Tuesday, 25 February 2014

WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 Review

Since it's inception in 2010, the Elimination Chamber event has always ended up, kind of, alright. Whilst the Chamber matches are usually exciting affairs, the rest of the card has tended to be a bit of a damp squib, with the exceptions only a few exceptions (like The Shield taking on John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus in 2013 or Alberto Del Rio's bout with Kofi Kingston in 2011). So how could the 2013 event buck this trend? Who would walk out of the Chamber WWE World Heavyweight Champion and head to Wrestlemania XXX? Let's find out.

We kick off the show, as usual, with a build up package. It runs down the Elimination Chamber combatants, as well as the ongoing tension between World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and The Authority. As you'd expect this well put together, although I would have liked to have The Wyatt Family v The Shield match also talked about in this package.

Michael Cole welcomes us to the Target Centre in Minnesota, Minneapolis in the USA, which has previously hosted Bragging Rights 2010, Judgment Day 2005 and SummerSlam 1999. Another big crowd, seems ready for the action, which is about to get underwa

Intercontinental Championship Match

Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter


Big E (C)

Before the bout get's underway, Zeb Colter is on the mic. He blames the polar vortex on the US' immigration issue and says Big E doesn't deserve to be Intercontinetal Champion because he doesn't benefit North America. You can't fault Colter's delivery of the promo, but the fact that Minneapolis still chants "We The People" along with him, show's that something is going wrong somewhere.

This was a solid opener for to the PPV, with lots of good quality action that got the crowd really pumped up. Early on the pair fought "We Want Ziggler" chants, but quickly made the crowd forget about the former World Heavyweight Champion with a series of well timed and exciting spots, like a spear from Big E into the ring steps or Swagger sending Big E hurtling from the apron to the floor. As the match went on Swagger bumped like a boss for Big E, as the big man made a comeback, including a lovely looking spear through the ring ropes that took both men to the outside. The closing stages of the bout focused on Swagger's Patriot Lock submission, Big E found himself in the hold twice, once getting to the rope and secondly hitting a shocking enziguiri, followed up by the Big Ending to pick up the pinfall victory and retain the Intercontinental Championship. Whilst it perhaps would have been nice to see Swagger working the leg more in anticipation for the Patriot Lock, it probably wouldn't have gone down too well in the opener. Props to Big E for the subtle selling of the ankle post match also.

Winner and STILL Intercontinetal Champion: Big E

Before Big E could celebrate for too long, Bad News Barrett's music hit and he ascended his podium to deliver some Bad News. This time it was about Russia getting more gold medals than the US at the Sochi Winter Olympics. It makes me smile how much Barrett is clearly enjoying his gimmick at the moment, even if he isn't Russian and the US got a ton more medals than us Brits!

A trail for Hulk Hogan's return to WWE the next night on Raw is shown, can't say I'm particulary excited to see Hogan back on my screen after his dire run in TNA, but I do think WWE will be able to put him to use much more effectively.

Cole introduces a recap from last week's Raw and Smackdown, showing Kane's attacks on Daniel Bryan following his matches with Christian and Cesaro respectively. So, expect to see more of that rivalry tonight during the Elimination Chamber.

Byron Saxton then conducted an interview with Daniel Bryan backstage. Bryan delivered a promo on what he was expecting from the Elimination Chamber match, this was essentially to get the crowd chanting "YES!" although it's not that difficult these days.

Tag Team Championship Match
The New Age Outlaws (C)
The Usos

Before this one get's underway, we get the New Age Outlaws obligatory opening schtick. I've had plenty to say about this on Twitter, but they desperately need to stop doing this. If they are supposed to be heels, they should be focused on getting heat, rather than getting cheap pops from saying the town they are in, because at the moment they are hindering The Usos rather than helping them get over.

The match itself was passable tag team action, taking a shape that most wrestling fans will be familiar with. The problem being that the New Age Outlaws have absolutely no heat and don't seem to be trying to get any, so when working over Jey Uso for sometime, the crowd were quite happy to chant for the Outlaws, this of course lead to them getting bored pretty quickly as the chants for the Outlaws were replaced with a LOUD "CM Punk" chant. After the hot tag things certainly picked up with the Uso's exciting move set able to garner them some fan support, especially after a dive over the top rope from Jimmy onto Road Dogg. The final minute of so was the strongest part of the match,  with a nice false finish for Jimmy after a Superkick on Gunn, followed up by Dogg getting involved to halt a Superfly Splash attempt and take out Jey, Gunn then missed a Fame Asser, Jimmy Superkicked Dogg from the apron before an O'Connor Roll from Gunn picked up the victory and allowed the Outlaws to retain the Tag Team Champions. I enjoyed the finish a lot, and hopefully we'll see The Usos able to get revenge at Wrestlemania XXX, but unless Dogg and Gunn start working the crowd for some heat, it's not going to mean as much as it should.

