One of the earliest wrestling DVD’s I bought! And I got it in HMV in Glasgow lol. Crazy what random shite I can remember!
Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley Vs Chris Benoit & Eddie Guerrero – Tag Team Tables Match
Benoit’s first PPV match in 13 months!
Benoit and Eddie look great early on. Spike does a short FIP and then gets a “hot” tag in on Bubba, who doesn’t even get a single bit of offence in for a while! Always like when they deviate from the typical match structure without fucking shit up. Works even better here because of the fact it’s Benoit’s first PPV match in 13 months. Make him look STRONG in his return.
GERMAN SUPLEX TO BUBBA. Bubba takes it like a MAN.
You know that spot where someone places a guy neck first on a ring rope, then stands on their back, using all of their weight to choke their opponent? Well… that happens when Benoit does it to Bubba… and EDDIE STOMPS HIS HEAD REPEATEDLY TOO. Awesome variation on a classic move .
Man, Bubba gets absolutely CRUSHED in this match. He is the main FIP it seems and he takes one hell of a beating. Benoit is looking incredible in his PPV match return. Spike does ok coming in every now and then to try and help out, though I do find it funny that he’s essentially the hot tag guy in the match .
TABLES~! I like how they take a while to bring them out, just as Benoit and Eddie believe that have finally done enough to wear down their opponents. They fail on a couple of occasions of course, because that wouldn’t be very suspenseful for a match lol.
ALL OUT BRAWL~! All 4 guys are just trying to do anything to gain control of the match now that the tables are out and set up, meaning one small mistake could cost either team the match.
BUBBA THROUGH A TABLE!!! But he put himself through it so… does that mean he’s lost for his team? Nah, that would be stupid (and awesome. “ladies and gentlemen, Bubba Ray has put himself through a table, therefore your winners, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero!”).
at Spike seemingly getting lost in the match. He sends both Eddie and Benoit to the outside… then just starts pacing up and down, looking around wondering “the fuck am I doing?”.
DUDLEY DOG! EDDIE THROUGH A TABLE!!! THIS IS AN ELIMINATION MATCH AND I TOTALLY FORGOT!!! LOL!!!
PRESS SLAM OVER THE ROPES THROUGH A TABLE!!! Awesome spot to eliminate Spike. BENOIT RULES~!
BUBBA BOMB~! BENOIT THROUGH A TABLE~! I GUESS BUBBA RULES INSTEAD BECAUSE HE JUST WON THE MATCH FOR HIS TIME!!!
Good match. Good tag action before they even attempt to bring in the tables, and from there we get some good brawling and table spots! Definitely one of the best tables matches ever, though that isn’t saying much haha.
CAL SCALE – 3
Eric Bischoff backstage with HHH trying to convince him to sign with RAW. But HHH is having a meeting with STEPHANIE FAP FAP.
Jamie Noble Vs Billy Kidman – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Kidman has Noble’s number going into this match, havign already pinned him in a non title match and getting a big win over TAJIRI on SD last week too. All that momentum follows through into this match as Billy rocks the CW champion early on!!!
Nidia, who has helped Noble many times in the past, including KOTR where Noble won the CW title, gets involved and gets THROWN into Kidman lol, distracting him for a moment allowing the champ to target his arm.
Ya know, I’m starting to like Noble less and less the more I see his WWE work. His matches seem to just be “opponent gets the better of him early on, Nidia distracts, Noble goes for the arm. Finish”. And yeah, plenty of guys work a similar match style for all their matches, but eh, Noble working the arm doesn’t seem to be that engaging a lot of the time, nor does it really pay off. He doesn’t have an arm submission hold, his finish is a POWERBOMB, and Nidia more often than not helps him win.
Some flashy shit at the end, then a powerbomb from Noble and he gets the win. Standard shit.
CAL SCALE – 0.5
Kurt Angle. He doesn’t deal in IFS. He deals in WHENS.
PAUL HEYMAN AND BROCK LESNAR. This isn’t the Summer of Brock, IT’S ALL YEAR ANGLE.
William Regal Vs Jeff Hardy – WWE European Championship Match
So Jeff is the European Champ. Regal cried after losing it . Not sure if it was about losing the belt, or more about losing it to JEFF HARDY lol.
BRUNI~! I have no idea what that is, means or is about, but Cole and Tazz bang on about it at the start of this match lol.
