milestone. Another PPV that could've been shown on broadcast television.
year's SummerSlam joins fellow WWE PPVs Survivor Series and Royal Rumble in
celebrating its platinum anniversary. And, much like those two events, it's
pretty much business as usual. Well, to be fair, that's not entirely
true. SummerSlam 2007 is significant for the return of two of the WWE's most
popular wrestlers - one, because the public thinks so; the other, because the
WWE tells us so.
This year's event took place at the Continental
Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 26, 2007 and has a
running time of two hours and forty minutes. Here's the card:
- Kane vs. Finlay
- One of the taglines of this PPV was "the Biggest Party Of the Summer", and
when one thinks of "parties", the first person to come to mind would
naturally be Kane. So it only makes sense that he open the PPV. Right? Well,
much to this match, but it didn't make me reach for the remote to skip to
the next chapter.
- MVP Visits Mr. McMahon In His Office - I almost forgot that this PPV took place while we were in the midst of the
third McMahon child storyline. Thankfully, this skit reminded me.
- Triple-Threat Match For the
Intercontinental Championship [Umaga vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito] - I'm
really getting tired of Umaga (especially since Armando Alejandro Estrada is
now languishing on ECW). I constantly find myself wishing that Rosey would
come back and the guys would re-form 3-Minute Warning. On the other hand, Carlito's been
floundering for a while now - it seems like either Vince has no idea what to do with
him or he's still paying for the comments made before this year's
WrestleMania. And that leaves Mr. Kennedy. At this point in time, he was
be the third McMahon heir, but due to a problem maintaining his "wellness",
they went in another direction...straight down a yellow brick road.
- Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero
- After close to one long year, Rey finally returns to the ring after
successful knee surgery. Since I don't watch SmackDown!, i'm not sure what
the buildup for Rey's return was (other than the package aired before this
match), but it was pretty anti-climatic for me. Rey's one of my favorites, but he was definitely exhibiting slight ring-rust and looking a
bit on the lean side. I'm sure the weird silver bodypaint didn't help.
- Todd Grisham Interviews King Booker &
WWE Diva Battle Royal
- I guess i'll let it slide since Candice Michelle was possibly obstructing
their view, but I found it funny that when
one of the ECW divas was eliminated, JR and Lawler didn't even mention who it was.
This was the usual WWE Diva (post-Trish & Victoria) match. Though, I did get
a kick out of Torrie and Michelle's botched clothesline to Melina.
- MVP Challenges Matt Hardy To A Beer
- During their last non-wrestling confrontation, MVP had a proxy - Evander
Holyfield - stand in for him. During this "contest", Hardy counters with a
proxy of his own. Look at the contest and take a long...hard....guess who
that proxy is.
Cryme Time Interrupts Mr. McMahon In His Office
- Enjoy this, the last appearance of Cryme Time on a WWE PPV.
- ECW Championship Match [John Morrison
vs. CM Punk]
- Being a fan of "the Doors", I have to say that
Triple H vs. King Booker
- With the way the promos were you'd think it was Jesus Christ coming back.
I don't think he/the WWE realize the reason fans are so happy to see HHH
return is because the "talent" that has been on display is so piss-poor.
And, of course, he wastes no time burying Booker T. Imagine the shock and
awe the crowd would feel if HHH lost? I mean, it would only make
sense, since Trips would still have some slight ring rust (similar to Rey),
while Bookah was taking on the likes of...Jerry Lawler. Genibus Nitito Canus,
World Heavyweight Championship Match [Great Khali vs. Batista]
- Yeah. Well, I was raised that if you had nothing nice to say, you
shouldn't say anything at all. However, I will admit that Khali's in-ring
prowess makes Andre the Giant look like one of the greatest technical
wrestlers that ever stepped into a ring.
- Mae Young Comes To See Mr. McMahon In
- WWE Championship Match [John Cena vs.
- See Khali v. Batista. I sometimes think it makes sense to skip watching
Raw on a weekly basis and just check out the PPV. I mean, the WWE puts
together some great recap packages which air before these matches,
thereby saving you a TON of time on weekly matches that, on more than
one occasion, drag and leave you with no enthusiasm for a "main event" on
the PPV. Instead, I found myself spending most of my time looking at the
signs in the audience. I particularly liked "If Cena Wins We Riot". If
In addition to all of those matches,
we're also treated to these extras:
- Kane vs. Great Khali [SmackDown! 8/17/07]
- What did Kane do to deserve this? Better yet, what did I do to deserve
this? Matches like this is one of the reasons I don't watch SmackDown!
- Carlito's Cabana with Mr. McMahon &
Triple H [Raw 8/27/07]
- Slightly entertaining Cabana with Vince and HHH. Unfortunately, it was a
hint of what to come and, as of this writing, HHH is now once again supreme
ruler of everything Raw.
SummerSlam 2007's picture was colorful and vibrant. Surprisingly, it
looks fairly sharp on my Panny HDTV (with upconverting DVD player). It was far
from reference quality, and there were the usual slight compression issues due to all the pyro and
graphic elements, but it looks much, much better than the weekly episode of
Raw on SDTV. As usual, it's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
was crystal clear and enveloped my living room while I was watching it.
Viewers are also given the option of watching the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: It's been a while since i've reviewed a WWE PPV. I still
watch Raw on a weekly basis, but I think I might take my own advice and skip
a couple of weeks to see if it makes these PPVs "fresher" because, by the
time SummerSlam rolled around, I was all Orton/Cena'd out and could care
less that they were the main event. I was excited to see Rey again, but was
let down by his sluggish wrestling (though, I understand why) and, believe
it or not, I was actually one of those happy to see HHH again. Don't
worry...the WWE has snapped me out of those feelings. It should also be
noted that SummerSlam features the last PPV appearances of Cryme Tyme and
Booker T. All in all, SummerSlam 2007 didn't feel like the "biggest party of
the summer" to me. It was merely felt like another episode of Raw with
special appearances by some ECW and SmackDown! folk. Rent It.