Old School Review: Royal Rumble 2007
For my next edition of the Old School Review, I shall be going back to an event which heralded the beginning of a dark year in the WWE but also the first time 3 WWE brands appeared collectively at this event. Arguably, the winner of the main match was one of the most deserving seen, with a mixed undercard this could be a real interesting one to watch. So, here I go with my OSR of Royal Rumble 2007…
An opening package is shown for the history of the he Rumble, and who will seize the opportunity before turning its attention to the three main championship matches of the evening, with special focus being placed on Umaga and Cena. We then go to the arena with our announcers JR and King for RAW, Michael Cole and JBL for SmackDown and Joey Styles and Tazz for ECW before we head up to the ring for the first match.
The Hardy Boyz vs. MNM: Joey Mercury & Johnny Nitro (w/ Melina)
MNM make their way out first, and particular attention is paid to the nasty injury Mercury suffered at Armageddon by Jeff Hardy before the Hardys make their way to the ring to which MNM’s attack on Matt from an earlier SmackDown is shown. This match is unusual as it is interpromotional but not team versus team, both teams are made up from both the RAW and SmackDown brands. The match begins very intensively, with lots of back and forth action, with plenty of tags. Soon enough, MNM become the dominant force, with Matt taking the beating. MNM worked really great as a tag team, they suited each others styles really well and whilst they didn’t necessarily need Melina, she added a lot to the team. Jeff is soon tagged in, and the action picks up a significant pace before Hardy is soon taken down following a misguided aerial move. This match is a really solid opening contest, but also displays some great tag team wrestling between both teams. These two teams against one another in say a 2 out of 3 Falls Match, would be breathtaking. The Hardys eventually win this great opening match, after Jeff pins Morrison following a swanton bomb.
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to the RAW and SmackDown GM’s along with Kelly Kelly, before they are joined by Edge and Randy Orton who trade insults with one another before they are joined by King Booker before we cut back to Joey and Tazz for the next match.
ECW Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Test
A promo is shown highlighting Test’s intensity in recent wees before becoming embroiled with Lashley. A very pumped up Test makes his way out first to absolutely no reaction before Lashley comes out to another nothing reaction, the fans really couldn’t give a damn with this match, in six months since its relaunch, ECW’s momentum has being flattened. Anyhow, the match initially begins with wrestling holds before Lashley uses power moves to bring down Test. Test eventually gains control of the match, and uses various power moves to keep Lashley down including a near finish until Lashley mounts a comeback and begins to take down Test. At this point, Test bails and gets himself counted out to allow Lashley to retain the ECW Championship. Lashley continues to attack Test after the bell before leaving the arena. Pretty poor match with an atrocious finish, toilet break material to be honest.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to John Cena with the doctor checking him over before he faces Umaga, before he is interrupted by Vince McMahon who tells him he doesn’t think he will walk out as champion as he can’t see him. Nice segment, bit of mockery from McMahon which I don’t understand towards the top star before we return to Cole and JBL who are talking about the forthcoming match.