Winners and STILL Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws

After the bout, Bad News Barrett was out again. Credit to Barrett for improvising a clever line once his podium broken "I've had to come down to your level". This time around the Bad News was the Daniel Bryan wouldn't be winning the Elimination Chamber. Twitter began to get annoyed that we were seeing Barrett twice in one night, so the concept seemed to be working!

Wrestlemania XXX is 42 days away!

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and John Bradshaw Layfield taught us how to use the WWE Network. Is the average WWE viewer this thick? Or do WWE just think they are? Made me feel about six years old, Michael Cole might be the most patronising man in history.

Singles Match
Darren Young
Titus O'Neil

THE PRIME TIME PLAYERS....EXPLODE! This match would have been much more captivating if the Prime Time Players had been treated as relevant for more than two months after Darren Young came out as gay, just prior to this years SummerSlam. This meant the crowd was fairly uninterested for the majority of the match, chanting "We Want Lesnar" and "We Want Ziggler" instead. The match itself was an entertaining seven or eight minutes, with Young bumping like crazy for O'Neil, including an Irish Whip that sent Young over the turnbuckle and to the outside. The highlight of the bout for me was a good-looking spinning neckbreaker on the apron from Young. The finish saw O'Neil slip out of a Gutcheck attempt, and hit Clash of the Titus to pick up the pinfall victory. It will be interesting to see how O'Neil is postioned on the card going forward, he has potential but could easily get lost in the mix with Wrestlemania XXX just around the corner.

Winner: Titus O'Neil

Guess who was back again? Yes, it's was our boy, Bad News Barrett. This time out Barrett's Bad News was focused on Hulk Hogan. A nice way of continuing to promote Hogan's return, while keeping Barrett on my screen.

It was then up to the Kick Off panel, hosted by Josh Matthews, who was joined by Mark Henry, The Miz and Rey Mysterio. They showed the finish of the Kick-Off match that saw Cody Rhodes and Goldust go over Rybaxel. Mark Henry did a good job putting over Titus O'Neil and his feud with Darren Young, The Miz said something about the Intercontinental title match and Rey Mysterio desperately tried to stay relevant.

Six Man Tag Team MatchThe Shieldvs.The Wyatt Family

Before this one got under way, a hype video was shown outlining the rivalry between these two factions, as well as the tensions between The Shields, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, with Seth Rollins looking like a child whose parents are about to divorce. I didn't think I could get any more hyped for this one, but this package got me absolutely buzzing and ready to go, good work WWE.

When a match kicks off with a "This is Awesome" chant, then you know you're doing something right! Usually when a match is a hyped up as this one, it ends up being slightly disappointing, but this was not the case here, from start to finish this was roller coaster ride of exciting spots and sound wrestling psychology. Both teams took turns working over an opponent, but this one really stepped up a gear when Luke Harper pulled out a drop kick that a man his size has no right to deliver to well! Harper continued to impress in probably the best sequence of the match opposite Seth Rollins, with Rollins flipping out of Back Superplex attempt and landing a suicide dive shortly after. The excitement continued with Bray Wyatt hitting Rollins with a huge leaping Senton on the outside to give The Wyatt's the upper hand. A really well-worked false finish had the fans on the edge of their seats, with Harper hitting a ridiculous suicide dive onto Dean Ambrose, before Rollins leapt over the top to hit a somersault dive on Harper. The distraction allowed Reigns to school boy Erick Rowan for a long two count. As the match began to break down, The Wyatts took a leaf out of CM Punk's book from TLC 2013 as they began to divide and conquer strategy. Wyatt and Ambrose brawled around the arena with Ambrose disappearing somewhere off camera, Rowan and Harper double chokeslamed Rollins through the Spanish Announce Table. This meant that The Wyatts could close in on Reigns, in a scene reminiscent of The Shield's attacks on numerous individuals since late 2012. Reigns fight back was magnificent, breaking out Wyatt's Sister Abigail's Kiss attempt, with the crowd going nuts as Reign's built for a spear. However, it was Harper who took the Spear, allowing Wyatt to regain control and hit Sister Abigail's Kiss to give the Wyatt Family the pinfall victory. A well crafted six man tag, that played to everyone's strengths, the finish was built well to allow The Wyatt's to pick up the victory without harming Roman Reigns. It will be interesting to see how this one is viewed en masse once the initial frenzy dies down.

Winners: The Wyatt Family

Up next an advert for some microwaveable food produce. On PPV? Go home.

Followed up another advert for the WWE Network, this time with Hulk Hogan doing his best used car salesman expression!

Backstage, the lovely Renee Young interviewed Christian about the upcoming Elimination Chamber match. Another solid outing from Christian on the mic here, adding an extra layer of depth to the Chamber match as he talked about recent losses to Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, as well as this possibly being his last chance at the World Heavyweight Championship, meaning that he is desperate to win and therefore he'll do anything to win. 

