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Pro Wrestling Guerrilla All Star Weekend 11 - Night 1 Blu-Ray
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla All Star Weekend 11 - Night 1 Blu-Ray
DVD ~ Roderick Strong

4.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend Of Surprises & Enterprises & Quality Wrestling, July 1, 2016
This event is their traditional two night "All Star Weekend" event with Amazon not listing both Blu-Ray editions of the show, I'll review them both here.

Night One:
P.W.G. Champion Roderick Strong faced off against Matt Sydal that saw both men work a different pace going through multiple series of counters & reversals from either impactful power moves to high risk maneuvers to submissions with the aftermath resulting in big surprise. Tag Team Champions Young Bucks defended the titles against Tomasso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano which saw some entertaining moments with Ciampa & Gargano having no issues resorting stooping to the same level as the Bucks with their tactics from being what the crowd described as "suck f's" to double teaming which got more aggressive as the match went on. Sami Callahan made his surprise return against Drew Gulak literally beating the shirt of him with crowd participation in his favor as the battle went around ringside using the environment with it not always working out how intended while working a submission based style inside as this was a physical match that saw Sami pull out a side of Gulak not previously seen. Other matches include Michael Elgin returning to reunite the Unbreakable F'n Machines with Brian Lee against the American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) also making their returns to P.W.G. in a "power vs. speed" contest with both teams showcasing some unique teamwork; Trevor Lee vs. Will O'Spreay with Lee showing a more aggressive attitude towards his opponent & the crowd; Mike Bailey vs. Kenny Omega in a first time meeting that involved both men attempting to "take out the trash"; Marty Scurll vs. Ricochet that was a back & forth contest that saw a mix of athleticism & just dirty cheating tactics whenever possible; and Mark Andrews vs. Chuck Taylor in an athletic contest that saw one man get references to another legendary "big sexy" wrestler.

Night Two:
World's Cutest Tag Team & Mike Bailey & Chris Hero teamed up here to face Mount Rushmore 2.0 (Roderick Strong & Young Bucks) with Adam Cole who returned the previous night with an agenda to take over P.W.G. showcasing that by attacking two people associated with the company before the match began that had brawling all around ringside with them using whatever possible from chairs to their own title belts along with many more weapons to what they used on Joey Ryan to give him a "superkick vasectomy" in a battle that got so out of control that other's got physically involved including one man that nobody saw coming. Will O'Spreay faced off in the first time meeting against Kenny Omega that was a physical clash of styles including an entertaining moment where one of Omega's unorthodox methods of attack was used against him. Unbreakable F'n Machines faced off against Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa where the Machines were dominate with their power while Gargano & Ciampa worked a faster pace & heavily working over specific part of the body. Other matches include Chuck Taylor vs. Kikutaro in a very entertaining match just knowing both men's personalities; Marty Scurll vs. Timothy Thatcher in a physical british style encounter with both men working over different joints of the body; Mark Andrews vs. Ricochet in a back & forth encounter; and Trevor Lee vs. Matt Sydal in a competitive match.

You got exactly what you expect from P.W.G. both nights in surprises, entertainment & quality wrestling matches.


Pro Wrestling Guerrilla - All Star Weekend 11 - Night 2 DVD
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla - All Star Weekend 11 - Night 2 DVD
DVD ~ Chris Hero
2 used & new from $8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend Of Surprises & Enterprises & Quality Wrestling, July 1, 2016
This event is their traditional two night "All Star Weekend" event with this event being night two.

World's Cutest Tag Team & Mike Bailey & Chris Hero teamed up here to face Mount Rushmore 2.0 (Roderick Strong & Young Bucks) with Adam Cole who returned the previous night with an agenda to take over P.W.G. showcasing that by attacking two people associated with the company before the match began that had brawling all around ringside with them using whatever possible from chairs to their own title belts along with many more weapons to what they used on Joey Ryan to give him a "superkick vasectomy" in a battle that got so out of control that other's got physically involved including one man that nobody saw coming. Will O'Spreay faced off in the first time meeting against Kenny Omega that was a physical clash of styles including an entertaining moment where one of Omega's unorthodox methods of attack was used against him. Unbreakable F'n Machines faced off against Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa where the Machines were dominate with their power while Gargano & Ciampa worked a faster pace & heavily working over specific part of the body. Other matches include Chuck Taylor vs. Kikutaro in a very entertaining match just knowing both men's personalities; Marty Scurll vs. Timothy Thatcher in a physical british style encounter with both men working over different joints of the body; Mark Andrews vs. Ricochet in a back & forth encounter; and Trevor Lee vs. Matt Sydal in a competitive match.

You got exactly what you expect from P.W.G. both nights in surprises, entertainment & quality wrestling matches.


Pro Wrestling Guerrilla All Star Weekend 11 - Night 1 DVD
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla All Star Weekend 11 - Night 1 DVD
DVD ~ Roderick Strong
3 used & new from $14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend Of Surprises & Enterprises & Quality Wrestling, July 1, 2016
This event is their traditional two night "All Star Weekend" event with this event being night one.

P.W.G. Champion Roderick Strong faced off against Matt Sydal that saw both men work a different pace going through multiple series of counters & reversals from either impactful power moves to high risk maneuvers to submissions with the aftermath resulting in big surprise. Tag Team Champions Young Bucks defended the titles against Tomasso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano which saw some entertaining moments with Ciampa & Gargano having no issues resorting stooping to the same level as the Bucks with their tactics from being what the crowd described as "suck f's" to double teaming which got more aggressive as the match went on. Sami Callahan made his surprise return against Drew Gulak literally beating the shirt of him with crowd participation in his favor as the battle went around ringside using the environment with it not always working out how intended while working a submission based style inside as this was a physical match that saw Sami pull out a side of Gulak not previously seen. Other matches include Michael Elgin returning to reunite the Unbreakable F'n Machines with Brian Lee against the American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) also making their returns to P.W.G. in a "power vs. speed" contest with both teams showcasing some unique teamwork; Trevor Lee vs. Will O'Spreay with Lee showing a more aggressive attitude towards his opponent & the crowd; Mike Bailey vs. Kenny Omega in a first time meeting that involved both men attempting to "take out the trash"; Marty Scurll vs. Ricochet that was a back & forth contest that saw a mix of athleticism & just dirty cheating tactics whenever possible; and Mark Andrews vs. Chuck Taylor in an athletic contest that saw one man get references to another legendary "big sexy" wrestler.

You got exactly what you expect from P.W.G. both nights in surprises, entertainment & quality wrestling matches.


WWE: The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship: 24/7
WWE: The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship: 24/7
DVD ~ Various
Price: $17.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Four Hours A Day...Seven Days A Week...Three Hundred Sixty Five Days A Year, July 1, 2016
NOTE: I've seen every match on this set except for one which I'll review later.

The Attitude Era could be summarized in many different words but two of them without a doubt was "chaotic" & "fun" but there was one championship during that era which was defined by those two words as it was defended in under stipulations & conditions & locations that have never been seen before or since on a regular basis which was twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year (with one extra day in 2000 for leap year)...this championship was the Hardcore Championship. This DVD chronicles the history of the championship from the debut & presentation of the title in 1998 to it's eventual merger into the Intercontinental Championship in 2002 hosted by former champions Mick Foley & Rob Van Dam & Raven in a round table discussion discussing the championship while it should also be noted that this set is rated TV-14.

Matches Include:
Mankind vs. Ken Shamrock - This was not only the first defense of the Hardcore Championship but a special "Champion vs. Champion" match with Shamrock being the Intercontinental Champion while Mr. McMahon & his associates watched from the top of the stage. Mankind came into match with his "corporate makeover" wearing a suit which was eventually used as a weapon by both men with the action spilling to the floor with weapons & the environment used in different ways as the fight continued all the way to the stage area in what a physical match that set the standard for what to expect in his new division.
"RAW" Nov. '98
[WWF Hardcore]

Ladder Match: Mankind vs. Big Boss Man - Boss Man was a member of Mr. McMahon's "The Corporation" stable at the time & his job here was to take away the only thing Mankind had left in his Hardcore Championship while it should be noted that Shawn Michaels was the Commissioner at the time & did commentary at ringside. Mankind was attacked by Boss Man on the floor right away with the nightstick before he was able to recover & used the steps & the ladder on Boss Man. Foley was able to use the ladder to his advantage various times such as dropping elbow drops while Boss Man was wedged inside & even doing a clothesline off it at one point but overall, this was more about pushing the story of the The Corporation continuing to screw Mankind while further push his feud with The Rock than anything else as this was more of a hardcore match than an actual ladder match.
"RAW" Nov. '98
[The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn]

