the brands had merged for the PPVs, the
tenth annual Unforgiven seemed as much of a SmackDown! brand PPV as they've had
in a while. Of course, the main event saw the return of the Undertaker, who was
"taken out" by Mark Henry four months prior. Then again, there was the
prerequisite ECW opening match, along with Triple H and Cena matches. Anyways,
the event was held at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on
September 16, 2007 and lasted
3 hours 14 minutes long. Here's the card:
- ECW Championship Match [CM Punk vs.
Elijah Burke] - Since I only watch RAW, i'm occasionally entertained
by watching wrestlers I don't see on a weekly basis. I'm not at all familiar with Burke, and I
still don't understand
why Punk is as over with the fans as he is (not saying it's not deserved, I just
don't understand it), but this was a very interesting and entertaining match.
- WWE Tag Team Championship Match [Matt Hardy & MVP vs. Deuce & Domino]
- Oooooo look! It's the old
"we-can't-stand-each-other-but-we're-forced-to-team-up" match! In
addition to being one of my favorites, Matt worked well with MVP (who's pretty good in his own right)
and they had a comical chemistry that made this an entertaining match.
I'm not familiar with Deuce or Domino, but they were adequate and helped make
this a good match.
- Interview with Rey Mysterio
- No Disqualification Match For Carlito Only [Triple H vs. Carlito] -
A handful of powder! A garbage can! A steel chair! The ring bell! A partridge in
a pear tree! Nothing can stop HHH! Okay, so I made that last one up, but Carlito
damn near throws everything but the kitchen sink at HHH during this match
where anything is legal for only Carlito. Guess who wins?
- Maria Interviews Batista - There isn't much to this chapter. Dave
talks about the match. I stare at the freakishly bulging veins near his biceps.
See? Nothing much.
- WWE Women's Championship Match [Candice Michelle vs. Beth Phoenix]
- Watching this match made me appreciate Beth more than I have thus far. Heck, anyone
that can make Candice look like she's actually pulling off wrestling moves will
get props from me.
- Todd Grisham interviews Great Khali - Watch as Khali makes fruit salad
while explaining what he's going to do to Rey and Dave!
- Triple Threat Match For the World Heavyweight Championship [Great
Khali vs. Batista vs. Rey Mysterio] - I still have a problem with Khali.
I realize that he's a big guy and is definitely not as agile as Rey,
but watching Khali attempt to hit his spots hurts my head. Thankfully,
Batista and Mysterio handled most of the wrestling. Despite all of this, I will admit that I would
not even think about putting my head between Khali's hands...
- Triple H Congratulates Batista On His Victory
- World Tag Team Match [Brian Kendrick & Paul London vs. Lance Cade &
Trevor Murdoch] - This was a surprisingly good match. While there was no
way Cade or Murdoch could match the energy of Kendrick and London, they did an
admirable job of handling the duo's attacks.
- WWE Championship Match [John Cena vs. Randy Orton] - I was
brought up to not say anything if I have nothing nice to say. However, I will say
that the crowd seemed to be mostly pro-Orton - which is a surprise, considering
he's supposed to be the heel.
- Undertaker vs. Mark Henry - After the nine full minutes it takes
for both Henry and Taker to enter the ring, the final 13½ minutes are spent on
what you would expect from both participants - superplexes, splashes, a bearhug
and a Last Ride. Not bad, but I wouldn't consider it "highlight" material. Well,
except for that Last Ride.
- John Cena Sr., Randy Orton Incident [RAW
9/17/07] [1m 46s] - Relive the moment that Randy Orton kicks Cena's papa in
the head! If that's not enough, you'll also be able to see Cena Sr. kick Randy
in the head!
- Undertaker's Exit [Unforgiven 9/16/07] [2m 26s] - For some
inexplicable reason, the WWE has included 2½ minutes of Taker walking out of the
Video: Unforgiven's picture was colorful and much sharper than the television
broadcast. It's also presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 track was clear, with the majority of the sound
in the fronts and the center speaker and the slightest of ambience coming from
the rears. For those of you that habla the Ingles, there's also a Spanish track
Conclusion: Well, I can't say that i'm that much of an Undertaker fan, so I
wasn't as excited about his return as i'm sure his fans were. However, there
were other matches on the card that I found entertaining - Matt & MVP's, Punk &
Burke's and Rey & Batista's (yes, I know that Khali participated in that match
too). If you're a fan of those wrestlers, you'll find some matches here to your
liking. Everyone else might want to Rent It first.