Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2001. He has previously reviewed the Rey Mysterio 619 DVD, as well as various video games and books. Look for more DVD reviews in upcoming weeks here on SLAM!

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Mixed bag of WWE DVD extras
By JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling


Angle comes in and gets two on Guererro after a snap suplex. Back-and-forth action leads to Eddy getting two off his own suplex. More action between the two, including Eddy reversing the Olympic Slam into an arm drag in a lucha moment. Eddy's attempt for a frog splash only gets two, which is surprising. Benoit sneaks in after this, hits a German and the Swandive, but only gets two. Edge back in now, and he hits the Edgecution for two on Benoit. Sweet action here.

Soon after, the ring is cleared of Edge and Angle, as Benoit hits the Germans. Edge spears Eddy as he comes back in, but soon heés chucked out as Benoit locks in the Crippler Crossface for the submission on Guererro.

Angle then comes in, hits his rolling Germans on Benoit, but Edge soon follows with a missile dropkick for two. Man I thought Angle was GONE on that one, and so does the crowd.

Benoit clips Edge to re-enter the action. Edge gets a pin on Angle after the Edge-o-Matic, which Benoit inexplicably breaks up at two. Benoit then gets the Crossface on Edge, which Angle for a bizarre reason breaks up to put the ankle lock on Chris. Why are falls being broken up here if this is an elimination match?

Benoit kicks out of the ankle lock, sending Angle into the ref. Eddy, cheater that he is, rushes back into the ring with his tag title belt and nails Benoit. Edge then spears both Guererro and Benoit, and eliminates the Crippler.

Angle then comes back in, puts the ankle lock on Edge, holding him for a good long time before flipping Angle out of the ring. Action outside is back and forth, before a commercial break. Back from the break, Angle is dominating, and gets two after a short-arm clothesline. Snap suplex nets the same result. Angle dominates for a while, but Edge chops and punches his way back into the bout. Angle, however, keeps control, and gets a side sleeper to keep Edge on the mat for the arm-check. Edge makes the recovery, however, hitting a beautiful B2b overhead suplex to lead to a double KO spot. Both men are up at eight and Edge takes over, and gets the Edge-o-Matic for two.

Angle recovers, takes control, and gets two before Edge rolls him up for two. Edge then spears Angle for a CLOSE two-count. A sweet reversal sequence leads to the Edgecution for two, though almost everyone in the building thought it was three. Edge heads upstairs, for god knows what reason. Angle attempts the pop-up suplex, but Edge blocks, then hits a missile dropkick for two. This many near pins for one combatant in a row usually indicates a win by the other wrestler, just to note.

Edge attempts a spear, but Angle simply kicks him, then follows up with the Olympic Slam for two. Angle then pulls down the strap, hits the ankle lock, but Edge again gets a roll-up out of it for two. Angle, however, quickly recovers, gets a leg-sweep into an ankle lock. Edge attempts to kick out, but Angle holds on. Edge gets to the ropes though. Edge gets an enziguiri, then his own Olympic Slam for two. Edge, once again, goes up, but Angle gets the pop-up version of the Olympic Slam for three.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Rating: 8 out of 10 : Aside from a couple bad spots in the middle, this was a very solid match, and was basically the culmination of the era of the Smackdown Six.

Overall, this DVD is made by the extra match. The post-match interviews are okay if you're into that kind of stuff, but the fatal-four-way is a must-see.

WWE Backlash 2003

This DVD's review kicks off with event promos of the R ock/Goldberg and Lesnar/Cena matches. These could've been done as Easter Eggs if WWE really wanted to include them, but these really donét mean much to fans.

Next up, we get two Confidential stories on Goldberg. The first talks about Goldberg's time off after WCW's demise, then his entrance into WWE. Goldberg explains how he will maintain his character from his WCW days, calling himself the Mike Tyson of wrestling. Odd. Goldberg then talks about who he wants to face in WWE, in particular Rock.

The second piece talks about Goldberg's WCW career. The piece includes his WCW debut against Hugh Morrus. Goldberg talks about his move from football to wrestling. We then see highlights from the match against Hogan when he wins his first title from Hogan.

Both of these pieces are worth a look.

Next up, we head to Heat, with scenes involving Trish Stratus, the Dudley Boyz/Sean Morley, Team Angle (in a very funny promo), and The Rock. Then we head into the one bonus match on the DVD.

DVD Extra Match - Scott Steiner vs. Rico from 4/27/03's Sunday Night Heat.

Rico is accompanied by Jamal and Rosey for this bout. You know, I donét think anyone would ever have expected Rosey to be the biggest break-out from this trio. Steiner starts off with power moves, including what looks like a blown Gorilla Press spot. Rosey and Jamal interject themselves, after which Rico gains control with a series of sweet-looking kicks. Rico gets two off his step-over mule-kick. Rico badly blows a mock-Steiner elbow drop (Scott had rolled out of the way a lot earlier).

Steiner eventually gains the advantage with an odd-looking half powerslam, half side-Samurai Driver (read: blown spot). More power moves and taunting by Steiner leads to the Steiner Elbow. Soon after, Steiner gets the inverted DDT for the three-count.

Winner: Scott Steiner

Rating 1.5 out of 10 : Steiner looked worse than usual here. Rico's token offence wasn't enough to impress me, either.

Overall, Heat was a disappointment. It's a worthwhile inclusion on any PPV DVD, but this one was just plain bad.

Next, we get some post-match interviews, from Team Angle (again, entertaining), Theodore Long and Jazz (with some funny stuff from Long), Lance Storm, RVD/Kane and John Cena. The Long interview in particular is worth a look.

Then, we get a BRIEF look at Rey Mysterio Jr. getting loaded into an ambulance after his match with Big Show from the following Smackdown. This was utterly pointless. Why not show Mysterio's return match, or at least the full SD! Match?

Finally, we get post-PPV footage of Rock's farewell speech. This is some killer footage that should be done more often.

Overall, the DVD extras for Backlash are solid but unspectacular. There was a lot of footage that could be used, say from the "Rock Concerts" or a Los Guererros sketch. This is not an entirely necessary pick-up, but not an avoid-at-all-costs one either.

Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2001. He has previously reviewed the Rey Mysterio 619 DVD, as well as various video games and books. Look for more DVD reviews in upcoming weeks here on SLAM!