12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I attended this show live, so this review is from a slightly different perspective than the others for this DVD. Live this was a very good show, mostly for the crowd reactions and because the Rock was simply tremendous. He didn't do a whole lot, but what he did was great, and simply being there made the show worth while. Nobody who attended this show live or purchased the event on Pay Per View spent their money to see anything or anyone but the Rock, and his appearance was going to make or break the show. In this case, The Rock made the show. The undercard was what it was; I've been to many shows with much better wrestling but what was here was fine. Both the opener and the WWE championship match were very good matches, and the main event was good because of the atmosphere and Rock just being there. I would recommend buying this dvd just to own a piece of the Rock and Madison Square Garden, and the rest of the show isn't bad either. Matches are rated out of 5 stars (*****).
1. United States Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. John Morrison
Crowd absolutely hated Morrison, but mostly because they wanted to see Zach Ryder in this match instead. Loud chants of "WE WANT RYDER" throughout, but it didn't hurt the match and both guys actually played it up well (well, Ziggler did anyway). Very good match here with lots of back and forth action and near falls. Nothing you haven't seen from these two before, but they play off each other well and they had a strong match. Ziggler won clean after hitting the zig-zag. After the match Ziggler taunted the crowd, which of course led to Ryder coming out to an absolutely enormous reaction, and he laid out Ziggler much to the crowd's delight. This was a great way to start the show. ***1/2
2. WWE Diva's Championship Lumberjill Match
Beth Phoenix (c) vs. Eve
Not horrible per divas match standards but the crowd was completely dead. The lumberjills meant absolutely nothing and were just there to get some face time on ppv. Finish was great however with Beth hitting the glam slam off the second rope for the win, which the crowd went nuts for. Other than that there's nothing much to see here, but not bad by any means. *1/2
3. Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Match
Team Barrett (Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, & Hunico)
Team Orton (Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, & Mason Ryan)
Long, basic Survivor Series tag match. I wasn't particularly blown away by this, and the wrestlers seemed to be at a loss when Sin Cara botched a dive to the outside and hurt his knee (he's projected to miss 6 to 9 months), but there was certainly nothing wrong with it and it had a good finish. It came down to Orton against three of the heels, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and Hunico. Orton eliminated Hunico with an RKO as Hunico came off the top, which everyone saw coming but still looked really cool. However, in a real surprise, Barrett hit the wasteland on Orton right afterwards for the clean win. Barrett and Rhodes really needed to look strong here and this was certainly the right finish. Match was better than average but never really seemed to jump to that next level. **1/2
4. World Heavyweight Championship Match
Mark Henry (c) vs. Big Show
This was an awful match with one really good near fall and a terrible finish. Their last match together at Vengeance was shockingly good. This wasn't that match. Minutes felt like hours here and the crowd was trying desperately to entertain themselves. I distinctly remember chants of "DANIEL BRYAN," UNDERTAKER," and especially an enormously loud "BORING" chant. Both guys seemed to take forever to do anything. However, after Mark Henry speared Big Show through a barricade the crowd seemed to liven up, and Big Show actually went up top and hit a flying elbow for a great near fall. Show took about 4 hours to steady himself on the top, and you could tell he was (rightfully) scared as hell to be up there at his age and weight with all his injuries. However, right after this, Henry kicked Show low for the blatant DQ, which after a bad match, the crowd was not pleased with at all. After the match show laid out Henry with the KO punch and pillmanized his ankle, just like Henry had done to Show back in July. Henry refused a stretcher job and that was that, meaning THIS FEUD MUST CONTINUE. 3/4*
5. WWE Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk
Before the match started CM Punk had Howard Finkel do his ring introduction, which was a really awesome moment and MSG exploded for Finkel, which brought him near tears. I've been a fan of Howard for a long time and never understood why someone as talented as he is at what he does would be replaced, so this was a very special moment and you could tell it meant a lot to him. This was the match of the night in my opinion. It started off slow but built well and there were a lot of near falls at the end. Alberto kept working on the arm but Punk would find a way out of it and battle back. Eventually Punk scored a near fall after a kick to the head, and after Del Rio kicked out he locked in the Anaconda vice for the clean submission, and the roof absolutely came off Madison Square Garden, just a huge reaction. Punk had a great victory celebration afterwards as he leaped into the crowd and everyone was going nuts. Really good match overall, hopefully Punk can enjoy a relatively long reign as champion. ***3/4
