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Monday, May 14, 2012

872 - Vengeance 2007: Night Of Champions, Weekend Of Hell


2007 Introduction
Let me get some negative energy out of the way: WWE is billing Vengeance as a Night of Champions. You know what? I don't care. I just don't care. After witnessing three tri-branded PPVs that ranged from "less than stellar" to shitacular levels only James Rolfe's Angry Video Game Nerd would dwell into, why should I care about this one? So all the titles being defended on this one show. Who cares? It's not that special anymore.

With that bit of negativity out of the way, however, I have to admit that this looks to be a pretty decent card... well, somewhat. With all the titles being on the line, it's a chance for all the champions to showcase their abilities and an opportunity for the challengers to really step up their game. My biggest concern is how much of the fake death of Vince is going to dominate this show. Hopefully, it won't be that much because people don't feel like paying for footage that has been shown repeatedly on free TV. But I digress. Let's look at the card.

2012 Introduction
Yeah, I want you to digest that opening spiel. It was written for a show that seemed like a throwaway show. Every match on the card being a title match isn't a big deal; it should be, but when you have fifty titles and none of them mean anything, such a declaration has no weight. So for all intents and purposes, this should have been a typical B-level PPV.

Except there's one little detail that became apparent during the week... this was the weekend Chris Benoit killed his wife and son before committing suicide. One of the most notorious and controversial moments in the history of professional wrestling, this was one of the contributing factors - if not THE main factor - that prompted WWE to drastically tweak and re-structure their product to the current form you see today. It was the event that had caused everyone to analyse the business and bring up the ages-old arguments of steroid and drug use. Whether you want to admit it or not, this was a big deal... and a very big problem.

I am not going to dwell on this matter, because this is supposed to be about the PPV... but the fact is that you simply cannot bring up Vengeance 2007 without bringing up the Benoit double murder/suicide travesty. WWE can certainly try - they've been deleting Benoit from their history as much as possible - but when you get right down to it, the Night of Champions concept got its start the same weekend as that tragedy. There's no way around it. It's simply the way it is.

I could have saved that rant for the end, but I felt it necessary to bring this up now.



WWE Tag-Team Titles
Deuce & Domino (champions) vs. ??? (I honestly don't remember nor do I care)
2007 Pick: Don't know who the mystery challengers are and I personally don't care. The champs will retain their titles in this one. It's common sense.

Result: Deuce and Domino retains. (1-0)

WWE World Tag-Team Championship
Cade & Murdoch (champions) vs. The Hardyz
2007 Pick: The Rednecks retain the titles and Matt Hardy can stay his ass back on Smackdown where it belongs. The nostalgia run's been fun, but it's over now and nobody cares. Let's move on, please.

Result: The Rednecks retain. (2-0)

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Chavo Guerrero (champion) vs. Jimmy Wang Bang Yang
2007 Pick: Chavo. Next.

Result: Chavo (3-0)

WWE Women's Championship
Melina (champion) vs. Candice Michelle
2007 Pick: Do I really have to justify this bullshit? Yes, Candice is getting better as a wrestler... but not good enough to be champion. Then again, that probably applies to roughly 90% of the Diva pack, including the current champion. So I say Melina retains, although I can only hope for a vacancy and dishonorable retirement of the title.

Result: Candice is your NEW Women's Champion... so no chance on that vacancy? (3-1)

2012 Reflection: The Women's Title would eventually be retired years later, but replaced with an even more hideous-looking Divas championship title.

WWE United States Heavyweight Championship
Montel Vontavious Porter (champion) vs. Ric Flair
2007 Pick: Ric Flair deserves another run with the World Title before he supposedly retires, but at least he'll give Porter a good match... I hope. MVP retains.

Result: Montel Vontavious Porter retains the title. (4-1)

2012 Update: It surprises me that TNA has yet to put the world title on Flair. And yes, I honestly did believe Flair could have gone for another World Title run (a week or two at most) when he was really pulling out good matches in his twilight years, but nowadays? Please don't do it.

WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
Santino Marella (champion) vs. Umaga
2007 Pick: It's been fun, Santino. But it's time for Umaga to take back what's his...

Result: Santino retains via DQ. Bullshit (4-2)

Vacant ECW World Heavyweight Championship
Chris Benoit vs. CM Punk
2007 Pick: Who would have thought that an ECW World Title match has the chance of being the match of the card? I actually like this potential match up, because both these guys are tremendous wrestlers and can put on a good show. Now that the curse of bland Bobby Lashley has been lifted from ECW, we have a chance for an actual WRESTLER to hold the belt. Doesn't really matter who wins, because either one of these guys could take it and be a great champion of a brand that has been shat upon by the internet writers and WWE itself. As for my pick? Well, as much as I want to see Punk be champion, I firmly believe Benoit will take the win and the title. And you know what? That would be a good role for him, as he can have quality matches with some of the potential up-and-comers AND he can bring credibility to the ECW title, something that belt needs after the shit affairs of McMahon and Lashley.

Result: Apparently, Benoit couldn't make it. Instead, his replacement is Johnny Nitro, who is our new ECW World champion. Apparently, somebody at WWE read my blog and thought a WRESTLER as ECW champ was a bad idea. That somebody's an fucking moron... the suspect list is really high. Alas, since my pick couldn't make it, I can't count it... my blog, my site, my ruling, so there. (4-2)

2012 Update: I can only presume that the results were written before I had gotten wind of what had happened that weekend. Even so, I still would have preferred CM Punk over Johnny Nitro... but I suppose the only real good to come out of this was the reinvention of Johnny Nitro to John Morrison, who would go on to really step up his game and have great matches with a number of opponents up until his WWE exit. As for CM Punk? I'm sure he's doing fine, right now.

Five-Pack Challenge for the World Wrestling Entertainment Championship
John Cena (c) vs. King Booker vs. Randy Orton vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Mick Foley
When they pile up this many guys in one match, there is an almost absolute certainty that the champion is going to retain. This Cena reign is almost tiring. It's time to end it, but not here.

Result: John Useless retains. (5-2)

2012 Update: John Cena's reign as champion would end some time in October 2007 and happens to be his longest stint as champion. Sadly, I don't see anybody else getting such a long reign.

Do Or Die Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Edge (c) vs. Batista
2007 Pick: Talk about tiring; how many title shots is Deacon Dave going to get anyway? He's had title matches since Wrestlemania and he has LOST THEM ALL. Every single one of them. Never mind that a couple of those matches ended in a draw; HE STILL DIDN'T WIN ANY OF THEM. There use to be a time when a champion beat a contender a couple times, he'd move on to the next guy. That's out the window it seems; as it seems the creative team is trying to force-feed us extended feuds between two wrestlers, similar to what they had in the eighties. That type of booking simply doesn't work because of the difference in circumstances between the two eras... and it certainly doesn't float as an excuse since Batista had to fight two different champions and STILL LOSES. This is pure, tiring garbage being fed to those who want Edge to feud with other wrestlers who are more worthy of the main event slot. No. 1 Contender Batista is similar to World Champion Rey Mysterio (a situation I'm sure everyone short of Rey and his fanbase would like to forget) in that they lose all their matches and made all the more worthless because of it. My prediction is that Edge wins the match so that Batista could finally step aside and let someone else get the fucking main event spot.

Result: Edge do. Batista die. (6-2)

That's about it. Don't have this show, so no current reflections.

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