Jerry Lawler shills the theme for Elimination Chamber, not sure if Nero is his cup of tea though. 

Diva's Championship Match
AJ Lee (C) with Tamina Snuka

Before this impromptu match could get underway, Diva's Champion AJ Lee got on the mic to boast about the length of her title run, saying that there is no competition in the Diva's division, I'm not sure if that's a particularly great way to build up to the upcoming match, but hey ho. 

There really wasn't a lot of substance to this match, apart from a bit of skipping and neither wrestler being able to get the desired reaction from the crowd, mainly down to the fact that Lee is the only woman who has a character on the main roster and therefore get's cheered by default. There really wasn't a lot of note to talk about beyond an awful looking Thesz Press from Cameron. The finish saw Tamina Snuka accidentally Superkick Lee in the head, although Cameron's timing was so poor it made it look like Snuka had kicked Lee on purpose, which I'm sure wasn't the intention. With Cameron attempting to get the pin, Snuka interjected putting Lee's feet on the ropes, Cameron went to get revenge, but go levelled by a Snuka clothesline, leading to the Disqualification. I'd imagine this is to set up Lee v Snuka at Wrestlemania, hopefully they'll be given enough time on TV to build a decent story that the fans can get behind.

Winner: Cameron

Still Diva's Champion: AJ Lee

Bad News Barrett was out again, this time to talk about the WWE Network...which will apparently lead to everyone becoming homeless. An interesting promotional concept.

A backstage segment followed up, with Santino Marella being joined by Emma, The Great Khali and Los Matadores to play with some tiny action figures. It neither made me want the action figures or laugh. How Khali get's on is his day to day life is beyond me.


Singles Match



Alberto Del Rio

In one of wrestling's cliche moments, Alberto Del Rio came out for this one in a track suit, hobbling along on a crutch and with a brace around his neck. Del Rio got on the mic, claiming that he couldn't wrestle tonight because of Batista's attack on him two week's ago on Raw. Of course, that wasn't the case and Del Rio took the crutch to The Animal before the bell could ring. If Batista was over in any fashion it probably would have gotten some heat and garnered some sympathy for The Animal as it goes the crowd decided that "Si" chants were much more appropriate.

The crowd wanted absolute nothing to do with Batista for the whole night, chanting for "Daniel Bryan" "CM Punk" "Y2J" and "RVD", although my personal favourite has to be "Boo-Tista". Batista didn't exactly give them anything to cheer for either, looking completely shattered from about three minutes in and ruining not one but two false finishes. Firstly, Batista grabbed the bottom rope before a two count and then secondly Batista was simply looking around as Del Rio pinned him off a superkick. For his part, Del Rio put in a decent effort and the psychology of the bout seeing Del Rio work Bastista's arm in set up for the Cross Armbreaker. I'm not sure whether Batista was remembering to sell the arm or whether it was actually hurt. The finish saw Batista reverse Del Rio's Cross Armbreaker attempt, sending Del Rio into an exposed turnbuckle, allowing Batista to hit the Batista Bomb and pick up the pinfall victory. WWE's decision to have Batista in the main event of Wrestlemania XXX is looking more stupid by the day. Not only do the fans not want to see, but Batista himself doesn't look ready for anything more than squash matches.

Winner: Batista

Another advert for the WWE Network was up next, expect a lot of this over the next couple of weeks and months.

It was back to the Kick Off Panel for their predictions for the Elimination Chamber match. The Miz went for Daniel Bryan, because when an audience get's behind someone it gives them added motivation to win, because The Miz knows all about crowd support. Mark Henry went for Sheamus as he is fresh, which is sound logic, whilst Rey Mysterio choosing Cesaro because he's never been in an Elimination Chamber was not. The goofball Josh Matthews made a point of saying no one had chosen Randy Orton, he might as well have held up a sign saying Orton was going to win!

World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match
John Cena
Randy Orton (C)
Daniel Bryan

Before the match got started they aired a video package based around the Elimination Chamber match, explaining the rules and showing past highlights from the Chamber. I'm surprised they didn't show something more specific, as WWE seemed to have made a real effort to create an interesting story heading into the Chamber, based around Randy Orton's inability to pick up victories as of late.

