06th Apr2013

‘WWE: The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012’ Blu-ray Review

by Phil Wheat

Best_RAW__SmackWWE: The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012 is a look back of the best WWE matches that were (given the title) shown on the WWE universe’s flagship television programmes Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown. Featuring over 25 matches, many cool promos/moments and featuring John Cena, The Rock, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Daniel Bryan, AJ Lee, Kane, D-Generation X and many more, this is the definitive collection for reliving the best of Raw and Smackdown in 2012…

Definitive maybe. Exciting? Not so much.

You will often hear wrestling fans say that it’s the wrestling that matters (hell, even the TNA used that as a slogan) but watching this compilation of the best matches from Raw and Smackdown I couldn’t help think that I would prefer a little more background on the story and “plotting” that led to each match and not just be thrown in at the deep end to watch a match cold. And this Blu-ray is a VERY deep end, featuring as it does over eight hours of matches – including a number from the woeful John Laurinaitis “era,” as well the superb 1000th episode spectacular.

Whilst the matches may not provide too much excitement, and yes there’s a little too much concentration on CM Punk and John Cena, what does shine through in this compilation are the promos: The Rock putting on his “Rock” concert, his feuding with John Cena and (my personal favourite) the reformation of the awesome Degeneration X during the 1000th episode – complete with all five original members, reminding everyone of just how good that faction was, and still could be.

If you can get past the disjointed nature of a “clip show” – especially one that references matches and actions that are not available to watch – then you may get a kick out of WWE: The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012. I’d say this isn’t my personal Best of… but it is a good way to catch up on what happened in the WWE universe in 2012. Plus this is a great way to fill in the gaps in stories and feuds for those that only watch WWE via the home video releases.

The Blu-ray of WWE: The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012 features 90 minutes of exclusives, including six bonus Raw and Smackdown matches together with a host of back stage footage and interviews.

WWE: The Best of Raw & Smackdown 2012 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 8th.

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