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ECW is back!,
This review is from: ECW One Night Stand 2006 & Barely Legal [DVD] (DVD)
After the overwhelming success of both the Rise and Fall of ECW DVD and last year's One Night Stand PPV, WWE has decided to milk the ECW cash cow full time by relaunching it as its third brand of entertainment. And here is the launching pad, the 2006 edition of One Night Stand, which is certainly one of the best pay-per-views of the year.
Tazz vs. Jerry `The King' Lawler
Not so much a match as an opening segment. I had actually got my hopes up for this for no reason, expecting an entertaining affair when it all ends in thirty seconds. This is a classic example of how anything can get over in ECW as long as it involves ECW, but it's entertaining for what it is. (4/10)
Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton
Watching this made me sad. I MISS Kurt Angle. And watching him wrestle here is a reminder that WWE will never be the same again now that he's gone. This a quality wrestling match. I personally would've liked it to be more fast-paced and action filled but this is a quality bout nonetheless, and one of the best matches of the night. Give Orton extra credit for withstanding the crowd's ravenous taunting. (8/10)
The FBI vs. Super Crazy and Tajiri
Absolutely great tag team match. Great mat wrestling, great technical and high-flying skill, great innovation, great everything. Brilliant performance by all four men (especially Tajiri who I missed), Big Vito plays his role at ringside very well, and the aftermath featuring the Big Show previews how well he was to be used in the new ECW. Quality stuff. (9/10)
Since Bradshaw's gimmick change in 2004, he has shown time and time again that he can cut some great promos. This is one of them. A well-timed interlude that showcases how great a heel JBL is. Follows up on what he did last year to the Blue Meanie and announces his replacing of Tazz on Smackdown commentary. Succeeds in making ECW fans loathe JBL even more and great mike work in its own right. (8/10)
World Championship Match
Rey Mysterio (Champion) vs. Sabu
A dream match and one that thankfully succeeds. This is one of Mysterio's best title matches and Sabu amazingly shows that he's got a lot left in the tank. This would be perfect if not for the fact that it's criminally too short and the ending (spectacular as it is) which brings it all to an abrupt halt. (9/10)
Edge, Mick Foley & Lita vs. Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk & Beulah
Not really a tag match. More a brutal and bloody all-out fight, but one that works very well. Solidly entertaining mike work at the start from Edge, Foley, Lita and indeed Beulah. Have to take away marks for a pointless catfight, which doesn't make sense seeing as how Lita can wrestle and Beulah can't, and I would have liked to see more wrestling moves from the participants involved but this is still horrifically captivating stuff. And of course, it's great to see the Funker, who handles himself surprisingly well given his age. (8/10)
Balls Mahoney vs. Masato Tanaka
Short match that's okay. Nothing too dire, yet nothing really special about it either. The only highlight is Balls' wicked chair shot, and that's about it. (6/10)
Eugene meets the Sandman
Obviously another interlude was needed but why did it have to be this? Pointless segment that's only used to get the Sandman on the show. And where is his awesome `Enter Sandman' theme song by Metallica?! By the way, I think the Eugene character should be retired now. (3/10)
WWE Championship Match
John Cena (Champion) vs. Rob Van Dam
Thoroughly entertaining main event. RVD finally gets the chance he deserves and delivers typically and spectacularly. The crowd adds greatly to the enjoyment factor and Cena does a brilliant job in using the crowd's hostility to his advantage. By all rights a historical match and one that is so much fun to watch again and again. And in spite of what the rather biased ECW fans think, Cena CAN wrestle and more than proves it here. The chemistry between Cena and RVD shines through and the ending is a classic. (8/10)
All in all, despite a few criticisms, ECW One Night Stand 2006 is arguably the best pay-per-view of the year and is proof that a full-time return of ECW is a very good idea. There's first-rate entertainment value aplenty here, classic matches and an ending that will please everyone. This DVD is worth every penny, not just for the show itself, but for the extras as well.
The fan comments, battle royal from WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head special and the opening segment of the ECW on Sci Fi premiere are all worth watching but the ultimate extra is the special bonus disc containing ECW's first-ever pay per view, Barely Legal, in its entirety. I had wanted to watch this for quite some time after seeing highlights on The Rise and Fall of ECW and it's a classic for obvious reasons which you'll see for yourself.
ECW One Night Stand 2006 is a mandatory purchase, plain and simple. It's right up there with WrestleMania. It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of WWE or ECW, it belongs in your wrestling DVD collection either way.