The Elimination Chamber has always been about the big spots and memorable moments and there was plenty of them in this outing. Sheamus and Cesaro kicked off the contest with a hard hitting brawl around the Chamber, highlighted by Diving Double Stomp to the outside from Cesaro, as well as Cena mocking John Cena with the U Can't C Me hand gesture. The crowd exploded with Daniel Bryan's entrance into match, with Bryan running through a series of his popular moves, working the crowd into an absolute frenzy. The first near fall of the bout came from a lovely Surfboard/Northern Light's Suplex combination from Bryan onto Sheamus and Cesaro respectively. Bryan was used sparingly throughout the contest, firstly being taken out by Cesaro, who sent Bryan crashing through one of the pods, before Cesaro recieved a Rolling Senton onto the steel floor. Christian was out next and in a nice piece of storytelling focused on Daniel Bryan's injured shoulder, delivering a number of blows and even slamming the arm in between the door of one of the pods. It's a shame that Bryan didn't really sell the arm for too long, as this could have really added to the latter stages of the match. 

Another on-going story throughout the bout was Cesaro numerous attempts to hit the Cesaro Swing, really building the crowds anticipation of the move. The first attempt was thwarted by Christian, who after a nice series of reversals ended up taking a powerbomb into one of the pods. One draws back on the match was the use of part of the broken pod in a sequence between Cesaro and Sheamus, as the "lexane" (You don't have to put on the red light) just looked to flimsy and didn't look like it would cause any damage. Having said that Cesaro and Sheamus were probably the MVP's of this one, with a lot of hard hitting action and both taking a lot of bumps, whenever the match would seem to lull, Cesaro and Sheamus were there to keep the pace up. After John Cena entered the match, both he and Bryan took false eliminations with Bryan kicking out of Killswitch from Christian and Cena kicking out of White Noise from Sheamus. Cena continued taking a battering, as Cesaro hit a huge launching uppercut for another near fall. 

The final entrant into the match was World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton, with everyone else down Orton went to work laying in his signature stomps, as the crowd chanted "Boreton", Orton took note and slowed right down to cut his signature pose. Orton's really coming into his own lately in my opinion, and his face when Sheamus, Bryan and Cena began to close in was perfect. With Orton hiding back in his pod, and some fantastic camera work, Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick onto the pod. Cesaro was then finally able to get Orton into the Cesaro Swing, for a huge 30 resolutions, getting a massive pop from the live crowd.

The first elimination came after a strong sequence between Sheamus and Christian, lead to Christian hitting a huge splash from the top of the pod to elimate Sheamus. Christian himself was then eliminated following a Busaiku Knee from Daniel Bryan. This meant we were down to our final four, with the remaining combatants getting a nice reaction as they eyed each other up, as did another showdown between Bryan and Cena, reminiscent of last year's SummerSlam. The two engaged in another entertaining battle, until Cesaro recovered to save Bryan from an Attitude Adjustment, delivering a German Suplex to Cena, meaning Cena hit a Samoan Drop on Bryan. Cena attempted a hurrcanrana on Cesaro, as a reversal for a gutwrench, he still can't hit that move and should probably leave it to guys like Bryan. Cena then overpowered Cesaro hitting an Attitude Adjustment onto the steel, before locking in an STF to eliminate Cesaro.

As we headed into the final three, it was time for shenanigans a plenty! With Cena locking in an STF on Orton, the light went out and the familiar noise of The Wyatt Family making their entrance. Wyatt, Harper and Rowan went on to destroy Cena, with Wyatt finishing off Cena with Sister Abigail's Kiss. The Wyatt's entrance would have been much more impressive if they had been over the other side of the Chamber and Charles Robinson hadn't opened the door of the Chamber so soon after. After The Wyatt Family had left the Chamber, Orton snuck into place to pick up the pinfall victory and eliminate Cena. 

We were down to a final two, with Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan, harking back to late Summer and Autumn when the two dominate WWE programming. Before the two could reignite their feud, the director operations for The Authority, Kane was out admonish The Wyatt Family and check on John Cena, and ended up taking a flying knee from Bryan for his troubles. Quickly after attacking Kane, Bryan was able to connect with a Busaiku Knee on Orton, with the Target Centre errupting, thinking that Bryan had finally won the World title, however this was not to be as Kane pulled the referee out of the way. After Bryan had got some revenge with a roundhouse kick to Kane, he walked into an RKO from Orton for a well worked false finish. This was followed by another as Orton kicked out of Bryan's small package. With Bryan rolling and setting up for another knee in the corner, Kane recovered hitting Bryan with a swinging punch, allowing Orton hit another RKO to pick up the pinfall victory and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd didn't quite know how to react, but I enjoyed the finish of this one. I'm not looking forward to Orton v Batista as a main event at Wrestlemania XXX one little bit, but Bryan and Kane could open up some interesting avenues over the upcoming weeks.

Winner and STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Randy Orton

Overall, I found Elimination Chamber 2014 to be entertaining viewing with The Wyatt Family and The Shield producing the match of the night. The Elimination Chamber match was another good outing for the gimmick, with each man working hard to create some memorable moments. It's clear however that Batista is not ready for a Wrestlemania main event, will he be ready in six weeks? Will anyone want to watch him face off with Randy Orton? Maybe not.

Until next time...

