August 6, 2011
The Powerdriver Review
WWE: Greatest Superstars of the 21st Century (BLU-RAY)
Released: July 26, 2011
WWE Champion JBL vs. The Undertaker vs. Eddie Guerrero vs. Booker T – (Armageddon 2004)
Since JBL became the WWE Champion back in June by defeating Eddie Guerrero, he had made two more enemies in the Undertaker and Booker T. He had managed to come away with wins over them all in PPV title matches and it always seemed through interference from Orlando Jordan, the Basham Brothers, and this new crazy person named Heidenreich. Smackdown GM Teddy Long saw that the only way to ensure justice was served for JBL’s sins, he put JBL in a match with three of his worst enemies. Seeing as how the odds are EXTREMELY stacked against JBL to lose whether directly or indirectly, he gets a little romantic with the WWE title before the bell. Not sure I didn’t see some tongue there. While JBL stays on the floor, Undertaker Big Boots Booker and goes after Eddie. Meanwhile, JBL jumps on top of Booker. The ref Brian Hebner is glued to what UT is doing and takes forever to start counting. Taker makes the save at two and JBL retreats to the floor. UT chases JBL back into Booker and Eddie and now he’s in huge trouble. JBL plays the ping pong ball among those three as they all take turns on his face. When Taker goes for the cover, Guerrero and Booker take offense and start working him over while JBL rolls out to the floor. Booker and Taker head to the floor as JBL jumps Eddie from behind. Booker makes the save and they double-team JBL. The Side Slam and the Hilo combo is pretty cool. Once Undertaker rejoins the fray, they head to the floor where JBL looks to powerbomb the man through the announce table. It’s a no-go as UT backdrops out of that. Taker brings Eddie with him into the ring. Booker tries to bum rush the show and ducks a Big Boot from UT in the corner. Taker makes Booker pay with a Spinebuster and hits Old School. VINTAGE UNDERTAKER~! He gives Eddie the legdrop on the apron. Once his feet hit the floor though, here comes JBL with the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL! Booker eats the steps and then receives a Big Boot back inside for two. JBL chokes Booker with some wrist tape while Eddie tries to bring a ladder into the ring. When JBL goes for the WWE title and heads back inside, Booker T goes HARLEM SIDE KICK CRAZY on everybody. SCISSORS KICK to Eddie! Cover, 1-2-NO! Next, Booker goes after JBL and winds up taking a powerbomb onto the announce table. The table doesn’t flatten, so JBL makes sure it does with an elbow drop. UT shows JBL how its done and puts him through the Spanish Announce Table with a LAST RIDE. Now it’s just Eddie v. Taker – and Guerrero is playing dead in the middle of the ring. Eddie slips out of the TOMBSTONE, but charges into a CHOKESLAM. As UT lifts Eddie up for the LAST RIDE, Eddie grabbed the WWE title belt on the way up and bashes Taker in the face! Guerrero follows one FROG SPLASH with another for 1-2-NO! ZOMBIE SIT-UP! TAKER IS PISSED. Eddie low blows the Dead Man. He may be dead, but his balls certainly are not. Eddie pulls that ladder into the ring and jabs Taker in the face. He sets it up in the corner and hits a FROG SPLASH from the top. Slow cover gets 1-2-NO! JBL pulls the ref out. Eddie knocks UT out of the ring with the ladder and hits the Three Amigos on JBL for 1-2-NO! Booker makes the save and nails JBL with the SCISSORS KICK for 1-2-NO! Now it’s UT stopping the count. Snake Eyes from Taker sets up the Big Boot on Eddie. Legdrop gets two. Now there’s Chokeslams for everybody! He calls for the TOMBSTONE on JBL, but Heidenreich shows up and runs them over. He gives Taker a Black Hole Slam and heads to the floor. JBL can’t get the three-count on anybody. As Taker sits up, Heidenreich pulls him out and applies the Cobra Clutch. Michael Cole – “FULL NELSON!” Meanwhile, JBL drills Booker with the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL for the win. (25:48) Kind of boring and directionless until they picked things up and started dishing out finishers. **½
WWE Champion JBL vs. The Big Show vs. Kurt Angle – (Royal Rumble 2005)