Road Dogg vs. Al Snow - Al Snow was still covered in blood from the bloodbath The Brood gave him days earlier while "Head" was blindfolded with it's hair shaved as Snow attacked Road Dogg on the ramp with Dogg being able to regain control in the ring thanks to a launched chair as both men continued to use the chair along with a table & cookie sheet at ringside with the brawl being taken to different areas of the backstage area from the janitorial area to the garage with potted plants being thrown & bodies being thrown through beer kegs eventually making it's way outside in the snow with more weapons being used before it took one man's head being driven through wooden crates in what has gone down as one of the best matches in the history of the Hardcore Championship.
"RAW" Jan. '99
[Blu-Ray Edition of Attitude Era Vol. 2]

Al Snow vs. Bob Holly - Road Dogg had to forfeit the title due to injury setting up this match between the former J.O.B. Squad members. The match made it's way into the crowd & backstage early as both men used whatever they could get their hands on from the fire extinguisher, glass, trash cans, floor tiles, metal trays, mops, and even a payphone. The fight continued to outside of the building & made it's way to the Mississippi River where both men continued to use whatever they could from road signs to a wheelbarrow, and even the camera getting hit with a broken piece of wood. This was one of the most memorable matches in the history of that championship as this was the birth of "Hardcore" Holly.
"In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre" Feb. '99
[WWF Hardcore; Falls Count Anywhere]

Bob Holly vs. Steve Blackman - This started on the ramp & went backstage in the first minute using whatever they could get their hands on from TV monitors or beer kegs to outside running into the tractor trailers in another performance that helped establish the most successful run in Holly's career.
"RAW" Feb. '99

Bob Holly vs. Bart Gunn - This match had a lot of history behind it as this was another "Champion vs. Champion" match as Bart Gunn was the Brawl For All tournament champion, both were former tag team championship partners as the New Midnight Express, and Holly was the only person Bart didn't defeat in the Brawl For All by knockout. Both men started this fight very physically busting glass objects & whatever they could get their hands on around ringside eventually leading up to some impactful moves executed the stage with the announcers questioning how certain objects they used got there in the first place as it ultimately came down to one of their competitor's past coming back to haunt them.
"RAW" Feb. '99
[WWF Hardcore]

Big Boss Man vs. Al Snow - It should be noted that former champion Road Dogg made it clear he wanted a shot at the championship he was never defeated for so he joined commentary following the action throughout the match. The match didn't even make it to the ring as it started out at the stage entrance to backstage in less than a minute with various weapons being used & broken including Snow's own mascot Pepper with the action being unable to be contained inside the building going all the way across the street into different areas of the bar using whatever they could get their hands on including fans handing them items to use in a pretty wild match.
SummerSlam '99

Al Snow vs. Steve Blackman
Jakked • October 9, 1999

Test vs. Gangrel - This match went from ringside to backstage seeing some unusual objects used from a hardhat & musical instrument to the actual snow outside the building that had some innocent people getting in the way of the action while Luna, Gangrel's wife, had no issues getting physically involved from the start of action causing Test to fight in what was an unofficial inter-gender handicap match.
"SmackDown" Jan. '00

Test vs. Crash Holly - Test easily dominating Crash including tossing him into the crowd while Crash used the weapons & environment to his advantage along with his lighter size for high risk that didn't always pay off but ultimately came down to unexpected help based off what happened right before the match.
"SmackDown" Feb. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash Holly vs. Tazz - This match got taken from the ring to the crowd in the opening seconds before going backstage in a short contest that saw someone put into a section of the building that we've never seen before but more memorable for what happened afterwords that changed the entire hardcore division for the rest of it's existence.
"SmackDown" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash vs. Mean Street Posse - This took place at the airport which saw another WWE superstar & a maintenance match get involved in the action that was one of the early showing of how this title was a "hot potato" under the new 24/7 rule.
"RAW" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash vs. Headbangers - This was probably the most famous match during Crash's reign as the "Houdini Of Hardcore" as it took place in the family fun center of Funtime U.S.A. as they went through the arcade & playpen complete with Jerry Lawler's "Pac-Man" sound effects.
"SmackDown" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore; Falls Count Anywhere]

Hardcore Holly vs. Crash - Hardcore Holly won the first ever Hardcore Battle Royal the previous night at WrestleMania 2000 so Crash was looking to get it back in match that showed both men had no issues using whatever weapon it took but one man showed he had no issues doing whatever it "cost" to get what he wanted.
"RAW" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Tazz vs. Perry Saturn - This was under unique circumstances as it was not only another case of a champion challenging for the title but a champion from another promotion as Tazz had won the ECW Championship days earlier but this was more significant for how someone took advantage of the 24/7 rule completely changing the entire complex of the originally scheduled match.
"RAW" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Mean Street Posse - This occurred at the circus with the Posse using a tactic including getting the referee involved with it to try to win the championship.
"SmackDown" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Dean Malenko - This was a quick match that was significant for where this match started backstage is something you'll have to see to believe as it's never happened before or since.
"SmackDown" May '00

Crash vs. Gerald Brisco - This was one of those times where the championship match occurred under circumstances that never happened before or since due to the 24/7 rule in one of the most comedic moments in the history of the title.
"SmackDown" May '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. X-Pac - X-Pac's tag partner Road Dogg was on commentary for this match as both men gave each other as much punishment as they received from using the same weapons in unique ways to have face off's with different weapons as this was a different type of match for the championship with both men being martial arts experts.
"SmackDown" July '00

Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman - It should be noted that Shane won the championship earlier in the week (which is available on the Blu-Ray edition) using various shenanigans causing Blackman to stalk Shane all night leading up to match with Shane constantly trying to run away only for Blackman to finally get his hands on him & showed that he was more focus on torturing Shane than winning before Shane tried to use the same tactics that worked earlier in the week only to not only have a different result but also cause him to have what was up to that point the most memorable visual ever seen in the division.
SummerSlam '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. Edge vs. Christian - Edge & Christian made it clear that they were going to work together from the start as they used the weapons & numbers advantage only for Blackman to counter with his martial arts style & weapons of his own in what was a glorified handicap match.
"RAW" Oct. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. Raven vs. Hardcore Holly - This match started before all the participants got to the ring using whatever they could get their hands on to use from the crowd & backstage area to the parking lot with the big story being how you never forget that the title is always being defended 24/7.
"RAW" Dec. '00

Raven vs. Crash - Crash had his cousin Molly Holly at his side as Raven brought what would be his trademark shopping cart full of different & unusual weapons as they fought throughout the building using whatever they could get their hands on leading to some jokes & bad puns on commentary with not every attempt at offense paying off how they wanted as this fight went all the way outside where some unexpected help came into play.
"RAW" Jan. '01

Raven vs. Big Show - Raven attempted to use the same strategies that have helped him in the past with most of them not working to his advantage before others attempted to capitalize on the 24/7 rule & get involved in other ways with winner ultimately dominating his way to victory.
No Way Out '01

Big Show vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle - This was not only another "champion vs. champion" encounter in the history of the championship but also the first time the WWE Champion challenged for the title as this was setup to be punishment for Big Show getting involved in their championship match the night before as all 3 men interacted with each other in various ways such as two opponents working over each other only for the third to get involved as well along with some double teaming to take out the most dangerous threat in the match before things got completely out of hand to the point where the match ended in pinfall that has never been seen before or since.
"RAW" Feb. '01
[WWF Hardcore]

Raven vs. Chris Jericho - Jericho was the current Intercontinental Champion as they went back & forth with Jericho using the weapons to make his signature offense more impactful fighting outside the ring to a certain area backstage that had an effect on more than just the two competitors in this match.
"SmackDown" Mar. '01

Raven vs. Kane vs. Big Show - This match started before all three men made their way to the ring as this brawled all the way through the crowd & backstage destroying everything in their way from windows & walls to part of the stage even running each other at one point including one man constantly being used as a weapon against his opponents in a crazy three way brawl.
WrestleMania X-7
[WWF Hardcore]

Kane vs. Steven Richards - This was a quick brawl with Richards' offense having little to no effect while Kane dominated causing him to rely on his fellow Right To Censor members only for Kane to have some backup of his own.
"RAW" Apr. '01

Kane vs. Rhyno - Commissioner Regal made this match on the spot as Kane had Undertaker in his corner while Rhyno had Edge & Christian making this a glorified tag team handicap match only for the match to eventually come down to one or one while others who had an interest in this match decided to make their presence known but it should be noted that this match was only the first step in what was "lost history" made for one superstar based off what would happen later in the night.
"SmackDown" Apr. '01

Rhyno vs. Raven - This match started off with a bang & never let up as Rhyno's momentum worked in his favor running through Raven & his objects but also unable to stop himself in time whenever it was used against him in the ring or on the floor causing him to land on weapons from open chairs to stop signs including one time he missed hitting the gore on Raven but ran into something else that was another time we saw something in a match that we had never seen before as both men went non-stop from beginning to end in what was been called one of the most memorable matches in the history of the division.
Backlash '01
[WWF Hardcore]

Big Show vs. Chris Jericho - Jericho once again challenged for the championship while currently holding another title which in this case was the Tag Team Titles while not coming into this match 100% due to being sore from his T.L.C. match only days earlier as he attempted to the strategy of "hit & run" using the weapons to make his regular offense more impactful while Show used his size & power to dominate Jericho from using weapons to just easily tossing Jericho around with bigger story being who was the last man standing.
"RAW" May '01

