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The most interactive pay-per-view event of the year!
WWE: Cyber Sunday is back, and that means wresting fans get to control the show! In what is definitely pro wrestling's most interactive event, the WWE online community has complete control over the PPV's lineup. The concept is quite simple: fans registered online get the chance to select opponents, match types, and special referees by casting their votes before and even during the show.
Facts of the Case
Because I don't want to spoil all the fun for those of you who haven't yet had a chance to watch this pay-per-view, I'm not going to reveal what challengers or what kind of matches the fans ended up choosing. That said, here is what to expect: Triple H faces either Jeff Hardy, Vladimir Kozlov, or both in a WWE title match; Chris Jericho goes head to head with Batista in a match with a guest referee; and Matt Hardy faces either Finlay, Mark Henry, or Evan Bourne in an ECW title match. Additionally, Rey Mysterio seeks revenge against Kane in a special matchup; Santino Marella battles either Roddy Piper, Goldust, or Honky Tonk Man in an Intercontinental title match; and Undertaker challenges Big Show in a match with special rules. Also, WWE fans get to pick their favorite tag team match.
Again, without spoiling anything, here's my detailed analysis of Cyber Sunday:
• Rey Mysterio vs. Kane
• Matt Hardy vs. ? in an ECW Championship Match
• Tag Team Match
• Santino Marella vs. ? in an Intercontinental Championship
• Undertaker vs. Big Show
• Triple H vs. ? in a WWE Championship Match
• Chris Jericho vs. Batista in a World Heavyweight Championship
Everything is fine as far as the DVD's technical aspects are concerned. For a pro wrestling pay-per-view, the quality of the image is sharp enough, and even the audio transfer should keep viewers happy.
As for the special features, they're not that exciting. Besides a ridiculous backstage conversation between Goldust, Roddy Piper, and Honky Tonk Man, the bonus material also includes a four-minute preview match that was broadcast live on WWE.com before the official start of the pay-per-view. In what is a short but entertaining match, Shelton Benjamin goes head to head with R-Truth for the United States Championship. I'm glad they added this one to this disc, because both athletes deliver some nice acrobatic maneuvers.
Letting the WWE Universe take control of a PPV was one of the best ideas the WWE has had in recent years. The 2008 edition of Cyber Sunday is a strong event, and I can only hope the next pay-per-view will be just as refreshing.
Not guilty. The court hereby orders the WWE to let fans pick the challengers and match types more often.
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• Preview Match between Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth
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