Miz unloads on Punk. Morrison tees off with shots to the ribs, Morrison was going to try for a springboard kick but Miz pushed Morrison to the floor. Miz applies a camel clutch in the middle of the ring, Morrison is decked by Miz. Enzuigiri by Punk, slingshot dropkick by Morrison on Miz. Neckbreaker and backbreaker by Morrison on Punk for two, seated-cobra clutch hold by Morrison. Punk kicks his way out, eye poke by Morrison. Miz yanks Punk to the floor, Punk goes splat on the floor.

Suplex from the apron into the ring by Morrison, Miz nails a falling forward Russian legsweep for two, Miz nails his corner clothesline for two. Morrison kicks Miz down, Starship Pain for two as Punk breaks up the pin attempt. Punk places Morrison on the top rope, frankensteiner by Punk and Morrison falls into a powerbomb from Miz for two. Leaping leg lariat by Punk, series of elbows and clotheslines. High knee and bulldog for two, double underhook backbreaker by Punk. Morrison rolls-up Punk for two, kick to the head by Punk. Morrison is dumped to the apron, Miz waffles Morrison and walks into a GTS, Punk retains his championship.

Crowd were super into Punk, it seems that CM Punk is finally catching on with the WWE Audience. This was balls to the walls for the eight minutes that they were out there, some cool spots mixed with in high impact moves, no hiccups anywhere in the match, good stuff from ECW.

Winner: CM Punk over Everyone Else via GTS!

Team Phoenix ( Beth Phoenix/Layla/Jillian Hall/Victoria/Melina) vs Team Torrie Wilson ( Torrie Wilson/Michelle McCool/Kelly Kelly/Maria/Mickie James)

Ten women tag, expect eliminations every thirty seconds. Victoria and Michelle start, lock-up and Victoria throws down Michelle. Northern lights suplex by Michelle for one, shoulder block for one. Victoria eats a massive boot to the face for two. Tag to Torrie, Victoria nails a swinging side slam for two. In comes Layla, Torrie ducks and snap suplexes Layla for two. In comes Kelly Kelly, Layla tags in Jillian. Boob attack by Jillian, Kelly Kelly boots Jillian in the ass, jacknife cover for two. In comes Maria, Beth blind tags in. Powerslam to Maria, tag to Layla. Tag to Melina, boot to the head. Punch to the head, Melina misses a knee on the back. Tag to Mickie, forearms and kicks all around. Thesz press, kick to Jillian. Mickie gets assists from Torrie and Michelle. Mickie kisses Melina and nails a massive Mick Kick for the win.

It was not even an elimination match, that sucks for your Survivor Series matches. Should have been elimination, they all do what they can but nothing special comes out of this match.

Winners: Team Torrie over Team Phoenix via Mick Kick!

(WWE World Tag Team Championship Match) Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch © vs Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes

Cody Rhodes continues to learn from veteran Hardcore Holly as they battle Cade & Murdoch. Cade and Rhodes begin, hiptoss by Cade. Dropkick by Rhodes, sunset flip and headlock takedown. Rhodes tries a crossbody but Cade nails a backbreaker, tag to Murdoch. Rhodes flips out of a back suplex, elbows and side headlock by Rhodes. Tag to Holly, elbow to the throat. Chop in the corner, clubbing blows by Holly. Holly is pulled into the turnbuckle, tag to Cade. Boot by Holly, Holly kicks Cade low. Holly and Rhodes clothesline the champions to the floor.

Roll-up by Holly for two, Murdoch blind tags in and boots Holly in the head. Tag to Cade, scoop slam and assisted leg drop. Two for Cade, Murdoch is legal. Snapmare and keylock from Murdoch, Holly escapes but Murdoch beats down Holly. Tag to Cade, massive clothesline. Assisted leg drop misses this time around, Murdoch is in pain. Tag to Rhodes, rights and lefts. Massive clotheslines, back drop to Murdoch. Bulldog by Rhodes, missile dropkick for two. Holly and Cade brawl to the floor, Murdoch avoids the DDT. Last Call sunset flip powerbomb and Murdoch wins clean.

I like the story of the inexperienced rookie learning from the veteran, Rhodes has that babyface fire that reminds me of Kobashi in those big six-man tags in the early 90s, the underdog who has no clue when his ass is about to get kicked. Murdoch and Cade have been a great act even if the division has collapsed two or three times around them, they act tough, they wrestle tough and I am hooked especially when it comes to Murdoch.

Winners: Cade & Murdoch over Holly & Rhodes via Last Call Powerbomb!

Team Triple H (Triple H/Rey Mysterio/Jeff Hardy/Kane) vs Team Kennedy ( Mr. Kennedy/MVP/Umaga/Finlay/ Big Daddy V)

In a nice use of all three brands, we have multiple feuds coming into this Survivor Series style match. Team Triple H is down one member due to MVP injuring Matt Hardy on Smackdown. Mysterio and Kennedy begin, front chancery from Kennedy. Hammerlock from Mysterio, Mysterio uses the ropes to flip out but Kennedy nails knees and forearm shots. Shoulder block by Kennedy for one, Mysterio boots his way out of the corner. Headscissors by Mysterio, sunset flip powerbomb for two. Tag to Jeff, Poetry in Motion. Twist of Fate is blocked, clothesline by Kennedy for two. Tag to MVP, spinal tap by MVP.

Big Daddy V is in the ring, headbutt and  V steps on Jeff. Jeff holds onto the ropes from an Irish whip, tag to Kane. Kane gets caught in a belly to belly suplex for two, uppercuts by Kane. Corner clothesline, MVP gets caught with a right. Sidewalk slam to MVP, Kane climbs high. Diving clothesline, Chokeslam to Finlay. Kane walks into a Samoan Drop, Big Elbow by V and Kane is eliminated by Big Daddy V!

Triple H nails a facebuster on V clothesline by V. Umaga tags in, they trade blows. Irish whip by Umaga, boot by The Game. Belly to belly suplex, headbutt by Umaga. Triple H dodges the middle rope headbutt, Mysterio tags in but Umaga stomps on Mysterio. Umaga misses a banzai drop, low dropkick for one. Kicks by Mysterio, springboard hurricanrana works. 619 by Mysterio, springboard senton for two. Springboard crossbody countered for a spinning sidewalk slam, Samoan Spike and Mysterio is eliminated!

Kennedy tags in, right hands to Jeff. Irish whip to the corner, Jeff leapfrogs Kennedy. Clotheslines and dropkicks, slingshot dropkick misses. Jeff grabs the ropes, MVP is legal and applies a sleeper. Jeff fights his way out, forearms by MVP. Military press but the boot misses, Twist of Fate and MVP has been eliminated.

Kennedy comes right in, stomps to Jeff. Two for Kennedy, Triple H tags in. Facebuster, clothesline by The Game for two. Corner clothesline, Kennedy elbows Triple H on the second attempt. Spinebuster by Triple H, Big Daddy V tries to save the day with an elbow, Triple H dodges and Kennedy is squashed, Triple H lowbridges V and covers Kennedy, Kennedy has been eliminated due to Big Daddy V.

V takes out Triple H and Jeff with ease, they are stacked in the corner. Chest slaps but Jeff and Triple H avoid splashes, double DDT on Big Daddy V and after all that, Big Daddy V has been pinned by a double DDT, not a Pedigree and Swanton Bomb but a fucking DDT ends the streak of Big Daddy V.

Finlay jumps right in, stomps all over The Game. Short-arm clothesline by Finlay, knees to the spine. Elbow by Finlay, middle rope manoeuvre ends badly as Triple H boots Finlay. Tag to Jeff. Clothesline, right hands. Corner crossbody, slingshot dropkick. Two for Jeff, Jeff tries for ten punches but Finlay shoves off Jeff. Umaga gets in on the action, boot to Jeff. Short-arm clothesline and elbows by Finlay, headbutts from Finlay. Jeff nails a Whisper in The Wind off an Irish whip, corkscrew mule kick and a tag to Triple H.