Test vs. Rhyno - Both men brawled from the ring through the crowd to backstage with somethings not breaking how they were expected to in a quick match that had something happen that nobody expected to ever happen up to that point...especially in Madison Square Garden.
"RAW" June '01

Mike Awesome vs. Jeff Hardy - Awesome was dominate with his power catching Hardy in mid-air & throwing him around while Hardy used weapons in unique ways from different areas of the ring with the surprise of not only who decided to get involved & who they targeted.
"SmackDown" July '01

Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam - RVD attacked Matt Hardy before the match as they went into a series of counters & reversals leading to stalemates as Jeff was able to take advantage of RVD showcasing his ego or catching him in an compromising position on more than one occasion while RVD was able execute his unique style of offense throughout different areas in & out of the ring not previously seen in WWE while also being able to counter Jeff in mid-move with one of his own including one instance that sent him off the stage as it ultimately came down to one daredevil taking advantage of another one's crash & burn in what was one received as one of the top matches of the year & in the history of the division.
Invasion '01
[Rob Van Dam: One Of A Kind]

Rob Van Dam vs. Tajiri - Both men weren't able to get an advantage over the other as a specific weapon in unique ways that hadn't been previously seen as along with attempts at submission in a fast paced match between two evenly matched opponents who have a similar style of using their "educated feet."
"RAW" July '01

Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle - Angle used his various mat wrestling styles from submission to mat wrestling while RVD used his educated feet for different kicks & aerial moves with both men using a chair to their advantage when possible in a match that couldn't be contained in the match while another man had an interest in this match based off his recent issues involving both men.
"RAW" Sept. '01

Rob Van Dam vs. The Rock - Rock was one-half of the Tag Team Champions as they went back & forth making their way from the ring to the stage area using the environment to their advantage before coming back to the ring continuing to use the weapons to make their offense more impactful while other's who had an interest in both men made their presence known.
"SmackDown" Oct. '01

Rob Van Dam vs. Undertaker - RVD used a "stick & move" strategy using his speed & quick strikes along with taking high risk early on only for Taker to be able to catch RVD on more than one occasion taking the action through the crowd using whatever they could get their hands on from fans or the environment itself to the stage area with both men using elements of that area along with more weapons to their advantage before one man delivered a major move that the other couldn't have gotten up from.
Vengeance '01

Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy - This started before the bell with Taker dominating with his power while Jeff attempted to "hit & move" & take high risk that didn't pay off allowing Taker to continue to dominate delivering a beating where it was clear he was more focused on punishing Jeff & intimidate Lita than trying to win the match to the point where another person who had his issues with Jeff & Lita had sympathy for them.
"RAW" Dec. '01

Undertaker vs. Tajiri - The first time the Crusierweight Champion challenged for the championship while Tajiri had Torrie Wilson at ringside as Tajiri's relied on his style of fast strikes & kicks with his superior speed while taking advantage of the stipulation using tactics as defensive while Taker was able to fight off some of his signature moves & using weapons still being able to catch Tajiri & working over a bodypart as he once again was more focused on punishing his opponent than winning.
"SmackDown" Dec. '01

Undertaker vs. Maven - Maven arguably had the highlight of his entire career a month earlier eliminating Taker from the Royal Rumble only for him to be repeatedly punished for it since leading up to this match with his Tough Enough trainer Al Snow attempting to help him through teaching or even getting physically involved only for Taker to be completely dominate continuing to punish him & anyone else who attempted to get involved before someone else decided to give his own receipt.
"SmackDown" Feb. '02

Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Raven - Both men came out the gate using different weapons to hit each other with from your typical trash can lids & cookie sheets to unique weapons such a blackboard & stop sign in with the bigger picture being how the 24/7 rule coming into effect once again only for someone to be left laying "crying the blues."
"RAW" Apr. '02

Steven Richards vs. Booker T - One man had the advantage while attempting to toss in weapons only for them to be tossed right out only for other weapons to still be utilized by both men in unique ways from Booker utilizing his various kicks to Steven focusing on specific areas of the body with the 24/7 rule coming into play more than once.
Insurrextion '02

Steven Richards vs. Terri - This was another one of those cases where what happened in the history of the championship had never happened before & never happened again all based off a backstage interview.
"RAW" May '02

Bradshaw vs. Jeff Hardy - Bradshaw had the superior size advantage which came to his advantage being able to catch & overpower Hardy along with beat him down with his brawling tactics while Hardy relied on his superior speed & daredevil offense including using a specific object to his advantage with both men not holding back when it came to using weapons against their opponent.
"RAW" July '02

Tommy Dreamer vs. Bradshaw - This match didn't make it's way to the ring & got started destroying the backstage area fighting through the crowd with weapons that were the signature of both men being used along with the ringside environment coming into play & both men continuing to get more physical as the match progressed.
"RAW" Aug. '02

Tommy Dreamer vs. Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam - This was a title Unification Match as both men had stalemate early on as both men utilized the same weapons in different ways from a kendo stick to a ladder while also being able to use the weapons to make their own signature moves more impactful or for unique counters to each other's offense as it came down to one man being able to take advantage of another's "crash & burn" in the final Hardcore Championship match.
"RAW" Aug. '02

(Blu-Ray) Al Snow vs. Big Boss Man - Boss Man held Snow's pet dog Pepper hostage at ringside in order to get a title match with Snow utilizing weapons while Boss Man kept taking advantage of Snow's distraction of being more focused on Pepper than the match itself.
"SmackDown" Aug. '99

(Blu-Ray) Crash vs. Mark Henry - Crash attempted to use whatever he could to get the advantage while Henry used his size & power but it was when someone else got involved that they ended up creating one of the most infamous moments in WWE that we've never seen before or since.
"RAW" Feb. '00

(Blu-Ray) Crash Holly vs. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Tazz vs. Perry Saturn - One fall to a finish as this started is the isleway before the bell & quickly went to the stage area with more than one opponent climbing & coming off the stage with pieces of the structure broken & used as a weapon as we saw multiple objects used as weapons along with short term alliances made & long term alliances fighting against each other in what was non-stop action from start to finish.
Backlash '00
[WWF Hardcore]

(Blu-Ray) Steve Blackman vs. Test - Blackman was originally scheduled to defend his championship against someone else before Test decided to attack backstage fighting through the crowd to ringside using weapons before Blackman was able to recover using the weapons himself & taking advantage of any miscommunication between Test & anyone else who decided to get involved before one man was able to take advantage of how the situation played out.
"RAW" Aug. '00

(Blu-Ray) Hardcore Championship Invitational Match: Steve Blackman vs. Crash vs. Test vs. Perry Saturn vs. Sho Funaki vs. Al Snow - This match took place under the same rules as the Hardcore Battle Royal at WrestleMania months earlier where the match had a 10 minute time limit which the championship could change hands an unlimited amount of times during only for the man who was the current champion at the end of the time limit being the winner & given a 24 hour rest from the 24/7 rule. This match saw many various highlights such as various weapons used from objects to the opponents themselves, all sorts of high risk being taken in & outside of the ring, what the managers Trish & Terri got when they attempted to get involved, the action being taken all around around the building from ringside to the crowd to backstage with the championship changing hands different times throughout the contest.
Unforgiven '00

(Blu-Ray) Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle - This started in the isleway with Angle bouncing RVD's head off whatever he could at ringside only for RVD to fight back into the the crowd & using the barricade to this advantage as both men used weapons like a chair in different ways with this ultimately coming down to others trying to get involved allowing one man to take advantage of the situation.
"RAW" Aug. '01

(Blu-Ray) Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho - Both men were evenly matched early on with back & forth exchanges ending in stalemates before Jericho took advantage of RVD's ego attempting to neutralize his speed & high risk offense while RVD was still able to rely on his educated feet as both men were able to counter the other's signature maneuvers while utilizing the ladder that came into play in various ways leading to quite a few unique visuals that haven't been seen in the division up to this point from different holds & submissions applied to the falls & dives off of it with both men utilizing the ringside environment & other weapons to their advantage in a match that I consider a "lost classic" when it comes to the history of the championship that was very competitive from start to finish.
Unforgiven '01

(Blu-Ray) Undertaker vs. Big Show - Show took the fight to Taker literally chasing him up on the ramp on his bike beating him back to the ring with Taker's offense having no effect as Show was able to beat Taker down until Taker was able to neutralize him heavily focusing on a part of the body using whatever weapons possible along with other desperate to the point where it effected Show throughout the rest of the match.
"SmackDown" Jan. '02

(Blu-Ray) Goldust vs. Rob Van Dam - RVD took the fight to Goldust before the bell using his high risk maneuvers & utilizing weapons around the ringside environment while Goldust was able to take advantage of his high risk not paying off using the weapons to his advantage with someone else at ringside getting caught in the action.
"SmackDown" Mar. '02

(Blu-Ray) Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Booker T - We have a special type of "battle" before the match as both men brawled against each other using weapons & their signature maneuvers in a short contest that's only significant for what would be on the first interactions between two men that would be associated with each other for a significant amount of time.
"RAW" Apr. '02

As I said before this division was defined by the words "chaotic" & "fun" as this DVD showcased some of the toughest & crazy & entertaining moments from the Attitude Era where it began to the Ruthless Aggression era where it ended. The positives is that the set is TV-14 as WWE programming was during that time so nothing was heavily edited or censored while the only real negatives I could say is that I would have replaced some of the matches that weren't relevant or good quality with others that I personally felt had a more deserving spot on here (Hardcore Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2000 & Road Dogg's title win on the regular edition while the British Bulldog's return where he won the championship only because it marked the beginning of his final run, another of the Hardcore Holly/Al Snow matches from '99, and highlights of the WrestleMania X-8 madness in the Blu-Ray). In the end, it's a championship that definitely had it's various moments that are fun to relive & it's a set I recommend to those who want to relive the crazy four years of this championship.


