Case Number 17703: Small Claims Court

WWE: BREAKING POINT 2009

WWE // 2009 // 177 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // November 14th, 2009

The Charge

Who will reach their breaking point?

The Case

World Wrestling Entertainment introduces WWE: Breaking Point 2009,, a pay-per-view during which every main event is a submission match. A bunch of titles are on the line as well, and here is what the show has to offer:

* Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Mark Henry & MVP in a Unified Tag Team Championship Match
Jericho and the Big Show continue to piss off fans by pretending to be the strongest tag team ever to reign the WWE, but this title match against MVP and Henry certainly isn't one of their best efforts. That said, it's not a boring start for a PPV, considering MVP really helps boost the pace of this 11-minute battle. Things slow down when Big Show and Henry enter the ring, but otherwise, we get to see some good team work and a fair dose of powerful moves. A poor ending almost ruins chances for this one to stand out.

* Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz in a United States Championship Match
Clocking in at 12 minutes, this title match between The Miz and Kingston really delivers. Both athletes do a solid job showing off their flexibility, and they offer audiences a wild show filled with impressive high-risk maneuvers and cool jumps, kicks and dives. Kingston is one of those wrestlers knowing exactly how to generate a lot of energy inside the ring, and The Miz helps him put on a well-coordinated, fun performance. Good second match.

* D-Generation X vs. Legacy in a Submissions Count Anywhere Match
This one is the first submission match of the pay-per-view, and D-X clashes yet again with the members of Legacy. Unlike their entertaining battle at this year's WWE: SummerSlam 2009, this 22-minute fight fails to impress. Even though the rules of the game give the wrestlers the opportunity to take the action all around the arena and even backstage, the matchup ends up being way too slow. Backstage wrestling also makes the use of big, powerful moves impossible, which is why all four of these guys spend most of their time outside the ring goofing around. Parts of this battle are decent enough to watch, but all in all, this one could've turned out way better.

* Kane vs. Great Khali in a Singapore Cane Match
What a waste of time! For some reason, WWE writers thought copying the Summerslam 2009 lineup would be a good idea, but as it turns out, it was a big mistake. Kane and the Great Khali butt heads yet again in this six-minute battle, but not one minute of it is intriguing. The use of canes here is unnecessary as well, and I found it really hard to focus on the action inside the ring during this match. In other words, it's quite the boring show, and that's all there is to say.

* Christian vs. William Regal in an ECW Championship Match
This is yet another Summerslam 2009 rematch, but this time, Christian and Regal actually get to wrestle. What a relief! At 11 minutes, this title match is quite fast-paced, with both athletes engaging in tons of pin attempts and counter moves. Christian also brings a lot of energy to the ring, which helps move things along. This battle doesn't end up being as hardcore as you may expect, but it's certainly not the worst match of this event.

* Randy Orton vs. John Cena in an "I Quit" WWE Championship Match
In yet another rematch, John Cena and Randy Orton go head-to-head for the big title, and even though the matchup isn't as boring as I expected, the two wrestlers spend too much time playing around outside the ring instead of pulling off some solid moves. Both Cena and Orton occasionally deliver a solid maneuver or two, but they could have performed way better. Plus, at 20 minutes, this submission match runs a tad too long for my taste. Again, this is not the worst we've seen so far, but the match could've turned out a lot more interesting.

* CM Punk vs. Undertaker in a Submissions Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Clocking in at nine minutes, this is a rather short main event for a PPV. That said, Undertaker and Punk put on a decent, clean show, and they even keep the action inside the ring at a solid pace. A couple of good moves and punches make for overall satisfying wrestling entertainment, but a crappy ending nearly ruins it all. For a final submissions match, WWE's creative team and the wrestlers could've developed a more interesting showdown. Too bad.

In the tech department, this DVD delivers the goods. The full frame transfer works just fine, and so does the audio. No complaints here. As far as the bonus material is concerned, it's pretty useless, which at this point is certainly not surprising. Besides a stupid interview with Chris Jericho and Big Show, the special features also include clips from a special Raw game event hosted by Bob Barker. That's it.

WWE: Breaking Point 2009 is undoubtedly one of the weaker WWE pay-per-views this year. Most of these matches are simply rematches from WWE: SummerSlam 2009, and while some of them do deliver solid entertainment, most of them finish on a disappointing note. The time has come for the WWE to step it up again.

The Verdict

Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 75

Perp Profile
Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 177 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Interview
* Bonus Clip

Accomplices
* Official Site
http://www.wwe.com/shows/breakingpoint/