Welcome back to yet another WWE DVD review which seem to be common fare at the minute on the site! More interviews and posts different to reviews are on the way but like anything having to wait back on them is the main problem and as a result, there will either be loads at once or none for a while but I apologise.
Today is yet another Double Feature set which I enjoy reviewing mainly due to their value for money and it means I no longer have to review 2 titles over the space of two weeks and can get them done quickly for the readers.
The two main contrasting matches from the two shows are Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe from Great Balls of Fire and Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton in the resurrected Punjabi Prison match at Battleground so straight way it seems like a good pick up to see both of them two.
As usual with it being a Double Feature set, a quick opinion from myself on each match followed by an overall rating and explanation for this which will help you make the decision whether to purchase this title or not.
Starting off with Great Balls of Fire, the first match on the set was between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt which is quite weird to start off with but like I have previously said with WWE PPV’s they seem to be going in the opposite direction with having a good match to start the PPV to get the crowd hyped which is pretty good from WWE, this match was pretty average, not amazing considering the two competitors but you could tell it was almost a warm up for future matches between the pair.
This was due to Wyatt doing the dirty on Rollins poking him in the eye and then hitting a Sister Abigail for the win which nods towards this in the future but you can tell with these two that the winner of the feud will potentially challenge for the title in the future towards the end of the year heading into the start of WrestleMania season again.
Enzo Amore vs Big Cass followed which was poor as expected but that was the match quality as it was just there to squash Amore but also leave the audience thinking that slowly Enzo might actually get a win in the end and potentially go on a run and show that despite Cass being bigger than him that the underdog will prevail so despite it being a squash it had more meaning for the future.
From poor to excellence, The Hardys vs Cesaro & Sheamus came next which was a storming match especially towards the end. I am not a big fan of Iron Man matches as with wrestling with me I like to just get transfixed into the action and not having that reminder that the match will end in this time which might sound silly to some but that’s just the way I see it. Cesaro and Sheamus ended up winning 4-3 as expected with it not being a main PPV but it really gave the audience what they see with both teams and that is quality which has not been lacking but has not been the best recently when they face off and with Cesaro and Sheamus winning it has to have either a resolution with The Hardys winning back the titles or potentially which may be disagreed with, The Hardys splitting up and Matt and Jeff going on singles runs but it will be interesting to see what route they go down but overall a great match to cancel out the previous two.
Following this was another quality match with Alexa Bliss the champion and Sasha Banks facing off. Like I say this was more quality and like with the previous matches it alluded to the feud continuing which with these two it is all good. Despite the brilliant match, Alexa did the typical heel ending which was by taking the countout loss to make sure that she kept the title which that teamed with a brawl which left Bliss’ mouth busted open suggests that they are no way over and like with the previous match I envisage Sasha potentially getting the title eventually whether that is a back and forth deal like Sasha and Charlotte were or a definitive ending but that will be interesting as well but like I say a very good match which shows how good the Womens’ division in the WWE is at this moment in time.
The Miz and Dean Ambrose then faced off for what felt like the millionth time and this was quite poor and not exactly PPV standard. I think that this feud will be ended soon as it has been going for some time and there is only so many times you want to see it a bit like with Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt a while back but it was a pretty easy win for the Miz especially with his Entourage at Ringside as well as Maryse with Ambrose looking like he potentially might of won they got involved costing Ambrose the win through The Miz then hitting the Skull Crushing finale for the victory and to retain his Intercontinental title which for my money has gone from being a title which is changed most weeks to a very solid title only really held by the two people involved in the match but still better than it used to be towards the start of it’s new belt run.
An ambulance match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman was next and continues a very entertaining feud between the pair with me saying previously that their last match was one of the best I had seen on a WWE PPV or some time and especially considering I don’t like the people involved that much it shocked me and once again these two really went to war with this time it being an ambulance match. It was Braun who won to stack up his chance of a potential title match with the winner of the main event down the road putting Reigns into the ambulance after a war which anyone of them could of won which like a lot of matches on this card shows that they are potentially heading for a huge barnburner in the future which especially with these two will be absolute quality and Reigns afterwards got into the ambulance and drove it into a trailer with Braun inside which shows this is not over yet.
As they checked on Braun, we had a throwaway match between two of the jobbers as such of the WWE and that is Curt Hawkins and Heath Slater. It lasted the shortest time and they went back to the previous match and the aftermath with Braun stumbling out to show how powerful the guy is that he can come from a crash and walk off. We didn’t actually see the finish as they were using the jaws of life to free Strowman but it wasn’t worth anything anyway.
