Second of my WWE PPV soundtrack albums is now available
A year where fan apathy for John Cena steadily grew, HHH finally turned babyface and reformed D-X with Shawn Micheals, feuding with the likes of the Mcmahons and a bunch of male cheerleaders (only one of whom remains currently employed…though that might change this coming Sunday), and ECW rose from the ashes only to come out the other end of WWE’s arse as a much shittier parody of itself. Still, you can’t go quite wrong with the riveting Hammersmith Ballroom reactions to John Cena and Batista main events.
Rey Mysterio also got on the map with his World title win…only to be at times literally trodden underfoot by the likes of The Great Khali. He ultimately lost the belt to a much more over act in King Booker, who’s real life feud with Batista played out a couple of times on tv.
Beginning a new ongoing series for me where I will be gathering up all the pay-per-view anthems of each year in World Wrestling Entertainment and putting them together into a collection listed year by year. The first focuses on the soundtrack to 2007, a year which gave us a seemingly endless Cena reign, the age of Orton, Save_US.Y2J, an injury prone World Title picture, basketballs, and perhaps the most signficant tragedy in wrestling history, the Benoit murder/suicide
I’m presently searching for some of my old VHS tapes from the 90s, so far I’ve managed to find a couple of old wrestling PPVs, and an old recording from an Easter holiday weekend edition of British morning strand GMTV (1993-2010). What makes this interesting for us is that the following week saw the ITV debut of V.R Troopers (it was already airing on the SKY services, but this was it’s terrestrial tv premiere), so at the very end of this particular morning they ran a small clip from “The Battle Begins Part One” as a taster of what to expect.
Your host for this kids strand is Simon Parkins. Better ( or lesser) known now as a weatherman for ITV Meridian, but who was a fondly remembered face on CBBC television during the Broom Cupboard years.
I’ve uploaded the Troopers promo, as well as an ad for it from earlier in the strand.
Apologies for the slightly loose-in-synch audio