Monday, 17 February 2014

WWE Superstar Collection - Daniel Bryan DVD Review

WWE Superstar Collection - Daniel Bryan is out now on DVD as an www.amazon.co.uk exclusive, currently priced at £5.45. This single disc set looks at the WWE career of Daniel Bryan between February 2010 and January 2012, expect to see Sheamus go up against some of WWE's best around that time, including Chris Jericho, Kane, Sin Cara, Wade Barrett and Big Show!

Content Listing

Singles Match
Daniel Bryan with The Miz vs. World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho with Wade Barrett
WWE NXT #1.01, 23rd Febuary 2010

Daniel Bryan & The Miz history

United States Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (C) with Alex Riley
WWE Night of Champions, 19th September 2010

Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett
WWE Money in the Bank, 17th July 2011

Singles Match
World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Holder Daniel Bryan with Big Show vs. World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry
WWE Friday Night Smackdown #637, 4th November 2011

World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Triple Threat Match
Daniel Bryan (C) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
WWE Royal Rumble, 29th January 2012


Imagine a time before entire arena chanted "YES! YES! YES!", it feels like such a long time ago, but that's what this DVD presents, as we take a look at the early WWE career of Daniel Bryan. 

We kick off the set with Bryan's debut on the main roster as he took on Chris Jericho on the very first episode of NXT. The match is wrestled to crickets and it really isn't that interesting. Jericho seems intent of sand bagging Bryan at every turn, leading to Bryan taking a nasty bump into the announce table. Following, this we get a nice video package detailing Bryan's feud with The Miz, making the feud look awesome, which to be fair, it was. Bryan then get's a shot at the United States Championship against the aforementioned Miz. An enjoyable match, which builds the then LeBell Lock as a terrifying manoevre, with The Miz playing his role down to a tee. I miss heel Miz, there I said it! 

2011's World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match is next, with Cody Rhodes, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Wade Barrett, Kane, Sheamus and Sin Cara joining Bryan for an exhilarating battle with all the spots and excitement that the fans have come to expect from these kinds of matches. A Friday Night Smackdown encounter with Mark Henry looks promising, until Big Show decides to get involved and the bout is cut short. The final match on the disc see's Bryan beginning his heel turn, defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show and Mark Henry in a Steel Cage Triple Threat bout. This one is alright, nothing special. It's shorter than you'd expect from a World title bout on one of the big four, but that's probably just enough to get over what was needed. 

This another decent outing for the Superstar Collection, surprisingly I didn't enjoy this disc as much as the one looking at Sheamus, mainly because Bryan was never presented as a star at any point. There's a lot of fun to be had especially with the bout with The Miz and the Money in the Bank Ladder match, and even if the bout with Chris Jericho isn't that great, I bet it won't be released on any other DVD set, so for a couple of quid this isn't a bad purchase at all.

Top Three Matches on Superstar Collection - Daniel Bryan

1. Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Heath Slater vs. Justin Gabriel vs. Kane vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Wade Barrett
WWE Money in the Bank, 17th July 2011

2. United States Championship Match
Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (C) with Alex Riley
WWE Night of Champions, 19th September 2010

3. World Heavyweight Championship Steel Cage Triple Threat Match
Daniel Bryan (C) vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry
WWE Royal Rumble, 29th January 2012

Sunday, 16 February 2014

WWE Superstar Collection - Sheamus DVD Review

WWE Superstar Collection - Sheamus is out now on DVD as an www.amazon.co.uk exclusive, currently priced at £5.45. This single disc set looks at the WWE career of Sheamus between December 2009 and January 2012, expect to see Sheamus go up against some of WWE's best around that time, including Chris Jericho, Edge, Daniel Bryan, John Morrison and Randy Orton!

Content Listing

WWE Championship Tables Match
Sheamus vs. John Cena (C)
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, 13th December 2009

WWE Championship Fatal Fourway Match
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. John Cena (C)
WWE Fatal 4-Way, 20th June 2010

King of the Ring 2010 Final Match
Sheamus vs. John Morrison 
WWE Monday Night Raw #914, 29th November 2010

United States Championship Match
Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (C)
WWE Monday Night RAW #929, March 14th 2011

2012 Royal Rumble Match
Joined in progress from when Sheamus enters at #22 (also including Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, David Otunga, Wade Barrett, Jey Uso, Road Dogg & Kofi Kingston)
WWE Royal Rumble, 29th January 2012


