This three disc DVD covers the career of The Big Show. The first disc contains a documentary and a bunch of bonus features while the other two are full of matches.
The main feature was a documentary about the Big Show which lasts for around an hour. It's a very good, well made and entertaining biography. They do a good job of taking us through Big Show's career from start to finish with a good number of people interviewed to help tell his story. They cover the majority of his career pretty well, there was nothing big that they obviously glossed over. There were plenty of matches and moments that they could have gone into more detail about but I still felt they did a good job of making it feel complete. The hour run-time might feel a little bit short but it didn't really feel like it was necessary to be any longer. It felt just right for what it was, a well made overview of Big Show's career. Big Show came across as very honest which I appreciated, he was very open about how his ego got too big when he debuted and how he was humbled because of it. I do like it when a biography like this is open about the flaws in a person's career as well as the career highlights.
There are a bunch of bonus features on the first disc, they're made up of stories and some moments, the moments mainly feature Show's displays of strength, tipping over cars and things like that. They're pretty enjoyable. The other two discs are made up of matches.
The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan - This first thing isn't really a match. It's a sumo monster truck competition where two monster trucks are welded together on top of a building and have to push each other out of a circle. It's pretty boring until the moment where the Giant is thrown off the top of the building. I don't really know why this was included, there was nothing good about it and it's not really worth a watch. It happened before his debut match in WCW.
The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan - This was the Giant's debut match with WCW. It took place at Halloween Havoc 1995 and was for Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Championship. It takes place later in the night after that awful monster truck thing after the Giant had supposedly fallen five stories onto the parking lot, like he could have survived that. It was dumb and unnecessary for the match. I've seen a bunch of Giant vs. Hogan matches from Hogan's time in the nWo and they're all incredibly boring so I wasn't expecting much. This one was much better than those matches although it still wasn't great. The Giant controlled the majority of the action, his offence was alright but it was kind of slow. There was a bear hug that lasted about five minutes. Hogan occasionally managed to come back, usually via cheating. It was like a slightly better paced version of Hogan vs. Andre, although it was still a bit plodding in places. The finish was bad and involved a disqualification title change which made no sense. Then it all gets a bit chaotic with a bunch of run-ins including a man dressed as a mummy that called himself a Yeti. It wasn't particularly good and the finish completely sucked but it was still entertaining in parts and was Giant's first match so it was worthwhile including.
The Giant vs. 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair - This was a WCW Championship Match from Nitro. It was an alright match. I wasn't bored watching it but nothing about it was particularly exciting or memorable either. Most of Flair's offence didn't work against the Giant so he had to resort to breaking a few rules to get an advantage. Giant was able to shake everything off pretty quickly though. It was kept pretty short which I think was the right decision and it has a decisive finish. I can see why it's included as wrestling Ric Flair was a big deal and it was a world championship match but it's nothing special beyond it's historical significance.
The Giant vs Sting - This was another WCW World Championship match from Slamboree 1996. Jimmy Hart was handcuffed to Lex Luger to prevent interference. The Giants dominated the majority of the action, just beating Sting down. It's more exciting offence than in the Hogan match earlier. Sting does manage to get a few little comebacks where he gets the upper-hand but it's mostly the Giant's match. Hart and Luger do end up playing a role in the match, which was alright but not really necessary. It got a proper finish though and was the best of Big Show's WCW matches in this collection.
The Giant vs. Lex Luger - Our final WCW match and it was also for the WCW World Championship from The Great American Bash 1996. Luger had the strongest start against the Giant of anyone so far. The Giant did manage to take over fairly easily though and beat and wore Lex Luger down, controlling the majority of the action. Luger managed to make a few comebacks and almost managed to get The Giant in his torture rack submission hold which would have been pretty impressive. He did actually manage to get him up for a little while, he just didn't lock it in. The finish was decent and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would considering Giant was still green and Luger doesn't have good matches with people who aren't Ric Flair. It wasn't a great match but it was entertaining enough.
'Big Show' Paul Wight vs. 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin - This was the first match from Big Show's WWE career from Monday Night RAW. Big Show made his debut, getting involved in the finish to Austin's cage match with Vince McMahon at St Valentines Day Massacre which led to this match. Mankind was the special guest referee. It was a good match, Big Show controlled the majority of the action with his size and strength advantage while Austin did what he could to make the fight competitive. Mankind allowed Austin to break a few rules along the way to overcome the giant. It had a good amount of time and led to a good, decisive finish.
