I know this is the part of the evening in which people send feedback about the PPV. I thought I might send a little feedback as to why I did not order the show. I am a life long WWE fan and I used to order every PPV. These days, with so many PPV's, I pick and choose which ones to order. I usually order the big ones such as Rumble, Mania, Summerslam etc. When friends do not come over and pitch in, 50 bucks is quite a bit to spend on a PPV that I am not interested in. When I took a look at this card, I felt that I had seen most of these matches several times for free. I could not justify paying for them AGAIN.
US Title: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler- Brian stated in his report that these men have wrestled 16 times since 2009. Enough said on that.
Intercontinental Title: Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson- do not know if they had an official match, but it feels like they have been feuding forever.
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk- saw this match live at last years mania, and they have wrestled two straight weeks on RAW. Could not justify paying to see it again.
World Title: Randy Orton vs. Christian- they have had some great matches, but again, I just saw this match on the last PPV and before that, on Smackdown for free.
Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne- 2 straight weeks on RAW
WWE Title: John Cena vs. R. Truth- they may have not had a substantial match on RAW, but this main event did not interest me enough to pay money for it.
When the only match on the card that seemed fresh is Miz vs Alex Riley, I am probably not going to pay for the PPV
Overall: Thumbs WAY down
Best Match: Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
Worst Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
Initial Thoughts: What an absolute debacle. If I had attended this show live, I probably would have walked out half way through. Horrible booking on top of lackluster matches (with one or two exceptions). WWE is in a bad place right now.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston: Disappointing. I expected this match to be the best on the show, but it under delivered. Perhaps I went in expecting too much. What was with the ending? Everyone seemed confused from the announce team to Ziggler himself. The ref needed to convey the spot of Kofi passing out more clearly. Do the hand raise five times or something, and then call the match over when he doesn't respond. No idea what they were thinking there.
Alex Riley vs. The Miz: Not terrible for what it was, but the crowd was completely dead and there wasn't a single stitch of heat for anything. Maybe it should have gone on later in the show. Work was fine I suppose, but there was nothing that separated it from what we would see on Raw, but I suppose I shouldn't expect anything more from these two. Match as a whole would have been better if the crowd was into it, but they couldn't have helped that. Second dusty finish a row, but it actually fit here. Wasn't needed in the opening bout.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show: Opening angle was interesting, though I don't know if I can stand to sit through a Big Show vs. Mark Henry feud. The slam through the table was impressive. The match itself though was poor. Show didn't seem to be selling the knee enough off the bat which distracted me throughout the contest. Stupid finish again. Big Show "being unable to continue" didn't fly with me. THIRD match in a row that involved some sort of interference/dusty finish.
Ezekiel Jackson vs. Wade Barrett: Jackson can't work, and Barrett isn't talented enough yet to carry someone like him in a PPV caliber match. They didn't do anything to differentiate this match from one you would see in the opening hour of SmackDown. They tried to get over the win with the help of Lawler, but failed miserably. Not a single care was given from anyone in the crowd and I could hardly blame them.
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio: Only bright spot on the card. Excellent, excellent match, probably the best one they have ever worked together. Great amount of near falls and interesting offense sequences. Punk's impending "announcement" is the only thing WWE is doing to keep my interest.
Randy Orton vs. Christian: Good match marred by a mind boggling finish. Action was solid. Not the best match these two have had, but Christian still keeps cementing his rightful place as one of the top workers in the company. The finish of the match was idiotic. I might have believed it more if Chioda (who also called this match) didn't reverse the decision in the Miz vs. Cena bout with the belt shot finish just a few weeks prior. I'm expected to believe that Chioda was able to deduce that Miz cheated in that match (which in itself was completely unbelievable), yet he missed Christian's legitimate gripe that his foot was under the rope? And even worse, he refused to look at the replay like he did in the infamous Raw debacle? Come on WWE. I didn't expect Christian to go over here, but you have to give us a finish better than this. And to top it off with an Orton belt shot? Why exactly is Christian the heel in this feud?
Evan Bourne vs. Jack Swagger: I wonder if these guys were thrown out there when WWE realized they had time to kill, or if it was planned. Nothing great, nothing bad here. Typical Raw match.