I found this one disc, 90-minute presentation to be a fairly entertaining look back at the WWE career of Sheamus. After a short intro package, you are thrown straight into the action as Sheamus chases his first WWE Championship in a Tables Match against John Cena from WWE's inaugral TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV. It's a decent enough encounter with plenty of suspense based spots and a decent storyline based around Cena's supposedly injured back, which for the most part Cena sells pretty well. I'm still not sure if the finish is a botch though! Up next is an exciting Fatal Fourway bout from the aptly named Fatal 4-Way as Sheamus chases the WWE Championship again, with Edge and Randy Orton been thrown into the mix this time. This is what you'd expect with the action staying at a fairly high pace, with plenty of false finishes and signature moves, unfortunately the finish to this one holds it back. The match of the disc comes in the form of the 2010 King of the Ring final, as Sheamus takes on John Morrison. This probably isn't the best match that these two had, as I remember them having a stellar series of matches in the latter part of 2010, but it's certainly entertaining with both men coming off looking better for being apart of it. It's strange to see Sheamus slipping down the card as he challenges for Daniel Bryan's United States Championship on Raw in 2011. It's a decent enough match, but these two certainly had bigger and better later, nothing particularly memorable here. To round of this disc we get the tail end of the 2012 Royal Rumble from Sheamus's entry at number 22. There isn't anything particular notable in this one, until the very end with the final two men left in, as they both put on a good display with a number of exciting spots to close the disc.

I found this to be a nice little look back at one of WWE's more underrated wrestlers of the past year, but also one of WWE's success stories, as Sheamus is one of the few wrestlers who have risen up through the WWE ranks over the past couple of years. The action for the most part is entertaining, and pretty easy to sit and watch, and for less than a fiver you can't really go wrong with this disc, the match with Morrison would be a nice addition to any ones collection. It's a shame Christmas has come and gone as this would have made for a nice stocking filler for the kids. 

Top Three Matches on Superstar Collection - Sheamus

1. King of the Ring 2010 Final Match
Sheamus vs. John Morrison 
WWE Monday Night Raw #914, 29th November 2010

2. 2012 Royal Rumble Match
Joined in progress from when Sheamus enters at #22 (also including Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, David Otunga, Wade Barrett, Jey Uso, Road Dogg & Kofi Kingston)
WWE Royal Rumble, 29th January 2012

3. WWE Championship Fatal Fourway Match
Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. John Cena (C)
WWE Fatal 4-Way, 20th June 2010

WWE Battleground 2013 (Bryan-Orton X) DVD Review

WWE Battleground 2013 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray now, available from www.wwedvd.co.uk, priced £12.99 on DVD and £13.99 on Blu-Ray. Broadcast live on Pay-per-View from the First Niagra Centre in Buffalo, New York, USA on 6th October 2013, the show is main evented by Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan competing for the vacant WWE Championship, alongside Alberto Del Rio defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam in a Battleground Hardcore Rules match and CM Punk taking on the newest Paul Heyman guy, Ryback, as well as five other matches.  The commentary is provided by John Bradshaw Layfield, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.

Match Listing 

World Heavyweight Championship Battleground Hardcore Rules Match
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs. Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez)

Tag Team Match
Santino Marella & The Great Khali (with Hornswoggle) vs. The Real Americans (Cesaro/Swagger) (with Zeb Colter)

Intercontinental Championship Match
Curtis Axel (C) (with Paul Heyman) vs. R-Truth

Diva's Championship Match
AJ Lee (C) vs. Brie Bella

Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes & Goldust (with Dusty Rhodes) vs. The Shield (Reigns/Rollins) (with Dean Ambrose)

Singles Match
Bray Wyatt (with The Wyatt Family) vs. Kofi Kingston

Singles Match
CM Punk vs. Ryback (with Paul Heyman)

WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan

DVD Extras

Singles Match
you Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow
Battleground Kick-Off, 6th October 2013

Rob Van Dam contemplates his WWE future

Randy Orton reacts to Battleground

Six Man Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan & Goldust vs. The Shield
WWE Monday Night Raw #1063, 7th October 2013

Renee Young interviews Big Show
WWE Monday Night Raw #1063, 7th October 2013


Another WWE PPV that left a sour taste in the mouth. The main event of Daniel Bryan against Randy Orton for the WWE Championship is all about the finish, meaning twenty minutes plus of good quality action feel pretty pointless as soon as you notice what's happening and the show is over. The action before is very very good, with Orton and Bryan continuing to connect well in the ring. After the finish to Night of Champions, WWE really needed to deliver something concrete here and that is not what you get with this main event.

Rob Van Dam challenging Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship in an Battleground Hardcore Rules match is a lot of fun. There isn't a lot of wrestling, but this one is all about the spots and those spots are performed well enough to make this a decent watch. CM Punk against Ryback is a mixed bag, Ryback looks good when on the attack, but just terrible when Punk get's rolling. The storyline elements with Paul Heyman are entertaining, but the action with Punk and Ryback is pretty dull.

