on 28 December 2007
To summarise, this is a decent compilation featuring some of the best matches and moments ever seen in the WWF/WWE, probably the best wrestling DVD out on the market at the moment, however it isnt without fault.
Firstly some of the matches put on the last disc seem to be there just to bulk up the content and justify the price tag, for example Jeff Hardy vs Johnny Nitro on RAW is not a bad match, but its hardly one of the greatest ever, esspecially considering the fact that the Triangle Ladder Match from Wrestlemania16 has not been included on the DVD... similar things can be said of the Christian vs Jericho match, another reasonable match, hardly fit to be labled as one of the best ever... Other amusing glitches include the commentary of the matches from when the WWE was the WWF, its clear that in places the commentary has been dubbed over sections where reference was made to WWF, for example during the TLC match on smackdown between edge & christian, Dudley Boyz, Hardy Boyz and Jericho and Benoit you can hear michael cole suddenly cut out, then start talking again in a completely different tone of voice, I also found it amusing how during the Guerrero vs RVD match on RAW the bit where a guy from the crowd jumps in the ring and pushes the ladder over has been edited out.
What I really liked about this DVD was the way it really showed the best of what great competitors like RVD and Eddie Guerrero are/were capable of, seeing them at their absolute best is as rewarding as the rest of the content of the DVD for me, also gives you the chance to watch some very underated matches, such as the four team TLC matches from RAW and Smackdown.
Ignore anyone saying that the matches are too similar, its pretty clear what the DVD is meant to contain, and it contains exactly what it says on the packaging, so nobody should be under any illusion of what they are purchashing. For anyone who is a fan of the WWF/WWE, whether you be someone who has followed it for years or someone who has recently got into it, this is an excellent product and showcases some of the best performers and matches that the wrestling world has ever seen, highly recommended.
on 29 July 2011
This dvd includes some of the greatest Ladder matches in history, it is hosted by Todd Grisham who introduces each match, sometimes with a guest. Other than that it is all matches.
Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter(Stampede Wrestling 79) - This match is really here just to show how the match has evolved over time, it's got a fixed ladder that's being held up rather than the folding laders they use today, The match is really dull and boring to watch and the commentator gets annoying too, he had to say the word ladder in every sentence because it was such a new thing- 1/10
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels - This is for the Intercontinental title and is from a WWE house show, This is less like a ladder match you'll see today and more of a wrestling match with a ladder involved(not a bad thing) They do use the ladder a bit though, very entertaining match but slower than other matches on this set will be. 8/10
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon(SummerSlam 1995) - This is a rematch from the famous match they would have at Wrestlemania ten, I'm glad this match is on here instead because it's usually forgotten about and is rarer. This match(along with their previous one) was really the match that set the bar for ladder matches to come, there were some creative spots here, at this time they had not been done before. 8/10
Triple H vs. Rock(Summerslam 98) - This match was for the intercontinental championship, Triple H had Chyna out there with him and The Rock has Mark Henry. The Rock works over the leg of Triple H in this match, and often uses the ladder to help out with that. Chyna gets involved with the finish of this great match. 8.5/10
New Brood vs. Edge & Christian(No Mercy 1999) -This was the first ever tag team ladder match, it was between two teams that would go on to put on many great ladder matches in their futures, they really made ladder matches what they are today in this match. All the men do some great things with the ladder here and put their bodies on the line, a great match. 9/10
Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz(SummerSlam 2000)-This was the first ever TLC match, it was created by Mick Foley for these three teams since the Dudleys would often use tables, Edge and Christian would use chairs and the Hardys, ladders. These matches are so fast paced they are hard to explain how good they are, lots of big moves using tables, ladders and chairs and everyone being taken out at one point. 10/10
3 Count vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias vs. Jung Dragons(Starrcade 2000)- This was a bit weird since it was for a shot at the cruiserweight title, but only one man was meant to get that shot so even though everyone's in teams they should be out for themselves. This was a very good match, not quite as fast pasted as WWE's TLC matches but still very good, all teams look impressive. 8.5/10
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho(Royal Rumble 2001) -This was for the Intercontinental championship and it was a part of an amazing feud between these two. Quite a brutal match here with lots of painful shots taken, Benoit does a dive through the ropes and gets hit in the head by a chair in mid air and it looks amazing. One of the best one on one ladder matches ever I think. 10/10
Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian(WrestleMania X7) - This was another TLC rematch between these teams, each time they seem to find a way to out do the last match. Same idea as the others though with bodies everywhere, Rhyno, Lita and Spike Dudley all get involved too, and the moment that is still shown today with Edge spearing Jeff Hardy out of the air off a ladder is in this match. 10/10
Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz(SmackDown! 2001) - This is a often forgotten about TLC match that happened on Smackdown, again it's the same Idea as the other matches with some new creative spots and Benoit and Jericho each bring something to the match. 10/10
Edge vs. Christian(No Mercy 2001) - This is for the intercontinental title, Both of these men had a lot of expiriance in this match type which helped them here. A very good ladder match here with good use of the ladder. 9.5/10
Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero(RAW 2002) - A great tv match here, both men used the ladder to add to their usual offense and it worked great, a very good match and one of the best tv matches of 2002. 9/10
Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy(RAW 2002) - This was for the WWE undisputed championship, Undertaker controlled a lot of this match but Jeff Hardy wouldn't give up, which was the story for this match, Jeff Hardy earned Undertakers respect with this match. 9.5/10
Kane & Hurricane vs. Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy vs. Bubba Ray Dudley & Spike Dudley vs. Chris Jericho & Christian(RAW 2002) - Kane was actually on his own for this match and was defending the tag team titles because Hurricane had been attacked backstage. Another amazing tv TLC match here with some great moments and fast paced action. 9.5/10
Chris Jericho vs. Christian(Unforgiven 2004) - This was for the Intercontinental championship, A good ladder match here that I really enjoyed, some things are things you've seen before but there's only so many things you can do with a ladder, still a good match. 9/10
Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Edge vs. Christian vs. Kane(WrestleMania 21)- This was the first ever Money In the Bank ladder match, the winner would win a contract that they could cash in at any point during the next year. I still think this was the best of these matches as the original, it had some great moves and moments and everyone in the match played their part, it was a great match. 9.5/10
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero(SummerSlam 2005) - This match was for the custody of Dominick, not a great part of this storyline but Eddie and Rey made a good match out of it anyway, they used the ladder in some good ways and Eddie got distracted by Dominick and Vickie Guerrero during the match, which made sense. 9/10
Matt Hardy vs. Edge(RAW 2005) - This was for Edge's Money in the Bank Briefcase, but also the loser of this match would have to leave Raw as a way to end their feud. Lots of weapons(not just ladders) were used in this match because it was an intense feud where these two really hated each other. It had a good ending too. 9/10
Ric Flair vs. Edge(RAW 2006) - This was the first time Ric Flair ever took place in one of these matches, this was a match that shouldn't really have been good, but it was, it was a great TV match, Flair took a beating but made you believe at times that he could win the WWE title here, when people didn't think he had a chance going into this match. 9/10
John Cena vs. Edge (Unforgiven 2006)- This was one of the biggest challenges for John Cena so far in his career, this was Edge's match in Edge's hometown. This whole feud was great but this was one of the best matches they had, Edge even(I didn't notice first watch but now I notice because he spoke about it) passed out part way through this match when in a STF in a ladder, a good ending to this match too. 9.5/10
Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro(RAW 2006) - A very fast paced tv match for the Intercontinental championship with a lot of high flying action and use of the ladder. 8.5/10
Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor vs. Hardy's vs. MNM (Armageddon 2006) This was originally meant to be a regular tag match between two teams for the tag titles, but Teddy Long changed that at the last minute and made this match, It's a great match with all the teams using different offense, At one point Mercury gets his face split open by the Hardys and there's blood everywhere. A very good match though. 9/10
Overall this is a great DVD, Ladder matches are usually amazing matches and this is a amazing dvd if you like those kinds of matches, I hear WWE are making a sequal to this match this year. I really recommend this dvd.
on 29 July 2009
Having been tempted to start a library of my favourite WWE/F matches, I decided to start with this DVD.
The DVD features 22 Ladder/TLC matches ranging from the very first Ladder match in July 1979 between Jake Roberts and Big Daddy Ritter, to the fairly recent four way ladder match at Armaggedon 2006 between MNM, London & Kendrick, The Hardys and William Regal & Dave Taylor for the WWE Tag Titles. Also featured are Shawn Michaes most classic appearences in Ladder matches (vs Bret Hart 1992 & vs Razor Ramon 1995), The Rock vs Triple H in 1998 and the first ever Triangle TLC match for the tag titles between Edge & Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz at Summerslam 2000.
