WWE - Wrestlemania 24  [DVD]
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Master of ceremonies Snoop Dogg introduces this compilation of highlights from the epic Wrestlemania 24, featuring all the top wrestlers from Raw and Smackdown meeting in Hollywood for one night of wrestling mayhem. Matches include The Edge vs. The Undertaker, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather Jr. vs. The Big Show, Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, and Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena.
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Finlay vs. JBL
The whole `Hornswoggle is Mr. McMahon's son. No, he's actually Finlay's son' storyline was poorly devised and dragged on for far too long. So it's pleasing that it finally gets resolved here in this opening contest, which is a fine one at that. Both guys are in their element here and produce a nice, well-executed hardcore bout that's given the right amount of time. Not particularly memorable or as intense as it could've been, but it's a good start to the show, and Hornswoggle's role enhances the quality. I like it. (7/10)
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Chris Jericho vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. John Morrison vs. Carlito vs. CM Punk vs. MVP vs. Mr Kennedy
The more I see Ladder Matches, the harder it becomes for there to be originality. The participants obviously laugh at that theory, as they all produce an absolutely awesome stunt-filled melee with outstanding, original innovation that I've never seen before. The MITB contest at WrestleMania 21 is still the best, but this is a very close second. Watch out for a surprise return and a truly worthy winner. (9/10)
Battle for Brand Supremacy
Batista vs. Umaga
This could've been a really intense, fantastically good slugfest...but it's not. The lack of a proper build-up, coupled with Batista's sloppy performance, a botched-finish and the wrong guy winning, results in an average bout that's rather forgettable. Still, Umaga shines here, giving a great performance which deserves rewarding at some stage. The `Uu-uu-uu-maga!" chants are brilliant. (5/10)
ECW Championship Match
Chavo Guerrero (Champion) vs. Kane
Finally Kane is given a push that he deserves. A second world title reign for the Big Red Machine was LONG overdue and Chavo (as good as he is) did NOTHING with the ECW title. I can't be too generous, though, as this is essentially a squash that lasts nine seconds. Short, sweet and sensibly done...but a squash is a squash. (3/10)
Career Threatening Match
Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels
Ric Flair...thank you. For giving us over thirty-five years of perhaps the most wonderful career of any wrestling legend. If this was gonna be the Nature Boy's last hurrah, the only logical place and opponent would be WrestleMania and Shawn Michaels. An excellent storyline is made even better here thanks to Shawn bringing Ric to the very best of what's left, and Flair himself determined not to let his opponent and fans down. A truly emotional swansong and beautiful wrestling contest. Shawn's selfless act at the end and the poignant aftermath are equally timeless. Worthy match of the year candidate. (9/10)
Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjack Match
Maria & Ashley vs. Beth Phoenix & Melina
As Trish Stratus has said...there IS a place for stuff like this in wrestling. But quality women's wrestling (e.g. Trish and Lita among others) seems to be taking a backseat to this STUFF lately (especially at WrestleMania) which is disappointing, frankly. Nonetheless, Beth and Melina carry their opponents to an okay bout. It's pretty much filler, which we needed in order to recover from the previous match. Sloppiness and the lights temporarily going out spoil this, but Santino and Snoop Dogg's involvement makes for fun viewing. (5/10)
WWE Championship Triple Threat Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. John Cena vs. Triple H
A match that had very good build-up and benefits from all the participants having great storyline history with one another. With so many variables going for this, what you have here is a great triple-threat outing from all three participants. Not the classic it could've been, but still a fun, non-stop affair with a surprising outcome. Worthy of WrestleMania. (8/10)
The Biggest vs. The Best
Big Show vs. Floyd "Money" Mayweather
I was initially unsure whether or not this was such a good idea for WrestleMania. There is a world of difference between wrestling and boxing and bringing them together doesn't guarantee that it'll work. However, this can definitely be called a success. Superb booking and presentation makes this a very realistic and believable contest. It's a bout that makes both the Big Show and Mayweather look so credible and pays equal respect to wrestling and boxing. A fight both athletes can be very proud of, and one we can all really enjoy. (8/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Edge (Champion) vs. The Undertaker
Finally, after so many months of Edge being the godlike heel, screwing over Taker and escaping judgement again and again, we finally have their long-awaited, highly-anticipated confrontation. And it was worth the wait. With Edge playing the heel so well, it seemed like the Dead Man's WrestleMania winning streak would be in serious jeopardy, more so than it had been in previous years. It's perhaps the best one-on-one, straight wrestling match that either individual has ever had in their careers, complete with so many counters, excellent pacing and false finishes that will have you hooked. And the ending...well, see for yourself. As a WrestleMania main-event, it's excellent. Match of the night. (10/10)
Extras are sorely lacking here when compared to previous WrestleMania 3-disc sets. There's only the entire Hall of Fame Ceremony and the pre-WrestleMania Battle Royal. While they're both great to see, interviews, segments and build-up to the show usually fill these DVD releases to bursting point, and it doesn't happen here which is a bit of a letdown.
Nonetheless, it's WrestleMania, the biggest wrestling event of the year, and the twenty-fourth incarnation, like the ones before it, is a truly amazing spectacle. Without question, it's worth buying.
Wrestlemania 24 does have some really good matches particularly Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair and Edge vs The Undertaker. The Belfast Brawl was also a good match, though I feel it started the beginning of the end for Finlay. The Money in the Bank match while it was a good match, I felt that none of the participants besides Chris Jericho were ready to be a World Champion yet. Also while Cena/HHH/Orton was also a good match, I still feel the match should have been Cena/Orton in a singles match.
The negatives of this show include Batista being wasted in a meaningless match with Umaga (no offence, but Umaga had really lost his importance by this point), BunnyMania (enough said) and Mayweather/Big Show, which I feel is very overrated, and was kind of pointless as the fans really started to see what a jerk Mayweather was and turned on him weeks before the match happened.
Belfast Brawl: JBL vs Finlay (3/5)
Money in the Bank Ladder Match (4/5)
Batista vs Umaga (2.5/5)
ECW Championship: Chavo Guerrero vs Kane (0/5)
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair (4/5)
Ashley/Maria vs Beth Phoenix and Milena (1/5)
WWE Championship: Randy Orton vs Triple H vs John Cena (3.5/5)
Floyd Mayweather vs The Big Show (2/5)
World Heavyweight Championship: Edge vs The Undertaker (4/5)
So still a good Wrestlemania, but in my opinion, it's not as good as most think.
The matches are historical and very entertaining, with 4 hours of wrestling on One Disc! Second disc has the 2008 Hall Of Fame Ceremony again in 1080i High Def.
Even if you're not even a wrestling fan, but has a Blu-Ray player, it is vital you buy this for the greatest picture quality around.
You will not be dissapointed.
Picture - 5/5
Sound - 4/5
Event - 4/5
Extras - 3/5
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