Another insurmountable odds match for JBL. Show completely dominates to start with chops. He clotheslines them to the floor and moves the steps over to the announce table so he can CHOKESLAM JBL through it. Angle low blows Show and knocks him off the steps and through the announce table by bashing him in the face with a TV monitor. Back inside, Angle tries to work the arm. JBL fights up, but takes a Hat Trick of Germans. DOWN COME THE STRAPS! JBL shrugs off the ANGLE SLAM and Big Boots Angle down. Here comes the Big Show! He goes SLAM CRAZY! Show splashes both men in the corner. DOWN GOES THE STRAP! He wants to Chokeslam them both, but they kick the knee and hit the Double Goozle on Show. ANGLE SLAM to Show! JBL boots out Angle and covers Show for 1-2-NO! CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL is thwarted with a CHOKESLAM for 1-2-NO! Back to the floor, Show runs JBL through the barricade. Meanwhile in the ring, Angle tries to hide a chair from Show. The Basham brothers and Orlando Jordan head down to check on JBL. Angle hits Show in the ribs, but then he charges into a flapjack and falls face down on the chair. Show covers Angle, but there’s Mark Jindrak to pull out the ref. Behind Show comes Luther Reigns who dumps the big man out. They do a number on him while the EMT crew try and help JBL. OJ sees that Show is too busy with Jindrak and Reigns in the aisle to stop JBL from winning, so he puts JBL back in the ring to nail Angle with the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL for the 1-2-3. (12:06) Show just couldn’t make it back in time. This leads to JBL v. Show at No Way Out in a barbed wire cage match. **½
World Heavyweight Champion Triple H (w/Ric Flair) vs. Edge – (Raw, 2/7/05)
WWE INVADES JAPAN~! Speaking of invading, Edge interfered in last week’s main event tag match and delivered a SPEAR to Triple H that was intended for Shawn Michaels. When the ref lifts up the World title belt before the bell, the crowd applauds. You would never see *that* in America. They have an old school feeling out process to add a little more realism for the Japanese crowd. Edge hits a SPEAR in the corner and tries another, but HHH moves out of the way and then throws Edge shoulder-first not once but TWICE into the ringpost as we go to commercial. When we return, Edge is in control. HHH delivers an armbreaker DDT to work the shoulder. He hits the Facebuster for two. Edge snaps Triple H’s neck on the top rope and hits a Missile Dropkick, but runs into the AA Spinebuster for two. Edge-O-Matic gets two. Edge flies down into the PEDIGREE, but Edge backdrops out. The SPEAR is countered with the High Knee for two. Edge counters the sleeper and applies the EDGECATOR, but makes the ropes. HHH ducks the SPEAR again and Edge nails the ref. Neckbreaker on HHH, but no ref! Ric Flair tries to attack with a chair, but he takes the SPEAR. Triple H ducks a chair swing from Edge and drops him with a back suplex. As they both crawl for the chair, Batista appears and pulls the chair out of the ring. Edge stands on the apron and asks him what he’s doing. Once Batista turns his back, HHH knees Edge down into Batista. MISUNDERSTANDINGS~! Back in, Edge counters the PEDIGREE into the EDGECUTION! As Edge charges for the SPEAR, Batista shoots into the ring and drops him with a Spinebuster! That leaves Edge to be easy pickings for the PEDIGREE and gives HHH the win. (12:52 shown) As Batista lifts HHH’s arm in victory, HHH catches Batista eye-humping his world title just a little too much. Not cool, bro. Not cool. As for Edge, he would continue to obsess and go insane in his quest to win the world title over the next year. He would win the first Money in the Bank and later defeat John Cena in January 2006. **½
WWE Women’s Champion Lita vs. Trish Stratus – (Unforgiven 2006)