 High Knee by Triple H, boot by Finlay. Spinebuster by The Game, Umaga saves Finlay from a Pedigree. Celtic Cross is blocked, Pedigree for the elimination of Finlay. Umaga batters Triple H, rights and lefts. Running hip attack misses, Pedigree and Jeff gets the tag. Swanton Bomb and Umaga has been defeated, Team Triple H are your winners.

That was a decent Survivor Series elimination match, a lot of star power in there, some eliminations were paced well with others coming fast and furious although Team Triple H was a man down, I never felt like they had a chance of losing even with two monsters in Big Daddy V and Umaga on the opposing team, the elimination of Big Daddy V was bollocks too, not happy about that. Otherwise, a fun match that had the fans going wild.

Winners: Team Triple H over Team Umaga via Swanton Bomb!

The Great Khali vs Hornswoggle

Lots of time-wasting and we want Shaq chants, Vince takes the piss out of the crowd, no Shaq according Vince. Shane and Vince watch from ringside, Hornswoggle undresses and prepares for a fight. Kicks to the legs of Khali, dropkick to Singh. Khali scares off Hornswoggle, green mist by Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle crawls under the ring, Hornswoggle has a shillelagh. Khali throws away the shillelagh, slap by Khali. Finlay comes out with a shillelagh and saves Hornswoggle. More of an angle than a match but Finlay is a babyface and I have loved that man as a heel so this heartbreaking to me.

Winner: Khali over Hornswoggle via DQ!

(WWE Championship Match) Shawn Michaels vs Randy Orton ©

No Sweet Chin Music, HBK’s best shot is not allowed in this match. How can Micheals take the championship from Orton without Sweet Chin Music? They lock-up, side headlock into a hammerlock by Michaels, cravate lock by HBK. Michaels cranks the hold for a long time, Michaels is tenacious. Orton works the ribs with big punches, scoop slam but Michaels continues to hold onto Orton in the cravate lock. Right hands by Orton, Orton slaps Michaels repeatedly. Michaels thinks about Sweet Chin Music but HBK thinks better of it, rear-naked choke by HBK.

Michaels uses a front chancery and knees to wear down Orton, Asai moonsault by Michaels. Crossbody by HBK but Orton rolls through, Orton pummels Michaels. Michaels trips up Orton, sharpshooter by HBK. Orton escapes and eye pokes HBK, knee to the back of the head. Rope-hung DDT by Orton, two for Orton. Rear-naked choke by Orton, Michaels escapes and chops back at Orton. Flying forearm by Michaels, inverted atomic drop. Orton dodges an atomic drop with a dropkick for two, scoop slam by HBK.

Elbow drop by HBK, Michaels calls for Sweet Chin Music. Michaels fakes out Orton for a small package, two for Michaels. Crucifix is countered by Orton for two, crossface by HBK. Orton places a foot on the ropes, Orton rolls through the crossface attempt into a clothesline for two. Orton backbreaker, punt is blocked for an ankle lock. Michaels grapevines the leg, Orton manages to roll over and kick off Michaels. Leg trip by Michaels, figure four does not work. HBK bounces off the ringpost, RKO is blocked. Michaels thought about Sweet Chin Music but hesitated, Orton only needed that second and one RKO later, the match is over.

Fuck me, Shawn Michaels is untouchable. I have never seen such perfect use of a gimmick worked into a match, Michaels had no Sweet Chin Music so HBK went to the sharpshooter but it did not stop there, ankle locks and crossfaces, the figure four, fakes/feints using the banned superkick, Michaels was excellent in this match. I have enjoyed Orton’s renaissance but The Viper is not at his crazy best, I want to see Orton torture his opponents but this match was all sorts of awesome mostly due to Shawn Michaels.

Winner: Randy Orton over Shawn Michaels via RKO!

(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Batista © vs The Undertaker (Hell In A Cell Match)

Taker has his rematch after losing clean to Batista, it is inside Taker’s domain. It is Hell in a cell, shoulder block by the champion to begin the match. Big clothesline, Taker begins striking Batista. Batista strikes back, chokeslam attempt early. Batista blocks, clothesline by Taker. Boot and elbow by Taker, headbutts in the corner. Snake eyes and big boot for two, Taker has a steel chair. Batista Spears Taker, Taker fights back and goes for a triangle choke. Right hands by Taker, Batista is raked across the cage. Batista is bleeding, apron leg drop by Taker. Chair guillotine by The Deadman, Batista is bleeding everywhere.

Old School is countered for a spinebuster, slugfest and Batista wins that war. Running powerslam by Batista, they brawl to the floor and Batista clotheslines Taker. They make it to the ring, Batista has Taker for a superplex. Batista looks for a cover but Undertaker has a triangle choke. Suicide dive from Taker as Batista escapes, Taker grabs steel steps. Batista kicks away the steps, Batista waffles Taker with the steel steps. Taker is bleeding too, ten punches and biting by Batista. Last Ride connects, Chokeslam connects. 1…2.. Batista survives somehow!

Taker calls for a tombstone, Batista slides out for a spinebuster. Two and a half, Batista looks under the ring. Face full of blood, Batista pulls out a table. Batista Bomb through the table, cover by Batista. Two as Taker powers out, Batista pulls in steel steps. Powerbomb is reversed, back drop on the steps by Taker for two. Tombstone by Taker, two as Batista kicks out! Tombstone on the steel steps, the referee is pulled out of the ring. Edge is here, Edge has a camera. Camera off the skull, Edge conchairtos Taker and places Batista on top, Batista retains the championship.

This was good, I believe Michaels stole the show but this delivered as a Hell in a Cell match. There was blood, there was weapons, a table and a twist at the end that made you want to see Taker kill Edge. Plus, it was steeped in logic. Edge had beaten Batista on a number of occasions leading up to Edge releasing the championship, Edge would in his mind, have it easy defeating The Animal. It also piles on the heat for Edge who have screwed over Taker not once but twice when it came to the championship. A great end to the show and Edge is right back at the top of the mountain where he belongs as a top heel.

Winner: Batista over Undertaker via Conchairto!

That was WWE’s Survivor Series 2007, a great big four pay per view for the year. Cannot think of a bad match beyond The Divas match not being elimination style, you have a great WWE championship match between Michaels and Orton, Michaels worked that match to perfection. I would like to see more sinister Orton work but I can let that go when Michaels is working like he is on this night. The main event was brutal in all the good ways with a shock twist that furthers two key storylines on Smackdown from earlier in the year. Edge has Batista’s number, Edge has beaten Batista on a number of occasions and Edge wants to face Batista because Edge believes that The Rated R Superstar can beat The Animal. The other storyline is that Edge has screwed over Undertaker again, Edge has ducked and avoided The Deadman twice without consequences, it is good stuff and I cannot wait for the next pay per view. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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Thursday 28 June 2018

WWE Cyber Sunday 2007 Review

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Hello and welcome to another nerve-wrecking edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that comes back from the brink of death more times that WWE’s tag team division! WWE’s Cyber Sunday 2007 where the fans decide the matches, where we have all the power in theory. Big matches coming into tonight’s show include a rematch from Wrestlemania 23, The Deadman is back and Batista is in Taker’s sights. These two tore the house down on two back to back pay per views could they be as lucky on the third attempt? Meanwhile on Raw, Shawn Michaels is back and Randy Orton is a dead man walking, Orton attempted to end the career of Michaels but you can’t stop The Show Stopper. Will this be something special? Let’s find out!

