I am addicted to discount DVDs. As a result, I find myself the owner of many a terrible wrestling pay-per-view. Usually each DVD was purchased for a specific match that might be fun, but others I really have no excuse for. So here I am, at 4:00am, hunkered down with a cup of coffee in one hand, and One Night Stand: Extreme Rules 2007 in the DVD player.
I had initially set out to choose one match to write about. One of the most fun things about coming back into the wrestling fandom is playing catch-up on everything that I missed. Devouring match after match has led to some great nights of wrestling viewership. I figured this’ll be fun, right?
Then I read the back of the DVD case:
Street Fight for the ECW World Championship: Mr. McMahon vs. Bobby Lashley
Falls Count Anywhere Match for the WWE Championship Match: John Cena vs. Great Khali
Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs. Batista
Tag Team Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Championship: Hardys vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team
Stretcher Match: RVD vs. Randy Orton
Lumberjack Match: Mark Henry vs. Kane
Six-Man Tables Match: CM Punk, Tommy Dreamer, & Sandman vs. Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von, and Matt Striker
Pudding Match: Melina vs. Candice
For the life of me I cannot pick out what could possibly be the worst match. I also can’t imagine what would have possessed me to purchase this, even at the $4.99 price tag. So…this is a thing that’s happening! The whole DVD! I can do it, right? I can sit through whatever the heck a Pudding Match is, right?
I guess we’ll find out.
Before we dive in, I should point out that I have zero preparation for any of this. I had a vague idea from other bad pay-per-view DVDs I own that Bobby Lashley and McMahon had a thing, and that Khali was once made out to be a serious wrestler, but beyond that I have no context for any of these matches. Why does Bobby Lashley have it out for his boss? Who let Matt Striker wrestle? What kind of pudding is it? I like to think we answer the important questions here at The Mandible Claw.