September 2, 2004
Recent WWE DVDs: A hit, 2 misses
By JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling

WWE has released a few new pay-per-views on DVDs, and with those come some extras, featuring both WWE TV and exclusive footage. Enjoy this look at what each of these DVD extras have to offer, and be sure to check out the survey found at the bottom of this article.

No Way Out 2004

We all know that this was a very good pay-per-view, with Eddie Guererro winning the WWE Title from Brock Lesnar, a solid bout for the Cruiserweight Ttile between Rey Mysterio Jr. and Chavo Guererro Jr. and a pretty good match between Kurt Angle, John Cena and Big Show.

The DVD extras, however, give you a couple more reasons to want this recording. Let's start off with the DVD-exclusive content, primarily the post-match celebration for Guererro. Eddie is as real as he can be in this segment, with some great footage interspersed with celebrations amongst the wrestlers and an emotional phone call to his wife. The other segments, surrounding Mysterio Jr.'s "Crossing Borders" video (both the film and the making-of mini documentary), are passable, unless you're really into the song.

The WWE TV segments are also pretty damn good. To start, you get the final segment of the Smackdown! Royal Rumble, which saw Guererro eliminate Angle to earn the title shot. This was one of the best endings ever to a Battle Royal-type match, and is must-see. Also worth going out of your way to get a peek at is the Tajiri/Akio/Sakoda vs. Billy Kidman/Paul London/Ultimo Dragon match. While the match does not meet the high expectations many would have for it, it's still a solid outing from these six grapplers.

Also from WWE TV are more segments from Heat and promo spots highlighting the Cruiserweight and WWE Title matches.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Backlash 2004

To refresh everyone's memories, Backlash featured the return match from Wrestlemania XX, with Chris Benoit putting up the World Heavyweight Title against HHH and Shawn Michaels. The card also saw the PPV return of Edge, and what is perhaps the goriest match of the WWE year, with Mick Foley battling Randy Orton.

The extras included here are, well, lacking. In fact there are only three segments total that could not be seen on WWE TV - an "eavesdropping" on Garrison Cade and Coach afther the latter's victory over Yoshihiro Tajiri, and two post-match interviews, one with the team of Gail Kim and Molly Holly, and the other being an interview with Mick Foley.

The rest of the DVD extras are filled with Sunday Night Heat segments (including Matt Hardy vs. Val Venis), commercials promoting the PPV, and Chris Benoit's speech from Monday Night Raw in Calgary. Other than the Benoit speech, there's nothing entirely entertaining here.

Extra Rating: 1 out of 5

Judgement Day 2004

Depending on who you talk to, this was either the worst Smackdown! PPV ever (if not the worst WWE PPV), or it was a card that had a main event that saved it from being trashed beyond recognition.

It was this PPV, you see, that featured JBL and Guererro for the WWE Heavyweight Title, which ended up as a bloody-to-all-hell brawl. Also included on the very-undercard was Guererro Jr. against Jacqueline for the Cruiserweight Title, and the one quality match of the Dudleyz vs. Mysterio Jr. and Rob Van Dam.

The extras for this recording mainly highlight the title bout and another heavily-hyped bout, Booker T. vs. Undertaker. Among the WWE TV extras are JBL's illegal aliens sketch, the house show footage of Guerrero's mother's heart attack, Booker T's near Papa Shango experience, and promo spots for each bout. Also included is a vignette for the debuting Mordecai and Sunday Night Heat segments, including Funaki vs. Mark Jindrak.

The only exclusive footage is a post-match look at JBL and Guererro, as their injuries are assessed and tended to.

With so little on this DVD, it's hard to recommend the extras. If you want to see just how bad Eddy was banged up, then it's worth a rental; otherwise, you can take a pass.

Rating: 2.25 out of 5


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    Jon Waldman, Number One SLAM! Writer, has been with this hearty crew since 2004. Be sure to check out Jon on Sportsology's Ringside Recap, which this week features an exclusive interview with Sonny Siaki.


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