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DVD: The Top 100 Moments in Raw History
Written by Blake Leitch   
Mar 04, 2013 at 12:52 PM

130303_raw100In 1993, Vincent Kennedy McMahon created one of the greatest programs in television history; he rolled the dice and created Monday Night Raw. For over 20 years, WWE's flagship program has been beamed into our homes. From the New Generation headlined by Bret "Hitman" Hart and "HBK" Shawn Michaels, to the Attitude Era headlined by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock, past the WCW/ECW buyout, and all the way past the controversial PG Era, Raw has had millions of viewers around the world on the edge of their seats every single week. In celebration of the historical 1000th episode of Raw, Raw 100: The Top 100 Moments in Raw History was released on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Off the start of the bat, I will admit my bias towards the WWE's storytelling elements, using the wrestling to further or complete stories. As such, I was excited at the premise of watching three-and-a-half hours of storyline arcs and twists, with some of the better wrestling matches thrown in to keep it fresh. Overall, I won't say I was let down, but I was left with a bit of a "meh" feeling at the end of the main showing.

One of the most annoying things was that every 30-90 seconds, we would be introduced to the next greatest moment with a five second graphic and title. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the point in titles ruining any chance of surprise you could have. It just lowered the atmosphere.

How the Fink's tuxedo match got onto the listings is unbelievable to me. I'm a fan of the Fink, but this was certainly not one of his finer moments. Moreover, how did Eugene's GM decision to play musical chairs get onto the list... ahead of the Intercontinental Championship match between Jannetty and Michaels? And Hornswoggle is on here; take that as a preview or a warning.

I did like the fact that the lines between reality and kayfabe were a bit blurred; it made for some more interesting diagnoses by those who commented on the pieces. Another nice surprise was seeing Jeff Hardy, Vince Russo, and Eric Bischoff all making appearances in a commenting role.

My favourite piece was when Mae Young was commenting on a piece involving herself. During it, she mentioned Ed "The Strangler" Lewis. That might not mean much to the casual fan, but it's a nice respectful piece to the man who is credited with creating the Sleeper Hold (plus, he also wrestled a few times here in Aotearoa).

One of the great things was the fact that the listings included some celebrities who made some episodes that much more enjoyable (Jeremy Piven is, unfortunately, included in the extras). Shaq, Seth Green, Hugh Jackman, Mark Cuban, Bob Barker, Donald Trump; they're all here at their best in the WWE.

The one thing that annoyed me more than anything was the fact that some people were not included on the list. Kurt Angle was only there once, Booker T only appeared in an extras listing, Eddie Guerrero made no appearance, Rey Mysterio made no appearance, and Christian only appeared in a commenting position.

The fact is this is a compilation set. The numbers and moments can and will be disputed as long as there are other opinions. Unfortunately, of the many great matches that were on the list (Edge/Matt Hardy, Cena/Michaels, Razor Ramon/1-2-3 Kid, etc.) none could be shown in full. Some of the magic was just lost; there was no real surprise because of the titling, and there was no real context because there were only chances for short snippets of moments.

If you go in with the realisation that this is simply a compilation set, it's a great series of moments that are presented. There's also occasionally some insightful input by wrestlers and other personalities, which is quite nice. Add the full 1000th episode of Raw in, it is absolutely worth the money.

Finally, if you get the Blu-Ray option, you get a Legends Roundtable featuring Pat Patterson, Michael Hayes, "Road Dogg" Jesse James, "Good Ol" JR, and "Mean" Gene Okerlund. It's an amazing insight into the behind-the-scenes of Raw throughout its entire history. It's beyond worth the extra cash; sensational stuff.

3 out of 5

Raw 100: The Top 100 Moments in Raw History is available from Shock Entertainment on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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