Opening Promo

Cue the Taboo Tuesday music as it is all about You, You will choose the match, You will choose the stipulations, You are in control. This is followed by focus on the two Brand Championship Matches.

(Stretcher Match) Rey Mysterio vs Finlay

Nice bit of continuity with the match being a stretcher match due to Finlay fooling Mysterio with a stretcher act at the last pay per view. Finlay slaps Mysterio, Mysterio slaps back. Finlay takes down Mysterio, knees by Finlay. Mysterio meets the ringpost, forearm shots and short-arm clothesline by Finlay. Mysterio is thrown onto the stretcher, Mysterio battles off the stretcher. Low dropkick to Finlay’s knee, Finlay sends the stretcher into Mysterio. Finlay suplexes Mysterio onto the ladder, Mysterio is thrown ribs first into the ring apron.

Mysterio lands a headscissors on Finlay, ducking a clothesline. Low dropkick, Mysterio kicks Finlay hard in the side of the head. Finlay slides off the stretcher, Finlay spot the shillelagh. It’s legal, Mysterio stops Finlay. Low dropkick, Mysterio looks for the shillelagh. Finlay drags down Mysterio, Mysterio climbs up too. Sunset flip powerbomb by Mysterio, Mysterio pulld down the shillelagh. Mysterio is knocked off the turnbuckle by Finlay, Finlay has the shillelagh. Mysterio is drilled in the knee twice, Mysterio baseball slides Finlay. Finlay smacks Mysterio onto the stretcher, knees to the head by Mysterio.

Finlay rams Mysterio with a stretcher twice, Mysterio’s back is rammed into the ring apron. Mysterio kicks Finlay, 619 using the ring apron. Tope atomico with Finlay on the stretcher. Mysterio does not win though, a camera cable has tied up Mysterio. Finlay gets off, Finlay grabs the shillelagh but Mysterio flapjacks Finlay onto the stretcher and over the line.

Good opening match, I liked the way they worked the shillelagh into the match with the two stipulations coming into the match. Finlay’s work is awesome and I shall fight you to the death if you disagree, Finlay makes everything look real while hating his opponent, Mysterio held his own in this match being an explosion of excitement when the time was right, good stuff.

Winner: Rey Mysterio over Finlay!

(ECW World Heavyweight Championship Match) CM Punk © vs The Miz

In an absolute shocker, CM Punk has to defend his championship against The Miz of all people with John Morrison being shunned by the voting. Lock-up, Miz takes the back. Hammerlock and front chancery by Punk, side headlock by Miz. Side headlock by Punk, takedown and jacknife cover by Punk for one, side headlock takedown on Miz. Miz and Punk continue to mat wrestle with both men countering the other’s holds, Miz talks trash and forearms Punk hard. Leaping leg lariat by Punk, massive chop to the chest. Snapmare and spinal tap, rope assisted suplex.

Clinch-hold knees by Punk, leg drop by Miz. Miz climbs to the top rope, Punk stops Miz. Miz blocks the superplex and Punk smacks his head off the canvas. Rights and lefts by Miz, corner clothesline for one. Miz had a cravate hold but Punk escapes and tries for a crossbody. They botch bad but Miz is in control, two for Miz. Sleeper from Miz, suplex by Miz. Punk grabs Miz who climbed to the top rope, super hiptoss. Elbows and heel kick by Punk, boots to the head. High knee and bulldog connects, springboard clothesline for two. Two O Connor rolls for two, reality check is dodged and Punk nails a massive GTS for the win.

It was decent, Miz had not been wrestling for a long time so this was all on Punk when it came down to carrying the match. Punk has a tendency to be hit and miss at this point in his career, I would say this was a victory for Miz who made it through without too many ugly moments, the show continues to carry momentum.

Winner: CM Punk over The Miz via GTS!

Mr. Kennedy vs Jeff Hardy

Lock-up, Kennedy eats a side headlock takedown but responds by shoving Hardy to the corner, waistlock from Kennedy. Side headlock by Hardy, big takedown from Hardy. Kennedy battles out of the headlock, Hardy elevates Kennedy to the apron. Low dropkick and Kennedy hits the ring apron, crossbody to the floor. Ten punches from Hardy, Kennedy pulls Hardy to the floor. Hardy tries re-entering the ring, Kennedy boots Hardy in the head. Cravate lock into a sleeper from Kennedy, Hardy tries an Irish whip. DDT from Kennedy for two, rear-naked choke from Kennedy.

Hardy fights out, clothesline by Kennedy for two. Hardy crotches Kennedy on the top rope, hurricanrana from Hardy. Slugfest but Hardy nails a massive lariat, two clotheslines follow. Neckbreaker drop from Hardy for two, twist of fate is blocked but Hardy nails Whisper in The Wind for two. Corkscrew mule kick by Hardy, Hardy misses his slingshot corner dropkick whiplashing hard and Kennedy wins after Hardy knocked himself out.

I must say it was nothing that would be different from a Raw match, you think both would be eager to impress when they could have world heavyweight championship matches down the line in their careers. Just never became anything special, never stepped up to the plate. It was a match, just a match and that’s ok but I won’t remember this match in half an hour.

Winner: Mr. Kennedy over Jeff Hardy via Whiplash!

(WWE United States Championship Match) Kane vs MVP ©

Kane faces MVP after being chosen over Great Khali and Mark Henry, all options are terrible for MVP. MVP ducks Kane and comes in throwing blows, Irish whip is reversed and Kane nails a big boot. Corner clothesline by Kane, make it two and we have a sidewalk slam for two. MVP stops the diving clothesline by crotching The Big Red Machine. Kicks to the ribs, Player’s Boot from MVP. Kane kicks out at two, MVP stays on the ribs but Kane tackles MVP and dishes out his own shots to the champion. Knees by Kane, big blows to the ribs. Backbreaker by Kane, abdominal stretch by Kane. Kane batters MVP with uppercuts, MVP is pulled into the ringpost. MVP gets himself counted out. DUD!

Winner: Kane over MVP via Count-Out!

(WWE Championship Match) Shawn Michaels vs Randy Orton ©

Shawn Michaels is looking for revenge against the man who took him out at Judgment Day Randy Orton, Orton punted Michaels in the head just like he would do to the likes of RVD, John Cena’s Father and John Cena himself. This is personal, this is Michaels’ return to pay per view. Lock-up, clean break from HBK. Second lock-up, knee by Orton. Clubbing blows by Orton, right hands to the head. Michaels nails a kitchen sink, massive chop to the chest. Orton is whipped off the ropes and grabs on, powdering for a breather. Michaels planchas onto the champion, Orton uppercuts Michaels in the ring. Drop toehold and front chancery from Orton, HBK escapes and sends Orton into the ringpost shoulder first.

Michaels stomps the arm and snaps the arm back, hammerlock scoop slam. Short-arm scissors from Michaels, Orton comes out of the hold and stomps on the face of Michaels. Right hands by Orton, boot by Michaels. Big kick to the arm by Michaels, hammerlock back drop. Michaels has a side headlock on the ground with a crucifix on Orton’s bad left arm. Orton uses his good arm to pull HBK’s head down to his legs, Orton escapes the hold and clubs Michaels. Michaels sidesteps Orton, Orton lands hard on the floor. HBK swings at Orton but Orton ducks and back suplexes The Heartbreak Kid on the barricade. Orton goes to work, two for Orton.

Hard Irish whip to the corner, Orton stomps on the back of HBK. Orton applies a rear-naked choke with a bodyscissors to Michaels, Michaels is on his feet. Orton misses a dropkick, jacknife cover from HBK for two. Chops by Michaels, right hands by Orton. HBK eats an elbow to the head, Orton’s back suplex is countered for a crossbody. Orton backbreaker, two for Orton. Orton places Michaels on the top rope, Michaels fights and fights, no suplex for Orton. HBK is in position, Orton dodges the elbow drop. Orton looks for The RKO, backslide counter by Michaels for two.

