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DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 180 Minutes
On September 16, 2007, the WWE held the Unforgiven pay-per-view (PPV) at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. This wasn’t to be a night consisting of matches that had funny gimmicks or strange stipulations in order to entertain the fans. No, it was full of nothing but grudges and brutal matches that were happening to try and settle some scores.
The WWE Championship was on the line as Randy Orton once again tried to wrestle the title away from the champion John Cena. Orton had recently been getting under the skin of Cena and deep into his mind by messing with Cena’s family, namely his father. Great Khali was still holding onto the World Heavyweight Title after it was vacated about a month and a half ago by an injured Edge. Monsters of big (Khali), medium (Batista), and small (Rey Mysterio) would wage war in order to be the best.
Unforgiven is the first PPV after the end of the summer bash, Summerslam. It usually is the opening to possibly start up some feuds for the big fall PPV, Survivor Series which is getting better every year. As Survivor Series continues to return a bit to the traditional survival style tag matches, it makes sense for feuds to be built a couple of months leading up to it. This year didn’t seem to go along those lines though as most of the matches being held were finishing up some feuds or just plain stuck in the middle of others. Still, there is Cyber Sunday coming up in between so that’s not to say some feuds can’t be built up.
~ ECW Championship Match: CM Punk (c) Vs. Elijah Burke – These are no strangers to one another as they had a long series of matches during the New Breed Vs. ECW Originals feud. Kind of odd thinking of that now because three of the four Originals are no longer with the company anymore. Punk’s first title defense after a grueling feud with John Morrison was not an easy one as Burke stood toe-to-toe with him. The crowd was really into this match even though it was not the best one I’ve seen between these two. Perhaps it was because it was the first match of the night, but it was still pretty good.
~ WWE Tag-Team Championship Match: Matt Hardy & MVP (c) Vs. Deuce & Domino – Ahhh the always interesting tag-team of two enemies being forced to tag together for a common goal and ending up winning the belts. MVP is a fantastic force on SmackDown and now holds the tag titles as well as the United States championship. This wasn’t a bad match by any stretch, but SmackDown (and WWE as a whole) is just so empty of tag-teams that it’s hard to enjoy a match that has been seen already.
~ Interview with Rey Mysterio – He doesn’t really say anything except that he’ll be there and in the match. Meh. I think he mispronounced his own last name in the interview. Weird.
~ No DQ Match For Carlito Only: Carlito Vs. Triple H – I don’t care how many times I see Triple H’s water-spitting entrance, it never gets old. Carlito and Trips could really have had a good feud, but it was rather wasted so Triple H could have some kind of a feud now that he had returned from injury. It’s kind of a cut-and-dry match with Carlito taking advantage of the stipulation in his favor as would be expected.
~ Maria Interviews Batista – Dave talks about getting back the World Heavyweight Title and acts all creepy towards Maria.
~ WWE Women’s Championship Match: Candice Michelle (c) Vs. Beth Phoenix – Phoenix is a hot woman, but also a beast that can tear apart half the men’s roster I’m willing to bet. See the difference between Phoenix and Chyna is that Phoenix is very attractive while Chyna was pretty much as close to a man with breasts as you can get. Candice Michelle is getting better in the ring, but I still think the belt should be contested between someone like Phoenix and Mickie James or Victoria. Not to mention that Candice’s new music makes me want to rip my ears off.
~ Todd Grisham Interviews Great Khali – When Khali talks is the only time that the Steve Ausin “What?” chants from the crowd are still funny. He then proceeds to smash a cantaloupe and a watermelon symbolizing Mysterio and Batista’s heads. He’s going the way of the Ultimate Warrior now in his interviews.
~ Triple Threat Match For The World Heavyweight Championship Match: Great Khali (c) Vs. Rey Mysterio Vs. Batista – Not caring about a single person in the match-up doesn’t necessarily make it enjoyable for me. It wasn’t that bad a match even though it had the typical triple threat formula where one person gets taken out for a while so the other two can wrestle, rinse, and repeat. Khali actually seemed to look a bit more decent in the match though when he didn’t have to carry it with only one other person for ten minutes.
~ Triple H Congratulates Batista On His Victory – Trips gives a little bit of advice to Batista which to me is like Ric Flair advising Bastion Booger.
~ World Tag-Team Championship Match: Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (c) Vs. Brian Kendrick & Paul London – This is the perfect mismatch of speed and quickness going up against power and force. London & Kendrick are the new version of the Rockers while Cade & Murdoch remind me of Demolition with their solid style of nothing but just beating down their competition. This was a fun match and it’s a feud that I’m really beginning to enjoy.
~ WWE Championship Match: John Cena (c) Vs. Randy Orton – Cena’s run as WWE Champion is of Hulk Hogan-like proportions and he has just defied every odd imaginable. Orton is a great rising star that came in around the same time Cena did a few years ago and they are most definitely the future of the business. Considering what Orton had recently done to Cena’s father (kicking him in the head), Cena was not going to hold anything back and he didn’t. This match didn’t last very long, but it was solid beatdown for a good ten minutes.
~ Undertaker Vs. Mark Henry – No matter how many times you see it, the Undertaker’s “return” entrance is always phenomenal (pardon the pun). Mark Henry is no slouch in the ring, but he certainly isn’t a technical wrestler by any means so this wasn’t expected to be a battle full of wrestling moves. It was a brawling battle with some impressive power moves by both men and kept short enough so as not to bore.
The event is shown in 1.33:1 Full Screen format and looks really good as WWE’s DVDs usually do. Saw virtually no pixilation during the entrance pyro as I sometimes do so that made for an overall better viewing.
The event is heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and comes through nicely as usual too. The announcers can be heard clearly at all times and the entrance music booms through around the room. Every now and then you’ll hear a few crowd noises through the surrounding speakers, but not much.
RAW 09/17/07: John Cena Sr. – The Randy Orton Incident – Simply a recap of the weeks leading up to Unforgiven with Orton kicking Cena’s dad in the head and the favor being returned.
Unforgiven 09/16/07: Undertaker’s Exit – The long exit of the Undertaker after his match. This was not shown on the Pay-Per-View.
Trailers – John Cena: My Life
The Inside Pulse
The event itself really wasn’t so bad, but the special features just seem totally pointless. Perhaps the mindgames the Undertaker was playing with Mark Henry for a few weeks leading up to Unforgiven would have been meaningful. It would have been nice to even see some more of the events from RAW that lead to Carlito having the stipulation for himself only in his match against Triple H. All of the matches are watchable and none of them ever go on too long, but it wasn’t the greatest of action all around. I just wish the WWE would start putting a few more special features on their DVDs or at least including some that are enjoyable and meaningful.
|The DVD Lounge’s Ratings for WWE Unforgiven 2007
||RATING(OUT OF 10)
||5(NOT AN AVERAGE)|