TheLyontamer wrote:Out of curiosity, I do have to ask what was wrong with Henry-Show from Vengeance. I'd be interested to hear what you didn't like about it.
First off, a No vote doesn't necessarily mean that I didn't like it. Just means I don't feel it deserves a spot on the final ballot.
When looking at this match, the first thing that we need to do is separate the ring-collapsing superplex from the rest of the match. That was undoubtedly a great finish, and is probably one of the Moments of the Year. In layman's terms, it was pretty fuckin' cool. That spot is the destination for the match, so the measure of everything leading up to it, is how well it lead up to it. In this regard, the match was a total flop. Here's why:
The most glaring criticism that came to mind while rewatching this match was that it is horribly disjointed. Structurally, it's got all the flaws of a stereotypical indy match, with limb work that goes nowhere and is blown off, leading into gratuitous finisher kickouts. It gave the impression that they didn't really have a game plan, and were just... doing things... to fill space until the groovy ending. Heck, this was an Edge match, from that standpoint.
That's surface stuff, though, and can be overlooked, if the underlying story is solid. As covered, the ring-collapse was the destination, so the story should build towards that. That means that what's really important is how astronomically big these guys are, and how much force they hit the ring with. Doesn't seem like that tall of an order, considering that these are astronomically big guys, that hit the ring with a lot of force. The problem is in the execution, though.
The first instances where they fail to reinforce the key element (and actually work against it), is the earliest bodyslams, traded between these two. We've seen countless times where John Cena has gritted his teeth to lift up the ring steps; the entire 2010 SD MITB was built around Big Show huffing & puffing to maneuver his monstrous ladder into place; just this past spring, Mark Henry dug deep to throw a helpless sound tech into oblivian (or to rip a steel cage to shreds). In all these cases, these big, strong people made it clear to the audience just how hard they had to work to do the things they did, and heck, if they have to work that hard, then those things must be REALLY heavy, and tough to lift. Yet here, we see Mark Henry lifting up the "World's Largest Athlete" like it's nothing, and Big Show returning the favour it kind. There was no intensity behind the spots, and it did absolutely nothing to give people the impression that they are particularly heavy.
The most egregious offense of this kind comes late in the match, in the spot immediately preceeding the superplex. Moments away from creating a seismic event, Mark Henry is chokeslammed off the very same top rope that they are about to plunge from, and kicks out. Comprehend that. They are just about to fall from the exact same height, collapsing the ring, causing them to lie motionless for several minutes, before nearly being stretchered out, and he KICKS OUT? You'd be hard pressed to find a single way to be more counterproductive in the moments before a climax, than that right there.
That's what takes this somewhat flawed match, with a cool finish, and turns it into a solid No.