Chop by Michaels, right hands by Orton. The two trade blows, chops from Michaels. Irish whip and a big flying forearm from Michaels, Michaels kips-up. Inverted atomic drop and big right hands, scoop slam. Elbow drop by Michaels, Orton ducks Sweet Chin Music and low blows Michaels, Orton loses the match by DQ.

Good stuff from Orton and Michaels, nobody can touch Michaels when it comes to selling in the WWE at this time, they did not go all out in this match saving it for the bigger pay per views that were coming like Survivor Series and I am fine with that as long as the next match tops this match. Orton’s low blow was a great finish too, Orton knew that Michaels had gotten the better of The Viper, it was a coward’s move and all that Orton could do to save his championship. After the match, Orton looks to Punt Michaels to prevent there ever being a rematch but Michaels takes the head of Orton with Sweet Chin Music, Michaels delivers and we eagerly await the rematch.

Winner: Shawn Michaels over Randy Orton via DQ!

(Street Fight Match) Triple H vs Umaga

William Regal and Vince Mcmahon continue to screw over Triple H by putting The Game in the ring with The Samoan Bulldozer. Triple H starts the brawling on the ramp, knees by The Game. Umaga shakes off everything, big rights from Umaga. Headbutt by Umaga, Triple H is tossed to the top of the stage. Triple H tries a pedigree, Umaga wants the Samoan drop but Triple H wriggles free, the two continue to brawl at the stage. Triple H spears Umaga through a part of the stage, crowd brawling until we are near ringside. Umaga misses a diving splash and Triple H staggers Umaga, huge right hands.

Triple H topples Umaga with a trash can shot, two for Triple H. Triple H tries again but Umaga nails a massive Samoan drop. Umaga headbutts The Game and works the ribs, the lower back of Triple H is the target. Umaga drops all his weight Banzai style on Triple H. Splash for two, Umaga whips Triple H repeatedly into the barricade, ring apron and steel steps. Leg drop by Umaga for two, throat thrusts by Umaga. Triple H blocks a third, bearhug from Umaga stops Triple H in his tracks. Triple H punches back at Umaga, belly to belly suplex from Umaga ends the flurry of Triple H.

Triple H is beat down into the corner, Umaga nails his running hip attack. Two for Umaga, Umaga brings in a chair. Triple H low blows Umaga and nails a DDT on the chair for two. Facebuster but Umaga stops the pedigree, Umaga spears Triple H into the corner. Triple H kicks back Umaga, Umaga catches Triple H for a spinning sidewalk slam. Umaga begins to pull at the ECW and Raw announce table, Umaga misses a chair shot. Triple H tackles Umaga over an announce table, Umaga batters Triple H onto the ECW announce table. Umaga climbs an announce table two tables away and runs across the tables to splash Triple H through the ECW announce table.

Triple H lies in a heap on the ground, a crowd of referees surround The Game. Triple H does not move from the wreckage, Umaga pulls Triple H from the wreckage. Umaga fights with the referees, Umaga spots Triple H crawling in the ring. Umaga climbs to the top rope, Triple H dodges the diving headbutt. Triple H pulls out his sledgehammer from under the ring, Umaga ducks and hits the ribs. Triple H ducks the Samoan Spike, sledgehammer to the head and a Pedigree this match is over.

Good brawl between Umaga and Triple H, these two powerhouses came out and annihilated one another, Triple H thought he could go toe to toe with Umaga but Umaga swatted down Triple H, some nice spots mixed in, I enjoyed the announce table splash and the dramatic finish with Triple H knowing that the only thing that could save him would be his trusty sledgehammer. I would have enjoyed a win for Umaga to make the feud a little more even but taking a hammer to the head is pretty protective.

Winner: Triple H over Umaga via Pedigree!

(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Batista © vs The Undertaker (Stone Cold Steve Austin As Special Guest Referee)

Before the main event, Mickie James won best Halloween contest and JBL cut a promo stating why the people should have chosen JBL, Foley and Austin get involved before Austin Stunners all and we kick off between the two. Batista has never beaten Taker, this is a big match and rightly has the main event position.

We kick off with both men missing attacks such as spears and big boots, they trade holds before Batista has a side headlock, boot by Taker for one. Taker zeroes in on Batista’s left arm, hammerlock using the ropes. Batista fires back at Taker, spear to the corner. Shoulder thrusts by The Animal, uppercut to The Deadman. Rights from Batista, the champions stomps the challenger. More right hands, Taker is covering up before an Irish whip to the corner. Reverse elbow by Taker, two for Taker. Triangle choke from Taker, elbow across the throat and boot to the head by Taker. Two for Taker, Taker headbutts the left arm of Batista. Taker misses a running knee to the arm, right hands and boots by Batista.

Batista sends Taker into the ring apron, Irish whip by Batista. Taker ducks the clothesline and nails his leaping clothesline for two. Batista sees Taker attempting Old School, Batista joins Taker on the top rope. Taker beats down Batista, two for Taker. Taker meets a big boot in the corner, Batista drops his weight on Taker’s back. Taker pulls Batista to the floor, Taker nails his leg drop on the apron to Batista. Two for Taker, Irish whip to the corner. Corner clotheslines by Taker, snake eyes but Batista counters the boot for a clothesline, two for Batista.

Taker avoids the Batista bomb by backing Batista into the corner, headbutt by Taker. Batista reverses an Irish whip to the corner but misses the spear, Batista hits the ringpost hard. Old School is countered for a spinebuster, two for Batista. Taker counters the pin for a triangle choke, Batista pins down Taker’s shoulder so Taker must break the hold. Batista elbows out of a chokeslam, not for long though as Taker nails The Chokeslam for two! Tombstone is avoided for a Spear, Batista gets two. Batista bomb is reversed, Batista drop toeholds Taker into the turnbuckle.

Punches by Batista, ten punches by Batista. Taker counters for The Last Ride, 1….2… Batista kicks out! Batista slips out of the tombstone, spinebuster for two. Taker sits up, Batista is in shock. Batista nails a massive Batista Bomb, two for Batista. Second Batista Bomb and Batista retains his championship.

That was a lot of fun, Batista and Taker have a chemistry where the two just bring the ass-kicking to a super high level in their matches. They have great sequences, great transitions and they ramp up the drama in their battles with one another. It’s good for Batista to be put over so strong against Taker, Batista needed it after chasing the championship for a solid six to seven months. My only complaint would be with hindsight, did this win mean a whole lot when by Wrestlemania time, it is Edge vs Taker with Batista stuck in the middle of the card. Anyways, this match kicked ass and a clean loss from Taker is as rare as they come ladies and gentlemen.

Winner: Batista over Undertaker via Batista Bomb!

That was WWE’s Cyber Sunday of 2007, a decent pay per view from WWE. The likes of Cyber Sunday and Taboo Tuesday are never home-runs when it comes to pay per views, they are sandwiched in between bigger pay per views and while the idea of the show is that we, the fans have all the power, there is little in the way of say major title changes or results that the fans truly want when all is said and done. So, we have a mix of wrestlers building towards their eventual big matches like Michaels and Orton laying the groundwork for what will become a great match mixed in a bunch of gimmicky matches like the street fight and stretcher matches and matches that disappoint or are pointless like MVP’s championship match. The main event was a lot of fun, people hold this match between Taker and Batista as their best I can see why it’s a great end to the show but there was a lot of nothing on this card. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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Wednesday 27 June 2018

WWF The Big Event 1986 Review

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Hello and welcome to another blood-sucking edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that has a worse reputation that Big Cass backstage apparently! Taking a spin in the time machine, we are returning to the good old Golden Era with WWF’s The Big Event! Jake The Snake Roberts squares off against Ricky The Dragon Steamboat as Steamboat looks for revenge after Roberts did the damage with the DDT the last time the two were supposed to meet while Hulk Hogan faces off against Mr Wonderful Paul Orndorff which promises to kick ten tonnes of ass. It’s the WWF, it’s your childhood, surely this will be a homerun? Let’s find out!