6. The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth
The reaction the Rock received when he came out rivaled anything I've ever heard at a sporting event, period. The building was literally shaking. They did stare-downs to start things off, and Rock started the match on the offensive by hitting several lightning-fast arm drags and a magistral cradle for a near fall. Words don't do justice to how awesome this action was. On this night, Rock was in a class all by himself, and he made Cena look pretty horrendous in comparison. Speaking of Mr. Cena, New York did not care much for him on this evening (large understatement). Conservatively, I would say 90% of the crowd absolutely despised him, but not in the usual way. Usually it's a good thing and gets a lot of heat for his matches, but in this case it was a legitimate hatred, to the point where they didn't even want him to be there, because he was simply getting in the way of the Rock. After Rock tagged Cena in the match, Miz and Truth proceeded to get the heat on him for what seemed like days. Everything Truth and Miz did looked good and they gelled well as a team, but as I said before, all this was simply getting in the way of the Rock and nobody cared one bit. Eventually Cena was able to make the tag to the Rock and the place wept with joy as he cleaned house and put Miz in a sharpshooter. Truth broke this up, but Cena slid in and tackled Truth to the outside, allowing Rock to hit the spinebuster and the people's elbow for the win. Afterwards, Rock and Cena took turns going on the turnbuckle as Rock would receive massive ovations and Cena would be booed unmercifully. This led to Rock hitting a Rock Bottom on Cena, which Cena sold quite horribly I might add, and that was the end of the show. To me, this was exactly what it needed to be. They didn't want to do too much before Wrestlemania, so as far as a tease goes I think this was very good. They didn't let Rock do too much, what what he did do was excellent and athletically he's one of the better performers I've seen. As far as the match, they probably got the heat on Cena for too long but in the end it really didn't matter because they people got what they wanted, and that's what wrestling is all about. ***
This was a very enjoyable, entertaining show live. As I said I've been to shows with far better wrestling top to bottom, but that really wasn't the purpose or goal of this show. That being said, the undercard is pretty good for what it is, highlighted by the strong opener and WWE Championship Match. The main event is certainly memorable and worth checking out because of the crowd reactions and the Rock's performance, and for that I recommend buying this dvd.
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For so many years, many upon many memorable moments occured at Survivor Series and for the third time it comes to us from the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden its the 25th WWE Survivor Series and tonight we see if CM Punk can dethrone Alberto Del Rio, also who will win the 5 on 5 Survivor Series match between Team Barrett and Team Orton and can the Rock & John Cena co-exist and turn back the challenge of The Miz & R-Truth?
-United States Championship Match, Dolph Ziggler (Champion) w/Vickie Guerrero vs. John Morrison: The crowd before and during this match was chanting "We Want Ryder" and this was a good opening match though hardly anything new. Morrison used his quickness and unique offense to keep Dolph off his game, including a nice twisting splash over the top rope, but after being distracted by Vickie, Dolph hits a twisting neck breaker and takes over targeting the neck. He continues to hit big moves but John won't stay down for three and the crowd will not let up on the Ryder chants, John had Ziggler beat but Vickie puts Dolph's foot on the rope and the ref kicks her out. There's more back and forth action, Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Ziggler gets his knees up and after the Zig Zag Dolph pins him for 3. 7/10, Ziggler cuts a promo then Zack Ryder's music hits and he beats up Dolph who runs away.
-Lumberjill Match for the Diva's Championship, Beth Phoenix (Champion) vs. Eve: Its the typical and bad Diva's match, with the crowd not reacting much until the end. Eve tries to avoid Beth and pull out a sudden win, though she did hit a unique octopus submission into a triangle choke. Beth uses her power moves and hits a huge Glam Slam off the top to retain her title. 3/10, not a very good match but the finish was worth a couple points.
-The Rock is backstage and cuts a long promo talking about his history in MSG including his debut, his rise in the business before addressing Awesome Truth and his tag partner John Cena, which while funny was just too long.