WWE: The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship: 24/7 (BD) [Blu-ray]
WWE: The History of the WWE Hardcore Championship: 24/7 (BD) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Various
Price: $18.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Twenty Four Hours A Day...Seven Days A Week...Three Hundred Sixty Five Days A Year, July 1, 2016
NOTE: I've seen every match on this set except for one which I'll review later.

The Attitude Era could be summarized in many different words but two of them without a doubt was "chaotic" & "fun" but there was one championship during that era which was defined by those two words as it was defended in under stipulations & conditions & locations that have never been seen before or since on a regular basis which was twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, three hundred sixty-five days a year (with one extra day in 2000 for leap year)...this championship was the Hardcore Championship. This DVD chronicles the history of the championship from the debut & presentation of the title in 1998 to it's eventual merger into the Intercontinental Championship in 2002 hosted by former champions Mick Foley & Rob Van Dam & Raven in a round table discussion discussing the championship while it should also be noted that this set is rated TV-14.

Matches Include:
Mankind vs. Ken Shamrock - This was not only the first defense of the Hardcore Championship but a special "Champion vs. Champion" match with Shamrock being the Intercontinental Champion while Mr. McMahon & his associates watched from the top of the stage. Mankind came into match with his "corporate makeover" wearing a suit which was eventually used as a weapon by both men with the action spilling to the floor with weapons & the environment used in different ways as the fight continued all the way to the stage area in what a physical match that set the standard for what to expect in his new division.
"RAW" Nov. '98
[WWF Hardcore]

Ladder Match: Mankind vs. Big Boss Man - Boss Man was a member of Mr. McMahon's "The Corporation" stable at the time & his job here was to take away the only thing Mankind had left in his Hardcore Championship while it should be noted that Shawn Michaels was the Commissioner at the time & did commentary at ringside. Mankind was attacked by Boss Man on the floor right away with the nightstick before he was able to recover & used the steps & the ladder on Boss Man. Foley was able to use the ladder to his advantage various times such as dropping elbow drops while Boss Man was wedged inside & even doing a clothesline off it at one point but overall, this was more about pushing the story of the The Corporation continuing to screw Mankind while further push his feud with The Rock than anything else as this was more of a hardcore match than an actual ladder match.
"RAW" Nov. '98
[The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn]

Road Dogg vs. Al Snow - Al Snow was still covered in blood from the bloodbath The Brood gave him days earlier while "Head" was blindfolded with it's hair shaved as Snow attacked Road Dogg on the ramp with Dogg being able to regain control in the ring thanks to a launched chair as both men continued to use the chair along with a table & cookie sheet at ringside with the brawl being taken to different areas of the backstage area from the janitorial area to the garage with potted plants being thrown & bodies being thrown through beer kegs eventually making it's way outside in the snow with more weapons being used before it took one man's head being driven through wooden crates in what has gone down as one of the best matches in the history of the Hardcore Championship.
"RAW" Jan. '99
[Blu-Ray Edition of Attitude Era Vol. 2]

Al Snow vs. Bob Holly - Road Dogg had to forfeit the title due to injury setting up this match between the former J.O.B. Squad members. The match made it's way into the crowd & backstage early as both men used whatever they could get their hands on from the fire extinguisher, glass, trash cans, floor tiles, metal trays, mops, and even a payphone. The fight continued to outside of the building & made it's way to the Mississippi River where both men continued to use whatever they could from road signs to a wheelbarrow, and even the camera getting hit with a broken piece of wood. This was one of the most memorable matches in the history of that championship as this was the birth of "Hardcore" Holly.
"In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre" Feb. '99
[WWF Hardcore; Falls Count Anywhere]

Bob Holly vs. Steve Blackman - This started on the ramp & went backstage in the first minute using whatever they could get their hands on from TV monitors or beer kegs to outside running into the tractor trailers in another performance that helped establish the most successful run in Holly's career.
"RAW" Feb. '99

Bob Holly vs. Bart Gunn - This match had a lot of history behind it as this was another "Champion vs. Champion" match as Bart Gunn was the Brawl For All tournament champion, both were former tag team championship partners as the New Midnight Express, and Holly was the only person Bart didn't defeat in the Brawl For All by knockout. Both men started this fight very physically busting glass objects & whatever they could get their hands on around ringside eventually leading up to some impactful moves executed the stage with the announcers questioning how certain objects they used got there in the first place as it ultimately came down to one of their competitor's past coming back to haunt them.
"RAW" Feb. '99
[WWF Hardcore]

Big Boss Man vs. Al Snow - It should be noted that former champion Road Dogg made it clear he wanted a shot at the championship he was never defeated for so he joined commentary following the action throughout the match. The match didn't even make it to the ring as it started out at the stage entrance to backstage in less than a minute with various weapons being used & broken including Snow's own mascot Pepper with the action being unable to be contained inside the building going all the way across the street into different areas of the bar using whatever they could get their hands on including fans handing them items to use in a pretty wild match.
SummerSlam '99

Al Snow vs. Steve Blackman
Jakked • October 9, 1999

Test vs. Gangrel - This match went from ringside to backstage seeing some unusual objects used from a hardhat & musical instrument to the actual snow outside the building that had some innocent people getting in the way of the action while Luna, Gangrel's wife, had no issues getting physically involved from the start of action causing Test to fight in what was an unofficial inter-gender handicap match.
"SmackDown" Jan. '00

Test vs. Crash Holly - Test easily dominating Crash including tossing him into the crowd while Crash used the weapons & environment to his advantage along with his lighter size for high risk that didn't always pay off but ultimately came down to unexpected help based off what happened right before the match.
"SmackDown" Feb. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash Holly vs. Tazz - This match got taken from the ring to the crowd in the opening seconds before going backstage in a short contest that saw someone put into a section of the building that we've never seen before but more memorable for what happened afterwords that changed the entire hardcore division for the rest of it's existence.
"SmackDown" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash vs. Mean Street Posse - This took place at the airport which saw another WWE superstar & a maintenance match get involved in the action that was one of the early showing of how this title was a "hot potato" under the new 24/7 rule.
"RAW" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Crash vs. Headbangers - This was probably the most famous match during Crash's reign as the "Houdini Of Hardcore" as it took place in the family fun center of Funtime U.S.A. as they went through the arcade & playpen complete with Jerry Lawler's "Pac-Man" sound effects.
"SmackDown" Mar. '00
[WWF Hardcore; Falls Count Anywhere]

Hardcore Holly vs. Crash - Hardcore Holly won the first ever Hardcore Battle Royal the previous night at WrestleMania 2000 so Crash was looking to get it back in match that showed both men had no issues using whatever weapon it took but one man showed he had no issues doing whatever it "cost" to get what he wanted.
"RAW" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Tazz vs. Perry Saturn - This was under unique circumstances as it was not only another case of a champion challenging for the title but a champion from another promotion as Tazz had won the ECW Championship days earlier but this was more significant for how someone took advantage of the 24/7 rule completely changing the entire complex of the originally scheduled match.
"RAW" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Mean Street Posse - This occurred at the circus with the Posse using a tactic including getting the referee involved with it to try to win the championship.
"SmackDown" Apr. '00

Crash vs. Dean Malenko - This was a quick match that was significant for where this match started backstage is something you'll have to see to believe as it's never happened before or since.
"SmackDown" May '00

Crash vs. Gerald Brisco - This was one of those times where the championship match occurred under circumstances that never happened before or since due to the 24/7 rule in one of the most comedic moments in the history of the title.
"SmackDown" May '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. X-Pac - X-Pac's tag partner Road Dogg was on commentary for this match as both men gave each other as much punishment as they received from using the same weapons in unique ways to have face off's with different weapons as this was a different type of match for the championship with both men being martial arts experts.
"SmackDown" July '00