The Killer Bees vs The Funk Brothers

Following a narration from Mean Gene, we kick things off with this tag team match. It is an outdoor stadium which gives a different vibe to the whole event. Jimmy Jack Funk and Hoss Funk are the team in this match. Hoss and Blair start, hiptoss from Blair. Scoop slam to both Funks, Hoss tries cornering Blair but Blair escapes and kicks all sorts of ass. In comes Brunzell, scoop slam and shoulder block. Jimmy Jack powders, Hoss is the legal man and eats a crossbody for two. Arm-drag and tag to Blair, axe handle and wristlock. Hammerlock from Blair, slam counter from Hoss. Blair answers with his own slam, arm-drag and Blair tags Brunzell.

Hoss elbows Brunzell hard, tag to Jimmy Jack. Arm-drag by Brunzell, tag to Blair. Axe handle and more arm work, firemen’s carry by Blair. Tag to Brunzell, sleeper from Brunzell. Hoss enters illegally and knees Brunzell, European uppercut. Brunzell is on the floor, Jimmy Jack takes some cheap shots. Scoop slam on the floor, The Killer Bees place on their masks to confuse The Funks. The fresh Bee comes in and slams The Funks together, atomic drop to Hoss. Massive clothesline to both Funks, abdominal stretch is broken up by Jimmy Jack. The Killer Bees switch places, Brunzell small packages Jimmy Jack for the win.

What a fun little tag team match, simple stuff with The Killer Bees working a basic tag match in the babyface role and using their masks to get one over on the two cheating Funks from Amarillo Texas. Nothing special in the match but I was entertained throughout the match.

Winners: The Killer Bees over The Funks via Small Package!

Magnificent Muraco W/ Mr. Fuji vs King Tonga

A young Haku taking on Muraco, side headlock from Muraco. Tonga nails two slams and a hiptoss, Muraco takes a breather on the floor. Lock-up, Muraco tries trading blows but Tonga is too strong, big dropkick to the floor. Wrist-lock from Tonga, Muraco tries to monkey flip out but Tonga maintains the wrist-lock. Fuji trips Tonga using his cane as Muraco pushes away Tonga, clubbing blow to the back from Muraco. Knee lift by Muraco, Muraco tosses Tonga to the floor. Fuji gets his licks in as Tonga takes the beatdown, Muraco works the neck inside of the ring.

Tonga begins to rally, dropkicks and punches before Muraco dodges a splash in the corner. Tonga hits his head hard, Tonga has his right leg wrapped around the ringpost. Muraco snaps the leg of Tonga, stomps to the leg of Tonga. Tonga kicks Muraco hard, Muraco kicks back. Low headbutt by Muraco, figure four by Muraco. Tonga makes it to the ropes, throat chop by Muraco. Muraco climbs to the top rope but Tonga yanks off Muraco, chops by Tonga. Tonga nails a high crossbody but the time limit expires.

I thought Muraco was fantastic in this match, just nasty in his execution of taking apart Haku’s leg, full of confidence in everything that he did, I thought Muraco was awesome. So weird seeing Haku as a fighting underneath babyface but never say never.

Time-Limit Draw!

Tony Garea vs Ted Arcidi

Arcidi shows strength pushing off Garea, shoulder blocks do not move Arcidi who stands and yells. Side headlock by Garea, Arcidi gorilla press slams Garea. Irish whip to the corner, big elbow by Arcidi who poses some more. Garea boots Arcidi, shoulder tackles and a dropkick. Arcidi catches Garea in a Bearhug and this match is over. Squash match no rating!

Winner: Ted Arcidi over Tony Garea via Bearhug!

Adorable Adrian Adonis W/ Jimmy Hart vs The Junkyard Dog

Junkyard Dog is a fighting mood, right hands to Adonis. Chain to the throat and head by JYD, multiple headbutts by JYD. Irish whip and Adonis flips to the floor, headbutt by Dog. Adonis takes a breather, right hands by JYD. JYD shoves down the referee, Hart blinds Dog with some spray. Clothesline by Adonis, knee drop by Adonis. Throat chop by Adonis, Adonis climbs to the middle rope for a huge chop. Two for Adonis, JYD is thrown to the floor. Hart attacks JYD, JYD crotches Adonis and the two brawl on the floor. Hart is on the apron, JYD pulls Adonis into Hart and they fall to the floor. JYD wins by count-out! Well it was short and sweet but how was that a count-out?

Winner: JYD over Adrian Adonis via Count-Out!

The Rebel Dick Slater vs Iron Mike Sharpe

Dick Slater is an animal and Mike Sharpe is one of the most memorable jobbers of all-time, Slater grabs a hammerlock with Sharpe reaching for the ropes. Test of strength, Slater jumps on Sharpe’s fingers. Big Forearm shot by Sharpe, some posturing and time-wasting follow. Slater unloads with rights and headbutts, Swinging neckbreaker by Slater. Sharpe misses a slam, Russian legsweep and Slater nails an axe handle from the top rope with a jacknife cover for the win. Three quick matches in a row? Boring!

Winner: Dick Slater over Mike Sharpe via Axe Handle!

Super Strong Machines W/ Lou Albano vs King Kong Bundy/Big John Studd/ Bobby Heenan

Andre’s feud with Heenan continues under a mask as Andre is Super Strong Machine on this night. Machine 1 and Studd kick us off, Machine 1 chops and kicks Studd. Lock-up, side headlock by Machine 1. Shoulder block by Studd, clothesline by Machine 1. Three clotheslines take down Studd, Machine 2 and Bundy enter the ring. Side headlock by Bundy, Machine 2 does not go down off the shoulder block. Neither does Bundy, right hands by Machine 2. Bundy misses a splash, elbow to the face and Bundy is down. Bundy kicks and clubs down Machine 2, tag to Studd.

Clubbing blows by Studd, in comes Heenan who attacks Machine 2. Machine 1 clubs Heenan, tag to Studd. Studd takes down Machine 2, tag to Bundy. Machine 2 rallies but Bundy maintains control thanks to an illegal knee from the apron by Studd, Studd is the legal man. Reverse elbow, tag to Heenan. Lou Albano gets the tag, Albano begs Heenan to take a shot. Slap by Heenan, Albano goes to work, flip into the corner. Heenan rakes the eyes, shots from Heenan. Studd is legal, massive shots to Albano. Bundy and Heenan assault Albano, Andre is in and Andre headbutts everything in sight. It ends in a DQ!

Well, this was promising before the finish, everyone was waiting for Andre to kick some ass and I thought Andre was in the match but no, Andre was just a manager at ringside who interfered at the end. Heenan could have been used better and this match could have been so much more fun, more disappointing in the end.

Winners: Team Heenan over Team Albano via DQ!

(Snake Pit Match) Jake Roberts vs Ricky Steamboat

This one is personal, the two were meant to face off on Saturday Night’s Main Event but Roberts attacked Steamboat and nailed The DDT which was all she wrote for The Dragon. Steamboat is attacked on the apron, Roberts attacks Steamboat but with a back body drop, Steamboat is in control. Chops by Steamboat, two for Steamboat. Wrist-lock by Steamboat, Roberts escapes but eats another chop. Hammerlock by Steamboat, knees to the arm by Steamboat. Chops from Steamboat, Roberts is staggering. Kick to the lower parts of Roberts, The Snake powders to the floor.

