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The Best of The King of the Ring DVD (3 Discs)

February 24, 2012   ·   0 Comments

I must confess, the idea of a 7 hour 26 minute long King of the Ring marathon, chronologically documenting the 17 years of its televised existence within 3 jam packed discs, overwhelmed me. Like a beautiful girl stricken with the AIDS, the situation presented both positives and negatives. I like professional wrestling, and so the idea of watching wrestling appeals to me, but the idea of 7 and a half relentless hours taken away from my 29th year for the sake of writing a short review, seemed like more of a test of stamina than form of entertainment.

Which is easily comparable to the idea of enjoying sex, but not AIDS. Although, my concerns and anxiousness towards the direction in which my life was heading, were quickly dispelled after concluding that Booker T, dressed in a ridiculously over the top kings robe, would be presenting the feature. Maybe AIDS aren’t so bad after all.
DVD 1
A nostalgic warmth ran through me, as the guttural tones of Bam Bam Bigelow bellowed their intentions through a pre match interview, resonating with memories of a fulfilled youth. Bret vs. Bam Bam was as good as I remembered, with both wrestlers technically sound throughout, performing at a pace which suited the story. I often fail to praise, and even account, the agility possessed within the Beast from the East; his matches never fail to surprise me. At a first glance, Bigelow could easily be lumbered into the category of big fat lazy wrestler, but never judge a book by its cover, or in this case, never judge a mans work rate by the size of his gut/face.

Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna, which I remember stealing the tabloid spotlight at the time, was luke warm at best. Yoko was too fat, and Hogan was too predictable. Although a match responsible for a large proportion of ticket sales, it was very dull to watch.

Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon showcased Hart’s seamless flow and professionalism towards a less capable opponent. In this one match, Owen proved himself the most naturally talented Hart to emerge from the dungeon. If given better opportunities in his short career, Owen would be the Hart everyone talked about.

Bret makes another appearance squaring off against Jerry Lawler in a kiss my foot match at KOTR 95. The pace of this match is slower compared to Bret’s bout against Bam Bam, and done so in order to accommodate the style of Lawler. The match was ok but the ever so slightly homoerotic kiss my foot gimmick, prevented the match from being taken at all seriously.

KOTR 96’s Goldust vs. Ahmed Johnson surprised me, because I wanted to hate it. Johnson’s build and presence stands for everything I detest in professional wrestling, but the steroid fuelled monstrosity suddenly started throwing himself about the ring like a flyer. And as the match progressed, Johnson became increasingly more difficult to despise, resulting in an entertaining bout.

Austin vs. Jake Roberts was a big bag of shite. Jake was playing on the injured angle, which was obviously scripted, but he could have made it at least a little bit entertaining. Maybe he was more concerned about finding his next rock of crack than he was about putting on a good show, I just don’t know, but I do know it was shit. The only reason this match was included, is because of Austin’s 3:16 post match interview.
DVD 2
The WWE championship match between Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog, is very good. Although Bulldog at times struggles to keep up with the pace of Michaels, both work to each others capabilities and pull off some nice technical spots.

Enter 1997, with Stone Cold Steve Austin against Shawn Michaels. The beginning of the match is interrupted by an eager fan suffering from downs syndrome, who jumped the barricade to get even closer to the action. Shawn takes it upon himself to act as a security guard instead of a wrestler, and helps escort the fan away from the ring. Humanitarianism or arrogance? Austin seems to answer with the latter judging by the frustration shown on his face.
Despite this unexpected interruption of flow, the match kicks into overdrive and transforms into an all time classic. Two of the most talented professional wrestlers to ever enter a ring, entertain the crowd with a lesson in how to.

Triple H vs. Mankind is a different kind of match. Due to the size of Mick, his matches are usually set at a slow and steady pace, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means the viewer has to adjust to the different style. Though once adjusted, you realize just how good Foley is. With a unique ability to tell a story through means of both physical and mental pain, emphasized by his razorblade sharp vocal chords and unstable character, Mick Foley very rarely fails to deliver (at this point in his career anyway). Very good match.

The finals at King of the Ring 1998, entertained Ken Shamrock and the Rock. I’ve always been a firm believer that Ken Shamrock should have stuck to MMA, but despite his unwillingness to properly sell the Rock’s offense, he actually contributed towards a decent match. It seems unusual to me that Ken Shamrock won this final, because WWE didn’t really do anything with after it, and surely the Rock was much more suited to a push, whose star was sky rocketing at this time.

Undertaker vs. Mankind – Hell in a Cell.
We all know the story behind this one.
Two big death defying bumps.
One tooth sticking out of his nose.
Thumbtacks damn it, not on the thumbtacks!

DVD 3
The traditional King of the Ring format became less important during later PPV’s, taking a back seat to heavily promoted championship matches. But the tournament itself has always provided exacting bouts that are often referred to as classics.

The third disc in this fantastic compilation concentrates on matches with familiar figures from the attitude era and beyond. There are a number of stand out matches on this disc, but my personal favourites include Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac for the Light Heavyweight Championship, the KOTR finals match between Kurt Angle and Edge, and Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon in a Street Fight. All of which are taken from the 2001 KOTR event.

 

Running Order:
DVD 1

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

King of the Ring Finals Match
Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon
King of the Ring 19th June, 1994

Kiss My Foot Match
Bret ‘Hit Man’ Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
King of the Ring 25th June, 1995

Intercontinental Championship Match
Goldust vs. Ahmed Johnson
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

King of the Ring Finals Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996
DVD 2:

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

King of the Ring Finals Match
Triple H vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

King of the Ring Finals Match
Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998

Hell in a Cell Match
Undertaker vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998
DVD 3:
WWE Championship Match
Undertaker vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 27th June, 1999

6 Man Tag Match for the WWE Championship
Triple H, Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. The Rock, Undertaker & Kane
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Edge vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Booker T
Judgment Day 21st May, 2006

King of the Ring Finals Match
CM Punk vs. William Regal
Monday Night Raw 21st April, 2008

King of the Ring Finals Match
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Monday Night Raw 29th November, 2010

 
DVD Rating:

9/10

 
Stephen Evans

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