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PPV DVDs have ups and downs
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
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Amidst the understandable hype of a rash of new bio and documentary DVDs, WWE has released a series of new pay-per-view recordings.

As has always been the case, rather than look at the PPVs again, we're focusing solely n the extras, and as you'll see, there are the positives and negatives to each one.

Unforgiven

Extras
Unedited footage of DX
Trish Stratus Farewell interview
DX makes their way to the ring (Raw September 11, 2006)
Triple H vs. Vince McMahon (Raw September 11, 2006)

Rating: 2 out of 5 - The Trish interview makes this DVD worthwhile. All the DX footage, inevitably, will be on the new compilation recording for the duo, so you can pretty much avoid all of that footage.

Cyber Sunday

Extras
Legends partying with the Divas
Umaga (with Armando Alejandro Estrada) Post-Match interview with Todd Grisham
Rowdy Roddy Piper/Ric Flair vs. Rated RKO (November 6, 2006 Raw)

Rating: 1.5 out of 5 - The match is a nice addition and the Umaga/Estrada interview is a good show for what would come for the Samoan Bulldozer, but the Legends/Divas segment is both lame and demeaning to the female wrestlers.

Survivor Series

Extras
Todd Grisham interviews Lita after her match
Mr. McMahon's Kiss My Ass cartoon
Survivor Series 1987 match - Hulk Hogan/Paul Orndorff/Ken Patera/Bam Bam Bigelow/Don Muraco vs. One Man Gang/Andre the Giant/Rick Rude/King Kong Bundy/Butch Reed

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 - A great nod to history here with a more than decent match from the first Series, but the McMahon cartoon brings it down a notch. The Lita interview is an interesting contrast as she's allowed to say a bit of her genuine feelings, but for the most part has to stay in character.

ECW December to Dismember

Extras
Post Chamber interviews (all wrestlers)
Bobby Lashley vs. Big Show (December 5, 2006 ECW on SciFi)

Rating: 1 out of 5 - Admittedly, the post-match interviews for the Elimination Chamber are good, but considering the lacklustre PPV presented, there should have been more here. Why not put out an extra disc with a past ECW show like they did for One Night Stand II? The only thing truly noteworthy about this DVD is that we finally see a new PSA after years of video changes to the one we've seen for years.


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  • WWE Unforgiven 2006 DVD
  • WWE Cyber Sunday 2006 DVD
  • WWE Survivor Series 2006 DVD
    Jon Waldman is still hunting for the perfect PPV DVD and wants to know what you'd like in an event recording's extras. E-mail your thoughts to jonathanwaldman@hotmail.com.