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WWE: Vengeance 2011

WWE // 2011 // 175 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // December 4th, 2011

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All Rise...

Judge Franck Tabouring's been sitting for three hours straight, and the pain in his buttocks is back with a vengeance.

The Charge

"Time to settle the score!"

The Case

WWE's biggest stars are ready to seek retribution at WWE: Vengeance 2011, and here's the complete lineup of the pay-per-view event:

• Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler vs. Air Boom in a WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Two belts are up for grabs in the first matchup, and Air Boom's Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne jump straight into action, offering fans a series of spectacular high-risk maneuvers and awesome tag team combinations. Ziggler and Swagger do their part to keep this title match fast-paced and diverse, but Air Boom is clearly the dominating force throughout. Still, both teams turn in fine performances inside the ring, and WWE: Vengeance 2011 is off to a solid start.

• Zack Ryder vs. Dolph Ziggler in a United States Championship Match
Immediately following the tag team match, Ziggler goes up against Zack Ryder, a young WWE athlete who's good at jumping around but falls a little short when it comes to delivering strong kicks and blows. Although both contestants build up some momentum throughout this short battle, their display of wrestling action falls a little flat. I wouldn't call this a disastrous title match, but the WWE should've probably removed this one from the card. Nothing special to see here…

• Beth Phoenix vs. Eve in a Divas Championship Match
While this is certainly not the worst Divas contest I've seen this year, Beth Phoenix and Eve spend way too much time engaging in long submission holds that dramatically slows down the pace of the matchup. Alas, their decision to play it safe and limit the use of big dives and other high-risk moves doesn't exactly help either, and a solid finish really can't save this mediocre display. Time to move on.

• Christian vs. Sheamus
Christian's got what it takes to put on a highly entertaining show inside the ring, and his matchup against Sheamus further proves he's perfectly capable of competing at the top level in the WWE. While this is by no means a memorable match, Christian and Sheamus deliver a set of clean wrestling maneuvers, going back and forth between building momentum and taking a step back. The action we get to enjoy here does get a little monotonous after a while. On a more positive note, the efforts Christian and Sheamus bring to the table make this fight much more tolerable than the previous two battles.

• The Miz & R-Truth vs. Triple H & CM Punk
Triple H and CM Punk team up to punish The Miz and R-Truth, and the resulting matchup doesn't disappoint. Triple H is obviously the biggest star in the ring this time, and watching him deliver his trademark suplexes, spears, and blows is always entertaining. R-Truth and The Miz get their fair share of the battle as well, while HHH and Punk stumble across a few occasions to engage in hardcore double team action. All in all, this one counts among the better matches of the event.

• Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes
A new rivalry reaches its peak, as Orton and Rhodes take it to the ring in this standard match. As expected, Orton dominates most of the fight and changes up his attacks by moving between blows, slaps, and kicks and powerful maneuvers, but Rhodes gets his chance to strike back as well. The momentum of the match drops a little after the first five minutes, but overall, Rhodes and Orton keep things interesting enough.

• Mark Henry vs. Big Show in a World Heavyweight Championship Match
One of the two main events on this PPV pitches two of WWE's biggest and heaviest stars against each other. Despite their weight and size though, the Big Show and Mark Henry try to impress their fans by going for a few high-risk maneuvers, one of which even brings down the entire ring. Other than that though, this title match is characterized mostly by strong blows and submission holds.

• Alberto del Rio vs. John Cena in a Last Standing Match for the WWE Championship
Although I'm not a huge fan of the Last Man Standing match rules, Del Rio and Cena keep the action moving swiftly enough even though their battle runs a little too long. That said, the two athletes attempt to keep audiences on their feet by taking the action outside the ring and around the arena. In that sense, this matchup quickly turns into a hardcore brawl, and a decent one at that.

The disc includes the usual 1.78:1 transfer, and both image and audio do what they're supposed to do. The only bonus you'll find on the DVD is a lame backstage interview with Alberto del Rio.

WWE: Vengeance 2011 boasts a few compelling matches and some decent moments, but it lacks the kind of wow factor you would expect from a major WWE PPV. This isn't the company's worst 2011 event, but we've seen better.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 74

Perp Profile

Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
• None
Running Time: 175 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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