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Just Vince Macmahon trying to get back at Bret Hart
on 11 October 2000
The problem with this video is simple, it doesn't really know what it's trying to be. If it is meant to be 'the best of the survivor series' which is what is says on the cover, then you would expect the best matches from all the survivor series pay-per-views. But in truth it is quite different. It elaborates too much in a few places and skips on many areas. Let me explain how the time is divided:
Opening 6/7 minutes are devoted to not the survivor series, but actually to WM3, and how what happened there brought about the survivor series, 7 minutes is alright, but they could have explained this in 30seconds.
Middle 30/35 mins: The main bulk of the video is dedicated to survivor series 89-96, but several mysterious things have happened in this section.
1: No fewer than three survivor series ppvs have been missed out.
2: The other major grudge I have in this area is that ALOT of time is spent paying homage to Shawn Michaels' first WWF match at survivor series '89. And what is worse, is that the origional commentary for this match has been replaced by none other than the banterings of, yes you guessed it, Kevin Kelly and Michael Cole? What was wrong with Monsoon and that other guy? There is also some terrible background music through all these matches.
But what truely wrecked this video for me was that 10 mins were spent on two OK matches from Survivor Series 97, before the final 15 MINUTES was spent on Bret Hart getting screwed in the main event. Most of this time is not actually about the match at all, but is a stupid post-sacking interview between JR and Vince Macmahon which was blatantly pre-scripted by Vince to try and make it seem that 'Bret Screwed Bret' and not that Vince screwed one of the best wrestlers the WWF has ever had out of a job, which is the truth.
In short, if you want to learn about the history of the survivor series in any detail at all, then I'm afraid your best bet will be to rent them individually from your video store. If you want to learn about Bret Hart getting screwed, buy 'Hitman Hart, Wrestling with shadows' which is truely excellent. But if you really want a mish-mashed 'compillation' video which doesn't really have a purpose other than for Vince Macmahon to try, and fail to get back at Bret Hart buy this by all means, but you have been warned.