Fake Obama segment: Oh my God. Why? Whoever is green lighting this garbage needs to be fired. The backstage skits were bad enough, but my jaw about hit the floor when this guy came out. Unfunny, not witty in the least, and the crowd hated it. Who could blame them? Why WWE feels the need to do this on a show people are paying $50-$60 to watch is unbelievable.
Cena vs. R-Truth: I am so sick of Cena. Not even his character as much as his work. It's always the same, it's not interesting and never has been, and it main events every show. I'm just burned out on it. Boring match. Stupid finish. Nothing more to say.
Final thoughts: WWE's talent dearth is painfully obvious as we stand here in June 2011 and the way that they book, it doesn't look like it's going to improve. This show has lowered my faith in the product in an era when I doubted it could get much worse. Perhaps I'm simply upset they refuse to push the guys I want to see most, or maybe I just need to step away from WWE and take a break for a while to get out of this rut. Regardless, at least we have ROH's "Best In The World" to look forward to.
WWE Capitol Punishment: Thumbs Up
Best Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
Worst Match: John Cena vs. R Truth
I thought the opener was the best of the night as Kofi and Ziggler put on a great show. Not sure about he finish of the match though. Miz vs. Riley was fine. Didn't like the reverse chinlock spot just cause it looked exactly like the sleeper spot in the previous match. Big Show vs. Del Rio was decent. How do you count someone out before the bell ever sounds? Ezeekial vs. Wade Barrett again was fine for what it was as Jackson isn't a great worker. Barrett's stock has sure fallen though. He should be a main event player right now and he's sinking fast. All of the "Obama" segments were really lame and what a waste of time. Mysterio vs. Punk was very good. Kind of surprised that Punk won. What is this big announcement he is going to make? Usually they amount to nothing. Orton vs. Christian was real good. I figured Christian wasn't getting the title or if he'll ever get it again, but these two work well together. Swagger vs. Bourne was actually pretty good. I wish both of these guys would get a chance to move up. With the roster so thin these days, you would think someone could move up. Cena vs. Truth was maybe the dullest main event in a long time. Nothing really happened in the match. Seemed like slow motion for the most part. Cena must be looking to take it easy. I'm glad Truth got a chance to move up, but to me this isn't working. I'm sure he will get another shot since they have another ppv before Summer Slam. Overall it was a thumbs up show based on the U.S. Title, World Tilte, and Rey vs. Punk. The rest will be quickly forgotten.
WWE Capitol Punishment Feedback
Best Match: CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
Worst Match: John Cena vs. R-Truth
Thumbs UP! for the PPV.
First wrestling PPV I've ordered since February 2007. I enjoyed it. THUMBS UP SHOW. The first two hours of the show was great. Then, I felt like it just fell off a cliff for the last hour. The opener was really good, except for the botched/whacky finish. I'm not sure what they were going for there. I liked what they did with the del Rio/Big Show match, and in a weird way, I'm looking forward to Big Show vs. Mark Henry, if its just two large men throwing haymakers at one another. I thought Punk vs. Mysterio was the best match on the show. I loved Punk's promo before the match was great. Christian vs. Orton was once again good, but maybe a notch below their other matches. I didn't like the finish...thought it felt flat. We're at the point where I don't know if I want to see another Christian vs. Randy Orton match, but they really don't have anything else to work with on Smackdown.
The show could've ended there, and I'd been perfectly happy. But the last hour of this show sucked. Somewhere some people spent hours discussing the fake Obama press conference and these geeks probably thought it was hilarious. Horrible. Jack Swagger and Evan Bourne tried, but nobody cared about what they were doing. Then, this main event: I love Truth's new character. He's one of the main reasons I bought this show, but I'm afraid after this main event, they'll give up on him. The match was bad. The crowd hated Cena more than they hated Truth. So, you'd get the annoying LET'S GO CENA, CENA SUCKS chants. No pop for a Cena win, and I really hated the finish. They've got to do something about John Cena. He's supposed to be this Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin type figure, but half their viewing audience hates the man. He needs to take some time off or something.