Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|WWE No Way Out 2006|
Actors: Kurt Angle, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Batista
Genres: Television, Sports
No Way Out Live from Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, February 19th, Smackdown presents No Way Out, the last Pay-Per-View before WrestleMania 22. The DVD release features bonus material not seen on the original broadcast.
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R.A. McKenzie | New York | 02/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
---My review is a bit outdated, because it was typed the night of PPV. The only thing I've changed is my final comments at the end of the review. Hope you like - Enjoy!
The "No Way Out" PPVs are given the unenviable task of hyping of "WrestleMania", and often not given much of a chance to strut their stuff. I can now say that this is the best "No Way Out" PPV since the spectacular 2001 edition. But is that saying anything?
1) Cruiserweight Championship
Gregory Helms (champion) vs. Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Paul London
vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Super Crazy vs. Psicosis vs. Nunzio vs. Kid Kash vs. Funaki
---I was very surprised when I learned that this wasn't a Gauntlet match, where there would be one-on-one matches until the final fall declared the winner. However, this is a match that continues the rejuvenation of the Cruiserweight divison. Every wrestler gets enough spots and showcase time to prove their worth as a Cruiserweight champion. Even wrestlers that I don't usually care for, like Nunzio or Scotty 2 Hotty, give good athletic performances in this crowd-pleasing opener. Long two-counts, high-risk moves, energetic crowd...what more do we want in an opener? It's not the best light-heavyweight action I've ever seen, but it's the best this year.
"7.5 out of 10"
2) Bobby Lashley vs. JBL
---Fit Finlay actually comes out first, brawling with Lashley. When JBL finally enters, he puts on a decent performance as he tries to keep up with the dominant rookie. Lashley has been on a roll since his debut, and his career looks brighter after this one. There's nothing really "must-see" about this, but it's way better than I thought it would be.
"5.0 out of 10"
3) MNM (WWE Tag Team champions) vs. Matt Hardy & Tatanka
---Yes...sadly Jeff Hardy is not the mystery parnter...but Tatanka is a more-than-worthy secondary pick. Every one of these guys gives a good show here. Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro are continuing to prove themselves as one of the best Tag Teams around today. Tatanka is impressive, and can still keep up with the young guys. Matt Hardy, as always, is a solid wrestler, and this match proves that Tatanka and he deserve the "SmackDown" spotlight. I don't know why this wasn't for MNM's tag titles, but stay tuned, because MNM are about to face some serious contenders.
"8.0 out of 10"
4) U.S. Championship
Chris Benoit vs. Booker T (champion)
---Booker T and Sharmell almost pulled the jip of the decade when Booker first announced he was going to forfeit the title. He had me convinced, but thankfully it was just a cheap ploy to sucker-punch the Rabid Wolverine...and off we go. The positives pretty much speak for themselves, as Booker T and Benoit always know how to wrestle each other. They have great in-ring psychology, and they show some neat counters to each other's holds. But to be honest, there really wasn't much I haven't seen before. If you've missed out on most of these two athletes' previous matches against each other (they've had TWO Best-of-Seven Series), then you'll like this one a lot. For me, a longtime fan, this wasn't very original. This match has "final act" written all over it, and I can't say I'm upset about that. But I overstate the negatives too much; these two work hard and put on a good match. What more do we need?
"7.0 out of 10"
5) Winner Goes To "WrestleMania 22"
Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio
---First off, I was one of those fans who didn't care for the Eddie Guerrero backstory. I loved Eddie as a wrestler, and admire the human being that everybody has claimed him to be. But Orton is a gifted enough athlete who didn't need that kind of heat. He's a cocky jackass who's got the moves to back it up. Rey Mysterio didn't need the storyline either, because he's one of the best superstars in today's business. But enough of the storyline, because the match is all that counts --- for me, it doesn't meet its potential. Both men take some hard bumps and deliver some vicious strikes and maneuvers. But those jaw-dropping spots happen too infrequently, as half of the match consists of Orton beating up Mysterio. This match could've been a fast-paced, high-risk extravaganza...but instead it's too slow-paced (in a bad way). I like how the match ends with a shocking conclusion, but while this isn't a bad contest, I won't watch it again.
