Here's the complete lineup of the event:
• John Morrison & The Miz vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle vs.
Jesse & Festus vs. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder in a Fatal 4-Way Match for
the WWE Tag Team Championship
The rules for this one are simple: the first
team to score a pinfall or submission will win the title. Having eight athletes
fighting for one championship at the same time sounds like an exciting PPV
battle, but this match is not exactly a memorable opener. Bold, fast moves are
scarce in this 9-minute tag team match, and some of the eight participating
wrestlers even barely get in on the action. Festus is always fun to watch and
the only one offering a solid show here, but his time in the ring is too limited
to captivate the fans. Let's quickly forget about this one and move on.
• Matt Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin in a United States Championship
Although not spectacular but certainly better than its predecessor,
this title match features at least a series of quick kicks and risky moves.
Hardy is definitely someone who has got what it takes to put on an entertaining
show, but his opponent is not fit enough to appear in such a major event. At 9
minutes, this is a decent but unsurprising fight that quite simply lacks the
energy and suspense we're used to in this kind of match-up.
• Mark Henry vs. Tommy Dreamer in an ECW Championship Match
This may indeed be one of the year's worst matches. I really don't know what the
show's writers are thinking sometimes, but they were obviously convinced people
would buy a match like this one. At 5 minutes, this is a short but boring match
during which neither of the two wrestlers offers us anything worth remembering.
Tommy Dreamer is not exactly the ideal opponent for a guy like Mark Henry in the
first place, and although he tries his best to showcase his athleticism, he
doesn't quite save the day. We're three matches into this pay-per-view already,
but we have yet to see any solid wrestling action.
• Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
The feud between Shawn
Michaels and Chris Jericho continues, as the two wrestlers go head-to-head in
this satisfying 18-minute battle. We usually don't see such long matches this
early in a PPV, but, much to my surprise, this brawl is clearly the best of the
night so far. Jericho and Michaels are two of WWE's toughest stars, and they
both prove their skills via a bunch of risky moves. The show they put on is
obviously not as interesting as a solid main event, but they keep the action
moving at a fast pace and offer their viewers enough variety. It's about
• Michelle McCool vs. Natalya in a Divas Championship Match
The only thing I can say about this match is that it's a joke. Clocking in at
only 4 minutes, this title match couldn't be less exciting. McCool and Natalya
barely take any risks and don't deliver any impressive moves, opting instead for
a bunch of lame, boring submissions. In short, this match is an unnecessary
• CM Punk vs. Batista in a World Heavyweight Championship
Most of the matches at this pay-per-view are pretty disappointing,
and this battle for the World Heavyweight Championship is no exception. Both CM
Punk and Batista start off well and are not afraid to use their skills to put on
a tough fight. Punk, especially, manages to deliver several impressive kicks and
technical moves that reaffirm his great flexibility. It's interesting to follow
for about 11 minutes, until an unexpected twist pretty much ruins it all. Again,
what in the world were the WWE writers thinking?
• John Cena vs. JBL in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl
Backstage matches are always a nice change of pace if you're willing to do
without bold, risky moves. In this 14-minute brawl, JBL and John Cena fight
their way across a backstage parking lot, using any kind of tools they can find
to cause each other harm. Unfortunately, you won't get to see much exciting
stuff in this match except a little bit of car action and several strong kicks.
That's all there is to say about it, really.
• Triple H vs. Edge in a WWE Championship Match
Triple H ruined Edge's ridiculous marriage to Vickie, the two wrestlers go head
to head in the main event. At 17 minutes, this is definitely the best match of
the night, even though it features less action than most main events in previous
pay-per-views. Triple H and Edge deliver a fast-paced show with a variety of
solid moves and several strong kicks, using their technical skills to show
viewers they both got what it takes to lead a closing match. In the end, this is
a decent enough battle to conclude a surprisingly disappointing night.
As usual, I have no complaints as far as the disc's technical aspects are
concerned. The picture quality is solid for a television event, and the image is
clean and sharp throughout. The audio transfer is just as fine.
I know I say this over and over again, but WWE DVDs are usually very weak
when it comes to special features. This one, of course, is no exception. Besides
the Spanish-language track for the main show, the bonus material includes two
short clips from backstage. One shows Vickie flipping out over Edge, while the
other one shows Kane flipping out over who knows what.