Finally in the main event we saw Samoa Joe vs Brock Lesnar (C) face off in the match we were all waiting for. This match was a brilliant end to the card and really showed that Joe is up there as a serious threat to the main event of the WWE. Samoa came close to beating the man known as the Beast Incarnate who despite losing easily to Goldberg on multiple occasions almost looks unbeatable and this could set up Joe for a future reign with Lesnar only winning when he looked like he was on the jaws of defeat which is not the decimation we are used to. I think in the future depending what Joe does it will be one to really look back on and say that this was one of the first signs on the main roster of Joe being a star and it is usually these PPV’s that do it where they can go out and put on a real show. A great end to the PPV!
Battleground 2017 on the otherhand was the one headlined by the Punjabi Prison Match. It started off with The Usos vs The New Day. Their previous matches have been very good and I have said previously that they have great chemistry and this match was even better than their last match against each other and it helped that not only they have good chemistry but the crowd were very much invested in it and that is a good thing especially for the opener.
Next up was Shinsuke Nakamura vs Baron Corbin, this on paper was going to be a great match but was very good for a different reason, Corbin’s heel side. After a back and forth affair between the two competitors, Nakamura was on the verge of victory and when he set up for the Kinshasa, Nakamura checked on Corbin and Corbin sneakily low blowed him for the DQ which was classic especially as he’d rather lose by DQ then have to lose by pinfall and as a result he looks strong which was further underlined with Corbin hitting him with the briefcase followed by end of days. I expect to see another match between these two to potentially settle the score and potentially if Corbin cashes in to win, Nakamura could be a challenger for the Lone Wolf.
Following that we had a women’s 5 Way Elimination #1 Contender’s Match between Charlotte Flair, Lana, Becky Lynch, Tamina & Natalya. This wasn’t the best match and it is probably because of the fact that I am not a huge fan of 2 out of the 5 and them being included in my opinion shows that they are lumping these wrestlers in to fill space and time on the PPV. Natalya ended up winning which I didn’t see coming but if you know what happens in the future it makes sense which was Nattie winning the title from Naomi which is something WWE fans have been calling for, for some time and it has finally happened. As a result Nattie will face Charlotte at Hell in a Cell which if any of their previous meetings are anything to go by will be brilliant.
The next match was a disappointment given the wrestlers involved and that was AJ Styles vs Kevin Owens. There was a ref finish at the end when they had a double pin at the same time which spoiled it and overall they weren’t given the time which is what they deserved that at the very least. These two will face off again with the stipulation potentially involved which will be interesting and could end the feud but even though that occurred it disappointed me and the crowd weren’t into it either, not really worth watching if you see this on the card and want to watch it as it is a big disappointment.
Speaking of disappointment, the next match was a disappointment before it even started and that was a flag match between Rusev and John Cena. Like the previous match both men deserve better than a stipulation that shouldn’t be used anymore. Both men didn’t look interested and neither did I or the crowd for that matter. The last part of the match was exciting but you don’t watch a match for the last minute and don’t watch this unless you want to waste 21 minutes of your life cause that is how long this mess lasted.
Following this, Sami Zayn faced Mike Kanellis in a match on paper that should be brilliant what we got was a very average match that was finished in no time at all which was a shame. Sami got revenge on Kanellis after he beat him on the previous week on SmackDown. This was good to go before the main event and was unlike the previous PPV where they found two jobbers to wrestle in the form of Slater and Hawkins and I would love to see these two really go at it if they have a programme in the future. I am glad though that Kanellis and of course Maria has been brought in and I thought before they went to the other company, they should of joined the WWE and it will be interesting to see how the do.
In the main event we had Jinder Mahal vs Randy Orton in a Punjabi Prison match in the return of the format devised for the Great Khali. This like the the Flag match was god awful and I remember the original match being rubbish as well. It gets a few points from me for the Great Khali returning and even that I am not exactly overjoyed at as he’s not one of my favourites but the novelty of it was worth it. They had the cage climbing teases and brawling but it just didn’t deliver at all and it was a match I was looking forward to but just didn’t deliver. I like Mahal and am glad he’s being given a chance but I don’t believe he will have the title for a lot longer.
DVD Rating – 5/10 – Great Balls of Fire was very good and was a PPV full of matches I really enjoyed it for not only that but the setting up of the next matches in feuds and gets the 5 while Battleground apart from the tag team match was poor and not worth watching and it is probably why it didn’t get a stand alone release. Watch the first PPV but not the second but as usual I would recommend the double feature releases for the value alone so take that into account.
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