Shane McMahon vs. Steve Blackman - It should be noted that Shane won the championship earlier in the week (which is available on the Blu-Ray edition) using various shenanigans causing Blackman to stalk Shane all night leading up to match with Shane constantly trying to run away only for Blackman to finally get his hands on him & showed that he was more focus on torturing Shane than winning before Shane tried to use the same tactics that worked earlier in the week only to not only have a different result but also cause him to have what was up to that point the most memorable visual ever seen in the division.
SummerSlam '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. Edge vs. Christian - Edge & Christian made it clear that they were going to work together from the start as they used the weapons & numbers advantage only for Blackman to counter with his martial arts style & weapons of his own in what was a glorified handicap match.
"RAW" Oct. '00
[WWF Hardcore]

Steve Blackman vs. Raven vs. Hardcore Holly - This match started before all the participants got to the ring using whatever they could get their hands on to use from the crowd & backstage area to the parking lot with the big story being how you never forget that the title is always being defended 24/7.
"RAW" Dec. '00

Raven vs. Crash - Crash had his cousin Molly Holly at his side as Raven brought what would be his trademark shopping cart full of different & unusual weapons as they fought throughout the building using whatever they could get their hands on leading to some jokes & bad puns on commentary with not every attempt at offense paying off how they wanted as this fight went all the way outside where some unexpected help came into play.
"RAW" Jan. '01

Raven vs. Big Show - Raven attempted to use the same strategies that have helped him in the past with most of them not working to his advantage before others attempted to capitalize on the 24/7 rule & get involved in other ways with winner ultimately dominating his way to victory.
No Way Out '01

Big Show vs. The Rock vs. Kurt Angle - This was not only another "champion vs. champion" encounter in the history of the championship but also the first time the WWE Champion challenged for the title as this was setup to be punishment for Big Show getting involved in their championship match the night before as all 3 men interacted with each other in various ways such as two opponents working over each other only for the third to get involved as well along with some double teaming to take out the most dangerous threat in the match before things got completely out of hand to the point where the match ended in pinfall that has never been seen before or since.
"RAW" Feb. '01
[WWF Hardcore]

Raven vs. Chris Jericho - Jericho was the current Intercontinental Champion as they went back & forth with Jericho using the weapons to make his signature offense more impactful fighting outside the ring to a certain area backstage that had an effect on more than just the two competitors in this match.
"SmackDown" Mar. '01

Raven vs. Kane vs. Big Show - This match started before all three men made their way to the ring as this brawled all the way through the crowd & backstage destroying everything in their way from windows & walls to part of the stage even running each other at one point including one man constantly being used as a weapon against his opponents in a crazy three way brawl.
WrestleMania X-7
[WWF Hardcore]

Kane vs. Steven Richards - This was a quick brawl with Richards' offense having little to no effect while Kane dominated causing him to rely on his fellow Right To Censor members only for Kane to have some backup of his own.
"RAW" Apr. '01

Kane vs. Rhyno - Commissioner Regal made this match on the spot as Kane had Undertaker in his corner while Rhyno had Edge & Christian making this a glorified tag team handicap match only for the match to eventually come down to one or one while others who had an interest in this match decided to make their presence known but it should be noted that this match was only the first step in what was "lost history" made for one superstar based off what would happen later in the night.
"SmackDown" Apr. '01

Rhyno vs. Raven - This match started off with a bang & never let up as Rhyno's momentum worked in his favor running through Raven & his objects but also unable to stop himself in time whenever it was used against him in the ring or on the floor causing him to land on weapons from open chairs to stop signs including one time he missed hitting the gore on Raven but ran into something else that was another time we saw something in a match that we had never seen before as both men went non-stop from beginning to end in what was been called one of the most memorable matches in the history of the division.
Backlash '01
[WWF Hardcore]

Big Show vs. Chris Jericho - Jericho once again challenged for the championship while currently holding another title which in this case was the Tag Team Titles while not coming into this match 100% due to being sore from his T.L.C. match only days earlier as he attempted to the strategy of "hit & run" using the weapons to make his regular offense more impactful while Show used his size & power to dominate Jericho from using weapons to just easily tossing Jericho around with bigger story being who was the last man standing.
"RAW" May '01

Test vs. Rhyno - Both men brawled from the ring through the crowd to backstage with somethings not breaking how they were expected to in a quick match that had something happen that nobody expected to ever happen up to that point...especially in Madison Square Garden.
"RAW" June '01

Mike Awesome vs. Jeff Hardy - Awesome was dominate with his power catching Hardy in mid-air & throwing him around while Hardy used weapons in unique ways from different areas of the ring with the surprise of not only who decided to get involved & who they targeted.
"SmackDown" July '01

Jeff Hardy vs. Rob Van Dam - RVD attacked Matt Hardy before the match as they went into a series of counters & reversals leading to stalemates as Jeff was able to take advantage of RVD showcasing his ego or catching him in an compromising position on more than one occasion while RVD was able execute his unique style of offense throughout different areas in & out of the ring not previously seen in WWE while also being able to counter Jeff in mid-move with one of his own including one instance that sent him off the stage as it ultimately came down to one daredevil taking advantage of another one's crash & burn in what was one received as one of the top matches of the year & in the history of the division.
Invasion '01
[Rob Van Dam: One Of A Kind]

Rob Van Dam vs. Tajiri - Both men weren't able to get an advantage over the other as a specific weapon in unique ways that hadn't been previously seen as along with attempts at submission in a fast paced match between two evenly matched opponents who have a similar style of using their "educated feet."
"RAW" July '01

Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle - Angle used his various mat wrestling styles from submission to mat wrestling while RVD used his educated feet for different kicks & aerial moves with both men using a chair to their advantage when possible in a match that couldn't be contained in the match while another man had an interest in this match based off his recent issues involving both men.
"RAW" Sept. '01

Rob Van Dam vs. The Rock - Rock was one-half of the Tag Team Champions as they went back & forth making their way from the ring to the stage area using the environment to their advantage before coming back to the ring continuing to use the weapons to make their offense more impactful while other's who had an interest in both men made their presence known.
"SmackDown" Oct. '01

Rob Van Dam vs. Undertaker - RVD used a "stick & move" strategy using his speed & quick strikes along with taking high risk early on only for Taker to be able to catch RVD on more than one occasion taking the action through the crowd using whatever they could get their hands on from fans or the environment itself to the stage area with both men using elements of that area along with more weapons to their advantage before one man delivered a major move that the other couldn't have gotten up from.
Vengeance '01

Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy - This started before the bell with Taker dominating with his power while Jeff attempted to "hit & move" & take high risk that didn't pay off allowing Taker to continue to dominate delivering a beating where it was clear he was more focused on punishing Jeff & intimidate Lita than trying to win the match to the point where another person who had his issues with Jeff & Lita had sympathy for them.
"RAW" Dec. '01

Undertaker vs. Tajiri - The first time the Crusierweight Champion challenged for the championship while Tajiri had Torrie Wilson at ringside as Tajiri's relied on his style of fast strikes & kicks with his superior speed while taking advantage of the stipulation using tactics as defensive while Taker was able to fight off some of his signature moves & using weapons still being able to catch Tajiri & working over a bodypart as he once again was more focused on punishing his opponent than winning.
"SmackDown" Dec. '01

Undertaker vs. Maven - Maven arguably had the highlight of his entire career a month earlier eliminating Taker from the Royal Rumble only for him to be repeatedly punished for it since leading up to this match with his Tough Enough trainer Al Snow attempting to help him through teaching or even getting physically involved only for Taker to be completely dominate continuing to punish him & anyone else who attempted to get involved before someone else decided to give his own receipt.
"SmackDown" Feb. '02

Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Raven - Both men came out the gate using different weapons to hit each other with from your typical trash can lids & cookie sheets to unique weapons such a blackboard & stop sign in with the bigger picture being how the 24/7 rule coming into effect once again only for someone to be left laying "crying the blues."
"RAW" Apr. '02

Steven Richards vs. Booker T - One man had the advantage while attempting to toss in weapons only for them to be tossed right out only for other weapons to still be utilized by both men in unique ways from Booker utilizing his various kicks to Steven focusing on specific areas of the body with the 24/7 rule coming into play more than once.
Insurrextion '02

Steven Richards vs. Terri - This was another one of those cases where what happened in the history of the championship had never happened before & never happened again all based off a backstage interview.
"RAW" May '02

Bradshaw vs. Jeff Hardy - Bradshaw had the superior size advantage which came to his advantage being able to catch & overpower Hardy along with beat him down with his brawling tactics while Hardy relied on his superior speed & daredevil offense including using a specific object to his advantage with both men not holding back when it came to using weapons against their opponent.
"RAW" July '02

Tommy Dreamer vs. Bradshaw - This match didn't make it's way to the ring & got started destroying the backstage area fighting through the crowd with weapons that were the signature of both men being used along with the ringside environment coming into play & both men continuing to get more physical as the match progressed.
"RAW" Aug. '02