Roberts headbutts Steamboat hard, scoop slam on the floor. Knee to the throat by Roberts, make it two. Steamboat stops a chair shot, Steamboat uses the chair on Roberts. Massive shot to the head, Roberts is in the ring. Diving chop from the top rope for two, ten punches from Steamboat. Roberts gains control by reversing an Irish whip, Steamboat tumbles to the floor. Roberts catapults Steamboat into the ringpost. Steamboat is bleeding as Roberts smacks The Dragon off the guard rail. Huge rights by Roberts, Steamboat is down.

Roberts mocks Steamboat, short-arm clothesline. Roberts calls for the DDT, Steamboat blocks the DDT. Knee lift by Roberts, chop by Steamboat. Inverted atomic drop by Roberts, gutbuster by Roberts. Roberts get cocky off and pins Steamboat without a care in the world, Steamboat reverses at two and a half for the win and Roberts is pissed.

This was a whole lot of fun, Roberts was vicious in his attack of Steamboat, that match lived up to that grudge match hype. The blood was unexpected but like the blood should, it added tension and drama to the match with Roberts crushing Steamboat at every turn but Steamboat is one of the best babyfaces of all-time so The Dragon sells his ass off and catches the arrogant Roberts at the end, awesome match.

Winner: Ricky Steamboat over Jake Roberts via Sunset Flip!

Hercules Hernandez vs Billy Jack Haynes

Hercules gains control with a massive clothesline, bearhug and multiple elbow drops to Haynes. Haynes meets the turnbuckle hard, both men bang heads off an Irish whip. Haynes stomps Hercules, coconut crash and big right hands. Reverse elbow to the head, backbreaker by Haynes. Haynes climbs to the middle rope, elbow to the head for two. Full-Nelson from Haynes, Hercules escapes the hold.

Stomp to the head from Hercules, Haynes is thrown to the floor. Hercules poses for the crowd, clubbing forearm shots from Hercules. Haynes collapses to the floor, more posing and shots to Haynes. Suplex from the apron into the ring for two, clothesline by Hercules for two. Hercules believes that he has won but Haynes rolls-up Hercules for two. Haynes counters a neckbreaker for a backslide, Haynes wins the match. Fuck me these are short matches, they are hard to rate. It was basic and over in a flash like much of the card.

Winner: Billy Jack Haynes over Hercules Hernandez via Backslide!

The Rougeau Brothers vs The Dream Team

The Dream Team jump The Rougeau Brothers to kick us off, The Rougeau Brothers eventually take control. Jacque gets a two of a sunset flip, snapmare and knee drop by Jacques. Tag to Raymond, knee lift for two. Knees to the spine, tag to Jacques. Reverse elbow by Jacques, two for Jacques. Abdominal stretch by Jacques, elbow counter by Valentine. Tag to Beefcake, scoop slam from Beefcake for two. Jacques spears Beefcake to the corner, tag to Raymond who nails a hip splash. Beefcake spears Raymond to the corner, knees in the corner. Raymond meets Valentine’s boot, double axe handle. Two for Valentine, scoop slam and cover for two.

 Raymond ducks the elbow for a high crossbody, one for Raymond. Valentine meets Jacques’ boot, double dropkick and Valentine falls down hard. Jacknife cover for two, Valentine recovers to bring Jacques to the corner. The Dream Team smack Jacques off the turnbuckle, atomic drop from Valentine. Here comes Beefcake, stomp to the lower sternum. Beefcake rakes the eyes, Jacques fights back with the match breaking down. Beefcake and Valentine meet heads, Rougeau Bomb but Valentine saves the match. Beefcake tosses both Rougeaus to the floor.

Raymond has his back rammed into the ring apron, Jacques comes to the aid of Raymond. Beefcake provokes Jacques which allows The Dream Team to batter Raymond. Backbreaker by Beefcake for two, Valentine is now the legal man. Massive forearms to the back of Raymond, two for Valentine. Inverted atomic drop by Valentine, tag to Beefcake. Stomps to Raymond, Raymond fights back on his knees, Beefcake delivers a big suplex for two. Tag to Valentine, The Dream Team go to work with a massive bearhug. With big right hands, Raymond wriggles free but Valentine smothers Raymond. Back to the bearhug, Beefcake and Valentine double team Raymond. Double axe handle for two, Valentine misses repeated elbow drops.

Tag to Jacques, big dropkicks to The Dream Team. Scoop slam to Valentine, one for Beefcake. Slugfest, Beefcake has Jacques. The Dream Team eat a dropkick, Jacques climbs to the middle rope, Valentine dodges the knee drop. Jacques blocks the figure four the first time but Valentine swats down Jacques, Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Raymond saves Jacques, all four men are brawling. Valentine knees Raymond in the back, Beefcake and Raymond are on the floor. Valentine stomps the leg of Jacques, Valentine looks for the figure four but Raymond sunset flips Valentine for the win despite not being legal.

This was a fun match, simple tag team match with The Dream Team drilling Raymond in the back throughout, Valentine is growing on me with each performance I would prefer to see Valentine by himself kicking ass in that ring. I would have really liked the finish had there not been a switch finish in the first match of the night with The Killer Bees, the fact that we have roughly the same finish hurts the match in the long-run but this was easily the second best match of the night.

Winners: Rougeau Brothers over Dream Team via Sunset Flip!

Handsome Harley Race vs Pedro Morales

Morales punches Race to the floor, Race pulls out Morales to the floor. Race pulls Morales into the timekeeper’s area, Race takes a breather in the ring. Headbutt by Race, Morales blocks a suplex and delivers his own suplex. Small package for two, left hands by Morales. Race charges in but Morales has the sunset flip for two, big left by Morales. Race trips Morales and uses the feet on the ropes for the roll-up, Race wins the match.

Winner: Harley Race over Pedro Morales via Roll-Up!

(WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match) Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff W/ Bobby Heenan vs Hulk Hogan ©

Orndorff sucker shots Hogan to begin the match, The Loose Cannon that is Orndorff unloads on Hogan, Hogan reverses the hold and lays into Orndorff. They stand up, big right by Hogan. Big elbow by Hogan, Heenan distracts Hogan but Hogan is in control. Big atomic drop, Hogan chases after Heenan. Orndorff takes control with big knees and stomps to the head, clothesline to the floor. Suplex on the floor by Orndorff, knee to the head by Orndorff. Elbow to the throat by Orndorff, make it three. Throat thrust by Orndorff, Hogan is in all sorts of trouble. Knee to the back of the head by Orndorff, two for Mr. Wonderful.

Scoop slam by Orndorff, elbow to the throat. Two count for Orndorff, Orndorff climbs high. Top rope elbow by Orndorff finds the mark, Hogan reverses the piledriver. Stomp by Orndorff, Orndorff rakes the eyes. Orndorff bites Hogan, back suplex by Orndorff. Two for Orndorff, Hogan Hulks up, knee into the back with the referee getting knocked out too! Short-arm clothesline by Hogan, Heenan smacks Hogan with a stool, Orndorff covers Hogan. The referee awakes, the referee taps Orndorff on the shoulder what the fuck does that mean? Orndorff has the championship around his waist, Hogan wins by disqualification because Orndorff smacked into the referee.

Oh that is not a good way to save Hogan’s reign, they could have at least said Hogan was disqualified for kneeing Orndorff into the referee but having Hogan win by DQ was a bad call. The match was fun due to the amount of heat for the match but they were obviously building to something bigger, I just wish the finish could have been handled much better.

