OSR: One Night Stand 2007 Review
In the next edition of the OSR, we go back to a short time before the wrestling world was rocked by the sudden death of Chris Benoit and Vince McMahon was the ECW Champion at the tender age of 61…yes, sadly I that is not a mistype. This also marked the near enough first year anniversary of the relaunch of the ECW Brand, do this event features competitors from all three brands so the card is very up and down. This event is also notable for being the final appearance of Rob Van Dam as a full-time performer for the company. This is an event which I can say I haven’t seen in the last few years so this is pretty much a blank canvas for me. So please enjoy our latest WDD One Night Stand 2007 Review…
The opening promo is based initially around various hardcore moments throughout time before turning its attention to the various feuds that will be exploited on tonight’s show before we go inside the Jacksonville Arena in Jacksonville, Florida as we are introduced to our commentators for this evening’s event, JR and The King for RAW; Tazz and Joey Styles for ECW; JBL and Michael Cole for SmackDown. We then go up to the ring for the first match of the evening.
Stretcher Match: Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam
As Orton makes his way to the ring, a history package is shown for their feud before a very intense RVD makes his way to the ring, not taking his eyes off Orton the entire time. The match gets underway when RVD uses taunting tactics to blind sight Orton. RVD is able to maintain the control for the next few minutes until he gets taken down with a forearm to the head. Orton is able to have some control for the next few minutes but RVD is able to fight back with a variety of his signature moves until a rolling thunder backfires as Orton counters it rather impressively into a power slam. It appears like RVD is going to lose the match, but he is able to nail Orton with a swift kick and push him across the line on a stretcher to pick up the win. Orton soon pulls himself together despite the loss and soon enough continues a brutal attack on RVD with a punishing kick to the head and a DDT to the floor. Really enjoyable opening match, with great chemistry and a story told by both men.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars