New Year’s Revolution will most likely be remembered for two things, the injury to HHH and the end of Umaga’s undefeated streak. While the show was not bad from a quality point of view, it is just on the good side of a long line of Pay per Views that are just there according to the feedback on such sites as Wrestling Observer and Pro Wrestling Torch. In what hopefully becomes a semi-regular feature, we will look at PPV’s ranging from the last one at the time of the writing and seeing if it would be worth the purchase on DVD. There are various factors in whether or not an individual will purchase a DVD of a wrestling event. Match quality and historical value will be the two most concentrated on. The reviews will obviously not be written for people who have to have every event ever made by WWE or TNA. This is for people with a more critical eye. We’ll go match by match starting with.
Jeff Hardy versus Johnny Nitro (IC title)
The match: The match was good; it goes to show how high the bar has been raised for Nitro and Hardy because many people believe the match was a slight disappointment.
Historical Value: At the time of this writing, it doesn’t seem to have much. While the match is good, Hardy and Nitro have had plenty of similar matches against each other.
Watch or Skip: The match is definitely one of the top three matches on the show and the work was well done except for a couple of missed spots. It’s worth a look.
Tag Team Turmoil: Cryme Tyme versus Cade and Murdoch versus Benjamin and Hass versus Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Super Crazy versus the Highlanders
The match: The match dragged for the most part, although there were some good stuff from the WGTT and Super Crazy. While it is good in a way that WWE saved the Benjamin/Hass versus Cryme Tyme match for another day that would have been the better match.
Historical Value: The match made Cryme Tyme the number one contenders to the tag team titles. If they become champions, it wouldn’t be unfair to say the match had at least some historical value, but it would be a stretch.
Skip or Watch: The match is not an abomination, but there is nothing really worth watching.
Ric Flair versus Kenny Dykstra
The match: The match was ok, nothing special
Historical Value: If WWE had protected Flair, Dykstra beating Flair three times would have had some significance; however they didn’t, so it doesn’t. If the match had been good, maybe it would have meant more.
Skip or Watch: Skip for now, unless something changes in terms of the historical context of the match.
Mickie James versus Victoria (Women’s Title match)
The match: The match was decent, but the quality was not any better than if it had been on Raw.
Historical Value: None at the time of this writing, if the angle of the babyface women versus Victoria and Melina takes off (unlikely), then maybe it will have some value months down the line, for fans that already know what happened.
Watch or skip: Another match that does not need to be viewed again.
Degeneration X versus Rated RKO (Tag Team Titles)
The match: The match was strong until HHH’s injury; it became a train wreck afterwards for obvious reasons. However there was a bunch of chair shots and table breaking during the improvisation period. Also before the injury, the crowd was the most hot it had been for a DX match since the reunion
Historical Value: The injury to HHH gives this match automatic historical significance, who knows how much. It could be the injury that ends HHH’s career and unless he gets a surprisingly good prognosis, what we see at Wrestlemania 23 was greatly affected by this injury.
Skip or Watch: This match may be the reason to buy the DVD, so yes the match should be watched.
Carlito versus Chris Masters
The match: Much like the women’s title match, you will not see anything here that you would not see on Raw.
Historical Value: Given the “even steven” nature of WWE’s booking, probably none. If this begins a Chris Masters push (highly doubtful), then it would have some value beyond the night in question.
Skip or watch: Nothing to see, except a couple of cool moves by Carlito, which we see a lot anyway.
John Cena versus Umaga (WWE title)
The match: Strong main event, maybe not in terms of number of moves or innovation, but in terms of telling a story that the fans can relate to. Good versus evil. The unstoppable monster versus the heroic babyface. A couple of fans have compared the match to the old Vader versus Sting battles in WCW.
Historical Value: This is the best legal way to see Umaga’s first loss in WWE. It may even have more significance as time goes on.
Skip or Watch: If you buy the DVD, you might as well watch the title match, which was a decent match.
Conclusion: There was no standout match on the card, but there were a few events that will affect the WWE for at least the first several months of 2007. Ordering the DVD of New Year’s Revolution is a borderline call. If forced between yes or no, the best bet would probably be to save your money or at least rent it as opposed to buying it.