Tommy Dreamer vs. Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam - This was a title Unification Match as both men had stalemate early on as both men utilized the same weapons in different ways from a kendo stick to a ladder while also being able to use the weapons to make their own signature moves more impactful or for unique counters to each other's offense as it came down to one man being able to take advantage of another's "crash & burn" in the final Hardcore Championship match.
"RAW" Aug. '02

(Blu-Ray) Al Snow vs. Big Boss Man - Boss Man held Snow's pet dog Pepper hostage at ringside in order to get a title match with Snow utilizing weapons while Boss Man kept taking advantage of Snow's distraction of being more focused on Pepper than the match itself.
"SmackDown" Aug. '99

(Blu-Ray) Crash vs. Mark Henry - Crash attempted to use whatever he could to get the advantage while Henry used his size & power but it was when someone else got involved that they ended up creating one of the most infamous moments in WWE that we've never seen before or since.
"RAW" Feb. '00

(Blu-Ray) Crash Holly vs. Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Tazz vs. Perry Saturn - One fall to a finish as this started is the isleway before the bell & quickly went to the stage area with more than one opponent climbing & coming off the stage with pieces of the structure broken & used as a weapon as we saw multiple objects used as weapons along with short term alliances made & long term alliances fighting against each other in what was non-stop action from start to finish.
Backlash '00
[WWF Hardcore]

(Blu-Ray) Steve Blackman vs. Test - Blackman was originally scheduled to defend his championship against someone else before Test decided to attack backstage fighting through the crowd to ringside using weapons before Blackman was able to recover using the weapons himself & taking advantage of any miscommunication between Test & anyone else who decided to get involved before one man was able to take advantage of how the situation played out.
"RAW" Aug. '00

(Blu-Ray) Hardcore Championship Invitational Match: Steve Blackman vs. Crash vs. Test vs. Perry Saturn vs. Sho Funaki vs. Al Snow - This match took place under the same rules as the Hardcore Battle Royal at WrestleMania months earlier where the match had a 10 minute time limit which the championship could change hands an unlimited amount of times during only for the man who was the current champion at the end of the time limit being the winner & given a 24 hour rest from the 24/7 rule. This match saw many various highlights such as various weapons used from objects to the opponents themselves, all sorts of high risk being taken in & outside of the ring, what the managers Trish & Terri got when they attempted to get involved, the action being taken all around around the building from ringside to the crowd to backstage with the championship changing hands different times throughout the contest.
Unforgiven '00

(Blu-Ray) Rob Van Dam vs. Kurt Angle - This started in the isleway with Angle bouncing RVD's head off whatever he could at ringside only for RVD to fight back into the the crowd & using the barricade to this advantage as both men used weapons like a chair in different ways with this ultimately coming down to others trying to get involved allowing one man to take advantage of the situation.
"RAW" Aug. '01

(Blu-Ray) Rob Van Dam vs. Chris Jericho - Both men were evenly matched early on with back & forth exchanges ending in stalemates before Jericho took advantage of RVD's ego attempting to neutralize his speed & high risk offense while RVD was still able to rely on his educated feet as both men were able to counter the other's signature maneuvers while utilizing the ladder that came into play in various ways leading to quite a few unique visuals that haven't been seen in the division up to this point from different holds & submissions applied to the falls & dives off of it with both men utilizing the ringside environment & other weapons to their advantage in a match that I consider a "lost classic" when it comes to the history of the championship that was very competitive from start to finish.
Unforgiven '01

(Blu-Ray) Undertaker vs. Big Show - Show took the fight to Taker literally chasing him up on the ramp on his bike beating him back to the ring with Taker's offense having no effect as Show was able to beat Taker down until Taker was able to neutralize him heavily focusing on a part of the body using whatever weapons possible along with other desperate to the point where it effected Show throughout the rest of the match.
"SmackDown" Jan. '02

(Blu-Ray) Goldust vs. Rob Van Dam - RVD took the fight to Goldust before the bell using his high risk maneuvers & utilizing weapons around the ringside environment while Goldust was able to take advantage of his high risk not paying off using the weapons to his advantage with someone else at ringside getting caught in the action.
"SmackDown" Mar. '02

(Blu-Ray) Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Booker T - We have a special type of "battle" before the match as both men brawled against each other using weapons & their signature maneuvers in a short contest that's only significant for what would be on the first interactions between two men that would be associated with each other for a significant amount of time.
"RAW" Apr. '02

As I said before this division was defined by the words "chaotic" & "fun" as this DVD showcased some of the toughest & crazy & entertaining moments from the Attitude Era where it began to the Ruthless Aggression era where it ended. The positives is that the set is TV-14 as WWE programming was during that time so nothing was heavily edited or censored while the only real negatives I could say is that I would have replaced some of the matches that weren't relevant or good quality with others that I personally felt had a more deserving spot on here (Hardcore Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2000 & Road Dogg's title win on the regular edition while the British Bulldog's return where he won the championship only because it marked the beginning of his final run, another of the Hardcore Holly/Al Snow matches from '99, and highlights of the WrestleMania X-8 madness in the Blu-Ray). In the end, it's a championship that definitely had it's various moments that are fun to relive & it's a set I recommend to those who want to relive the crazy four years of this championship.


WWE: Money In The Bank 2016
WWE: Money In The Bank 2016
DVD ~ Various
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The Lunatic Goes To The Bank, June 28, 2016
This review is from: WWE: Money In The Bank 2016 (DVD)
Tag Team Champions New Day vs. Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Vaudvillians vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson - It should be noted for those who pay attention to these things that the New Day had a "insider" reference to another dominate group in wrestling during their entrance as this was non-stop & fast paced with action that you would expect from opposing teams breaking up pinfalls, all eight brawling at one time, the action taking place both in & outside of the ring, each time having an opportunity to showcase themselves, and some teamwork between opponents in a good opening match with the only negative is that it was heavily obvious that their timing was off at some points.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin - Their series continues (the previous two matches on the last two Kickoff Shows) with Dolph using his superior quickness only for Corbin to showcase that he not only had some speed of his own & also power including a punch to almost knocked him out & kept staying one step ahead & having counters while Dolph continued to attempt to execute some of his trademark offense & even show that he had Corbin's number as well in a good match that was definitely Corbin's best performance since WrestleMania.

Natayla & Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke - Natayla & Becky were in control early showcasing some teamwork while Charlotte & Dana resorted to illegal tactics to regain & maintain control from distractions to working over in the corner while attempting to keeping one opponent isolated from her partner as it ultimately came down to one team taking advantage of a mistiming of the other in a solid match that was more significant for the aftermath.

Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus - This started off with a bang as the action got started before the bell & both men being aggressive in the ring & one taking it the next level on the floor as both men continued to trade momentum with Sheamus continuing to deliver physical strikes while Crews also showcased his athleticism leaving his feet for various offensive maneuvers along with his own power only for Sheamus to leave his feet himself in a solid physical match.

John Cena vs. A.J. Styles - The dream match started off with one man literally "running circles around" his opponent only to tossed on his behind as Styles showed that he had Cena scouted repeatedly countering his offense or taking a hit only to come right back & deliver one of his own stopping the momentum while Cena was able to have his own counters to A.J.'s offense including causing him to crash & burn on the floor as both men continued to trade momentum from submissions to their signature maneuvers along with series of unique reversals & counters from that I don't recall seeing in WWE before with both men showing effects of the match as time went on leading up without a doubt the one moment that definitely left a bad taste in everyone's mouth to the point where even the announce team were all on the same page as this was one of those cases where if you can get past the ending (depending on how you look at it) then this lived up to the expectations of a dream match.

Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio - This match started off as a 6 way brawl between everyone & didn't stop with various highlights such as the ladder being used either was a weapon including one man trapped inside it, an "uppercut party only" to be topped by another party of an offensive move, various signature offense performed on the ladder, one giant swing ending badly for the opponent, and eventually all six men fighting on ladders at the same time for the case in what was a great ladder match full of crazy & hard bumps.

United States Champion Rusev vs. Titus O'Neal - Titus had his sons at ringside with this PPV taking place on Father's Day only for Rusev to taunt them causing both men to come aggressive at each other on the outside taking each other out in the first move of the match only to continue using the environment around them before making their way back into the ring with Rusev heavily focusing on a specific area of the body & continuing to taunt his kids at ringside while Titus was able to use his opponent's momentum against him along with his own power to deliver offense & counter Rusev's in what was a good back & forth match that was the best I've ever seen Titus O'Neal outside of the Primetime Players.

WWE Champion Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins - Roman was able to keep showing up Seth with his superior power early on only for Seth to come at Roman with his superior speed with Roman being able to keep using his momentum against him or stopping it dead in it's tracks as he kept getting more & more physical to the point where the referee had to get physical himself to separate the two as they continued to trade momentum Roman continuing to use his power & other tactics including a version of the powerbomb I haven't previously seen while Seth had the speed & agility with aerial maneuvers coming off or over the top rope while both continued to avoid & counter the other's signature offense in a hard hitting bout...only for another man's earlier prediction on what would happen afterwords to be "cashed in."

