Written By: Mark Armstrong
Running Time: 83 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: January 29 2018
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
Joining the Bayley release is this profile on Sasha Banks. I have to admit that if I had to choose between watching a Bayley match and a Sasha match, I’d opt for the former, simply because Sasha comes across a little too arrogant at times (especially considering that she has been a babyface on television for two years). One cannot deny her in-ring skills, though, and they shine like a beacon here.
It kicks off with a superb Fatal Four Way between all Four Horsewomen for the NXT Women’s Championship from TakeOver: Rival. It’s the turning point in Sasha’s career; her championship triumph here made fans stand up and take notice of The Boss, bringing her fan support that continues to this day. Match two sees Sasha at her heelish best against Bayley from TakeOver: Respect, under Iron Man rules. The action is fantastic, providing a great sequel to their Brooklyn battle, but Banks’ character work is off the charts here; the most memorable spot is when Banks makes Izzy cry.
Finally, Sasha battles with Charlotte in their first major singles match on the main roster from July 25 2016. Banks winning the Raw Women’s Championship is the obvious triumph, but a close second is the fact that the match itself is as good as any on Raw throughout that whole year. In years to come, their rivalry will be considered a milestone in WWE history, and though it felt forced a times, the hype was justified by tremendous matches such as this one.
So, this is the better of the two recent Iconic Matches releases, simply because each match is fantastic. For a three-match DVD, this is as good as it gets. Add a few more belting encounters and this becomes a must-own; as it is, though, I would highly recommend checking this out, and at a low price too.
Overall Rating 8/10 – Very Good