-The hype package opening the show is interrupted by Shawn Michaels and Triple H making shadow puppets and altering it. They suggest their opponents, Dibiase and Rhodes, are in love with one another (if thatís not a case of projection, I donít know what is). Itís kind of lame, but itís also something different, so huzzah.
-From Los Angeles, CA. Our hosts are Jim Ross, Todd Grisham, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, Josh Matthews, and Matt Striker.
-Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews Jack Swagger and MVP, describing their match as a ďculture clash.Ē Swagger puts over his accomplishments and dismisses MVP as an ex-con. MVP takes offense to this and reminds us that he already paid for his decisions (not mistakes, he chose to break the law). Good stuff, actually.
Jack Swagger vs. MVP
Swagger takes a hike after getting bested, allowing MVP to hit a dive to the floor. MVP tries to set something up on the ropes, but Swagger sweeps him off. Swagger goes to work on the back. MVP escapes an abdominal stretch, but a clothesline by Swagger sets up a chinlock. MVP counters with a back drop, and both men appear to be exhausted (at four minutes into it). Balliní elbow drop connects, butt Swagger counters the Playmaker. The Vader Bomb is blocked! The Playmaker finishes it at 6:21. Nothing special here, *Ĺ. Winner: MVP
-Lots of stuff with celebrities that I fast forwarded through.
-Backstage, Josh Matthews interviews CM Punk. Punk has a screenplay for a Jeff Hardy movie and apparently the ending has Hardy conquering Punk in tonightís main event. Punk berates the citizens of Los Angeles for being fake, just like Jeff Hardy. Iím really loving Punk as the philosophical heel who isnít wrong, per say, just really preachy and overbearing.
The Great Khali (with Ranjin Singh) vs. Kane
As you might expect, the match kicks off with a lumbering slug-fest. And it continues with one. Khali misses a leg drop and eats a drop-kick. They block each otherís chokeslams, with Khali getting the upper hand. Kane manages to apply a chinlock. Khali fights out and very slowly cleans house. Kane escapes the vice grip by getting into the ropes and pulling Singh into the ring. Kane drop-kicks the knee and delivers a DDT for the win at 5:56. The match was a DUD. Next! Winner: Kane
Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs. Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes
A lot of work went into the DX entrance, as a bunch of soldiers fire blanks into the air and HBK and HHH ride out on a tank. HHH and Dibiase start with the usual routine. Overwhelmed, Dibiase tags in Rhodes, who quickly slaps HBK on the apron for no reason other than to be a giant cock (letís see how many hits our site gets now with that last comment). Rhodes slaps HBK again, prompting HBK to become more aggressive. Legacy appears to be working really hard to keep up with the wily DX veterans. Legacy manages to isolate Michaels and work him over. Triple H tags in and is all fired up, but seems to have to work to fight Rhodes and Dibiase off. Legacy succeeds in overpowering Triple H and isolating him. After a lengthy beating, HHH makes a hot tag to Michaels, who cleans houseÖ until Dibiase clotheslines him from behind. Rhodes attempts a flying elbow drop on HBK and misses! Rhodes tries to block a flying elbow but gets knocked off the top. Instead, Rhodes has to settle for countering the elbow with his knees! Michaels bounces back with a figure four, but Dibiase saves. HHH joins the fray, but Legacy knock him down. All four men battle in the ring, hitting finishers left and right. HHH and Dibiase battle into the announce table, leaving HBK and Rhodes to settle it. Michaels delivers Sweet Chin Music for the win at 19:30! I wasnít expecting to like this match, but it featured a lot of great tag team wrestling. I have to really take my hat off for DX, they made Legacy look like a million bucks in this one, ****. Winners: Triple H and Shawn Michaels
-Christian might have won the match, but heís not going to win this battle, as Jackson and Kozlov storm the ring and lay a beating on him. Regal poses with his henchmen, suggesting that their issue is far from over.
-CM Punk is standing over Jeff, celebrating his title win, when suddenly the lights go off and the Undertakerís music hits. The lights come back on and Undertaker is laying where Jeff had been. Undertaker chokeslams the life out of Punk, sending a big message as well as sending the fans home happy.
Final Thoughts: So the question you should be asking me is this: should I buy the DVD? Iím going to recommend a rental (I got this on Netflix). You see, the DX/Legacy and Punk/Hardy matches were definitely worth seeing, but the rest of the show just didnít hold up well. I have a feeling youíll be seeing the two good matches pop up on other DVD sets eventually (I can imagine another DX DVD in the process, and the TLC match is bound to show up one way or another). This is definitely an okay show, just not worth adding to your collection unless you are a completist. If this were any other company, I might advise a purchase, but the nature of WWEís film library ensures you wonít be missing anything.
Thumbs in the middle.
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