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Latest PPV DVDs offer hope
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


In the latest run of WWE PPV DVDs, the Home Video division shows a learning curve.

If you look at the order of releases, it looks like the division gets back on its feet and starts to again put effort into the extras.

There's still something missing though. Hopefully, the boys and girls in WWEHV are paying attention. Let's go to the discs.

Backlash
SLAM! Wrestling report: No filler makes for a consistent Backlash

Extras:
Interviews with Mr. Kennedy and Rob Van Dam

Rating: 0 out of 5 - Yep, that's it - only two extras and they're both interviews. The RVD interview is a strong one, but really - in the long run, the program with Vince went nowhere (we'll chalk that up to Van Dam's plans to leave the Fed). Given the history Backlash has, a bonus match would have been incredible here, but as is, don't bother with this DVD.


Judgment Day
SLAM! Wrestling report: WWE just passes on Judgment Day

Extras:
Teddy Long and Kristal celebrate with MVP and his entourage
The New Breed Story
Post-match interview with Randy Orton

Rating: 2 out of 5 - The New Breed mini-doc is a good watch, but the rest is really throwaway. This DVD screams for an extra match, but once again WWE doesn't deliver. It's sad. Really, really sad.


One Night Stand
SLAM! Wrestling report: One Night Stand a PPV gong show

Extras:
Post-match interviews with John Cena, Mark Henry and Edge
Randy Orton vs. Rob Van Dam (Raw, May 28, 2007)

Rating: 3 out of 5 - The interviews are okay, but the butter of this DVD is the Raw match. Not only does it give fans context for the bout at ONS, but is a keepsake of RVD's last TV match in the Fed.


Vengeance
SLAM! Wrestling report: Vengeance banal and badly booked

Extras:
Interviews with Barry Windham & Mike Rotunda, Magnum T.A., Harley Race, Dean Malenko and Tony Garea & Rick Martel

Rating: 4 out of 5 - It's hard to look past the larger picture of what transpired on this night (the Benoit murder-suicide), but if you can do so, get this DVD, because the interviews with wrestling legends are fantastic.


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  • WWE Backlash 2007 DVD
  • WWE Judgment Day 2007 DVD
  • ECW One Night Stand 2007 DVD
  • WWE Vengeance 2007 DVD
    Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.