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on 2 April 2014
The concept is pretty simple, all of Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania matches (except one, we'll get to that) in one place, in high def, with new material from the man himself to give some insight into the matches.
The matches themselves are quality, ranging from decent matches at worst all the way up to some of the greatest matches in the history of the WWF (or WWE if you insist). Yes they've all been released before on various discs but having them all in one box in the best format is a selling point.
The other main selling point is the brand new interview with Michaels which has been cut down into smaller chunks and is used as introductions to the matches. Sometimes Shawn talks about what went into the matches themselves, sometimes its more in general about his position in the company at the time. There's very good stuff here and he's got interesting comments to make on many subjects including on the split of The Rockers tag team, Hulk Hogans return at WM9, celebrities in wrestling, Scott Hall, Steve Austin, Ric Flairs "retirement" and Shawns own comeback from a four year hiatus.
The Blu Ray extras are good while they last but theres not many of them. They feature a few vintage promos from early Wrestlemania's, a few more comments from Shawn that didn't fit into the main parts of the Blu Ray and some interesting behind the scenes footage. That's about it though, they run to just 20 minutes in total.
Overall though an excellent package and well worth a purchase or at least a viewing. For those that are interested I'll run through the list of matches below with my brief thoughts for what they're worth. It's worth noting at this point that one match is of course missing from the package. Michaels triple threat match with Triple H and Chris Benoit from Wrestlemania 20 has not been included. Most will know the reasons why (try searching the net under "Chris Benoit" if you don't). Some will agree with the exclusion, some wont but it is what it is sadly.
WM5 - The Rockers v The Twin Towers - A good short tag match which did its job.
WM6 - The Rockers v Orient Express - An ok match but nowhere hear the longer one they would have at Royal Rumble 91. Has a terrible finish as well.
WM7 - The Rockers v Haku and The Barbarian - A good old school clash of styles match. Exactly what you need from a PPV opener.
WM8 - Shawn v El Matador - A standard singles match, Shawn just finding his feet as a heel at this point. The new cocky character along with companion Sherri are a riot though.
WM9 - Shawn v Tatanka - I've never been a fan of Tatanka and this is probably the weakest match on the package. Kind of sums up the worst ever Wrestlemania when even Mr Wrestlemania cant get it going.
WM10 - Shawn v Razor Ramon ladder match - What more is there to say about this one? Absolute classic.
WM11 - Shawn v Diesel - Underrated match for the world title. Shawn carries the load here and takes Diesel to a quality encounter.
WM12 - Shawn v Bret Hart Iron Man match - This one goes an hour and beyond. Some love it, some don't. I fall somewhere in the middle, a good match but not as good as I wanted it to be.
WM14 - Shawn v Steve Austin - Due to Shawns back injury this never hit the heights it could have. Still a decent match though.
WM19 - Shawn v Chris Jericho - One of my favourites to be honest. Cracking match which stole the show.
WM21 - Shawn v Kurt Angle - Fantastic match, exactly the kind of wrestling match you would expect from these two.
WM22 - Shawn v Vince Mcmahon - This is essentially just Shawn beating up an old man for 20 minutes. Still oddly compelling though.
WM23 - Shawn v John Cena - One of Cena's best ever matches (its a short list). He works well with Shawn but who doesn't?
WM24 - Shawn v Ric Flair - Great match with a fantastic story. Flairs best match in 10 years.
WM25 - Shawn v Undertaker - One of the WWF/WWE's greatest ever matches.
WM26 - Shawn v Undertaker - Not as good as the previous year but still superb. Perfect storytelling.