15th Jul2013

‘WWE Live in the UK: April 2013’ Review

by Phil Wheat


The official line on WWE Live in the UK: April 2013 goes something like this:

WWE Live In The UK: April 2013 encompasses all the episodes of WWE’s television programmes recorded during the Wrestlemania Revenge Tour in April 2013 at the O2 Arena in London, England.

It’s a chance for WWE fans to remember how enjoyable these television shows recorded at the O2 Arena in London on the road to Extreme Rules 2013 were – whether you were there in person or watching them on television. Plus having The Undertaker making rare appearances, let alone wrestling in two matches in the UK (on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown) make this set a real treat for fans.

As if that wasn’t enough, the never before broadcast in the UK episodes of Main Event and (for the first time ever) Saturday Morning Slam, featuring Randy Orton & Sheamus vs. Prime Time Players.

What that actually means, in terms of this DVD release, is a set of matches connected only by their location, with no real “main event” spectacle that we’ve come to expect from the WWE’s other releases so far this year.

Piggy-backing off Wrsetlemania 29, the WWE’s UK tour was marked by the appearance of the Undertaker who, once again, provides the only real entertainment on this 2-disc release – teaming up with his brother Kane to take on the astonishing and brilliant The Shield. There are other highlights of course but nothing quite matches up to Taker’s match, although the “British brawl” between Wade Barret and William Regal comes fairly close and provides a frisson of extra excitement for us UK viewers.

However all-in-all, WWE Live in the UK: April 2013 is a disappointment, especially when you compare the matches in this collection to the stunning matches TNA produce on these shores. And even TNA’s worst UK matches can’t compare to the risible interaction between Mick Foley’s Mr. Socko and Santino Marella’s Cobra and Foley’s “Oh Danny Boy” duet with Sheamus…

WWE Live in the UK: April 2013 is out now on DVD from WWE Home Video/FremantleMedia.


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