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Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 86 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Clear Vision Ltd/Silver Vision
Released: April 3 2007
Initially designed to be the first of a lengthy series of budget-priced DVDs relating to WWE’s two top brands (it was scrapped after four, which is fairly lengthy I suppose), SmackDown’s Most Memorable Matches provides six bouts which stand out as being noteworthy. In some cases, it’s debatable as to whether this is applicable, but all six provide entertainment in their own way.
Kicking things off is Hulk Hogan and Edge facing Billy & Chuck for the WWE Tag Team Titles in a July 2002 bout that WWE has often released under the proviso of it being massively memorable, but it actually isn’t (the huge crowd reaction to Hogan is noticeable, though). Better is Rey Mysterio’s WWE debut three weeks later against Chavo Guerrero in the first of many great WWE matches for Rey Rey.
One week later, a tag team match that isn’t really memorable but is still engaging to watch pits The Rock and Edge against new SD signings Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, which sees a finish that fans of today’s WWE would consider greatly damaging to a top babyface (that it did no harm to Rock in 2002 is worth pointing out). We then jump ahead to June 2003 and to a genuinely memorable bout between Brock Lesnar and Big Show (hint: the ring plays a role in the finish).
We then leap to January 2005 and a really good Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero bout which not only combines great wrestling with some clever comedy, but acts as the beginning of the long-running Rey vs. Eddie feud of that year. The DVD ends in October 2005 with Chris Benoit defending the United States Title against Booker T, in a hard-hitting match that sees Benoit take an extremely painful-looking bump into the side of an announcer’s table off a missed tope.
This isn’t a true representation of the most memorable or even the best SmackDown matches of its first few years (the absence of TLC III being a classic example), but with some thrilling matches and a few surprising moments, this budget DVD is more than adequate. If you enjoyed WWE’s product in the mid-2000s, this is a good DVD for you to own.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good