World Heavyweight Championship Opportunity at WrestleMania 22: Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
The history package is shown, with continual references to Eddie Guerrero being used to generate cheap heat on this match. The feud is intense, but the main plot device of Eddie Guerrero for the time here is still to fresh. Anyhow, we return inside the arena with Randy Orton making his way to the ring to almost no reaction from the crowd whatsoever. Rey then makes his way to the ring, to literally no reaction again from the crowd. The match gets underway, and whilst it isn’t a bad match as it is very back and forth, there really isn’t anything to it which makes it significantly interesting to watch. Eventually, Orton is able to pick up the win after using the ropes for leverage. Mysterio is seemingly distraught after the match, as he is no longer going to WrestleMania. Mysterio eventually makes his way backstage, where he is consoled by Vickie and Chavo before being frowned upon by various superstars. Mysterio then makes his way off into the distance.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
World Heavyweight Championship: Kurt Angle (c) vs. The Undertaker
We go to the history package for the match, signified by Kurt Angle’s return to SmackDown to capture the championship, and the return of The Undertaker at the Royal Rumble to challenge for the championship. The promo then shows the dominance of both men in their careers, before we return to the arena. Kurt Angle is making his way to the ring first, to virtually no reaction. The Undertaker then makes his way to the ring, and is lucky enough to receive some interaction from the fans as they make some noise for him. As the match begins, Angle is in control and dissects Taker to keep him grounded. Angle eventually nails him with an Angle Slam through the announce table, to continue his dominance and keep him grounded further. Taker does attempt some comebacks, but they are nearly always countered by Angle who shows superb athleticism. Taker attempts to pick up the win with a Triangle Choke, which seems to slow down Angle momentarily. Kurt is able to counter this into a bridge and pin Taker, which really infuriates Taker. Fantastic match, really well paced and told by both competitors. This match was this good, primarily down to the efforts and technicality bought by Angle to the contest. Not taking anything away from Taker though, he did a superb job of selling the moves.
Match Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars
One of the first things I picked up on with this event, is the crowd were seemingly uninterested in what happens. There was literally no fan interaction or reaction for any of the principle faces or heels on the show which really demoralized the atmosphere in the arena. For much of the show, it was very uninteresting in what was occurring. Some of the matches were good, but seriously lacked something to make them shine that little bit more. A prime example of this was Benoit and Booker, this was a superb, scientific back and forth match but it really lacked something that makes it memorable and have a lasting impact. The main event between Angle and Taker was utterly superb, one of Taker’s best matches in years and a highlight of Angle’s brief championship run. For this reason alone, it is worth watching the event. Everything else if skip able, so literally go straight to the main event. This can of course be done as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network, or alternatively on the good old fashioned DVD…
Show Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
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