From my Unforgiven 2006 review. Trish gets a nice response from her hometown fans. Lita slaps Trish around but quickly runs into a clothesline out of the corner for 1, 2, NO! She follows up with a whirly-bird headscissors and takes Lita out to the floor. Trish gets on the apron and delivers Air Canada (Thesz Press) to Lita and follows that up with another headscissors out of a handstand. Back in, Lita comes back with heelish offense like slamming Trish’s face on the mat and choking her in the ropes. Trish stands up out of a rear chinlock, but gets yanked back down by her hair in a nice little bump. Trish regains control the corner by turning the tables with stomps and slobber chops! She connects with a Stinger Splash, but then runs into an elbow. She tries for the Stratusphere, but Lita blocks and pulls her up onto her lap and they trade blows until they both fall out onto the floor. Ha, I see some crack in the Stratusphere. They both climb back up top again and trade more blows, but then Lita comes down and throws Trish down into the ring from the apron. Lita goes back up for the LITASAULT, but Trish gets out of the way. Trish tries for STRATUSFACTION, but Lita blocks and dumps Trish out to the floor. Lita brings Trish back in the ring for 1, 2, NO! Lita hammers on Trish and then delivers a suplex for 1, 2, NO! Lita goes back to pounding on Trish, but talks too much trash and fires Trish up. She comes back with forearms, but then gets taken down with a Russian legsweep. Lita mounts Trish and punches away and gets another two. Trish elbows out of another reverse chinlock and hits a neckbreaker. Lita looks to win a slugfest, but then goes up and is sent down by the Stratusphere! CHICK KICK! Trish covers for 1, 2, NO! Trish can not believe it. Lita goes for her SNAP DDT, but Trish counters and goes for STRATUSFACTION. Instead of finishing the move, she springs off the ropes and flips over Lita into a rollup. Lita comes down on Trish’s shoulders and holds the ropes, but the ref can plainly see that. Trish rolls Lita back over and stands up to lock on the SHARPSHOOTER! Lita tries for the ropes, but gets pulled back to the middle of the ring and taps out! Trish has won her unprecedented seventh WWE Women’s championship. She gets a deserved standing ovation. (11:34) With Trish leaving, this will be the WWE women’s match of the year. That finish was hot in more than ways than one too. It’s good to see wrestlers going out on top and that’s certainly the case for Trish. ***¼
Shawn Michaels vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton – (Raw, 2/5/07)
Winner of this one goes to WrestleMania to face The Champ John Cena. Don’t forget, Edge and Randy Orton are still together as Rated RKO here. The story is whether or not they will EXPLODE to get that main event spot. Edge and Orton double-team the heck out of Shawn’s back to start. HBK makes a comeback after a double-clothesline with atomic drops and the flying forearm. He dumps Orton and goes for the Flying Elbow on Edge, but Orton manages to shoot him off down to the mat to do more damage on the back. Orton stalks Edge, but he catches him out of the corner of his eye and they argue as we go to break. When we come back, Shawn ducks while in a sleeper hold from Edge as they backdrop Orton out to the floor. Off a whip, Shawn baseball slides Orton onto the announce table and hits Edge with a Lou Thesz Press complete with punches! Edge makes him pay with a Big Boot for two. Shawn tries to stop Edge up top, but Edge sends him down. As Edge gets ready for the missile dropkick, Orton dropkicks Shawn into Edge to crotch him on the top. Inverted Backbreaker by Orton on Shawn gets two. Orton delivers the Garvin Stomp. While Shawn tries to fight him off, Orton catches HBK with the RKO for 1-2-NO! Edge pulls Orton off and covers HBK and that triggers Rated RKO to shove each other around. Edge extends a handshake and Orton obliges, then they backstab each other in the same moment. AWESOME! Edge shrugs off the RKO, but then Orton leapfrogs over the SPEAR. They crossbody each other for a double-KO. While they’re down, Shawn comes off the top with the Flying Elbow on Edge. Shawn HULKS UP and tunes up the band. Edge ducks SWEET CHIN MUSIC, but Orton catches the kick. Here comes Edge to SPEAR Shawn, but Orton takes the blow. HBK nails Edge with SWEET CHIN MUSIC to send him out of the ring and covers Orton for the 1-2-3. (9:33 shown) John Cena shows up in the ring to stare at Shawn. Batista and Undertaker come out for a face-to-face photo op, but it gets cut here. This wasn’t that surprising of a finish considering Edge v. Cena had already been done to completion in 2006. Too early for Cena v. Orton in 2007, so that left Shawn as your only choice. Besides, they were already singles guys thrown together who won the tag team titles. Post-Attitude Era booking says they must fight each other eventually. ***
