The Best New Years Revolution In WWE History
D.P. | California | 02/15/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Normally, this PPV is RAW's version of SmackDown's Great American Bash (or ECW's December To Dismember) in which WWE only focuses on their main events & pays little to no attention to the under card resulting in a horrible PPV. However, with ECW having the Elimination Chamber this year...RAW focused on the entire card & gave us a show worth watching.
Steel Cage Match: Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro - This cage match was similar to the Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart match in which they didn't turn it into a bloody massacre but did good wrestling inside the cage. If you've seen their previous matches, you know this will not disappoint but the ending was something unique for a cage match.
Tag Team Turmoil: Highlanders vs. World's Greatest Tag Team vs. Jim Duggan & Super Crazy vs. Cade & Murdock vs. Cryme Tyme - Just like Cyber Sunday, this was just a filler match. It had some weird booking like Duggan & Crazy being a tag team along with Cryme Tyme & WGTT not fighting each other when they were feuding for the past month on RAW.
Ric Flair vs. Kenny Dykstra - This was a solid match as Flair did what he had to do to elevate the young talent but if you've seen their matches on RAW the weeks before & after this match, you aren't missing anything.
Womens Champion Mickey James vs. Victoria - I liked that they had Victoria doing the "Kill Bill" gimmick but this match was more focused on setting up the Mickey/Melina feud & having the divas get their revenge on Victoria more than showcasing what Mickey & the most underrated diva in WWE can do.
World Tag Team Champions Rated RKO vs. DX - I guess Triple H has a curse in World Tag Team Title matches because he injured his other quad in this match but again, he worked through the pain & injury which is something you have to respect...love him or hate him. Past that, they stepped up their match from Cyber Sunday & Rated RKO took a hellacious beating but still got the credibility they lost after that Survivor Series embarrassment.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters - Their Backlash match was the shock of the night seeing how well the match was but this match was very disappointing.
WWE Champion John Cena vs. Umaga - This match was basically an extended version of Cena's WM 21 match. To summarize, Cena was dominated by Umaga for a majority of the match but then he scored the quick pin at the end. Just like it was a crappy way to end JBL's title reign, this was a crappy way to end Umaga's undefeated streak. And just like JBL, they made up for it on the next PPV but this wasn't a match worthy of the main event spot.
DVD extras include the Cena/K-Fed match from New Years Day edition of RAW...and the Rosie/Trump match the next night on RAW. The Rosie/Trump match was heavily edited down so it didn't go as long and all the "WE WANT WRESTLING!" & "TNA! TNA! TNA" chants were edited out.
Just like Cyber Sunday, this event was passable but compared to all the previous NYR's, this was the best one WWE has ever put on. I would get it for a rental & made your decision from there.
The Revolution Arrives...?
D.P. | 05/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As far as the New Year's Revolution series goes, this is probably second best of the three. The first was great due to the Elimination Chamber main event, the second was terrible with the Elimination Chamber being the second to worst behind the ECW Extreme Chamber - however it ended excellentyl with Edge becoming champion.
This edition of NYR was watchable, but nothing amazing. The main event was better than last years, but not as good as the first NYR's main event.
JOHNNY NITRO VS. JEFF HARDY (INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP - STEEL CAGE)
An okay match, but not as good as the Inferno match that kick-started Amrageddon on the last SmackDown PPV. The Hardy/ MNM would stay fresh and entertaining for a while to come, however the single feud between Nitro and Jeff Hardy had become depressing by the time this match came about.
Not as good as their Ladder match on RAW several weeks previously, but it got the crowd pumped which always helps during a PPV.
Some nice spots involving the Cage, and an entertaining finish, but nothing special.
WINNER: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION JEFF HARDY
SPECIAL MATCH - TAG TEAM TURMOIL
This was announced on the night but didn't live up to turmoils at events such as Backlash 2005. Cryme Tyme and Hagan/ Super Crazy (a very unusual tag team) were the fan favourites, and there were some good performances by the World's Greatest Tag Team, but it wasn't quick enough in its pace and could've been better.
The winners of the match were supposed to recieve a Tag Team Championship opportunity in the future, but 6 months later the winning team still haven't recieved their shot.
WINNERS: CRYME TYME
RIC FLAIR VS. KENNY DYKSTRA
Dykstra could've been given a good push to become I.C. Champion after he left the Spirit Squad, but instead he got three wins over Flair and was dropped back onto HEAT and the bottom card of RAW.
