With the recent revival of D-generation X in the WWE, (For the fourth time!
And they say WWE is running out of ideas... Hah!) it's time for the company to
once again raid their archives and re-release an old title. This DVD is an
odd thing to watch. It is both a great DVD to own and a terrible one to own.
It comprises of a terrible old documentary that I wouldn't buy if it was in
a £1.50 bargain bin and a selection of extra matches that are (for the most
part) wonderful. Though can a handful of good matches really justify owning
The documentary from 1998, covers the original DX line up (Shawn Michael,
Triple H, Chyna and briefly the late great Rick Rude) and then covers up
until the rebirth of the group with the inclusion of X-Pac and The New Age
Outlaws (Road Dogg and 'Badd Ass' Billy Gunn). This is not a good as it
could or should have been. WWE should have created a new documentary with
wrestlers involved talking about the creation of the group. Instead, it does
not break Kayfabe (Wrestling slang: Belief that wrestling is real) and thus
tries to convince you that everything you see is real or a Shoot. (Sorry, no
more wrestling lingo!) However, most of what we see with DX raiding the TV
trucks and generally causing havoc and a mess only goes to prove that the
group were just an immature clone of WCW's NWO. Maybe time has been cruel to
the group's antics or I matured (highly unlikely), but I found that japes of
DX (e.g. Giving Michael Cole wedgies and gorping and drooling over Chyna who
only became the Playboy centrefold after lots and lots and lots of plastic
surgery!) to be childish and mostly unfunny.
The disk offers up eight extra matches. These try and show the evolution of
DX and succeed to some extent. However, they do make me understand why I
stopped watching wrestling during the 1995-1998 period. Most of what is on
offer is so bland as to be unwatchable, as was much of what the WWE had to
offer at this time and you can understand just why WCW were beating them in
the ratings. The matches on offer ranked out of five:
Shawn Michaels vs Mankind
This is a really good hardcore style match. Almost as good as their Mind
Games bout from 1996. As with most of the Raw matches, this I spoilt by
having a commercial break half way and it just ruins the flow of the match.
Showed the first use of HHH, Rick Rude and Chyna as backup.
Shawn Michaels& Triple H vs Mankind & Undertaker
A good match, but not a great match. Mainly here to show more early DX.
Triple H vs Bret Hart
Notable for the infamous 'Michaels sticking Canadian flag up his nose' bit.
A nice bout, which ends a bit lame.
WWE European Championship Match
Triple H vs Shawn Michaels **
I understand what they tried to achieve with this match, but just didn't
work. Interesting idea that WCW would also try with even worse consequences.
WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs Owen Hart
A solid wrestling match that is totally unmemorable. A nice match for Owen
Hart fans, but a little pointless to anyone else.
Royal Rumble-18/01/98 *****
WWE Championship Casket Match
Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker
This is known as the match were karma came and kicked HBK in the a$$! A
wonderful match and certainly the best one on the disk. Not as good as their
Hell in a Cell, but as that is now widely available (Michaels and
Underatker's disk set both contain it) it is nice to have this great, rare
No Way Out-15/02/98 ***
Unsanctioned by the WWE 8 Man Tag Match
Triple H, New Age Outlaws, Savio Vega vs Stone Cold, Cactus Jack, Chainsaw
Charlie, Owen Hart.
This should have been an elimination match as there are far too many people
in this match. How can you do a no-DQ tag team match? You can't, that's how.
A nice look at the future DX, but could have been a better match.
WWE European Championship Match
Triple H vs Owen Hart
I would have preferred the match from Wrestlemania 14, as this match seems
to be a last minute we need to fill four minutes of DVD space.
Now, I'm sure you're sitting there thinking, 'Wait a minute DX were known
for their promos and outrageous vignettes. Surely, they would have included
them here too!?' Well, they haven't, and don't call me Shirley! No, instead
of including some of the better promos the group did as a full length extra
none are made available. The fact they didn't include X-Pac's scathing promo
about WCW or the full length invasion of WCW that features in snippets on
the documentary is absurd. Some matches, such as New Age Outlaws vs Cactus
Jack & Chainsaw Charlie in a cage in which they officially became member of
DX would also have been nice. One highlight that would have made this disk
worthwhile to buy is the Summerslam Rock vs Triple H Ladder Match which was
arguably one of the best matches of 1998.
It is at times like this when I hear the words 'Two Disks' floating above my
head. Yes, an extra few hours of material would have been nice. Though
saying that, this may have meant they would update it to include the
god-awful McMahon-Helmsley DX and the terrible, terrible new incarnation
that is gracing our screens in 2006! Maybe I should just be thankful for
what I got and pray that that disk is never released. And if you ain't down
with that, I got two words for you: RENT IT!!!
Reviewed by David Simpson on August 20, 2006.
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