The Attitude Era is one for the ages and honestly this was the reason that most people myself included got into watching wrestling. There is no distinct time that you can direct attention to that speaks more to the culmination of wrestling hitting mainstream than this.
When I first went to my local Best Buy to purchase the attitude era DVD I immediately thought that I was about to be taken on a ride like no other thru the attitude era and experience some fresh commentary, outlooks and opinions on the things that took place during that time. That is exactly what I did not get in this pack. Now that’s not to say this is a good purchase but immediately when I saw it was only 2 disc set I got discouraged due to my sudden thought of lacking content.
The overall feel and tone of this set comes across as a quick buck for the “E” seeing as everything they gave us has already been rewashed repeatedly. Now the only cure for such blasphemy (You’re Welcome) is with some fresh outlooks on things so it will not seem as bland as before. However when you are giving us the same interviews from 2009 from The Rock and some of the washed up Raw interview of HHH just paned into a 53 minute clip fest isn’t something to slap a name on and call it a DVD.
Disc 1 is an extremely poorly construed documentary (if it deserves to be called that) where the only new footage we get are personal reflections on things from the Road Dogg Jesse James. Which probably total up to about 15 minutes of new commentary and that makes complete and utter sense because Road Dog is under a legends contract with WWE now to do these things and an appearance here and there. That would also lead to the documentary being DX heavy.
Do not get me wrong I am a DX mark but that doesn’t mean that is my sole purpose for buying the DVD and I understand that it is an adamant contributor to the era and what it stood for but last time. I checked I had the ultimate DX collection in my closet at home, I could have just watched that. The rest of disc one was just mark out moments of the attitude era, which are nice, but there is no order or direction to it all. They ended with Jericho’s debut on Raw against The Rock, a fan favorite for sure. My 1003 Holds partner (check us out every Wednesday morning with a new podcast talking the latest in wrestling) Brett made a good point when he says it seems like they just went into the vault and combined a whole lot of old footage and put it together and called it a DVD.
Disc 2 was much of the same to be honest; there was a ton of more matches but what bothered me the most was there was no direction. We would jump from a 2001 episode of SmackDown involving Jericho and Kane then snap to a 1999 episode of Raw involving HHH and The Rock. The DVD was just a crapshoot what you were going to see and honestly I asked myself how WWE end up with so much content up on Netflix virtually for free and it’s an easy answer. They do not put that much influence or time into the DVD’s and wouldn’t be surprised if they honestly just give it to an intern to edit and mash up a bunch of clips from the vault.
All in all WWE: The Attitude Era was an ok set of bunched together clips, it gave me a chance to relive some of the moments that made me a diehard wrestling fan from the start. The DVD lends a healthy comparison to the current WWE product and what is missing and wrong. Big Show said it best; it is wrestling, the same watered down crap you can only do so many times before no one begins to give a damn.
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