WWE - Unforgiven 2007
World Wrestling Entertainment // Unrated // $24.95 // October 16, 2007
Review by John Crichton | posted March 6, 2008
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Though 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 13 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 2 minutes of Taker walking out of the ring.

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.

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 too.

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.

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