09th Mar2014

‘Best of RAW & Smackdown 2013’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings


2013 was a mixed year for WWE in terms of storylines, match quality and fan interest, but regardless of those things it is still safe to say that 2013 was a very interesting, sometimes controversial and often entertaining year for WWE and features some really excellent moments and matches, while also providing, as wrestling always tends to, some septic little happenings that annoyed, frustrated and bored wrestling fans to tears. This set looks at a variety of these moments and matches in what is labelled as the “Best of RAW & Smackdown” from 2013.

Here is the content listing:

  • Raw – 7th January 2013 – Tables, Ladders, & Chairs Match for the WWE Championship – CM Punk vs. Ryback
  • Smackdown – 11th January 013 – Last Man Standing for the World Championship – Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio
  • Smackdown – 25th January 2013 – The Rock & CM Punk’s Verbal Battle
  • Raw – 28th January 2013 – Paul Heyman & Mr. McMahon Confrontation
  • Raw – 25th February 2013 – Winner faces The Rock at WrestleMania 29 – John Cena vs. CM Punk
  • Raw – 4th March 2013 – The Rock & John Cena – Point/Counter-Point
  • Raw – 1st April 2013 – CM Punk Disrespects The Memory of Paul Bearer
  • Raw – 8th April 2013 – Handicap Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter
  • Raw – 8th April 2013 – Kofi Kingston vs. Fandango
  • Smackdown – 19th April 2013 – Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry & Big Show
  • Raw – 22nd April 2013 – Undertaker, Kane, & Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield
  • Raw – 6th May 2013 – Brock Lesnar Destroys Triple H’s Office
  • Smackdown – 7th June 2013 – Curtis Axel vs. Chris Jericho
  • Raw – 17th June 213 – Mark Henry’s Retirement Speech
  • Raw – 24th June 2013 – Street Fight – Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton
  • Smackdown – 28th June 2013 – Alberto Del Rio’s Championship Fiesta
  • Smackdown – 12th July 2013 – AJ and Kaitlin’s Contract Signing
  • RAW – 15th July 2013 – The Wyatt Family Makes a Statement
  • Smackdown – 26th July 2013 – Damien Sandow Searches for his Briefcase
  • Smackdown – 9th August 2013 – Rob Van Dam vs. Randy Orton
  • RAW – 12th August 2013 – Miz TV with John Cena & Daniel Bryan
  • RAW – 9th September 2013 – Santino Marella vs. Antonio Cesaro
  • Smackdown – 13th September 2013 – Big Show faces Off with the Shield
  • RAW – 7th October 2013 – Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, & Goldust vs. The Shield
  • RAW – 14th October 2013 – World Tag Team Championship – The Shield vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust
  • Smackdown – 1st November 2013 – Cena, Cody & Goldust vs. Sandow, Antonio Cesaro, & Jack Swagger
  • RAW – 11th November 2013 – 3-on-2 Handicap Match – CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. The Shield
  • RAW – 9th December 2013 – Championship Ascension Ceremony

The set has some really great stand-out moments included and many of them are well worth revisiting, especially some of the excellent matches featuring The Shield, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and The Real Americans. The Shield often were in the best matches of RAW throughout 2013. It is a shame to see a lack of The Uso’s on the set, as their matches with The Shield and other teams were often some of the best segments of RAW and Smackdown too. There are some moments included that didn’t really feel nessesary, and matches like the Kingston vs. Fandango are strange inclusions, especially considering some of the brilliant encounters that weren’t added to the set (Goldust vs. Orton and Rollins vs. Bryan come to mind immediately).

There are some fun promos and segments on here, like the segment where Brock and Heyman invaded Titan Towers, the Rock/Punk verbal battles and the Mark Henry faux-retirement, but there are some shoddy ones too, with the closing Championship Ascension Ceremony and CM Punk’s cheap-heat seeking exploitation of Paul Bearer that occurred just hours after the real death of Paul “William Moody” Bearer. I could have done without seeing these moments again.

These “Best of…” compilations are always very hit and miss and there are always things to complain about, but this isn’t bad and it really does feature some excellent matches and moments over its 3 DVD discs or 2 blu-rays. Speaking of blu-ray, there are some exclusive matches included on the BD release of the set, including Cena vs. Ziggler in a cage match and The Shield vs. Team Hell-No and Kofi Kingston.

The Best of RAW & Smackdown 2013 is available on DVD and Blu-ray, through FreemantleMedia, now.


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