Sunday, August 31, 2014

WWE The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn Blu-Ray Review

More Ladder Matches......on Blu-Ray!!

WWE The Ladder Match 2: Crash & Burn

Disk 1

WrestleMania X (4/20/94) - Undisputed WWF intercontinental Title - Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: *****

Smokey Mountain Wrestling (March 1994) - Tracy Smothers vs. Chris Candido: **1/2

n.W.o. Souled Out (1/25/97) - WCW United States Title - Eddie Guerrero vs. Syxx: ****

RAW Is WAR (11/30/98) - WWF Hardcore Title - Mankind vs. The Big Bossman: **3/4

RAW Is WAR (2/15/99) - WWF Title - Mankind vs. The Rock: ***3/4

King Of The Ring (6/27/99) - Control Of The WWF - Handicap Match - Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon & Shane McMahon: ***1/4

New Blood Rising (8/13/00) - Six Man for the "Gold Record" - 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore & Evan Karagias) vs. The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi & Yun Yang): ***1/2

RAW is WAR (9/25/00) - WWF Tag Team Titles - The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian: ***3/4

RAW (7/22/02) - Title Unification Match - WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam vs. WWE European Champion Jeff Hardy: ***1/2

Judgment Day (5/18/03) - WWE Tag Team Titles - Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri: ***3/4

RAW (9/29/03) - WWE Intercontinental Title - Christian vs. Rob Van Dam: ****1/2

Ohio Valley Wrestling (12/23/06) - Undisputed OVW Women's Title - Katie Lea vs. Beth Phoenix: ***1/2

WrestleMania 23 (4/1/07) - 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: ****1/2

One Night Stand (6/3/07) - World Tag Team Titles - The Hardy Boyz vs. Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin: ****1/4

RAW (12/10/07) - WWE Intercontinental Title - Jeff Hardy vs. Carlito: ***1/4

Disk 2

One Night Stand (6/1/08) - World Heavyweight Title - TLC Match - Edge vs. The Undertaker: ****1/4

No Mercy (10/5/08) - World Heavyweight Title - Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels: *****

WrestleMania 25 (4/5/09) - 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: ****1/4

Money In The Bank (7/18/10) - The Mia vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Evan Bourne vs. Ted DiBiase Jr. vs. John Morrison vs. Edge vs. Mark Henry: ****1/4

TLC (12/19/10) - #1 Contender's Match - John Morrison vs. Sheamus: ****1/2

Extreme Rules (5/1/11) - Vacant World Heavyweight Title - Christian vs. Alberto del Rio: ****1/2

Blu-Ray Exclusives

Extreme Rules (6/7/09) - World Heavyweight Title - Edge vs. Jeff Hardy: ****1/4

TLC (12/13/09) - ECW Title - Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin: ***3/4

RAW (11/29/10) - TLC Match - WWE Title - The Miz vs. Jerry "The King" Lawlor: **1/2

TLC (12/19/10) - WWE Intercontinental Title - Triple Threat Match - Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger: **3/4

Overall: 9.5/10

This is second anthology set that WWE has put out covering the Ladder Match. We start out Disk 1 with the Ladder Match aka Shawn Michaels/Razor Ramon from WrestleMania X. There are also a number of Ladder Matches from The Attitude Era that weren't picked to be on the first anthology. It's definitely a variety, with matches for the WWF Hardcore Title, WWF Title, WCW United States Title, WWF Tag Team Titles, a Handicap Match for Control of the WWF, and a match for a....Golden Record (That's WCW 2000 for you). We then transition into some Ladder Matches from the Ruthless Aggression Era, which included clashes over the Intercontinental Title & the Tag Team Titles, as well as a Unification Match, a Money In The Bank Ladder Match, and a rare Women's Ladder Match from OVW.

Disk 2 is where things REALLY pick up in a major way. Simply put, this disk is awesome. You have a ton fantastic matches (not a single match below ****1/4) that cover both the beginnings of the new PG Era as well as some great rivalries during that period (Undertaker vs. Edge & Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels). We also get two great Money In The Bank Ladder Matches, a very pleasant surprise in Sheamus vs. John Morrison, and a really awesome Ladder Match with Christian & Alberto del Rio, which saw Christian finally reach the top of the (metaphorical) WWE Ladder.

The Blu-Ray Version of the Anthology also includes a bonus disk, which has four matches. Here we have matches that really vary in quality. Edge/Jeff Hardy is great, Christian/Shelton Benjamin is really good, but the other two matches really are just kind of there and, while fine, aren't that impressive. 

In summary, this is another fantastic set. The first disk really had a couple of great matches, but was mostly made up of really good matches, as well as a few matches of lesser quality. The second disk, however, is the real reason to get this set. Six AMAZING Ladder Matches that are a true joy to watch. The bonus disk (again, only on the Blu-Ray Version) is a mixed bag on an otherwise great anthology set. Comparatively, the first Ladder Match Anthology covered more of the famous & well known Ladder Matches throughout WWE History, while this anthology has a combination of Ladder Matches that were missed the first time around, and more modern Ladder Matches from the last couple of years. A very enjoyable set to watch.

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