December 23, 2008
Decade of Decadence a must for Edgeheads
By JASON CLEVETT - SLAM! Wrestling
No matter how much I like a wrestler, when three-disc sets dedicated to their careers come out, I tend to watch it in pieces. I often can only watch so many of one wrestlers matches consecutively before I get bored. So it was with a great deal of surprise that I found myself unable to stop watching A Decade of Decadence , WWE’s newest release dedicated to Edge.
It speaks to the variety and quality of his work that the DVD set is so enjoyable. Granted, I will admit to skipping a few matches like the tag team ladder match with Christian against the Hardy Boys in 1999 and the Wrestlemania 2000 ladder match, but that is only because I have already watched them dozens of times. Aside from that, this is a damn good set of wrestling, with great one-on-one matches as well as a number of gimmick bouts.
When discussing the DVD with SLAM! Wrestling, Edge mentioned his involvement in picking matches and how he wanted to avoid repeats as much as possible. This is one of the credits to the DVD, as repeats (like the frequently-appearing Bret Hart versus Curt Hennig match from SummerSlam '91) has long been one of my biggest peeves with the WWE DVD universe. There are a few that have received DVD compilation treatment in the past: against Kurt Angle in a cage; the six-person tag from ECW One Night Stand, and Disc 3 is made up mostly of matches that ardent collectors will already have from the pay per view DVDs. But really, you can’t release a DVD of just rare matches, these matches are all highlights from Edge’s career and need to be included.
There are a number of pay per view matches against Lance Storm, Test, Batista, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, and Randy Orton. Of the matches on the set the only one that drags is the Vengeance 2004 bout with Orton. It starts and ends very well, but drags in the middle. The April 2007 RAW match between the two is much more enjoyable.
It is in the rare matches that the disc really shines. I lamented in reviewing the Mr. Perfect DVD the fact that his matches from his 2004 run weren’t included. Edge versus Perfect is a nice addition to this set, as is a 1998 match against Owen Hart. TV matches -- something often forgotten on these sets -- include bouts against Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy, Rob Van Dam and John Cena. At first one may question the inclusion of a May 2005 bout with Kane until they watch it. Not only is it a really good match, but it kicked off the on-screen relationship between Edge and Lita that pushed Edge to main event level.
The extras were the first things I watched on the set. Edge’s Intercontinental Title win over Jeff Jarret in Toronto has never been seen before [except by SLAM! Wrestling -- see Edge shocked by I-C title win] and is a great addition, as is a dark match against Christian. Edge and Matt Striker’s commentary is hysterically funny, which is a nice change from the structure of TV commentary, and it is a neat thing to see Edge at the start of his WWE career. Additions like this are something that should be included in more compilations, as it is fun to see wrestlers in their early days.
Edge’s major title wins are highlighted, showing how he cunningly defeated both John Cena and The Undertaker with Money in the Bank title shots. Edge’s feud with the Undertaker rounds out the set with their TLC and Hell in a Cell matches from this year.
Another nice touch is the interview segments and movie style trailers that bookend a lot of the matches and gives history on some of the bigger matches on the set.
In a year that has included DVD sets dedicated to incredible wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero, Ric Flair, The Rock, Mr. Perfect, and many other true mega-stars, this set shows that Edge’s name deserves to be included on that list.
Jason Clevett is a writer and entertainer from Calgary. When he's not watching DVDs he is doing reptile presentations for children. Check it out at www.calgaryreptileparties.com.