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WWE Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn DVD Review

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WWE Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn DVD Review

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In 2004, WWE Home Video released The Ladder Match. That 3-disc DVD set featured 22 matches and garnered a 5-star rating from me. Ladder Match 2: Crash and Burn contains 21 Ladder Matches. This set includes matches that didn't make it onto the first DVD set and matches that took place after that one was released. My review is for the 3-disc DVD edition of this set but there is also a 2-disc Blu-ray version of this set on the market which features a few more matches.

Review and Recommendation

Format of the DVD: This set is hosted by Christian. He appears several times over the course of the set to talk about some of the action that was just seen or to hype an upcoming bout.

Packaging Note: The DVD set features a chapter listing on the inside sleeve of the package. The person writing that list apparently does not know the difference between the WWE and the World Tag Team Championship. The two tag team matches featuring the Hardys were for the World Tag Team Championship and the the WWE Tag Team Championship as is listed on the inner sleeve.

Rating and Editing Issue: This set is rated TV 14 V and features Steve Austin flipping the bird as he loved to do during the Attitude Era. Since there is footage from that era, we have to deal with the blurred WWF logo. That blurring is really annoying during the Mick Foley vs. Rock bout.

Length of the DVD: When the WWE releases a set on both DVD and Blu-ray, the DVD set has consistently run significantly less than the "Approx. running time: 9 hours." that is listed on the box. Excluding the previews and "Don't Try This at Home" segments, the running time of this set is slightly longer than 7 hours.

Match Selection: WWE went to through their vault for some of these matches and include action from four different wrestling organizations. They also did not repeat any matches from the first Ladder Match DVD. Overall, I liked the variation of the types of matches on this set. There are singles matches, tag team bouts, handicap matches, a women's match, and matches where everyman must fight for himself. In addition to just titles dangling from the ladder, this set featured matches with checks, contracts, suitcases, and a gold record dangling for the ring. In addition to the normal championship bouts, some of these matches featured extra things on the line like the ownership of the company, a wrestler's job, a main event spot in WrestleMania, and the singing career of Tank Abbot's favorite band.

Overall Recommendation: Despite the short length of this set, I still think that it deserves a place in the wrestling library of every wrestling fan. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first set. The reason this one is rated 1/2 a star lower is because of the length issue.

As far as getting this on DVD or Blu-ray, I think that decision should be based on your budget. I realize that the Blu-ray viewer should get a little more than the DVD viewer since they are paying more for footage that features a lot of action that wasn't filmed in HD. However, that has led me to feel very ripped off for the DVD consumer in some circumstances (especially the Shawn vs. Bret DVD). In this case, I don't feel that way at all. The Blu-ray customer got a few extra matches but their exclusion didn't make this DVD set feel incomplete.

Matches on This DVD Set

For matches that are available on other non-PPV DVDs, I will note the DVD it is also available on in parenthesis and italics.

Disc One

  • WrestleMania X: Ladder Match for the Undisputed Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Shawn Michaels: From the Vault; History of the Intercontinental Championship; The True Story of WrestleMania)
  • Smoky Mountain Wrestling 3/94: Tracy Smothers vs. Chris Candido
  • nWo Souled Out '97: Ladder Match for the WCW United States Championship - Eddie Guerrero vs. Syxx (Rise & Fall of WCW)
  • RAW 11/30/98: Ladder Match for the Hardcore Championship - Mankind vs. Big Boss Man
  • RAW 2/15/99: Ladder Match for the WWE Championship - The Rock vs. Mankind (The Rock: The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment)
  • King of the Ring '99: Handicap Ladder Match for Control of the WWE - Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (Mr. McMahon)
  • New Blood Rising 2000: Ladder Match - 3 Count vs. Jung Dragons
  • RAW 9/25/00: Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Championship - Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz
Disc Two
  • RAW 7/22/02: Ladder Match to Unify the Intercontinental & European Championships - Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy (The History of the Intercontinental Championship)
  • Judgment Day 2003: Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship - Team Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri
  • RAW 9/29/03: Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship - Christian vs. Rob Van Dam (Rob Van Dam: One of a Kind)
  • OVW 12/23/06: Ladder Match for the Undisputed OVW Women’s Championship - Katie Lea vs. Beth Phoenix
  • WrestleMania 23: Money in the Bank Ladder Match - Mr. Kennedy vs. CM Punk vs. Edge vs. Finlay vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy vs. King Booker vs. Randy Orton
  • One Night Stand 2007: Ladder Match for the World Tag Team Championship - The Hardys vs. The World’s Greatest Tag Team
  • RAW 12/10/07: Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship - Jeff Hardy vs. Carlito (Jeff Hardy: My Life, My Rules)
Disc Three
  • One Night Stand 2008: TLC Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Undertaker vs. Edge (Edge: A Decade of Decadence)
  • No Mercy 2008: Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Championship - Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels (Breaking the Code: Behind the Walls of Chris Jericho)
  • 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania: Money in the Bank Ladder Match - CM Punk vs. Kane vs. Mark Henry vs. MVP vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Finlay vs. Christian
  • Money in the Bank 2010: Money in the Bank Ladder Match - The Miz vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne vs. Ted DiBiase vs. John Morrison vs. Edge vs. Mark Henry
  • TLC 2010: #1 Contender’s Ladder Match for the WWE Championship - John Morrison vs. Sheamus
  • Extreme Rules 2011: Ladder Match for the Vacant World Heavyweight Championship - Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
Blu-Ray Exclusive Matches (source: Silvervision)
  • Extreme Rules 2009: Ladder Match for World Heavyweight Championship - Edge vs. Jeff Hardy (History of the World Heavyweight Championship)
  • TLC 2009: Ladder Match for the ECW Championship - Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin (Best Pay-Per-View Matches 2009 - 2010)
  • RAW 11/29/10: TLC Match for WWE Championship - The Miz vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
  • TLC 2010: Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship - Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger
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