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WWE Best Of The King Of The Ring DVD Review

WWE Best of the King of the RingThe WWE’s King of the Ring tournament has always been one of my favorite events. Maybe it’s because I’ve always liked tournaments in wrestling; maybe it’s because the eventual winner usually goes on to much bigger and better things after winning the tournament, so it’s always fun to see who the WWE has pegged as their next “go-to” guy. Regardless of the reason, the tournament has always been fun for me, so I was very excited to see a best of DVD set released on the tournament.

This set is hosted by Booker T, who stays in character as “King Booker” the entire time. As obnoxious as I thought this might be, Booker actually does a decent job hosting the DVD, and keeps the character mostly toned down, barely even faking the accent. Booker introduces each match, including the back story behind each one. This is a nice touch since most of the matches on here are older and current fans might not know everything behind them.

The DVD gives you every tournament final since 1993, except for the 1999 finals (which is fine, because seeing Billy Gunn win the tournament sucked). Some of these matches, like Ken Shamrock vs. the Rock at 1998, are just okay. Others, like Bret Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow at 1993, are phenomenal. Predictably, Stone Cold’s Steve Austin’s 1996 final against Jake “The Snake” Roberts is also included on the set. This is far from a great match, but its importance to Austin’s career as well as the post-match interview cannot be understated.

Aside from tournament matches, the set also includes some title and grudge matches. Predictably (yet again), the Mankind/Undertaker Hell in a Cell match from 1998 is included on here. Considering it’s probably the most famous match in KOTR history and one of the most famous of all time, it’s no surprise (that, and it’s been included on countless other DVD sets, and will continue to be included in future releases, I can assure you). You also get to see the brilliantly brutal street fight between Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon from 2001 that Shane compete half the match unconscious on his feet, as well as a rare gem in a Light Heavyweight title match between Jeff Hardy and X-Pac, also from the 2001 event.

The one match that really doesn’t make sense as it to its inclusion in this set is a 6-man tag team match from 2000, as Triple H, Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon faced The Rock and the Brothers of Destruction for the WWF title. Personally, I hate when singles titles are put on the line in tag team matches; it pretty much negates the purpose of the belt being a singles championship. This 6-man was no different, as it was a convoluted mess that saw the Rock pin Mr. McMahon to win Triple H’s championship. No, that’s not a typo.

While the set is overall pretty great, I am disappointed that no matches from the earlier tournaments are included here. For those that don’t know, the tournament actually began in 1985 and continued every year (save 1990) until 1991. It was skipped in 1992 and then finally brought to PPV in 1993. While this is touched on briefly at the beginning of the set, no actual matches from any of the tournaments are included.

It would have been cool to see the finals in the previous tournaments that included winners such as Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase and Bret Hart (1993 was actually his second run with the crown). I don’t know the reason why none of these were included, considering that they were mentioned at the top of the DVD, so it’s not like WWE is trying to pretend they didn’t exist. Perhaps the matches weren’t filmed (i.e. took place at house shows), or just weren’t considered all that great.

Aside from that one complaint and a couple of odd match choices, the set is overall pretty good. It showcases that, when booked properly, the KOTR tournament can really be excellent and can even catapult a wrestler into the upper echelon. Hopefully, this DVD is successful enough that WWE will not only bring the tournament back this year and continue to do so every year, but maybe they might make it important enough to put back on PPV one day.

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Disc 1

The Noble Scroll

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bret `Hit Man’ Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

Kings and Champions

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuna
King of the Ring 13th June, 1993

King of the Ring Finals Match
Owen Hart vs. Razor Ramon
King of the Ring 19th June, 1994

A True King

Kiss My Foot Match
Bret `Hit Man’ Hart vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler
King of the Ring 25th June, 1995

Intercontinental Championship Match
Goldust vs. Ahmed Johnson
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

New Breed of Royalty

King of the Ring Finals Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

Disc 2

Mark of Distinction

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

Blue Blood

King of the Ring Finals Match
Triple H vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 8th June, 1997

King of the Ring Finals Match
Ken Shamrock vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998

A Night in Hell

Hell in a Cell Match
Undertaker vs. Mankind
King of the Ring 28th June, 1998

Disc 3

Electrifying Champion

WWE Championship Match
Undertaker vs. The Rock
King of the Ring 27th June, 1999

6 Man Tag Match for the WWE Championship
Triple H, Mr. McMahon & Shane McMahon vs. The Rock, Undertaker & Kane
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rikishi vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 25th June, 2000

King Kurt

Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Jeff Hardy vs. X-Pac
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Edge vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

Street Fight

Street Fight
Shane McMahon vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 24th June, 2001

King of the Ring Finals Match
Rob Van Dam vs. Brock Lesnar
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

Hulk Hogan vs. Kurt Angle
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

King of the Ring Finals Match
Bobby Lashley vs. Booker T
Judgment Day 21st May, 2006

All Hail King Booker!

King of the Ring Finals Match
CM Punk vs. William Regal
Monday Night Raw 21st April, 2008

King of the Ring Finals Match
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
Monday Night Raw 29th November, 2010

Majestic Memories

Blu-ray Exclusives

King of the Ring Semi-Finals Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Wildman Marc Mero
King of the Ring 23rd June, 1996

WWE Championship Match
Triple H vs. Undertaker
King of the Ring 23rd June, 2002

King of the Ring Opening Round Match
Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton
SmackDown 14th April, 2006

King of the Ring Semi-Finals Match
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Monday Night Raw 21st April, 2008

King of the Ring Quarter-Finals Match
Alberto Del Rio vs. Daniel Bryan
Monday Night Raw 29th November, 2010

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