(Kickoff Show) Golden Truth vs. Breezango - Tyler Breeze & Fandango came into this match heavily burned from being locked inside the tanning booth earlier in the week to the point where they were extra sensitive whenever they were touched from Truth & Goldust chopping them to even tagging their partners in a basic tag match that was strictly played for silliness but also gave a long overdue moment for Goldust & R-Truth.

(Kickoff Show) Lucha Dragons vs. Dudley Boyz - The Dudleys attempted to lure one of their opponents into their corner early on only for it not to work at the Dragons delivered their fast paced lucha libre influenced style with different aerial moves from different positions of the ring either individually or as a team while the Dudleys were able to take advantage of an opening singling out one opponent working over a part of the body neutralizing their superior speed in a solid match that could have been better if given more time.

It should be noted that WWE went into overtime (similar to WrestleMania) with the event itself going 3.5 hours plus the kickoff matches as they kept advertising this as the best Money In The Bank PPV & I have to say that there have been better matches on previous events but this was definitely the best card (but not perfect) from start to finish I can remember as you had a mix of everything while some superstars stepped up & gave the best performances I've seen from them in recent memory which I recommend for a viewing.


WWE: Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure (BD) [Blu-ray]
WWE: Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure (BD) [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Eric Bischoff
Price: $22.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Controversy Equals Cash, June 15, 2016
During the opening video of this presentation, many names past & present of the wrestling industry were shown through various past clips giving their opinion of this match which definitely was "controversial" to say the least as that's the one name that's always followed this man throughout his career as his life story has been told in parts by different people but never the entire story until now by the name himself...Eric Bischoff. This is another unique presentation done by WWE not just because it's a rarity to do this type of documentary on a talent who made his life in this business through various areas of the business but also hear from various names throughout including his family (brother Mark, wife Loree, sister Lori), Sonny Onoo, Greg Gagne, Jason Hervey, Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, ex-WCW President Bill Shaw, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Madusa, ex-Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller and archival comments from Dusty Rhodes & Ted Turner.

The documentary starts out discussing growing up in different cities & how the certain people there had an influence on him to this day before going into him being a successful business man at an early age along with various types of work he would do including one that led to him meeting his wife. How a business venture lead to him working in the AWA & overnight becoming the lead announcer was discussed next before going into how his loyalty was hurting him leading to his WCW run as an announcer from how it started with a guy he had a physical fight with only months earlier & the actual reason he was hired to the details of how he eventually became the Executive Producer followed by a very detailed steps he had in order to change the problems that had plagued WCW for the previous years. A major part of the presentation was discussed next from how the idea of "Monday Nitro" came about & using the formula of S.A.R.S.A. to become the top of the industry & beyond with the different amounts of branding WCW had throughout pop culture before going into the different issues of what caused the downfall of it all from WCW itself to the parent corporation followed by his return months later causing him to attempt to purchase the company & why the deal fell through with an interesting fact stated of what other network offered to air the show but why they couldn't take the deal. His WWE run was discussed next from what he remembers about the initial phone call from Vince McMahon, the difference between his character here & in WCW, and the only time he offered a change in anything presented to him before the documentary concluded discussing his Bischoff/Hervey Entertainment company & reflecting on his life. Also shown throughout the documentary was Bischoff talking about other subjects in his personal life such as his current hometown, his Buffalo Bill Cody Beer brand, love for motorcycles, and responding to the comments made about him in previous WWE projects.

DVD extras include his WWE Network television specials of his two part interview with J.B.L. & a countdown of his Top 10 Controversial Moments; various television promos & interviews throughout his entire career in different promotions as both an interviewer, executive & talent; a bonus match featuring himself against Larry Zbyszko with Bret Hart as the special referee (Starrcade '97); and bonus stories of what he was selling at a young age; a family tradition of hunting; who was the original wrestling fan in their family; his education troubles in high school; what he learned about believably from Verne Gagne; how his first memories of the AOL Time Warner merger came from a celebration party; Chris Jericho talking about a one liner Bischoff gave him in regards to his contract; addressing specifically what "creative control" was in contracts; stories behind the favor & image of his beer; his love of horseback riding; and comparing his life to a spider web while also reflecting on different moments throughout his career from firing referee Randy Anderson; his feud with Jay Leno; memories of his WWE debut; how the Billy & Chuck wedding was the funnest moment of his career; Kevin Nash remembering powerbombing him through the stage; and Chris Jericho reflecting on their Highlight Reel with Steve Austin. Blu-Ray extras include more television promos & interviews and his "matches" against Mr. McMahon (Slamboree '98 & "RAW" Feb. '04) & Hair Match against Eugene (Taboo Tuesday '05).

Eric Bischoff's story is something that has been told numerous times over the years through different presentations so most of what was said here in regards to his WCW tenure which was what a majority of this presentation covered so there isn't much more to say that hasn't already been said minus a few specific details or that we hear Bischoff's point of view for one of the first times while other subjects in regards to Bischoff that have been talked to death (ala lawsuit with Ric Flair in '98) were left out & whatever wasn't covered or given enough details on in the presentation I felt was covered in the J.B.L. interview in the extras with the only other negative I can say is that some of his most significant/infamous moments were still missing in the extras (i.e. Roddy Piper revealing him as a member of the nWo). In the end, this that was one of those presentations similar to to Paul Heyman's where you got different perspectives & views on the behind the scenes of the wrestling industry through different promotions & positions so I recommend this for those fans who are interested in hearing about wrestling from either a behind the scenes or executive point of view.


WWE: Eric Bischoff - Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure
WWE: Eric Bischoff - Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure
DVD ~ Eric Bischoff
Price: $17.99
26 used & new from $16.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Controversy Equals Cash, June 15, 2016
During the opening video of this presentation, many names past & present of the wrestling industry were shown through various past clips giving their opinion of this match which definitely was "controversial" to say the least as that's the one name that's always followed this man throughout his career as his life story has been told in parts by different people but never the entire story until now by the name himself...Eric Bischoff. This is another unique presentation done by WWE not just because it's a rarity to do this type of documentary on a talent who made his life in this business through various areas of the business but also hear from various names throughout including his family (brother Mark, wife Loree, sister Lori), Sonny Onoo, Greg Gagne, Jason Hervey, Diamond Dallas Page, Kevin Nash, ex-WCW President Bill Shaw, Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Cody Rhodes, Chris Jericho, Madusa, ex-Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller and archival comments from Dusty Rhodes & Ted Turner.

The documentary starts out discussing growing up in different cities & how the certain people there had an influence on him to this day before going into him being a successful business man at an early age along with various types of work he would do including one that led to him meeting his wife. How a business venture lead to him working in the AWA & overnight becoming the lead announcer was discussed next before going into how his loyalty was hurting him leading to his WCW run as an announcer from how it started with a guy he had a physical fight with only months earlier & the actual reason he was hired to the details of how he eventually became the Executive Producer followed by a very detailed steps he had in order to change the problems that had plagued WCW for the previous years. A major part of the presentation was discussed next from how the idea of "Monday Nitro" came about & using the formula of S.A.R.S.A. to become the top of the industry & beyond with the different amounts of branding WCW had throughout pop culture before going into the different issues of what caused the downfall of it all from WCW itself to the parent corporation followed by his return months later causing him to attempt to purchase the company & why the deal fell through with an interesting fact stated of what other network offered to air the show but why they couldn't take the deal. His WWE run was discussed next from what he remembers about the initial phone call from Vince McMahon, the difference between his character here & in WCW, and the only time he offered a change in anything presented to him before the documentary concluded discussing his Bischoff/Hervey Entertainment company & reflecting on his life. Also shown throughout the documentary was Bischoff talking about other subjects in his personal life such as his current hometown, his Buffalo Bill Cody Beer brand, love for motorcycles, and responding to the comments made about him in previous WWE projects.

DVD extras include his WWE Network television specials of his two part interview with J.B.L. & a countdown of his Top 10 Controversial Moments; various television promos & interviews throughout his entire career in different promotions as both an interviewer, executive & talent; a bonus match featuring himself against Larry Zbyszko with Bret Hart as the special referee (Starrcade '97); and bonus stories of what he was selling at a young age; a family tradition of hunting; who was the original wrestling fan in their family; his education troubles in high school; what he learned about believably from Verne Gagne; how his first memories of the AOL Time Warner merger came from a celebration party; Chris Jericho talking about a one liner Bischoff gave him in regards to his contract; addressing specifically what "creative control" was in contracts; stories behind the favor & image of his beer; his love of horseback riding; and comparing his life to a spider web while also reflecting on different moments throughout his career from firing referee Randy Anderson; his feud with Jay Leno; memories of his WWE debut; how the Billy & Chuck wedding was the funnest moment of his career; Kevin Nash remembering powerbombing him through the stage; and Chris Jericho reflecting on their Highlight Reel with Steve Austin. Blu-Ray extras include more television promos & interviews and his "matches" against Mr. McMahon (Slamboree '98 & "RAW" Feb. '04) & Hair Match against Eugene (Taboo Tuesday '05).

