Review and Recommendation
Packaging Note: The match listings for the DVD are printed on the inner sleeve of the package.
Rating and Editing Issue: Unlike current WWE programming which is rated TV PG, this set is rated TV 14 V. The good thing about the editing of this DVD is that the chapters don't always end as soon as the bell rings. Many of the important and entertaining coronation ceremonies are included on this set. One of the bad things is that the matches don't necessarily take place in the order they happened and that leads to watching a match with a broken announcers table and then seeing that table get broken in the next bout. I also have to note that there was an error in the beginning of King Booker's script and that the Macho Man's tournament victory in 1987 didn't lead to him becoming the Macho King. That happened when he beat King Duggan in 1989. Neither King Hacksaw or the man he won the crown from, King Haku, ever won the King of the Ring tournament. For further information about the transfer of the crown, here is a link to my history of the King of the Ring.
Length of the DVD: One of my pet peeves over the past year about WWE DVD sets has been their insistence of printing approximately 9 hours on the back and then delivering much less than that. Thankfully, that problem has been solved and the back of the box lists an approximate running time of 7.5 hours.
Overall Recommendation: I know this may seem strange to say, but I got very sad watching parts of this DVD. The first match on this set featured two commentators, a referee, a manager, and a competitor that are no longer with us. It took until match number four of this DVD for there to be a match that featured two wrestlers that are still alive. Things didn't start off any better with disc two as the first match on that disc featured a deceased commentator, special referee, and competitor that were not involved in the previously mentioned match.
As far as this DVD set goes, it just felt very unnecessary. As you will see by the match listing, all of the important matches have already been released on DVD. That is not to say that it is bad or that you won't be entertained because you will see some great and historic footage. I just recommend going through your DVD collection first to see whether you need to buy this one.
Matches on This DVD Set
- King of the Ring 1993: Tournament Final - Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
- King of the Ring 1993: WWE Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna (Greatest Stars of the '90s)
- King of the Ring 1994: Tournament Final - Razor Ramon vs. Owen Hart
- King of the Ring 1995: Kiss My Foot Match - Bret Hart vs. Jerry Lawler
- King of the Ring 1996: Intercontinental Champion Goldust vs. Ahmed Johnson
- King of the Ring 1996: Tournament Final - Jake Roberts vs. Steve Austin (Jake Roberts: Pick Your Poison, Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time)
- King of the Ring 1996: WWE Champion Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith (The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph)
- King of the Ring 1997: Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels (The Legacy of Stone Cold Steve Austin)
- King of the Ring 1997: Tournament Final - Mankind vs. Triple H (Triple H: The King of Kings)
- King of the Ring 1998: Tournament Final - Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock
- King of the Ring 1998: Hell in a Cell Match - Undertaker vs. Mankind (Mick Foley: Greatest Hits & Misses; Tombstone: The History of the Undertaker; Hell in a Cell; OMG! The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History)
- King of the Ring 1999: WWE Champion The Undertaker vs. The Rock (Tombstone: The History of the Undertaker)
- King of the Ring 2000: 6-Man Tag Match for the WWE Championship - Champion Triple H, Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. The Rock, Undertaker & Kane
- King of the Ring 2000: Tournament Final - Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
- King of the Ring 2001: Light Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac
- King of the Ring 2001: Tournament Final - Edge vs. Kurt Angle
- King of the Ring 2001: Street Fight - Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle (OMG! The Top 50 Incidents in WWE History)
- King of the Ring 2002: Tournament Final - Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar
- King of the Ring 2002: Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle
- Judgment Day 2006: Tournament Final - Bobby Lashley vs. Booker T
- RAW 4/21/08: Tournament Final - CM Punk vs. William Regal
- RAW 11/29/10: Tournament Final - John Morrison vs. Sheamus (The Best of RAW 2010)
- King of the Ring 1996: Tournament Semi-Final Match - Marc Mero vs. Steve Austin
- King of the Ring 2002: WWE Champion Triple H vs. The Undertaker
- SmackDown 4/14/06: Tournament Opening Round Match - Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton
- RAW 4/21/08: Tournament Semi-Final Match - CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
- RAW 11/29/10: Tournament Quarter-Final Match - Daniel Bryan vs. Alberto Del Rio