Monday, 17 September 2012 09:31
Two thumbs up!
Best Match: Punk vs. Cena
Worst Match: Layla vs. Eve
Really thoroughly enjoyed the pay-per-view tonight. I wouldn't say there was a bad match on the card. The IC opener was a lot of fun, as was the tag team title match, which was also very funny--never thought I'd enjoy a continued Daniel Bryan and Kane program, but they found a way to make it work. Cesaro vs. Ryder was a decent midcard match to space out the show, Cesaro looked really good in it. I thought Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler was a tremendous match, the best they've had together and the second best match on the show. I'd give it 4 stars at least, maybe a little higher. Divas match was one of the best Divas matches I've seen in a long time, both Layla and Eve worked really hard, and I think it was a good idea to move the title to Eve, who I've been enjoying a lot since her heel turn. Sheamus and Del Rio had probably their best match to date, but I still don't think the chemistry is there and I'm ready for them both to move on, especially since Sheamus has won every time they've faced. CM Punk vs. John Cena was very good, I would say one of the best WWE matches of the year, although I'm never a fan of the double-pin finish. Other than that, I thought it was an excellent pay-per-view, up there with Extreme Rules, Over the Limit and Slammiversary as the PPVs I've enjoyed the most. Great stuff!
Best Match - CM Punk vs John Cena for WWE Championship
Worst Match - Eve vs. Layla (I didn't even think this was that bad, just the worst match on a strong show)
I only bought this PPV because I had nothing else to do this Sunday. I'm sure glad I did. It turned out to be a MUCH better show than I expected. I enjoyed the matches from top to bottom. Ziggler vs. Orton was great and for a few moments I genuinely thought that Ziggler was going to beat Orton. I really don't understand why WWE can't give him any momentum because the fans sure want to give it to him. He's simply one of the best wrestlers in WWE now and this match helped prove it as he worked his ass off once again. Of course what's really going to make this one of the more memorable WWE B-shows of all time is the main event. When they first started they did this chain of moves going from one submission to the other. The crowd gave little reaction to it, and it made me think about how much of a pop and applause it would have gotten at a ROH or Dragon Gate show. I also think it would have gotten over big with audiences from a decade ago, I think about Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit and the crowd applauding their chain wrestling. I don't know if the audience has gotten dumber about the actual wrestling due to WWE's style or if it was just this Boston audience. Anyways the entire match had a real ROH main event feel to it with all the false finishes. Sometimes ROH can go overboard with them but when done right it comes out like this match, awesome. My initial reaction when John Cena won wasn't frustration or joy, just simply astonishment that they would have Punk finally lose in a match that really wasn't made to be that big of a deal. I've never seen a Dusty finish so beautifully used. Call me dumb but I didn't even see it coming. From Paul Heyman's promo and expressions, to the match, to the rock bottom, I would only give this match 3/4 stars less than their MITB match. Seahawks won and this PPV, I had a great lazy Sunday.