The Undertaker, John Cena, Batista & Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton, Edge, Mr. Kennedy & MVP – (Thursday Raw Thursday, 2/15/07)
Cena hits the release fisherman’s suplex and the jumping hiptoss on Orton to start. Tag to Kennedy, he punches the crap out of Cena. He makes Kennedy pay with a shoulderblock. Undertaker tags in and works the arm. He reaches for Orton, but Taker knocks him off the apron and hits Old School on Kennedy. Flatliner gets two. Shawn gets a not-so-heartwarming tag into this match. Shawn telegraphs a backdrop and takes a kick in the face. Tag to MVP, he also telegraphs a backdrop and receives a swinging neckbreaker. Shawn runs into an elbow and here comes Edge. He tries to make HBK’s eye crooked with right hands, but then eats an enziguri. Tag to Batista, he hits Edge with the running powerslam. Edge tries a missile dropkick, but Batista knocks it away. Spinebusters to everybody! Well, everyone but Orton. Batista gives Edge the thumbs down as we go to commercial. AND WE’RE BACK! Batista tags Cena, who’s all shoulderblocks on Edge. Protobomb leads to the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He tries the FU, but Orton pulls Edge to safety. Edge-O-Matic connects and Edge tags Orton to cover Cena for two. Orton hammers Cena down for a knee drop and UT breaks up the cover. Tag to MVP, he continues the violence on Cena as he plays *your* face in peril and the heels cut the ring in half. Once everybody has a turn on Cena, Edge runs into a double-KO. HOT TAG TO UNDERTAKER! Soupbones all around! Snake Eyes and the Big Boot is delivered to Kennedy. He wants a double Chokeslam on MVP and Orton, but they refuse. Just as UT looks to finish, HBK blind tags the Dead Man and hits the Flying Elbow on Orton. He tunes up the band as the match breaks down. Orton ducks SWEET CHIN MUSIC and Shawn nearly hits the Undertaker, but he catches the kick and pulls Shawn in for a Chokeslam. MVP charges UT, so he lets Shawn go and delivers the CHOKESLAM to MVP. Meanwhile, Orton shoves Shawn into the Undertaker. Taker gives Shawn a look, but Shawn still manages to dish out SWEET CHIN MUSIC to Orton for the 1-2-3. (13:50 shown) After the bell, Taker CHOKESLAMS Shawn while Batista delivers the DEMON BOMB to Cena. Why not. Taker/Batista v. HBK/Cena would happen the following Sunday at No Way Out. I’m a real sucker for eight-man tags and it would be real hard to screw it up. This wasn’t amazing as it was pretty much standard booking, but still a fun TV main event. ***¼
World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. The Undertaker – (WrestleMania 23)
Champ enters first, but I’m just assuming that’s because one of the druids had to pee or something. Batista goes right after Taker with a spear to start to prove how not intimidated he is by UT. The crowd is most definitely PRO-Undertaker here. They go to the floor where Batista is still in control. Taker gets sent knees first into the steps. Back in, Batista delivers a flying shoulderblock for two. UT wins a slugfest and splashes Batista in the corner. Snake Eyes leads to the Big Boot. Legdrop gets two. He hits Old School and calls for the CHOKESLAM, but Batista powers out of the grip! Crowd turns on that. Taker hits the legdrop on the apron and delivers the yearly WRESTLEMANIA NO HANDS PLANCHA onto Batista! They brawl over to the announce table where Batista gives UT a powerslam from one table through the other! Back in, Batista covers for 1-2-NO! UT stops the DEMON BOMB, but gets pulled into a belly to belly suplex for two. Batista mounts Taker in the corner, which leads to the LAST RIDE as usual. Cover, 1-2-NO! Batista hits the Spinebuster and goes for the kill, but doesn’t see