-5 on 5 Survivor Series Elimination Match, Team Barrett: Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes & Hunico vs. Team Orton: Randy Orton, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Mason Ryan & Kofi Kingston: One of the few matches with some great build-up as each guy got some good moves in and the expected eliminations take place. Dolph and Kofi start out with plenty of good counter wrestling, then Orton gets the tag hits the RKO and Ziggler is gone. Randy attacks the rest of team Barrett on the outside, then Kofi & Sin Cara hit dueling dives to the outside and Cara is down with an injury and he is eliminated cause he can't continue.
Cody and Mason face off and the crowd cheers big for Rhodes, after a tag Hunico comes in then Kofi gets launched into the ring post for two. Mason throws Hunico around, after a blind tag from Cody, Mason gets hit with the Cross Rhodes and Ryan is gone. Sheamus comes in and gets beaten up by Wade on the outside, then Sheamus gets the tag to Kofi who hits some good kicks, but Wade hits Wasteland and Kingston is gone.
After Randy gets launched to the outside, Cody beats him down until Orton hits a big slam then Sheamus hits the ring and destroys Swagger then hits lots of knees in the corner but he doesn't break the 5 count of the ref and Sheamus gets DQ'd. Sheamus is angered and hits a big kick on Jack and leaves the ring, Randy comes in and covers Swagger and he is gone. Its 3 on 1 and Cody kicks down Orton in the corner but Randy makes his comeback, Hunico tags himself in, jumps off the top rope but gets an RKO and he's gone. Orton hits an RKO on Cody but gets caught in Wasteland and gets counted down for three and Team Barrett survives. 9/10.
-World Heavyweight Championship Match, Mark Henry (Champion) vs. The Big Show: After the ring imploded during their last match at Vengeance, the ring crew was re-inforcing the ring to prevent this from happening again. There's some actual wrestling from Show including a couple of arm drags but the pace rarely picks up much after that. The crowd is very vocal chanting for Daniel Bryan, Henry, Undertaker throughout the whole match, though the best was the loud boring chant. Mark tries working on Show's leg with a leg lock and later Show hits a top rope elbow drop that brought a big Randy Savage chant from the crowd. Later Show has the advantage but Henry hits a low blow and the ref calls for DQ. 5/10. Afterwards Henry goes to break Show's leg again but he moves out of the way. Show is angered, hits the knockout punch then puts a chair over Mark's leg and does a leg drop and Henry can't stand up and he has to be carted out of the arena.
-Wade Barrett is being interviewed backstage before being interrupted by Awesome Truth and they say they will beat John Cena & The Rock tonight. Nice funny comments from Truth like usual.
-WWE Championship Match, Alberto Del Rio (Champion) vs. CM Punk: Loved how they had Howard Finkel introduce CM Punk and the crowd cheered big for The Fink who seemed awe-struck by the reaction. Good one here with Punk getting a huge reaction from the crowd and these two always mixed together well when they faced off. Del Rio works on Punk's arm to set up for the arm breaker, while Punk hits his usual moves. There was good counter wrestling and Del Rio slapped on the Cross Arm Breaker at one point but Punk fights to the ropes to break the hold. Ricardo interferes but gets knocked off the apron, Punk ends up locking on the Anaconda Vice out of nowhere, Del Rio tries to claw at the face of Punk to break the hold but he ends up tapping out and Punk wins the title. 8/10. Nice post match celebration by Punk where he dives into the crowd a couple of times.
-Awesome Truth vs. John Cena & The Rock: The crowd pops huge for Rock and of course really boos Cena everytime he got in the ring or tried to help his team at all. This was honestly a fairly expected and lukewarm match, Rock got some offense in but Cena did a good portion of the work and got beat up by Miz & Truth for a few mins. Once Rock got the hot tag he took it to both Miz & Truth, beating Truth in the corner, hitting the Spinebuster on Miz then the People's Elbow for the win. 6/10, mainly for the crowd reactions as they were on fire in this match. Nice how Rock called Cena back to the ring, kept showing how the crowd loved him but hated Cena, then he hit a Rock Bottom on Cena and left the ring. One side note: I agree with the other review on here, that Cena needs to be turned heel, its a great time to do it.
Overall it wasn't a terrible Survivor Series, the 5 on 5 match was well done as was the WWE title match and the opening match was a good one as well. Its worth getting on DVD, but not a grand standout PPV.