Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|WWE Tagged Classics - Summerslam 2004/Unforgiven 2004|
Actors: Chris Benoit, Randy Orton, Mark Calaway, John Layfield, Paul Levesque
Director: Kevin Dunn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Sports
WWE continues their ?Tagged Classics? line with the Great American Bash 04/ Vengeance 04 and Summerslam 04/ Unforgiven 04 set featuring the Biggest Superstars of WWE in their greatest moments. Get 2 classic events for 1 lo... more »
Two More Disappointments From 2004
R.A. McKenzie | New York | 07/17/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"WWE's next two "Tagged Classics" sets are this one, and the "Bash/Vengance 2004" combo. Both of them have one thing in common: Each PPV has a must-see classic, while the rest is a total letdown.
Because of the tragic Benoit family murder-suicide from July 2007, WWE has played revisionist history with some of their content. Nancy "Woman" Benoit hasn't been edited out of much, but Chris Benoit has been removed from just about everything in the WWE database.
I disagree, but understand the decision. However, there are a select few matches with Chris Benoit that should NEVER be erased. The "SummerSlam 2004" main event is one of them. Randy Orton became the youngest champion in WWE history in an extraordinary contest. Benoit and Orton worked so well together, it's a shame we never got to see a rematch. Their battle didn't have a lot of time to build up on TV (there's no pre-match video package). But they couldn't have done a better job in ending the show on a strong note, with a kicking physical battle and a heart-warming aftemath.
It's too bad the rest of the card didn't live up to its potential.
Wanna see Booker T and John Cena begin a Best-of-Five Series for the United States Title? I did too, but it was a basic match where Cena got beaten for most of the match, and won out of nowhere.
Wanna see Rey Mysterio, Paul London, and Billy Kidman bring their Crusierweight talents to face The Dudleyz? I did too, but it was decent yet forgettable opener.
Wanna see Matt Hardy and Kane battle for Lita's hand in marriage? You know, this was stupid in 2004, and in 2005 it became a sad bit of irony considering how Matt & Lita ended up. Kane has always been a formidable talent, but he's been stuck with some wacky angles.
Wanna see Undertaker and JBL compete for the WWE Championship? I did too, and I was enjoying myself somewhat. But Toronto, the "Bizarro Land" was so bored they began a Mexican Wave to pass the time by. Also, even if you liked the match, the post-match beatdown ends with a phony chokeslam. Trust me, it's embarassing.
Wanna see Diva Dodgeball? Umm...at least it didn't look scripted...
Wanna see Batista, Edge, and Chris Jericho fight for the IC Title? This is the most surprising disappointment on the card. How in the world did these guys get stuck with a 10-minute contest with almost no 3-way action? Even if you can forgive that problem, nothing creative really came out of this throwaway.
Wanna see if Eugene can forget how much he admired Triple H, and can bring himself to defeat "The Game"? I kinda liked this one, but understand that most might not care. It is my favorite match of Eugene's, if that makes any difference.
The only bit of relief is seeing Kurt Angle return to the ring against Eddie Guerrero. This mid-card contest wasn't quite as good as their "WrestleMania XX" match, mainly because Angle is so dominant that Guerrero looks weaker than usual. But don't let that worry you; these two legends still put on a crisp, engaging fight.
The difference between a "disappointment" and "garbage" is that disappoinments had the potential to be something special, while garbage is dismissed before you even glance at it.
"SummerSlam 2004" is a major disappointment overall. All of its matches could've been strong showcases for the WWE roster. Sadly, only the main event and Angle/Guerrero delivered.
Answer these two questions before we continue this review:
--- Do you own the WWE's 3-disc "Ladder Match" set?
--- Do you have access to YouTube?
If you answered "Yes" to both of those questions, then don't even take another look at one of 2004's worst PPVs.
You see, there is a fantastic Ladder Match between Chris Jericho and Christian that WWE graciously included on its excellent "Ladder Match" set. Also, many YouTube users have graciously uploaded the main event between Triple H and Randy Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship, which is quite good.
If you want to see a great Ladder Match, or want to witness the first chapter of Orton's split from Evolution, then you don't need this DVD.
Should you choose to watch this 3-hour broadcast, you will be subjected to plenty of crap-tastic WWE product.
There are a couple of decent matches. The opener pitting Batista & Ric Flair against Chris Benoit & William Regal is solid, even though too much time is spent on Regal getting beaten down. Also, Shawn Michaels made an in-ring return against Kane in a No-DQ Match. HBK is among pro wrestling's absolute best, but this isn't one of his best matches. It's watchable, but unsatisfying.
So, what did I omit?
Trish Stratus defended the Women's Title against Victoria; these two Divas were capable of great things, but on this night, they bombed.
La Resistance defended the World Tag Team Titles against --- get this --- Tajiri & Rhyno. Trust me, it sucks.
Oh, the worst PPV match from 2004 is also on here...Tyson Tomko exposes a "mystery woman" troublemaker to be....STEVEN RICHARDS!
Oh dear God, does this match suck! It goes on and on and on, Tomko just punches the living tar out of Richards, and WWE didn't have the good grace to make this a squash.
So, there you have it. Remember, YouTube and "Ladder Match" DVD are all you need to enjoy "Unforgiven 2004".
You know, I don't like to promote piracy. People should pay for their products. But when WWE wastes my time, then I say pirate away!
So, hop onto YouTube, look up the matches that interest you, and enjoy! I am a loyal WWE fan, but this time, they're gonna pay me back for some lost time!
"SummerSlam 2004" is a decent event, but "Unforgiven 2004" is trash.
Skip this "Tagged Classic" combo, and use information super highway to your advantage."