WWE Smackdown: The Best of 2009-2010 - DVD Review
By Phil Allely
Smackdown has always been noted as being the WWE’s second league TV show (a statement which often is not true at all), following on from its more successful sibling Raw. That said though Smackdown has on many occasions offered its loyal fans a number of exciting and quality matches/angles that are on a par with those on pay-per-view, and better than Raw‘s output. This three disc set has gathered over 20 of these such slices of Smack down ‘gold’ from October 2009-September 2010 and given them a very slick package indeed.
Kicking things off in style the blue brand (as its known) brings back the man whose catch phrase it was named after The Rock, to let rip on a few of the Smackdown roster and liven up the fans as only he could. Each month also has a short run down piece, to give us a feel for what we are about to see and how it came about.
Amongst the other special set-pieces there are highlight sections on the leading lights of the roster, features on specific superstars and great episode of The Cutting Edge (a much missed talk segment with Edge as host).
On the match front the WWE have really spoilt us, there are some huge multi-man match-ups, one in particular sees John Cena, DX (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) and Undertaker take on Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes and CM Punk. Elsewehere there are numerous World and Intercontinental title bouts, steel cage encounters, 2 out of 3 falls brawls, triple threat rules battles and an entertaining combo of Women’s Championship cat fights.
Each match is a quality one and they all do their part to showcase the diversity of the Smackdown crew, for every hard-hitting brawl and text book technical scrap, there is a highflying thriller or an all-out in-ring war, between some of the WWE’s top level players. This just goes to show you that the days of low quality ‘squash’ matches and no on TV title changes, are a thing of the past these days.
This may be one of the best DVD’s the WWE has produced in recent months, collecting the finest matches from Smackdown’s riveting 2009-2010 period is a genius move. Whilst many of us purchase the PPV DVDs and other special releases, we rarely think about recording specific Smackdown or Raw matches and this has done it for us. The fact that wrestling companies now have to show PPV quality match-ups each week is a real bonus for us fans, but having these in this one handy place to re-view at our leisure, and savour once again is a nice move indeed. These featured bouts all bring something different to the table and show the Smackdown brand as a competitive and creative one within the larger WWE organisation, giving ‘Red’ brand Raw a run for its money each and every week on TV and monthly on PPV.
To whet your appetite here are a few highlights from this set, you can see Rey Mysterio versus Batista in a steel cage, join in as Undertaker seeks revenge against CM Punk, eagerly watch Beth Phoenix taking on the team of LayCool in a handicap match, feel the excitement with Kofi Kingston tackling Dolph Ziggler and enjoy Christian facing off against Drew McIntyre, amongst many others.
WWE Smackdown: The Best of 2009-2010 is available now from www.silvervision.co.uk and all good retailers. A special Blu-Ray set is also available featuring added value.
Look out for the following releases coming soon from Silver Vision:
WWE Night of the Champions 2010
Wrestling’s Highest Flyers
WWE Hell in a Cell 2010
The John Cena Experience