Big Show vs. The Undertaker - This was a WWE Championship Match from RAW. It's one that's well remembered for it's ending. The match itself was a decent. back and forth brawl. There was a lot of rule breaking as Paul Bearer repeatedly distracted the referee so Undertaker could hit a low blow or use a steel chair. They spent about half the time fighting outside the ring. It was a pretty short match that led to a unique and memorable finish. I don't think this would have been included if it wasn't for the finish but it was an enjoyable enough little brawl up until that point.
Triple H vs. Big Show vs. The Rock - This was for Triple H's WWE Championship. It was mean to be Steve Austin instead of Big Show but Austin was injured so they did an angle where he was hit by a car and added the Big Show instead. It took place at the 1999 Survivor Series. It's a very good attitude era style main event brawl. Big Show was pretty dominant which led to rivals, Triple H and The Rock, teaming up in order to stand a chance against him. The action was entertaining with Triple H and The Rock having their usual great chemistry and Big Show adding something unique to the match. There were some good near-falls as the match went on and it had an entertaining finish. A great match.
Big Show vs. Kurt Angle - This match was mainly here to show Big Show's comedic side. He came out dressed as Hulk Hogan and gave us an impression of him. The match is unfortunately nothing which was a shame because I was looking forward to seeing Kurt Angle in action. It's just a quick squash match. I can see why it's included as they talked about his comedic side a bit in the documentary so it's good to have an example of that, it's just not what you expect when you see a Kurt Angle match is up next.
Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show - This was for Brock's WWE Championship and it took place at the 2002 Survivor Series. Going into this one Brock had broken ribs that were badly affecting him and Big Show had a injured forearm. It was a very short match, likely because of the injuries. Brock's was affecting him most as the ribs were affected by every throw and lift he did along with Big Show targeting them. The referee is knocked down which leads to a really strong chair shot to the head. There was a swerve towards the end which was unexpected and a decisive finish. While it was a bit short it was entertaining from start to finish.
Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio - From Backlash 2003 we get this incredibly short match. It wasn't a complete squash though. Mysterio managed to get some offence against the giant, but Big Show's size and strength were just too much. It at least had a strong and decisive finish and was pretty fast paced. As a match it wasn't anything special beyond showing off Big Show's power and dominance. It was short though so I didn't mind it's inclusion, I was still entertained. After the match Big Show swung Mysterio like a baseball bat against the ring-post which was pretty memorable.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Big Show - Big Show was challenging for Eddie's United States Championship here at No Mercy 2003. Eddie's back was hurt here which became Big Show's target. Big Show was pretty dominant in the action, using his size advantage as well as Eddie's injured back to stay ahead. Eddie was smart though and managed to find a bunch of ways to get back into the action. It was a great match and one of the best of Big Show's career, with Eddie's constant ways of staying in the match being a highlight. There were loads of convincing near-falls and the finish was clean and decisive. It was such a good match.
Big Show vs. Kurt Angle - Before this match, from No Mercy 2004, we see Big Show making his dominant return to Smackdown during a lumberjack match between Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle. Big Show was dominant in this match which led to Kurt Angle deliberately counting himself out. Thankfully Teddy Long came out to restart the match and ensure a decisive result. Big Show starts off dominant again and it looks like we're getting another squash match but fortunately Angle manages to take over and work over Big Show's ankle to try and get the submission. The action was all good here, with Show's dominance and Angle ruthless attack on the ankle. There was a bit with a tranquilliser gun that was a bit daft but it didn't hurt the match at all. It was entertaining throughout and had a strong and decisive finish.
Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch vs. Big Show and Kane - Show and Kane were challenging for the World Tag Team Championship here at Taboo Tuesday. They were pretty dominant for a while, with the champions unable to get anything started against their much bigger opponents. Cade and Murdoch eventually managed to cut off Kane for a bit. It was a very basic tag match with dominant challengers and crafty champions. Nothing special but it was an enjoyable enough match with a clean and decisive finish.
Big Show vs. Triple H - This match, from New Years Revolution 2006, is one i remember watching at the time and it really exceeded all expectations. I love this match, it has fantastic psychology with Big Show going in to this match with an injured hand in a cast. The cast was a threat to Triple H early on as it was practically a weapon but he soon turned things around and viciously worked over that hand throughout the match. Triple H was ruthless with his attack on the hand and Big Show sold it perfectly. It featured a knocked down official and Triple H's sledgehammer but they didn't hurt the match at all. It got a decisive result and was overall a far better match than it probably should have been. It was great.