Winner: Hulk Hogan over Paul Orndorff via DQ!

That was WWF’s Big Event 1986, a waste of a review when I reflect on the show as a whole. This show had so many matches that were not even worth writing notes on, it was comical by the end. Tag team matches having the same finish, squash matches that were so short. The saving grace of this was a badass match between Jake Roberts and Ricky Steamboat, those two are awesome and their feud is awesome but I could not be arsed with the rest of this card. Skip this, you are missing nothing my friends. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

Wednesday 20 June 2018

WWE No Mercy 2007 Review

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Hello and welcome to another spine-tingling edition of Seanomanaic Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling review series on the internet that is heartbroken by the loss of Big Cass! WWE’s No Mercy 2007, big changes in the landscape of WWE. You must be thinking how? Well, John Cena goes down with an injury which leads us to Triple H back at the forefront of Raw battling the evil Mr. Mcmahon while the most sinister man on the planet Randy Orton is waiting in the wings, how will Vince Mcmahon screw Triple H on this night? Meanwhile on Smackdown, Batista has finally won the championship that he chased for over 8 months but now, Batista must battle Khali in Khali’s signature match The Punjabi Prison Match. Unforgiven was forgettable but can No Mercy be something special? Let’s find out!

Opening Promo

Cena’s legendary reign put to an end by an injury from allegedly a hiptoss from Mr. Kennedy, not a good day for Mr. Kennedy. Beyond this, we have our typical narrator with a dark voice talking about No Mercy.

(WWE Championship Match) Randy Orton © vs Triple H

Mr. Mcmahon enters the arena, Mcmahon gives Orton the championship with Triple H coming out to challenge Orton. Orton and Mcmahon say no, Triple H manipulates Mcmahon and Orton and we have this match. Orton is understandably upset that Vince fell for Triple H’s cheap tricks but Vince is a cartoon villain and this is exactly how to get to this egomaniac.

Orton cheap shots The Game, elbow by Triple H. Right hands, Orton powders from the punches of The Game. Orton grabs his championship but Triple H says you ain’t going anywhere. Orton continues to run, Triple H is in pursuit. Clothesline by The Game, Triple rolls Orton in the ring but Orton stomps on The Game. Reverse on the Irish whip and Orton eats the high knee of The Game. Orton counters a suplex for a backbreaker, elbow by Orton for two. Mounted punches by Orton, Orton chokes Triple H and talks trash. Slugfest between the two, powerslam by Orton stops Triple H. Two for Orton, Garvin-style stomps by Orton, knee drop by Orton.

Two for Orton, Orton locks in a sleeper. Triple H escapes Orton’s hold, corner clothesline. Make it two, clothesline to the back of the head for two. Triple H places Orton on the top rope, superplex from Triple H. Two for Triple H, spinebuster by Triple H for two. They roll to the floor, Triple H tries to re-enter the ring but there is a DDT from Orton. Two for Orton, Orton looks for The RKO. Triple H shoves off Orton, Pedigree is blocked too. Orton back drops Triple H, knee drop misses. Figure Four by Triple H, Orton reaches the ropes. Orton lures Triple H in and throws The Game to the floor, hotshot by Triple H. Triple H climbs on the top rope, Orton crotches The Game and Orton looks for a corner spear, Triple H dodges and rolls-up Orton.

Well, the crowd was hot for this match as you had two huge stars in the opening match and it was the championship on the line but for the match itself, it was alright. No real drama to the match and a roll-up ended the reign of Orton who was on a roll at the time. Plus, a fifteen minute reign is never going to be something I am a fan of, this sucks.

Winner: Triple H over Randy Orton via Roll-Up!

Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch/Mr Kennedy vs Jeff Hardy/ Paul London & Brian Kendrick

The only two tag teams on the Raw brand alongside two upper mid-carders in a match that would be at home on Raw. Kendrick and Cade start, crossbody by Kendrick. Tag to London, sunset flip by London for two. Cade knocks down London, tag to Murdoch. Dropkick by London for two, tag to Jeff. Poetry in Motion, two for Jeff. Jawbreaker is blocked, boot by Murdoch. Kennedy is legal, Jeff is stomped hard. Kennedy misses a boot, tag to Kendrick. Cade comes in, forearms and dropkicks. Murdoch lowbridges Kendrick who falls hard, Cade covers for two. Cade batters Kendrick, tag to Murdoch for assisted leg drop.

Scoop slam, knee to the ribs of Kendrick. Make it three, Kennedy stomps all over Kendrick. Running facewash by Kennedy, Kennedy chokes out Kendrick. Kendrick rallies, Kennedy cuts off Kendrick. Cade comes in looking for a superplex, tornado DDT by Kendrick. Jeff is tagged in, flying forearms. Neckbreaker on Murdoch for two, sit-out suplex and a Swanton Bomb for two as Cade saves Murdoch. London hurricanranas Cade, corkscrew mule kick on Kennedy by Jeff. Springboard dropkick by London for two, spinning heel kick. London is on the top rope, Kennedy crotches London. Green Bay Plunge from Kennedy and Team Kennedy wins.

Your standard Raw main event match, the crowd is hot for Jeff as usual. Cade and Murdoch are a rough badass team but they hardly get to shine nor do London and Kendrick who are super exciting as the match is in such a rush. Kennedy picks up a win but it is not over Jeff Hardy so the impact is not as great.

Winners: Team Kennedy over Team Hardy via Green Bay Plunge!

(ECW World Championship Match) Big Daddy V W/ Matt Striker vs CM Punk ©

CM Punk faces a huge test in facing Big Daddy V, the unstoppable monster of ECW. Dreamer was supposed to be the number one contender but Matt Striker persuaded Estrada, the general manager of ECW to award Big Daddy V the championship match. V throws Punk across the ring, Punk tries shooting on V. V takes down Punk and hammers Punk, huge forearms and fists. Punk escapes and kicks V, enzuigiri staggers V. V brings Punk to the corner, huge slap. Punk avoids the splash, missile dropkick. Striker jumps Punk, the match is over.

Why in the name of God would Striker interrupt the match? What was the point of this? V was in no danger, Striker was not provoked. Absolutely no reason for Striker to cost his client the championship, this makes no sense and I wonder why they did this.

Winner: CM Punk over Big Daddy V via DQ!

(WWE Championship Match) Triple H © vs Umaga

Umaga vs Triple H was scheduled for tonight, Triple H weaselled his way into a match with Orton earlier in the night so we have the scheduled match now for the championship. Umaga outstrikes Triple H, Triple H is down. DDT by Triple H has little effect, The Game lowbridges Umaga. Triple H bounces Umaga off the steel steps to no effect, superkick by Umaga. Hip drop by Umaga, Umaga misses the middle rope headbutt. Knee facebuster to no effect, Pedigree is reversed via back drop. Spinebuster lands, Pedigree is reversed for a Samoan drop. Umaga stomps Triple H, bearhug by Umaga. Triple H escapes but gets caught in a spinning sidewalk slam.

Two for Umaga, knee drops by Umaga. Umaga pummels Triple H in the corner, the intent is obvious. Running hip attack time, Triple H dodges at the last second. Triple H boots Umaga, Umaga misses a splash and hits the ringpost. Pedigree on The Samoan Bulldozer and Triple H picks up the win over Umaga.

Decent match, we get to see Umaga as the dominant monster and Triple H overcoming the daunting task of defeating The Samoan Bulldozer. The story of the match could have been drawn out longer but its not about the match, it is about The Game overcoming the odds and based on that, the match is good.

Winner: Triple H over Umaga via Pedigree!

