The Best of the Intercontinental Championship
Description: Oh, I'm gonna be sick. This concept is well worth putting time and effort into it, but it was just clear that the powers that be in WWE was just looking for some quick money. Rather than showcasing the best of the IC title, it just seemed like they picked out five random matches, mostly Shawn Michaels, from an era in WWE where it was spotty to catch a decent match. This isn't the best of anything. The matches were decent, yes, but they're forgettable and unimpressive if you're not a Shawn Michaels fan (only one match with Bret Hart).
The DVD starts rather promising with Gorilla Monsoon starting it out as the host, but quickly turns to crap when he announces the line up. In fact, Monsoon just looked bored and was obviously reading from a cue card. He seemed as though he was just doing this for an extra $5.
Shawn Michaels vs. Crush
Bret Hart vs. Skinner
Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty
Shawn Michaels vs. Mr. Perfect
Shawn Michaels vs. "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
If you were expecting a history lesson, you might as well check out OWofW's info section about the title, because you won't get anything here. Seriously, the only amount of history you'd get is on the back of the case stating, "the title is as highly sought after now as it was when Pat Patterson, the first title-holder, earned the title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1979."
They didn't even mention how the title came to be anywhere in the DVD. No match, no Pat Patterson explaining the situation, nothing. While the case states the matches were "classics," don't confuse "classic" with "old."
WWE should be ashamed of themselves for (excuse my language) shitting out something that should be destroyed to prevent unsuspecting fans from sitting through this awful thing. Don't get me wrong, the matches were decent. If you're a fan of Shawn Michaels (as I am), you'd love this DVD and Bret Hart once again shows why he's the best by carrying Skinner through a decent match for its time. However, that's not what a buyer wants when they're expecting a "best of" DVD.
Where's Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog that resulted in the largest crowd in England WWE's ever had (for the time)? Where's Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon WrestleMania 10 Ladder Match? Where's at least one of the series of match Ken Shamrock and Rocky Miavia had for the title in early to mid 1998? Where's RVD vs. Jeff Hardy? Where's Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho? If I recall correctly, they one of the best feuds for this belt. Where are the real classics that gave the title the prestige in the first place? With WWE's extensive library, there is just no excuse for this piece of crap.
Rating: I give it a 1 out of 5. It doesn't deliver what the title promises. The matches were mediocre. It was Shawn Michaels overload. It was highly disappointing and makes it seem as though they spent no more than $25 to put it together. Buy it ONLY if you collect wrestling DVDs, but for no more than $5...$1 per match.
Reviewed by Jesse Lee on August 19, 2008.
Eric Anderson wrote in with his review:
It should basically be called best of Shawn Michaels with a few Bret Hart matches. However, I'm certainly not complaining about that fact. HBK had some great matches as IC champ, and a few of them are showcased on this cheap, re-release. 7.5/10
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