An okay match, but it had been seen twice before just several weeks ago. The highlight of the match was when a video aired showing the assault from Rated RKO onto Flair the week before NYR - apart from that the match was a regular 1-on-1 match that you would expect from RAW.
The wrong person wins after an ironic ending to the match.
WINNER: KENNY DYKSTRA
VICTORIA VS. MICKIE JAMES (WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP)
A pretty good match coming from the Diva division. Mickie and Victoria are the best Divas on RAW, and they gave an entertaining match that the crowd was really into.
A little short, and the ending was too sudden, but a good Diva match nonetheless.
WINNER: WOMEN'S CHAMPION MICKIE JAMES
D-GENERATION X VS. RATED RKO/ EDGE & RANDY ORTON (WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP)
The best match on the card, without a doubt. This was the most hyped match for the PPV and could've gone either way - Rated RKO and D-X were 1-1 and this was the finale. The lack of a stipulation takes a bit away from this match, but we still see a lot of violence from D-X after Triple H injures his right quad.
Like King and J.R. say constantly throughout this match, it isn't about the Tag Team gold. D-X pretty much annahilate Rated RKO in the early going, but an unexpected injury on the part of Triple H allowed Rated RKO to begin a disection process on HBK and the Game.
Given around 25 minutes, this was the longest match on the card and saw Orton, Edge and HBK bleed following shots from Steel Chairs and the World Tag Team titles.
If you hate Orton then you will love what happens in this match (he bleeds just as bad as Eddie Guerrero did during his classic match at Judgment Day 2004 vs. JBL - maybe worse).
Rated RKO really should've won cleanly as it was in Orton's home state, but D-X snapped and unleashed hell before being DQd.
A good ending to the Rated RKO/ D-X feud, and a great tag team match. D-X did what they said they would do: destroy Orton and Edge. And Rated RKO did what they said they would do: end D-X.
WINNERS: NO CONTEST or RATED RKO VIA DQ (DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT)
CARLITO VS. CHRIS MASTERS
Not as good as their match at Backlash in April last year, but still entertaining. This was used as time for the King and J.R. to talk about the brutality of the World Tag Team Championship match, but it was still quite good and showed how Masters has improved since last year.
Another poor ending (like the controversial Flair/ Dkystra match) but the aftermath allowed Masters to look more credible.
WINNER: CHRIS MASTERS
UMAGA VS. JOHN CENA (WWE CHAMPIONSHIP)
This was always going to be entertaining, in my opinion, as Umaga is an entertaining brawler and puts on a good in-ring performance when up against stars like Cena, HBK and Triple H.
This was Umaga's first WWE Championship match, with the match being Title (Cena) vs. Streak (Umaga).
WWE decided to forget that Umaga had already beaten Cena in the past, and made this out to be a first-time-ever confrontation - they had already fought twice before.
A very sudden ending but it gave Umaga more credibility and allowed the feud to continue into the Royal Rumble and a brutal Last Man Standing match.
As with the Cena/ Khali match that will take place at Judgment Day this year, this feud was to get the fans back behind Cena and it worked to a degree (there will always be people who dislike Cena for having such long title reigns).
A very entertaining match and led nicely into their second encounter at the Royal Rumble.
WINNER: WWE CHAMPION JOHN CENA
EXTRAS: K-FED VS. WWE CHAMPION JOHN CENA - NO DQ
Not only was this a complete waste of time, but it was also heavily hyped for months and - as it was aired New Year's Day - people expected some action. Instead this match is ten minutes of Cena wanting a fight, with K-Fed constantly stopping the match to 'warm up'. In the end Cena begins to destroy K-Fed but then Umaga enters and destroys Cena.
The 5-on-1 match from later in the night would have been better than this match, but it was still better than the second extra match.
EXTRAS 2: McMAHON PRESENTS "DONALD TRUMP" VS. "ROSIE O' DONNEL"
Don't watch this. That's my honest opinion of this match as it was 10 minutes of Donnel shoving Trump over, before he gets a cheap win with a pie to the face of the 'fat one'.
Even worse than the Cena/ K-Fed match...
WINNER: DONALD TRUMP
Overall this PPV isn't fantastic, but it does have to great championship matches and, if you regularly buy the WWE DVDs, is well worth a look.
If you just buy the occassional WWE DVD then you should buy either Unforgiven 2006 (Hell in a Cell, Orton vs. Carlito, TLC Match), Armageddon 2006 (Inferno Match, Ladder Match, Last Ride Match, Batista/ Cena vs. King Booker/ Finlay) or Royal Rumble 2007.