Eric Bischoff's story is something that has been told numerous times over the years through different presentations so most of what was said here in regards to his WCW tenure which was what a majority of this presentation covered so there isn't much more to say that hasn't already been said minus a few specific details or that we hear Bischoff's point of view for one of the first times while other subjects in regards to Bischoff that have been talked to death (ala lawsuit with Ric Flair in '98) were left out & whatever wasn't covered or given enough details on in the presentation I felt was covered in the J.B.L. interview in the extras with the only other negative I can say is that some of his most significant/infamous moments were still missing in the extras (i.e. Roddy Piper revealing him as a member of the nWo). In the end, this that was one of those presentations similar to to Paul Heyman's where you got different perspectives & views on the behind the scenes of the wrestling industry through different promotions & positions so I recommend this for those fans who are interested in hearing about wrestling from either a behind the scenes or executive point of view.


WWE: Extreme Rules 2016
WWE: Extreme Rules 2016
DVD ~ Various
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tornados...Four Ways...Asylums...Submissions...And More On This Extreme Night, June 6, 2016
This review is from: WWE: Extreme Rules 2016 (DVD)
Tornado Tag Match: The Usos vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson - All four men were legal under these rules as the match didn't even start in the ring going all around ringside & in the crowd as the Usos relied on their various aerial assault coming off & over the top rope along with moves like a suicide dive while "The Club" used their brawling & power advantage as both teams traded momentum with double teaming & having their own "superkick party" along with bring an outside object into play in a back & forth brawl.

United States Champion Kalisko vs. Rusev - Kalisko came into this match with a bad back from an attack earlier in the week on RAW with Rusev showcasing his dominance easily using his power & size to slowly work over the back area including a move referencing a former history making United States Champion while Kalisko heavily relied on his fast paced offense including using Rusev's own momentum against him & different aerial moves from various positions of the ring with the high risk not always paying off in a "David vs. Goliath" type of match with one man coming out looking the best he has been in over a year.

Tag Team Champions New Day vs. Vaudvillians - New Day was represented by Xavier Woods & Big E with Kofi on the outside as the Vaudvillians were aggressive grounding their opponents & isolating one half of their opponents along with illegal tactics to keep the advantage while New Day relied on their individual strengths from Big E's power to Woods athleticism while reminding everyone they had no issues bending the rules themselves in a short but entertaining match.

Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens - This started off with a bang as one man did something right at the opening bell that made everyone freeze for a few seconds before the action picked up with all four interacting their other opponents from one on one to all four together throughout different times leading to such highlights as aerial offense landing on more than one opponent, a Tower Of Doom powerbomb, two men very obsessed with each other throughout the match, who's strategy was to pick the bones of his opponent's work, very unique counters executed, and one of the one of the longest giant swings ever in the match that stole the show as it was non-stop action with one big move after another.

Asylum Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho - This match has been seen in various forms in other organizations (Bowery Death Match in WCW) but it's a steel cage match with weapons hanging from the top to use with the only way to win is by pinfall or submission. Both men used the cage as a weapon against their opponent while taking advantage of the weapons they were able to use including one that got most references to Perry Saturn than I've heard in almost 15 years while others ranged from kendo sticks to even nunchucks as both men took whippings from a leather strap & trying to avoid objects that haven't been seen in a WWE ring in close to a decade among others in what was the most intense & brutal match in recent WWE "PG rated" history that could be classified as "hardcore."

Submission Match: Womens Champion Charlotte vs. Natayla - Ric Flair was barred from ringside or Charlotte would forfeit her championship. Both men went for submissions early on before the action spilled out to the floor with one woman hurting a body part causing her opponent to heavily focused on it as both women went through a series of one submission reversed or eventually countered into another including other impactful moves used by both women from a powerbomb to german suplex in what pretty much as been the story between both women throughout the entire feud where they don't have bad matches but bad finishes.

Extreme Rules Match: WWE Champion Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles - Both men started feeling each other out with Roman having the power advantage while Styles had superior speed as the action couldn't be contained in the ring going throughout the crowd even to an area of the arena that we rarely see action at with all areas of ringside coming into play multiple times before settling back in the ring with both men having counters to the other's signature offense such as catching their opponent's in mid-air while also singling out different areas of the body in unique ways along with utilizing weapons & their alliances the best way possible in what was a hell of an awesome main event brawl.

(Kickoff Show) No Disqualification Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin - A rematch from the previous kickoff show in what saw one man run into the post shoulder first in the opening seconds making that a direct target for his opponent throughout the match while taking advantage of the stipulation only for his opponent to keep having counters to what he did with both men taking advantage of the match stipulation with the winner doing something that everyone found very questionable although the stipulation allowed it.

I enjoyed the show overall as this event is one of my favorites every year so I recommend.


WWE: Payback 2016 (DVD)
WWE: Payback 2016 (DVD)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will The Shane McMahon Era Continue?, May 5, 2016
This review is from: WWE: Payback 2016 (DVD) (DVD)
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. Vaudvillians - The New Day kicked off the show & was at ringside for the finals of their tournament to determine the new challengers for their Tag Team Championship in a match that went back & forth between both teams but never really left first gear due to an injury caused the match to end very suddenly. The announce team continued to give updates throughout the night which thankfully was only a concussion & not worse than what it could have been.

Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens - A rivalry that goes back over a decade through different names & promotions with this being their first WWE PPV singles match. Both started trading fist right from the start with both men being very aggressive both in the ring & outside using the environment around them to their advantage as they traded momentum with impactful moves including delivering the same move back to back & having counters for their opponents signature offense as it literally came down to one man being able to catch the other in a match that J.B.L. on commentary said, "someone call the sheriff, they just stole the show!"

Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Cesaro - There was a special commentator who had an interest in this match as Cesaro was dominate early with his power including catching Miz in mid-air & athleticism such as reaching him on the top rope for a dropkick while executing strong strikes & submission attempts but Miz was able to take advantage of distractions focusing on an injured part of the body & attempting to neutralize his opponent's power advantage in a good match that was overshadowed by others who had unresolved issues going on at the same time.

Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho - They traded momentum early with Dean using his trademark punches & kicks along with taking a page out of Jericho's own playbook mocking him at one point while Jericho used his signature offense from different submissions to going aerial as they kept going back & forth using their opponent's momentum against them & taking high risk just to put their opponent down utilizing counters on more than one occasion resulting in a competitive match.

Womens Champion Charlotte vs. Natayla - Charlotte had her dad, Ric Flair, in her corner as usual only for Natayla to have her uncle Bret Hart in hers for what was his first public appearance since beating cancer months earlier. Both women were even early on with each woman catching the other off guard at some point trading big moves & submissions as Charlotte heavily focused on the legs while Natayla had a more diverse style that effected different parts of the body with both women showcasing their athleticism throughout the contest in a very good contest with the only downfall being the ending.

Right around here was when Shane & Stephanie pleaded their case to Mr. McMahon over who should run RAW only to get the decision only for both to get what they want & what they didn't want at the same time.

WWE Champion Roman Reigns vs. A.J. Styles - Both men showcased their different strategies in the early moments with Styles utilizing his speed with a "hit & move" style along with repeated kicks to the hamstring while Reigns showcased his superior strength that caused Styles to be knocked out of the ring & turned outside out followed by executing the same move in different ways making a statement as they traded momentum with both men being able to counter each other's trademark offense in unique ways along with Styles going aerial in various ways including one that had such an effect on Roman that it effected the rest of the match in more ways than one with both men getting more aggressive as the match went on & taking advantage of their surroundings weather it was objects or other people around ringside resulting in what was a highly competitive match with the only downfall being the decisions that were made during the match that only served the purpose of further pushing another storyline from earlier in the night.

(Kickoff Show) Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin - Dolph attempted to take the fight to Corbin only for him to shove it off & completely dominate using his power focusing on a part of the body he injured in the previous weeks with his attacks while openly bending the rules to his advantage & continuing to embarrass Dolph in the process while Dolph was able to fight back hitting some big moves in a solid match that was more about telling the story of Corbin being dominate but was still a rookie.

(Kickoff Show) United States Champion Kalisko vs. Ryback - A WrestleMania rematch with Ryback doing something "special" for the Chicago crowd making his entrance to the ring & started the match strong with a knockout punch at the bell & continued to use his size & strength such as using it to easily reverse his opponent's offense or tossing him around in the ring or on the outside along with delivering impactful moves including one off the top rope that launched his opponent higher than we've ever seen him before while Kalisko relied on his speed by using Ryback's own momentum against him & using his lucha libre offense along with high risk maneuvers from different areas of the ring resulting into some moves with heavy impact of his own in a match that used the same formula of "David vs. Goliath" but a different performance than their previous ones.

This was one of those PPV that was strong from start to finish in regards to the storytelling & performances with the only thing negative I can say is just how the storylines & finishes were booked ended up in some cases taking away or overshadowing the match itself. In the end, if your can get past that & focus on the bell to bell action then this is an event worth checking out.


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