Taker sit up. CHOKESLAM to Batista! Cover, 1-2-NO! Taker calls for the end, but Batista slips out of the TOMBSTONE and catches Taker with the Spear. DEMON BOMB! Cover, 1-2-NO! Batista wants another, but UT backdrops out. Looks like Batista wants a TOMBSTONE, but Taker shoves him away and hits a TOMBSTONE of his own for 1-2-3! (15:48) Well, Undertaker made Batista look good. The man didn’t seem all that confident, but they still pumped out a heck of a match. Much like Undertaker’s matches with HBK at WrestleMania, it’s impossible to make a person feel the suspense being created in repeated viewings. Watching this live was pretty awesome, but watching this a second time doesn’t benefit the rating as it does for some matches. ***¼
WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena vs. Triple H vs. JBL – (Backlash 2008)
Boy, John Cena really needs a haircut. This is different from the Backlash 07 main event as this is elimination rules instead of first fall wins. Orton tries to nail JBL with the title belt to start, but gets booted away. NONE OF THAT! He heads to the floor to grab a chair and stays out on the floor. Once Orton is back inside, Cena gets knocked off the apron onto the announce table. Now Orton and JBL double-team HHH. He fights them off and Orton runs his shoulder into the post. To the floor, JBL gets sent into the steps. Triple H wants a PEDIGREE on the floor, but JBL trips him up on the rampway. Meanwhile, Cena hits the Flying Famouser on Orton. STFU! JBL teases to help Orton loose, but then starts bad mouthing. Here comes HHH to put JBL in the Crippler Crossface. JBL pokes Cena in the eye to break his hold and now Orton yells at JBL to tap. Cena shoves Orton on top of HHH, but then gets dumped to the floor. JBL controls Orton in the corner with boots. He fights out with a clothesline, but takes a boot up top. They struggle for a superplex and here comes HHH and Cena for the TOWER OF DOOM! Both Triple H and Cena cover a guy, but both only get a two count. Cena wins a YAY-BOO slugfest with HHH who is over like gangbusters tonight. Release fisherman’s suplex gets two. Some shoulderblocks lead to the Protobomb. The Five Knuckle Shuffle runs into the AA Spinebuster. The PEDIGREE takes too long thanks to HHH ducking the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL. Triple H slips out of the F-U, but JBL does not. As Cena stands back up, he backdrops the PEDIGREE away to send HHH to the floor. STFU to JBL! He taps out at 10:32. Before Cena can even release the hold, Orton runs over and PUNTS him in the head to eliminate Cena at 10:43. HUGE pop for that. Now we have the WrestleMania 24 rematch. HHH wins a fisticuffs battle and we go to the floor where he gets run into the steps. Orton struggles to get a catapult into the ringpost and ends up settling for a catapult that sends HHH ribs first into the barricade. He brings Triple H back to ringside with a suplex. Back inside, Orton covers for two. He grinds his feet all over HHH’s sides. Triple H tries to come back, but the Inverted Backbreaker puts a stop to that. Orton works the chinlock for a good minute or so. He fights out, but he charges into a powerslam. Orton stalks HHH for the RKO. When he commits to it, HHH shoves him off. After another slugfest, HHH connects with the High Knee and follows up with the Facebuster for two. Back to the floor we go, Orton fails to give HHH a piledriver on the ring steps as Triple H trips him up on top of them. Back inside, HHH hits another AA Spinebuster, but another PEDIGREE gets countered. HHH shoves off the RKO again into the ref, but Orton still manages an RKO. Cover, 1-2-NO! Orton looks over the crowd and then walks back for the PUNT. It’s go good. They counter each other’s finishers again, but it’s Triple H who hits the PEDIGREE for the 1-2-3. (28:13) Ladies and gents, we have a NEW WWE champion. The HHH-Orton portion is what the WM24 match should have been considering *this* was more violent and satisfying. If they couldn’t deliver the violence that blowoff match required on their biggest show of the year, then they have sold it that way. Even though this match wasn’t even that violent, the tone of the match was certainly different since you at least felt these two really hated one another. Oh, almost forgot that JBL and Cena were in this match because it felt so long ago. They just used a bit of simple logic. If there’s still three or four people in the match, why break up a pinfall or in the case of this match, a submission? But it happens all the time. ***
