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Backlash 2003 review,
This review is from: WWE: Backlash 2003 (DVD)My new rating system-
1= Bad/Mediocre (Because I am going to stop giving 1/2 stars. So I will put either bad or mediocre on a 1 and I will tell what it was)
5= Excellent and nearly flawless
For Overall PPV Grade-
60= F. Don't buy
70= D. Mediocre and worth a rent
80= C. Good event and worth a buy
90= B. Great event and definately worth the buy
100= A. Excellent event. Need to have this if you are a wrestling fan and make sure to keep this safe and secure.
Team Angle v. Team Guerrero's WWE Tag Titles- This match started off with some good solid wrestling. Both the Guerrero's and Team Angle had good solid chemistry in this one. Towards the end things were getting hot and the crowd was really into it.. I loved seeing Eddies' "3 amigos" (one of my favorite moves). The end came when Chavo was trying to suplex Haas but Shelton held his feet down for the surprise win. Very good opener for this ppv. Only complaint was it could have went at least 2 minutes longer.. Still it was 15 minutes of action.. But that does not subtract from this match as it did what it needed for the time and definately is worth the watch. Especially towards the end!
Rikishi v. Sean O' Haire w/ Piper-
OOC- Their is this annoying fan who keeps doing some odd noise
O.K. During the first portion of this match saw Piper interfering and being a distraction. O' Haire dominates w/ power moves and does a resthold which the crowd is dead right now. The crowd ought of a sudden is looking somewhere else it seems like and is booing, at what, I have no idea... This crowd seems really distracted.. Half paying attention.. Half not.. Weird.. Rikishi avalanches O' Haire in the corner and O' Haire drops.. Crowd erupts.. We know what is next.. Stinkface....NO!. O Haire does a hilarious boot to Rikishi's ass to send him crashing down on his... well.. ass.. Soon after a bit of offense Piper gets in w/ a coconut but ends up getting smashed in the head and Rikishi salutes Snuka.. Turn around.. BOOOOM!! What a move that was!!.. 1..2..3. This match had little that would amaze you.. It goes at a decent pace.. It doesn't get to the point where you can not watch.. It just doesn't offer something that gets you standing on your feet until the last moments with Piper. Still this was an O.K. match.
Kane & R.V.D. vs. Dudleys Special Ref- Chief Morley
This match started off with some solid paced quick tagging from Kane and RVD. RVD was at his best in this match. Solid chemistry from Bubba and R.V.D. as well as D-Von and Kane. Towards the end of this match is simply breath taking and it was on spot. After interference by Storm and Morley. RVD hits the frog splash after a Kane chokeslam on Bubba. Excellent match that had a great ending which brought my grade up. As far as the match, it was up there with the opening tag match but the ending brought this from good to great. Some critics hated the interference but it set up the well executed ending and left me breathless.
Trish v. Jazz Womens title-
This match starts off with the noticeable Womens offense......................... Towards the end Teddy throws a shoe and hits trish.. Teddy blames a fan.. lol. Trish hits Teddy with it.. Jazz eventually rolls Trish for the 3. This actually was a good paced match but lacked variations of wrestling. It wasn't what you called a "womens classic".. But I don't think it was completely terrible. A decent match.. Just not "good".. Mediocre is the better word for this..
Rey vs. Big Show-
A perfect way to sum this up is David vs. Goliath. Big Show for the most part was throwing Rey around like a plum. Rey came in with some good offense with a 619 to the stomach,leg and head. Eventually he goes for a west coast pop and is countered into a monstrous Chokeslam. You have to see this match.. It was a good David vs. Goliath match. People say its wasting time blah blah.. But I certainly loved this match because it added something besides your basic singles match.. Great "filler", if you want to call it that.. It kept the crowd and me going.. Also, watch after the match when Big show throws the stretcher into the ringpost. Rey hits his head and damn near has a concussion. That got Big show some heat with vince. Good David v. Goliath match
Brock vs. Cena WWE Title
This match had its up and downs.. There were 3 or 4 botched and messed up spots that were slightly noticeable if you pay attention. John Cena applies a very boring resthold for what seems like 3 minutes in my eyes that brings the grading down a good bit plus the crowd was that much into it except a few "Cena!" chants. It seemed sorta long. Brock gets busted open on his exposed wound Cena busted open on a SD. Cena gets chain taken away by ref and F-5 and its over. I give this o.k. because of a few boring moments and missed spots.. Plus I think it could have been much better.
HHH, Flair, Jericho vs. Booker T., Nash, Michaels Six man tag
This match was an o.k. match. The crowd sort of hurt this match because they were watching and did not seem too much in crowd response which hurt this match. It wasn't a bad match at all but it could have been better. It seemed a little slow at times but picked up and made up for it. I HATED the end because Nash and Flair nearly botched the finish when Nash through Flair into the red. They seriously messed that up and if you watch it you can tell how corny they did that. HHH nails Nash with sledgy.. I really thought this match could have been better. It rates as o.k.
Goldbeg v. Rock
This was a split crowd for this match. Half rock, half Goldberg. Rock basically carried this whole match and made Goldberg look really good. I tip my hat to Rock because Goldberg has such a basic offense.. Goldberg served his purpose but I credit Rock for making this match decent. Rock showed off his good acting skills in this match and really got the crowd going and entertained.. I believe that if Rock was not in this match and Goldberg was paired with anyone else... This match would have been a disaster. My complaint is Goldberg favored his injured shoulder too much and seemed a bit slow. He revved it up towards the end and ended this match before it could lose any credibility.. I give this match an o.k. rating.. Because of it being a spot to spot match... Goldberg's lack of creative moves.. It boosts with Rock's entertainment and selling and making Goldberg look good. So it is a main event just because of The Rock.. But I think maybe a better six man tag could have helped out for the two main events.
Rating- 3 (Rock's performance, selling...)
In conclusion- This wasn't like the greatest ppv ever by any means but it was definitely watchable. The only thing I really didn't like was the six man but it picked its pace up. At one time I was going to give it a bad rating especially that finish that I still don't like but it had a bit in the beginning and middle to say it was o.k. Overall, if you're interested in this event I say it is pretty much worth it. I got it and I don't hate that I got it.. So that's definitely a good thing.. For historical purposes it's the first and only time Rock and Goldberg wrestled.. Six man could have been better.. And this ppv offers a way underrated undercard. So I give this ppv an 80 rating meaning it was a good event and worth a buy. It just gets there because of the six man mess. Still, however, I will recommend this and the extras is pretty good.