Goldust and Cody Rhodes taking on The Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns for a chance at WWE contracts is by far the best match of the show. It's easy to get emotionally involved in the contest, with a superb video package prior aiding that fact. Twists and turns and plenty of reversals, this match flys by. Bray Wyatt taking on Kofi Kingston is a decent, if insignificant match, with Wyatt and Kingston doing a good job on getting the crowd on side. Curtis Axel's defending the Intercontinental Championship against R-Truth is hard to get behind, with neither man particularly bringing anything exciting to that action, this feels much more like a TV bout than PPV. A filler match see's The Real Americans taking on The Great Khali and Santino Marella in a mildly entertaining comedy bout, but there is no reason for it to be on PPV. Diva's title action between AJ Lee and Brie Bella rounds of the matches on this one, it's better than you might expect but still not great. 

There is a surprising amount of DVD extras on this one. Kicking off with a dire contest between Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow from the Battleground Kick-Off show, there was nothing to draw me into this one, although the finish is nice. Interviews with Rob Van Dam and Randy Orton are nice inclusions to follow on from the action of the PPV. The Shield's bout with Daniel Bryan, Goldust and Cody Rhodes from Monday Night Raw is also included, and it's probably one of the best matches on this DVD! Lots of exciting action and everything we've come to expect from a Shield Six Man tag. Finally, Renee Young interviews Big Show the same episode of Raw, but that might be spoilers for the main event!

Overall, this PPV doesn't offer a lot. The Shield against Cody Rhodes and Goldust is stellar action and the DVD extra with  The Shield against Rhodes, Goldust and Daniel Bryan is also a solid bout, but they aren't strong enough or long enough to spill your hard earned cash on alone. The awful finish to the main event, alongside a lot of filler bouts that probably wouldn't raise your attention on an episode of Raw or Smackdown are the main problem with this one. Another one for the completists, I think.

Top Three Matches on WWE Battleground 2013

1. Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes & Goldust (with Dusty Rhodes) vs. The Shield (Reigns/Rollins) (with Dean Ambrose)

2. Six Man Tag Team Match
Cody Rhodes, Daniel Bryan & Goldust vs. The Shield
WWE Monday Night Raw #1063, 7th October 2013

3. World Heavyweight Championship Battleground Hardcore Rules Match
Alberto Del Rio (C) vs. Rob Van Dam (with Ricardo Rodriguez)

WWE History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment DVD Review

WWE's History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment is out now on DVD and Blu Ray, available from www.wwedvd.co.uk, currently priced at £19.99 for DVD and £22.99 for Blu Ray. The three disc set, chronicles the history of WWE over the last 50 years, with the first disc comprissing of a documentary feature and the second and third looking at the most important matches and moments from the last 50 years, expect appearances from some of WWE's biggest names including Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, CM Punk, Bret Hart and Bruno Sammartino! 

Content Listing

*Disc 1*



Bruno Sammartino

The Northeast

Stars of the 70s

Titan Takeover


First WrestleMania

Saturday Night’s Main Event

WrestleMania III

PPV Expansion

Steroid Trial

New Generation

Monday Night RAW

Monday Night War


Attitude Era

Tragedy in Kansas City



Brand Extension

WrestleMania Stadiums

Hall of Fame

WWE Studios

Securing the Future

50 Years

*Disc 2*

WWWF Heavyweight Championship Match: 
Bruno Sammartino vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham
WWWF, 30th April 1977, 

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match: 
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant
WWF WrestleMania III "Bigger, Better, Badder", 29th March 1987

Royal Rumble Match
Jim Duggan vs. The One Man Gang vs. Dino Bravo vs. Don Muraco vs. Ron Bass vs. The Junkyard Dog vs. The Ultimate Warrior vs. Danny Davis vs. Hillbilly Jim vs. Nikolai Volkoff vs. Jake Roberts vs. B. Brian Blair vs. Bret Hart vs. Sam Houston vs. Jim Neidhart vs. Jim Brunzell vs. Harley Race vs. Boris Zhukov vs. Tito Santana vs. Butch Reed
WWF Royal Rumble, 24th January 1988,

Singles Match
Koko B. Ware vs. Yokozuna
WWF Monday Night RAW #1, 11th January 1993

King of the Ring 1996 Final Match:
Jake Roberts vs. Steve Austin
WWF King of the Ring, 23rd June 1996

*Disc 3*

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match: 
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
WWF Survivor Series "Gang Rulz" - 9th November 1997

Tyson and Austin!
WWF RAW is WAR #243, 19th January 1998

WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Triple H vs. The Rock
WWF Smackdown #2, 26th August 1999, 

Mr. McMahon Announces the Purchase of WCW
WWF RAW is WAR #409. 26th March 2001

Singles Match
The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WWF WrestleMania X8, 17th March 2002

Hair vs. Hair Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga
WWE WrestleMania 23 - "All Grown Up", 1st April 2007, 

 6 Man Tag Team Match
John Cena, Batista, & Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho, The Big Show & Randy Orton
WWE Tribute to the Troops, 20th December 2008,