Regal SLAPS Jeff early in the match and Jeff just crumbles up like he got knocked out lol.
Stiff offence by Regal, flippy shitty offence by Hardy.
HALF NELSON SUPLEX .
Quick roll up and Hardy retains the title out of nowhere. Regal cries again.
Meh. Decent in parts (REGAL).
CAL SCALE – 0.5
Flair and Hogan congratulate Hardy on his epic EUROPEAN TITLE match win. LOL.
Flair & Hogan taking the piss out of the fact they are both old. Awesome .
Chris Jericho Vs John Cena
Cena pre-gimmick of any kind. LOL.
Boring stuff. Then this happens:
Then they pick up the pace for about 1 minute with a big move or two. Lionsault. Jericho doesn’t cover. Cena goes all early Superman (soo… SmallVille Cena?) and gets the win still. Poor Jericho. Can’t beat 2002 Cena. LOL.
CAL SCALE – 0
Bischoff and Coach are outside of STEPHANIE’S office waiting for HHH to come out. STEPH’S attorny shows up with some papers for them to sign. Bischoff ain’t happy.
Tazz and Cole getting REPLACED by Lawler and JR.
Brock Lesnar Vs Rob Van Dam – Intercontinental Championship Match
Last month at the KOTR, these two met in the finals, and thanks to Heyman, Lesnar picked up the win. RVD is out for VENGEANCE. AT VENGEANCE. GET IT? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Lesnar is all “lol I’m awesome” at the start of this match, then RVD is all “amma kick you in the face a bunch of times” and does and Lesnar is all “wai you kick me in the face you bitch?” and Heyman is all “stick to the plan you moron” and Lesnar is all “MURDER RVD” and does. POWERSLAM ON THE FLOOR looks and sounds epic.
RVD goes for a leg sweep… and I can’t tell if Lesnar sells it terribly OR if he BOTCHES JUMPING OVER IT .
Lesnar continues to murder RVD in epic ways, while RVD gets some nice shots in here and there. I swear his kicks always looked better against Lesnar. Probably because Lesnar just let him kick him in the face for real lol.
“SQUEEZE HIM BROCK, SQUEEZE HIM! SQUEEEEEEEEEEZE!!!”
Finishing stretch is . RVD takes it right to Lesnar, goes for a frog splash, only for Lesnar to grab him off the ropes! F-5… NO!!! Countered into a DDT! 5* Frog Splash! 1..2..HEYMAN PULLS OUT THE REFEREE~! DQ loss for Lesnar!
Big brawl after the match which is pretty awesome too. Lesnar gets the last laugh. Did these two have another match after this on Raw?
Awesome stuff. LESNAR.
CAL SCALE – 4
STEPHANIE comes out of her office. Bischoff asks if HHH signed. She says yes. He goes insane. HHH comes out. Bischoff goes off on one. Turns out it was DIVORCE PAPERS that he signed. LOLOLOL.
The Big Show Vs Booker T – No DQ & No Countouts Match
Show being all giant-y and throwing Booker around = .
KNOCKOUT PUNCH TO THE STEEL CHAIR~!
What the fuck just happened? I… what? The fuck? Show smashed Booker T into the ring post… then ran at Booker to crush him between his own body and the ring post… and BOOKER T DIDN’T MOVE. What? That’s like, the most obvious spot ever in a match. Nobody EVER hits that. The guy ALWAYS moves.
Ok, things are back to normal, the Spanish Announce Table gets broken . With a pretty cool AXE KICK. And good god Big Show is back up! Big Show is still going! How is Booker gonna stop this GIANT?
LOW BLOW. AXE KICK. HOUSTON HANGOVER!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!
Booker T wins!
Super fun match, and probably my favourite BOOKER T match. Not quite his best, but definitely one of the funnest. Me likely long time.
CAL SCALE – 2
TORRIE WILSON AND DAWN MARIE FAP FAP FAP. They argue over pointless shit. JR says they don’t have time for them and they move on .
TIME TO PLAY THE GAME. OF CONTRACT NEGOTIATION. Stephanie and Bischoff are both wanting to sign HHH to their show. HHH decides to go with STEPHANIE because he’s the hottest or something. HBK shows up. Convinces HHH to come to Raw. Always liked this segment tbh. I’m not overly high on IN RING SEGMENTS taking place on a PPV, but this felt big and important and was GOOD, so I’m fine with it tbh.
