Plot: What’s it about?
One of the biggest events of the year for World Wrestling Entertainment is SummerSlam, an event with a rich tradition of great matches. In 2007, SummerSlam hosted some of sports entertainment’s greatest talents and included four championship matches, with all three brands represented. In the main event, WWE Champion John Cena tries to continue his dominant ways, but challenger Randy Orton won’t be easy to defeat. As two of the WWE’s brightest talents collide, will it be Cena or Orton who leaves with the gold around their waist? This show also marks the return of The King of Kings, as Triple H comes back to do battle with King Booker. Smackdown is in the house too, as Great Khali and Batista clash over the World Heavyweight Championship, plus the return of Rey Mysterio, as he faces his frequent rival Chavo Guerrero. Things get extreme when John Morrison defends the ECW Championship against CM Punk, then Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, and Carlito thrown down in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship. All this and more at SummerSlam 2007, with match listings below.
1. John Cena vs. Randy Orton (WWE Championship Match)
2. Triple H vs. King Booker
3. Great Khali vs. Batista (World Heavyweight Championship Match)
4. John Morrison vs. CM Punk (ECW Championship Match)
5. Umaga vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Carlito (Intercontinental Championship Match)
6. WWE Diva Battle Royal
7. Kane vs. Finlay
8. Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero
Video: How does it look?
The show is presented in full frame, as intended. This is shot on video, so it isn’t as refined as we might like, but for what it is, the show looks good. This is a three hour show, but compression issues are minimal and artifacts or noise are minimal. The show looks bright and bold, with vivid colors and smooth contrast. I watched SummerSlam on pay-per-view and without question, this is a sizable step up in terms of visuals. The pyrotechnics look awesome here, as do the assorted colorful attires, so SummerSlam is well presented and fans should be pleased.
Audio: How does it sound?
All the sounds of the squared circle are loud and clear in this Dolby Digital 5.1 option. The slams sound brutal, the chops will make you wince, and the crowd is electric, so this is as close to the action as you can get without a ticket. The audio here packs a punch, with a good amount of power, especially during the entrances with the booming music and crackling pyrotechnics. So yes, this sounds much better than when broadcast on television, no doubt. The commentary sounds clear and clean too, while interview segments are presented with no problems. Not much else to say here, SummerSlam sounds great!
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a Smackdown match between Kane and Great Khali, as well as a Carlito’s Cabana segment with Mr. McMahon and Triple H.