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How it works
I judge upon how good the matches are and the booking of the PPV and segments and promos also have an impact on the show. I put each segment, match etc. into categories and then give an overall grade for the PPV. The categories are good which means that it is good booking or a good match that makes sense. Presentable means it is mostly good, but has flaws or something is missing. Bad is something that is presentable, but has major flaws and did not deserve to be on the show – yet still watch able to a point. The ugly is unwatchable. You want to crave your eyes out when you are watching it from the stupidity.
And now 1-2-3 Action!
Wrestlemania 23 Card:
1. Money in the Bank: Edge vs. Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. King Booker (w/Queen Sharmell) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk vs. Fit Finlay vs. Randy Orton
2. The Great Khali vs. Kane.
3. World Heavyweight Title: Batista vs. The Undertaker
4. Rob Van Dam, Sabu, the Sandman & Tommy Dreamer vs. Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorne, Matt Striker & Marcus Cor Von (w/Ariel).
5. Hair vs. Hair Match: Bobby Lashley (w/Donald Trump & Tara Connor) vs. Umaga (w/Vince McMahon & Armando Alejandro Estrada)
6. Women's Title, Lumberjill Match: Melina vs. Ashley
7. WWE Heavyweight Title: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
The Good, Presentable, Bad and the Ugly!
· Money in the Bank: Edge vs. Matt Hardy vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. King Booker (w/Queen Sharmell) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk vs. Fit Finlay vs. Randy Orton- Not as good as the original MITB, and not even better than the WM 22 one, but still effective. The highlight of the match was certainly the Jeff Hardy legdrop that shattered the ladder in half. I did however disliked how they slowly….climb…..the….ladder at times, just to let someone break it up, or how they can not place a ladder underneath the briefcase. I also hate how Randy Orton plays the character of a chicken-shit heel, but RKO’s everyone in the ring. Just because it is a spot-fest match, doesn’t mean you can not have some characterization and ring role. ***
· World Heavyweight Title: Batista vs. The Undertaker- Just a tad overrated, but still very good. It was really surprising where this match got put on the card- with all the build it had. Plenty of sources and dirtsheets were hearing rumors of Batista breaking the streak, and sadly I believe that the card placement ruined the unpredictability. Batista seemed very motivated for once in his career and it finally seemed like he cared about something other than a paycheck. What people predicted to be one of the worst WM main events all time, turned into a very good midcard match. Sigh. *** ½
· WWE Heavyweight Title: John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels-It consisted of a good start and a good ending, but a very tedious middle. The leg work by HBK in the middle of the match was complete filler that went virtually no where, also didn’t build up to anything, and Cena no sold most of it. That is the difference between psychology and filler. The last hoorah of the match really saved it from being borderline bad; great reversals, counters, and dramatic false finishes all helped this match from being a complete letdown. They would later put together a well designed match on Raw, where they seemed more confirmable working together, which ended up being WWE’s MOTY in 2007. *** ½
· US Title Match: Chris Benoit vs. MVP- This was MVP’s test drive before they pulled the trigger on him. MVP would later go on and beat Benoit for the title at Judgment Day 2007 becoming the longest reign US champion ever. The match was perfectly acceptable wrestling, but mostly was Benoit wrestling himself. ** ¼
· Rob Van Dam, Sabu, the Sandman & Tommy Dreamer vs. Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorne, Matt Striker & Marcus Cor Von (w/Ariel)- This match would virtually mean nothing as they would out do it on ECW,two nights later. I found it pretty illogical to put the older guys over on a big show when they had little drawing power left. The match was way too short to be anything other than like a TV undercard match. But yet it had nothing really “bad” about it. * ½
· The Great Khali vs. Kane- After this, Khali would slide into the title picture having a feud with Cena, and sadly becoming the WHW due to Edge’s sideline injury. The match was what I expected- the match was what you expect- the match was what we all expected. At least it did not reach the negative star ratings. DUD
· Hair vs. Hair Match: Bobby Lashley (w/Donald Trump & Tara Connor) vs. Umaga (w/Vince McMahon & Armando Alejandro Estrada) - You hate this match, or you don’t. I hated it. It was overbooked, tons of botches in it, and had very little wrestling, which also was bad. Maybe this match would have gotten over with me if it was 1999 again, but seeing these overbook/Russorific sports entertaining matches grows stale. Vince Mcmahon honestly deserved getting his head shaved for thinking this match would work. DUD
· Women's Title, Lumberjill Match: Melina vs. Ashley- From one ugly match to another. The first time I watched WM 23, I went to the bathroom after the Hair vs. Hair match, and then made something to eat with my boy and then this match was already over. This match was very short, but yet still managed to have more botches than minutes. Thank God Ashley would later disappear from the WWE, saving us from her horrible matches. At this time, I wish we could have voted her out of the WWE like they did in survivor. -*
Going Home: This was really a mixed bag; it had lots of good and bad. Three good matches out of seven almost automatically gets a recommendation from me, but really try dodging the bad matches, unless you want to lose brain cells. Check out the MITB, two World Title matches, and MVP vs. Benoit is worth checking out also. Please skip the rest.