Booker T being interviewed backstage, but more importantly… GOLDUST IS WITH HIM. GOLDUST. WOOO. Crazy to think that GOLDUST is still going strong 11 years later and outperforming 99% of the entire roster.
Edge & Hulk Hogan Vs Lance Storm & Christian – WWE Tag Team Championship Match
So this is a match. With tags. A tag match, if you will. They do stuff. I don’t care. New tag champs. Whatever.
“THEY’RE GONNA RUB IT IN OUR FACES AND SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROATS EVERY CHANCE THEY GET”
CAL SCALE – 0
STEPHANIE FAP FAP claims she’s gonna rip the HEART out of Raw. I can’t remember exactly who that ended up being. Lesnar after SS? Undertaker after SS? Eddie & Benoit before SS?
The Undertaker Vs The Rock Vs Kurt Angle – WWE Undisputed Championship Match
. Loved this since it happened. Bought this DVD for this match alone. Had it at ***** and the GOAT triple threat for a LONG time. Don’t hold it in such high regard any more but it’s still a favourite of mine.
Kinda wish this had just been Angle Vs Undertaker. Build up with their tie on SD leading to a PPV match would have been . Rock just ruined the whole thing lol. He tries to screw Undertaker out of the title for NO REASON at KOTR and ends up getting a title match. Fuck you, Rock.
Undertaker and Rock have a staredown to start things off, and poor Kurt feels left out. So he gets their attention. And they maul him .
Undertaker is . He has Rock in the corner getting ready to beat the fuck out of him, and the fans start chanting for Rock. Undertaker looks on with sheer DISTAIN, then decides to really fucking DECK Rock with a MASSIVE punch and I the entire time.
CHOKESLAM~! BY THE ROCK! ON UNDERTAKER!!!
ANKLE LOCK~! BY THE ROCK! ON KURT ANGLE!!!
ROCK BOTTOM~! BY KURT ANGLE! ON THE ROCK!!!
ANGLE SLAM~! BY THE UNDERTAKER! ON KURT ANGLE!!!
Man that whole sequence is such fun. Everyone using everyone else’s finisher. The ultimate sign of disrespect, and if they could have WON with someone else’s move it would have been something to brag about until the end of time.
at Lawler MARKING OUT like a bitch because Rock spat HIS water into Undertaker’s face.
Undertaker continues to rule this whole thing. Beats the fuck out of Angle, and beats the fuck out of Rock for spitting water in his face too. NOBODY GONNA STOP THE CHAMP!
ANGLE IS BLEEDING. FROM PUNCHES TO THE HEAD BY UNDERTAKER .
APRON LEG DROP~!
Holy FUCK at that Old School. Instead of smashing down on Angle’s arm… he fucking PUNCHES HIM IN THE FACE. OFF THE TOP ROPE. EPIC.
Undertaker . He really is on top of his game here. Angle tries to deck him with a chair, but he sees him coming and blasts him in the face with a punch! He is on a roll, and it takes a LOW BLOW by The Rock (what a standup guy!) behind the referee’s back and a chair shot to the head by Angle to take him down.
ANGLE SLAM TO ROCK~!
LAST RIDE TO ROCK~!
ANKLE LOCK TO UNDERTAKER~!
LAST RIDE~! NO! COUNTERED INTO THE TRIANGLE CHOKE JUST LIKE SMACKDOWN!!! Callback spot .
This time Undertaker counters it with a powerbomb, but Angle holds on and Undertaker is fading fast!!!
CHOKESLAM TO ANGLE~! Undertaker is looking like the baddest motherfucker on the PLANET in this. ROCK BOTTOM! UNDERTAKER KICKS OUT!!!!!!!
ROCK BOTTOM TO ANGLE~! UNDERTAKER CAN’T GET THERE IN TIME. ROCK WINS THE TITLE. BOOOOOOO!
This still holds up as a super fucking fun match. 3 guys just beating the absolute FUCK out of each other. A lot of times this style of match just doesn’t work, but for whatever reason, everything clicks here and it’s .
Undertaker was just SPECTACULAR in this match btw. MVP of the match and THEN SOME. Just incredible tbh. It’s like he KNEW his last few PPV matches were god awful (Hogan, HHH x 2), and wanted to show everyone that he’s still the fucking MAN. And he did. He is STILL THE FUCKING MAN.
CAL SCALE – 5
Overall CAL SCALE – 15