Rob Van Dam vs. Big Show - This was an Extreme Rules Match for the ECW Championship. I thought Big Show was great during his run at the top of ECW. He wasn't an ECW original like the fans wanted but he was a great dominant monster for those originals to fight against. The action in this match was good. Big Show was dominant but Rob Van Dam was resilient enough to stay in the fight and make his occasional comebacks. It had some really good near-falls and a swerve ending that I enjoyed. It wasn't exactly what the ECW fans were hoping for but it was a very good match.
Big Show vs. Sabu - This was an ECW Championship Match from Summerslam 2006. It was an Extreme Rules Match. Big Show was dominant with his size advantage while Sabu took advantage of the stipulation to stay in the match, attacking Big Show with a steel chair. It's good for the most part but Sabu gets pretty sloppy as the match goes on. That's kind of to be expected from Sabu really but it did hurt a couple of spots. The finish was strong and decisive and for the most part it was an entertaining match, but there were a few moments that drag things down.
Big Show vs. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather - This was one of the biggest matches of Wrestlemania 24. Before the match we see the weigh-in from RAW. The match was a no disqualification boxer vs. wrestler match. It was by far the best match featuring a celebrity that I've ever seen. I was dreading watching it when I first saw Wrestlemania 24 but it ended up being one of the highlights of the show. Right away the match felt like a big deal rather than just another pointless celebrity match. Big Show was pretty dominant in the action with Floyd only getting in a few punches here and there. Floyd's crew started to get involved which started to give Mayweather a chance. He took full advantage of the 'anything goes' stipulation. It was a really enjoyable, chaotic fight that really exceeded my expectations.
Big Show vs. Kofi Kingston - This match was from Smackdown. It was very similar to the Rey Mysterio match earlier in the DVD. It was a very short match that doesn't do much beyond making Big Show look dominant. Kofi got in some offence but not a lot. The way he won was at least unique at the time. Like the Mysterio match I had no problem with it's inclusion because it was short and showed of Big Show's strengths but it wasn't a particularly good match overall.
Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio - This was pretty much the exact same thing as the Kofi Kingston match. It was even shorter than the first match between the two. Just like with those matches I wasn't bored and I enjoyed watching them but they still weren't particularly good matches. I don't think including three matches like this, and two in a row, was necessary but it was perfectly watchable and was over pretty quickly.
Big Show and Chris Jericho vs. Batista and Rey Mysterio - This was from Hell in a Cell 2009 and it was for the WWE Unified Tag Team Championships. It was a very good back and forth tag team match. The action was really good from start to finish. Batista and Mysterio started off strong against Jericho but once Big Show finally gets tagged in his team starts to isolate Mysterio. They then end up going back and forth with plenty of counters and reversals along with some call-backs to Mysterio's feud with Jericho earlier in the year. There were some good near-falls as the match went on. It was the kind of match I was expecting it to be for the first 3/4 of the match but then it really picked up and ended up far better than I expected it to be. A great match.
Big Show and The Miz vs. Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs. CM Punk and Luke Gallows -This Triple Threat Tag Team Elimination Match from RAW was for the Unified Tag Team Championships. It was the kind with three men legal at one time. It was a very good match. The action was fast paced from the very start and it lasted a good amount of time. The action did slow down a bit when we were down to just two teams and Big Show started to dominate but it didn't make the action boring, just slowed things down a bit. Things do pick up again by the end though and it led to a decisive finish. It was a really good three-way that lost a bit of steam as it became a regular tag team match but it was still an enjoyable match overall.
Big Show vs. CM Punk, Luke Gallows and Joseph Mercury - This was from Summerslam 2010. I hated this match when it happened. It did CM Punk no favours because if he lost it wouldn't look good and if he won then who cares? he had two other people on his side. As a match it had some entertaining action. CM Punk did his best to make this entertaining and Big Show looked pretty dominant. It wasn't a bad match at all it just wasn't a good use for CM Punk at the time. It had an alright finish and overall it was entertaining enough if you just sit back and watch it for what it is.
Overall this was a really good DVD. The documentary was entertaining and informative as well as being well made. There's a good amount of bonus features to go along with that too. When it comes to the matches it was a better selection than I expected. Big Show isn't really known for his in-ring classics but there are a good number of really entertaining and enjoyable matches in there. Some are a bit of a let down such as the Kurt Angle matches, but only because I know they could have done so much better together. Those matches were still entertaining though if you take away those expectations and overall it was a very strong selection of matches to show off the giant and there aren't really any major Big Show matches that didn't make the cut other than maybe his match with Lesnar that exploded the ring. It only covers up until 2010 so there are some big matches after that which would have made a nice inclusion but obviously that can't be helped. Overall it's an easy recommendation for any Big Show fan, and even for those who don't think he can deliver in the ring as it just might prove you wrong.