Review and Recommendation
Packaging Note: After missing from the OMG! DVD release, the chapter listing on the inside sleeve of the package has returned.
The Documentary: This was a strange hybrid of a biography and his preparation for WrestleMania XXVII. It made for a weird viewing experience as the documentary would not only switch between these two things but the narrator would also switch between kayfabe and reality. There were things about this DVD I really liked and there were also things about it I hated. The highlights for me were Randy's honesty when discussing his problems while in the military, the difficulties of balancing family and life on the road, and the immaturity issues he went through earlier in his career. I also liked some of the behind-the-scenes footage shown backstage from earlier this year. On the other hand, the Age of Orton and Rated RKO are not mentioned and his reign of terror as the Legend Killer lasted a little longer on this DVD than it took you to read this sentence. There were also some other curious omissions from the DVD. When Randy's overdose on sleeping pills and his issues with drug abuse are discussed, it was never explained exactly what types of drugs he was having issues with. And for those wondering, the man he won his first World Heavyweight Championship from is never mentioned by name and the winning pin fall from that match is not shown. At least they didn't blur out the name on the championship belt when they showed a clip of Randy's post-match celebration.
Length of the DVD: There was a time when I used to complain that there was no "select all" feature for the special feature chapters on disc one of these DVD sets. There is no need to complain about that here as this DVD has no special features. Disc one only has a documentary which runs 90-minutes. The matches on disc two have a running time of 164 minutes and the matches on disc three run for two minutes longer. That totals out to an approximate running time of 7 hours for this DVD set which is significantly less than the approximate running time of 9 hours which is printed on the box.
Overall Recommendation: I was really looking forward to this DVD set. Unfortunately, this set did not live up to my expectations. There were moments of brilliance on the first disc and if done correctly this had the opportunity to be the best profile piece the WWE has done. However, the editing of it left a lot to be desired. If you are a Randy Orton fan, I recommend buying this DVD set. If you're not a huge fan of the Viper, there are enough good moments on this set to put this in your wrestling library but it is not a must-have set.
Matches on This DVD Set
- Ohio Valley Wrestling 1/31/01: Randy Orton vs. Slick Robbie D
- SmackDown 4/25/02: Randy Orton vs. Hardcore Holly (The Best of SmackDown 10th Anniversary)
- Unforgiven 2003: Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels
- Armageddon 2003: Randy Orton vs. Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam
- WrestleMania XX: Randy Orton, Ric Flair & Batista vs. The Rock & Mick Foley
- Backlash 2004: No Holds Barred Falls Count Anywhere Match - Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley (Mick Foley Greatest Hits & Misses: Hardcore Edition)
- Vengeance 2004: Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton vs. Edge (History of the Intercontinental Championship; Edge: A Decade of Decadence)
- No Mercy 2005: Handicap Casket Match - Randy Orton & Bob Orton vs. Undertaker (The Undertaker's Deadliest Matches)
- Vengeance 2006: Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle
- SummerSlam 2006: Randy Orton vs. Hulk Hogan
- Great American Bash 2007: Texas Bull Rope Match - Randy Orton vs. Dusty Rhodes
- WrestleMania XXIV - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena
- Breaking Point 2009: “I Quit” Match - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. John Cena (Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2009-2010)
- Hell in a Cell 2010: Hell in a Cell Match - WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
- WrestleMania XXVII - Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
- SmackDown 5/6/11: Randy Orton vs. World Heavyweight Champion Christian