"6.0 out of 10"
6) World Championship
Kurt Angle (champion) vs. The Undertaker
---Even though this rivalry came out of nowhere, it developed into a strong main event. The Undertaker and Kurt Angle are both hard strikers, smart grapplers, agile, strong, and tough. These two have matched up before, but this is their best match ever. I have to admit that they play off the count-out rules a little too much, as often either wrestler keeps restarting the 10-count to prolong the match. But Angle and Taker are always doing something new, so it's not unbearable. In other words, when they restart those 10-counts, they don't just stomp away or punch, they lock on a new submission hold, or get countered by the opponent. This match is not repetitive because Taker and Angle have a huge arsenal of maneuvers, and know how to use them. The Undertaker's limit as a submission-resistant competitor is put to the ultimate test. Angle's resiliancy is pushed harder than ever before, even when compared to Shawn Michaels or Big Show or Brock Lesnar, or anybody for that matter. Will Taker tap? Can Angle survive? Even if you know the ending of this match, the closing minutes are breathtaking! There's something --- that indescribable "something" --- missing to make it a classic. But please, don't pass this match up!
"8.5 out of 10"
I liked this PPV a lot more than I thought I would. It's a wrestling PPV, with very little time wasted on backstage segments or promos. "No Way Out 2006" has 6 matches, each with enough time to tell its own story. I ordered this on PPV, and it holds up incredibly well on DVD --- a rarity, for sure. Sadly, I don't SmackDown had a very good showing at "WrestleMania 22". After watching this event, you'd never guess that the Friday Night team were going to drop the ball."
Another Good SmackDown PPV
D.P. | California | 05/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I said this on my Armageddon review but usually, SmackDown PPV's are just really bad for various reasons but this one was the second one in a row that it was something I would actually watch again. Again, it's not perfect but it's still good.
Crusierweight Champion Gregory Helms vs. Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Paul London vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Super Crazy vs. Psicosis vs. Nunzio vs. Kid Kash vs. Funaki - Well, the yearly cruiserweight push is in full effect here. It's a great opening match for everyone to go ahead & get their spots in. Crusierweights will always get a PPV off to a great start.
Bobby Lashley vs. JBL - One of JBL's best performance I've seen from him because he doesn't just to his usual "slow brawling while I bleed" formula and also doesn't make Lashley look "green." The story with Finlay in the beginning was also a nice twist to not make Lashley look weak in defeat.
MNM vs. Matt Hardy & Tatanka - This was was suprizing good as MNM are the best tag team in WWE today (hey, they even carred ou of shape Animal & Heidenrich to decent matches), Matt Hardy is a great wrestler when he's allowed to be, and even Tatanka kept up with everyone else eventhough he's been out of the WWE for almost a decade. A great tag team match.
U.S. Champion Booker T vs. Chris Benoit - Honestly, these two don't have a bad match but after seeing them face each other so many times (best of 7 in WCW, best of 4 in WWE, along with other matches here & there setting up these series) that there was nothing new here & the match just seemed repetative.
Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio - I won't waste space about the Eddie Guerrero storyline going into this except for the fact that I didn't like it PERIOD! As for the match, it wasn't horrible but it wasn't anything memorable. You would think they would have the whole "Mysterio's gonna kill him" mentality but no, Mysterio had no emotion in this match & just "walked through" his performance while Orton just DOMINATED the whole match and got a cheap pin at the end.
World Champion Kurt Angle vs. The Undertaker - This match was worth the money alone. With the exception of their Fully Loaded 2000 match, these two have NEVER had a bad match and always tore the house down. This is a step below their SmackDown match (on Undertaker's DVD) but still great. Mat wrestling & their typical spots...it's just something great to watch and the ending is something that just came out of nowhere.
Also somewhere on here, Batista makes a special appearence to which got one of the loudest pop of the night just to thank the fans & say a few words.
DVD extras include Mark Henry confronting Batista backstage, Booker T & Sharmell being scared off by Boogeyman, and Kurt Angle's post-match interview being interrupted by Randy Orton.
Overall, I would get this because I was pleased overall after I watched this."
SmackDown's Best Show
Jose | 09/05/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This event continued the streak of successful PPVs from SmackDown as I have not actually enjoyed many of them in the past year but this one was clearly the best one to date as there was nothing horrible on this card with one classic match standing above the rest (and unless you have been living under a rock, you know what I am talking about).
Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms vs Kid Kash vs Psicosis vs Super Crazy vs Paul London vs Nunzio vs Brian Kendrick vs Scotty 2 Hotty vs Funaki. This was a great way to start the show as the cruiserweights always put on a show when given the chance & that was the case here as this was a great opener with non-stop action & everyone getting a chance to shine in this match with the story being Helms trying to be desperate to retain his title.
J.B.L. vs Lashley. This was one of both men's best performances in their careers as J.B.L. showed more effort here than I have previously seen from him while Lashley held his own here in what was a good clash with Finlay playing a factor in the end.
Right around here, Batista made his return to the ring to thank the fans & recieved a loud pop for his efforts.