Batista vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kane vs. JBL vs. Chris Jericho – World Heavyweight Title Scramble Match (Unforgiven 2008)
CM Punk was actually the World champion here, but was punted in the head backstage before the match by Randy Orton. Since the champ can’t appear, a NEW world champ will be crowned tonight. Chris Jericho is the mystery replacement, so keep that on the down low! JBL and Batista start the match. Batista works the leg with the figure-four (WOO!). To the floor we go as JBL gets run into the steps. After four minutes, Kane enters the match. Batista meets him center-ring. Kane boots him all around the ring. Side Slam sets up the Flying Clothesline, but Batista ducks. CHOKESLAM, but Batista elbows out. JBL big boots away a DEMON BOMB. The CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL is stopped with a CHOKESLAM from Kane for the 1-2-3 at 7:22. Four more minutes are up and here comes Rey Mysterio complete with nappy-looking Mohawk! Remember, he’s feuding with Kane at this point. He goes right after Kane and takes him to the floor with a springboard dropkick. Rey headscissors and wheelbarrow bulldogs JBL. 6-1-9 to Kane misses, but he DRILLS him with a clothesline. Batista saves his little buddy Rey with a back suplex on Kane. Rey splashes Kane off Batista’s shoulders. As Mysterio rolls away, Batista covers Kane for two. They intend to do the same for JBL, but Mysterio surprises Batista with a sunset flip for 1-2-NO! Oh, Batista doesn’t like that! JBL seizes the moment and breaks up the confrontation. He fallaway slams Rey onto Batista and covers him for two. He’s pretty much ruling the ring right now. The final opponent enters the match and it’s a beaten and broken down Chris Jericho who had a brutal match with HBK no less than an hour earlier. That means there is four minutes left in this match. Jericho stays on the floor while Batista and Rey prevent each other from pinning anybody else. Rey slips out the DEMON BOMB and hits the 6-1-9 on JBL. When he goes for a springboard, Batista punches him down to the floor! JBL misses the CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL on Batista, but nails Kane. Batista hits the Spinebuster on him. Up goes Kane, who hits the Flying Clothesline on Batista. Cover (why?), 1-2-NO! Kane looks for the CHOKESLAM with a minute to go. Batista drills Kane with the Spear and delivers the Spinebuster on Kane for 1-2-3 at 16:40. As Rey flies in for the WEST COAST POP on Batista, Chris Jericho jumps on top of Kane and gets the 1-2-3 at 17:10! Time quickly runs out and Jericho wins the World Heavyweight title. (17:26) Ladies and gentlemen, we have a NEW world champion. All three scramble matches were supposed to go twenty minutes, but it appears HBK-Jericho went a little long and they had to cut the five-minute intervals down to four. Kane and JBL just seemed to take up space in this one. Definitely the weakest of the scramble matches that night, but I liked the Rey-Batista mistrust dynamic and of course Chris Jericho taking the beating of a lifetime against Shawn Michaels and then coming out on top with the gold, so there’s definitely enough to like in this match. ***¼
World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk – TLC Match (SummerSlam 2009)