If you get the WWE DVDs because of appealing extras, then don't get this - get No Way Out with three exceptional matches (Cena/ HBK vs. MVP/ Kennedy, Batista/ Undertaker vs. Rated RKO, and Cena/ HBK/ Undertaker/ Batista vs. Rated RKO/ MVP/ Kennedy).
A Few Bright Spots
Carsten Golden | Springfield, MA | 03/17/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Intercontinental Championship Steel Cage Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro-- This was what it was. Nitro was pretty decent but the excessively spotty Hardy again drags a lot of this down. I never once got the feeling this was an 'important match' per sae. Again, Nitro pulls some good stuff out of Hardy from time to time, but save for the nice heel getting his sort of ending, this wasn't much. **
Tag Team Turmoil
Cryme Time vs. Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch vs. Worlds Greatest Tag Team vs. Super Crazy & Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. The Highlanders---- Cryme Tyme won an otherwise entirely unspectacular tag team turmoil match with proved to have utterly no point to it as they never did anything with the title shot CT ended up winning. Throwaway junk. *1/2
Kenny Dykstra vs. Ric Flair
As can be expected, this wasn't anything overly spectacular, but was a pretty solid little offering. Kenny is young and uber talented but also really f-ing retarded. He blows more than a few advantages for himself over the course of the match (and others as well) and Flair makes him pay like only Flair can. Kenny does however, end up the lucky one, pulling a roll up out of his of young behind. They played off that little story for the first three matches until Flair finally would get revenge on Raw a few weeks later. Very basic, but solid action. **1/2
Micky James vs. Victoria
This is probably the only time i've found myself agreeing with many posters on this site, but this was brutally awful and equally dissapointing. These two are easily the class of the WWE Women's Division right now and never seemed to be on the same page the entire time. *1/2
World Tag Team Championship
Rated RKO vs. DX
Thank God Triple H tore his quad. I'm not saying that because I dislike him. Not only do I consider myself a fan of his but I stray from the pack with many and think he's a very capable worker as well. I'm just sick and tired of DX and am thanking my stars I don't have to watch two 40 year old men try to re-live their childhood every Monday Night.
The match itself is entirely unspectacular and like the other matches, was more or less a complete and total squash job on Edge and Orton. This had all the potential in the world to be a great feud but Rated RKO never once looked like a legit threat, save for the con chair to spot on Raw leading up to this. Other than that, this was an awful feud, and gave us some of the worst stuff i've seen out of any of these four in a long time. The ending was okay, but the blown spots and everything else just make it hard to watch. ** for a match that never got off the ground.
Carlito vs. Chris Masters
Dammit Chris Masters is starting to make me look like an idiot for calling him a talentless oaf. Not only is Masters coming into his own as a heel (love the contract saying the ML wasn't ever broken), but the guy is learning how to work like a bruiser and has improved in the ring 100 fold. The pace was just right for this match and really is a Masters carry job (!). Again, plodding at times, but that's the way it should be. Masters is turning into one of my favorite heels on the show, I just wish they'd do something with him. **1/2
John Cena vs. Umaga
People that think Umaga's a crappy worker have got to lay off the stuff they're smoking. He was sensational in this match and when you juxtaposition this match with the Rumble match a few weeks later, this is perfect for what it was. Cena spends the entire time just figuring out how to get out alive, never mind keep the belt. Umaga controls 95% of this match. And as well he should. He is a monster after all. But much like Samoa Joe during his big ROH title run from 03-04, Umaga's a guy who's beatable with a flash pin. Cena doesn't dominate him or beat him or anything. He just catches a flash pin and gets lucky. It really does a good job of putting Cena's back against the wall for the Rumble by making him look significantly weaker than his challenger in a way that's believable instead of nine million run ins and all the peripheral crap WWE usually likes to do. Again, this isn't MOTY or anything, but it's a super-solid set up for the Rumble match. ***1/4
Overall: This is a pretty flat pay per view. I've seen the WWE put on shows that are far, far worse than this, but this isn't going to blow your doors off. Umaga-Cena, while I felt a little lost the first time I watched it, LOVED it the second time through, especially when you watch the Rumble match. Outstanding set up to it. Masters-Carlito & Dykstra-Flair are fun little offerings as well. DX-Rated RKO dissapoints again as we get the usual DX kills everyone deal. The rest was pretty poor. Decent show, but if you're debating about which show to get (the Rumble or NYR) i'd go with the Rumble."