CM Punk Speaks His Mind
WWE Monday Night RAW #966, 27th June 2011

#1 Contender’s Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk
WWE Monday Night Raw #1031 25th February 2013, 


The main feature of this DVD set is a two hour long documentary focusing on the history of WWE. At first, I was skeptical about how well the DVD would do in condensing down 50 years of WWE history into just two hours, but this set does actually do pretty well, cherry picking some import moments and eras throughout WWE history and presenting them alongside interviews with numerous WWE personalities from past and present. The list of interviewees is really quite astounding and you'll be surprised by some of the names that pop up during the documentary, each giving a good insight into the era that is being talked about. The glaring omission however would have to be Vince McMahon himself who isn't interviewed for any of the documentary, instead we are given insights on how he was feel from Linda and Stephanie McMahon, which at times feels jarring.

It, of course, should go without saying that this set is very well put together, as one would expect from anything with the WWE logo slapped upon these days. Everything runs extremely smoothly with the interviews and clips flowing well into another, making this a very easy watch. Whilst a lot of the information isn't new for anyone who has payed much attention to WWE over the years, there are some nice touches and flourishes in the interviews, especially a lot of the earlier stuff. I found Jimmy Valiant's interviews were always interesting, alongside people you may not even have of like the fella that rang the bell in the Montreal Screwjob! 

The documentary covers all the main areas that you would expect, as well as some that you wouldn't, such as the Steroid Scandal of the earlier 90's or the death of Owen Hart in 1999. These areas are covered fairly well, with some good footage from outside the WWE library, although it could be argued that an outside source would have given a more balanced point of view on these incidents. It could also be argued that by including these stories, that WWE should perhaps have also covered other scandals that have swept the company such as the Online Pharmacy scandal of 2006. However, this is nit-picking as this is a very enjoyable documentary feature. 

The only other criticism I have for the documentary feature is when the documentary covers the debuts of television shows such as Raw or Smackdown, when highlight packages of the entire run of the shows are shown. So you go from the 1993 debut of Raw, to seeing stuff from the Attitude Era or John Cena, which is jarring and took me out of the on-going story that was being told. It's a small criticism, but a criticism non-the-less. 

As for the matches that included on this set, the majority make sense in terms of a historical stand point, but that doesn't mean that a lot of them are very good. We kick off the match with Bruno Sammartino defending the WWWF Heavyweight Championship against Billy Graham, which is a piece of history, but doesn't stand up to today's standard. Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant's legendary Wrestlemania III match is given a new look, as it's shown entirely from the hard camera side and with no commentary, it's very strange to see this classic from a new stand point. The original Royal Rumble match is up next, in a fairly basic affair, better Rumble's were to come, but this match laid the foundations. Yokozuna against Koko B. Ware is a squash match, but it's the first match from Raw. Steve Austin taking on Jake Roberts in the 1996 King of the Ring Final is a basic contest, that could have done with more context being added, but the diamond of a promo which followed and lead to one of the hottest times in wrestling history is worth it. 

The third disc kicks off with the infamous Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart WWF World Heavyweight Championship match from Survivor Series 1997, with the majority of this one being decent fare, although not on the level of the pair's previous matches, the interesting stuff happens once the match is over. The segment between Stone Cold and Mike Tyson is as electric as it was when first shown. Triple H and The Rock have decent TV bout as the main event of the first true episode of Smackdown, although the two have had much better elsewhere. The announcement of the WWF's purchase of WCW, complete with swerve is another good slice of TV. The Rock and Hollywood Hogan's match from Wrestlemania X8 is an absolute classic and proof that good storytelling should always be the basis of a wrestling match. The Battle of the Billionaires from Wrestlemania 23, with Bobby Lashley representing Donald Trump and Umaga representing Mr. McMahon is more entertaining than it deserves to be, but I'm sure they could have found a more important match to include on this set. The main event from the first Tribute to the Troops with Batista, John Cena and Rey Mysterio taking on Big Show, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton is decent enough and showcases some major talents in WWE's recent history. CM Punk's entire Pipebomb promo is included in it's immaculate glory, whilst Punk's battle with John Cena on Raw prior to last year's Wrestlemania is probably the best match on the set, with a terrific series moments that had the crowd on the edge of their seats, a good way to close the set.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable set to watch, the documentary is strong with a large area covered in a short amount of time. The matches are both significant and for the most part entertaining and the variation means that they are much easier to watch in succession than say the recent Money in the Bank set. If your looking to start your WWE DVD collection this would be a nice place to start. 

Top Three Matches on History of WWE

1. #1 Contender’s Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. CM Punk
WWE Monday Night Raw #1031 25th February 2013, 

2. Singles Match
The Rock vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan
WWF WrestleMania X8, 17th March 2002

3. WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match: 
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
WWF Survivor Series "Gang Rulz" - 9th November 1997