From the classic straight edge v. druggies feud. Punk beats Hardy to the floor to start and gives him a few shots with a chair. With Hardy down, Punk quickly sets a ladder up in the ring. Hardy turns the ladder over and dropkicks Punk in the corner. Now Hardy dumps out Punk and gets a chance to climb, but Punk kicks the ladder over. Hardy shoves off the GTS and sends Punk into the ladder. Hardy tries Poetry in Motion off a chair, but Punk catches him and drops Hardy straight onto the chair. Punk tosses Hardy to the floor and delivers a tope suicida. Punk misses a chairshot up against the ringpost, but then leaps off the ring steps into a chairshot! Hardy catches Punk with Poetry in Motion off the chair up against the barricade. Punk gets set on the table for a flying splash, but Punk moves out of the way and Hardy crashes and burns. Punk brings another ladder into the ring and climbs up for the belt. Hardy is there to pull him down and climb past him. Just as it looks like Punk goes for the GTS, Hardy sunset flip powerbombs him off the ladder. Hardy climbs up again, but Punk turns the ladder over into the corner. Punk brings Hardy down with a superplex onto the ladder! Just like that, Hardy hits a Twist of Fate and heads for the top turnbuckle. SWANTON BOMB hits knees. Punk delivers the running knee and sets up for the bulldog, but Hardy puts on the brakes and throws Punk over the top rope through a table. Hardy begins to climb, but Punk knocks him off the ladder with a springboard clothesline. Back to the floor, Punk tries to PILLMANIZE Hardy’s neck up against the ringpost. Hardy ends that noise and beats the HECK out of Punk with a chair. He then puts Punk on one of the three announce tables and sets up the 20-foot ladder to give Punk the SWANTON BOMB! If he’s going out, he’s leaving WWE with a bang. Some EMT guys try to take Jeff Hardy backstage as Punk goes after the belt. The broken down remains of Jeff Hardy meet Punk at the top of the ladder, but Punk punches him off and retrieves the world title to win. (21:34) Jeff Hardy certainly went out on a bang and gave CM Punk the main event rub he deserved. This match proved to be a true turning point in both men’s careers: CM Punk became more awesome than ever and Jeff Hardy got so bad in his drug habits that TNA doesn’t even want him around. ****¼
Every Man For Himself (Smackdown, 1/27/05): Booker T stops by Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero who look like they are just trying to have a good time together, but he brings up losing their tag team titles match the previous week. Geez, Buzz Killington in the house. Eddie Guerrero starts getting pumped for the Royal Rumble. They can’t agree on who will win though.
Kurt Angle Does Not Suck (Raw, 11/7/05): Angle is sick of people telling him that he sucks. After telling the crowd to show him some respect, he does his entrance over and over again. Since the crowd shows him the opposite of respect, he refuses to wrestle tonight and walks out.
The Coronation of King Booker (Smackdown 5/26/06): William Regal is the master of ceremonies. Booker T defeated Bobby Lashley at Judgment Day to become the 2006 King of the Ring. I loved this gimmick as Booker never could truly commit to acting British 24/7 as bits of his true “I’M BOOKA T SUCKA! NOW CAN YOU DIG THAT?” personality kept coming through at inappropriate times.
John Cena & Randy Orton Get Together (Backlash 2007): Randy Orton interrupts John Cena’s interview time to try and form a pact before their fatal four-way match later in the show. Orton gets a little homoerotic and John Cena takes it to the next level. And then Ron Simmons shows up.
Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel (Raw, 6/9/08): Tonight’s guest: Shawn Michaels. Jericho really sucks up to HBK all just to bring up Shawn’s lies. Shawn gets cheered when he does the wrong things, Jericho gets booed when he does the right things. Jericho wants to know how Shawn Michaels can turn into a pathetic, lying, worm of a human being. Well, that triggers a brawl. Jericho kicks Shawn in the balls, tells him that the worst is yet to come, and then throws Shawn’s face through the obscenely expensive Jeritron-5000 – alluding back to the Rockers split in 1991. AWESOME~!
Final Thoughts: Obviously they tried to get as many people on this set as possible. This disc actually wasn’t too bad. Much better stars-per-match ratio than on disc one. There’s just nothing really that pops though. Punk-Hardy is the only true standout highlight. I’m sticking with the ‘thumbs in the middle’ rating I mentioned in disc one as my final answer.