M.N.M. vs Matt Hardy & Tatanka. Well unfortunately for die-hard fans, Jeff Hardy was not the mystery partner but this was actually a great tag team match as Tatanka didn't show any ring rust & held his own with the younger guys while we all know what Matt Hardy is capable of doing when he is given an opportuninty & the fact that M.N.M. were the best tag team in the WWE at the time.
United States Champion Booker T vs Chris Benoit. Before the match, there was a nice twist added to the match that actually added some more tension to the match. These two have never had a bad match but this was just the exact pattern that both men established in their previous matches with the difference being that Booker relied more on his heel tactics here while Benoit just would not be denied this time.
Winner Goes To WrestleMania: Rey Mysterio vs Randy Orton. First of all, the storyline leading into this match was tasteless since it revolved around the recently deceased Eddie Guerrero but past that, this match was mostly dominated by Orton with Rey getting some offense here in there before being cheated out of his title opportunity.
World Champion Kurt Angle vs The Undertaker. This match is worth the price of admission as we all know to expect a quality match between these two. Both men took a different approach than their previous encounter as they mat-wrestled with Angle targeting Taker's leg at various times that lead to some exciting sequences from both men countering their submission holds & even exchanges from both men's finisher holds. This was my favorite match of the year as Taker & Angle didn't disappoint in what was a classic encounter & probably their best match together.
DVD extras include an interview with Kurt Angle after the match along with the confrontation with Randy Orton & Booker T with his wife, Sharmell being scared by the Boogeyman.
Overall, this event is worth getting your hands on as again, there wasn't a bad match on the card while the main event is worth the price of the DVD alone."
No Way Out 2006
Cody Johnston | 05/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The show starts with a video that shows that this PPV is the most important night on the road to WrestleMania. Michael Cole and Tazz welcome you to The 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland and they give you a some history about wresting in this arena.
Match 1-Cruiserweight Championship- Gregory Helms vs Paul London vs Scotty 2 Hotty vs Nunzio vs Brian Kendrick vs Super Crazy vs Psicosis vs Funaki vs Kid Kash-This is a very exciting way to start the show. A lot of high flying moves and near falls make this match one of the best Cruiserweight matches I've seen in a long time- 8/10
Match 2- JBL vs Bobby Lashley- The match starts when Finlay carries Krystal out to the ring and is about to hurt her when Lashley shows up and gets in to a fist fight with Finlay. JBL comes out and the match begins. This match is pretty much a fist fight with the exception of a few wrestling moves from Lashley, includng a cool suplex outside of the ring. This match is nothing special but pretty decsent. 7/10
Batista come out and gives a truly spine tingling speech. I can't wait for him to return!
Match 3- MNM vs Matt Hardy and Tatanka- This is pretty dull tag team match that was made worse by the fact that the belts weren't on the line. The match was halfway descent when Hardy was in the ring but Tatanka's contribution to this match was mediocre at best. At one stage in the match the crowd started a 'boring' chant. 5.5/10
Match 4- United States Championship- Booker T vs Chris Benoit- Even though this rivalry is getting a little bit old, I can't take away the fact that this is a very good match and probably one of the best matches they've had in WWE. Near falls, outside action, top rope moves, clean submission holds and an interesting storyline, are all the ingredients for a first class performance. 8.5/10
Match 5- Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania 22 Title Shot on the line- Rey Mystero vs Randy Orton- I was expecting a much much better performance by both of these men. The majority of the match consists of Randy Orton beating up Rey Mysterio, with the ocassonal fight back by Rey. When Rey finally started to get on a roll towards the end of the match, it became somewhat exciting. I was not happy with the result as I felt once the match got exciting, it should've gone on a bit longer. Overall this match is Orton beating up Rey for 10 minutes, Rey building some momentum and then Rey getting screwed out of WrestleMania 22 title shot. 6/10
Match 6- World Heavyweight Championship- Kurt Angle vs Undertaker- WOW. What can I say? This is the best match I've seen since Angle vs Michaels from WrestleMania 21. Angle reverses the Chokeslam, Last Ride, Tombstone and a leg drop outside the ring into The Anklelock. There were so many exxciting moments in this match. During the match I needed to go to the toilet, but I didn't want to leave my seat because every second of this match was exciting. The fact that the title was on the line made the match even more exciting (if that's possible). 10/10
*By the way, if you've seen Taker and Angles match on Smackdown! in 2003, I'll tell you now that this match is better!
No Way Out 2006 is one of the best brand only PPV'S I've ever seen. I encourage any wrestling fan to buy this DVD. I hope that this is a sign of things to come at WrestleMania 22.