Hello and welcome to a new year of British Wrestling Revival, due to other projects personally the site has been on the backburner a bit but as we encroach our 5th year in existence I believe it will be a big one.
Of course continuing on from previous years though we have a WWE review to start off the year and we have 2 in the next few days with a look back of the year prior with Best Pay Per View Matches 2017 to start off with.
This will be a short review due to me already doing in depth reviews of the matches involved having reviewed every WWE PPV last year but of course I will give my thoughts on the choices picked by WWE for the set and my recommendation whether it is worth purchasing.
We start off Disc 1 with the only match on the set from the Royal Rumble and that is AJ Styles vs John Cena, the Rumble for me is a notoriously bad PPV barring the actual match which is always something I will watch live every year to mark out at the returns or debuts on offer. Watching it back for this review it was as brilliant as it was the first time round watching it, one of the main matches I remember from last year and also due to Cena tying the record. Off to a great start.
Next up was two matches from Elimination Chamber, Randy Orton vs Luke Harper and the Elimination Chamber match were included and rightfully so in many ways. Orton vs Harper was as expected a great bout and was one of the first matches either man has put on in a while that I sat and watched and was captivated by. The same can be said about the actual Chamber match which saw Bray Wyatt become the champion defeating AJ Styles lastly and this set up quite a few matches at WrestleMania with of course John Cena losing it shortly after winning it and a stacked line up produced a quite good match to end what was quite an average PPV by all accounts.
We then and understandably so got 3 matches from WrestleMania to end disc 1, the first match on there was AJ Styles vs Shane McMahon to start the event and in my opinion it was one of the best matches of the night. Full of great spots and of course AJ Styles it was always going to be up there. Shane looked like he was even going to win this and potentially get one of the wins of his return to WWE so far but Styles prevailed in a real good kick start to the show.
From the great to the not so and that is John Cena and Nikki Bella vs the Miz and Maryse which the proposal aside which was a great moment was a rubbish match and despite the moment that comes with it, this DVD should be based off matches alone with it being seen as the best and in my opinion Owens vs Jericho could be one you could replace this with or potentially the Hardyz returning to the WWE.
Finally from WrestleMania we get Goldberg vs Lesnar which was there for storyline reasons only as it ended Goldberg’s run in the WWE and his feud with Lesnar with Brock going over and despite not being a match that will set pulses racing it is good to see the end of this feud and a legend who will now be in the Hall of Fame this year bow out albeit in a dominant loss for Lesnar.
Disc 2 begins and it starts with Alexa Bliss vs Bayley from Payback, this saw Alexa winning the title in a very good match between two of the best female wrestlers in the company. I even said at the time that after years of WWE booking women’s matches wrongly they have really started to knock it out of the park and I stick by that now still and hope that continues into 2018.
Next from this show which was very solid by the way is Braun Strowman vs Roman Reigns which was brilliant and was underlined by the chokeslam from Braun into the broadcast table and lots of near falls. It wasn’t too long which is good as unless it is really really good I can get bored so this was a very good change and was an absolute brawl with two of the best big men in the world of wrestling.
In terms of the next PPV, Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton takes centre stage from BackLash. This was a very good match (you might be starting to see a trend), Jinder came out of the blue with one of the wins of the year to win the WWE Championship. The only down point was the way he won but it was typical heel with the Singh Brothers helping him win and like alluded to shocking the WWE world in the process.
Following that was the fatal 5-way Extreme Rules match between Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt. 5 of the biggest faces of the company and it lived up to expectations. A brilliant match where all of them had a chance to stand out and he made Balor, one of the main favourites for the match pass out with the Coquina Clutch after he looked like he was going to win and he would go onto face Lesnar in a future match on the set.
The Women’s Money in the Bank was on the set in a first for the company with another one coming up shortly in the form of the Rumble. This was a great opener to the event and while not the best match of the year served a big part of the history of WWE and a reminder of the strength of the revolution that has been in play over the past few years.
Following that was the aforementioned Lesnar vs Joe match from Great Balls of Fire. This was brilliant and really showed that Joe is up there as a serious threat in the future of WWE and the title scene. Joe came really close to beating the Beast Incarnate and looked unbeatable and this could of set up a future feud between the two which would be brilliant as they showed in this case it is worth exploring and it was a brilliant end to the PPV as a whole.
The Usos vs The New Day was next up from Battleground which was a brilliant opener to the card and you could say is their best match between each other. The chemistry between each other showed and their matches seemed to get better and better as the year goes on so a good pick.
To start disc 3, it was Sheamus & Cesaro vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins which was a very good and the card really needed it after quite a poor card and this isn’t usually the case especially with SummerSlam. Sheamus and Cesaro are brilliant anyway and are a team albeit thrown together are a really great watch and of course you know what you get with Rollins and Ambrose.
Following that it was an amazing match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman which was a complete chaos from start to finish but chaos in a good way and the type of chaos that makes you want to keep watching. Definitely worth watching from this set.
Next up was from a different PPV which featured 2 out of the last 4 matches on the set, the 5 way was between Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Emma. A brilliant match and probably in my eyes the best women’s match of last year. It was a shame though as it was the last time we saw Emma on a WWE PPV.
Also there was John Cena vs Roman Reigns, this as well was a quality match and was a real highlight of the PPV, there was also some signs that potentially it could be Cena’s last PPV match which left it on a sombre tone after a brilliant match.
From Hell in a Cell, it was the outstanding match between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens which while lengthy makes up for it in terms of being a great watch. Shane does his elbow from the cell and Sami Zayn enters the fray to turn heel in a great storyline starter after a good match and so it wasn’t just a throwaway.
Finally we finished on a brilliant note with the match between Finn Balor and AJ Styles from TLC 2017. The best bit was the thrilling last few minutes where it was full of action with either wrestler potentially winning but it was Balor who did so in the end in what I remember being one of the better PPV’s of 2017.
Rating – 8/10 – Really enjoyed this release and a great start to the 2018 schedule and one that is very packed. Full of great matches that barring 1 should of all been included, well worth picking up as opposed to buying every PPV as you really get a full flavour of the current state of WWE.
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