All in all this DVD is absolutely fantastic one which spans across 3 discs and contains 9 hours of brilliant WWE/F action. 5 stars for this brilliant DVD well worth the £14 brand new I payed for it.
on 3 January 2008
The WWE's compilation DVDs have remained of fantastic quality no matter how much the quality of the modern product has suffered in the last 5 years. This latest set includes some of the most spectacular ladder matches that have ever been seen. Rather than featuring a documentary with bonus matches like some of their DVDs, this set thankfully keeps to the matches themselves, although most matches have some footage of the build-up to them or even a brief interview with one of the participants (eg Edge or HBK) which is quite useful. Unfortunately the matches are introduced by the ever-annoying Todd Grisham.
The matches are listed in another review and there are a number of classics on there. The evolution of the ladder match is clear to see from the comparatively tame (but still great) 1992 match between HBK and Bret Hart into the TLC spotfests which are truly awesome to watch. TLC has now evolved again into Money In The Bank which has become a new Wrestlemania tradition and is something to look forward to each year. This collection covers all of that.
The match selection is almost flawless but there are a few matches which should have been on there. The WM10 match between HBK and Razor Ramon is mentioned on the DVD as the best ladder match ever and then not featured, instead they show their Summerslam rematch. I can sort of understand this, because the WM match is on the HBK collection but some people won't have seen this. I would have also picked the Royal Rumble 2000 triangle ladder match between the Hardyz, Dudleys and E&C over their 2nd TLC match (which was essentially a repeat of the first TLC). It would have been cool to see an ECW ladder match to see how they used to do them, but instead we just get one WCW match.
Overall though I can't see anyone being disappointed by this set and it is essential viewing for any wrestling fan. I would suggest checking the price on amazon.com rather than amazon.co.uk because my set cost me less than half what it is going for on here.
on 22 November 2008
The best WWE compilation DVD to be released in my opinion. Every ladder match that has made your jaw drop in the past is in ths set. Absolutely amazing. The DVD kicks off with, what could be described as an unknown match. That is, Jake Roberts vs Big Daddy Ritter, known more as Junkyard Dog. The ladder is different to what it's like today, as it's just a one sided ladder propped up against a bar next to the title. This match is far from a classic, nor is it an amazing match, but it is nice to see an oldie. The first disc continues to put up a good show, with the Summerslam 2000 TLC match and the No Mercy 1999 tag ladder match being two amazing matches.
Disc two also puts up an amazing lineup. 2001 - 2004. It kicks off with the TLC match from Wrestlemania 17, which, really, is very similar the the Summerslam 2000 match. Not a bad thing..
The third disc, 2005 - 2006, is also amazing, proving that all the excitement didn't come from the "attitude era" alone. An amazing MITB match with a great performance from Shelton especially in that math. The DVD finishes on a very strong note. The fatal Four way Tag Team ladder match from Armageddon 2006, this match will have falls, bruises and a good ol' broken nose.
A highly recommended DVD. With 21 matches and over 9 Hours long. You can't go wrong.
on 3 August 2011
I love this box set, in it you get nearly every major ladder match or TLC match WWE has had. There is only one problem with this box set though, it does not include the TLC match from wrestlemania 16. This is a match which many people consider to be the best tag team match of all time, it is well known for having the memorable moment of Jeff Hardy diving off the extra high ladder onto Bubba Ray Dudley.
Apart from that you get all the other big matches; wrestlemania 17 TLC, the first ever money in the bank, shawn Michaels VS razor ramon, HHH VS the rock and even the rare smackdown TLC match that as far as I know you cannot get anywhere else.
I bought this because I love Ladder matches and didn't want to purchase every single PPV DVD that had one of them in, this box is very convenient for me and I hope you consider buying it if you love those matches too.
on 27 September 2007
Value wise can't fault it - loads of matches and each one is great, but I really would've hoped for a little more quality control and more spread - at the end, you do get a bit tired of seeing the same combos over and over - and the hardyz and edge/christian saturate the majority of the dvds (although they are intrinsic to the ladder match evolution). The interviews are a bit thin as well - for one of the most physically intense match types, I would be interested to hear more about the dangers, preparation and a little more insight into the psychology.
But all in all, great matches and some historic moments. My recommended method - watch in small doses!