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Review of The Rock DVD

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Review of The Rock DVD

The Rock DVD Cover

© 2008 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
No wrestler has ever accomplished so much in so little time as the Rock has. This 3-disc DVD set features 19 of his matches and over a dozen of his interviews featuring his many catchphrases. The Rock is one of the greatest superstars in WWE history and has had several DVDs made of him in the past. Those DVDs left a lot to be desired. Did WWE Home Video finally get it right this time?

The Verdict

In all fairness to WWE Home Video, the first few Rock DVDs came out when this technology was relatively new. This division of the company has learned a lot over the past decade and have finally made a DVD worthy of "The Great One".

The DVD does not feature a conventional documentary. Since there is already an A&E Biography and E True Hollywood story about him, there was no need to retell the story of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The main program of the 3-disc set features matches with brief segments between them. These segments highlight the time between each match and also describe the reasons for what we are about to see. These segments are enjoyable and easy to follow for both the novice and expert fan. They are narrated by the guy that does many voice over's in Hollywood. This brings an air of importance to the DVD that no other WWE DVD has ever had.

As far as the matches go, it is always easy to nitpick the match listing but overall I have no complaints about the matches. There are few repeaters from other sets and his legendary feuds are well-documented on this set.

Overall Recommendation: Highest Recommendation. This DVD belongs in the DVD collection of every wrestling fan.

What's on the DVD?

In the case of all the discs, if a match is available on another non-PPV DVD, I will note that fact in italics. In addition to just listing the matches, I'll also give you my comments on the discs in a way that won't spoil what is on the DVD.

Matches on Disc One

  • RAW ’97: vs. Triple H - I complained about Triple H's DVD that there were none of his matches against the Rock on it. This DVD takes care of that problem.
  • RAW ’98: vs. Owen Hart – I miss Owen and love whenever one of his matches appears on a DVD.
  • RAW ’98: vs. Triple H - Not only do you get to see the career progression of the Rock on this DVD, you also get to follow the career growth of Triple H.
  • Survivor Series ’98: vs. Mankind – The winner of this match would win the WWE Championship for the first time in their career.
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre ’98: vs. Mankind in a Last Man Standing Match - The Rock's three greatest feuds in the WWE (Triple H, Mankind, & Austin) are all well represented on this DVD set.
  • RAW ’99: vs. Mankind in a Ladder Match - These men had a great feud over the winter and this is the final match in this chapter of their relationship.
  • WrestleMania XV: vs. Steve Austin - (The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania) This is the first of their 3 WrestleMania matches, a record that still stands.

Matches on Disc Two

  • RAW ’99: vs. Triple H in a Steel Cage Match - If you are a Triple H fan, I think that this DVD set will be more enjoyable to you than the one that recently came out for him.
  • RAW ’99: The Rock’n Sock Connection vs. The Undertaker & Big Show - The Big Show's earring and ponytail look was only 10 years out of style at this point.
  • SmackDown ’99: vs. Kane in a No Holds Barred Match - As unbelievable as it might seem, the Rock and Kane never had a one-on-one singles match on PPV.
  • Backlash 2000: vs. Triple H - This is the fourth match on this DVD set between these two men.
  • RAW ’00: vs. Shane McMahon - The biggest difference between then and now is that there was a time when wrestling fans needed to keep one eye on the ring and the other on the ramp because there was always someone coming down to interfere.
  • No Way Out ’01: vs. Kurt Angle - (The Rock: Just Bring It!) I always get a kick out of seeing Kurt with hair. I think the best thing that happened to his career was losing that hair vs. hair match to Edge.
  • SummerSlam ’01: vs. Booker T - The Invasion angle is generally considered one of the biggest flops in WWE history but it did provide us with some good matches like this one.
  • Royal Rumble ’02: vs. Chris Jericho - Jericho's main event run didn't last too long but it was fun while it lasted.

Matches and Extras on Disc Three

  • WrestleMania X8: vs. Hulk Hogan - (Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology, The Greatest Superstars of WrestleMania) This is one of the matches that every wrestling fan needs to see. It's not that it is one of the greatest match ever, it is just one of the most historical.
  • Vengeance ’02: Rock vs. Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker - (The Rock: Just Bring It!, The History of the WWE Championship) - This is one of my favorite triple-threat matches and I am generally not a huge fan of them.
  • RAW ’02: vs. Eddie Guerrero - Due to timing issues, these two greats never got to have an extended feud.
  • WrestleMania XIX: vs Steve Austin - While these men feuded for several years, they have had only five one-on-one PPV matches against each other and three of them were WrestleMania matches.
  • 16 Rock Interviews - What can be said about the greatness of his interviews that he doesn't say himself during them?

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