Finlay vs Rey Mysterio

Lock-ups leads to Finlay uppercutting Mysterio, Mysterio ducks a clothesline and nails a dropkick, snapmare and slingshot dropkick. Followed by a slingshot splash for two, mounted ten punches by Mysterio. Hard Irish whip by Finlay, Finlay and Mysterio battle on the apron. Mysterio looks for a sunset flip powerbomb but Finlay ties up Mysterio using the ringskirt. Clubbing blows by Mysterio, Mysterio is hurled into the ringpost. Fujiwara armbar by Finlay, Mysterio battles out but Finlay maintains control with a short-arm clothesline. Elbows by Finlay, Mysterio fights back. Finlay goes back to the arm with a hammerlock, Mysterio snapmares Finlay into the turnbuckle.

Springboard crossbody for Mysterio, it gets two. Springboard seated senton, dropkick for two. Dropkick and Finlay is on the ropes, clothesline by Finlay. Finlay gets two, Mysterio tries a hurricanrana but Finlay nails a shoulderbreaker for two. Finlay exposes a turnbuckle, Finlay grabs his shillelagh. Mysterio kicks off Finlay, hurricanrana to the floor. Finlay eats a massive kick on the apron, Mysterio climbs to the top rope. Guillotine leg drop on Finlay, the referee gives the dreaded X symbol. Mysterio shows regret over the injury, Finlay fakes it and batters Mysterio.

So it is a no-contest then? The match was going great. Finlay is nothing fancy in the ring, Finlay picks a body part and works the shit out of it. Every move was on the arm, Finlay would go the arm when Mysterio fired up, it was tremendous. Finlay’s mannerisms and body language are fantastic. Mysterio is  marvel inside of the ring, nobody can touch him on his best day so I would have like to have seen a fitting end to the match as opposed to an angle to prolong the feud.

No Contest!

(WWE Women’s Championship Match) Beth Phoenix vs Candice Michelle ©

I praised the shit out of these two at the last pay per view because these two worked their God damn asses off adding a new dynamic to the women’s division with The Glamazon as a big woman working with the smaller woman. Beth pushes down Candice, Candice is tossed around by Beth. Clubbing blows by Beth, Candice leapfrogs Beth. Delfin special for two, Beth boots Candice in the ribs. Spear in the corner, Candice dodges another spear. Kicks and low dropkicks by Candice for two, Beth powers out again.

Candice tries a crossbody, Beth slams down Candice. Two for Beth, seated-cobra clutch. Candice tries to Bret her away out but Beth kicks out at two. Candice runs Beth into the turnbuckle hard, forearms by Candice. Flying forearm, dropkicks and a spinning heel kick. Candice climbs high, crossbody for two. Beth spears Candice into the corner, Candice flips over for a sunset flip for two. Backbreaker by Beth, High-Angle Fisherman Buster by Beth for the win.

This was not as good as the prior match but still an enjoyable watch, Candice fought from underneath the entire time as Beth was clearly too strong for the champion. With each rally, Candice faded as Beth wore her down until eventually, it was time for Beth to ascend as the rightful Queen of the division, I would have liked more time to better showcase Candice as an underdog but this was Beth’s night and she deserved it being so different to anything else that the WWE had at the time.

Winner: Beth Phoenix over Candice Michelle via Fisherman Buster!

(WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match) Batista © vs The Great Khali (Punjabi Prison Match)

Batista defends his championship against Khali in Khali’s match, the concept is stupid and ridiculous with escaping two cages and time limits to do so, silly business really but I shall do my best to call this match. Batista brings the pain early before Khali boots and slaps Batista, Khali asks for a door to open. Khali does not escape in time, the door will never open again now. The two struggle, boot by Khali, scoop slam by Khali. Khali misses a leg drop, Spear from Batista. Batista calls for the door to be opened, Khali and Batista struggle at the door.

Khali chokes Batista against the bamboo cage, Khali chokes Batista with a rope. Khali whips Batista with a strap, Khali asks for the third door to be opened. Batista batters Khali, spinebuster by Batista. Neither man makes it to the door, Batista whips Khali over and over. Batista begins climbing the structure even though it is not in the rules. Khali gives chase, Khali stomps on Batista from the top rope. Batista catches Khali but there is no powerbomb, Khali stops The Animal.

Vice Grip by the challenger, Batista is in trouble. Khali brings Batista to his knees, the last door is finally open. Batista low blows Khali in a last-ditch attempt to take down the challenger. Khali uses the door on Batista’s back, nobody escapes the four doors. Guess they will climb so? Both men begin climbing the cage, Khali pulls Batista off the cage. Khali escapes the first cage with Batista trapped, Khali begins climbing cage two. It is a race, Batista dives to the second cage and outclimbs Khali to win the match.

That was so much better than I expected it to be between these two, it was enjoyable at points which is crazy when you think at who was involved. The race down was quite fun, Khali tossing Batista was good stuff too, they surprised me with this match but please no more Khali at the top of the card, we get it, Khali is big but his matches are awful.

Winner: Batista over Great Khali via Escape!

(WWE Championship Match) Triple H © vs Randy Orton (Last Man Standing Match)

Orton continues to screw Triple H as Vince Mcmahon allows Orton to invoke his rematch clause the same night that he loses the championship. Triple H is injured, his ribs are busted and The Game is fatigued after two championship matches. Orton smells blood, Orton works the ribs. Triple H tries a pedigree on the floor, Orton smacks Triple H off the ramp. Orton pummels the ribs of The Game, Triple H is knocked to the floor. Triple H is dropped on the barricade, Triple H is sent crashing into the steel steps. Dropkick from Orton, facebuster from Triple H in desperation. Orton backbreaker, Orton chokes Triple H with a camera cable.

Triple H stands at nine, monitor to the head from Orton. Orton tries an RKO but Triple H shoves off Orton who crashes through the announce table. Orton stands at nine, low blow by Orton. Triple H spinebusters Orton on the floor, Orton stands at nine. Triple H has steps, Orton eats the steps to the head. Orton stands at nine again! Orton stops the chair shot with a kick to the ribs, DDT on the chair. Orton pummels The Game, Orton RKOs Triple H onto a chair. Triple H stands at nine, bloodied by the chair. A defiant suck it from The Game but Triple H cannot stand.

Triple H blocks the punt, Orton cannot escape. Clothesline by Triple H, Orton is tossed to the floor. Pedigree is blocked for a catapult, Triple H meets the ringpost. Orton wants to use the steps, low blow by The Game. Triple H whacks the chair onto Orton’s head that smacks off the steel steps. Orton stands at nine, Pedigree on the table is avoided for an RKO. Orton caught Triple H completely off guard!

Very good match between those two, if we take away the bullshit at the start of the night and look at purely this match, it is an awesome match. Orton and Triple H bring the goods in this match, it is brutal at times as the two batter one another with weapons in a bid to win the war, Orton is fitting into that main event heel role so smoothly, you would be thinking why did they ignore him for the past year, why was this not done sooner. Orton and his character have an edge to them, Orton is confident and downright mesmerizing at times while Triple H provides balls to the wall energy with his charisma and feats of strength. Both men came off looking tough at the end of this match, the match is filled with drama and a great end to the pay per view.

Winner: Randy Orton over Triple H via RKO!

That was WWE’s No Mercy of 2007, a breeze of a show to get through in reflection. Nothing special when it came to many of the matches but my only real complaint would be the treatment of Orton as champion at the beginning of the show and Striker’s out of character and bizarre interference in the ECW championship match. Baffles me why Striker would just jump in when V was in no real danger and Striker was not provoked, it was random and killed the crowd for quite sometime. Orton and Triple H delivers what you need in a pay per view main event, Khali and Batista delivers a great match when those two had no right too but overall, the card is enjoyable and it looks like WWE could breathe easy even with John Cena on the sidelines. Thanks for reading and remember: There’s always another night!

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